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Northwest Iowa industry announces 171 layoffs

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer Rosenboom Machine & Tool on Thursday announced a second workforce reduction at its Spirit Lake and Sheldon locations.

The layoff includes 65 temporary and 12 permanent layoffs in RMT's Sheldon facility and 75 temporary and 19 permanent layoffs at RMT Spirit Lake.

The company had a workforce of 461 employees following a similar announcement on Jan. 28, when company officials laid off 29 employees in Sheldon and 35 in Spirit Lake.

Rosenboom officials said the most recent round of layoffs was necessitated by a sudden and unforeseen drop in customer orders, as well as current market indicators and forecasts for the upcoming months. The layoffs are part of cost-containment measures necessitated by the continued weak economy, the company said.

"We really did not expect to be in this position again," RMT human resources manager Jack Schreurs said. "We were quite confident at the end of January that this put us to the level we needed to be. We saw a lot of downturn in the last couple of weeks."

The company hasn't lost any customers and offers the same number of product lines, "but the orders are not coming in, so here we are back in the position of having to look at very good people and say, 'you're laid off,'" Schreurs said.

"These were good people," he added.

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