2016 has been a busy year for Cardinal Glass Industries. After announcing an expansion at an insulating glass (IG) facility in Indiana and the construction of another IG plant in Arizona just months ago, the company’s laminated division, Cardinal Laminated Glass, is now making a move.
Cardinal LG purchased 30 acres from the Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Business Company (SLIBCO) for the construction of a new 200,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Archbald, Pa. SLIBCO is the industrial development arm of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce (GSCC).
The company will move its current operations in the area—consisting of a 60,000-square foot leased space with 75 employees in nearby Jessup, Pa.—into the new facility. According to the GSCC, this will allow the company to double its production lines and create at least 60 new jobs in the region over the next three years.
The total project cost will exceed $20 million in community investment, the Chamber notes.
“It is really gratifying when a company with a national standing like Cardinal Laminated Glass chooses to expand their business here in Lackawanna County,” Bob Durkin, president of the GSCC and executive vice president of SLIBCO, said in a statement. “We need to tip our hats to the current Cardinal employees, whose work ethic and productivity demonstrated to management that this is the place to grow their operation.”
Cardinal will exclusively produce laminated glass at the new location, as it has in the current Jessup facility. The company acquired Jessup-based Northeast Laminated Glass Corp. in April 2014.
“We intend to expand our presence in the Eastern U.S., and the existing facility is not sufficient to add the fabrication options we want,” Mike Wothe, president of Cardinal’s laminated glass division, told USGNN.com™. “We are very pleased with the growth in the business since our acquisition and think this will continue.”