WAXAHACHIE

A new development to the Waxahachie industrial base is underway with the expansion of the Cardinal IG glass plant.

The 100,000-square foot expansion that will create 20-30 new jobs broke ground in April. Steel for the $7.5 million addition is set to go up in July.

Cardinal IG has been a part of the city since it opened in 1999. At the time, the Waxahachie location was the 19th plant constructed by Cardinal, which now has 40 nationwide.

According to plant manager Erik Shoquist, 99 percent of the windows built at the Waxahachie facility supply residential window suppliers such as Anderson Windows, Pella Windows, and Marvin. He noted their biggest client is Garland-based Anderson Windows.

“The stuff that you see in downtown Dallas, the skyscrapers and all that, we are not doing that," Shoquist added. "You see the homes being built? That is who we are selling it to.“

Shoquist shared he takes pride in knowing windows made by Cardinal are used in new homes locally.

Driving the expansion of the facility is an increase in Cardinal IG’s customer base. The plant anticipates a 21-percent increase in sales, which is projected to be north of $66 million over the next fiscal year.

The plant currently operates three production lines 24 hours a day, five days a week. The expansion will activate a fourth production line. Cardinal IG currently employs 250 people.

“As far as costs, we are looking at adding another $5.5 million worth of equipment to the building,” Shoquist explained. “We are looking at adding another 20-30 people throughout the plant.”

Shoquist stated the company is in the process of hiring and training new team members to get them up to speed with the plant’s operations. He noted Cardinal IG wants people who have a lot of passion and drive to join them.

“I think that it is the pride that we have in the product that we make. We are almost like a family-owned business,” Shoquist explained. “We care about one another, and we take pride in helping out fellow employees.”

Doug Barnes, director of economic development, stated Cardinal has remained a great community partner and a good corporate citizen since its doors opened. The reinvestment into the community speaks highly of its commitment to the city.

“When you have a local industry that has been here 20 plus years, it means this is an area where they have been able to grow the company,” Barnes said. “They give our community not only the employment opportunity, but the recognition of a successful industry in our community and that is exactly what we are looking for.”