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Editor’s note: Although this letter was submitted by a single employee, she indicated that it was written collectively by many Roadtrek employees.
By Brenda Cornfield Holmes
Today I’m speaking for many whose voices need to be heard, and for many long-term Roadtrek employees who feel robbed and abandoned.
I am speaking for the young man who had an anxiety attack last Friday when it was announced the company was closing and all of us would lose our jobs. He had to leave because his pain was real.
I am speaking for the single mom who was taking great pride in providing for her family by earning a livable wage, as well as for the many couples whose world just crashed down before their eyes.
We, the Roadtrek family, need the RV industry’s help.
We need action to rebuild what is a viable and successful product that we believe in with our hearts, and souls.
We’re asking the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, every level of government and the Ministry of Labour to run a full audit of business practices, and conduct any criminal investigations that may be in order.
We would like to see an investigation into the international sale of Erwin Hymer to Thor Industries.
The Roadtrek employees here need government assistance.
Although the thoughts and prayers offered by many people are admirable and appreciated, what we truly want is the financial backing to continue to create Roadtrek Class B motorhomes — the No. 1 selling vehicles that we poured ourselves into creating every day.
Our product sells itself. It is simply the best in the market and we pride ourselves on being the best.
Our family needs financial support from a buyer who believes in this product like we do — someone who has the resolve to turn this around, and see that the people who did this are held responsible.
The Erwin Hymer family made billions on the sale of Erwin Hymer Group to Thor. The family’s treatment after the fact of the people who formed the lifeblood of its company is despicable.
Action needs to be swift! Our goal is to save Roadtrek. We need a little help, but we know we can do it.
Brenda Cornfield Holmes is a former employee of Erwin Hymer Group North America who worked on the assembly line at the company’s Roadtrek manufacturing facility in Kitchener, Ontario.