Winnebago ramps up production

Mark Darcy had to find other work seven years ago after his employer, recreational vehicle manufacturer Country Coach, closed in the throes of the recession.

Darcy, 56, got other jobs, including a stint at a cabinet-making company in Eugene, but he found them unsatisfying.

“It wasn’t in my blood,” he said.

Nine months ago, Darcy 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.

“My blood was here,” he said. “I got the opportunity to work here, and I jumped on it.”

Darcy is one of 85 employees at the Winnebago plant in Junction City, about a third of them former Country Coach workers, according to company managers.

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 motorhomes.

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