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Dear Editor,

For well over 50 years, Arcadia Metalcraft has remained committed to the people of the City of Monroe City of which it has been a contributing citizen and valued employer. Our salary and benefits paid to support local families in 2018 alone was nearly $10 million, and our community donations extend to civic organizations, school programs and more.

Arcadia’s viability today can be attributed to a team of owners who are dedicated to preserving and growing Arcadia as a place of employment for those in Monroe for years to come.

As with many businesses, market forces can affect a company’s fortune – rising and falling with those of its customers. For us, the recent strike at General Motors and the resulting reallocation of supplier business was beyond our control and greatly impacted all of us at Arcadia. This important piece of business supported the majority of our employee population, which is laid off as a result of ending part production at our plant.

The ownership team that bought and brought about the new Arcadia Metalcraft sees a bright future in the new relationships it is building with major auto companies and suppliers and in the partnerships we are building. In our commitment to the community, owners have been diligent in planning, foregoing their own compensation and further investing in the company. Most important, we are working to secure new contracts that will preserve employment and bring those who have been laid off back to the company.

Our commitment to build our customer base and bring back our talented workforce is unwavering. We are also sure that our community leaders are just as committed to ensuring those at Arcadia remain employed and the very real prospect of bringing others back to work.

As the company sustains its more than 50+ year commitment to Monroe City, is a commensurate commitment by the city appropriate as Arcadia works through transitioning business from key customers to multiple, more stable customers?

It appears that after 50 years, a two-month delay in Arcadia paying its utility charges has driven the decision to deny Arcadia Metalcraft a utility payment plan by Mayor John Long and his Council – although we paid more than $1.4 million in utilities in 2018. This vote will ‘turn out the lights’ and stem any prospects of continued employment for current Arcadia staff and those who may return in the future. We respectfully ask the City’s leaders to make accommodations to keep the plant running, growing and providing a place of employment for the community – and not to hasten the demise of a needed employer.

Graham L. Furse

Vice Chairman

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