Enfield windshield plant to close

Posted August 8, 2016

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— Safelite Glass Corp. announced Monday that it will close its Enfield windshield plant by Oct. 10, putting 210 people out of work.

The Enfield plant, which opened in 1970, makes about 1 million replacement windshield a year, officials said.

"It is no longer feasible for us to sustain the continual investments needed to outfit the plant for complex future windshield designs," Safelite President and Chief Executive Tom Feeney said in a statement. "Our supply partners have the size and capability to offer better product development capabilities, a more competitive rate, and they are continually investing in future vehicle glass technology."

Feeney said the company "made every effort to find solutions to remain open," working with state and local officials.

"This decision is by no means a reflection of the community, our associates or our products," he said.

Safelite plans to refer workers to available jobs in the company, offer relocation assistance and provide severance packages for affected workers.


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  • New Holland Aug 9, 10:01 a.m.
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    This is the same issue NC had 20yrs ago with textile plants, technology moves along and the owners of the plant either can't or won't afford to update their plants to stay competitive. NAFTA didn't help, but that's part of being in a world economy. Rural economies are not the same as big cities, they often depend on one maybe 2 businesses to sustain the town. Safelite saw an opportunity to cut costs, maybe even got a deal with FedEx to ship the glass here instead of making it here.

  • Alex Wilson Aug 9, 8:16 a.m.
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    Doug you have drunk way to much Trump Kool-Aid and that is very obvious. Trump has made himself rich be taking daddy’s money (Trump never earned anything) and building a business based on lies. He has filed for bankruptcies several times to cover up for his failed business knowledge and who suffered; it was the middle class workers who provided goods and services, they lost everything. He scammed his money from innocent people, just look at the fake Trump University. How many Vets and others their life savings trying to believe his carnival pitch.

    He has been has been accused of Rape, he has been sued over and over again. He lies about donations to charities that he never makes, he even screwed over the vets with money he collected and had to be called out and forced to make the donations.

    He is even forcing his own products, Trump Water to be purchased by the RNC for his own events. He gets visas for his documented alien workers for his

  • Doug Bogard Aug 9, 6:30 a.m.
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    Alex, I am going to cut to the chase. Your petty dislike of Mr. Trump and his policies will not make Mrs. Clinton any more electable. She is a corrupt politician. A liar and a thief. She has been a failure at every level of service to the USA. The only thing she has accomplished is enriching herself while being a public servant. I stand by my first statement, you are not a smart man. I would throw facts at you, to substanciate my claims. I don't have to. It is all out there and you just don't get it. sheople!

  • Larry Jackson Aug 9, 6:12 a.m.
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    Actually Doug, if you do a little research, Safelite has opened a new and improved technology plant in Ohio and that is why they are closing in Enfield. They are offering to relocate employees to this new plant in Ohio. There is no NAFTA/Mexican connection, but good try. I guess you are riding the Trump train!

    Feel sorry for the folks in Enfield. I worked there several years and it will be a terrible blow to the locals.

  • Alex Wilson Aug 8, 10:15 p.m.
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    If you believe that Trump is going to fix it and tell a company that they have to do what he says and bring jobs back to the US. This is coming from Trump a man that brings in people to work at his companies from other countries, when he can hire good American workers. I would suggest that you loosen the tin-foil around your head, because you are following the biggest con-man, swindler and communist the GOTP has ever seen.

  • Doug Bogard Aug 8, 9:37 p.m.
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    Alex, the Enfield plant will close and the glass will come from Mexico. Are you familiar with NAFTA? Trumps plan with NAFTA? I will not lie to you like Mrs. Clinton, you are not a smart man. You are party sheople.

  • Betsey Duggins Aug 8, 7:48 p.m.
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    Poor employees. Very small town with few options. They may only have 200+ employees, but this is huge for this town. May all the employees find another job of equal or better pay!

  • Alex Wilson Aug 8, 7:15 p.m.
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    I hope all the employee's contact Donald Trump and ask him how he will keep the plant open. Since the company is now going to outsource the work to someone else. I'm sure donald has the answers, at least that's what he keeps telling us.

  • Jim Williams Aug 8, 6:11 p.m.
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    Not good, I hope the employee's got a good severance package.