Demand drives expansion for Quality Lineals
November 2, 2012 by Sarah
Quality Lineals’ purchasing staff will no doubt be ordering extra business cards and stationery printing in the coming months, as the Merrick-based company has tripled the size of its Freeport facility and is running it around the clock.
Quality Lineals USA is a window profile extruder that, along with NorthEast Windows USA – its sister company – manufactures vinyl windows and PVC fencing and recycles scrap vinyl bought back from its customers.
The Freeport location has developed an addition of 55,000 square feet and now houses five extrusion lines, along with the new recycling program. The Merrick facility is the home of NorthEast Windows and the Quality Lineals headquarter offices. Vinyl windows and PVC fence and railing systems are manufactured there.
With the addition of 25 employees over the last year, the company now employs a crew of 120, producing windows and fencing for the East Coast, Midwest, and overseas markets.
Market forces driving the expansion at Quality Lineals reflect an overall national trend of the last few years. After peaking in 2005, the residential window and door replacement industry contracted from 2006 to 2009. Modest recovery was seen for the two full calendar years since, with prediction of greater growth 2012 to 2014. As of August 2012 – the latest month for which data is available – residential remodeling activity, as reported by BuildFax, has enjoyed 33 of 34 months of year-over-year growth.
Factors, including energy-savings potential, improvements in comfort and aesthetics, and the desire of aspiring home-sellers to enhance their properties’ appeal in a tight buyers’ market, all provide ample opportunity for companies in the vinyl window replacement industry.