The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 3:55 pm

Outdoor furniture maker closing, cites COVID-19

SHERRY SLATER | The Journal Gazette

A Kosciusko County outdoor furniture maker will cease operations early next year, putting about 80 employees out of work, according to a filing with the state.

Wabash Valley Site Furnishings cited "the unforeseen, direct and significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic" on business operations for the decision in its WARN letter to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires companies planning mass firings or layoffs to notify state and local officials at least 60 days before the effective date.

The Wabash Valley operation at 505 E. Main St., Silver Lake, will begin job cuts in mid-January followed by additional separations in mid-February and mid-March. Officials expect the last day to be on or about April 7.

The workers aren't represented by a union and don't have bumping rights, the notice states.

Wabash Valley Site Furnishings has manufactured various durable, functional, high-end furnishings including commercial-grade benches, trash cans, picnic tables and grills for more than 30 years, according to its website. The company makes two custom lines, one covered with powder coating.

The affected workers include 15 welders, 13 who work on the powder-coating line and eight CNC machine operators.

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