Portland will be losing an employer.

Dayton Progress, a branch of Dayton Lamina, informed local officials this week that it will be closing its Portland facility in the fall.

Randy Wissinger, chief financial officer of Dayton Lamina, told Portland Mayor Randy Geesaman and Jay County Development Corporation executive director Travis Richards during a phone call Monday that the facility will be closing by the end of September. There are about 30 employees locally who will be gradually let go until the site ceases operation.

“We’ve been able to maintain a diverse industry base, and when we lose one like that that’s completely different than the other industries, that’s always disappointing,” said Geesaman.

The Commercial Review was unable to reach Dayton Progress officials for comment prior to press time.

Employees who will no longer have jobs at the 1314 N. Meridian St. location will be offered positions at the company’s main plant in Dayton, Ohio.
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