141 to lose jobs as result of Semco closure in Merrill

Published: Jan. 2, 2020 at 3:29 PM CST
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Employees of a Merrill window and door factory said the company closed abruptly Dec. 31.

A letter sent to employees states 120 employees would be immediately terminated. A spokesman for the Carpenters Union, Richard Kolodziejski confirmed the news.

The letter explained lack of orders, ability to obtain financing, insufficient cash and the inability to sell the company resulted in closure.

The Department of Workforce Development says they've been notified in total, 141 workers will be affected by the closure. The closure will affect properties at 605 N. Ohio St. and 410 Douglas St.

“The company has been pursuing additional financing to stay operating in Merrill but has been unsuccessful and was unable to provide any notice until now," a portion of the letter read.

The letter was dated Dec. 30.

DWD has received the following Wisconsin Business Closing and Mass Layoff (WARN) notice:


Semco Windows & Doors Semco Windows & Doors has provided formal notice of a workforce reduction at its Merrill location: 605 N. Ohio St. and 410 Douglas St. A total of 141 workers will be affected. This reduction has already occurred at close of business on Dec. 31, 2019. DWD and its regional partner, the North Central Workforce Development Board, will offer rapid response services to the company and the affected workers. 


Contact: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722


Workforce Development Dislocated Worker Services Summary


The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Dislocated Worker Program provides transition assistance to workers and companies affected by permanent worker layoffs. The Program's local Rapid Response Teams help companies and worker representatives develop and implement a practical transition plan based on the size of the layoff event. Types of services include:

•           pre-layoff workshops on a variety of topics such as resume writing and interviewing, job search strategies, and budgeting

•           provision of information about programs and resources through written materials and information sessions

•           career and resource fairs.


Workers affected by permanent layoff may also access basic re-employment services at no charge through the state's Job Centers. Some services, including training assistance, may be an option for some workers after enrolling in one or more of DWD's workforce development programs. While all companies faced with permanent worker layoffs are encouraged to seek assistance from the local Rapid Response Teams, some companies may be required to give 60 days notice before a mass layoff or closing under federal and/or state law. More information about advance notice requirements is available at




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