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Clopay to close Baldwin plant

Griffon Corporation has announced that its garage door business ("Clopay") will consolidate operations at two production facilities into its manufacturing plant located in Troy, Ohio.

Clopay currently operates four manufacturing facilities in Baldwin, Wis.; Troy, Ohio; Russia, Ohio; and Auburn, Wash.

According to company officials, all of the operations conducted in the Baldwin plant and substantially all of the operations conducted in the Russia facility will be relocated to Troy, Ohio, and the Baldwin facility will be closed.

According to the Village of Baldwin Web site, Clopay is the community's largest employer, with some 335 employees.

All active employees at the Russia facility are being offered employment at the Troy facility.

Officials fail to indicate if the Baldwin employees will be offered jobs elsewhere in the company.

According to a press release, Griffon Corporation management believes that when the consolidation is completed in early 2011, it will result in estimated annual cash savings of more than $10 million based upon current sales levels.

The consolidation comes as a result of Clopay's aggressive campaign to improve manufacturing efficiencies and bring new technologies to market to better serve its customers.

"These actions will enable us to centralize production at our most technologically advanced facility so that Clopay can improve its manufacturing efficiency while improving our ability to serve the needs of our customers," stated Steve Lynch, president of Clopay Building Products Company. "Clopay has a legacy of strong performance and exceptional potential for growth. By consolidating our manufacturing, we will streamline operations, lower costs and maintain the flexibility to meet supply demands now and in the future."

Clopay Building Products Company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of residential, commercial and industrial garage doors to professional installing dealers and major home center retail chains.