Chelsea Officially Opens Texas-Based Facility

April 10th, 2019 by Drew Vass, Executive Editor

Chelsea Building Products’ new facility in Greenville, Texas.

Employees and visitors of Chelsea Building Products sat down for barbeque and cold beverages Tuesday, while celebrating the grand opening of a second manufacturing and distribution facility. The 126,000-square-foot operation is strategically located in Greenville, Texas, in order to serve the company’s customers across Southern and Western U.S. regions, officials say. A grand opening event was held from 2-4 p.m., including a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by plant tours.

“Our Chelsea Building Products South team, led by Mark Ammer, has been hard at work upgrading the plant’s infrastructure, installing new extrusion equipment and hiring staff,” says Karen Kubicko, marketing communications coordinator for Chelsea. “Since the beginning of February 2019, the facility has been fully functional.”

The newly-revamped location previously served as an extrusion operation—including infrastructure for 15 lines, company officials report, and additional room for expansion. While the company’s original Oakmont, Penn.-based facility continues to operate on a 24-hour-per-day, seven-days-per-week basis, and has been outfitted with “investments in equipment and infrastructure,” in order to keep up with demands for windows and other PVC-based products, such as mouldings, railings, shutters and composite siding, “We knew, at some point in time, the demand for our products would necessitate a second production facility,” says Peter Dewil, the company’s president and CEO. “We expect to continue to make significant investments over the next three years in capacity expansion between the Pennsylvania and Texas plants,” Dewil adds. “With the addition of the Greenville facility, this will significantly increase the overall capacity of Chelsea Building Products.”

The 126,000-square-foot operation will serve the company’s customers in the Southern and Western U.S. regions.

A designer and extruder of PVC and composite profile products (including windows), Chelsea was founded in 1975 as Poly-Tex Co., at its current and original location in Pittsburgh. According to company officials, Chelsea introduced the first all-vinyl, tile double-hung replacement window system to the U.S. market. In July 2016, the company, acquired the assets of Everlast Polymeric Cladding System, including the brand and full distribution rights from American Builders and Contractors Supply Co. Inc. (ABC Supply). Chelsea was then later acquired in March 2017 by parent company Aluplast Group, a German-based provider and developer of PVC window profiles and a family-owned, second generation business. In March 2018, the company entered into an agreement with Precision Millworks Inc., of Cumming, Ga., to supply composite cellular PVC profiles for Precision’s Enviroguard product line.

While Chelsea has continued to operate independently, officials say the company’s parent ownership provides additional products for distribution, while also giving it an international reach for U.S.-made products.

“The investments that the Aluplast Group continues to make, in the expansion of Chelsea’s capacity both in Pennsylvania and now Texas, demonstrate our commitment to the North American market,” says Dirk Seitz, chairperson of Aluplast Group.

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