Nokomis, Fla.-based aluminum and vinyl window fabricator PGT Industries Inc. bought a 390,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Salisbury, N.C.
PGT officials declined to reveal the purchase price in the deal, announced March 1.
The maker of WinGuard-brand impact-resistant windows and doors plans to move its operations in Lexington, N.C., 19 miles to Salisbury during the summer. PGT will sell the 230,000-square-foot Lexington plant once the move is complete, perhaps in August, officials said.
All 388 employees in Lexington will be retained in Salisbury, and PGT officials said they plan to add 712 jobs.
Herman Moore, PGT's executive vice president, declined to say how much the company's production capacity will increase.
In addition to vinyl profile extrusion for windows and doors, PGT also makes aluminum-based products and will be more vertically integrated after adding a glass facility to the Salisbury plant.
In a news release, PGT President Rod Hershberger suggested demand for storm-resistant products has increased consumer demand for PGT's window systems.
``Demand for our products is high as consumers become more educated about the need for hurricane protection,'' he said.
PGT also employs more than 2,400 at its 485,000-square-foot extrusion and glass facility in Nokomis.