Endura Products announces closure of Sparta facility
By Bobby Lee McCulley | April 13, 2018 8:19 am
A longtime manufacturing facility Endura Products, formally known as Jeld-Wen Products, has announced that due to the loss of a major contract their Sparta facility will be forced to close its doors and place approximately 83 employees out of work.
“With great sadness, Endura Products is left with no choice but to take immediate steps to shut down its Sparta, Tennessee plant permanently. This development was prompted by a decision by Endura’s largest customer to cease its relationship with Endura. That decision was sudden and unexpected,” according to a statement released by Endura Products. “Without that customer relationship, it simply is not viable or sustainable for the Sparta plant to continue its operations. Endura Products greatly appreciates the loyalty and hard work that its White County employees have devoted to the company over the last several years. The company is working with the Tennessee Department of Labor to help these employees transition to other jobs.”
According to facility administrators, employees are continuing to work as the plant still has orders to fulfill. However, as soon as those orders have been filled, the remaining employees will be terminated as the plant permanently shuts down.
The future for this facility has yet to be determined, according to Endura Products leaders. Equipment within the facility is expected to be relocated to other Endura plants.
“It’s disappointing to hear a local business is leaving White County. In a global economy there are often circumstances that are beyond local control. Endura has been an asset and valuable community partner for many years; we hate to see them close their doors,” said White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson. “The Department of Labor is currently mobilizing resources for our citizens that will be effected by the change. I have been in contact with many local employers and they have already expressed interest in hiring displaced workers.”
“White County’s economic future is on a positive path of growth. Industrial development can be seen all across the county. From the expansion of local businesses and industries to the recent announcements of Hormann and Fitzgerald, job opportunities are readily available in our community.”
The Expositor reached out to numerous manufacturing facilities within White County. The following facilities are currently hiring multiple employees for a variety of positions and shifts.
- Hillsman Modular Molding Inc. (HMMI)
- Tri-State Distribution
- Seastar Solutions
- THK Rhythm
“Many of our best relationships are formed at work. There is no way that a manufacturer can close without causing grief. If there is a bright side to this, it might be that in the last year White County has created over six times as many jobs as will be lost with the closing of Endura,” stated Marvin Bullock, president of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce. “If we combine the 500-plus newly-created jobs with the number of long-time employers who are clambering to hire, then perhaps Endura’s unfortunate closing could not have happened at a better time for the sake of its employees. My heart reaches out to all those affected.”