Pella Shifts Plant to Vinyl Production
Pella Corp. will dedicate its Story City, IA, plant to solely vinyl production this year, adding about 100 jobs in the process. Formerly, the Story City facility produced Pella’s wood window lines, but market demand encouraged the company to shift that location’s focus to production of the ThermaStar by Pella vinyl product line, which is sold through Lowe’s Home Improvement retailers, the company reports. It expects the transition to take place slowly throughout this year.
Pella debuted the ThermaStar line in 2003. This is the first time Pella will produce vinyl products in Iowa, with other vinyl production locations in Oregon, Arizona, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.
“Pella produces a variety of types and styles of windows and doors to meet virtually any design or budget need,” says company spokesperson Kathy Harkema. “Vinyl windows and patio doors are an important part of Pella’s product mix, in addition to wood and fiberglass products.”
The Pella, IA-based manufacturer will transfer the wood production formerly conducted at the Story City site to its location in Carroll, IA, which already produces the Pella ProLine wood products. The shift will result in an additional 100 jobs at the Carroll plant, said Harkema.
Pella’s total workforce nationwide is 9,000, up from 6,800 in 2002, the Des Moines Register newspaper noted in a recent article announcing the job creation. The 100-person boost to the Story City plant will add to the 300 workers already at that location, the paper said.