Window and door maker bringing 142 jobs, headquarters to Charlotte

Window and door maker bringing 142 jobs, headquarters to Charlotte

Window and door maker bringing 142 jobs, headquarters to Charlotte

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by ELY PORTILLO / Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 9:55 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An Oregon-based maker of doors and windows plans to open its North American headquarters in Charlotte, state officials said Thursday, bringing 142 jobs and $2 million worth of investment.

JELD-WEN’s global headquarters is in Klamath Falls, Ore., but the company already employs 260 workers at manufacturing plants in McDowell and Davidson counties.

The state offered JELD-WEN incentives worth up to $2.5 million to help lure the company. If JELD-WEN meets annual performance goals, it can receive a grant of 60 percent of the state’s personal income withholding taxes from the new jobs for the next nine years.

“We are very pleased to expand in North Carolina and establish our North American headquarters in Charlotte,” said JELD-WEN President Philip Orsino, in a statement. “This expansion in Charlotte is integral to our overall plans for growth.”

He also said the presence of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the availability of professional services and affordable cost of living in Charlotte contributed to the company’s decision.

The company said pay for the new jobs will vary, but the total payroll will be approximately $13.4 million a year.

The Charlotte Chamber said JELD-WEN hasn’t yet secured real estate, but is being represented by Brian Brtalik of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer.

JELD-WEN employs more than 20,000 people at 100 locations in North America, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. The company makes products including exterior and interior doors and windows that are sold by wholesale distributors and retailers.

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