An update from the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corp. (KCEDC) indicates that a Community Response Team continues to develop strategy in the wake of the Masonite Corp. closure in Algoma.
Masonite informed the state in November that it intends to close the former Algoma Hardwoods door factory at 1001 Perry St. by the end of August, putting 180 people out of work.
In January, an “Employee Transition Center” was set up to offer employees direct access to workshops and one-on-one assistance. A job fair is being organized to match skills of the workforce with local and regional employers.
The Community Response Team will continue to explore any and all community and economic development opportunities that may support the employees, community and Masonite Corp. as the process of closure approaches and layoffs begin in March.
Creating and strengthening positive partnerships with stakeholders will assist in building a healthy economic future for Kewaunee County and more specifically, the City of Algoma.
Masonite purchased the business in 2012.