New Owner Says Highsmith Workers to F...

New Owner Says Highsmith Workers to Face Layoffs

There are 1 comment on the WSAW story from Sep 5, 2008, titled New Owner Says Highsmith Workers to Face Layoffs. In it, WSAW reports that:

A Janesville company that recently purchased Highsmith Co. of Fort Atkinson has informed state officials that 86 Highsmith employees won't be offered continued employment.

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Madison, WI

#1 Sep 16, 2008
Please note that the company is relocating as are about 2/3rds of the employees to the company. The brand and what is offered to the company is still intact and will be expanded.


Correction: Highsmith is relocating, not closing

The Capital Times 9/16/2008 6:18 am

Highsmith, a distributor of school and library supplies headquartered in Fort Atkinson, is closing its facility and will move operations to the Lab Safety Supply facility in Janesville after Lab Safety Supply bought the 52-year-old firm in July.

A Sept. 5 Capital Times story reported the Highsmith company in Fort Atkinson was closing, putting 86 employees out of work. Company officials said Highsmith is not closing Nov. 1 but is relocating, and a majority of the 200 employees at the Fort Atkinson facility are being offered positions in the Janesville facility.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development was informed by Lab Safety Supply that 86 workers would be permanently laid off Nov. 1. A company spokesman said that as positions become available at Lab Safety Supply, the postings will be made at Highsmith first.

The spokesman said Highsmith customers can continue to use the company's contact numbers and Web site.

The Capital Times 9/16/2008 6:18 am

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