Gary Doupnik Manufacturing closes

By: Joyia Emard Loomis News Editor
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Gary Doupnik Mfg., Inc., announced the closure of its manufacturing facility after 35 years of operation, a victim of the state’s budget crisis. According to company president Sherrie Doupnik, the company shut down their production line on Sept. 30, but will continue to operate the company’s sales and leasing portion of the business called Portable Facilities Leasing. Doupnik called the decision to close “tough,” and said the company produced portable classrooms for schools. She said with teacher layoffs and increased class size there is a glut of surplus classrooms on campuses across the state. During busy times, the company employed up to 100 seasonal employees. “We talked about it two years ago. This year was really slow. We just can’t keep losing money,” she said. Doupnik said the company could re-open the production portion of the business if the economy improves, but said, “We’re not anticipating it.” According to Roger Carroll, Loomis finance director, back in the late 1990s when class size reduction was implemented, Gary Doupnik Manufacturing was the town’s “largest sales tax producer, and for many years after, second largest.” Carroll said, “For the quarter ended June 30, 2011, they were the Town’s fourth largest sales tax producer, yielding 4.5 percent of the total sales tax revenue for the quarter. The top three produced 33 percent of the quarter’s sales tax revenue.” Carroll said he is unable to give out dollar figures for individual sales tax revenue because “it is confidential according to the State Board of Equalization.” Doupnik said the business was founded by her parents, Gary and Betty Doupnik, when they moved the family from the San Francisco Bay Area to Loomis in 1976. She said in 1998 her parents “decided it was time to step back, relax a little and turn over the day-to-day operations to their four children, who all had been deeply involved with the company since its inception.” She said her family is in the process of organizing and cleaning up the 17-acre facility on Rippey Road and expects to offer numerous pieces of equipment and inventory for sale or auction. She said the property is zoned heavy industrial and will be available for lease on Nov. 1. Bob Ferreira, president of the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce, said he was sorry to hear of Doupnik’s closure. “When a business closes, it is naturally hard on all involved, from the owners to the employees, but what will also be missed, is what the Doupnik's and Gary Doupnik Manufacturing meant to our local community,” Ferreira said. Ferreira called the Doupnik family “selfless and giving,” and said they are probably best known for “founding, sponsoring and coordinating the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket Program” that provides needy local families with holiday food baskets and gifts for their children. He said, “The Doupniks were involved in countless other concerns. Many times, both solicited and unsolicited, coming to the aid of a local cause where they donated time, money and material.” “I know I can say on behalf of most in the Loomis community, thank you Doupnik family for what you've meant to Loomis,” Ferreira said. Doupnik said the family will still organize the Loomis Basin Christmas Baskets collection and distribution this year and will be receiving donations at their office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Mondays through Thursdays. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10. Their office is located at 3237 Rippey Rd.