Masonite International Corp. announced last week that a fire at a neighboring facility, not related to the company, spread to one of its plants in Stockton, Calif. There were no reported injuries to Masonite employees, but the company’s facility was severely affected and is not expected to be restarted. The event arrives after the company announced in recent months that it would close three of its facilities, including those located in Denmark, S.C., Largo, Fla., and Tampa, Fla, affecting a total of approximately 220 employees.

Company officials report that, following the unplanned closure in Stockton, additional support is being provided to ease the disruption occurring from the incident and to help find new employment opportunities for employees who worked at the facility.

Masonite intends to increase production at its two other cut-stock facilities, including a new automated facility in Verdi, Nev., to mitigate impacts.

Based on the current plans, customer impacts, if any, are anticipated to be minimal, officials say. The company will continue to evaluate the impact on its operations as additional information becomes available.

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