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Jeld-Wen Closing Door Plant in North Carolina
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SOURCE: Wilkes Journal-Patriot

01/20/2012 — Plans of Klamath Falls, Ore.-based Jeld-Wen to close its window and door manufacturing and distribution facility on River Road/Liberty Grove Road North Wilkesboro were announced to employees Thursday.

Teri Cline, Jeld-Wen director of corporate communications, said in an interview Friday afternoon that the plant in North Wilkesboro was closing because the work done there would now be done by a Jeld-Wen customer.

She declined to identify the customer but said the change was impacted by the current state of the housing market, which is down. The North Wilkesboro facility is a wholesale distributor where doors are pre-hung, which means hardware is attached.

Ms. Cline confirmed what Town of North Wilkesboro officials said they were told in a letter from Ernie Hoyle, manager of Jeld-Wen plant here.

The letter said Jeld-Wen planned to permanently close the plant by March 19 and permanently end the jobs of 54 people who work there.

Although one town official she he was told that Jeld-Wen actually had 59 employees at the plant, Ms. Cline said she wasn’t aware of that number.

She said Jeld-Wen would pay full salaries of the employees for the 60 days beginning Thursday and provide severance packages.

Also for the people losing their jobs, she said, Jeld-Wen is contracting with Next Job to line up companies seeking employees for an exclusive all-day job fair on Feb. 13, job counseling, assistance with writing resumes and help with searching for new jobs online.

A Jeld-Wen employee told the newspaper that the company laid off a large number of local workers in 2011.

Hinnant said North Wilkesboro officials would work with the N.C. Employment Security Commission to provide as much assistance as possible for the displaced workers. Ann Bowlin, manager of the local ESC office, said ESC and Wilkes JobLink Center officials are trying to get more information to see what can be done for the workers.

The privately-owned Jeld-Wen has a 100,005-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility in the town’s industrial park off River Road/Liberty Grove Road. Originally built as a Jenkins Wholesale facility in 1997, it has a county tax value of $3.6 million. Jeld-Wen bought the facility in 2006.

In late September, Jeld-Wen sold $460 million in secured bonds to refinance debts.

After the sale, Standard & Poor’s rating service improved Jeld-Wen’s credit rating to B from B-, with a stable outlook. Analysts said Jeld-Wen would likely continue to face difficulties over the next several quarters as housing and remodeling markets remained near cyclically low levels.

Jeld-Wen employs over 20,000 people worldwide and has manufacturing and distribution locations across the United States and in over 20 countries.

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