Lefere Forge of Jackson, Mich., will be closing on or about Dec. 1 after 89 years in business. The family-operated company is ending operations due to financial and labor issues. Lefere Forge’s website has been deactivated, but according to local reporting the company sent out an email on Nov. 1 to its customers stating that “…the last several years have been challenging financially, and a continuing labor shortage has not allowed us to operate the plant efficiently.” Approximately 60 employees will be displaced.