Pella Corp announced 198 layoffs, including at three western IA plants


November 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A company spokesperson for the Pella Corporation announced Wednesday, 198 workers will lose their jobs at the company’s window and doors manufacturing locations in Carroll, Sioux Center, Shenandoah,  as well as at a manufacturing site in Portland, Oregon. The bulk of the workers affected by the layoff, are at the company’s headquarters and factory in Pella. The company cited the prolonged housing economy recession as the reason for the layoffs.  Pella spokesperson Kathy Krafka Harkema said “Low consumer confidence, tighter access to home loans, and the volatile U.S. economy continue to hamper the American housing economy.”

Pella Corporation announced late last month it planned to close its plant in South Carolina and ask workers in its Iowa plants to retire or voluntarily leave. Pella was offering workers incentives to voluntarily leave at its operations in Carroll, Shenandoah, Sioux Center and Pella. Company officials said close to 100 people took that voluntary deal. Harkema said Pella is partnering with state and local officials to assist affected employees in locating new career opportunities, and provide them information on employee assistance programs.

Pella is a privately held company headquartered in Pella, Iowa, and employs about 7,100 people.