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Fate of Crenlo manufacturing in gridlock

Miguel Octavio
Updated: October 27, 2020 11:04 PM
Created: October 27, 2020 11:02 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Uncertainty lingers for Crenlo Engineered Cabs in Rochester over contract negotiations between owners and the labor union representing its employees. 

The company manufactures operator cabs, rollover protective structures, among a variety of other products. It operates across three facilities in town with about 500 employees.

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But within the month, its owners wrote a letter to staff stating they're considering shutting down its plants unless contract terms with workers change by Nov. 1, according to Troy Arnold, UAW Local 2125 president. 

The proposed changes include slashing annual pay raises, along with adjusting medical plans and benefits. 

The current contract was signed December 2019 and runs until 2024, but it was completed under owners who are no longer employed with Crenlo. Owners from Angles Equity Partners, an investment firm based in Los Angeles, have since taken over. 

Arnold states even if an agreement is reached, the plants could still close down. Terms for Emcor employees, another company within Crenlo, and the fate of production for other items the company produces also remain uncertain. 

Union members are willing to vote on the terms but COVID-19 hasn't made it possible for members to gather safely. Arnold states the company was expected to help provide a space for members to vote in fluctuations but owners refused to pay for the location. 

In a statement to ABC 6 News, Crenlo wrote it has reached out to union representatives but cannot comment on discussions. The company also announced a new member to its board of directors Tuesday. 


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