[DWM] magazine has confirmed that Mikron Industries Inc. (a subsidiary of Quanex Building Products Corp.) will close its plant in Richmond, Kentucky. The company filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification with the Kentucky Career Center’s rapid response team, notifying officials that it would close the plant, located at 100 Mikron Way, on or around August 6, 2024. Almost all positions will be impacted, the notice said.

According to the company’s filing, the closure will occur in phases, with employment separations expected to begin on or after June 7.

“As we look toward the future and our ability to best serve our vinyl customers, we are streamlining our production operations and processes to suit those needs,” Bob Daniels, president of Quanex’s North American Fenestration business told [DWM]. “Our production plants in Kent, Washington, and Winnebago, Illinois, will absorb both the business and assets served by the Richmond facility. We do not anticipate any interruption in supply for our customers throughout the United States.”

Impacted positions span extrusion operations, sales, management, maintenance and tooling, among others. In all, around 140 employees will be affected.

The closing is expected to be permanent.

According to company officials, affected employees have been notified, along with representatives of chief elected local government.

“We cannot thank our teams in Richmond enough for the hard work they have put in over the years and their commitment to Quanex,” Daniels said. “The Richmond plant will remain operational until further notice, and many of our workers will continue with us until that time. 
We are confident that this move positions Mikron well to succeed within present business conditions, and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers with high-performance vinyl extrusions.”

Quanex has more than 30 locations globally.

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