Damage Simonton Windows Plant in Oklahoma
Damage from last weekend's storms at the Simonton Windows glass
plant in McAlester, Okla., was confined to outside structures including
a recycling scrap area, a dumpster, an empty trailer and a docking
The storm didn't hurt the plant itself, as the plant was fully
While the plant escaped harm, at least one Simonton employee's
home was damaged in the storm.
"We're extremely grateful that no employees were injured and
the damages to homes was not more severe," company spokeswoman
Kathy Ziprik says.
According to Ziprik, this was the first time a tornado or severe
weather affected the facility since Simonton opened it in August
When it opened the plant, the company employed 200 local people,
while today it now employs approximately 400 people. The facility
is 202,500 square feet.
A variety of Simonton products, including impact-resistant Simonton
StormBreaker Plus windows, are manufactured at the facility.
"We are still assessing damage to the exterior areas of the
plant and have started the clean-up process," Ziprik explains.
"Fortunately, the areas damaged do not stop us from manufacturing
and shipping out product from this facility."
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