MASON CITY – Numerous reports of layoffs at Assa Abloy plants in Mason City have come to the NIT newsroom.
According to a source, last week “at Curries they let 14 near-retirement people and upper management go. They were told they were given their pink slip and let them clean out their desks and then escorted out of the building.” The source also told NIT that some of the people let go felt as though “it was terrible that they were treated just like criminals.”
Curries and Graham – both under Assa Abloy with plants in Mason City – are “investors” in the North Iowa Corridor, an outfit that claims to bring jobs to Mason City and Cerro Gordo County. However, the Corridor now strives for job “retention” instead of job “creation”. The corridor calls its investors the “cornerstone” of the organization. “Private sector Corridor contributors see their dollars stretched and leveraged … without their support, our work would not be possible.”
In 2012, through the Corridor and the Mason City council, the taxpayers of Mason City bought a $175,000 sewer line for Assa Abloy at the Graham door plant on 12th Street NE for “creating” 3 jobs and building an expensive test burn facility. The word that NIT has received regarding the current employment climate at Graham is that management is actively seeking to pare down the work force there, especially workers who have been working at the plant for years who make a higher hourly wage. NIT was told that the sewer line works great.