Associated Materials is closing its Alpine Window Systems plant in Bothell, Wash., and will lay off 87 workers by late November as the company moves operations to a new facility in Fife, Wash., about 45 miles away.

It’s unclear how many employees work at the Bothell plant. It’s also unclear if the dismissed workers will be offered jobs at the new facility.

Associated Materials, which is headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) with the state of Washington’s Employment Security Department on September 26. The WARN Act requires companies planning a mass layoff to notify workers 60 days before the closure.

DWM reached out to officials with Associated Materials in both Ohio and Washington about the layoffs and the new facility, but as of press time had not received a reply. The company has not put out any press releases about the move to Fife, which is a suburb of Tacoma.

However, on June 13, 2017, Tim Gilbert, the HR director for manufacturing operations with Associated Materials, told the Fife City Council that the company would be “relocating to a new facility” in the city, according to minutes of the meeting. Gilbert also announced that an open house would be held at the plant on June 15.

On its corporate website, Associated Materials lists several job openings at its Fife, Wash., location, including production supervisor, production associate, customer service representative, maintenance technician and maintenance manager. According to one job listing, Associated Materials began hiring at the new facility in August.

“We just opened our BRAND NEW, state of the art windows manufacturing facility in Fife, WA to replace our manufacturing operations in Bothell,” the text of the job listing reads. “This move has created a number of great opportunities within our organization. Join our Fife production team in providing excellence in everything we do!”

Another post, on Craigslist, says the company will hold an open house and hiring event on October 17 and 18 at the facility, which is located at 2801 78th Avenue East in Fife. A search of commercial properties shows a newly constructed 250,000-square-foot industrial building at that address. According to the Compstak database of commercial real estate in the U.S., Associated Materials is leasing all or part of the building until 2029.

According to Associated Materials’ Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in March 2016, the facility in Bothell that’s closing covers 159,000 square feet. Associated Materials was leasing that plant, according to the document, and the lease was set to expire in 2018.

Associated Materials is a leading manufacturer and distributor of building products in North America. Net sales were about $1.1 billion in 2015. Windows represent about 35 percent of the company’s business.

The company operates 11 manufacturing facilities across in the U.S. and Canada. Its products are sold throughout North America via a distribution network that includes 124 company-operated supply centers and 260 dealers and independent distributors.

In 2010, private equity firm Hellman & Friedman bought Associated Materials from Harvest Partners and Investcorp S.A. for about $1.3 billion.

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