Designer Blinds’ Omaha manufacturing plant, which has produced window coverings for 26 years, will close Dec. 31 when the company merges into the fabrication division of Hunter Douglas, the New York-based maker of custom window coverings.
Designer Blinds employs 103 people locally in the manufacture, sales and distribution of Hunter Douglas window coverings to a 10-state Midwestern territory, said Andrew Hubner, director of sales and marketing.
Hubner said it has not been determined how many people will keep their jobs.
“Some key Designer Blinds sales and support staff will continue to serve in their previous roles after the transition,” the company said in a press release Friday.
Designer Blinds was founded in 1986 by Lloyd “Woody” Woodworth and Warren Dale. Woodworth’s son Steve Woodworth, the company’s current owner and president, will remain with Hunter Douglas for a time to help with the transition.
The Designer Blinds plant at 4500 S. 76th Circle is a leased facility, Hubner said. The company moved its operation there in 1998 when it outgrew its original location in the Philips Department Store building at 4935 S. 24th St.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are pleased to acquire this exceptional company,” said Marv Hopkins, Hunter Douglas president and chief executive officer. “We are most appreciative of what our great friends, Steve and Woody, and the entire Designer Blinds team have accomplished over the years.”
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