SANTA CLARA — Owens Corning has followed up on its disclosures from a year ago that it would close its Santa Clara factory with a revelation that the company will chop hundreds of jobs at the soon-to-shut plant.
The maker of fiberglass, insulation and roofing products said in mid-2021 that it would cease operations at the Santa Clara plant, which is located at 960 Central Expressway in Santa Clara. It is the company’s only Bay Area location.
The resulting layoffs will eliminate 225 jobs, according to an official notice that the company filed with the state Employment Development Department.
The plant is slated to close sometime around Halloween of this year, the EDD filing states.
“As Owens Corning announced to its employees and local union last year, the company is selling its Santa Clara facility and is discontinuing operations on or about Oct. 31, 2022,” Justin Depenhart, a plant leader for Owens Corning, wrote in the WARN. notice submitted to the EDD.
The company disclosed last year that the Santa Clara factory’s days were numbered and that it had struck a deal to sell the property, which occupies a choice Silicon Valley location, to Panattoni Development Co., a real estate firm.
“Owens Corning has entered into an agreement to sell the company’s Insulation site in Santa Clara to commercial real estate developer Panattoni,” Owens Corning stated in July 2021.
Panattoni Development has floated a preliminary proposal for a redevelopment of the 41.9 acres at the corner of Central Expressway and Lafayette Street where a new project would replace the factory.
The real estate firm has proposed three options for the development of the site. The project would consist of some combination of data center, industrial, logistics, or warehouse buildings.
“The proposed project would demolish all the existing structures on-site and develop three new speculative
buildings,” Panattoni Development stated in a filing with Santa Clara planners.