Officials for JELD-WEN Holding Inc. announced the company will close its manufacturing facilities in Vista, California, and Hawkins, Wisconsin. The Vista plant is where it produces Auraline brand composite windows, which are now set to be discontinued. “Multiple market factors have made it prohibitive to competitively sustain the composite windows product line,” officials said. Orders placed within 90 days of April 11, 2024, will be accepted and fulfilled. As a result of the Vista closing, the company expects to incur one-time costs of approximately $45 million, while generating annual pre-tax income improvements of at least $11 million.

The company’s Hawkins facility manufactures wood windows, for which production will now be consolidated into its facility in Rantoul, Illinois. The consolidation is expected to result in one-time costs of approximately $24 million.

The plant in Vista employs 110 associates. Auraline employs 340.

“We respect our employees and will support them through the transition with competitive severance packages,” Caryn Klebba, head of global public relations, told [DWM]. In the case of union employees, severance will be according to the terms of the negotiated agreement, Klebba said. “All employees are eligible to receive 60 days of Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification pay, and all employees are welcome to apply for open positions at other facilities within our network.”

The company’s human resources team and plant leadership will be available to support employees through transitions, Klebba said, including support with outplacement and leveraging an Employee Assistance Program.

Officials say the company will address any updates about the closures during its quarterly earnings call, on May 7, 2024.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *