Andersen Cuts Jobs at Wisconsin Plant
Andersen Corp. has announced plans to eliminate 52 positions at its Menomonie, Wis., window assembly plant. The facility makes windows that are specifically designed for large production builders who build new, mid-range priced homes, says Maureen McDonough, Andersen director for corporate communications.
“This is the segment of the home construction marketplace that’s been hardest hit in this economy,” McDonough explains. “New housing starts have declined from well over 2 million in 2005 to about 800,000 in 2008, and industry experts are forecasting a further decline of nine percent in 2009 for new construction.”
“Companies that were building hundreds and even thousands of homes in this price category just a few years ago continue to deal with excess inventory of unsold homes,” she continues. “Because of these factors, Andersen is in a position where we have more capacity to produce this product than we need for the foreseeable future. Based on these factors, we unfortunately need to reduce the size of our workforce.”
The Menomonie plant employed 245 before the latest cut.