Zeledyne Confirms Plans to Sell or Close Tulsa,
Okla., Auto Glass Plant
May 11, 2011
Zeledyne officials have confirmed that its Tulsa, Okla., plant
could close in "sometime in the third quarter" unless
a buyer for the facility is located, according to company spokesperson
Della DiPietro. The news comes just a month after the company completed
the sale of its Carlite aftermarket business and Nashville auto
glass plant to Central Glass Co.
"The plant will close unless a sale has occurred," DiPietro
told glassBYTEs.com/AGRR magazine in an interview
"There have been conversations going with potential buyers
for some time," she adds, though she was unable to name any
potential buyers, citing "confidentiality that is associated
with any sale."
DiPietro attributes the need for a closure or sale to the ongoing
economic downturn. "The global economic decline impacted both
the architectural and automotive glass segments, and subsequently
Tulsa Plant revenues," she says.
In addition, the plant's main customer, Ford Motor Co., which also
was the plant's former owner, recently terminated its contract with
the Tulsa plant, according to DiPietro.
Once the plant's work with Zeledyne concludes, either as the result
of a closure or sale, the company will be left with one other auto
glass fabrication plant in Juarez, Mexico, and its offices in Allen
DiPietro says while there are no current plans to increase capacity
at the Juarez facility once the Tulsa plant's fate is determined,
no definite plans have been made.
"At this point we are hoping that a sale will be possible,"
she says. "In terms of impact on the organization of either
sale or closure, no firm plans have been made at this point."
Ford's manager of corporate and supplier communications, Todd Nissen,
declined to comment, citing the confidentiality of supplier relationships.
"Supplier contracts are confidential matters," says Nissen.
formed in 2008 when Tulsa-based investor Robert Price purchased
the former Automotive Components Holdings (ACH) glass business and
plants from Ford Motor Co. ACH had been created as a temporary business
structure by Ford to hold and manage 17 plants that it acquired
in October 2005 from Visteon Corp., according to information from
In 2009, Zeledyne invested
$4 million in the Tulsa plant for a new cutting system, and
rebuilt its T-2 float glass line there.
Less than a year later, in January 2010, the company announced
it would exit
the commercial glass business in light of "continuing difficulties
in the economy."
Stay tuned to glassBYTEs.com/AGRR magazine for more
information as the story develops.
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