American window and door manufacturer Andersen Corporation plans to invest more than $105m to establish a new manufacturing and distribution campus in western US during the first phase of expansion.
The company is working with the State of Arizona and the City of Goodyear, Arizona, to find a suitable site for the facility, which is expected to create more than 415 jobs.
The expansion is part of Andersen’s strategy to make investments to meet current and future demand for its proprietary Fibrex material-based products, including Andersen 100 Series and Renewal by Andersen product lines.
Andersen chairman and CEO Jay Lund said: “This new manufacturing campus is an exciting opportunity for us to increase manufacturing and distribution capacity for our fast-growing Fibrex products and expand our presence in the western United States where we are experiencing significant growth.
“We are grateful for the support of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, the City of Goodyear, Maricopa County and Greater Phoenix Economic Council and we look forward to working closely with these partners and tapping into a robust local workforce to build a world-class manufacturing operation in the region.”
The Fibrex material, a high-quality, long-lasting engineered composite, has more than 25 US patents and is used in several Andersen and Renewal by Andersen product lines.
The Goodyear plant will manufacture products using a formulation of Fibrex material that consists of a blend of wood fibre, primarily reclaimed from Andersen manufacturing processes, and thermoplastic polymer, part of which is also reclaimed.
The proposed facility will initially include 500,000ft² of manufacturing and distribution space for Andersen’s 100 Series product line.
Construction on the first phase is expected to begin in 2019 and operations are expected by the middle of 2020. Andersen Regional Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Andersen Corporation, will own and operate the campus.
The company expects total investment of at least $200m through future expansion of the campus.
Image: Andersen to build manufacturing campus in Arizona, US. Photo: courtesy of Andersen Corporation.