Weather King Windows and Doors, a 70-year old manufacturing company in Farmington, Mich., revealed plans to close its doors for good in the next several weeks, and management says COVID-19 definitely factored into the company’s decision. Matthew Ball, general manager, confirmed the news to [DWM] on Monday May 18.

“As of today we have stopped accepting new orders,” says Ball. “Our customers have all been notified as well.”

The company had been closed for two months, as the state of Michigan had been closed per stay-at-home orders from the Governor, and window manufacturing was not deemed an essential business. Per the company’s COVID update on its website, “Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 our office will be closed until Friday, May 15.”

“Michigan was shut down for two months which cost me customers in Ohio and Indiana,” says Ball. “I don’t believe the market will come back through summer and fall for us to make it through the end of the year. After much debate we decided we needed to shut down.”

While Ball says “it had a few rough years recently, the COVID shutdown was the final nail in the coffin.”

Ball brought back some production staff to finish the final orders, and he spoke to his suppliers as well.

“I talked to some major suppliers today to see what I can do with raw inventory and talked to machine resellers and when we get everything shut down and cleaned up we will figure that out,” he adds.

“After 70 years it’s a big shame to have to close,” says Ball. “We have had customers for decades, and are still family-owned.”

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