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BA Deere
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Larson Stormdoor closing

The company has made it 60 years through recessions, housing downturns, but their parent company abruptly decided to shutdown the Lake Mills, Iowa plant as well as the ones in Texas and Mississippi.  I thought there was a housing boom?  Larson stormdoors are high quality, however if the economy is internally seen as getting a little more than bumpy, they may see it`s better to "cut bait".   A screendoor is one of those things that you can patch up, spray paint and get by another couple years if you have to.

https://www.kimt.com/news/larson-manufacturing-shutting-down-in-lake-mills/article_41b4a34a-3930-11e...  

KIMT is learning "Larson Manufacturing" in Lake Mills will be closing.

LAKE MILLS, Iowa – The Larson Manufacturing plant in Lake Mills is closing.

The company announced Tuesday it was shutting down its facilities in Lake Mills as well as Grand Prairie, Texas, and Senatobia, Mississippi.  Lake Mills employees say second-shift has been cancelled and first-shift will end on November 18.

A company statement said “The decision was based on continued efforts to mitigate external economic risks, an assessment of the industry, and the evolution of the organization to best align with its growth strategy. This decision is not a reflection of the skills of the workforce. Rather, this is an opportunity to strengthen the organization and solidify the long-term value of the business.”

 

Larson’s parent company, Fortune Brands Home & Security, says it is committed to helping all of the workers affected by these closures.

The company website says it has had an operation in Lake Mills since 1961.

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k-289
Esteemed Advisor

Re: Larson Stormdoor closing

The  Red  Green  password  being  ,  PARENT  COMPANY  ,    PARENT  COMPANY  ,  unfortunately  = = =

2021  Corp   Revenue  reports  of  7.7  Billion  -  net  income  - 1.1 Billion  -  interesting  =$=$=$

Maybe  the  $upply  Chain$   excuse,  lost  it's  justification = = =

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BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: Larson Stormdoor closing

Yeah K-man, this 3/4% hike in rates today and more to come, is probably going to make it necessary for companies have similar tough decisions in this latest attempt to purposely "slow the economy".   

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Hobbyfarmer
Honored Advisor

Re: Larson Stormdoor closing

lots of greed and pure incompetent upper management in most of these cases.

k-289
Esteemed Advisor

Re: Larson Stormdoor closing

KEEP  in  mind  Larson  was  sold  to  fortune  security  outfit  in  2020  -   =  -  The  details  of  the  fallout  -  might  be  interesting  -  =   

Corp.  closing  ''''  thought  &  prayers ''''  statement ,  was  quite ,  captivating  = = =       

BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: Larson Stormdoor closing

I`ve read other places that Larson workers will continue to get wages 60 days after it`s closed, I don`t know but that sounds kind of generous compared to what most corporations do.   The Lake Mills facility looks pretty swell, it isn`t terribly old, a shame if it sits empty.  Larson doors are good as best better than rest quality in the industry and with all the houses being built and more needed, I`m just thinking the company sees tough times coming and it`s always better to quit on your own terms, rather than creditors forcing it.  Just so they don`t move to Mexico, that`s all i`m saying.

Just like Cummins Filtration left Lake Mills over 10 years ago and moved to Mexico... did anyone notice their oil filter prices drop?  ... I didn`t think so, but that cost that community over 400 jobs.  When Fleetgard was there, those were top quality filters, making for all the major brands that just slapped their own sticker on the Fleetgard filter.  Cummins bought them out and eventually moved it to Mexico.  Now, Parts ASAP has a distribution store in the old building.

https://www.albertleatribune.com/2019/09/former-publisher-looks-back-on-the-community-he-once-served...  

snip: 

LAKE MILLS — Harris Honsey of Lake Mills was at a loss for words when asked about the people of the community he calls home — which may seem ironic for a man who worked at the Lake Mills Graphic for almost half a century.

He started working at the newspaper as a printer’s devil while he was in high school. At the time, the printer’s devil was a common term for an apprentice.

He continued at the business full-time after graduating from Lake Mills Community School, with the exception of two years he spent serving his country as a member of the military police in Washington, D.C

He managed the newspaper for five years before purchasing the newspaper in June 1969.

“The centennial edition was my last effort for my boss,” Honsey said.

His success on the project earned him first place honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association special section category.

Honsey was also honored in the community service category for his contributions to the Homecoming ’86 program that took first place in the statewide betterment competition and received the Master Editor Publisher Award in 1989.

“Things were humming in those days,” he said. “We bragged that we had 1,600 jobs in a town of 2,100 people.”

The community was hit with a setback when one of its largest employers, Cummins Filtration, announced the layoff of 400 employees in 2009. The plant closed shortly after, but the community of Lake Mills made it through, and for good reason.

“We’ve been blessed with good people,” Honsey said, noting he feared naming them all out of fear he would leave someone out.

Honsey said Lake Mills is the type of community that if one of the farmers in town has a problem and cannot manage his farm, other farmers would gather a dozen combines, tractors and trailers and harvest for them or their widow.

“It’s a very caring, sharing group of people here,” he said.

Honsey also noted the generous spirit of the people of Lake Mills, which has resulted in many projects being done through community donations.

One such project was the Norwegian American Immigrant Family Monument.

According to articles in the Lake Mills Graphic archives, a project committee started to raise donations for the statue in March 1994. Those who donated over $500 to the project received a print of a painting the group had commissioned to be made once the statue was erected. Those who gave $1,000 or more would have their name placed on a plaque near the monument. Various fundraisers took place as well as contributions from different organizations.

The monument honors the Norwegian ancestry many early Lake Mills residents shared. In the town’s infancy, most of the population was from Norway while there were smaller pockets of English or Irish ancestry.

The Norwegian American Immigrant Family Monument, dedicated in 1995, is located in a 6-acre park at the edge of Lake Mills, which was donated by Ronald and Darlene Groe. The life-size bronze sculpture by Clifford Carlson depicts a 1860s era Norwegian family with their travel trunk. The son points off into the distance of the new land they have come upon while glancing back at his parents. His younger sister looks ahead with astonishment.

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