Jeld-Wen to shutter two manufacturing facilities

The Jeld-Wen facility in Hawkins, Wisconsin, will be closed and the wood products' production will be transferred to its Rantoul, Illinois, factory. 

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeld-Wen Holding is closing its Vista, California, and Hawkins, Wisconsin, manufacturing facilities. An estimated 450 workers will be affected by the closures.

The Vista plant manufactures composite windows marketed and sold under the brand name Auraline and has about 110 associates. The Hawkins, Wisconsin, site manufactures wood windows and employs 340 associates, the company said. JELD said it will consolidate production from Hawkins into its wood windows manufacturing facility in Rantoul, Illinois.

A company worker manufactures a door at an unnamed factory. Photo: Jeld-Wen Inc.

Township chairman David Curtis told WAOW TV that  employees told him equipment will be moved out starting in June, and by the middle or end of July, the facility will be closed completely.

"Multiple market factors have made it prohibitive to competitively sustain the composite windows product line and it will be discontinued," Jeld-Wen said in a statement. As a result, the company plans to close the Vista composite windows facility. Orders placed within 90 days of April 11, 2024, will be accepted and fulfilled.

In connection with these site closures, Jeld-Wen, an FDMC-ranked company expects to incur one-time costs of approximately $45 million and generate annual pre-tax income improvements of at least $11 million.

The company expects to incur one-time costs in 2024 of approximately $21 million related to the Vista closure and after project completion, recognize an annual pre-tax income improvement of at least $4 million.


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