Setra subsidiary Plusshus cuts 20 jobs at Arvidsjaur, Sweden, factory producing roof, joist and interior wall elements for single-family prefab homes

SOLNA, Sweden , January 19, 2012 (press release) – Setra’s subsidiary Plusshus gives notice of production cutbacks at the box unit factory in Arvidsjaur. A total of 20 employees are affected.

The Plusshus factory is Arvidsjaur is specialised in the manufacture of box units, such as exterior and interior walls, joists and roof elements. Box units are used, among other things, in the production of prefabricated single-family homes.

“Construction of single-family homes and terraced houses has decline by approximately 40% during the past year at the same time as market share for box units for larger projects within this segment has decreased,” says Nils Clausén, managing director of Plusshus.

“Despite an increase in our marketing efforts, we assess our order situation for box units as highly uncertain,” says Clausén. “We are therefore forced to give notice to 20 employees in Arvidsjaur.”

“We are naturally working to find new projects and alternative areas of operation suitable for Arvidsjaur. We hope that these efforts will yield results and that we will not need to implement these redundancies,” says Clausén.

Plusshus supplies customised and cost-effective wood-frame housing with a high level of prefabrication. Customers are commercial property developers and contractors in Sweden and Norway. The head office is in Skellefteå and Plusshus has production facilities at three factories in Kristinehamn, Skellefteå and Arvidsjaur. The subsidiary Plusshus Entreprenad works with assembly of the company’s products.

Plusshus is a wholly owned subsidiary of Setra.

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