Glen Oak Lumber & Milling may close Montello, Wisconsin, hardwood millwork and components manufacturing operation, impacting up to 43 jobs, after major customer pulls business with no notice

Wendy Lisney

Wendy Lisney

Nov 13, 2013 – Industry Intelligence

LOS ANGELES , November 13, 2013 () – The loss of a major customer without notice could force the closure of a hardwood millwork and components manufacturing operation in Montello, Wisconsin, with the loss of more than 40 jobs, according to a report by the Portage Daily Register.

Glen Oak Lumber & Milling filed paperwork informing the Wisconsin Dept. of Workforce Development that it was making plans to close its Mill 4 plant, potentially eliminating 25 jobs, the Portage Daily Register reported. Glen Oak's employee support services director Dustylee Gray said the decision followed the loss of a major customer without notice on Oct. 23.

That customer had previously informed Glen Oak on Oct. 17 that it was immediately reducing orders by 50%, forcing the company to cut one salaried and 17 hourly positions. In total, the loss of the customer affects 43 employees including five salaried and 38 hourly positions, the Portage Daily Register reported.

Gray's letter said Glen Oak would begin eliminating the additional positions on Jan. 5, and would continue the process in phases until new business could be found. He wrote that the company was aggressively attempting to obtain new business, but it was impossible to say which employees would be affected, or in which order they would be separated.

In addition to its Montello facility, Glen Oak operates a manufacturing plant in Somerset, Kentucky; a stair systems production facility in Wexford, Pennsylvania; and a southeastern U.S. distribution center in Atlanta, according to the company's website.

The primary source of this article is the Portage Daily Register, Portage, Wisconsin, on Nov. 8, 2013.

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