Security is being tightened at Hamilton County’s largest employer, a factory that will close in the coming months. Workers at Electrolux Home Products in Webster City began seeing security guards and airport-style metal detectors when they arrived for work on Tuesday.

In addition, their lunch boxes and backpacks are being inspected. A company spokesman says the security measures are to protect the employees. There have been no threats reported. Security cameras will also be added around the factory.

Last Friday, Electrolux announced it’s closing the washer-drier factory in early 2011, along with another plant in Jefferson. Some 850 jobs will be lost. The production is being shifted to Mexico.

Contributed by Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City