Ply Gem Windows Expanding in Virginia
Reflecting an improvement in demand for its products, Ply Gem Windows has announced plans to add of 200 jobs and make a significant capital investment at its Rocky Mount, Va.-manufacturing facility by the end of 2014. ,
“The investment in the Rocky Mount facility will ensure the local community will benefit from our growth initiatives,” said Lynn Morstad, Ply Gem Windows president. speaking at a news conference today at the Franklin County Government Center. “Through these initiatives, we are looking to bring our job count at the Rocky Mount facility to 1,100 associates by the end of 2014.”
The one-time MW Windows manufacturing facility was established in 1939 and acquired by Ply Gem in 2004. New hires at the window and door plant will include unit assemblers, coordinators, value stream leaders, process owners, process engineers, technicians, and IT support.
“In addition to job creation, the investment in Rocky Mount is part of our company’s Enterprise Lean initiative, which includes manufacturing improvements such as new extrusion tooling, equipment, products and information technology,” said Morstad. “We are focused on enhancing Ply Gem’s product offering and customer experience to support planned growth from the housing market recovery, as well as improved market share from new customers and products. This expansion demonstrates the confidence we have in associates at the Rocky Mount facility to deliver superior products and service to customers throughout North America.”
“Ply Gem Windows has a long and proud history in Rocky Mount, and we’re delighted that Ply Gem has the confidence to add jobs in Rocky Mount and the continued confidence in the quality of our workers,” said Rick Huff, Franklin County administrator. “We look forward to helping Ply Gem grow as the economy improves.”
“We look forward to working with Ply Gem Windows to build on our heritage of success in Rocky Mount,” said Matthew Hankins, assistant town manager. “These additional jobs and investments are a welcome addition, and I’m sure the quality craftsmanship of work done right here will be enjoyed by homeowners throughout North America.”
The investment was made possible, in part, by grants from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, Franklin County and the Town of Rocky Mount. The company also is receiving assistance from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program through the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, it is reported.
Based in Cary, N.C., Ply Gem, the corporate parent of Ply Gem Windows, recorded more than $1 billion in sales in 2011. In addition to its Virginia plant, Ply Gem operates window plants in Walbridge, Ohio; Bryan, Texas; Peachtree City, Ga.; Corona and Sacramento, Calif.; Auburn, Wash.; and Calgary, Alberta, Canada.