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Dallas and Georgia glass plants to close, putting 400 out of work

Glass plants in Dallas and Statesboro, Ga., will be closed as part of a cost-saving reorganization by Minneapolis-based Apogee Enterprises.

In Dallas, the company is closing its Velocity Glass plant. In Georgia, it’s shuttering its Viracon plant. The closings will put 400 employees out of work.

Apogee said the effort aims to save $20 million to $30 million a year, but the company will take a one-time loss of $30 million to $35 million to write off assets and pay severance.

The company said it has enough capacity at its Owatonna, Minnesota, plant to perform work now done in Statesboro. No employees are anticipated to be offered transfers.

As many as 600 people once worked at the Viracon plant, which opened in 1998. Apogee spokesperson Jeff Huebschen said the company intends to close the Statesboro plant by Dec. 31.

Development Authority of Bulloch County CEO Benjy Thompson said the pandemic had depressed orders for Viracon.

“They’ve been through some difficult pandemic-related issues that were short-term and long-term, so it wasn’t terribly surprising when you have a chance to sit back and think about it, but it’s always shocking when a plant like that one closes in a community,” Thompson said.


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