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Andersen Windows moving into Hunt Ridge

July 28, 2000

Andersen Windows moving into Hunt Ridge



By DON WORTHINGTON / Staff Writer


Andersen Windows Inc. of Bayport, Minn., is establishing a distributors' service center at the Hunt Ridge Business Park in Washington County off Route 144.

The company will lease 60,000 square feet in the Merritt building.

The space was formerly leased by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a medical book publisher and distributor. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins moved to a new building in the Hunter's Green Business Center last fall.

Tim Troxell, assistant director for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, said Friday the EDC has been marketing the Hunt Ridge Business Park space since last September. Troxell said the EDC became aware of the company's interest in the region through Commercial Industrial Realty of Camp Hill, Pa.

The center will serve as an East Coast parts distribution and service center for distributors, company spokesperson Libby Johnston said Friday. The center will employ about 20 people when fully staffed, according to an EDC press release.

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Troxell said the center's opening will have a minimal effect on the local job market. Most of the employees are relocating from other Andersen Window operations, Johnston said.

Johnston said she did not know how many local employees would be hired or what their wage would be. She declined to release how much the company is investing in the Hunt Ridge Business Park facility.

Anderson chose the Hagerstown location because it is central to its East Coast customers, Johnston said.

"We can serve them better and faster with a facility in the area," Greg Hubbard, customer and product services general manger for Andersen, was quoted saying in an EDC release.

Johnston said most of the center's operation had been handled at its headquarters in Bayport, Minn. But with growth and the acquisition of several companies, Johnston said the Andersen Windows wanted to be closer to its distributors.

"We do a lot of business along the East Coast," she said.

Andersen Windows is a 97-year-old company that makes wood-clad windows and patio doors. Window parts will be shipped from the local service center, Johnston said.

Troxell said no incentives were given to the company for relocating in Maryland.

According to EDC statistics, the Andersen Windows relocation is the 22nd economic development project in the Hagerstown area this year. These projects have created more than 1,200 jobs, Troxell said.

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