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Junction City in recovery from Winnebago move
Winnebago cut 220 jobs from their Junction City, OR location earlier this month
They are planning to keep open the RV Service operations there which has a staff of 30
Company reports it is relocating to Forest River, Iowa
Many of those whose jobs had been cut are being offered relocation package
Community members interviewed reported that they do not think it will be a big impact on the community as a whole – not like the closure of Country Coach did 11 years ago when 1800 people were suddenly left unemployed.
Why are they moving?? The Des Moines Register reported that Winnebago has asked the Iowa Economic Development Authority for $361,000 in state tax refunds and credits, and Forest City is expected to offer a $155,000 tax abatement.
As expected the fallout from the closure of Erwin Hymer’s North American Group has started. Leading the headlines this week, we are seeing a great concern over warranty fulfillment. Hymer had offered a 6-year warranty on their Class B vans and many owners and dealers are now wondering about their options. Where do owners go for warranty work? What do dealers do with vehicles on their lots?
Former CEO, Jim Hammil has been under intense scrutiny over the closure and the $300 million in liabilities. Mr. Hammil has expressed he feels bad for his former employees and the situation they are now in, but states he is not to blame. Since the closure, he has also reported that he and his family have received death threats.
The Wendland’s weren’t the only ones jump the Hymer ship. Joe and Kait Russo from We’re the Russo’s youtube channel, just announced they too are looking to ditch their Hymer Class B van. Joe and Kait say they are open to any type of unit – Class A, C, B+, travel trailer or interestingly enough, they say they would consider different Class B.
Nomadic Fanatic selling RV??
BlindViews reported on 2/20/19 Eric aka Nomadic Fanatic is selling his RV and bike and it has something to do with his lady, Angela! : https://youtu.be/thhVdgAG7gM
Eric posted a video Sunday morning 02/24/19 confirming this – well at least the part about selling his stuff. He eludes to improving his standard of living but didn’t go into the details about Angela. https://youtu.be/Bid_0GtZ4pM
He’s asking $17K and it will be in the Dallas/Ft Worth area next week.
RV Shows this week:
GoRVing will be at the following (with RV’s to tour)
Innings Festival – Phoenix, AZ | March 2 – March 3
Carnaval on the Mile – Coral Gables, FL | March 2 – March 3
Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles & Campground