End May Be Near for Zeledyne's Tulsa, Okla., Plant
July 22, 2011

Zeledyne officials say the company’s Tulsa, Okla., plant is winding down production, and a buyer has not yet been found for the plant. The company had reported earlier this year that the plant would close “sometime in the third quarter” unless a buyer was found.

“A buyer has not been found,” says Zeledyne spokesperson Della DiPietro. “Production is winding down.”

The company had attributed the need for a closure or sale to the ongoing economic downturn and the fact that the plant's main customer, Ford Motor Co., recently terminated its contract with the Tulsa facility.

Zeledyne recently sold the Carlite aftermarket distribution business and its Nashville, Tenn., auto glass plant to Central Glass subsidiary Carlex. Central Glass president Shu Sarasawa told glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR™ magazine in June that it had been in negotiations with Zeledyne on the Tulsa plant but had not yet reached an agreement.

Dipietro deferred questions about the Carlex negotiations to Carlex. Carlex Glass America executive vice president Jim Shepherd declined to comment.

Click here to read the full interview with Sarasawa and Shepherd in the digital edition of July/August issue of AGRR magazine.

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