PGT to launch new plant, products

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PGT announces new glass plant and hiring spree coupled with two new product launches

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PGT to launch new plant, products
With its new WinGuard vinyl and EnergyVue windows, the door and window supplier is embarking on its “largest product launch in the company’s 35-year history,” according to a company statement.
“As the housing market improves, so does the demand for high-quality products that help make homes both more beautiful and more functional,” says President Jeffrey T. Jackson. “At PGT, we strive to ensure our company has a positive impact on not only our customers but also our community.”
Part of that community impact includes hiring more than 300 new employees in 2014 as well as more than 50 new employees this year, which would bring the company’s total workforce to 1,700. “As part of a company-wide commitment, PGT strives to hire locally whenever possible,” reads a company statement. The majority of the new hires will work in the new glass plant that PGT opened in the fall of 2014.
The nearly 100,000-square-foot facility will support the launch of the new vinyl product lines that have been rolled out in a three-phase plan, beginning with vinyl sliding glass doors in 2011 and vinyl French doors in 2014 and culminating this year with the two new window lines.
“The new plant was built to expand our glass-making capability in light of increased demand for impact-resistant and energy-efficient glass,” says Jackson. “By 2017, demand for vinyl in the southeast United States is forecast to grow to 69 percent of all residential windows and doors and, at PGT, we want to make sur...


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