Spanish Crisis Closes The Door Industry


Angel Torre who worked at the Artevi door factory for 23 years and... News PhotoBuying,Cigarette,Demanding,Factory,Horizontal,Human Interest,Industrial District,Leaving,Lying Down,Machinery,Paying,Receiving,Repetition,Smoke - Physical Structure,SpainPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Getty ImagesVILLACANAS, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 22: Angel Torre (R) who worked at the Artevi door factory for 23 years and who has not received his last five salaries before being laid off, smokes a cigarette besides Antonio Rivera who has worked at the same factory for 23 years and who has also not received his last five salaries, during a picket to prevent machinery leaving the factory, to demand salary payment and a lay off settlement, on November 22, 2012 in Villacanas, Spain. During the boom years, where in its peak Spain built some 800,000 houses a year accompanied by the manufacturing of millions of wooden doors where needed, the people of Villacanas were part of Spain's middle class enjoying high wages and permanent jobs. During the construction boom years the majority of the doors used within these new developments were made in this small industrial town. Approximately seven million doors a year were once assembled here and the factory employed a workforce of almost 5700 people, but the town is now left almost desolate with the Villacanas industrial park now empty and redundant. With Spain in the grip of recession and the housing bubble burst, Villacanas is typical of many former buoyant industrial Spanish towns now struggling with huge unemployment problems. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)