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Atlantic Windows considering Amherst for new operation

AMHERST - Amherst is being considered as a potential home for a new Atlantic Windows operation.

AMHERST - Amherst is being considered as a potential home for a new Atlantic Windows operation.

Company president Rob Miller said this community is one of several being considered as Atlantic Windows prepares to expand its operations.

"We are evaluating some options in terms of our growth and expansion and Amherst is definitely a possibility for us," Miller said.

The former General Homes and Kent Homes property on Church Street and Venture Lighting in the industrial park are among the properties the company has looked at.

Miller said no decisions have been made or will be made over the next couple of months. While there are other communities being considered, he would not say what they are. There has been speculation that Dieppe, N.B. is also in the running.

When Atlantic Windows makes its decision it will not mean the closure of its Port Elgin, N.B. plant that makes windows for the Atlantic market, central Canada and ships overseas to places like Bermuda and Iceland.

The reason he's looking elsewhere to expand is because there aren't enough people to staff the existing operation.

"We've outgrown our labour market. If we could expand in Port Elgin and increase our plant facilities we'd do that. There's no reason for expanding our plant facility here if there's no one to work at it," Miller said. "We're not moving out of Port Elgin, we're moving some level of our capacity. We will remain in Port Elgin and continue to operate a business there."

The company president said Amherst is attractive because a lot of the workers at the Port Elgin plant live here and he said the town has a good population base that could support such an operation.

Atlantic Windows has been in business in Port Elgin since 1983 and presently employs about 230 people. Miller feels the new operation could employ an additional 200 over the next three to five years.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: Port Elgin, Church Street, Canada Bermuda Iceland

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  • Linda
    January 18, 2010 - 11:02

    amherst has a number of people working at Atlantic Windows,so why not move it Amherst.If it were not for the travelling more people might be employed there.I like the idea of the business moving to Amherst

  • c
    January 18, 2010 - 10:58

    This would be good for all of Cumberland County. Huge population base to draw from...
    Go for it...

  • d
    January 18, 2010 - 10:30

    i agree with linda noiles!