Schield Family Brands Facility Closure to Affect More than 500 EmployeesDecember 12th, 2011 by DWM Magazine
Schield Family Brands announced that it will close its office and manufacturing facility in Mosinee, Wis., and consolidate these operations into other facilities by the end of 2012. The reason for the closure is due in part to a “sustained weakness in the housing market” but also due to “the Union’s repeated refusal to agree to proposals and extend the current contract,” according to a company press release.
“Being a part of the housing industry has been challenging for the last five years,” say company officials in the press release. “We continue to see demand decrease, which means we have to adjust the business to better align with the marketplace. This was a difficult decision and we understand that this will be a big loss for the Mosinee community and want to be sensitive to that, especially during this time of year.”
The closure will affect approximately 556 manufacturing, office and transportation employees. These positions will be transferred from the Mosinee facility to other Schield Family Brands facilities in Park Falls, Wis., Ladysmith, Wis., and Medford, Wis., according to the release.
However, the company had announced in September that it would be closing its Park Falls plant. When DWM asked Stacy Olson, communications manager, to clarify details regarding the closing of the Park Falls facility, she said, “The only thing that I can comment on at this time is that the Mosinee facility will be closing in 2012 as the press release states. The Park Falls facility is a separate facility.”
Employee terminations will commence on February 7, 2012, and continue through August 31, 2012, according to a letter sent on December 9, 2011, from Schield Family Brands, to Mosinee employees, the City of Mosinee, the Midwestern Council of Industrial Workers and state officials giving written notice (W.A.R.N. – Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification) of the facility closing.
When asked how many employees are being released and how many will be transferred, Olson told DWM, “It is not determined at this time the number of people that will transfer positions. The only thing I can tell you right now is that 556 employees are affected by the closure.”