Jeld-Wen Wants to Bring Hawkins Workers Back

May 26, 2009

Rather than extending layoffs at its Hawkins, Wis., window plant, as suggested by a number of local media reports, Jeld-Wen Inc. hopes to bring "as many of those employees back as soon as possible," says Teri Cline, director of corporate communications for the window and door maker. 

Due to the weak housing market, Jeld-Wen Inc. had temporarily laid off more than 200 workers at the facility since the beginning of the year.  With a six month deadline since the first layoff approaching, the company recently had to file notice with Wisconsin officials that it might not be able to bring all those temporarily laid off workers back as of July 19, Cline explains. That filing did not mean, however, that the company does not plan to start bringing back workers.

"We are not seeking to extend lay-offs," Cline notes. "We are expecting to ramp up production during the summer." 

Jeld-Wen is looking to change its policy so that people who are temporarily laid off are no longer automatically considered terminated after six months. The window and door maker is in negotiations with the union that represents workers at its Hawkins plant to extend that period to nine months, Cline says. 

Local stories on the situation included an article from the Business Journal of Milwaukee, as well as a report from WQOW news in Eau Claire, Wis.