KLAMATH FALLS, OR — Window and door manufacturer Jeld-Wen Inc. has informed state officials that it expects the current layoff of 247 employees from a window division plant in northern Wisconsin will be extended, according to The Business Journal of Milwaukee.

The company, which has been putting employees from its Rusk County plant in Hawkins on temporary layoff since the beginning of the year, blamed the extended workforce reduction on the “severe slump in the housing and construction industries,” according to a mass layoff notice filed with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

The company said it no longer expects to be able to recall a significant number of employees by July 19, which is six months from the first layoff. The plant will continue manufacturing operations, but in accordance with demand.

Affected employees are represented by Local 1435 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.

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