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Jeld-Wen Plans to Complete Door Plant In Louisiana
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SOURCE: Window & Door

01/17/2011 — A $120 million interior door component plant in Louisiana, a project placed on hold for several years due to the economic downturn, will be opened this year by Jeld-Wen Inc. Reconstruction has started on the Winn Parish facility, expected to employ at least 75 people.

“The Jeld-Wen plant in Louisiana will be the most technologically-advanced wood fiber door-facings plant in the world,” states Philip Orsino, president of the Oregon-based door and window manufacturer. “The efficiency and quality this plant will deliver will enhance Jeld-Wen’s global leadership position.”

The project had been initially announced in 2006, but was put on hiatus. “In 2007, the national economy impacted the construction industry and lowered the demand for interior doors, which stalled the project and put new job opportunities at Jeld-Wen on hold,” Gov. Bobby Jindal states in a project Louisiana Economic Development Corp. announcement. “We could have easily blamed the national economy and written off Jeld-Wen, but we fight for every single job opportunity in Louisiana and take nothing for granted. That’s why for the past four years, we’ve worked closely with Jeld-Wen to see how we could help restart the project.”

“The Governor’s office, the LED and Winn Parish have been supportive and responsive at every stage of the process during the last few years,” states Ron Saxton, Jeld-Wen executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

“Louisiana has a steady and reliable source of hardwood fiber,” adds Jim Morrison, Jeld-Wen senior vice president. “We’re also impressed by the employment base throughout Winn and Jackson Parishes.”

“We welcome the completion of the Jeld-Wen as great news for Winn Parish and the entire state of Louisiana,” Jindal states. “This project brings to life a world-class manufacturing environment that taps Louisiana’s rich resources and creates quality jobs for our people. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Jeld-Wen.”

Completion of the project is expected for the fourth quarter of 2012.  Door facings manufactured at the Louisiana plant will be shipped ot Jeld-Wen door assembly plants around the country.

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