Wausaukee Composites Inc. recently announced a temporary layoff of 61 workers at a Cuba City, Wis., facility that is dedicated to manufacturing wind-energy components.
``It is the result of a sudden and unforeseen cancellation of an order; it is a temporary action ... and we intend to recall the employees as soon as order activity resumes,'' David Lisle, Wausaukee's president and chief executive officer, said in a Feb. 3 telephone interview.
Lisle said financing for wind-energy projects has dwindled during the global economic recession, but he remains optimistic about the industry. Lisle pointed to various renewable energy proposals in the stimulus plans circulating in Congress.
``I do not believe that [the slowdown] is overcapacity in the supply chain, but a momentary lull in what will continue to be a growth industry,'' he said.
Lisle said that Wausaukee has had unspecified layoffs at its other plants in Wausaukee and Gillett, Wis., but it also is seeing growth in the recreation and mass transit product segments.
``We do intend to be recalling workers at Cuba City soon and we will be introducing new products by the end of the year,'' he said.
The Cuba City facility opened in early 2008.