Officials for Masonite Corp. notified the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development that the company intends to close its manufacturing facility in Springfield, Mo., in order to consolidate.

“The closure is the result of the need to optimize our operations by consolidating the architectural stile and rail production into the existing London, Ontario plant,” the company stated in its required Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) notice.

According to the notice, operations will be phased out over a period ranging from July 2, 2021, to December 31, 2021. Officials say workers at the plant will continue to be employed through “at least July 2, 2021,” after which cutbacks will occur through the end of the year. All affected employees have been notified, the company reported, and are not represented by a union.

According to Missouri’s WARN log, the closure is expected to be permanent and will displace a total of 63 workers.

When [DWM]’s editors reached out for comment, officials for Masonite said the company “remains committed to supporting its Springfield employees and providing customers a seamless experience through the transition.”

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