RV Window Manufacturer to Cease Production
June 3, 2009

Philips Products, an RV window manufacturer based in Elkhart, Ind., will cease production this summer at its plants throughout the United States.

In a statement issued this morning, the company notes that over the last 15 months, Philips' parent company, Tompkins PLC, has been attempting to sell the business and has been unable to locate a buyer.

"This was not a decision taken or made lightly but one made in the best long-term interests for Tomkins PLC," reads the statement.

The company says it will be providing WARN Notices to the majority of its 675 employees on Thursday, June 4, and Philips officials will be working with state and local agencies "to lessen the impact this decision has upon the employees and their families."

Company president Ron Mason sent a notice to customers on June 1 regarding the closing, and noted that Philips will be taking orders through June 19 and sending its final shipments in the weeks following.

The company has seven manufacturing plants across the United States, with headquarters in Elkhart, Ind. In addition to RV windows, Philips also makes vinyl doors and windows for both new construction and remodeling and windows for the manufactured housing industry.

Philips' website, which was active up until late yesterday morning, has been removed and now requires a password for use.

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