Kinro to Set Up Operations in Former Philips Plant

April 8, 2010

Kinro Inc., the manufacturer of windows and doors for manufactured housing and recreational vehicles, is setting up production in Chester, S.C., according to an announcement from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.  The company is investing nearly $1 million in the facility, previously occupied by Philips Products.

“We are thrilled to move forward with our new facility in Chester County," says Jason Lippert, Kinro's president and CEO. "Our market share has increased, and this new plant will help us meet growing demand from our customers. Chester County has provided us with an excellent pre-existing facility, and the positive business environment and available labor force make the area a great fit for us. We appreciate the support we have received from state and local officials.”

Based in Arlington, Texas, Kinro is a subsidiary of Drew Industries.  In addition to the new South Carolina plant, it operates facilities in Double Springs, Ala.; Cairo, Ga.; Nampa, Idaho; Elkhart and Goshen, Ind.; Mansfield, Texas; and Pendleton, Ore.  Kinro will manufacture entry doors and windows for manufactured homes and other industries at the new location, where it expects to create 125 new jobs, it reports.

“As businesses prepare for the economic recovery, many companies continue to see the many benefits of investing in South Carolina," reports said Joe Taylor, South Carolina Secretary of Commerce. "Drew Industries’ decision to locate its new plant in Chester County is another indication that our business-friendly climate and skilled workforce are working to attract new investment and create opportunities for South Carolinians in both our rural and urban communities."

“We wish to thank Drew Industries for their vote of confidence in Chester County with the location of their door and window manufacturing operation here. We are confident that Drew Industries has found an excellent environment for growth here and a workforce that is ready, able and willing to go to work to make them successful," adds R. Carlisle Roddey, county supervisor.