Jeld-Wen to Close California Plant

September 10, 2008
Jeld-Wen Inc. will close its Stockton, Calif. window manufacturing plant, the company confirmed on Sept. 8, citing the continuing malaise in the U.S. housing market. The vinyl operation was moved to the Stockton location from Lathrop, Calif. in 1998.

“We greatly appreciate the team effort of our employees in Stockton,” said Rick Hetherington, senior vice president in a statement. “We don’t know how much longer the building downturn will continue, and we’ve reached a point where we can’t justify keeping this location open.”

Jeld-Wen spokeswoman Teri Cline said the company had no plans to reopen the plant. The closing will result in the layoff of 126 plant employees.

The closing of the California plant follows shortly on the heels of an announcement to shut down manufacturing operations at Jeld-Wen’s Gainesville, Ga., facility in August. The Klamath Falls, Ore.-based manufacturer plans to continue to operate sales and warehouse operations at the Georgia facility, and also noted that it may re-start manufacturing operations there in the future.