Glen Oak Lumber announces layoffs
Due to a restructuring, Glen Oak Lumber announced last week that they are laying off 28 of their 142 Wisconsin employees as they close their Mill 2 board plant on County Road F and their Wood Residual Solutions Division located in the city of Montello.
The company is consolidating some of the operations to their Somerset, KY facility. The Kentucky location affords a reduction in logistical costs, as well as optimizes that location’s high-speed capability. While the announcement affects some workers immediately, others will be kept on short term while the transition is made to the Kentucky facility.
“We regret the loss of jobs for our employees,” said Tom Talbot, CEO, “this decision is not a reflection on the capabilities and dedication of our employees. I would like to thank them for their contributions over the years. This strategic decision was difficult but necessary to ensure Glen Oak Lumber focuses its resources to maintain a competitive edge in the industry.”
Along with its subsidiaries, Glen Oak Lumber manufactures a wide range of wood products, such as jambs and window fashions, in addition to its board and mouldings programs. Glen Oak Lumber facilities in Kentucky, Georgia and Pennsylvania are not affected by the restructuring.
A spokesperson for Glen Oak reported to the Tribune that the layoff affects both office and plant employees. The average length of service for the affected employees is 1.3 years. No severance package was provided.
Glen Oak Lumber was founded in Montello in 1979.