SJC will close Elkhart plant, costing 165 jobs

    SJC, recently sold by Thor Industries, will soon close its operations in Elkhart and cost about 165 workers their jobs.

    Posted on May 21, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 21, 2013 at 6:09 p.m.

    ELKHART — For the second time in a week, a Florida company has announced decisions directly affecting hundreds of workers with two companies in Elkhart County.

    Last week, Allied Specialty Vehicles announced it would close the Navistar RV plant in Wakarusa that employees 520 workers.

    On Tuesday, it was learned that a subsidiary of ASV — which just recently bought SJC Industries, an ambulance manufacturing firm, from Thor Industries — will close that plant, costing 165 workers their jobs.

    News of the closure came through the filing of a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act form through the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

    The plant closure is expected to begin July 8 and be completed by the end of the month.

    SJC is located at 25161 Leer Drive in Elkhart.

    Thor purchased SJC in 2010 for about $20 million, according to Thor’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Thor announced earlier this month that it had sold SJC to Wheeled Coach Industries, a division of ASV.

    Representatives from Thor, SJC and ASV could not be reached for comment late Tuesday afternoon.

    The South Bend Tribune, in a report on its website, said the closing of SJC was confirmed by ASV.

    The state paperwork noted that the closing does not affect Goshen Coach Inc., a bus manufacturing operation.

    Operations at the Navistar RV plant will be shifted to a factory in Decatur, Ind. A spokesman for ASV said last week the company will try to sell the Wakarusa facilities.

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