JELD-WEN resummes plan for manufacture

• Dodson LA

Work to complete the 200,000 square foot JELD-WEN facility in Winn Parish is starting, with production of interior door facings scheduled for start-up in the fourth quarter of this year.

Announcement of re-start of work on the plant, which has stood idled, nearly complete for the better part of the last four years, was made in late January at a ceremony attended by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, members of the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation, Winn Parish political officials, and management officials of the JELD-WEN corporation based at Klamath Falls, Oregon.

JELD-WEN, the world's leading manufacturer of windows and doors, expects to start production at the new door-facings facility in Winn Parish in the fourth quarter of 2012 and is expected to employ at least 75 people in its first year. Wood fiber door-facings are a major component in the most popular type of interior door sold in North America.

"The JELD-WEN plant in Louisiana will be the most technologically advanced wood fiber door-facings plant in the world," stated Philip Orsino, JELD-WEN President. "The efficiency and quality this plant will deliver will enhance JELD-WEN's global leadership position."

JELD-WEN has worked with the Governor of Louisiana, Louisiana Economic Development Corporation ("LED"), and the Winn Parish Police Jury since the project began.

"The Governor's office, the LED and Winn Parish have been supportive and responsive at every stage of the process during the last few years," stated Ron Saxton, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at JELD-WEN.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal stated, "We welcome the completion of the JELD-WEN facility as great news for Winn Parish and the entire state of Louisiana. This project brings to life a world-class manufacturing environment that taps Louisiana's rich resources and creates quality jobs for our people. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with JELD-WEN."

Secretary Stephen Moret continued, "An innovative building materials company like JELD-WEN fits perfectly with Louisiana's goal of growing a sustainable agribusiness sector, one that utilizes best practices in technology to realize maximum return with minimal impact on the environment. This is just such a project, and it will be a major economic driver for the Winn Parish region for many years to come."

"Louisiana has a steady and reliable source of hardwood fiber," said JELD-WEN Senior Vice President Jim Morrison. "We're also impressed by the employment base throughout Winn and Jackson Parishes."

"Winn Parish welcomes JELD-WEN and looks forward to continuing a great working relationship with the company and its officials," stated Winn Parish Policy Jury President Jack McFarland. "The impact of the opening of this manufacturing facility will be a tremendous economic boost to the local and surrounding economies. We are very pleased that JELD-WEN chose to locate its newest facility in Winn Parish."

The JELD-WEN plant was first announced at a presentation in Winnfield in November, 2006, when then-Governor Kathleen Blanco and members of the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation joined with company and political officials. Construction began in early 2007 on a 600-acre site owned by Weyerhaeuser Company on the east side of U.S. Highway 167 about a mile south of the Dodson municipal limit.

While the building is essentially complete, production plans were halted when the American housing market collapsed in 2008.

When finally in operation, the JELD-WEN facility will utilize a variety of soft hardwood fiber to manufacture "doorskins," or door facings, which are pressed from wood fiber and resin in a proprietary process.

The equipment at Dodson is unique to JELD-WEN, the company says, and will be among the most technologically advanced in the industry.

JELD-WEN has manufacturing and/or distribution facilities in 20 states. Primary product categories are wood windows and patio doors, vinyl windows and patio doors, aluminum windows and patio doors, as well as interior molded doors, using the doorskins to be produced at Dodson, interior wood doors, exterior steel doors, exterior fiberglass doors, exterior wood doors. Some of the facilities across the 20 states produced finished goods, and some, including Dodson, produce components.

JELD-WEN began in 1960 and today has approximately 20,000 employees across more than 100 locations in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company's extensive product offering encompasses windows, exterior doors, interior doors and related building products that are sold globally through multiple distribution channels, including retail home centers, wholesale distributors and building products dealers. JELD-WEN has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 1998.