ABI Set to Bring Window Manufacturing to AbileneMarch 16th, 2023 by Travis Rains
An expansion by ABI Windows is expected to spur a “new industry cluster of window manufacturing” in Abilene, Texas. At least that’s the expectation of the Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA), which approved an $8.48 million incentive package to enable the project. ABI’s expansion includes a 150,000-square-foot facility that’s valued at $42.5 million. DCOA officials say the project, which was introduced to the local city council as “Project Bonanza,” will be the organization’s eighth largest in terms of capital investment in its 34-year history. ABI is a New Mexico-based manufacturer and distributor of windows and building supplies.
“We are excited to join and invest in the Abilene community,” says Benjamin Rawson, president of ABI Windows. “We chose Abilene for our new facility because of its ideal location, quality workforce, and the opportunity for future growth. We look forward to expanding into this great community.”
The company will temporarily lease a vacant DCOA-owned building during the construction of its new location in Five Points Business Park. According to DCOA officials, the project is expected to provide 175 full-time jobs, along with an average annual salary of more than $45,000. To develop its “quality workforce,” the company will lean on the community’s four universities, a technical college, a community college and training facilities for students, DCOA officials say.
“These are quality, well-paying jobs for the citizens of Abilene,” says mayor Anthony Williams. “We’re proud ABI Windows has chosen to invest and grow here in Abilene.”
The direct and indirect impact of ABI’s expansion is estimated to be $858.2 million over the next decade, according to DCOA.