YKK AP America Makes $125 Million: Investment in Residential Products

YKK AP America Inc. is investing up to $125 million to expand its residential door and window offerings with a new manufacturing facility in Macon, Ga.

Macon has been the headquarters of YKK AP’s residential products business since 2007 and will be home to the approximately 400,000-square-foot residential facility set to break ground in October 2022. Oliver Stepe, president, says strategic planning for the project has been in the works for two years with final approvals coming down the line in recent months.

“What’s leveraging the desire and interest to do it is that we’re trying to scale the business,” Stepe says. “Although we’re becoming more known in the residential window business, we still have a lot of opportunity and room to grow. Our currently leased facilities were just out of room, out of capacity. It was really a decision of whether we continue to grow or stay static.”

YKK AP acquired 50 acres in Macon where the new facility will be constructed. Stepe notes that leaves plenty of room for growth in the years, and even decades, to come. While the operational goal is to double the company’s capacity in the residential market, Stepe says the acquired acreage will allow for the current capacity to be quadrupled in the future.
The investment will see the introduction of a $20 million “highly automated” production line. Glass sorting and additional automation are in the works as well, and a good portion of existing machinery will be transferred to the new location once completed.

For employees, Stepe says they focused on an increase in ambient lighting and outdoor space. The factory will be 100% climate controlled and have bright-colored walls and multiple outdoor seating areas. YKK AP will add more than 100 new jobs with the expansion, plus the 250 Macon employees set to transition to the new location.

The new development for YKK AP will in no way take away from its commercial offerings. Stepe says those two areas of business, commercial and residential, will remain in separate lanes.

The facility is scheduled to be operational by Q1 of 2024.

Strybuc Opens New Florida Distribution Center

The Florida sales and distribution center of Strybuc Industries has moved into a larger facility in Hialeah, Fla.

According to the company, the move will allow it to better manage the high demand for hardware in the Southeast. The new location will also provide Strybuc with more space and improved logistics for its Florida customers, the company says.

Additionally, the new location will include a sales counter for local customers and products, and will be the second largest facility for Strybuc. The move also coincides with the company’s 40th anniversary.

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