Andersen Corporation recently broke ground on a 60,000-square-foot expansion of its manufacturing campus in Bayport, MN. The $40 million project is expected to create at least 40 full-time production jobs to support growing demand for products made with Andersen’s proprietary Fibrex® material. This expansion will add Fibrex material extrusion capabilities in Bayport to support the sales growth of the Andersen® 100 Series product portfolio, one of Andersen’s fastest growing product lines.
“We reviewed several locations and selected to expand in Bayport because of the experienced workforce, the proximity to our 100 Series assembly operations and the ability to leverage available land at our flagship manufacturing campus,” said Andersen Corporation Chairman and CEO Jay Lund. “This expansion will add extrusion capabilities in Bayport to support sales growth of our 100 Series, while repurposing much of our North Branch, Minnesota, extrusion plant to support the growth of Renewal by Andersen.”
Unique to Andersen, Fibrex material is a blend of wood fiber, mostly reclaimed from Andersen manufacturing processes, and thermoplastic polymer, some of which is also reclaimed. Fibrex material is a high-quality, long-lasting composite that has garnered more than 25 U.S. patents and become a different and better material used in numerous Andersen® and Renewal by Andersen® product lines.
“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,” added Lund.
Construction is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2019.
“In conjunction with this building expansion, we are also investing in environmental initiatives, including an infiltration basin for stormwater management and native plantings that will provide water quality benefits to the St. Croix River,” said Chris Galvin, senior vice president of manufacturing and logistics for Andersen Corporation. “This combined investment supports the long-term sustainable growth of Andersen’s flagship manufacturing site.”
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Andersen announced a $10,000 donation to the St. Croix River Association. The grant supports the St. Croix Watershed Protection Fund to help ensure the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway remains an ecological, cultural and community treasure for generations to come.
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