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September 15, 2009

Jeld-Wen factory to close

Jeld-Wen officials have confirmed the company is closing the Corsicana window factory by Sept. 25, putting about 90 full-time employees out of work. The workers learned of the closure on Monday.

The window and patio door factory, located at 4000 E. Highway 31, has been in Corsicana since 1984.

“The biggest factor in this closure is a reduced demand for windows in both the new construction and remodeling markets,” said Rick Hetherington, senior vice president for Jeld-Wen. “With nationwide new home starts hovering at their lowest levels in 30 years, closing the Corsicana plant became a necessary but very difficult business decision.”

The company may have some jobs in other parts of the nation for a few employees, but the rest will be given a severance and benefits package. The company has also brought in a placement company, NextJob, to help employees find new jobs.

“We have a great team of dedicated, hard-working employees, and this closure in no way reflects their reliable performance,” Hetherington said. “There are potentially a few opportunities for in-company transfers for employees who would consider relocating to another part of the country.”

The company, based in Klamath Falls, Ore., is 49 years old, and has 64 manufacturing and distribution locations in the U.S., according to a statement from Teri Cline, media contact with Jeld-Wen. The Corsicana plant makes energy-efficient vinyl windows and patio doors.

Several local employees of the company said they didn’t want to risk talking about the closure, for fear they might lose their severance packages. Cline said that was not the company’s policy.

Lee McCleary, the economic development director for both Corsicana and Navarro County, said in an e-mail that he had not been formally notified of the closure Tuesday afternoon.

However, McCleary added the following: “Since 1984, Jeld-Wen, Inc. has been an integral corporate member of our community that provides living wages and benefits to our friends and relatives who serve as its employees. The economic impact that Jeld-Wen, Inc. makes not only upon the lives of their employees, but upon our entire community is significant. The City of Corsicana and Navarro County sincerely appreciate the positive, long term, relationship they have enjoyed with Jeld-Wen, Inc. for the past 25 years.”

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