Vinylmax Settles Into New Plant

January 1, 2008
Companies

Coming off a 2007 that outperformed 2006 by about 20 percent and expecting the same or a greater increase for 2008, Vinylmax has transitioned to its new facility in Hamilton, Ohio. The move adds more than 60,000 square feet of production space.

 A move three years in the making, Vinylmax took occupancy of its new Hamilton, Ohio, production facility Jan. 2.


The company retained all of its employees during the 12-mile move from its former facility in Cincinnati. Officials are planning a Feb. 20 grand opening to celebrate the completion of the 150,000-square-foot plant.

“We’ve never been as excited about a year as we are right now,” says Vinylmax’s Laura Doerger-Roberts.

The move, which was three years in the making, took place over the Christmas holiday. Vinylmax’s customers were prepared for the one-week disruption and the manufacturer was up and running by January 2—at which point the company’s standard three-day lead times were instantly resumed. “Our first set of trucks went out full and on time,” Doerger-Roberts says. “It took an amazing amount of time
and effort.”

The new state-of-the-art facility is designed to accommodate an expanded product line that includes a new line of economy replacement windows, a full DP 50 program and additional product options such as clay- and bronze-colored exteriors. The company is also adding casements, awnings and sliding glass doors to its Sherwood wood replacement product line and incorporating Veka’s Timberview technology.

Vinylmax offers three-day lead times to its distributor customers from the East Coast to the Rockies. “Our lead time is for everyone within that geographic range, not just for the customers that are close by,” Doerger-Roberts says.

The company is also undertaking in 2008 the development of an Internet-based order management system and will launch a multi-media marketing program. Vinylmax is a Window & Door Top 100 manufacturer in the $30 million to $40 million in annual sales range.