Andersen to Lay Off 50 Permanently, Conduct Seasonal Layoffs

January 9, 2009

Andersen Windows will lay off 50 employees and conduct a seasonal layoff of 400 employees, the company confirmed on Jan. 8.

“These decisions are not easy, and we don’t make them lightly,” said Maureen McDonough, director of corporate communications with the company. “We recognize the impact on employees and their families and we intend to provide assistance to the affected individuals.”

While the window manufacturer regularly lays off some employees during the slower months, the company confirmed that this years’ round of seasonal layoffs is larger than usual. “Andersen has been making substantial adjustments to its business to keep the company financially strong, to maximize our share of a diminished market opportunity and to position the company for a brighter future,” McDonough explained. “To reduce our labor costs, we’ve offered several voluntary programs, such as early retirement, voluntary temporary layoffs and shortened work weeks. Our employees have responded positively to these programs and it produced substantial savings that helped to minimize permanent reductions.”

Employees affected by the permanent layoffs will be provided with severance pay, benefit continuation as well as help with future job searches, the company noted.

In November, Andersen laid off 52 workers from its Menomonie plant, citing deteriorating market conditions.