FAIR HAVEN — Skyline Manufactured Housing Corporation will close its Fair Haven plant in October, according to Mike Steed, the company’s vice president human resources at its headquarters in Elkhart, Ind. Steed said 78 Vermont and New York workers will lose their jobs.
The plant, built 40 years ago, is located on Main Street south of the Amtrak railroad crossing.
The depression in the nation’s housing market was blamed on the closing.
Founded in 1951, Skyline manufactures and modular housing. In 1960, it opened its first recreational vehicle (RV) factory. According to Steed, Skyline has built more than 870,000 homes and 460,000 RVs. Since the 1980s, the firm’s sales have been estimated at over excess of $15 billion. However, the company reported a $27 million loss this year.
Fair Haven Select Board Chairman Jeff Sheldon said, “It’s kind of a shock to the community.”
Sheldon said Town Manager Peter Hathaway attempted to contact Skyline’s executives Aug. 13 but they didn’t respond.
State and county agencies will work with employees to help them find employment.
Skyline products are built by 13 operating divisions located in a dozen states across the U.S. Of the firm’s 15 divisions, ten produce housing and three produce RVs.