Flooring facility closes in Suring

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Funding blamed for North American Finishing shutdown
By: 

RJ Reinhold Times Herald Correspondent

A hardwood flooring manufacturer, North American Finishing, has closed in Suring due to a lack of funds, it was reported at the Dec. 9 Suring Village Board meeting.

North American Finishing was created in 2010 by Tim Flaherty to produce customized hardwood flooring. The company converted the 117,000-square-foot Evenflo building into a flooring processing facility and began operation in May 2013.

“This closure affects everything in the community,” said Carol Heise, Suring village clerk.

Paul Ehrfurth, executive director of Oconto County Economic Development Corporation, said he is working with others focused on the future of the business.

“We are continuing discussions to try to address the issue and hope to potentially salvage the project,” he said.

When it expanded production to Suring in May 2013, the company announced capital investments of more than $27 million. It was backed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation revolving loan fund, Tri-County Business Development Revolving Loan Fund, private lenders and private investors.

The company proposed creating an estimated 250 jobs. The number of employees affected by the closure was not disclosed at the village meeting.

Flaherty could not be reached for comment.