MIDDLEBURY — EverGreen Recreational Vehicles in Middlebury, at one time one of the fastest-growing RV companies in the nation, has closed its doors, leaving hundreds of employees out of work.
Rumors about the company’s demise began swirling on Tuesday, June 7. Company officials did not respond to repeated calls seeking comment on the fate of the business this week. However, employees and county officials said EverGreen shut down its operations on Friday.
The plant grounds at 10758 C.R. 2, just north of the Indiana Toll Road, were mostly empty Friday afternoon, June 10, with almost no cars in the parking lot.
The company employed about 400 people in Middlebury who are now out of a job.
An employee of the flooring department on Friday evening said several welders were laid off on Monday, then employees were told on Tuesday that they would only have jobs for about another seven to 10 days. However, nearly all the employees were told on Friday not to return on Monday, June 13.
Only a skeleton crew will report to work at the plants on Monday to finish building RVs that were in progress on the production line.
The flooring employee said the company was doing well and staying busy all year — employees had been told there was a months-long backlog of orders — so Friday’s news came as a surprise. There had been no talk or rumors of the company closing until this week.
“We were really steady,” he said.
Another employee who contacted The Truth said they had been hired just two weeks ago and not told of any financial trouble. One employee had been hired and filled out pre-employment paperwork, then was told not to report to work on his first day.
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Source: Elkhart Truth