Neenah Foundry plans to layoff 115 employees

The foundry blames the layoffs on selling off some heavy truck parts manufacturing and sales
Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 3:59 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2022 at 10:18 PM CDT
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NEENAH, Wis. (WBAY) - Neenah Foundry has informed the State of Wisconsin up to 115 employees will be out of a job starting in late September. The news comes weeks after the foundry was bought by a company in North Carolina.

A letter from Neenah Foundry to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development says the company is selling off some of its heavy truck part sales and manufacturing.

The layoffs, starting September 27, or October 10 at the latest, will affect 104 production workers in the United Steel Workers Union based on seniority, 4 production supervisors, and 7 corporate staff.

The company says the layoff accounts for less than 20% of its employees between its manufacturing plant on Aylward Street and its corporate headquarters on Brooks Ave. in Neenah. Neenah Foundry says the company will continue to operate in Neenah.

The mayor says she’s disappointed in the losses but also optimistic about the company’s future in Neenah. Neenah Foundry has been in the city for nearly 150 years, offering stable jobs to those in the area.

“Just right away feel for the employees who have been laid off,” Mayor Jane Lang said. “It’s always disappointing to lose jobs in the city of Neenah, and I do feel for those employees who lost jobs.”

Mayor Lang says the foundry has a rich history. The company manufactures cast iron grates, manhole covers, and frames.

“The Neenah Foundry has an amazing history in the city of Neenah. We’re very proud of that history. They’ve been part of our community for 150 years.”

According to a media release, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, located in North Carolina, bought Neenah Enterprises on July 13 for an undisclosed amount, acquiring plants in Neenah; Medley, Fla.; and Lincoln, Neb.

The mayor says the workers will find assistance -- and, likely, new jobs. “A loss for them is a loss for us as a community, but there are resources available to them, and it is a tight labor market right now so I think there are jobs available,” Lang said.

Action 2 News reached out to Neenah Foundry for comment. They did not respond to our request at the time of this writing.

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