Pella closing door plant

Pella Corp. has informed its employees that its exterior door plant in Fairfield, Ohio, will be closed next year. According to company officials, the closure, which is the result of the housing market…

Pella Corp. has informed its employees that its exterior door plant in Fairfield, Ohio, will be closed next year. According to company officials, the closure, which is the result of the housing market plunge, is expected in mid- to late-2011. New home construction has dropped as much as 60 to 70% in the US from the record levels of just a few years ago, dramatically decreasing demand for building materials, as consumer confidence remains weak. Therefore, unfortunately, we must close this plant to reduce excess manufacturing capacity, says Denny Van Zanten, Pella Heritage Division president. To give our team members ample time to pursue other careers, we“re announcing the closure now, rather than waiting until 2011. The Ohio plant was acquired by Pella from Pease Industries in 1999, and employs 198 people. When the Fairfield plant closes, the company will move its entry door systems production operations to its manufacturing facility in Pella, Iowa. Transitioning manufacturing to a centralized location where we already create patio doors will optimize the cost of operation and cut shipping time as we continue to serve customers with Pella entry door systems, Van Zanten notes. Pella also said it plans to partner with employers and state and local officials to help identify new potential careers for those employees who want to remain in the greater Cincinnati region.