Simonton Windows is closing its plant in McAlester,Okla., by the end of the year. Company officials say its production lines for its impact-resistant vinyl coastal products will be relocated at its West Virginia operating sites. Company officials attribute the closure to the sustained downturn in the housing market. Thus it has “restructured its manufacturing operations in order to more accurately align capacity with marketplace demand.”

“After extensive evaluation, we have decided to pro-actively consolidate our manufacturing operations to keep us competitive in the marketplace and to more fully utilize our facilities in West Virginia and Illinois,” says Mark Savan, president of Simonton Windows. “In the challenging environment facing all building products companies, we are aligning our manufacturing operations with current and future demand indicators …. Because of the smaller market, and the increases in productivity that we’ve made across all our facilities, we are able to satisfy our customers’ needs with fewer manufacturing facilities.”

Production at the Oklahoma facility is expected to continue into December of 2011. Approximately 246 employees at the facility will be offered severance packages and support with job placement.

“We understand this decision impacts the lives of many people in the McAlester community, and we sincerely regret that,” says Savan. “This was a very difficult decision. McAlester has been a good place for us to do business and I wish to thank our employees and the community for their support of Simonton over the past 10 years.”

Additional manufacturing operations will be relocated to Simonton’s facility in Paris, Ill. This decision does not affect the company’s operations in Vacaville, Calif., according to the company.

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