Winnebago provides state with timeline for job cuts in Junction City


    Winnebago notified state and local officials Wednesday of plans to "permanently close" the RV maker's plant on East 1st Avenue in Junction City.

    JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - Winnebago notified state and local officials Wednesday of plans to "permanently close" the RV maker's plant on East 1st Avenue in Junction City.

    The company also set out a schedule for when it plans to conduct layoffs, as well as the category of worker to be cut.

    The company also set out a schedule for when it plans to conduct layoffs, as well as the category of worker to be cut.

    The notification is part of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification or WARN Act. The 1988 federal law requires companies to provide advance notification of large layoffs.

    "Winnebago Industries, Inc. will permanently close its plant located at 135 E. 1st Avenue, Junction City, OR 97448, between the dates of April 5, 2019, and June 14, 2019," Brian Hazelton, a Winnebago vice president, wrote. "This closure will involve the entire plant located at that address."

    The company offered this timeline:

    • April 5: 22 employees
    • April 19: 22 employees
    • May 10: 49 employees
    • June 14: 45 employees

    The letter also outlines the number of positions to be cut by job title:

    • Final Assembly: 47
    • Engineering: 8
    • Chassis Weld: 13
    • Box Build: 18
    • Administration: 45
    • Quality Control: 4
    • VP Operations: 1
    • IT: 1
    • Purchasing: 1

    The company plans to retain some employees in Junction City in parts and services.


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