Jeld-Wen Expanding North Carolina Door Plant
Oregon-based Jeld-Wen Inc. plans to open a composite doorskin manufacturing operation in North Wilkesboro, N.C., according to a press release from the Wilkes Economic Development Corp. The expansion will create about 50 new jobs and generate a capital investment of $4.8 million in production equipment and facility improvements at the manufacturers' existing facility in the city.
The door and window maker, which is also planning to establish a North American headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., expects to begin the new operation during the first quarter of 2013. Key factors in selecting the North Wilkesboro plant for expansion include the town’s geographic proximity to Jeld-Wen’s other plants that will be served by this new operation, and the support of the community, town officials report.
The North Wilkesboro Town Board of Commissioners and the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on a local incentive package to support the project. “We are very pleased that Jeld-Wen Inc. chose Wilkes County and North Wilkesboro for this expansion,” says Jeff Garstka, Wilkes EDC president. “The company has been a significant employer here for many years and we look forward to its continued growth in our community.”
“Jeld-Wen appreciates the North Wilkesboro Town Board of Commissioners and the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners for their support of our investment here,” states Jim Morrison, executive vice president of the door and window manufacturer.