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Manchester & Oelwein facilities consolidate: no layoffs

MANCHESTER (KWWL) -- XL Specialized Trailers, Inc. announced Monday afternoon it will consolidate operations from the Oelwein, Iowa facility, into the facility in Manchester.  The company issued a news release stating none of its workers at either facility will get laid off.

XL Specialized Trailers builds specialized trailers and is based in Manchester.

This consolidation affects about 100 workers in Oelwein.  All are first shift workers and will be offered incentives to move to Manchester.

The company tells KWWL that Oelwein workers will be offered a 10% pay raise (shift premium) to work a rotating four day on, four day off schedule in Manchester.

"The company will consolidate its manufacturing and customer service operations to meet the requirements of today's competitive market." President and CEO Scott Wall announced  in the company news release.

News Release:

In order to plan for future growth, in 2006 the company built a state-of-art manufacturing facility in Manchester, Iowa. Over the last two years XL has produced trailers in both facilities, but through production improvements, the company is now capable of fully utilizing the Manchester facility. This improvement in the Manchester operations, coupled with the inherent efficiencies of operating in one facility has caused the company to evaluate a consolidation. As a result the company has decided to transfer the employees from the antiquated Oelwein building into the Manchester facility in March.

"Consolidating operations and continued investment into XL's Manchester facility is consistent with the long-term strategic plan to position the company for improved results, and we remain committed to our customers and our employees. Most importantly we will be able to maintain our most important asset, our employees. All of our current employees will be offered employment at the Manchester facility," said Scott Wall.

Mike Whittenbaugh, Production Manager of XL Specialized Trailers, stated; "The consolidation of operations is part of our on-going efforts to continually improve our productivity, a prerequisite for our competitive success within the global market."

XL Specialized Trailers, Inc. opened in 1995 in a retired railroad maintenance facility in Oelwein. The company says it has seen significant growth in its operations selling specialized trailers to dealers across the United States and Canada and also selling direct to national trucking companies.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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