Simonton to Cease Bradenton, Fla. Operations

Simonton Windows of Parkersburg, W.Va., has announced it will stop operations in its Bradenton, Fla., facility on or about November 17, 2005, and will relocate certain equipment to its new facility in Lyons, Ga. This will impact approximately 200 management and production employees with the company.

"We spent a great deal of time evaluating the situation," said Jody Garrett, vice president of manufacturing. "Unfortunately, our long-term business needs are not a good fit with the Bradenton location. The zoning restrictions in place at the current Bradenton site, in addition to the lack of room for expansion, makes it impossible for us to maintain and grow our operations at this facility.

Unfortunately, this decision has a serious impact on both the Bradenton community and the lives of many people. We're working to support and assist our Bradenton employees to find new jobs."

The company plans to work with Florida's Reemployment and Emergency Assistance Coordination Team (REACT), the Suncoast Workforce Board Inc. and Jobs ETC to offer job outplacement services for its employees. The company will provide a severance package to employees staying in their current positions until the closing date and will pay employees any unused vacation time on their departure date. Medical and dental coverage, along with life insurance and long-term disability benefits, will remain in effect for employees until November 30. Arrangements are being made for employees regarding rolling over 401(k) retirement plans, according to the company.

Bradenton employees will be supported by outplacement services and given the opportunity to apply for openings at the company's other manufacturing locations in Georgia, W.Va., Illinois, Oklahoma and California.

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