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Charlevoix manufacturing facility will close its doors, leaving over 100 out of work

DE-STA-CO manufacturing company has announced it will be closing its Charlevoix facility. DE-STA-CO makes parts for assembly lines. The company will begin laying off workers in early 2016, leaving over 100 people out of work.

Darren Greene, DE-STA-CO’s global marketing director, says the business is expanding and has decided to relocate to Tennessee.

"We are giving those employees an opportunity to apply for jobs down in the new facility," says Greene. "So we hope that they will take advantage of that and make the decision to stay with DE-STA-CO and continue to work for us." 

Greene says they’ll offer severance packages to employees who choose not to apply for relocation. DE-STA-CO will also help those employees find new work.

Jane Butzier is the operations manager for Northwest Michigan Works, which will collaborate with DE-STA-CO and state unemployment to help employees with the transition. Butzier is optimistic.

"Skilled machine operators are in high demand in northwest Michigan, I mean, all over our region," she says. "I don’t anticipate there being tremendous difficulties with these folks finding employment." 

Butzier says other manufacturing employers in the region have already expressing interest in hiring DE-STA-CO workers.