Deceuninck to Consolidate North American Extrusion Production Plants

The Deceuninck Group, a producer of PVC window systems and building profiles, will cease extrusion operations at its Oakland, N.J. plant. The company says the move is part of the integration of the Vinyl Building Products and Dayton Technologies acquisitions completed earlier by Deceuninck Group. The Pompton Plains, N.J. distribution center will remain operational.

The Oakland manufacturing plant became one of the Deceuninck North America production sites after the acquisition of Vinyl Building Products, part of Thyssen Polymer in July 2003.

The company says its production capacity will remain unchanged, but will be consolidated into its Monroe, Ohio and Little Rock, Ark. facilities.

The transition will begin immediately and should be completed by the end of March 2007. Approximately 70 people will be affected by this consolidation and the company says that it will make every attempt to identify further employment opportunities for those employees.

The costs related to this operation will be accrued for in the 2006 accounting figures.

"The decision to close down production at the Oakland site is part of our worldwide platform and streamlining projects that were started after the acquisition of Thyssen Polymer in 2003," said Clement De Meersman, chief executive officer of the Deceuninck Group. "Through much improved operating efficiencies resulting from this action we will become a more competitive industry leader, which will strengthen our position as a leading supplier to the North American PVC window market. This move leverages our state-of-the art facilities in a more efficient approach to the market. It also enables a greater focus on quality resulting in further improved service levels. Finally, it will strengthen the relationship with our customer base as we ensure the long term viability of our partnerships."

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