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Pilgrim Closes 4 Plants In Latest RV Setbacks

Recreational vehicle maker has laid off 160 workers at four plants in Indiana and temporarily ceased operations.

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. (AP) -- Pilgrim International has laid off 160 workers at four Elkhart County plants and temporarily ceased operations in the latest setback for northern Indiana recreation vehicle manufacturers.

"We are in the process of negotiations with the bank. Right now we're not running any production," Pilgrim partner Dave Hoefer Sr. said Friday.

Officials at the Middlebury-based maker of mid-priced travel trailers and fifth wheels won't know anything more about the company's outlook until sometime next week.

"The sad thing is the people, the families, everything affected. But we have to look at it all," Hoefer said.

Keystone RV Co. of Goshen announced Thursday it was laying off 290 workers, about 10 percent of its work force, at 15 manufacturing plants, most of them in Elkhart County. Last month, Monaco Coach Corp. announced it would close three Elkhart County factories and eliminate 1,400 jobs, or about a third of its work force.

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