Composite pultruder Tecton Products of Fargo, N.D., is expanding eastward to Roanoke, Va., with a $6.5 million investment.
The firm will begin construction on a 75,000-square foot facility this summer, with plans to have it operational by May 2006.
``We have customers that are on the East Coast, and we want to get closer to our customer base,'' said Robert Plagemann, general manager for the new operation.
The plant will employ 60 in its first year. The company would not disclose equipment details.
Tecton began in 1990 as a partnership between President John Jambois and Marvin Windows & Doors of Warroad, Minn. The companies together created the Integrity line of profiles for the new-construction market, and in 2002, the Infinity line for the replacement market. Marvin also has a facility in Roanoke.
Plagemann said by telephone April 21 that Tecton has another large customer coming on board, but he would not discuss details. Tecton prides itself on thin-wall complex profiles, an area that is difficult for foreign competition to penetrate.
Tecton is looking at other products, ones that integrate photoluminescence for safety applications, Plagemann said. Such products could be used in handrails and steps, for instance.
``We're always working on new technology,'' he said. ``We have a pretty extensive research and development group in Fargo.''
In addition, the company will be doing some work with Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Va. The state has approved a $100,000 grant from the Governor's Opportunity Fund to assist Roanoke County with the project. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will help with training.
Tecton also operates a 110,000-square-foot plant in Fargo.