Marvin Windows and Doors plans to close its distribution and training facility on Route 11 in Cortlandville by the end of the year as part of a consolidation of its operations, a company official said this morning.
“We just made the announcement to our employees about a week ago,” Jim Pelowski, general manager for Marvin Windows. “We will continue to operate at this location through the rest of 2019.”
Pelowski said Marvin acquired A.W. Hastings & Co., another large distributor based in Enfield, Connecticut, and the Cortlandville operation will be merged with that one.
About half of the 38 employees based in Cortlandville — mostly sales people and service technicians — will continue working for Marvin either locally from their homes or at company facilities elsewhere, Pelowski said.
The company will continue to provide service across upstate New York, he said.
Garry VanGorder, executive director of the Cortland County Business Development Corp., said he anticipates his office will help to find a new business to occupy the Marvin site.
“We are always going to work to fill vacant buildings,” he said.
“It is a beautiful building.” Marvin has been evaluating options for the building but no decision has been reached, Pelowski said.
VanGorder said he was optimistic about the job prospects of displaced Marvin employees.
“They have a good work force and I’m sure they will find employment,” he said. “Good people can get work.”
Marvin has contracted with outplacement services to assist employees who will lose their jobs, Pelowski said.
Amy Buggs, director of the Cayuga-Cortland Workforce Development Board, said this morning that the Cortland Works Career Center on Main Street in Cortland can provide services to displaced employees, such as help with resumes, reemployment services, training services and applying for unemployment insurance.
It had about 40 employees when it opened the 28,000-square-foot facility in 2009, which replaced an 11,000-square-foot building at 128 Elm St. that the company had occupied since 1983.
Cortlandville Town Supervisor Richard Tupper said Wednesday he had not been told of the closing.
“I haven’t heard them officially announce it,” Tupper said.
Marvin Windows of New York supplies windows and doors manufactured by Marvin Windows and Doors based in Warroad, Minnesota.
Pelowski said the decision had nothing to do with the quality of the facility or performance of its staff.
“The business here has been really successful,” he said. “Working out of this facility has been great. Our business has been very strong. It is strong this year. The decision was based on a long-term business strategy and that had to do with consolidating operations.”