Solar Seal Notifies State Officials of Layoffs

Solar Seal recently notified state officials of its plans to lay off 72 workers at its South Easton, Mass., facility in early August.

The architectural glass fabricator and distributor submitted a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act report to Massachusetts state officials on June 8, 2022, regarding the impending layoffs. According to the WARN report, the layoffs will occur on Aug. 5, 2022.

The news follows Solar Seal’s announcement in early June that it will close its plant in South Easton by the end of summer 2022.

“As you are aware, Solar Seal has faced several pandemic-related challenges over the past many months, including dealing with global uncertainties in supply, pricing, staffing, maintenance, and logistics,” Solar Seals’ notice to customers said. “Unfortunately, our aging equipment has suffered immensely resulting in our maintenance efforts becoming unsustainable on both an economical and logistical basis.”

Solar Seal originally planned to remain in Massachusetts, operating as a “200-mile radius, heavy, fabricated, small projects-based business,” Jeff Heintz, Solar Seal Architectural LLC, senior vice president said this past November. However, pandemic-related difficulties proved to be a tough hurdle to overcome.

Despite the closure announcement, Solar Seal said that it is committed to manufacturing and delivering existing orders in-house.

“We anticipate continuation of existing order completion until sometime in mid-August, at which time we will have worked through our existing order book. Please accept our deepest apologies as we endeavor to help our customers through this difficult time. We thank you for your loyalty to our brand and our dedicated employees.”

Alongside the closure of the South Easton facility, Solar Seal announced in late 2021 that it plans to open a new 200,000-square-foot facility in a Norwich business park in Connecticut. The facility will handle cutting, tempering, heat soak testing, ceramic frit, digital frit, opacity, lamination, box spacer, TPS spacer and insulating glass units.

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