Manufacturer JELD-WEN lays off 90 employees in Windsor County

A large Windsor County employer laid off 90 employees on Wednesday and plans to close its Springfield facility.

Caryn Klebba, head of global public relations for JELD-WEN, confirmed Thursday afternoon that the global manufacturer of doors and windows laid off 90 of the 192 employees at its Ludlow and Springfield facilities on Wednesday.

Klebba said that the company has been engaging in a comprehensive effort to “modernize and optimize” its global operations over the past few years and had identified “significant operational and cost-efficiencies” by consolidating the two Vermont operations into the Ludlow facility.

“While these decisions are not easy, we did so only after careful consideration and with the understanding that our actions today are necessary to position JELD-WEN for future growth,” she said.

Affected employees were provided with separation packages and outplacement services, according to Klebba.

Jason Maulucci, a spokesperson for Gov. Phil Scott, said in an email Thursday afternoon that the Department of Labor and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development have been in contact with JELD-WEN and are gathering more information.

This story will be updated.

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