Jeld-Wen announced today it will open in the fourth quarter of this year a door-facings plant in Winn Parish, La., that has been mothballed for several years because of the housing industry's collapse.
The Jeld-Wen plant in Louisiana will be the most technologically advanced wood fiber door-facings plant in the world," company president Philip Orsino said. "The efficiency and quality this plant will deliver will enhance Jeld-Wen's global leadership position."
Klamath Falls, Ore.-based Jeld-Wen first announced the plant in 2006, started building it, and as early as 2007 began making plans to suspend the opening of the facility. Along with those problems, Jeld-Wen last year had its own shakeup when Canada's Onex Corp. took majority control of the company and Orsino, Onex's building products industrial partner, took over as president.
"In 2007, the national economy impacted the construction industry and lowered the demand for interior doors which stalled the project and put new job opportunities at Jeld-Wen on hold," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said at a ceremony marking the plant's coming-out party. "We could have easily blamed the national economy and written off Jeld-Wen, but we fight for every single job opportunity in Louisiana and take nothing for granted. That’s why for the past four years, we’ve worked closely with Jeld-Wen to see how we could help restart the project. The bottom line is that we did not give up on this project. We did not give up on Jeld-Wen and Jeld-Wen did not give up on Winn Parish or Louisiana."