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Durham window plant to close, lay off 428

Posted October 22, 2008
Updated October 24, 2008

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— More than 400 workers will lose their jobs days before Christmas when a Durham window plant closes, according to a notice filed with the state Department of Commerce.

Silver Line Building Products LLC provided state officials with 60 days' advance notice of the plant closing under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. Company officials said all 428 employees of the Durham plant, at 2223 Northeast Creek Parkway, would be laid off around Dec. 20 and the plant would cease production.

The New Jersey-based company makes vinyl windows and patio doors. It is a subsidiary of Andersen Corp., the world's largest manufacturer of windows and doors.

Silver Line announced in December 2004 that it would build a $22 million plant in Durham that would employ 800 people within a few years. The 422,000-square-foot assembly plant was expected to supply Home Depot and other customers.

State officials approved $100,000 in performance-based incentives to lure the company to North Carolina. Because the company closed without reaching those incentives, officials said it will not receive state funds.

Silver Line officials could not be reached Wednesday for comment, but the slowdown in the housing market nationwide after the mortgage bubble burst was believed to be the reason for the plant closing.

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  • Hilikus Oct 22, 2008

    ...these jobs aren't going anywhere, they are just dissappearing. The current housing market and jobs related to it are really suffering. I have been in the building supply business for my entire adult life, and I have never seen it like this. This is terrible, but these companies are having to do this to survive.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 22, 2008

    A stock market ploy? Ha ha ha. Wow, that is just too funny. You are going to see waves of layoffs coming. My company already had one, and they are gearing up to do another one that I suspect will be much larger. I can guarantee you this is no stock market ploy.

  • Iworkforaliving Oct 22, 2008

    All in the name of profit margins. As a fellow taxpayer, I want the 100k paid back before closing. But I'm dreaming.

  • beachboater Oct 22, 2008

    So much for the name calling - Scrooge. Remember, they gave 60 days notice!! How much time would you get if you were let go? Two weeks max usually.

    Why not close it today? That should save some money. I hate the job losses, but at least the company is paying workers until Christmas instead of Halloween.

  • smiley1842 Oct 22, 2008

    souljp1
    your quite the revolutionist, lets try it a different way

    If Obama is elected it will only be the start. Remember, you heard it hear first

  • mrtwinturbo Oct 22, 2008

    I have a feeling they will not close, I think after the election the dust will settle. It maybe a stockmarket ploy for all we know

  • Adelinthe Oct 22, 2008

    "State officials provided $100,000 in incentives to lure the company to North Carolina. Silver Line announced in December 2004 that it would build a $22 million plant in Durham that would employ 800 people within a few years."

    Bunch of lying cheats need to be made to pay the money back or lose the plant and all that is within it for auction with proceeds going back to the state of NC.

    Praying for those they are hurting.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • CrewMax Oct 22, 2008

    Is that $100,000 amount right? It only took 100K to get the company to come to North Carolina? Sounds cheap.

  • Slip Kid Oct 22, 2008

    "'Trickle down' isn't the problem. Lack of monetary and fiscal discipline based on sound rules are the problem. Much of this pain can be traced directly back to our totally worthless congress." - ripcord

    Perfectly said!

  • Ripcord Oct 22, 2008

    "Bet they move to China. That trickle down economy. Gotta love it!"

    Actually, all economies, apart from pure barter systems, are trickle down. For example, right now the US financial sector is in trouble. That has trickled down to our level in the form of interest rate changes, loan availablity, etc... When the economy is doing well that also trickles down to us. There is no other kind of monetary based economy. People like to demagogue the evil, vile "trickle down economy" but in reality its the only kind of economy in any modern society.

    'Trickle down' isn't the problem. Lack of monetary and fiscal discipline based on sound rules are the problem. Much of this pain can be traced directly back to our totally worthless congress.

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