The Thompson Creek Window Company of Landover, Md., which has enjoyed steady growth since its founding 35 years ago, will move to a 125,000-square-foot facility in 2016 that president Rick Wuest says could triple the number of windows the company produces.

Thompson Creek purchased the land for the plant near Joint Base Andrews in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2014.

“We’re in the design phases right now,” Wuest tells DWM. “We’re looking at regional expansion.

“We currently service about a 50-mile radius” of Washington, D.C., he says.  “Part of our strategic plan is to expand outside of that and keep widening that circle. I think we can get out to about a 120-mile radius, and this new factory will allow us to be able to supply that.  This will give us a lot of opportunities to upgrade products, do more automation and add more features that our customers are asking for.”

Wuest says Thompson Creek, which sells custom-made windows directly to homeowners for remodeling or reconstruction, simply outgrew its current 80,000-square-foot facility, which opened in 2007 near FedEx Field. “When we moved here in 2007, I thought this would be our world headquarters forever,” he says. “I didn’t think we’d outgrow this place. If we ramped it up here, we might be able to move another 20,000-30,000 windows a year, but where we’re really running into the constraints are the raw materials. We don’t have enough room for them.”

Wuest says Thompson Creek will also upgrade its equipment.

“We’re going to be shopping,” he says. “We’ve got a big new building we’ve got to fill up.”

Founded as Mid-Lantic in 1980, the company outgrew its small facility in Annapolis, Md., and moved to a 20,000-square-foot facility on Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay in 1997. (The address there was Thompson Creek Road, which eventually became the company’s name.) Continued growth spurred the move to the current facility in Landover.

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