Quaker Expanding Production Operations
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited Quaker Window Products today, as the company announced plans to invest $11.4 million to expand its operations significantly. The company is planning a new building to house a state-of-the-art paint facility, which will open up an additional 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space in its existing facilities.
Based in Freeburg, Mo., Quaker manufactures wood, vinyl and aluminum windows and doors for residential and commercial applications. A Window & Door 2011 Top 100 Manufacturer, the company reported 2010 sales of more than $40 million. With 415 current employees, the company expects to create 95 new jobs as part of its expansion.
Once the new space is available, Quaker plans to begin producing impact windows for coastal markets, it is reported. In addition, the company plans to produce a new line of wood patio doors. Quaker's current expansion is its second in as many years. In 2010, the company invested more than $540,000 in creating another new production line for windows that meet federal energy-efficiency standards, hiring and training 45 new employees to staff the new line.
"For the second time in as many years, Quaker Windows is on a pathway toward growth and expansion, investing more deeply in Missouri and our state's workforce and in this local community," Gov. Nixon said while visiting the manufacturer. "We are committed to fighting every day, for every single job in central Missouri and throughout our state, to keep our economy moving forward. We are proud to be partners in growth with this long-standing Missouri business."
The state of Missouri is supporting Quaker's expansion with a strategic package of economic incentives. The Missouri Department of Economic Development has issued preliminary authorization for more than $350,000 in tax credits, conditioned on Quaker's fulfilling strict job-creation and investment criteria.