Simonton Windows announces layoffs

Simonton Windows announces layoffs

There are 8 comments on the Parkersburg News & Parkersburg Sentinel story from Jan 23, 2009, titled Simonton Windows announces layoffs. In it, Parkersburg News & Parkersburg Sentinel reports that:

Simonton Windows laid off 115 employees at its Ritchie County facility because of economic conditions and a seasonal drop in business, a company official said Thursday Marty Davis, marketing manager for the ...

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Former customer

Hackettstown, NJ

#1 May 12, 2009
I'm sure some of the layoffs are due to the economic down turn, but I'm also sure some are because the company quality and service have taken a big hit ever since Simonton was sold to Fortune Brands in 2006. They really are running the company into the ground...... they (meaning Fortune Brands and Simonton) lost Sears national account along with a very big distributor in NY and countless others...... wait until the screw up their largest account in the country , which is Norandex. Its all very sad, because they use to be the best window company out there and it went bad very quickly. Good job Fortune Brands..... Bravo!
Simon

Greenville, NC

#2 May 18, 2009
Let's set the record straight on Simonton Windows with a few facts, vs. the rumor mill. If the quality of Simonton Windows has truly "taken a bit hit" since Fortune Brands bought the company (as you state), then how do you explain these recent facts?

1) Simonton was ranked #1 in Builder and Remodeler Satisfation in 2008 by J.D. Power & Associates;

2) Simonton Windows just received the #1 "Quality Rating" in the vinyl windows category in the prestigious BUILDER Magazine 2009 Brand Use Study.

The recent accolades from these independent studies--both received while under Fortune Brands' ownership, by the way--speak volumes about the company's quality, integrity, and dedication to their customers! If you truly are a "former customer" it may greatly benefit you to take a second look at Simonton Windows (the industry's quality leader) and align your business with them.
Employee

Harrisville, WV

#3 Oct 16, 2009
I feel the company has went down hill in the past year. They do not care about the employee or the quality of the window it is the amount of item that go out the door. Quality Control is the biggest waste of a paycheck I have every seen. They do nothing to fix the problem to many of been made so sent the window as is. If someone doesn't take over soon we will be out of a job. Yes orders are up now, but wait a couple of weeks and then see what happens.
Employee

United States

#4 Oct 21, 2009
Quality Control isnt the problem its the Supervisors that dont want to have repairs.
Employee

United States

#5 Oct 23, 2009
Employee wrote:
I feel the company has went down hill in the past year. They do not care about the employee or the quality of the window it is the amount of item that go out the door. Quality Control is the biggest waste of a paycheck I have every seen. They do nothing to fix the problem to many of been made so sent the window as is. If someone doesn't take over soon we will be out of a job. Yes orders are up now, but wait a couple of weeks and then see what happens.
I work on one of the lines every time we call Quality for a problem they do all that they can. The problem is the Supervision treats the Quality employees like crap and the override Quality. From what i see Quality tries to do their jobs but the Supervisors dont care about quality they just care about getting their numbers run with no repairs on the line. If quality tells them there is a problem they throw a fit. I dont know how they do their jobs. Maybe the Supervisors need to stay out of their offices and do their jobs the right way.
Former employee

Ridgeville Corners, OH

#6 Oct 11, 2011
While I did not work at Simonton, I did work for a smaller sister company in the Fortune Brands family. Needless to say after FB took over our company things did not imrove at all. In fact they shot down the plant and moved it in order to "re-allign". Many people that I knew including myself had 20 years vested in the company and were let go. It frustrating to see these large companies gobble up smaller ones and think they can run them all the same way. If your a window manufacturer, you can't always sell millwork the same way that you do windows. And god forbid that the managment brain trust , should ever listen to the employee's that have devoted so many years and have an understading of what has worked and what does not. I spent countless weeks re-hashing the same ideas that these brainiacs wanted to try or launch. Everytime a new VP od Sales and Marketing came along, I knew I needed to get out my folder of old ideas that don't work. Just becuase they pay you an obscene amount of money, does not mean you know how to run a company. My opinion on the saying that bigger is better is BS !. These big companies need a reality check. Maybe the Fortune Brands management has spent to much time at the Jim Beam factory that they own! That might explain some of the decision making. Thanks Fortune Brands !!! I am now an employee for a company that is an exact copy of the company I once worked for. Its nice, small family owned and driven by the knowledge of the employees from the production floor all the way through to the top.
gainfully employed

United States

#7 Feb 2, 2017
Employee wrote:
<quoted text>

I work on one of the lines every time we call Quality for a problem they do all that they can. The problem is the Supervision treats the Quality employees like crap and the override Quality. From what i see Quality tries to do their jobs but the Supervisors dont care about quality they just care about getting their numbers run with no repairs on the line. If quality tells them there is a problem they throw a fit. I dont know how they do their jobs. Maybe the Supervisors need to stay out of their offices and do their jobs the right way.
I pretty much agree with everything you said. I've seen it with my own eyes for more than 10 years now. Management still runs on the good ol boy rule as they distance themselves and target problem employees who speak up and don't tow the line. Fortune Brands gutted all depts across the board to eliminate the overhead and make things look good however standards were not being followed and those of us who stood in the gap got completely overrun. I don't much care what happens to the company anymore as they do not care about the every day person who carries this place on their backs so that those running it can look good to corporate. Plygem has invested more into this company than ANYONE but I wonder if it is too little too late. We are running out of good employees and struggle to replenish our work force every year. We hire 300 and fire 250. The well is gonna run dry eventually. Folks generally want to do a good job but when management relies on intimidation to get their needs accomplish there is not much to look forward to day in and day out.
Simonton worker

Harrisville, WV

#8 Jun 9, 2017
gainfully employed wrote:
<quoted text>

I pretty much agree with everything you said. I've seen it with my own eyes for more than 10 years now. Management still runs on the good ol boy rule as they distance themselves and target problem employees who speak up and don't tow the line. Fortune Brands gutted all depts across the board to eliminate the overhead and make things look good however standards were not being followed and those of us who stood in the gap got completely overrun. I don't much care what happens to the company anymore as they do not care about the every day person who carries this place on their backs so that those running it can look good to corporate. Plygem has invested more into this company than ANYONE but I wonder if it is too little too late. We are running out of good employees and struggle to replenish our work force every year. We hire 300 and fire 250. The well is gonna run dry eventually. Folks generally want to do a good job but when management relies on intimidation to get their needs accomplish there is not much to look forward to day in and day out.
I couldn't agree more. If your a good worker there your punished for it. You have to do your job then carry some of the worthless workers they hire. The supervisors they hire right off the streets have absolutely no clue about our lines or how to run one. It says we hire in house but that's a lie. We need to get supervisors in there that actually care about a quality product and know what to look for to see if it's actually a quality product. Not to mention the nonsense with occurrences and write ups. Emergencies occur from time to time. Some times you need more then a few days to get things taken care of. Heaven forbid you get sick after you have used your 6 sick days for the year. You can't call in anymore and take a vacation day it's required 24 hr advance notice or it's a occurrence and not paid. Some management has their picks who can get by with anything while others are punished for the slightest mistake. I used to love working there but it has went down hill over the yrs.

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