Parent company announces plant shutdown for August

ALMONT — Grabill Windows & Doors, a fixture in the Almont business community for more than 24 years, will be closing its doors this summer.

Located at 7463 Research Drive in the Almont Industrial Park, the plant’s closure is expected to leave about 25 people unemployed.

Grabill’s parent company, Pella Windows, indicated that the scheduled August closing reflects market changes and immediate need to achieve maximum efficiency.

Pella Corp. has decided to close the Almont business in August due to market changes and efficiency needs.

“After careful review of the Pella Corporation brand and product portfolio, manufacturing processes and how we can better serve customers in the future, we’ve made the decision to close the Grabill facilities in Michigan,” said Pella spokesperson Nicolle Picray.

Picray acknowledged and thanked Grabill staff and management for their service to Pella.

“We’re grateful to the Grabill team for their years of service and continued dedication to the luxury market as they work to complete current customer projects, anticipated to conclude in August.

“We remain dedicated to achieving our customers’ distinctive visions now and in the future with our Pella Luxury Division portfolio of brands.”

Picray said efforts will be made to assist Grabill’s current employees as they move forward and on to other opportunities.

“To help ensure a smooth transition,” she said, “we have created a plan that includes job placement assistance and severance packages that will support all 25 team members as they determine the next steps in each of their careers.”

Founded by Greg Grabill in 1987, the original garage-sized building grew steadily over the years, resulting in a major expansion that now includes two buildings totaling 38,000-square-feet of manufacturing capacity.

Grabill has been known locally for manufacturing architectural windows and doors in wood, aluminum, steel and bronze clad.

In its advertising, Grabill’s has prided itself on “pushing the design envelope” and “saying yes when others said no.”

“We focus on continuously innovating; continually working to build upon our wide range of product lines, all while maintaining our reputation for crafting luxury windows and doors that are truly ‘built to last.’”

The Pella Corporation acquired Grabill Inc. in 2015. At the time of the announcement in April of that year, Grabill reportedly had 40 employees.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.