MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) — Schield Family Brands says it plans to close its factory and office in Mosinee, affecting about 550 workers.
The company said Friday the plant is expected to close by the end of 2012.
The Mosinee plant makes vinyl windows and doors. The positions will be transferred to other Schield factories in Park Falls, Ladysmith and Medford, but a Schield news release is unclear whether the 556 affected Mosinee workers will be able to transfer to those factories.
The Wausau Daily Herald reports that a letter sent to employees says the company will start layoffs on Feb. 7, and the layoffs will continue through Aug. 31.
The Medford-based company attributes the closing to the slumping housing market and to union workers who refused to extend the current contract.
Information from: Wausau Daily Herald, http://www.wausaudailyherald.com