Pella Closing Entry Door Plant
Employees at Pella Corp.'s Fairfield, Ohio, exterior door plant have received notice that the facility will be closed next year. The closing, expected in mid- to late-2011, is the result of the housing market plunge, company officials report.
“New home construction has dropped as much as 60 to 70 percent in the U.S. from the record levels of just a few years ago, dramatically decreasing demand for building materials, as consumer confidence remains weak. Therefore, unfortunately, we must close this plant to reduce excess manufacturing capacity,” says Denny Van Zanten, Pella Heritage Division president. “To give our team members ample time to pursue other careers, we’re announcing the closure now, rather than waiting until 2011.”
The Ohio plant, which employs 198 people, once belonged to Pease Industries, which Pella acquired in 1999. Once the Fairfield plant closes sometime next year, Pella will continue to offer its entry door systems, with production operations moving to the company's largest manufacturing facility in Pella, Iowa.
“Transitioning manufacturing to a centralized location where we already create patio doors will optimize the cost of operation and cut shipping time as we continue to serve customers with Pella entry door systems,” Van Zanten notes.
Pella plans to partner with area employers and state and local officials to help identify new potential careers for those Ohio employees who want to remain in the greater Cincinnati region, the company also points out.