The continued downturn in the housing market is leading to a workforce reduction at Pella Corporation headquarters in Pella and the closing of a plant in Fairfield, Ohio. Pella spokesperson Kathy Krafka Harkema tells KNIA/KRLS News that the company is looking at a reduction of several hundred office and factory floor positions in Pella, and nearly two hundred positions in Ohio. The reduction of workforce is now underway and will ideally be accomplished through voluntary early retirements and voluntary separations.
The Fairfield, Ohio plant manufactures entry doors. That operation will move to Pella when the plant closes in mid-late 2011. Krafka Harkema cites the recent recession and continued downturn in the housing market as the reason for the reduction with new construction down 60-70% since its height in 2005-06. She states that the Pella Corporation has been in operation for 85 years, and has seen hard times before, including the Great Depression and the Second World War. While the company sees no quick rebound to the current economic situation, they are optimistic for the future of the company, their employees, and the community.