Owner closes Elkhart Monaco RV plant, idling 85

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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — About 85 people have lost their jobs after the owner of Elkhart’s Monaco RV plant announced it had closed its doors.

Orlando, Fla.-based Allied Specialty Vehicles on Monday shut down the plant that had turned out Monaco RV Towable trailers. The company says about 85 permanent employees were working at the plant.

A letter distributed to employees arriving for work Monday says Allied is leaving the towable market. It says employees will receive 60 days’ severance pay.

Allied bought the financially troubled recreational vehicle manufacturer last May from Navistar International Corp. It then closed Monaco’s factory in Wakarusa, near South Bend, and shifted its production work to Decatur, about 20 miles south of Fort Wayne.

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