It looks like Jeld-Wen will soon be set to expand at its plant in North Wilkesboro, N.C., according to a notice posted on July 29, 2020, from the Town of North Wilkesboro. According to a Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds, “On or about August 14, 2020 the above named Town of North Wilkesboro will request the NC Department of Commerce to release Federal Funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 for the following project: Jeld-Wen, Inc. Expansion The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).” Funding in the amount of $580,000 will assist in construction of an elevated water tank to serve the Jeld-Wen’s facility at the Town’s industrial park, according to the notice. The total cost to the Town of North Wilkesboro for the new elevated water tank is estimated to be $2.2 million.

Jeld-Wen is expanding its operations at the site, which will invest approximately $8 million in the community, the notice states. “As a result, Jeld-Wen, Inc. has hired 29 new employees as committed for the CDBG grant with at least 60% of the new hires meeting the Low to Moderate Income requirements for CDBG funding.”

Plant manager Jeff Mang addressed the expansion during the Wilkes Economic Development Corp.’s annual meeting in September 2019, referencing the need for a water tank, which he said the company “needs for increased water pressure for a sprinkler system for an expansion.”

We’ve got a pad leveled off on our 13 acres, so we’re looking forward to breaking ground in the next year or two to expand even more,” he said at that meeting.

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