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Miller-Holzwarth plant shuts down


August 1, 2012

Employees of Miller-Holzwarth Inc. were advised the plant had shut down Monday afternoon at the end of their work day.

Calls to the company Tuesday for comment were unsuccessful but several employees confirmed the plant is closed.

Jennifer Moll, who took over when her father died in 2005, is the owner and president and has been lauded as a woman business owner.

One employee said, "She called employees to a meeting at the end of the day" and gave them the news.

When the company won the 2007 Small Business Administration's Region V Small Business Subcontractor of the Year in 2007 it had 80 employees.

According to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN or the Act) companies with100 or more employees must give a 60-day notice of a plant closing (see:

Miller-Holzwarth operated from two Salem facilities; a manufacturing plant at 450 W. Pershing St. and an engineering department and distribution center on Pennsylvania Avenue.

A vendor for the U.S. military, it manufactured periscopes, vision blocks, ballistic windows, transparent armor and specialty mechanical components in fully-integrated facilities.

The company has been in continuous production of components for armored combat vehicles for domestic and foreign customers for more than 35 years.

According to its website, the company was capable of producing laminated composite products and a variety of dissimilar materials using proprietary autoclaving processes and a varied range of adhesives.

The company's machining and welding operations compliment its laminating capabilities.

The company's quick response and turnaround on a large government order for the military led to the award.

Region V recognized Miller-Holzwarth as the top small business subcontractor in a six state region that includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

According to its website, the company was founded in 1955 by William Miller and John Holzwarth to produce hospital beds.

The company expanded its product line to include photographic processing equipment for the United States Armed Forces and later built armored combat vehicle periscopes, which have been in continuous production since 1960.

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