SSOE Group to Serve as Architect and Engineer on YKK AP’s New Residential Products Manufacturing Facility in Georgia
Added Capacity, Advanced Technology, and Enhanced Work Environments will Position YKK AP and its Employees for Sustainable Growth
ATLANTA, Georgia, August 16, 2022 – YKK AP America Inc. (YKK AP) announced it will invest up to up to $125 million in an expansion that will include a new residential window and door manufacturing facility and additional machinery and equipment in Macon, Georgia. The facility will serve as a model plant for the company’s future North American manufacturing plants, featuring advanced sustainable manufacturing and enhanced work environments for employees. SSOE Group will serve as architects and engineers and JE Dunn Construction will serve as the construction manager for the Macon manufacturing facility.
YKK AP’s residential products business has been headquartered in Macon since it was established in 2007. The company currently employs more than 250 employees in Macon who will relocate to the new facility once complete. With this expansion, the company will also add over 100 new jobs over the next few years.
“We’re excited to build a new home for our residential services business in the heart of Macon, Georgia. As we continue to see strong demand for single and multi-family residential window products, this investment will allow us to better serve our customers. We will expand our workforce, introduce further vertical integration of vinyl extrusion, glass and window production, and create enhanced efficiencies to manufacture the highest quality windows and doors for homebuilders and homeowners,” said Oliver Stepe, President of YKK AP America.
“At YKK AP, we aim to offer purpose-driven product solutions to enhance the built environment. We see this investment as another step toward further expansion in the architectural products market in the U.S. In addition to the residential business expansion in Macon, we are currently expanding capacity for our commercial products business as well at our manufacturing facility in Dublin, Georgia. In combination with our unitized curtain wall business subsidiary, Erie Architectural Products located in Lakeshore, Ontario, we will continue to invest and grow in order to service all of our customers and markets,” concluded Stepe.
“We look forward to collaborating with SSOE Group to support YKK AP’s growth and create jobs. This will be a facility built on innovation, and that begins with innovation in project delivery,” said Scott Bodden, Project Director at JE Dunn Construction.
“SSOE Group is delighted to design a world-class facility for YKK AP to support continued growth. This, along with the opportunity this creates to further develop the Macon-Bibb County economy, aligns perfectly with SSOE’s vision of designing and building the future for our clients, colleagues, and communities,” said Mike Nelson, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Project Manager at SSOE.
YKK AP plans to break ground on the new facility in Oct. 2022. The facility is scheduled to be operational by Q1 of 2024. For more information, click here.
About YKK AP America
YKK AP America Inc. is a leading manufacturer of award-winning commercial façade systems and residential windows and doors. Their purpose is to build a better society through architectural products. Together with their subsidiary brand, Erie Architectural Products (Erie AP), they serve architects, glazing contractors, homebuilders and resellers across the country. Driven by a desire to provide exceptional service in our markets, we build upon our foundation of advanced engineering, vertically integrated manufacturing, and thoughtful design to deliver quality building solutions that meet your performance, aesthetic, and sustainability needs. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., all building products are manufactured in our world-class production facilities located in Dublin, Ga., Macon, Ga. and Lakeshore, Ont. YKK AP America Inc. is a subsidiary of YKK AP Inc., a global architectural products company based in Tokyo, Japan.
About JE Dunn Construction
JE Dunn Construction, founded in 1924, is a domestic general building contractor in the United States with offices in 26 locations. Their vision is to be an indispensable business partner for their clients by first understanding their purpose, goals, and customers and then delivering transformational solutions with certainty of results. They maintain a commitment to their clients and their building goals while being true to their guiding principles—the philosophy of our business operation which is both family and employee-owned. JE Dunn’s purpose is to enrich lives through inspired people and places.