TechlineUSA to close plant, cites increasing global competition

Special to The Freeman

April 9, 2014

WAUNAKEE – Citing increasing global competition that undercuts its prices, TechlineUSA notified the Department of Workforce Development on Wednesday that it will be closing its facility in Waunakee, resulting in about 93 people losing their jobs.

TechlineUSA is a manufacturer of medical commercial laminate casework, office furniture and millwork.

“We deeply appreciate the dedication and service of all our employees. Techline and its owners have long been committed to the company’s employees and their family members. Over the last 45 years, Techline has provided hundreds of good paying union jobs in Dane County with strong employment benefits, safe working conditions, and the highest quality products,” according to the letter.

“Regretfully, the company is no longer economically viable in light of industry-wide economic conditions over the last decade in an increasingly competitive global economy with a shift in customer preferences now favoring lower cost goods with shorter product lifespans over the high quality and long-lasting products which have always been the cornerstone of Techline’s business. Please know that the company and its owners did everything they could to delay this difficult decision over the last ten years but could no longer justify operating the company at significant financial losses year after year.”

Shutdown of the facility at 500 S. Division St. will begin June 9 with the final layoffs happening until Oct. 31.

Some employees are represented by Carpenters Industrial Council, Local Union 2190, according to the letter.