New Boston, Ohio-based Vinyl Kraft Acquisition LLC will invest $2.25 million and hire 73 employees to keep up with demand for vinyl replacement doors and windows.
The company plans to purchase equipment and automation to double throughput at the facility where it manufactures windows and patio doors for residential and light commercial uses.
Founded in 1991 as Vinyl Kraft Inc., the family-owned business is committed to getting more "restored citizens" on its payroll for the production positions that will be created over the next three years, according to Ryan Rolfe, executive vice president of Vinyl Kraft Window and Door.
Vinyl Kraft currently employs 165, including some who were hired while transitioning from the prison system back to society or recovering from substance abuse.
Rolfe wants to fill all 73 openings with restored citizens.
"We were already doing this. Now we're being more formal about it," Rolfe said in a phone interview about the company collaborating with JobsOhio, the Ohio Department of Development, Scioto County Economic Development Department and Ohio Southeast Economic Development.
The result can be transformational for the person and the company, he added.
"For those who want the opportunity, a second chance, a different kind of relationship develops between the employer and employee. It fosters more of a family atmosphere," Rolfe explained. "They understand their coworkers and supervisors rely on folks to show up every day and do a good job. Having that structure and accountability helps them on their journey and it helps us. There's a level of commitment."
Vinyl Kraft will need it. The company sells about 70 percent of its products for home remodeling and 30 percent for new construction.