Community saves woodshop after it's ordered to close
August 26, 2021 | 10:40 am CDT
JL Woodworking makes children's furniture

JL Woodworking makes children's furniture and toys.

NORTH GRENVILLE, ON-- A small children's furniture and toymaking business was saved from closure by an outpouring of support from the community.

JL Woodworking operates out of a unit in a former high school. The company rents its space. North Grenville is located just south of Ottawa. 

But the unit isn't up to fire and municipal codes. And the building's landlord believed getting the unit up to code would cost too much and outweigh rent income. 

The company received an order to close within a week. 

"Can we find another place? Not in a week," the company explained on its Facebook page. "These machines are not things that can be moved in the back of a truck. Electrical is a big thing, we paid 'you don’t want to know how much' to get this place up to a standard. And no, this stuff won’t fit in our garage again. We gave every piece of blood, sweat, and tears (and frankly any of our savings) we have into this business and we are finally holding up the white flag. Taking this as a sign to move on to the next chapter in our life."

The post quickly gathered hundreds of comments. People sent letters to the municipality. 

In less than a day, it was announced that the company could continue operating. 

"No one wants the business in question to suffer because of a property owner that has some challenges," said Mayor Nancy Peckford.

JL owner Jordan Loshinsky told The North Grenville Times that he was shocked by the community response, saying the Facebook post was just about the company's demise. 

It's unclear what will happen to the company, but for now, they won't be evicted. 

Loshinsky owns and operates JL Woodworking with just his wife Melissa. The company manufactures custom wood items, specializing in toys, cabinets, and children's furniture.

 

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