Simonton Closing Georgia Plant
In response to the sustained downturn in the housing market, Simonton Windows is planning to close its Lyons, Ga., plant and relocate production lines for its impact-resistant vinyl coastal products to the company’s McAlester, Okla., operating site. Production at the Georgia facility is expected to end sometime in December.
“We evaluated the production capacity at our facilities nationwide and determined that there were long-term efficiencies to be gained by consolidating operations,” says Mark Savan, Simonton president. “Our Oklahoma facility has the space and manpower to incorporate the existing coastal product line business. In addition, we previously manufactured our impact-resistant products at our McAlester facility before we opened the Lyons location several years ago. We remain committed to our impact-resistant product line and are confident that this change will help continue to position us competitively in the marketplace during this housing downturn.”
In addition to Oklahoma, the vinyl window manufacturer continues to operate manufacturing plants in West Virginia, Illinois and California. The company plans to evaluate the potential sale of the 220,000-square-foot Georgia facility, with the majority of equipment at the plant to be transported to Oklahoma. The 180 employees at the Georgia facility will be offered severance packages and assistance with job placement when operations cease.
“We’re focusing a good deal of attention on supporting and assisting people to find jobs in the Georgia marketplace,” adds Savan. “We understand this decision impacts the lives of many people in the Lyons community. Unfortunately, the housing industry is experiencing a downturn that has severely affected the business of all building product manufacturers. The result at Simonton is that we’re consolidating production facilities to maximize efficiency.”