Wintech plant starts operations Monday

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

20 jobs come to Cassville; business hopes to grow in coming years

A new manufacturer will start production in Cassville Monday, as Wintech, a Monett-based company, is moving its vinyl window line to the former Thorco plant on Sale Barn Road in Cassville.

Jack Williams, Wintech president, said the line will be moved to Cassville starting Thursday, and operations will begin with 20 new employees on Monday. The building was vacant for about four years before Wintech purchased it in early 2017.

“When we purchased it, we were using it for warehousing and storage, but we always knew we would expand operations there,” Williams said. “In late 2018 and early this year, we started working with the economic development groups in Cassville, and that really sped up the process.”

Williams said Wintech originally planned to roll operations into the plant immediately, but growth in business led to the plan being put on the back-burner.

“Isaac [Petersen, Cassville economic director] and Ron [Reed, former Cassville economic director] reached out initially, and we spoke with several members of the [Industrial Development Corporation] at a meeting at Barry Electric,” Williams said. “Their role ended up accelerating the process.”

Before the move could be made, Williams said there were multiple issues with the building that needed to be addressed.

“A lot had to do with safety, like a lot of the electric present was substandard for today’s requirements,” he said. “We did roof repairs, added dock locks, added a badge-based security system, bought equipment to move the vinyl line and more equipment to be used on the line, added safety railings and installed LED high bay lighting.”

Williams said to help with the cost of upgrades, Wintech teamed up with the Barry Electric Cooperative to secure a Rural Economic Development Loan Grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The grant supplies a low-interest, 10-year loan targeting job creation in rural areas.

“Barry Electric brought the idea to us, and they helped us fill out the application,” Williams said. “Once approved, it will be between us and the USDA.”

Williams said the vinyl line is one of Wintech’s highest-volume lines, producing 200-300 windows per shift. They are designed as residential basement windows.

Although the plant will start with about 20 employees, Williams said the intent is to grow the hiring to utilize all 100,000 square feet of the plant.

“Within the next 2-5 years, we aim to end up with 50-80 employees in Cass-ville,” he said. “Monett’s plant has 135 employees, and we have a sales and service office in Denver run by one employee.”

Williams said people may apply for positions with Wintech by visiting the Monett office, or obtaining an application online at www.wintechinc.com and dropping it off in Monett or with Petersen at Cassville City Hall.

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