Safelite Glass is planning to shut down its windshield factory in Halifax County, a move that will put 210 employees out of work.
Tom Feeney, president and CEO of the Columbus, Ohio-based company, said in a statement that “it is no longer feasible for us to sustain the continual investments needed to outfit the plant for complex future windshield designs. 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 glass technology.”
Feeney added that the company “made every effort to find solutions” to keep the Enfield plant in operation.
The Safelite plant in Enfield, about 60 miles northeast of Raleigh, opened in 1970. In recent years it has been churning out between 800,000 and 1 million replacement windshields annually, said spokeswoman Melina Metzger.
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Safelite said it will provide severance packages and will refer workers to available jobs elsewhere in the company. It also will offer relocation assistance.
Safelite plans to plans to phase out manufacturing by Oct. 10. It also plans to put the plant, which it owns, up for sale.