Jeld-Wen Conducts Seasonal Layoffs at Illinois Plant

December 17, 2008

Jeld-Wen Inc. laid off 20 percent of the production workforce at its Rantoul, Ill. window plant last Thursday. The company emphasized, however, that the move is a part of a normal annual workforce adjustment reflecting the seasonal dips in new home construction.

“We do this even in good years,” said Teri Cline, directory of corporate communications. “Everyone in our industry does this, and everybody affected is still employed with Jeld-Wen.”

Cline added that workers affected by the seasonal layoffs will continue to receive benefits. 

While the layoffs at the Illinois plant were not attributed to the broader downturn in housing, Jeld-Wen has not been immune to weak market conditions.  The company announced plans to close its Stockton, Calif. window manufacturing plant in September, citing the continuing malaise in the U.S. housing market.  In August, Jeld-Wen also discontinued manufacturing at a Georgia plant.