MEDFORD, WIS. (Dec. 15, 1:05 p.m. ET) — Schield Family Brands, which makes vinyl windows and doors, will close its office and manufacturing facility in Mosinee, Wis., and transfer work to other facilities by the end of 2012, according to a news release from the company.
The company, which operates SNE Enterprises Inc. in Mosinee, said the closure is the result of sustained weakness in the housing market, coupled with the local union's refusal to agree to proposals and extend the current contract.
The company said the housing sector has been challenging for the last five years and that demand is decreasing.
The closure will affect about 556 manufacturing, office and transportation employees. The company said that the positions will be transferred from Mosinee to other Schield Family Brands sites in other Wisconsin facilities: Park Falls, Ladysmith and Medford.
Company officials declined to comment. The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners America Local 1594 did not return phone calls.
A story in the Wausau Daily Herald said union officials are still trying to keep the plant open and have written to the company for further discussions.
The company also filed a WARN Act notice in August that it would close its Park Falls, Wis., plant, beginning in October. However, the Department of Workforce Development said that facility is still open.
Schield Family Brands is headquartered in Medford, Wis., and has been manufacturing doors and windows since 1955. Its Mosinee plant primarily makes vinyl windows and doors.
The company's trademarked brands include Weather Shield, Peachtree, Visions and Crestline.