Monroe business lays off 233 workers because of coronavirus slowdown

Deceuninck North America is celebrating 50 years in operation in the U.S. this year. This is their manufacturing facility on Garver Road in Monroe. The company designs, tests and manufactures pvc products used in window and door systems and other extruded pvc and fiberglass products. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Deceuninck North America is celebrating 50 years in operation in the U.S. this year. This is their manufacturing facility on Garver Road in Monroe. The company designs, tests and manufactures pvc products used in window and door systems and other extruded pvc and fiberglass products. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Deceuninck North America will lay off 233 employees due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the company reported this week to the state.

But officials from the Monroe business told Ohio Department of Job and Family Services that 125 of the layoffs will be only temporary “as we expect them to return when normal business resumes,” while 108 will be permanent.

Layoffs were expected take effect today.

Deceuninck North America (DNA) is a design, compounding, tooling, and PVC extrusion company that produces energy-efficient vinyl window and door systems and composite applications for the building and construction industry. It operates from a 1.3 million-square-foot facility in Butler County.

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Just six months ago, Deceuninck North America officials talked with the Journal-News about the company’s growth as it celebrated 50 years on New Garver Road in Monroe.

The company reported to the Journal-News in October 2019 it had 550 employees at its Monroe facility, as well as 40 employees at a satellite facility in Nevada.

“The COVID-19 pandemic brings many unanticipated changes, however, DNA will continuously evaluate its expected return date (of laid-off employees) and will notify employees as soon as practicable of any return date changes,” the company told the state.