PGT Innovations Launches New iLab

Window + Door
October 15, 2019

PGT Innovations revealed its 24,500-square-foot iLab, an extension of the business that serves as a product incubator and micro-factory, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 10.

Located at 3440 Technology Drive in North Venice, the iLab team will provide window and door solutions to customers with projects that require new and inventive features, custom needs or one-of-a-kind products. Led by Dean Ruark, vice president of engineering for PGT Innovations, departments within the iLab span from design engineering and code compliance to testing and the production factory.

The iLab operations include creating prototypes, developing initial product builds and, if needed, assisting in setting up mass-production plans for products. To date, the iLab has introduced a bi-fold door, a lift-and-slide door and a pivot door to the marketplace. After their launch, the products were added to the product portfolio of WinDoor, PGT Innovations’ luxury brand.

“The iLab by PGT Innovations is enabling the imagined, from concept to reality, and celebrates innovation, inspiration and ideas,” says Jeff Jackson, president and CEO of PGT Innovations. “The iLab supports PGT Innovations’ mission to manufacture highly engineered and technically advanced products that can withstand some of the toughest weather conditions and revolutionize the way people live by unifying indoor and outdoor living spaces. With this state-of-the-art facility, we’ve brought together an exceptional team of inventors, tinkerers, engineers and dreamers who also have in-depth industry knowledge.”