VARIFORM EXPANDING

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Variform Inc., a Kearney, Mo., vinyl siding maker, plans to invest more than $5 million to add extrusion lines and capacity to its three plants by May.

The majority of the new equipment will be installed in the Martinsburg, W.Va., and Jasper, Tenn., plants.

Company officials would not disclose the number of lines being added but said they will increase total capacity by about 25 percent.

About 60,000 square feet will be added to the Jasper plant for warehousing and shipping and some manufacturing. Also, at the Kearney plant, 30,000 square feet in warehouse and shipping space will be added.

According to a press release, the investment will help ensure Variform's ability to meet existing demand for its vinyl siding products and give the company sufficient capacity to pursue new markets and customers.

Up to 40 positions could be added at Variform's plants.

Variform manufactures vinyl siding, soffit, skirting and accessories for residential and commercial applications. Its parent company, Ply Gem Industries Inc., based in New York, makes and distributes building products used in remodeling and new construction of residential and light-commercial properties.

Other Ply Gem companies include Great Lakes Window Inc. of Toledo, Ohio; Richwood Building Products Inc. of Richwood, Ky.; and Crestline Windows and Doors of Mosinee, Wis.