New firm hires laid-off Jeld-Wen workers
Millwork Products LLC, a Paducah, Ky.-based firm, has opened a new location in Wilkesboro, N.C. and hired most of the former workers of a closed Jeld-Wen facility, according to an article in the Winston-Salem Journal.
Jeld-Wen closed a door-pre-hanging plant, which originally opened in 2006 in North Wilkesboro, approximately six weeks ago. Jenkins Millworks, a subsidiary of Millwork Products, opened a 48,000-sq.-ft. facility on Monday and hired the bulk of the 54 employees who lost their Jeld-Wen jobs.
"I’ve known some of these people for decades and competed with them the past 10 years," Millwork president Bob Allen told the newspaper. "I know they are a top-quality and knowledgeable workforce. We probably would not have considered Wilkesboro for the expansion without these workers coming on board."
Millwork is a distributor of pre-hung exterior door units, windows, stair parts and molding. It serves more than 370 lumber yards in western Kentucky, southeastern Missouri, southern Illinois, southwestern Indiana and northwestern Tennessee from its Paducah headquarters.
The Wilkesboro operation will allow Jenkins to distribute a similar assortment in the Carolinas, Tennessee and Virginia.
"The business models of Jenkins Millwork LLC and Millwork Products LLC will be very similar," Allen said in the article. "We are a medium-size, privately owned company seeking to partner with other like-minded operators to supply customers in the markets we serve."
The Wilkes Economic Development Corp. assisted the company during its search.
Starborn Industries launches Deckfast Metal
Edison, N.J.-based Starborn Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of fastening products, introduced Deckfast Metal for the fast-growing market of steel joist deck framing systems.
The company said more architects and deck builders are using metal joist substructures when creating decks. Deckfast Metal is a fastener that can be used to attach every type of decking — PVC, composite, capstock and hardwood — to steel and aluminum substructures.
Deckfast Metal is approved for use with Trex Elevations steel deck framing and Wahoo Decks DryJoist and DryJoistEZ systems. It is a high-performance fastener that allows architects and builders to provide their clients with clean, uniform and long-lasting metal joist decks.
“From a market standpoint, we believe metal joist systems have arrived as the next step in the evolution of high-end deck design,” said Larry Crossley, VP sales at Starborn. “With Deckfast Metal on the market, the first complete fastening solution for metal joists, we think this evolution will really begin to take off.”
Deckfast Metal features triple strength corrosion resistance: grade 410 stainless steel + zinc plate + epoxy coating. The fastener’s specially engineered head is designed to cleanly penetrate the hard outer layer of capstock decking products and also self-countersinks into Ipe and other hardwoods.