Indiana flooring firm lays off workers to retool

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A north-central Indiana company that makes flooring for shipping containers has closed its doors for the second time in a year to retool its machinery.

Conforce USA recently shut down its Peru plant to tweak the machinery it uses to make its EKO-FLOR flooring. The composite flooring is used in semitrailers and other shipping containers as an alternative to hardwood flooring.

Conforce began operation in May 2011 but idled all of its workers except for managers a year later to retool the flooring product. The plant reopened last August.

The company originally anticipated employing 55 people by the end of the year and bringing on 175 workers by the end of 2014.

The Kokomo Tribune reports that Conforce hasn't indicated when it will begin rehiring workers.

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