Window Maker To Shutter N.C. Plant, Cut 428 Jobs

Silver Lining Building Products to shift production from its Durham plant to North Brunswick, N.J. by late December and layoff 428 workers because of slow sales in the housing industry.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- A window manufacturer said it will shut down its Durham plant by late December and lay off 428 workers because of slow sales to the housing industry.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reported Wednesday that Silver Line Building Products plans to shift production to its home plant in North Brunswick, N.J., and to another site in Atlanta.

The company notified North Carolina officials of the mass layoff on Monday, two months before the closing takes effect.

Silver Line spokeswoman Maureen McDonough said the move was "the result of the continuing housing decline."

The maker of vinyl windows had been approved to receive $200,000 in economic incentives from the city of Durham and the state when it opened its new plant in 2005.

Government officials said Wednesday that Silver Line never received any payouts.

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