Port Elgins Atlantic Windows expands to Amherst bringing 200-plus jobs with it; new plant to be located in former Venture Lighting building in industrial park
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AMHERST - Port Elgin, N.B.-based Atlantic Windows is expanding into the Amherst and Area Industrial Park with up to 200 jobs over the next several years.
"Were taking a slower, managed approach towards hiring in that we can't take on 30 or 40 people within a week or two. It takes time to bring people in, train them and orient them to our way of doing business," company president Rob Miller said on Tuesday.
The company has leased the old Venture Lighting building and has been busy moving in for several weeks. Its 40,000 square feet is being converted into production space and offices.
The bulk of the jobs will be production and management driven, but other support positions will open up as the facility gets running.
Miller said it's important for people to understand the jobs will take time to become available, but they are looking at hiring an additional 20 to 25 people very soon.
The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., has signed a five-year payroll rebate set at a maximum of $1,198,800 with the company, paid out annually as Atlantic Windows achieves its hiring targets.
The expansion is a result of increased market share in the Atlantic region and growing exports to Ontario, Quebec, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Iceland and Spain.
Amherst Mayor Jerry Hallee welcomed the news.
"We've got everything going for a company to move here," he said.
Even though they been operating out of the new Amherst facility for the past couple of weeks they're still in the process of setting up, which could take up to six months.
The new facility will manufacture many of the same products as the Port Elgin facility, including a new hurricane line.
However, Miller said, the new facility will not take away from the New Brunswick location. Port Elgin has been the company's home and corporate location since 1983 and employ about 230.
"We still have a major focus in Port Elgin and will continue to do so," he said.