Dove Windows to Close

August 10, 2012

Dove Industries, a manufacturer of vinyl windows based in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has sent a letter to customers saying it will close its doors. The letter, dated August 9, says the company plans to liquidate its assets in an orderly fashion to benefit creditors.

"We all know that the economy is weak, as most of you are experiencing lower and slower sales. At Dove Industries, the economic slowdown has created a significant downturn and we have concluded that we must shut down," Rick Dove, president, writes. "We will attempt to fill existing orders, but that will be contingent upon availability of necessary supplies. Dove Industries thanks you for your business in the past. We regret deeply that we can no longer continue to operate."

Started in 1945, the company operates a 180,000-square-foot headquarters facility in Pennsylvania and had announced plans to add a second plant in Virginia in 2010. With representation in 19 states, according to its website, it also operates sales offices in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

According to an article in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, the company had about 100 employees at its Pennsylvania plant and about 50 in Virginia.

Dove got its start selling venetian blinds and expanded into the sales and then manufacturing of various aluminum products, including storm doors and windows and porch enclosures. The company started manufacturing vinyl windows in 1988 and eventually discontinued production of aluminum products.