Cabinet plant to close, 250 employees out of work
MasterBrands expanding in Kinston

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc. is closing its Lynchburg manufacturing plant, displacing 250 employees. The closure is expected to be finalized by mid-October.

According to company spokesman Emily Small, the company “has continued to see market conditions and consumer preferences change over the last few years. To improve operational efficiencies while addressing these market changes, we will close the Lynchburg, VA manufacturing plant. Production will continue until the middle of October. Products manufactured in the Lynchburg facility will be produced at our other U.S. manufacturing locations.”

MasterBrand, which ranks #3 on the FDMC300 list, has been reorganizing its facilities in in the last couple of years, adding employees in one plant, investing in other plantsclosing plants or eliminating shifts.

The company says that employees will be assisted through the transition, with additional compensation, coordination with state and local employment agencies and resources from its Employee Assistance Program.

Relocation offers are being made to hourly associates, according to the spokesperson, and employees are encouraged to apply for opportunities within the company’s manufacturing network.

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