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As the Mailman noted in his reply, when a company closes its doors, it can be frustrating to get the money out of the 401k plan.
In some cases it all happens relatively easily. It depends if the company shuts down suddenly or phases itself out gradually. Your company should oficially terminate the plan. When this happens all particpants become 100% vested in any employer contributions. You then should fill out a distribution form, and have the money rolled over to an IRA. Once in an IRA you can then convert the IRA to a ROTH. You can not roll directly from a 401k to a ROTH.
If the money is paid directly to you, the Trustees of the plan are required to withold 20% for taxes. You then have 60 days to roll the money over to an IRA to avoid taxes and penalties. You have to rollover the full amount, and then the 20% that was withheld will be refunded to you when you file.
Example. You have $10,000 in the 401k. The distribution check is made payable to you. The Trustees will withold and deposti 20% with the IRS ($2,000) Your check amount will be $8,000. You then would have to deposit $10,000 into the IRA to avoid any taxes. You get the $2,000 back when you file.
I would check with the HR department about how to get the money as quickly as possible after termination. While you are waiting for the distribution, you should be able to check your account balance on a daily basis via the internet or an 800 number. I would also ask your employer for the name, address, and phone number of the recordkeeping firm so you can call someone should things drag on.
Hope this helps. If not, please follow up.

Bill
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