Atrium to Close Jacksonville Plant

August 12, 2008
Atrium Cos. Inc. is closing its Jacksonville, Fla. aluminum window and door manufacturing facility, moving that production to its north Texas plant.

Atrium will continue to operate its Davie, Fla. Facility, where it produces shutters, the company points out.

“More than ever, current market trends require highly productive supply, and we continue to evaluate and make strategic adjustments across all of our facilities to ensure that we’re operating at a competitive level,” says Bob Burns, Atrium COO. “We’re extending the reach of our North Texas facility, which currently serves the Florida Panhandle. We will maintain a sales, distribution and service center in Florida to ensure uninterrupted supply to our Florida customers.”

“Balancing capacity in the present market is necessary to ensure long-term sustainability and future growth,” adds Robert Ractliffe, Atrium’s Eastern region president. “We’re confident in our ability to handle aluminum window and door production for our Florida customers out of the north Texas facility.”

The closure of the Jacksonville plant, which is expected to be completed by year end will affect about 135 employees, although a small group will be retained at the Davie facility for deliveries, sales and services, the company reports.

“While this decision is necessary to accommodate our response to market trends, we always regret it when strategic adjustments result in displacing our valued employees,” notes Burns. “We will work proactively to assist our workforce in their efforts to seek new employment opportunities.”