Friday, March 09, 2007

Fleetwood moving some RV travel trailer production to Mexico

Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. said Thursday that it will open a plant in the border town of Mexicali this May, becoming the first U.S. company to make RVs in Mexico.

The news comes six days after the Riverside-based RV and manufactured-housing producer announced plans to close three of its nine U.S. travel-trailer factories, including a 35-year-old plant in Rialto with 429 employees.

Assembly of two RV models -- Pioneer and Mallard -- will begin in Mexico with about 150 employees, said Lyle Larkin, Fleetwood's vice president and treasurer. The company is leasing the 80,000-square-foot factory there, near several other American companies.
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