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Viracon temporarily closing Utah plant


February 22, 2013
By Viracon

Feb. 22, 2013 – Viracon, Inc. announced today that it will temporarily close its St. George, Utah, facility, for approximately two years beginning in mid-April 2013. The plant closing will impact 222 employees. The temporary closure will better align overall capacity with the demand expected over the next two years, which can be served from Viracon’s two other U.S. locations, officials said in a release.

Feb. 22, 2013 – Viracon,
Inc.

announced today
that it will temporarily close its St. George, Utah, facility, for
approximately two years beginning in mid-April 2013. The plant
closing will impact 222 employees. The temporary closure will better align
overall capacity with the demand expected over the next two years, which can be
served from Viracon’s two other U.S. locations, officials said in a release.

“This
was a very difficult but necessary decision that we had hoped to avoid,” said
Viracon President Kelly Schuller, in the release. “Our St. George workforce has
done a great job, but the prolonged construction downturn required us to act to
improve our operating efficiencies and maintain our competitive position.”

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Relocation
opportunities are being discussed with employees on a case-by-case basis. The
210,000-square-foot St. George manufacturing facility will be retained and
improved by Viracon during the closure. In particular, the company plans to
upgrade the coating capabilities at the plant before reopening when the market
recovers, which is expected to be in approximately two years, according to the
release.

Production
schedules, deliveries and lead times will be unaffected by the temporary
closure. Production will be absorbed in one of the company’s other two U.S.
manufacturing facilities located in Owatonna, Minn., and Statesboro, Ga.,
company officials report.

Related Link
www.viracon.com


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