Chamber Member, Quaker Window Products, Co.
announces $65 million expansion
Quaker Window Products, Co. began with just 11 employees on the payroll and quickly began to grow expanding the scope of manufacturing every few years to accommodate their success. In 2013, Ken Knoll took over as President and Kevin Blansett became the General Manager and they began an entire plant modernization project. They joined the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce and by 2014 had over 600 employees.
On October 11th, 2018 Quaker announced plans to again expand their current operations to a new location in Eldon, Missouri investing as must as $65 million over the next 6-10 years as the new campus is expanded. This phased plan is also expected to create 300 new full-time jobs for the region totaling 900 jobs across the board.
“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.”
Quaker Window Products, Inc. has been a leader in the window and door industry since 1949. Their current operations consist of their corporate offices along with wood, vinyl, aluminum window and door manufacturing facilities located on two campuses in Freeburg, MO. They currently have over 900 employees and a produce a variety of residential and commercial window and door products that are delivered nationwide.
“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” said Quaker Window Products now General Manager/CEO Kevin Blansett. “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.”
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.”