By Karen Butterfield
Union Missourian Editor
A total of 92 people who work at Spartan Showcase in Union will be without employment this fall, when the company permanently shuts its doors.
Lozier Corporation, which operates Spartan Showcase, notified city officials this week that the production facility located at 702 Spartan Showcase Drive will end production entirely.
The city received a notification letter signed by Tammy Carlson, vice president of human resources for the company.
“The first job losses are expected to occur on or after Oct. 6, 2017,” the letter said.
Employees affected are not part of a labor organization.
“The announced closure will affect the entire manufacturing facility and is expected to be permanent,” the letter noted.
Assistant City Administrator James Schmieder said the Department of Economic Development will meet with employees and provide them with resources to move forward.
“We are trying to reach out and assist impacted employees as we can,” Schmieder said. “Our goal is to keep them in the area and (help them find employment). We hope to mitigate the impact on residents.”
According to its website, Lozier began manufacturing store fixtures more than 60 years ago.
Headquartered in Omaha, Neb., the company has facilities across the United States and employs more than 2,000 people.