Sierra Pacific Windows recently announced plans to add up to 100 more jobs in Merrill, Wis.

“The attractiveness of Merrill as the right location for our company to expand is undeniable,” said president Tom Takach. “We already know some of the most highly skilled and hardest workers are right here in the Central Wisconsin area. Merrill is in close proximity to our Medford location and extends our access to this large community of skilled workers. We appreciate these communities for all they have to offer and intend to grow greatly in both.”

Homebuilding has surged across the nation, creating a rise in demand for the company’s wood and vinyl window and door products. However, Takach also explains the company is on a trajectory for continued and sustainable growth within the industry.

“We’re winning our share of the market because we are a different kind of window company. We believe in our roots as a family-owned business driven by a vertical integration approach and strongly valuing, empowering, and promoting our crewmembers. It all shows in the quality of the products we deliver,” he said.

Many of the added jobs will be located at Sierra Pacific’s facility on Ohio Street, which the company acquired in an asset purchase from Semco Windows earlier this year. Some operations have already begun including painting of components for customers that choose the company’s premium interior factory finish on their wood windows. New equipment for wood window manufacturing is on the way, also to add production capacity.

“I’m truly excited to watch this facility transform back into a thriving manufacturing operation again,” said plant manager Jeff Schneider on the Ohio Street facility’s future. “We’re bringing back top paying manufacturing jobs that ultimately contribute to the vibrancy of Merrill’s future. There is a ton of space here and I can’t wait to see it full and humming. What I would say to the community is that it is coming, get ready to watch us grow together.”

Window and door manufacturing has been an underpinning of the Merrill community with several nationally branded window companies getting their start there.

Schneider added, “Sierra Pacific is committed and we’re going to keep this rich heritage in the community going long into the future.”

Sierra Pacific Windows is a division of Sierra Pacific Industries, a family-owned forest products company.

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