Simonton Recalls 402 Laid-Off Workers In WVa, Ill.

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Parkersburg, W.Va. (AP) -- Simonton Windows is recalling 402 workers in West Virginia and Illinois who have been laid off since late 2008.

The window and patio door manufacturer also is looking to hire an additional 55 employees.

President mark savan credits a federal tax credit incentive for boosting summer sales.

The Parkersburg-based company says it has offered 263 employees their jobs back in West Virginia.

It also anticipates filling an additional 25 seasonal positions by the end of September.

Another 139 employees in Paris, Ill., have been invited back to work. The company wants to hire 30 more people there.

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller said the move proves the tax credit is doing what it was designed to do: improving home efficiency and providing jobs.

(Copyright 2009 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by missy Location: cairo on Aug 5, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    I am so glad to hear good news. Its been a long time to hear this. congrats guys and gals for your jobs!!!!
  • by Simonton Associate Location: near and around on Aug 5, 2009 at 03:07 AM
    The way this story is posted is a farce. The 263 have been called back over the past few months and are expecting to be layed off again starting in November. I know, I work there. The orders are so low that most associates are lucky to get 40hrs in a week. The way this story is being portrayed is all apart of the propaganda machine. Just educate yourselves people.
  • by ino Location: sumwer on Aug 4, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    No these people were full time employees the building industry is really bad especially new homes. most have been with the company for 5 years and up . Yes they do hire seasonal employees also but they also have an oppurtuity to become full time if business is good enough to keep them .There are a lot of foreclosed homes on the market and cheaper than you can build they make replacment windows that is why they are hiring back because of the tax credit for replacing your old drafty ones that help save energy . used to be that there were no layoffs except for seasonals the economy is just that bad. I'm glad they called these people back most have familys and have been off for a long time they work long hard hours and their days off too if needed good luck .
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    Congratulations to the employees and their familys
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    Don't they recall these folks about this time every year??? Aren't these seasonal employees that work through a local temp agency???
  • by Anonymous on Aug 3, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    Were the 263 employees full time when they were layed off or were they just temp / seasonal??? Alot of their employees are seasonal, but they never tell the media that when they lay folks off. Also, if you notice, folks like Simonton have a seasonal pattern when they lay off and re-hire each year. It's almost like clock work.
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