Dutchmen Manufacturing To Close Burley Plant In November
Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Dutchmen Manufacturing has announced that they are moving their Burley production facility to Pendleton Oregon.
In a letter to the Idaho Department of Labor, Dutchmen said they plan to close on November 15 and will affect the entire facility of 156 employees. The letter said it's expected to be permanent.
According to Dutchmen Vice President Dave Thomas, they are doing the same to their Clackamas Oregon facility. According to Thomas, the move is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2013. The consolidation by Dutchmen to Pendleton is expected to add 125 jobs to the area; current employees in Burley and Clackamas will be offered the opportunity to relocate.
The Burley and Clackamas plants currently build Dutchmen’s popular Coleman, Aspen Trail, Denali and Dutchmen-brand models. According to Dutchmen executive vice president Aram Koltookian, the relocation will enable Dutchmen to improve production, including benefiting from the extensive RV manufacturing infrastructure located at the Pendleton site.
“This move will help Dutchmen and our dealers to maintain our lead over the competition with products built for the western market,” said Koltookian. “The Pendleton campus offers us newly retooled production lines, room to expand, and the many advantages of on-site vendor relationships. This location will significantly improve our operating efficiencies in order to better serve our West Coast dealers.”