MI Among the Latest to Announce Additions to ManufacturingMay 27th, 2021 by Drew Vass
The industry has seen news of numerous expansions in recent weeks, including at Cardinal Glass Industries, PGT Innovations and Jeld-Wen Holding Inc.—all citing accelerated growth and market demand as leading factors. The latest includes MI Windows and Doors, which announced this week it will add 90,000 square feet to its manufacturing facility in Gratz, Pa. The $27 million project adds two production lines for vinyl windows, an automated glass room and a new training center.
“We have a rich history in Central Pennsylvania, and we’re excited to expand our presence here,” says the company’s CEO, Matt DeSoto. “This project will add great-paying jobs and increase our production capabilities, making it a win-win for our team, our community and our customers.”
The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the project, including a $485,000 PA First grant and $291,000 grant for workforce training. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf heralded the move, including the company’s decision to increase the starting rate for its manufacturing employees. Officials for MI say increases for the starting rate of manufacturing employees were instated nationwide.
The company was also encouraged to apply for a $2.4 million low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), the Governor’s office reports. PIDA is coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, a group of economic development professionals who work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania. MI’s expansion brings approximately 100 new positions to the region, adding to 1,528 existing positions. Officials say the facility will be outfitted with a number of enhanced safety features, such as separate parking areas for employees and trucks, as well as dedicated pedestrian and forklift lanes inside the new building.
“The building industry is growing and we’re excited to be part of that growth,” DeSoto says. “This project creates a better environment for our team while increasing our production capabilities so we can continue providing our customers with the windows, doors and value-added services they need. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
The project is expected to be completed in early 2022. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday.