Pella Corp. announced today that it plans to close its Fairfield, Ohio, manufacturing facility, which employs 198 people, as a result of the housing market plunge. Based on current projections, the door manufacturing plant is expected to close sometime in mid-to-late 2011.

“New home construction has dropped as much as 60 to 70 percent in the U.S. from the record levels of just a few years ago, dramatically decreasing demand for building materials, as consumer confidence remains weak. Therefore, unfortunately, we must close this plant to reduce excess manufacturing capacity,” says Pella Heritage Division president Denny Van Zanten. “To give our team members ample time to pursue other careers, we’re announcing the closure now, rather than waiting until 2011,” he said.

Pella says the entry door operations will be moved to its facility in Pella, Iowa.

“Transitioning manufacturing to a centralized location where we already create patio doors will optimize the cost of operation and cut shipping time as we continue to serve customers with Pella entry door systems,” he added.

Pella plans to partner with area employers and state and local officials to help identify new potential careers for those who want to remain in the greater Cincinnati region.


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