Simonton Windows® Breaks Ground for Addition to Georgia Facility

To meet the growing need for coastal doors and windows in the Southeast, Simonton Windows of Parkersburg, W.Va., has broken ground on a 120,000-square-foot addition to its Lyons, Ga., manufacturing facility. When complete in August 2006, the addition will more than double the space the company has at the facility dedicated to producing coastal products.

"Our Lyons facility began window production in January of this year and we already see the need to add more production space," said Jody Garrett, vice president of manufacturing. "We've been constantly ramping up operations there with additional procedures going on-line every few weeks. At the same time, we recognized that the need for coastal doors and windows will only strengthen in the future. That's why we decided to move ahead quickly with the expansion of the facility by starting construction on an addition."

Ground was broken on February 27, 2006, for the Lyons addition on land next to the original site earmarked for future development. Once the second building is operational, the company expects to employ more than 200 people at the facility.

"The Lyons facility is ideally suited and situated to handle the increased coastal product needs of our customers," said Garrett. "We anticipate high market need for our coastal products based on predictions of continued severe hurricane seasons in the future. The Simonton Lyons facility, when fully completed with the addition, will feature 220,000 square feet of space dedicated to the creation of Simonton coastal doors and windows."

The Lyons location was originally selected by the company because of the availability of a quality work force locally and the ability for the Georgia plant to geographically support the needs of customers in coastal markets. Nearby interstate access, a strong community work ethic, support of the local Lyons community and the ability to expand from the original site are all added factors that played in Simonton's decision to open a facility in Georgia.

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