Colony Brands to close Madison facility

Colony Brands has announced that it will close its Madison Fulfillment Center and lay off more than 100 employees by the end of July 2018.

The center, located at 3650 Milwaukee St., houses 16 full-time and 87 temporary employees, but half of the full-time workers have been offered positions at other Colony Brand locations, including its Sun Prairie facility.

Colony Brands, headquartered in Monroe, also has a facility in Peosta, Iowa.

Originally the Swiss Colony, a cheese gift-by-mail catalog, the company now is a collection of catalog businesses, including The Swiss Colony, Wisconsin Cheeseman, and Montgomery Ward.