[kids-lib] Highsmith/Upstart Information

Katie Anderson anderson_katie at oslmac.osl.state.or.us
Fri Sep 19 15:50:23 PDT 2008

This is an important statement regarding the recent take-over of Highsmith/Upstart by Lab Safety Supply.  Please read the email below from the Collaborative Summer Library Program's contact at Highsmith, and the attachment. 

Katie Anderson
Youth Services Consultant
Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator
Library Development 
Oregon State Library
katie.anderson at state.or.us


Unfortunately, ALA distributed the following statement as part of their American Libraries Direct newsletter:

The Highsmith company in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, will close November 1, leaving 86 employees out of work. Lab Safety Supply of Janesville, which purchased Highsmith in July, has informed the Department of Workforce Development that it will close the Fort Atkinson facility. 

As you can imagine, we are very concerned about our customers perception of this message and want to do everything possible to reassure them we are open for business. I have attached an information sheet that I would like distributed to the CSLP members so they can distribute it to their libraries if they feel that would be appropriate. 

I apologize for the continued hassle and headache this acquisition has caused, and I promise we'll be ready to take and receive orders.

Matt Mulder
Director, Highsmith Publications
Highsmith Inc
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