On Friday, negative news about jobs sent the markets nose-diving. The Labor Department says employers hired just 69,000 workers last month, less than half of what was expected.
Despite that negative news, Monaco RV is in the process of adding 250 new jobs.
Only four years ago, Monaco cut about 1,400 workers and filed for bankruptcy. Since then, the manufacturer was purchased by Navistar and employment has been steadily climbing.
"I start my job on Monday." David BeMiller, a new hire said.
BeMiller is just one of the nearly 250 new employees Monaco is hiring. He's worked in the RV industry nearly his entire life, but like many RV workers, he had been laid off for several months.
"I kept on looking for jobs and seemed like there wasn't much of anything out there." he said.
This is just the latest job announcement for Monaco. In August, the company announced the consolidation of its Oregon factory with the factory in Wakarusa. That brought about 300 new jobs to the Elkhart County factory. Now, the company is ramping up production and needs to add to the workforce.
"We're ramping up production as we speak." Monaco RV President Bill Osborne said. "We started diesel production and we're currently building 15 per week and are on our way to ramping up to 22 per week in late June time period."
Osborne says adding jobs has been the plan since the move from Oregon.
Despite the most recent job numbers that were much lower than expected, he says the RV industry is on the rebound.
"What happens with one month's job numbers may mean something for those whose business plans go to quarter to quarter, but our goal is to be in this for the long haul." Osborne said.
Monaco RV now employs more than 550 hourly workers, plus around another 100 administrative employees.
A job fair at the Wakarusa facility started on Thursday and will continue through Saturday.