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Whitewater's Trostel to lay off 87 workers

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Kevin Hoffman
October 5, 2010
— A Whitewater molding company plans to lay off 87 people beginning in December as it struggles to attract new business to replace expiring projects.

Trostel Ltd., headquartered in Lake Geneva, notified the state Monday its permanent layoffs would begin Dec. 1 and continue during the ensuing months. Some products manufactured there are near the end of their production cycle, but the company is in "active discussions" with other customers to "minimize the anticipated impact," according to its letter to the state Department of Workforce Development.


State law requires 60 days notice before businesses with 50 or more employees experience mass layoffs or closings.


Trostel's letter notified the state that employees in 12 positions would be affected. Its preliminary plans include layoffs to 37 molders, 14 molding lead operators and three supervisors.


Nobody at the company was available Monday for comment.


Trostel designs and manufactures custom seals and molded rubber products. It has plants in Whitewater and Mexico.


The state's Dislocated Worker Program will provide assistance to those losing their jobs. It helps apply for funding and coordinates services with employment and training companies.


Trostel indicated it would lay off fewer employees if it's able to find new customers. All terminated employees will be paid earned salary and agree-upon fringe benefits, according to its letter.



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