Dear Mr. Gronlund:
On May 13, Wood-Mode in Kreamer, PA abruptly closed and left nearly 1,000 employees unexpectedly out of a job. Less than a week later, those loyal employees were again let down by the company when they learned that their insurance would be terminated just a few days later. Those announcements have caused many of my constituents extreme stress and deep concern regarding their livelihoods and access to health care for them and their families.
I write today to ask you to do all that you can to ensure the affected employees, community agencies and Rapid Response Assistance in Pennsylvania have supportive information regarding the reasons behind the sudden closure, and I urge you to give full consideration to any options that could support the impacted workers and their families during this difficult time.
As you know, when workers lose their jobs through no fault of their own, the layoff is both financially and personally devastating. Accordingly, I believe we have a responsibility to do all that we can to furnish them with new opportunities when possible. I am specifically interested to learn of any plans you have to offer support to the nearly 1,000 workers who suddenly lost their jobs.
Thanks to dedicated employees who provided the fine craftsmanship of your products,
Wood-Mode enjoyed a prosperous 80-year history in Snyder County. The workers and the surrounding community put their faith and trust into you and your son, Brooks, the company’s CEO. I am asking you to do right by them.
If there is any way that I can be of assistance, please contact me directly or Jack Groarke on my staff at (202) 224-6324. I appreciate your attention to this important matter.
Robert P. Casey Jr.
United States Senator