The cuts are getting deeper and no less painful.
The nation's largest window maker has slashed more than a quarter of its workforce since the collapse of the construction industry, leaving more than 4,000 people in that segment waiting for the federal stimulus to actually stimulate something.
Bayport, Minn.-based window and door maker Andersen Corp. cut 250 management and office staff positions, the company announced July 14. The latest cuts followed by a week the closing of a 287-worker vinyl window fabrication plant in Fall River, Mass.
There is mounting evidence that the housing market is not going to rebound any time soon, which means we'll be operating in this market environment for an extended period of time, so we needed to take a longer-term, more structural approach, said Maureen McDonough, Andersen's corporate communications director, in a July 14 interview.
These moves will put us in a stronger position that is more sustainable and scalable, so we're ready when the market does come back.
The Fall River plant was acquired in 2006 as part of Andersen's purchase of North Brunswick, N.J.-based Silver Line Building Products Corp.
Andersen laid off 251 workers at its Garland, Texas, plant in May 2008. Another 428 were let go in December when the company closed its window and patio door plant in Durham, N.C.
In January, Andersen temporarily laid off about 600 workers, but those employees were hired back in May due to seasonal demand.
In addition to the market conditions, Andersen's business structure since the Silver Line acquisition has lent itself to internal integration, officials said.
Over the last decade, we've invested in improved technology, and we've strategically acquired a number of businesses, President Jay Lund said in a news release.
We've already integrated or restructured some functions to improve coordination and eliminate significant redundancies, and given the environment we're now in, we've chosen to accelerate further the integration efforts, he said.
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