Increasing customer demands has prompted YKK AP America to expand its residential window plant in Macon, Ga.
In January 2015, the company will begin relocating its production lines into a larger building on its Macon campus while adding two new production lines dedicated to vinyl window and multi-layered glass production. The expansion will double the plant’s production capacity, according to the company.
“Since we began our residential production on the Macon campus in 2007, we’ve seen increased demand for our product lines, especially for our built-to-order vinyl windows,” says Craig Marple, sales and marketing manager for YKK AP’s residential division. “The expansion will give us an opportunity to further improve service and provide a stable supply to customers. Our hope is to continue to grow our production efforts at the Macon plant and expand our residential business operations to further accommodate the growing market.”
Adds Macon Economic Development Commission chairman Walt Miller, “New jobs and investment are the heart and soul of our economic health here in Macon and we celebrate this especially good news with our YKK friends. This YKK expansion continues the pattern of confidence companies are placing on our Middle Georgia work force, our ideal location and our excellent transportation to and from markets and suppliers.”
The Macon campus first opened as a zipper production plant for YKK in 1974 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Over the past four decades, the campus has grown substantially and now employs 673 workers in the fastening and architectural products divisions.
“We are excited to hear YKK is expanding its operation here and remaining committed to the success of our community for the past 40 years,” says Robert Reichert, Macon-Bibb County mayor. “They, their employees, and their families have been involved at multiple levels of government and civic organizations, and I’m looking forward to the involvement this expansion could bring.”