YKK AP to Expand Residential Window Production Capacity in Macon, Ga.
July 17, 2014
YKK AP America plans to expand its residential window plant in Macon, Ga., to keep up with increasing customer demand, it reports. Slated to begin production in January 2015, the expansion will allow YKK AP to double the plant’s production capacity. YKK AP will relocate its production lines into a larger building on its Macon campus and add two new production lines dedicated to vinyl window and multi-layered glass production.
“Since we began our residential production on the Macon campus in 2007, we’ve seen increased demand for our product lines...,” says Craig Marple, sales and marketing manager for YKK AP’s residential division. “The expansion will give us an opportunity to further improve service and provide a stable supply to customers. Our hope is to continue to grow our production efforts at the Macon plant and expand our residential business operations to further accommodate the growing market."
The Macon campus first opened as a zipper production plant for YKK in 1974 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Since then, the campus has grown substantially and now employs 673 workers in the fastening and architectural products divisions.
“We are excited to hear YKK is expanding its operation here and remaining committed to the success of our community for the past 40 years,” says Robert Reichert, Macon-Bibb County mayor. “They, their employees and their families have been involved at multiple levels of government and civic organizations, and I’m looking forward to the involvement this expansion could bring.”