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Roof Collapses at Haworth Plant Slated for Closure


DOUGLAS, MI (WHTC) - Haworth has plans to close its Douglas plant by the end of March, not in the latter stages of January.

Officials of the Holland-based office furniture maker haven’t said whether Saturday evening’s roof collapse at the facility off of the Blue Star Highway would affect the timetable of its closure. More than three feet of snow on top of the structure proved to be too much, and the crash ruptured a natural gas line and caused “extensive damage,” according to company staffers. The building was empty of employees at the time, and there were no injuries reported among first responders from Saugatuck Township and the village of Graafschap.

Haworth announced last fall the closing of the plant, with its operations moving to other facilities in the Holland area, as part of an operational streamlining effort.