Interesting post. Most of the modern steel-building infrastructure in the USA is down south and has been for a while.
Originally Posted by Photo Engineer
Ultimately, Kodak and Ilford have been somewhat fortunate in that in both the UK and USA it's easier to downsize your workforce. There are seriously large costs for doing the same in Germany and several Central European countries.
That isn't to say that the laws in Germany and elsewhere aren't useful (they keep companies from swinging the axe to goose profits in the short-term) - but they seem pretty fatal for operations experiencing a secular decline, such as analog film and paper.
Ilford cut almost half their workforce when they reorganized under the management buyout. If they had not been able to do so, I doubt they would have made it.
I don't know if this was a factor for Forte or not. But 150 people sounds like a lot when say, Ilford, is only around 400-500 people.