By Tim Kowols
There are some positives coming out of the upcoming closure of the Algoma Hardwoods plant. According to a recent update given by the Bay Area Workforce Development Board, a majority of the 180 workers affected by the closure have found new jobs or made the decision to go back to school to learn new skills. Even some of the workers still on site fulfilling the last orders for its parent company Masonite International have jobs being saved for them. Algoma Mayor Wayne Schmidt says the city is now looking for someone to take over the building, which will be almost blank slate after Masonite removes its equipment later this year.
The plant is expected to be completely closed between the end of June and the middle of July. Schmidt says the city does not know the lasting effects of the Algoma Hardwoods plant closure in terms of utilities in the city but was thankful it has not had a drastic effect on local businesses according to a recent survey.