Quaker Window Products announces expansion, to add 300 jobs at new Eldon facility

The new Eldon facility will be 200,000 sqare feet, but the building will look very similar to the Wood Manufacturing Facility in Freeburg from the outside. (Quaker Window Products)

A mid-Missouri manufacturing staple is opening its doors and windows to a new facility.

Quaker Window Products, Co. announced plans Thursday morning to expand its current operations in Freeburg, Missouri, to a new location in Eldon. Quaker will purchase more than 100 acres in Eldon for constructing a new 200,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Quaker stated it plans to begin construction this fall and will develope job training opportunities in Spring 2019 in preparation for operations scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019. The expansion is expected to create 300 new full-time jobs for the region.

“Quaker has had a great experience working with State officials, the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the City of Eldon to make this project possible” Quaker Window Products CEO Kevin Blansett said. “We are excited to not only be bringing new jobs to the region, but long-term career opportunities to the people of Eldon and surrounding communities as we grow together.”

The new Eldon facility will be 200,000 square feet, but the building will look very similar from the outside to the new Wood Manufacturing Facility in Freeburg which was completed earlier in the year.

Quaker's two campuses in Freeburg and Vienna house corporate offices along with wood, vinyl, aluminum window and door manufacturing facilities. The company has more than 900 employees.

“We love it when homegrown Missouri businesses choose to continue growing in our state,” Missouri Governor Mike Parson said. “To make this project happen, it took a lot of collaboration between state and local partners, across workforce, economic development and government. We want to thank everyone who was at the table, working for this business and the community of Eldon.”

A number of state and local partners worked together to ensure Quaker chose to remain and grow in Missouri.

“Quaker Windows is at the top of their industry, in terms of both quality and customer service,” Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe said. “Given the continued steady growth of the company, I am certain they were heavily recruited to expand in other states. Quaker is a fantastic corporate citizen, and I am pleased that they have chosen to continue to grow their product lines in central Missouri, using central Missouri employees.”

“This is a great thing,” Mayor Larry Henderson said. “We are glad to have them in our community! I think this is in the best interest of the City and beneficial to all parties.”

The Eldon Career Center will be partner with Quaker to offer apprenticeships for high school juniors and seniors, with the goal of transitioning students into full time employment and careers with the company.

“Our vision is to create a community that our kids want to come back home to,” Superintendent of Eldon Schools Matt Davis said. “We know if we provide them with the right skill set, they will be able to get a starting job at Quaker that pays more than the current median household income in Eldon. This opportunity will improve the quality of life for our kids and families.”

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