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.