Wincore Window Co. is investing $6.5 million into a new 150-employee manufacturing plant in Swainsboro, Ga.
Based in Parkersburg, W.Va., Wincore currently has 340 U.S. employees producing vinyl windows and patio doors and fiberglass entry door systems for the residential housing markets.
In Swainsboro, Wincore is turning 75,000 square feet of vacant manufacturing space into its new production.
"We looked at several regions in the Southeast and very quickly decided that Swainsboro was an extremely good fit for Wincore's strategic expansion plans," Wincore President Clark Davis said in a news release.
The release does not state what products will be manufactured at the new site when it begins operations in April 2019. Wincore also produces impact-resistant vinyl windows and doors and fiberglass entry doors for coastal areas.
Davis thanked state and county officials for "incredibly flexible structuring programs that will allow Wincore to succeed," but no specific economic development programs, tax breaks or grants were identified.
Founded in 2007 by former executives of Simonton Windows, Wincore initially focused on vinyl windows and doors for colder climates and had fewer than 100 employees. However, new equipment was installed at the Parkerburg plant as part of a $1.6 million expansion in July 2016 to produce goods for warmer climates, such as Florida, which must stand up to strong storms, according to a local news report. The new line created 50 jobs and brought the company's workforce to 340 people, the report says.
There was talk in 2016 about Wincore expanding again in a few years, possibly in West Virginia. Clark said in the release that several regions were evaluated and Swainsboro seemed the best strategic fit.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal credited the state's low taxes, skilled workforce and proximity to the Southeastern market with attracting the manufacturer.