Standard Structures To Lay Off 91

Originally published by: Windsor Press DemocratSeptember 21, 2011

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Windsor wood products manufacturer Standard Structures said it will lay off 91 workers next month, following the sale of part of its business to an Idaho company.

But many of its workers could get hired by RedBuilt, which plans to manufacture wooden joists and trusses in a portion of Standard Structures' plant. Standard Structures also wants to continue making laminated beams there.

“One of the goals was to keep most of our people employed,” said Standard Structures CEO Dick Caletti, whose father founded the company in 1947.

It will take three to six months for RedBuilt to start manufacturing in Windsor, said Randy Ruim, the Idaho company's vice president of sales and marketing.

It's too soon to say how many former Standard Structures employees will be offered jobs, he said.

“They have some outstanding people,” Ruim said.

Boise-based RedBuilt already has hired more than a dozen from the Windsor company in sales, technical and support positions, he said.

Caletti said he hopes RedBuilt will eventually hire another 30 to 50 of his workers.

Standard Structures filed the layoff notice last week under a California law that requires advance warning of plant closures or mass layoffs.

The Windsor manufacturing company temporarily closed Aug. 19 and laid off 42 employees. But it retained other workers while it completes the sale and restructures its ongoing business.

Standard Structures was forced to sell its engineered wood products business because of “extraordinary financial stress associated with the worst recession since the Great Depression,” Caletti said last month. Company sales fell from $59 million in 2006 to $14 million last year.

Terms of the Aug. 30 sale weren't disclosed.

Both companies make structural wood products for commercial, industrial and multifamily residential construction.

Standard Structures will continue making heavy laminated beams, the core of its business, Caletti said. The company manufactures about 14 million board feet of the “glulam” beams each year.

But it will no longer produce I-joists and open web trusses.

RedBuilt said it is buying Standard Structures' equipment, raw materials and other assets to produce its own line of joists and trusses. The assets are a “logical fit” for RedBuilt, said CEO Kurt Liebich.