By KENNETH CRAWFORD-USA TODAY The Viking Sewening Center in Salem, Massachusetts, will close at the end of the month.
The closure comes amid a nationwide shortage of sewing machines.
The Viking Sewings Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The closure comes amidst a nationwide supply shortage of machines.
The Viking Seating and Maintenance Division of the company announced in a statement on Friday that the Salem company will close its Springfield, Mass., headquarters at the conclusion of the year, ending the company’s operations in the state.
“Our focus has been on a very challenging and demanding time with our growing business, and this is the first and last time we will be operating in the United States,” said David Dittman, Viking’s president and chief executive officer.
“Our team of highly qualified and highly skilled people will continue to serve the community and provide services to customers throughout the country.”
The closing of the Springfield facility comes at a time when sewing machines have become more expensive and the industry is facing a supply shortage that is expected to continue.
Last month, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with an online retailer that had sold counterfeit machines, saying it had failed to protect customers from counterfeit goods.