YKK’s window plant in Macon to double production capacity

lmorris@macon.comJuly 15, 2014 

YKK’s window plant in Macon plans to double its production capacity by January 2015.

YKK AP America Inc., a subsidiary of Marietta-based YKK Corporation of America, plans to relocate its production lines into a larger building on its Macon campus and add two new production lines dedicated to vinyl window and multi-layered glass production, according to a news release.

The company has had an increase in product demand “due to the recovering U.S. housing market,” the release stated. Also the company has expanded its product offerings to better meet the needs of the U.S. market.

The company does not yet know if the expansion will create new jobs, said Jessica Cork, manager of public relations and communications for YKK Corporation of America.

“We can’t really predict,” Cork said Tuesday. “It will be based on market conditions. They are still in the planning stages.”

Production of the new lines will be ramped up slowly to keep up with growth, she said.

While Cork could not say late Tuesday how many workers are currently employed at YKK AP in Macon, the plant had 140 workers as of April, according to previous reports.

“Since we began our residential production on the Macon campus in 2007, we’ve seen increased demand for our product lines, especially for our built-to-order vinyl windows,” Craig Marple, sales and marketing manager for YKK AP’s residential division, said in the release. “The expansion will give us an opportunity to further improve service and provide a stable supply to customers. Our hope is to continue to grow our production efforts at the Macon plant and expand our residential business operations to further accommodate the growing market.”

YKK’s window plant in Dublin produces windows for the commercial market and will not be affected by the Macon expansion.

YKK’s campus first opened as a zipper production plant in 1974 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Since then, the campus has grown substantially and now employs 673 workers in the Fastening and Architectural Products divisions.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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