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Furniture maker to close Kendallville plant, idling 46

A manufacturer of outdoor furniture is closing its Kendallville factory, putting 46 people out of work by the end of June, Kendallville’s mayor confirmed today.

Mayor Suzanne Handshoe said Arden Companies notified her by fax of its plan to close its plant at 230 S. Progress Drive East about June 29.

The workforce includes 11 employees with less than 90 days on the job. They were dismissed today, Handshoe said. The remaining 35 workers will lose their jobs by June 29, she said. The mayor didn’t know how much the positions pay.

The workers are not union members, and will not have bumping or transfer rights. Arden also operates a factory in Fort Wayne, where the Kendallville workers may apply for work, Handshoe said.

An Arden official told Handshoe that it was a corporate decision to realign the company.

“They said there was nothing we could do or offer to change their minds,” she said.

Workers at Arden’s Kendallville plant cut, sew and finish cushions and umbrellas for high-end outdoor furniture, Handshoe said.

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