California’s Serious Materials Close to Purchasing Republic

January 14th, 2009 by Editor

Members of the United Electrical (UE) Workers Local 1110, representing the former workers from Republic Windows and Doors, may be back to work soon. The union announced today that Serious Materials, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., is in the final stages of working out an agreement to purchase the assets of Republic Windows and Doors. Though some details still need to be finalized, the union is told that the parties are very close to inking a deal.

“We are all hopeful about the possibility of Serious reopening our plant. This would be a very happy ending to our struggle,” said former Republic worker and Local 1110 vice president Melvin Maclin.

Serious Materials is described as a leading manufacturer of energy saving green building products. Their stated mission is to reduce greenhouse gases by one billion tons annually. In fact, in June 2008, the company acquired Alpen Windows, which also produces energy-efficient windows and glass. Serious has also been recognized by TIME/CNN, Fortune and Business Week, as one of the most promising green technology companies, according to the company’s website.

“These are the green-collar jobs we need for the future of our community,” said Armando Robles, former Republic maintenance worker and president of Local 1110.

Serious Materials and the union believe there is market in the Midwest for the energy efficient, super-insulating windows and commercial glass that Serious produces.

According to a statement from UE, Serious has said that it hopes, after a ramp-up period, to eventually hire the entire former Republic workforce. For that to happen, however, the bankruptcy court must act quickly. The union fears that if the court delays, the business will evaporate and it will be difficult to re-hire anyone.

“We hope that the creditors, trustee and judge will allow Serious to purchase the assets soon, so I and my co-workers can start making windows again,” said Robles.

In an article in The Associated Press today, Serious chief executive Kevin Surace confirms that it is speaking to Republic’s creditors, and the plan would be to reopen the plant and hire the same workers.

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