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EFCO restructuring impacts 42 local jobs

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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The main offices and factory for EFCO Corporation in Monett.
EFCO Corporation, a Pella company based in Monett, has undergone a restructuring in light of current economic conditions. A total of 42 jobs have been impacted.

"As the United States economy has slowed, so has the commercial construction market, which is down as much as 50 percent from a few years ago across the U.S.," said Kathy Krafka Harkema, corporate public relations manager. "Most forecasts do not expect a rebound in the short term."

Krafka Harkema said EFCO has taken steps over time to address the situation, such as cutting travel and costs, employees taking leaves without pay and shortened work weeks.

"Lay-offs continue to be the very last resort," Krafka Harkema said.

In light of the continued downturn, EFCO had a restructuring last week that impacted 42 team members who work in office settings.

"Everyone impacted will be offered another position or the option of a severance package," Krafka Harkema said. "EFCO regrets we have to take such measures. When we see a downtown as much as 50 percent, we've got to align our workforce with the market. The economy is still very volatile.

"EFCO is taking measures to work with its team members," Krafka Harkema said. "We're trying to make the best of the current economy." Privately held and professionally managed, EFCO manufactures architectural windows, curtain walls, storefronts and entry systems designed for commercial construction needs sold through independent sales representatives across the United States. EFCO has its two manufacturing plants in Monett.


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It is clear that the news release from EFCO was printed verbatim by the Monett Times. Any writer other than a company PR office -- whose members seem to rarely lose their jobs -- would not use the PC phrase, "a total of 42 jobs have been impacted." A newspaper reporter would clearly and rightly say that 42 people, many with decades of service, have been laid off. But, oh yes, they would be permitted to stay if they wished to work in the manufacturing section for considerably less than their current salaries.

The press release also failed to mention that these 42 people were herded into a conference room on a Friday afternoon, less than an hour before closing time, where they were abruptly told not to come back after the weekend and to leave EFCO company grounds immediately.

That's no way to treat people.

Particularly when they're loyal and dedicated people who have given years of their lives to help make EFCO what it is today.

It's not just jobs. Forty-two people and their families have been impacted.

-- Posted by John Foland on Mon, Oct 18, 2010, at 3:07 PM


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