SNE Continues Scale Back

January 1, 2008

Just weeks after announcing the closure of its West Virginia plant and months after announcing the closure of its Georgia plant, SNE Enterprises is sending nearly half of its Wisconsin workforce home to wait out the winter. The Mosinee, Wis., manufacturer of Crestline and Vetter windows and doors, will temporarily lay off 300 workers until the depressed housing market picks up in warmer months, according to a report in the Wausau Daily Herald.

“We just don't know how long it will take this year to bounce back,” spokesperson Amy Lewis told the local newspaper.

SNE, part of The Peachtree Cos. owned by the Schield family—founders of Weather Shield Windows & Doors—typically calls for voluntary layoffs when construction slows during colder months. This year, 300 of the plant’s 672 workers will be affected.

The layoffs could last anywhere from two weeks to three months. “However long it takes for our order volume to pick up,” Lewis said. “Generally, they are voluntary layoffs, and this time around, just because the housing market is so depressed right now, there are more jobs involved.”

SNE manufactures wood and vinyl window frames and doors, and the layoffs will affect workers on its wood products line. The company is hiring to fill 100 positions on its vinyl products line, though that line has a lower pay scale, and workers typically wait for their jobs to reopen, Lewis said.

The employees will retain their seniority and pay raise schedule when they return to work, Lewis said.