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Published April 18, 2014, 08:48 AM

Integrity adding to expanding workforce

WEST FARGO, N.D. - As the housing market rebounds, doors are opening at a local fiberglass window and door manufacturer.

By: Sherri Richards, Forum News Service

WEST FARGO, N.D. - As the housing market rebounds, doors are opening at a local fiberglass window and door manufacturer.

Integrity Windows and Doors has gone from 400 employees 15 months ago to more than 700 now, and hopes to add 100 to 125 more employees.

The full-time benefited positions available include entry-level production associates as well as mechatronic technicians, who work with the plant’s high-tech automated equipment, said Jeff Johnson, Integrity’s director of human resources. He declined to state salary ranges for the open positions.

Integrity, a corporate sibling of Marvin Windows, reorganized its West Fargo plant, creating space to quickly respond to future growth, said Brian Johnson, vice president of operations for Warroad, Minn.-based Marvin Windows.

When the recession started to hit, Integrity expanded into new products to expand its market share, Brian Johnson said.

It added a double-hung window targeted for remodelers, as well as custom sizing, different colors for commercial application, and a contemporary-looking line.

The home building rebound is accelerating growth, Johnson said.

“Our piece of the pie got bigger even though the pie got smaller during the recession,” he said. “Now the pie is growing.”

In addition, fiberglass – while still a small percentage of all the windows being produced – is the fastest-growing segment of the window and door market, Jeff Johnson said.

Integrity is entering its 20th year in the metro area. It now has three 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facilities: one in Fargo and two in West Fargo, including the former Infinity Windows building. Infinity moved to a similar plant in Roanoke, Va., in a product swap in late 2012.

Both West Fargo buildings were built with expansion in mind, Brian Johnson said. The back wall of both can come off and be moved out. Open space next to both facilities has been set aside for future expansion.

Brian Johnson said Integrity grew rapidly from 1995 to 2006, then tapered as the company saw leading indicators of the recession.

“We can feel that demand coming back,” he said.

The company is also launching a national ad campaign that features local Integrity employees.

Readers can reach Richards at (701) 241-5556.