Quaker Windows and Doors celebrated the expansion of its Eldon, Mo., facility at a ribbon cutting on Monday. The event introduced a new Eldon II facility that adds 250,000 square feet of commercial manufacturing capacity located next to the existing plant.
The new facility became fully operational on Sept. 1, 2022, says Bill Sifflard, Quaker’s chief marketing officer. The facility manufactures commercial window and door products for architectural and commercial construction markets. It more than doubles Eldon’s 160-acre campus and adds an estimated 150 jobs.
“It’s hats-off to our employees and staff,” says Quaker CEO Kevin Blansett. “We’ve got just the best folks that have that ownership mindset and work hard every day … I can’t mention enough how proud I am of our group and our team. This is a great community and great support.”
The facility features an array of innovative technology, says Sifflard. This includes an automated window wall line, an oversized robotic glass management system with Hegla automated cutters, a robotic oversized IG line to support large window and door glass, automated IG glass lines, several new automated window and door production lines that utilize robotics and enhanced product testing and quality control.
Blansett says that four more updates are planned at the Eldon facility. This includes plans for a new paint facility and another glass facility.
“Expansion throughout the U.S. has generated new market share in our commercial, residential and luxury markets,” says Sifflard. “We have a five-year growth strategy, and this expansion was planned to support this strategy. Thank goodness we were able to go online this year as year-to-date Quaker sales are up over 40% over 2021.”
The Eldon campus, located along Missouri 52 at Hicky Road, opened in May 2020. The initial expansion was announced a year later and benefited from local tax abatements.