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27 Siouxlanders are out of work after a Norfolk, Neb. business closes down


27 Siouxlanders suddenly find themselves out of work after a Norfolk, Nebraska turf and lawn care manufacturer closed Tuesday afternoon.

A former employee at Classen Manufacturing says employees there were told Tuesday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. to gather their belongings and vacate the premises because the plant was closing immediately.

The employee said everyone in the plant was shocked by the move.

Classen is owned by Pennsylvania-based business Schiller Grounds Care, who said in a statement:

"Schiller Grounds Care announced today, it is consolidating its manufacturing operations. Effective immediately, production at its Norfolk, Nebraska facility is being consolidated into two of Schiller's existing operations, Johnson Creek, WI and Southampton, PA. The Norfolk facility has been leased since the Classen brand was acquired in 2004. Approximately 27 full time employees are impacted with several individuals being offered positions to relocate. The decision to consolidate is in no way a reflection on the work of the Classen employees do, nor the talent and pride with which they do it. This consolidation will help ensure Schiller's costs are structured in a way that will keep it strong, efficient and competitive both in today's economic environment and into the future."

Classen Manufacturing had been located in Norfolk for 40 years.

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