SPRINGBORO, OHIO - Alcoa Vinyl Windows is moving its vinyl window fabrication business, with 200 jobs, from Springboro to Alcoa's Caradco wood window plant in Rantoul, Ill. Vinyl window production will be housed in nearly 250,000 square feet of space the company has acquired in Rantoul, said Alan Verploegh, president of both Alcoa Vinyl Windows and Caradco. The new location nearly doubles space available for making vinyl windows.
``Alcoa Vinyl Windows is having a very strong second quarter,'' Verploegh said. ``We expect the business to continue to grow very rapidly in the future.''
A majority of the 231 window fabrication employees at Spring-boro will be offered jobs at Rantoul, he said. The moving of work from Ohio to Illinois will take place over the next several months.
The expansion will boost employment at Rantoul to more than 1,100. Alcoa and Caradco will occupy more than 1 million square feet there.
Customer service, shipping and other support services will be consolidated at Caradco. Alcoa Vinyl Windows and Caradco already share a national sales force, marketing and field service employees.
No information was available on the number of fabricating machines involved.
Alcoa Vinyl Windows fabricates windows from profiles it buys from extruders, including another Alcoa company, Dayton Technol-ogies in Monroe, Ohio.
Also in Ohio is Alcoa Building Products, based in Sidney, which makes aluminum and vinyl siding.