A Belfast company that manufactures windows and doors will soon expand to Hermon with the purchase of a 132,000 square foot warehouse that it plans to convert into a manufacturing and logistics facility, the firm announced at a Hermon Town Council meeting Thursday night.
The company, Mathews Brothers, plans to purchase the facility at 77 Logistics Lane by the end of this year and eventually create between 80 and 100 new jobs, according to company President Scott Hawthorne.
Those jobs would mostly be in skilled and unskilled labor, and are in addition to the approximately 165 workers the company already has.
“We’re not taking our operation in Belfast and moving it to Hermon,” Hawthorne said during a short presentation to the Town Council and other assembled officials. “We’re growing so fast that we’re creating our second manufacturing facility. … We’re excited to bring more jobs to Hermon and to create another facility to keep manufacturing wicked awesome windows.”
Mathews Brothers is buying the warehouse from Logistics Management Systems, a company that now uses it for cold storage. Over the next five years, it plans to insulate it and outfit it with all the infrastructure required to make, store and ship its products there. By 2023, it hopes the facility will be fully operational.
During the Town Council meeting. multiple Hermon officials expressed their gratitude to the company for taking a risk to open a facility there and for its plan to create local jobs.
“One of the most important things you can do is create jobs,” said Scott Perkins, the town’s economic development director, who has been working closely with the company.
Perkins said the town will help the company in any way it can, such as with hooking up sewer lines and other infrastructure.
Founded in 1854, Mathews Brothers is the oldest maker of windows in the country and has a showroom in Belfast. It sells its goods from northern Maine to Rhode Island and western Massachusetts.
One of the factors that made the Hermon facility appealing to the company was its proximity to Interstate 95, Hawthorne said after the meeting.