Rexhall Industries Inc., one of this North County community'slargest employers, was forced to trim its workforce Sept. 26because its RV sales to distributors had dropped sharply in thewake of last month's terrorist attacks on the East Coast. CEOWilliam Rex took a 20% pay cut and the rest of the firm's officerstook a 10% cut.

But sales have picked up over the past couples of weeks, COOMichael Bourne says, as consumer confidence has stabilized andinterest rates keep dropping. He also expect sales to get the usualfourth-quarter boost from "snowbirds" seeking to buy or lease amotor home to travel south for the winter.

If the recent uptick continues, Bourne says, "we might be ableto hire back some or all of those people by the end of October. Atleast, that's what we're hoping for."

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