Large Ham Lake manufacturing facility will close

American Woodmark announced earlier this week it would shut down its Ham Lake production plant possibly by the end of April.

The cabinet manufacturing facility, located at 16430 Highway 65 N.E., is the second-largest employer in
Ham Lake behind Majestic Oaks County Club, according to the Minnesota
Department of Employment and Economic Development.


by Eric Hagen
Staff Writer

American Woodmark announced earlier this week it would shut down its Ham Lake production plant possibly by the end of April.

{snippet anoka}The cabinet manufacturing facility, located at 16430 Highway 65 N.E., is the second-largest employer in Ham Lake behind Majestic Oaks County Club, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

There are currently 82 employees at the Ham Lake facility, according to Bryan Earl, vice president of corporate and marketing communications for American Woodmark.

Majestic Oaks has more than 200 employees.

“American Woodmark is closing its Ham Lake plant due to the inefficiencies created by the plant’s geographic location in comparison to its 14 other plants,” Earl said in an e-mail.

American Woodmark bought the locally owned Knapp Woodworking in 1998, Earl said.

The company’s corporate sites are located in Winchester, Va.

Most of the company’s facilities are in the eastern states, although there are facilities in the south and in the western United States.

The company has 15 manufacturing facilities and 10 builder service centers.

Ham Lake is the only Minnesota facility operated by American Woodmark.

The company’s nearest facility is a manufacturing plant in Gas City, Ind.

The softness in the housing market also played a factor in the decision to eliminate the Ham Lake facility, Earl stated in his e-mail.

According to Earl, severance packages and outplacement services are being offered as applicable to employees affected by the facility’s closing.

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Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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