Coleman has had a manufacturing presence in New Braunfels for 42 years. (Eric Weilbacher/Community Impact Newspaper)
Camping gear and equipment manufacturer Coleman, located at 766 FM 306, New Braunfels, announced to its employees June 22 that the plant will close by the end of the year, affecting about 150 employees. Plant Operations Manager Richard Hunter said the company is consolidating its manufacturing to Wichita, Kansas. The layoffs will occur in phases, Hunter said, with a third in August, a third in October and the rest in December of this year. Coleman has operated in New Braunfels for 42 years. 830-625-6943. www.coleman.com
Eric took the helm of the San Marcos-Buda-Kyle and New Braunfels editions of Community Impact as an editor in July 2021. Prior to CI, Eric contributed to multiple papers, including the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung; a now-shuttered weekly covering the Bulverde area for the San Antonio Express-News; the Eugene Weekly in Eugene, Oregon; and other publications. He graduated from the University of Oregon.
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