Traco Closing Tennessee Window Plant
Pennsylvania-based Traco plans to close a 10-year-old commercial window plant in Johnson City, Tenn. "We are consolidating our products into our million-square-foot Cranberry Township (Pa.) headquarters and manufacturing facility," says Denise Abraham, manager of marketing communications.
"Our strategy is to remain focussed on our energy line of NexGen aluminum commercial and architectural windows and doors which can achieve U values as low as .23," she notes.
About 180 people are expected to lose their jobs with the Tennessee plant closing. "It's tough," Abraham told the Johnson City Press. "It’s been there for 10 years and it’s very much a part of the company, but there aren’t any surprises today with the state of the economy.”
Traco suspended operations at its window plant in Bainbridge, Ga., earlier this year. The company also sold its residential window manufacturing plant in Iowa late in 2008. That plant, which was acquired by the owners of Republic Windows & Doors and renamed Echo Windows, was closed down shortly after Republic declared bankruptcy. MGM Industries in Tennessee acquired a number of the one-time Traco product designs that had been offered from the Iowa plant.