New orders for trailers has enabled Stoughton Trailers to rescind a layoff notice from May and said it has enough work at the moment to keep the facility rolling, albeit at a reduced production rate, until mid- to late October.
Eighty to 100 workers got layoff notices in May, bringing employment down to less than 300 from more than 1,000 in June of 2007.
State law mandates that a company the size of Stoughton Trailers give 60 days notice of mass layoffs.
Company president Ken Wahlin said in a statement on Thursday that new business is allowing a portion of the workforce to come back to the plant.
"It is uncertain at this time if this recent business activity will support a sustainable recovery," Wahlin said. "However, we are guardedly optimistic. We continue to see poor industry conditions but there are some positive signs."
The company, headquartered in Stoughton, had "rolling layoffs" this summer lasting two to four weeks at a time, and office workers were put on reduced work weeks of 36 hours, comparable to the factory workers' schedule, according to news reports.
The Capital Times - 8/06/2009 10:45 am