Kensington Windows closes doors
By Michael Aubele
Kensington Windows shuttered its plant on Monday after giving its more than 150 employees only a day's notice that they'd lost their jobs.
"All of the employees are out of work as of right now," said George Latta, president of IUE-CWA Local 88643.
Latta said the union represents more than 150 workers at the manufacturing facility, which sits off River Road at the Parks Bend Industrial Park.
Other union members said Kensington Windows, which produced replacement windows and patio doors, employed as many as 200 people. Some had been on furlough, they said.
Company officials on Sunday circulated phone calls among employees telling them not to report to work Monday morning.
The company also sent union officials a letter indicating it would "permanently" shut down the facility on Monday and "terminate the employment of substantially all bargaining unit employees on that date."
Kensington Windows officials, in their letter, said the company lost its financing:
"Kensington (Windows) has been attempting to obtain financing to permit it to continue operations, but was unable to do so and has been informed that its secured lenders have decided to terminate funding to the company immediately. It is for this reason that Kensington must take this action immediately and is unable to provide greater advance notice of it."
Kensington Windows was a subsidiary of Perrysburg, Ohio-based Jancor Companies.
Calls placed to Kensington Windows and Jancor went unreturned.
Jancor officials released a letter on Saturday which stated that Kensington Windows and four other companies it owned "will cease all business and production operations effective immediately."
The four other affected Jancor companies are: Heartland Building Products, Infinite Building Products and Outdoor Technologies, each based in Mississippi, and Survivor Technologies based in New Jersey.
Latta provided the Valley News Dispatch with copies of the Kensington Windows and Jancor letters.
Latta and several employees suggested that National City Bank was Jancor's primary lender and said National City decided to pull its funding in the wake of its acquisition by PNC Bank.
A National City spokesman refused to confirm that the bank was a lender for Jancor and said that even if it were, the PNC deal would have no effect on the relationship.
"It is our policy not to disclose customer information," National City spokesman Bill Eiler said. "With that said, it would be inappropriate to suggest that the situation has anything to do with the PNC announcement."
A PNC spokesman echoed those comments.
"PNC cannot comment on National City's client relationships," bank spokesman Fred Solomon said.
Kensington Windows employees, meantime, filed for unemployment on Monday. Among them was Rick McKernan, 49, of Ford City, who worked at the plant for more than 21 years.
McKernan said he learned about the situation Sunday evening from a co-worker who called.
"They told me I was out of a job, and I said, 'What did I do?'" McKernan recounted.
He said there was no indication when he left the plant on Friday that anything was amiss.
"They dropped a bombshell on us yesterday," McKernan said. vinyl replacement windows "They left us with no health care, no life insurance, nothing."
Jancor's letter stated that all employee benefit plans were terminated, effective immediately.
Latta said he filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board for "refusal to bargain on the shutdown."
He planned to file an additional charge for not giving the union 60-day notice.
McKernan said work had been slowing down, but that it was expected during the winter.
"It's like, 'What the hell happened?'" McKernan said.
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