In a sign of the housing market’s continued recovery, YKK AP America is expanding its vinyl window plant in Macon, Ga., the Japanese company announced this week.
A subsidiary of YKK Corp. of America, the Marietta-based U.S. headquarters of the Japanese zipper giant, YKK AP is planning to spend $10 million and hire 150 people at its residential window plant over the next four years, the Macon Telegraph reported Monday.
The newspaper said YKK AP President Oliver Stepe confirmed the expansion in a statement after mentioning it at a news conference focused YKK’s donation of 50 windows per year to Rebuilding Macon, a nonprofit that provides free rehabilitation services.
YKK AP also has a facility for the production of commercial windows in Dublin, Ga.
YKK was among Georgia’s first Japanese investors when it opened a massive zipper plant in Macon in 1974. As apparel production moved offshore, the company diversified into other industries but kept its commitment to middle Georgia by retooling plants for architectural products and more specialized fasteners for the automotive sector, fire protection and other industries.