UPDATE: Nappanee plant closing, 160 workers affected

A Nappanee refurbishment facility with about 160 employees will be shutting down by September 2014.

ABC Companies announced that its facility located at 504 S. Oakland Avenue building 12 will cease operations.

The ABC Refurbishment Facility will close permanently and employment for 160 workers will be terminated, according to the WARN notice filed May 12.

About 90 of the employees will be part of a new project on the same ABC Companies campus. Senior Vice President of Business Development Jon Savitz said these employees will be working on a multi-year contract to assemble double-decker buses. The company plans to start outfitting the plant in July and production should start by the fall.

ABC Companies is a national chain but the plant closing in Nappanee specializes in refurbishing motor coach or travel luxury liners. They work on Greyhounds and several other brands.

“We talked about this being an 18-month project,” Savitz said. “It had run its course.”

Savitz called the bus refurbishment project a success.

Just two years ago, Senior Vice President Lee Loper told WNDU the company was planning to expand its Nappanee operations.

ABC Companies is working on possibly relocating some of the employees from the Nappanee plant to an Elkhart plant. ABC owns Ameritrans Bus and will work to fill vacancy with displaced workers from Nappanee.

Company officials are also in contact with WorkOne to help find new opportunities for the employees, according to Savitz.

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