Joining an industry trend, Vinyl Building Products Inc. of Oakland, N.J., will become a truly national vinyl window extruder by building a $7.2 million plant in Little Rock, Ark. Little Rock won out because of its geographic location, near the company's raw material supply, and its proximity to fabricators in the Midwest and on the West Coast, Nick Cangialosi, founder and president, said during a March 21 news conference in Little Rock. The firm also qualifies for tax credits under the Arkansas Enterprise Zone Program.
Like most other window extruders, Vinyl Building Products sells its profiles to a network of regional companies called fabricators that fashion the profiles into finished windows. The company sells window and door profiles under the Vinyline brand.
Production in Little Rock will begin in August, with about 50 employees.
Initially, Vinyl Building Products is building a 60,000-square-foot extrusion plant and raw material compounding facility. Later expansion plans could boost the plant to 450,000 square feet, according to the Greater Little Rock Chamber ofCommerce. Information on the number of extruders or output of the factory was not available.
According to Plastics News data, Vinyl Building Products had sales of $27 million in 1993 from its New Jersey plant.
After years of domination by aluminum and wood windows, the western United States is becoming more attractive to vinyl window producers. Vinyl has gained acceptance in remodeling, as the housing stock ages, and in new construction as Western states adopt new building codes that encourage energy-efficient homes.
Many window extruders, based in the East and Midwest, have tried to sign up Western fabricators, shipping their profiles to warehouses. But two large extruders have gone further and set up second factories. In 1994, Veka Inc. of Fombell, Pa., opened a plant in Reno, Nev. In a west-to-east maneuver, Mikron Industries Inc. of Kent, Wash., began extruding in March at a Richmond, Ky., factory.
G. Christopher Mathews has rejoined Vinyl Building Products as general manager of the Little Rock plant. Mathews also was named senior vice president of the company.
Mathews had left Vinyl Building Products in 1994 for a post at rival window extruder Spectus Systems Midwest before returning to run the Arkansas operation. Mathews also will head all international sales for Vinyl Building Products.