Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Thursday that Ply Gem Windows will invest $1.98 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Rocky Mount. The company will increase capacity for its vinyl window lines, creating 76 new jobs. Virginia beat out Florida and Georgia for the project.

“Ply Gem Windows is the largest employer in Franklin County, and we are thrilled that the company continues to invest in the future of its manufacturing operation and create new jobs in the Commonwealth,” McAuliffe said. “Advanced manufacturing is an industry of the future, and growing this important sector with expansions like Ply Gem moves us forward in our work to diversify and build a new Virginia economy.”

“The Commonwealth of Virginia, Franklin County and Town of Rocky Mount have done a great deal to make us feel at home and encourage Ply Gem Windows’ growth and success for this strategic location in our supply chain,” said Art Steinhafel, president, Ply Gem Windows. “It’s an honor to be recognized for the long-standing tradition of this facility in Rocky Mount and the dedicated associates who take pride in their work, producing a quality product day in and day out. We look forward to expanding our team and facility in this community.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Franklin County and the town of Rocky Mount to secure the project. McAuliffe approved a $100,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the town and county with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $160,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will also be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“Ply Gem and its employees are a key part of Rocky Mount’s economy and its growth, and the Town of Rocky Mount is glad to support the development of additional jobs for our residents,” said Rocky Mount Mayor Steve Angle. “We are grateful that Ply Gem, our other industries and our economic development partners continue to see the importance of investing in Rocky Mount and its future.”

 

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