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Magnolia closes Gering facility, 100 jobs lost
June 11, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - The Gering office of Magnolia Homes was the central operation and provided to 100 local jobs.

Citing financial issues, the owner of the Magnolia Homes in Gering has closed the plant as of May 29. It its peak, the facility employed about 100 workers.

Owner Harry Karsten declined a request for a media interview. But in a prepared statement, he said his decision to enter into manufacturing multi-family housing for the North Dakota oil boom had been a costly mistake.

Karsten said some of the challenges he faced...

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