Pella Chronicle

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October 28, 2011

Housing recession prompts S.C. manufacturing plant closure

Pella — By the end of December 2011, Pella Corporation will close its West Columbia, S.C. vinyl window manufacturing site, now employing 147 people, as a result of the continuing housing economy recession.

“We consider plant closures and workforce reductions as a last resort, but new home construction has dropped more than 70 percent since 2006 and construction activity is predicted to remain soft,” said Pella spokesperson Kathy Krafka Harkema. “Therefore, unfortunately, we must reduce excess manufacturing capacity,” she said.

The company has operated the facility, located at 375 Metropolitan Dr., in West Columbia since 2004. Once manufacturing ceases there, production of windows and doors will continue at other existing sites across the United States.

Pella plans to partner with state officials to help West Columbia team members prepare new potential careers, she said.

 “As consumer confidence weakens the willingness of Americans to build new homes, our goal is to use creative approaches like voluntary incentives and furloughs to help keep as many team members at work as possible during this highly-volatile economy,” Krafka Harkema said.

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