HANOVER TWP. ‚?? Vinyl window maker Dove Industries Inc. notified its workers and the state it will shut down next week and lay off 106 people at its plant on the Sans Souci Parkway.
Another plant the company opened two years ago in Virginia is scheduled to close and 52 people will lose their jobs.
Bruce Dove Jr., a company executive and great grandson of co-founder Phillip Dove, could not be reached for comment Friday.
In a layoff notice filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry on Wednesday, the company said it could not obtain financing to continue operations.
A worker who did not want to be identified said she was told the plant would close Monday.
The company began in 1945 in North Hills. Dove Venetian Blind Co. was founded by Phillip Dove and his son Nathan.
It evolved with the changing marketplace into a window maker and relocated its operations to Hanover Township from the Philadelphia area in the early 1990s.
A salesman who also did not want to be identified said even though the company made a good product, it had trouble lately providing it to customers. He estimated the company would have between $11 million and $12 million in sales this year.
‚??It was renowned as a fantastic window, but internal problems never got solved,‚?Ě he said.
The company‚??s filing with the state under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act provided a peek at the problems.
‚??Dove Industries Inc. is a faltering company which sought new capital or business in order to stay open and where giving notice would ruin the opportunity to get the new capital or business,‚?Ě the company said. ‚??Dove Industries Inc. was advised (Tuesday) that financing was no longer available to continue its operations. The plant closing also is caused by unforeseen business circumstances.‚?Ě
The layoffs are permanent and the employees have been notified individually of their layoff date, the company said.
Dove filed a WARN notice with the Virginia Employment Commission on Wednesday as well, listing Monday as the impact date of the plant closure.
The company opened a manufacturing plant in Pulaski County in the southwestern part of the state in 2010. At the time it said it would create 100 new jobs and the company was eligible for state benefits and tax credit.
Whether the company ever created 100 jobs could not be determined Friday. There have been layoffs at the plant and, according to the WARN notice, there were 52 employees remaining.
On top of the bad news of the closings, the company early Friday morning reported the theft of two trucks loaded with approximately 175 windows from the Sans Souci plant.
The empty box trucks were located on an access road off Vista Drive in the Honey Pot section of Newport Township.