Tuesday was the last day for Manderfield’s Home Bakery’s three shops.
The longtime bakery suspended operations for the duration of the coronavirus outbreak.
A small staff of six, out of the bakery’s total workforce of 115, will continue to make bread and rolls one day a week for wholesale restaurant accounts like Mihm’s and The Old Grog.
While the bakery could have continued to operate as an “essential” business, Jerry and Doug Manderfield, brothers and co-owners of the business, saw a number of troubling factors that led them to the decision to close.
“It was a combination of operating at a loss and concerns about the welfare of our employees,” Jerry said. “Mentally, physically, safety-wise and financially, we needed to call a time out.”
Bakery sales in their Darboy, Menasha and Grand Chutes shops dropped as fewer customers ventured out. The normal 30 to 100 cake sales a day dwindled to six.
“Much of our staff graciously accepted layoffs. For the people on our staff who offered to stay, we weren’t able to prove enough hours,” Jerry said.
“We’ve never had a layoff in our 40-year history. We’ve never closed the business short of a couple of hours for a snowstorm. I felt I was going against the work ethic our parents instilled in us. But I firmly believe we’ll come through this okay.”
Contact reporter Maureen Wallenfang at 920-993-7116 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @wallenfang.
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