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Cabinet maker Merillat closing 2 Virginia plants

Tuesday - 11/20/2012, 2:52pm  ET

ATKINS, Va. - Cabinet maker Merillat is laying off 280 employees at two manufacturing plants in southwest Virginia.

Officials for parent company Masco Cabinetry confirmed on Tuesday that it plans to close two facilities that make doors and panels for cabinets in Atkins in mid- January.

The company had filed a WARN Act notice with Virginia officials last Thursday to alert them of the planned closure.

Officials say the door manufacturing plant opened in 1977 and employs 16 salaried workers and 200 hourly workers. The panel factory opened in 1991 and has three salaried employees and about 60 hourly workers. They are being provided severance packages and outplacement assistance.

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