Urban Restructuring with Industry Downturn

October 30, 2008

In response to difficult market conditions and reduced equipment demand, Urban Machinery is restructuring its North American operations. The move includes the closure of its West Coast facility in Port Townsend, Wash.

"The changes made by Urban in North America are necessary and will allow Urban to help all of our North American customers during these uncertain economic times, by reducing our overheads and allowing us to supply our customers with more cost effective solutions to their needs," says Volker Lamprecht, president and COO of the North American business.

"Urban Machinery continues to be a strong and stable manufacturer and supplier of equipment to the window and door industry worldwide including North America," he continues. "We are supported by our corporate head office in Germany as well as our secondary production facilities in Austria and Fredericton, New Brunswick. We have been in business for over 50 years and will continue to be in business for many years to come."

Work previously performed by the West Coast office is now being transferred to Urban's Cambridge, Ontario, head office for sales and service. The company will be increasing the hours of operation at its Cambridge facility to make up for some of the available telephone service time lost due to the closing of the Port Townsend facility, the company reports.

"We assure all of our customers that once our market returns to prosperous levels, Urban machinery will once again open a West Coast sales and service office," Lamprecht also notes.