An east Alabama cabinet manufacturer and a trucking company announced Thursday it would permanently close, laying off all employees.

Tru-Wood Cabinet Company, LLC, and Ashland Trucking Company, in Clay County, said in a letter to employees the companies would discontinue all operations no later than Sept. 3.

“We will begin winding down operations immediately,” the letter from president and CEO Butch Reimer said. “Employment for some employees will end before September 3, 2022.”

The letter stated that employees would be notified as the “winding down” plan continues.

“Although we would have preferred to give you more notice of this company shutdown, doing so was not feasible,” the letter read. “Tru-Wood sought new funds and/or new business opportunities in an effort to remain open. Unfortunately, we determined on August 16, 2022, that our efforts were unsuccessful, and we are forced to close Tru-Wood completely.”

The Alabama Department of Commerce’s Division of Workforce Development has been contacted to assist displaced employees. The Clay/Calhoun County Workforce Investment Area Office will also offer resources.

Employees will be paid for time worked and will be paid for accrued time off.

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According to its website, Tru Cabinetry’s origins date back more than 50 years, although the company was not established as Tru-Wood Cabinets until 1990. It is one of the leading employers in Clay County.

Tru-Wood Cabinetry reportedly saw record growth leading up to 2018, when it expanded output to the Midwest.

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