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Company president said it was right thing to do for employees

Rockland snowplow plant closes for two weeks

By Stephen Betts | Mar 16, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts The Fisher snowplow plant in Rockland.

Rockland — Snowplow manufacturer Fisher Engineering has closed for two weeks in the face of the outbreak of COVID-19.

Keith Hagelin, a co-president of parent corporation Douglas Dynamics, said all Douglas Dynamic facilities in the country are closing for the two weeks. Hourly workers will be paid during that shutdown.

Other workers will be equipped to work from home and meet the needs of customers.

Hagelin said the decision was made after schools in the region decided to close. That left many workers without child care options. He said the two weeks will help employees arrange for child care.

He said a common option might have been to turn to grandparents but that those grandparents are most at risk from COVID-19 and children were just in schools.

"We're trying to do the right thing. Maybe we can flatten the curve," Hagelin said about reducing the spread of the virus by promoting social distancing.

Fisher employs about 350 people in its manufacturing facility in the Rockland Industrial Park off Thomaston Street.

Hagelin acknowledged that two employees sought medical care for flu-like symptoms but he does not know whether they have COVID-19. He said the two were not tested for the new strain of virus but he did not know why they were not tested.

He said their illnesses were not the reason for the shutdown.

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