Wasco Opens Skylight Plant in Reno

May 28, 2013

Wasco Skylight Products Inc. has opened a new manufacturing facility in Reno, Nev., producing both standard and custom skylights for the commercial and residential market, and expanding its distribution west of the Rocky Mountains. The company expects to send its first shipment from Reno by the end of the month, with an open house planned for later this summer.

Wasco leased the new 57,000-square-foot facility, which officials note is situated within one day’s journey from every major city in the Western states.   At this time, up to 20 employees from the Reno area will be hired, and more will be added to accommodate future production. Drawing from Wasco’s East Coast team, Michael Jones, plant manager, and Jeff Binette, customer service representative, have relocated to Nevada.

“We predict significant sales in the first year at the Reno facility, based on our customers’ positive response and the strong potential for growth,” says Jeff Frank, Wasco CEO. “We’ve created a unique, energy-efficient skylight product line that’s perfect for the Western region’s desire for sustainable daylighting solutions in high-end residences and high-performance commercial buildings.”

With its headquarters in Wells, Maine, Wasco has enjoyed more than 60 percent growth since the 2007-2008 recession, it reports.  “Building on our success, the new manufacturing plant positions us closer to our Western customers so we can deliver commercial unit skylights within one week from order and residential orders within 72 hours,” says Sara Havard, Wasco’s COO.

Custom unit skylights account for a significant portion of Wasco’s business and typically ship less than two weeks from order receipt in Reno to delivery at the customer’s site, which represents the shortest lead times in the industry, company officials note.

Wasco's partners are welcoming the company's expansion.  "We strive for manufacturing partners who deliver excellence in product, industry leadership, integrity and performance," says Chad Gibson, product manager with Allied Building Products, a distributor for the skylight maker.  "Wasco is exactly that kind of partner, and their new Reno facility will ensure their best in industry delivery."

“Wasco's expansion into Reno is very exciting for us," adds Steve Dean, a Cardinal Glass plant manager and long-time supplier. "We've been doing business with Wasco since we opened our Wilkes Barre (Pa.) facility. To see them grow and expand to the West Coast, especially during these times, is a great sign of the quality of this company."

“It’s a testimony to the management and the employees of Wasco to have facilitated such growth in the recent economy," says James Satterwhite, global commercial manager for the construction market for Cabot Corp. "The addition of a western U.S. fabrication base will make their truly unique solutions to the current and pending ASHRAE mandates available to a region that lives and breathes the culture of sustainable practices in building design and construction.”