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North Carolina Operations Rolling for PGT

PGT Industries Inc. has opened the doors at its new Salisbury, NC, plant to meet heightened demand for WinGuard impact-resistant windows.

The company announced earlier this year that it would move out of its one-time Binnings Building Product plant in Lexington, NC, which PGT acquired in 2003, to a new 390,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in nearby Salisbury, NC. The former 230,000-square-foot Lexington site could not be expanded to meet the company’s needs, so the company said it would sell the facility once the relocation was completed.

PGT continues to operate its nearly 500,000-square-foot headquarters facility in Florida.

In the coming months, the company will add new glass tempering and laminating capabilities at the Salisbury site. Officials expect the North Carolina employee roster to hover around 400 by the end of the year. Initial announcements regarding the move indicated that the Salisbury plant might eventually be home to about 700 workers.

“The new building fits the timely need for expansion, and being only 19 miles from our [former] plant allows us to maintain the current workforce,” Linda Gavit, VP of human resources, told Window & Door magazine earlier this year.

PGT officials cite market demand as the primary reason for the transfer to a bigger production space. The company’s WinGuard line meets tough building codes that call for protection against wind-borne debris and wind loading. “We attribute the increased demand for our products to a number of factors including the development of stricter building codes regarding wind-borne debris protection in coastal areas and increased consumer awareness about the need for home hurricane protection,” said Rod Hershberger, president and CEO of PGT.

“This move will allow us to expand our operations so that we can better serve our customers,” he said earlier this year.


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