Masonite to Close Wisconsin Door Factory

November 11th, 2016 by Trey Barrineau

Masonite is closing the Algoma Hardwoods plant in Algoma, Wisc., that it purchased in 2012. The architectural door factory employed 180 workers and had been in operation for more than 100 years.

Layoffs will begin on January 13, 2017, and they’ll continue until the plant closes on August 31, according to a report from the Milwaukee Business Journal. About 125 of the workers are represented by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

Masonite revealed the plant closure in its third-quarter financial statement. The company said it was shuttering the facility “to improve its cost structure, expand operational efficiencies and align our plant optimization portfolio.” Masonite says the total costs associated with the restructuring plan are expected to be $4.8 million.

“This difficult decision was driven by factors beyond the control of the Algoma employees who have worked very hard to make this plant successful,” Fred Lynch, Masonite’s president and CEO, told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “The closure is a result of the need to simplify the business’ network of door plants and the overlap of Algoma’s service area with our other facilities.”

Masonite purchased Algoma Hardwoods in 2012.

Algoma City Administrator Jeff Wiswell told the newspaper that the plant closure is worrisome on a lot of levels.

“They obviously are concerned about the welfare of their families and the future. That’s at the kitchen table level,” he said. “For the city of Algoma, it’s a disconcerting situation. We looked at Hardwood as being a stable employer in the city of Algoma for over 100 years.”

DWM reached out to Masonite for further comment, but did not receive a reply as of press time.

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