Window manufacturer leaving Mandan
By Jessica Holdman
THV Compozit will no longer manufacture windows in Mandan.
The company is moving manufacturing operations to a plant in Boston, said chief financial officer David Anderson. Leingang Home Center will still sell the windows.
Anderson said THV had the opportunity to gain the business of a large retailer in Boston. THV will take over that company’s manufacturing operation there.
The Boston company didn’t want to have the windows shipped from North Dakota, Anderson said. He said most of THV’s customers are not in North Dakota anyway.
THV employed 46 people in Mandan, Anderson said. Of those, 32 employees had their last day Dec. 20. The remaining eight employees will stay through March or into the spring to finish custom orders.
“There is such a demand for skilled workers that if they’re not already sought after or hired they will be,” said Mandan Business Development Director Ellen Huber.
Anderson said workforce availability was one of the problems THV and other small assembly operations in North Dakota faced.
Employees were told about the closing two weeks in advance and were offered a severance package, Anderson said. Leingang Home Center is hiring some of the displaced workers, he said.
“I think they’ll do fine finding another job,” Anderson said.
The THV assembly plant floor jobs paid an average of $13.50 an hour plus benefits.
THV was established in Mandan in 1984 by Al Leingang as Thermal Line Windows. The company manufactured, sold, and installed replacement windows. It was sold and became THV Compozit in 2005.
“No one wants to see a longtime business go away,” said Brian Ritter, president of the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association.
However, Ritter added, the empty building is a unique asset that the area didn’t have before. Most existing large industrial space in Bismarck-Mandan already is full.
THV’s 65,000-square-foot building is listed for sale or rent. It is owned by several of the company’s partners.
Kyle Holwagner of Daniel Companies, who is listing the building, said he has shown the property to several interested parties.
“It’s the only property of that size and nature available in western North Dakota,” Holwagner said. “It’s an opportunity in the market that hasn’t been there before.”