Enfield windshield plant to close

Posted August 8, 2016 4:08 p.m. EDT

— 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.