Serra Corporation to close Nevada City manufacturing operations
April 17, 2014
Serra Corporation, a statewide sheet metal manufacturing company, will be closing its Nevada City factory operations on May 9, according to General Manager, Chuck Konner.
"It's sad news for Serra employees," Konner told The Union. "It's sad news for the Nevada County community, and for our customers and suppliers."
The company was established in 1978 and grew in the industry, providing a wide array of services including: design support, precision sheet metal fabrication, machining services, weldments, electro-mechanical assemblies and large structural frames. The business boasts services that combine the technical expertise of highly skilled tradesmen who create quality products at low costs.
With factory operations in San Jose and Fremont, Serra corporation acquired a Nevada City operation space in Bitney Springs more than 18 years ago. But when the company's founder, Terry Mahuron, died in November 2013, his family decided to close all three manufacturing factories, laying off their employees in the process.
"We needed his leadership and when we didn't have it, the family decided the best thing to do was to close the manufacturing," the late owner's wife, Martha Mahuron, told The Union.
"The company will operate as a real estate holding company, but we will no longer be doing manufacturing."
Serra Corporation still owns site property and space where the current Nevada City factory is and will act as the landlord for those existing businesses that are still open in Bitney Springs.
Konner, who has worked at the Nevada City factory since its inception, told The Union that 27 full time employees will be laid off when the company closes manufacturing operations.
"I'm going to miss doing the job I've been doing for the last 18 years in working with our many employees," Konner said.
To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4236.
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