Silver Line Vinyl Extrusion is expanding into Ohio with a $17.1 million window-manufacturing facility in Marion.
The North Brunswick, N.J., company's goal is to open the 290,000-square-foot plant by March, said Andrew Karr, director of marketing and advertising.
``It's mostly a matter of improving distribution and expanding extrusion operations,'' Karr said in a May 30 telephone interview. ``It's more cost-effective.''
The vertically integrated facility will host 10 extrusion lines when it opens; by the end of 2002, it will have 15 lines, he said. It will be located on 43 acres in the Marion Airport Industrial Park.
``It just strategically fits an area that will help us better distribute product, there's an adequate labor pool, and it's close enough to major arteries that we can access quickly,'' Karr said.
The firm received a 10-year, 70 percent tax credit from the Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit Authority for the creation of 606 jobs during the next three years, said Maria Smith, spokeswoman with the Ohio Department of Development. If a grant is approved in June, the company could gain $980,000 from the state.
Ohio is not the only state in which the company will expand, Karr said. By January 2003, the firm will have a facility in Fall River, Mass., about 50 miles south of Boston. As for details on that facility, Karr would not elaborate.
``It's all kind of up in the air right now,'' he said.
The firm, a division of Silver Line Building Products Corp., also has facilities in Lithia Springs, Ga.; Lansing, Ill.; and Dallas. The company had 2000 sales of $118 million and anticipates 20-25 percent sales growth in 2002, when the expansions are in place, Karr said.