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SJC Industries sale

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 7, 2013 at 2:29 p.m.

ELKHART — It’s too early to tell if any jobs will disappear with the sale of SJC Industries, but early indications are that employees of the ambulance maker will have options.

Allied Specialty Vehicles, the new owners of the ambulance company, “will offer employment to a number of existing SJC employees at various ASV locations,” said Joel Rotroff of American Industrial Partners, speaking for ASV in a written message Tuesday, May 7. None of those Allied Specialty Vehicles locations are in Elkhart County, though some are in Indiana. It’s “too early to tell if there will be job losses in Elkhart County as a result of the transaction,” he wrote.

Allied Specialty Vehicles is buying SJC from Elkhart-based Thor Industries, Thor announced Monday, May 6.

Thor’s Jeff Tryka deferred questions about the impact on local employees to Allied Specialty Vehicles, and while Rotroff said the company can’t speak for Thor, they believe Thor will take on a number of existing SJC employees.

The companies are in the process of extricating SJC and Thor’s Goshen Coach. Thor bought the ambulance maker in 2010 and integrated it with Goshen Coach’s bus operations the following year, according to Thor.

When Thor bought SJC, the ambulance maker had about 175 employees. Now the Goshen Coach site lists the company facility on Leer Drive as home of “more than 150” employees.

According to Rotroff, the terms of the sale “require ASV to move the production out of the existing, Thor-owned, Goshen (Coach) facility.” The timing hasn’t been determined, he said, “but it will happen in 2013.”