Kolbe Announces Temporary Layoffs of More than 300 Employees

November 10th, 2009 by Editor

Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc. announced today that it is laying off 334 of its production and office employees as a result of the continuing decline in the residential and light commercial construction industry. Most of the affected employees work at the company’s Wausau facility. Kolbe president Michael Salsieder says he anticipates the lay-off to be a temporary measure.

“While it is our desire to recall as many of the laid-off employees as possible in the early spring, the precise number will be determined by the resiliency of the economy and its ability to return to a normalcy that will result in sustained levels of sales revenues to justify employment levels we have previously experienced,” he says.

He adds that the decision was not taken lightly, and is being done to insure the long-term strength of the Kolbe organization.

“We know and understand that our employees appreciate that Kolbe has exhausted all alternatives in its effort to ride out the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression, but it was necessary to take these measures to insure that Kolbe will be a strong company, a stable employer, and a market leader for many years to come,” adds Salsieder.

He also added that Kolbe is appropriately staffed in the manufacturing plant and in the office to provide the highest level of service.

“We will smartly manage our business to the current and anticipated workloads and, as the economy recovers, we will have the flexibility to increase the manpower required to meet the increasing demand for our products throughout North America,” he says.

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  1. fyi

  2. That`s too bad. Ever since Herb Kolbe stopped walking the floor the veracity of his`s vision evaporated. They had an opportunity to expand globally, which would have mitigated regional disturbances. Their management had the pretense they could step on the little guys and we can all see the results.

    Having a *Smart Focus* on a regional market, is not a strategy when the dollar is weak, and the international exports high quality American products are very competitive globally.

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