Quaker Window Products, a manufacturer of windows and doors for commercial and residential buildings, on Thursday announced plans to invest $65 million to build a new factory in mid-Missouri.
The company will open the new facility in Eldon, about 55 miles away from its Freeburg headquarters. It’s expected to create 300 jobs, according to a press release, in a town with a population of about 4,600.
The new hires would increase Quaker’s employee count by about one third.
Construction on the 200,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to begin this fall, with plant operations set to start in fall 2019.
The Eldon School District’s commitment to the project was key to Quaker’s decision, according to the press release. The Eldon Career Center will partner with the company to offer apprenticeships to high school juniors and seniors, with the goal of those leading to full-time jobs.
“Our vision is to create a community that our kids want to come back home to,” Matt Davis, superintendent of Eldon Schools, said in the release. “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.”