MI Windows Closing Indiana Plant

February 1, 2007
MI Windows & Doors Inc. closed its Brazil, IN, plant in December, citing the downturn in new home construction. The closure of the plant, located 65 miles southwest of Indianapolis, comes on the heels of MI’s acquisition of a 210,000-square-foot CertainTeed window fabrication facility in Lebanon, IN, which is 30 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

When MI announced its plans for the CertainTeed acquisition last June, the company said in a press release that the Brazil plant would “transition its focus to the new construction segment of the industry,” according to a report in the Terre Haute, IN, Tribune-Star. Some production from the Brazil site will shift to Lebanon following the December closure, other production will go to company facilities in Texas and Tennessee, said Scott Hayes, Brazil’s plant manager, to the newspaper.

“Our decision to close that facility was directly correlated to the housing recession that is occurring right now in the Midwestern portion of the country,” said Matt DeSoto, Eastern division vice president.

“It all boils down to housing starts,” Hayes told the local paper. “I have never seen a slow down…like we have [seen] in the last 12 to 18 months.”

Production was scheduled to cease December 22, with about 170 employees expected to lose their jobs. MI, based in Gratz, PA, produces vinyl, aluminum, and cellular products at 12 facilities across the U.S.