Associated Materials to Relocate, Expand West Coast Facility

November 3rd, 2017 by Trey Barrineau

Associated Materials Inc.  announced on Friday that it’s in the final stages of relocating its West Coast window manufacturing facility from Bothell, Wash., to Fife, Wash. The company says workers at the Bothell facility have been offered employment at the new factory, which is about 45 miles away.

“At all levels within the organization, our goal is to go above and beyond to provide solutions quickly and energetically,” said Associated Materials CEO Brian Strauss. “Employees impacted by the closure of the Bothell plant have been offered continued employment at the Fife location. Operations are scheduled to transition to the new facility by December 31, 2017.”

On September 26, Associated Materials, which is headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) with the state of Washington’s Employment Security Department announcing a mass layoff of 87 workers at the Bothell facility. The WARN act requires giving workers 60 days’ notice before a plant closure closure.

The new location in Fife will provide 250,000 square feet of production space for window manufacturing operations, which is significantly larger than the current plant in Bothell.

According to Associated Materials’ Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in March 2016, the facility in Bothell that’s closing covers 159,000 square feet. Associated Materials was leasing that plant, according to the document, and the lease was set to expire in 2018.

According to the Compstak database of commercial real estate in the U.S., Associated Materials is leasing all or part of the building in Fife until 2029.

Associated Materials is a manufacturer and distributor of building products in North America. Net sales were about $1.1 billion in 2015. Windows represent about 35 percent of the company’s business.

The company operates 11 manufacturing facilities across in the U.S. and Canada. Its products are sold throughout North America via a distribution network that includes 124 company-operated supply centers and 260 dealers and independent distributors.

In 2010, private equity firm Hellman & Friedman bought Associated Materials from Harvest Partners and Investcorp S.A. for about $1.3 billion.

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