The expansion will add approximately 60,000 square feet to the facility for a total of approximately 477,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space, allowing the company to better utilise existing plant infrastructure for capacity improvements.
The expansion will enable Quanex to deliver on heightened projected demand for IG systems over the next five years.
“This expansion is the result of two years of effort working with equipment manufacturers to design equipment that can apply our flexible warm edge spacer at the same production rates as metal based box spacer, but with significantly less labour,” said Bill Griffiths, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Quanex Building Products.
“This in turn puts Quanex in a position to deliver a quality, energy efficient window component to high volume producers, which opens up a larger potential market for our energy efficient spacer production lines.”
Quanex plans to invest approximately $5 million over the next five years to add six new production lines, utilised for both Super Spacer and Dura Platform production, increasing capacity of the facility by 15 percent, as well as adding significant additional warehouse space for their ancillary product lines.
Quanex anticipates that the facility will be complete and in use by January 2017.
“We’ll be working hard throughout this year to ensure the updated, expanded space is fully operational by the beginning of 2017,” added George Wilson, president, IG Systems, Quanex. “We’re looking forward to more effectively meeting growing customer demand with Super Spacer, Dura Platform and innovative new ways of production.”
Chris Alderson, Managing Director for Edgetech UK adds: “Edgetech has always offered high levels of security of supply for our customers and this additional capacity reinforces that position. 2017 is also a big year for us in the UK as it’s the tenth anniversary of manufacturing from our headquarters in Coventry.”
For more information about the Super Spacer and Dura Platforms, visit www.edgetechig.co.uk.