Hunter Douglas Fabrication will close a Renton plant that manufactures window blinds and shades, eliminating 166 jobs by March 31, according to the state Employment Security Department.
Hunter Douglas will close its Renton manufacturing operation for window blinds and shades, eliminating 166 jobs, but will keep about 100 employees in sales, customer service and repairs, a spokeswoman said.
According to a WARN notice filed with the state Employment Security Department, the layoffs will begin February 2.
Sarah Fletcher, a spokeswoman for the company, said production “is being transferred to new, state-of-the-art Hunter Douglas plants” in West Sacramento, Calif., and Salt Lake City.
The company is part of Hunter Douglas Group, based in The Netherlands.
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Last month it reported U.S. nine-month sales volume was down 7 percent, and said “consumer demand is declining sharply in many of Hunter Douglas’ main markets, particularly the US and the UK.”