Quaker Provides More Detail on Expansion Plans
Following up on a visit from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon earlier this week, Quaker Window Products has provided more detail on its previously-announced expansion plans. With an estimated cost of about $11 million, the projects will be spread out over a five-year period.
Phase one of the plan includes replacing Quaker’s current paint area with a state-of-the-art paint facility housed in a new 105,000-square-foot building, officials report. This expansion will free approximately 45,000 square feet of manufacturing space where the manufacturer's existing paint line resides today. This space will be utilized to expand production of Quaker's thermally-improved, impact-rated products.
The second phase of the plan, which is scheduled for 2013-2014, is a 200,000-square-foot building expansion that will allow Quaker to expand all its window and door product offerings in vinyl, wood and aluminum. As previously reported, it is expected the two projects will add about 95 new jobs to the company's current workforce of more than 400 employees.
After meeting with Quaker executives and touring the company's Freeburg, Mo., plant, the governor spoke to the manufacturer's employees, thanking them for their hard work and urging them to keep competing in what has become a global economy. "We are committed to fighting every day, to keep our economy moving forward,” Nixon said.
“We appreciate Gov. Nixon taking the time to congratulate us,” said Mike Knoll, Quaker VP and GM. “Our plans to expand are obviously not the norm right now. But in order for us to grow as a company, expansion is a necessity. This industry is ever-changing. New standards are being implemented yearly and if we don’t keep up with these changes, we’ll be left behind.
“As of right now, we’ve completed only a portion of what we plan to do," Knoll added. "Other additions and updates will be coming over the next few years.”
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon speaking to employees at Quaker Window