Ply Gem Pares Back Manufacturing Again

April 14, 2009
Companies

Ply Gem Industries Inc. intends to consolidate production across several of its manufacturing facilities to improve its overall operating efficiency. The moves include closure of a one-time MW Windows window and door manufacturing facility in Tupelo, Miss., and consolidation of window lineal production at its Rocky Mount, Va., plant.

The Cary, N.C., based company, which has re-branded most of its window and door products under the Ply Gem  name, is also realigning production at its West Coast window and door facilities in Sacramento, Calif., and Rocky Mount, Va. 

The company also announced a shift of most of its vinyl siding production at a Missouri plant to other facilities.  The moves, which are expected to affect 23 workers in Mississippi and about 140 in Missouri, are expected to reduce annual operating expenses by over $6 million when fully implemented.

"These actions were difficult in that it impacts a number of our associates, however, the market conditions that exist today and that are expected to persist, combined with the competitive climate, demand the most efficient operating structure," says Gary E. Robinette, president and CEO. "These actions were difficult in that it impacts a number of our associates, however, the market conditions that exist today and that are expected to persist, combined with the competitive climate, demand the most efficient operating structure. This decision to consolidate these operations will improve our overall efficiency and cost structure and is in keeping with Ply Gem’s commitment to its customers and the financial community."

These latest cut backs in production at Ply Gem follow the recent shutdown of window an door plants in Arizona and New Jersey.