PARKERSBURG - A window and patio screen company has set up a facility in Parkersburg to service a Mid-Ohio Valley window and door manufacturer.
Aluminite, a Washington state-based company, has leased a site on 19th Street where it fabricates window screens to fulfill requirements from Simonton Windows.
Aluminite has leased a 30,000-40,000-square-foot building to employ 40-60 workers, Chad Kegans, vice president of sales, said. Kegans said the facility has been open for several months.
The Aluminite company has opened a production facility on 19th Street to manufacture window screens for Simonton Windows. (Photo by Jody Murphy)
"It will be long term," Kegans said. "Our goal is to add some additional customers in the area."
Aluminite was founded in 1956 in Bakersfield, Calif. The company has nine production sites including Parkersburg, its eastern most site.
"We are a niche manufacturer," Kegans said.
The company produces windows and patio door screens. Much of it is done in conjunction with the window companies.
Marty Davis, communications manager for the Simonton Windows, said Aluminite is a supply chain partner.
"They have been a partner with us for many years," he said. 'We have a similar agreement at other plant locations in Illinois and California."
The company offers a 100 percent electronic ordering procedure that equates to quicker processing time (24 hours in some cases), fewer errors, fast turn-around, large order-filling capacity and no backlog.
"We manufacture product one day and deliver the next and it marries up with the (window) products as they are being produced," Kegans said.
Kegans said the Parkersburg plant is still in the early stages of production. Some of the service is being handled by the company's site in Perrysburg, Ohio.
"As they get to full cycle, the business we have in Ohio will transition back to West Virginia," Kegans said.