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Mon Nov 7, 2016
Junction City, Ore. — Nine months ago, Mark Darcy, 56, returned to where he once worked — the former Country Coach plant in Junction City — which was acquired late last year by Iowa-based RV maker Winnebago.
Darcy is one of 85 employees at the Winnebago plant in Junction City, about a third of them former Country Coach workers, according to a story in the Nov. 6 edition of the Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene, Oregon.
Of the employees, 53 are working in the manufacturing facility and 32 are in a service center north of the factory that provides repairs and service to Winnebago and Country Coach motor homes.
Winnebago intends to employ as many as 200 people in Junction City, company spokesman Sam Jefson tells the newspaper, although “the number of employees who work on site will depend on market conditions.”
So far, a handful of Grand Tour 45RL motor coaches that sell for $450,000 to $500,000 have been made at the Junction City plant, which is now ramping up production, according to company officials.
About a decade ago, Lane County was a nationwide center for luxury motor home production, with Country Coach, Monaco Coach and Marathon Coach all located there.
In 2005, transportation equipment manufacturing — an industry dominated by RV makers — was so robust that it employed 4,500 county residents, including 1,800 at Country Coach.
But slammed by the recession and downturn in RV sales, Country Coach and Monaco Coach in Coburg closed, laying off thousands of workers.
Today, with 260 employees between them, Marathon Coach in Coburg and Winnebago are the only manufacturers of motor homes in Lane County.
Winnebago did not disclose how much it pays its workers, but observers say the firm’s wages match or exceed those that were paid by Country Coach, and that Winnebago has better health insurance and retirement benefits than Country Coach did.
“The community is real happy they are here providing living-wage jobs,” Junction City Mayor Mike Cahill said. “We also are happy they are still on track to have more than 200 people in their manufacturing plant and running the service center.”
The first Oregon-made Winnebago, a Grand Tour 45RL, rolled out of the plant in July and was sent to Guaranty RV in Junction City, one of the nation’s largest RV dealers.
The 45-foot motor home is a mini-luxury home on wheels, featuring cherry or maple cabinets, porcelain tile floors, kitchens and bathrooms with quartz countertops, shower-equipped bathrooms and multiple televisions.