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Decatur’s gain...Wakarusa’s loss

May 20, 2013

    Consumer confidence ultimately will determine the number of jobs added at Decatur's Fleetwood RV plant as the result of the purchase by the firm's parent company of a recreational vehicle manufacturer in Elkhart County.
    Allied Specialty Vehicles, parent company of Fleetwood RV, on Thursday announced the purchase of the Monaco, Holiday Rambler and R-Vision recreational vehicle businesses from Navistar, Inc.
    Production of the Monaco RV and Holiday Rambler lines will be moved from Wakarusa in Elkhart County to Decatur, company officials said.
    Fleetwood RV President and CEO John Draheim on Friday told the Daily Democrat that sales and marketing personnel already are in the process of moving from Wakarusa to Decatur, and he said Fleetwood "is investing heavily in product development" in anticipation of increased production at the local plant.
    Further details in Saturday's print and e-editions.

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