Door and Window Centre Serves B.C.

By Al Irwin - Langley Times - May 04, 2008

Automated equipment at a new Gloucester distribution centre will double the number of pre-hung doors assembled in a shift.

Sante Cigana, vice president of sales, Jeld-Wen Canada, was among dignitaries who took The Times and Langley Township Mayor Kurt Alberts on a tour Thursday of a new 125,000-square-foot Jeld-Wen distribution centre, at 4916 - 275 St.

Alberts officiated at the grand opening on Thursday.

The new centre, with 14 loading docks under one roof, consolidates four buildings in Abbotsford, which boasted a total of two loading docks.

Cigana said the door line in the new plant will churn out between 450 and 500 pre-hung doors in a shift, double those produced in the old facilities in Abbotsford.

Jeld-Wen was founded with 15 employees, in Oregon, in 1960.

The firm has burgeoned into one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of windows and doors in the world.

The tour took in a state-of-the-art warehouse and assembly line, where sills and frames are installed on interior and exterior wood, fibreglass and steel doors, french doors, and windows, for residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Lou Valeriati, vice president, Jeld-Wen Canada Ltd., said the company has more than 150 divisions, about 25,000 employees around the globe, and eight plants in Canada where the doors and windows are manufactured...