By Lynda Jensen
The largest employer in Montrose Automated Building Components (ABC Truss) is closing its production facility as of Friday, Aug. 29, company officials confirmed last week.
“Due to the continued economic challenges in the housing industry, ABC Truss has made the difficult business decision to cease production at its Montrose production facility, shifting capacity to another facility effective Aug. 29,” Jim Hurd of ABC wrote in a company press release.
The announcement affects 40 people, Hurd said, but the company had 83 employees at the beginning of the year. Scores of them are employed locally, some of which were laid off earlier in the year.
“We’re saddened by the developments, but given the current market the sharp decline in building permits in the Twin Cities in particular, we feel it’s necessary to be proactive in reducing costs by consolidating production into our ABC Truss facility in Chetek, Wisc. We are working with customers and employees affected by this transition in every way we can. A small number of sales and support staff will remain as needed to serve area customers, “ said Jim Hurd, president of ABC.