Bayport, Minn.-based Andersen Corp. has started a $40 million expansion at its headquarters campus to produce more Fibrex brand material for one of its fastest growing window lines.
The privately held company is adding 60,000 square feet of manufacturing, 40 jobs, and extrusion capabilities to meet demand for composite windows in its Andersen 100 series of budget friendly products.
The composite windows are made from Fibrex, which is a blend of wood fiber mostly reclaimed from Andersen manufacturing processes, and vinyl, some of which is also reclaimed. Andersen says Fibrex is twice as strong as vinyl and low maintenance compared to wood.
Used in both Andersen and Renewal-by-Andersen brand products, Fibrex is associated with more than 25 U.S. patents.
"By further investing in our Fibrex material extrusion capabilities, we are investing in our ability to deliver the high-performing, dependable and energy-efficient products our consumers expect long into the future," Andersen Chairman and CEO Jay Lund said in a news release.