By Tim Kowols
Company managers at Algoma Hardwoods will meet with Bay Area Workforce Development Board officials this week after its parent company announced the facility’s closure. Approximately 180 employees will lose their jobs by the time the architectural door manufacturer closes for good next summer. Bay Area Workforce Development Board Executive Director Jim Golembeski says the conversations will center on the current needs of Algoma Hardwoods and the future for its employees going forward.
Golembeski credits their efforts in helping foster a strong and diverse economy in the region so there are jobs available when mass layoffs happen. Extensive training in areas like computer literacy will have to be done so the new positions will be the right fit for the aging workforce.