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HOOD RIVER, OR-Cardinal Glass Industries is developing a $17-million window manufacturing plant just outside the City of Odell, about five miles south of Hood River on Highway 35. The 185,000-sf pre-engineered metal building will be up and operational in January 2004, bringing an estimated 80 permanent jobs to Hood River County, where the June unemployment rate was 11.1%.

Cardinal makes windows for the likes of Anderson, Marvin and Jeld-Wen, employing 4,000 in 20 manufacturing facilities nationwide. A Cardinal facility in Tumwater, WA manufactures the coated glass that will be used in the windows assembled at its new Oregon facility.

The site for the Oregon plant, acquired from Hanel Development Group, is a former pear orchard that was adjacent an idle lumber mill property also owned by Hanel. Another 25 acres remains available for development, Cardinal Plant Manager Dave Windsor tells GlobeSt.com.

The Oregon Economic Development Commission provided $100,000 to finance a water tank and pump for the plant after it was discovered the local water district could not provide enough flow for the required fire system. “Originally it was anticipated that the district would be able to meet our needs,” says Windsor, “so it was somewhat of a surprise.”

Following Cardinal to Oregon is HomeShield, a window screen manufacturer that supplies component parts to Cardinal. A division of Illinois-based Quanex, Windsor says HomeShield acquired an existing building in Hood River for its operations.

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