Here's an interesting piece by writer Laura Gossman. I remember when the Development Corp. of Austin built this plant in Dexter. I wonder what they will do with it now? I believe this project landed some state money also.
Parent company Oshkosh Corp. spokeswoman Ann Stawski said 24 employees will lose their jobs and four employees will be transferred to the plant in Dodge Center.
The plant in Dexter built concrete mixer drums, but the demand for those products has tapered in recent months.
"It's a continuation of the economy, and we had to adjust our production," Stawski said. "There's been a decrease in residential and commercial construction, and there's been the same downward trend for concrete materials."
The closing was announced to employees on Friday, but Stawski had no details on when employees will have their final day.
The Dexter plant was built by the Development Corp. of Austin in November 2002 with a loan from Mower County and was leased to Oshkosh Corp.
The Dodge Center plant also announced layoffs this month; 40 jobs were eliminated, and 125 people are being laid off for 60 days.
The company also had laid off 50 employees last February, with 20 of those jobs coming from the Dodge Center factory.
It's part of a trend across southeastern Minnesota. In the past six months, several other area companies have laid off employees.
Earlier this month, Herff-Jones announced it would close its photo lab and memory book location in Lewiston and eliminate hundreds of jobs. In December, Northern Engraving in Spring Grove announced it would close it 208-person factory. In August, TRW announced it would reduce it Winona work force by 100 employees.
Federal-Mogul in Lake City is in the midst of layoffs, too. A complete number hasn't been released by the company.