Rockford just can’t catch a break.
Workers at the Amerock Corporation in Rockford have been told they will be out of a job in 60 days.
The maker of hardware for cabinets and windows announced in February that it planned to close the factory and lay off all 450 of its factory workers, but did not give a time line for the cuts. [Snip]
Amerock’s parent company, Newell Rubbermaid, moved its headquarters from Freeport to Atlanta last year.
Outsourcing has been a main factor in the decline of industrial employment in the Rockford area. Between 1998 and 2003, the region lost 11,800 manufacturing jobs.
Amerock’s clerical services, including distribution, customer service and human resources, were expected to remain in Rockford, but the company did not say for how long.
When will it end?