Andersen Re-Opening Massachusetts Facility
A one-time Silver Line Building Products plant in Fall River, Mass., is being re-opened by Andersen Corp. to serve as a Northeast distribution center. The facility will handle distribution for Andersen, Emco and Silver Line products in the Northeast region that has been handled by Brockway-Smith Co., an independent distributor based in Andover, Mass.
Earlier this year, Andersen and Brockway-Smith announced the mutual end of their aligned independent distributor agreement, effective February 28, 2011, reports Maureen McDonough, Andersen director of corporate communications. "For Andersen, this marks one of the final steps in a decade-long process to establish company-owned distribution of its products. We’re grateful to Brockway-Smith for its many contributions to building the Andersen brand in the Northeast region of the United States. They have always been a strong supporter of Andersen and this is an amicable ending to a successful relationship that has lasted more than 80 years. "
Andersen’s distribution facility is expected to open early in 2011 and create approximately 50 jobs. It will be used primarily for receiving, storing, staging and loading Andersen enterprise products to be distributed to independent dealers and Home Depot stores in seven states from New York to Maine. The manufacturer operations distribution facilities in nine other states as well.
Silver Line opened the 200,000-square-foot facility in 2004. It was closed in 2009 due to continued weakness in the market.
“We are pleased to be able to return to Fall River and to bring jobs back to the community,” McDonough states. “We have appreciated the support we’ve received from the Fall River Office of Economic Development and we look forward to building a strong relationship with the Fall River Career Center as they assist us in hiring for this new facility.”
“For a company who had to close its Fall River operations to now choose to reopen here in the city not only shows Andersen’s dedication to the area, but it is also a positive indicator for our local economy and employment opportunities," says William A. Flanagan, Fall River's mayor.
“Andersen has been a great company to work with and I’m happy to see them returning to Fall River,” adds Kenneth Fiola, executive vice president of the Fall River Office of Economic Development. “We try to create a business friendly atmosphere with a diverse business base here in the City. Andersen’s decision to return to Fall River exemplifies the positive relationship we try to build with businesses.”