Barefoot Motors, an off-road electric vehicle company based in Ashland, will close before the end of the year due to problems with its supply chain, owner and CEO Mary Gresens says.
"Due to a critical interruption in our supply chain which has resulted in a review of our business model, Barefoot Motors LLC will no longer produce and offer the present products," she said in a message on the company's website, www.barefootmotors.com. "The facility in Ashland is being ramped down and will be closed by the end of the year."
Gresens declined to comment for this story.
Six people work full time at the 3151 E. Main St. facility, the company said.
Barefoot produced two off-road electric vehicles: the EQO, an all-terrain vehicle, and the ESO, a side-by-side vehicle similar to a golf cart. The vehicles were designed to be used for agricultural, industrial and land-management tasks.
According to the company's website, more than 40 percent of the vehicles' components were made in Oregon and 90 percent in the United States.
The company relocated from California to Ashland and opened the East Main Street facility in June 2009.
Gresens was named Automotive Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women this September.