ELYRIA - Invacare, the largest manufacturing employer in this town already hard hit by the recession, may have to temporarily shut down operations in its hometown some time next year.
The company has announced that is a likely scenario after the Food and Drug Administration proposed entering into a "consent decree" with the company over quality-control monitoring issues.
"We're disappointed," says Invacare CEO Jerry Blouch, who sat down for an interview with FOX 8. "We've been routinely communicating with the FDA, and submitting monthly, detailed reports...so we're disappointed that they chose to take this action."
Blouch stresses that the FDA's concerns are not over the quality of Invacare's products.
The company says that it doesn't know how long the shut down will last, but that it will do all it can to minimize the impact to both employees and customers.
"We respect the FDA's role," Blouch says, "and we fully take on our responsibility to be fully compliant."