Atlas Roll-Lite garage-door plant will shut down Susan G. Strother of The Sentinel Staff Published in The Orlando Sentinel on April 29, 1999.
Atlas Roll-Lite's garage-door plant in south Orlando will close by early summer, putting 120 people out of work.
The move follows the sale earlier this year of a portion of the business that made doors for mini-storage units.
Clopay Corp., which owns Atlas, decided it didn't make economic sense to operate the remaining "half a plant" in Orlando, said Bob Caulk, president of Clopay's building products company in Cincinnati.
The employees will receive severance based on length of service, said Ed Volk, Clopay's vice president of human resources. Some have been at the plant for 20 years.
Manufacturing workers earn $7 to $14 an hour, Volk said, though some salaried workers earn as much as $50,000 a year. No more than 10 employees will be offered jobs at other plants.
The operation is expected to remain open until at least June 1. Clopay plants in Ohio, Wisconsin and Arizona will handle the remaining business.
Clopay bought the plant in 1995 from MascoTech Inc. Since then, Caulk said, sales of residential garage doors have done well, but the mini-storage side of the business has suffered.
Clopay found it difficult to compete in a market crowded with competitors. It sold the mini-storage business in March to a joint venture of U.S. Door in Ocoee and Consolidated Services of Columbia, S.C.
About 80 employees joined U.S. Door, Caulk said. Before the sale, the plant had annual revenue of about $60 million.
Clopay rents its warehouses in south Orlando and is looking for a tenant to assume its lease.
The company still will employ 65 in the Orlando area in its distribution and installation offices. Clopay