Create a free Industrial Equipment News account to continue

Glass Factories Close, 400 Jobs Lost

None of the employees will be offered positions at other plants.

Apogee Enterprises manufactures architectural products used on commercial buildings.

The company was hit hard by the non-residential building slowdown caused by the pandemic.

On Wednesday, the company announced a large reorganization that will close plants in Georgia and Texas.

The cuts include some 400 layoffs; none of the employees will be offered positions at other plants, according to the AP.

The Viracon plant in Statesboro, Georgia will shutter by the end of 2021 and production will move to Apogee's plant in Owatonna, Minnesota. 

A timeline wasn't provided for the Velocity Glass plant in Dallas, but its closure will mark the company's exit from the architectural glass business.

Apogee expects a one-time loss of up to $35 million, including up to $6 million for severance and up to $18 million on equipment and facility write-offs, according to the Star Tribune.

However, the company could save up to $30 million each year beginning in 2023.

More in Video