Kearney, Mo.-based Ply Gem Industries Inc. is shutting down its newly acquired vinyl siding extrusion plant in Atlanta, citing excess capacity and a need to consolidate operations. The plant employs about 110.
The plant is one of three sites Ply Gem acquired in its purchase of Pittsburgh-based building-products maker Alcoa Home Exteriors. The $305 million deal closed in the fourth quarter.
The closure will leave Ply Gem - the U.S. leader in vinyl siding manufacturing, with more than a quarter of the market - with five vinyl extrusion plants. The Atlanta plant is the least efficient and has the smallest capacity of the Alcoa plants, said John Wayne, president of Ply Gem's siding group, Feb. 8 at the International Builders' Show in Orlando.
Ply Gem will transfer production to the remaining Alcoa plants in Stuarts Draft, Va., and Denison, Texas. ``It will be uneventful for our customers,'' Wayne said.
The move is part of the ongoing integration of Alcoa Home Exteriors and Ply Gem subsidiary Variform Inc. Ply Gem has been eliminating duplicate positions in areas like human resources and information technology.
The firm will keep using the Alcoa Home Exteriors name.
Ply Gem also plans to open a headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., in June for its siding group.
The merging of Ply Gem and Alcoa Home Exteriors paired the No. 2 and No. 3 players in vinyl siding. The combined firms surpass Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed Corp. as the nation's largest vinyl siding maker.