Minneapolis-based Apogee Enterprises introduced Wednesday that it’s going to shut its Viracon plant in Statesboro, shedding about 190 staff. The corporate stated it might additionally shut its Velocity Glass plant in Dallas, bringing layoffs to 400 general.
Apogee stated the trouble goals to save lots of $20 million to $30 million a yr, however the firm will take a one-time lack of $30 million to $35 million to put in writing off property and pay severance.
The corporate stated it has sufficient capability at its Owatonna, Minnesota, plant to carry out work now carried out in Statesboro. No staff are anticipated to be supplied transfers.
The Statesboro Herald studies as many as 600 folks as soon as labored on the Viracon plant, which opened in 1998.
Apogee spokesperson Jeff Huebschen stated the corporate intends to shut the Statesboro plant by Dec. 31.
Growth Authority of Bulloch County CEO Benjy Thompson stated the pandemic had depressed orders for Viracon.
“They’ve been by means of some troublesome pandemic-related points that have been short-term and long-term, so it wasn’t terribly shocking when you may have an opportunity to take a seat again and give it some thought, nevertheless it’s at all times surprising when a plant like that one closes in a group,” Thompson stated.
Thompson stated native officers wish to assist promote the property to a brand new person.
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