LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The company that is buying a General Motors truck and motor home chassis line will rename the business Workhorse Custom Chassis and move it from Detroit to a plant in Indiana.
Union City Body Co. will close the deal to buy the P-line chassis business this month, spokesman Jim Paglia said.
After GM halts production of the P-line on Dec. 23, tooling and equipment will be moved to Union City, Ind., where production is scheduled to begin in February. Within 45 days, Union City plans to build about 100 P-line chassis daily, Paglia said. He expects sales for Workhorse to be divided evenly between truck body and motor home builders.
GM is selling its P32 and P42 platforms but is discontinuing its P12 chassis, introduced a year ago at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville. Dropping the P12 caused problems for motor home builders who already had developed new coaches for the chassis.
Paglia, interviewed at this month's Louisville show, said Union City hopes to have a P12 replacement ready sometime next year. It also is studying the feasibility of developing a diesel pusher, a chassis with a rear-mounted diesel engine. Be-cause of its roots in the truck modification business, Union City likely will offer a wide variety of P-chas-sis products tailored to individual truck and motor home customers, Paglia said.
Union City also is eager to establish Workhorse as a stand-alone business with an identity separate from its parent. A separate manufacturing plant and engineering staff will help this effort, Paglia said. That should pacify truck modifiers who once bought the chassis from GM and now must buy the same product from Union City, a competitor.