So, Chicken Little, the sky isn't falling - at least not at Marshalltown's Lennox plant.
In an otherwise abysmal economy, it's welcome news to hear that markets appear to be recovering for Lennox and that the local business will soon be adding to its employee base.
The 115 year old business will add as many as 150 new jobs to its Marshalltown production facility in the spring.
A line of products moving from a facility in South Carolina will mean that some of the employees affected by layoffs over the past 18 months will be offered to work on the new line. It may also allow additional positions to be filled by new hires.
This means Marshalltown's Lennox looks to rebound well in 2010.
With a tradition as a cornerstone in our local economy, it is satisfying to hear how this business has weathered the economy. According to Parke Adamson, local plant manager, production is up at this location by about 19 percent over the last three years.
As one of Marshalltown's largest employers, with a long history of producing quality products, it seems Lennox will continue to thrive.
While we all continue to struggle in an uncertain economy, the recent developments at Lennox is a bright spot for our local industry. It is also a sign of a turnaround that we hope to see more of in the coming year.