PGT Industries: Florida's Next Generation, High-Tech Manufacturer

When it comes to defining high-tech, next generation manufacturing PGT Industries located in North Venice, FL stands far above the cut-off line. The company is one of the largest manufacturers of windows and doors in the nation for residential and commercial markets, and employs approximately 1300 employees at its manufacturing facilities in Florida and North Carolina.

Over a period of three decades, PGT has positioned itself as a premier company in manufacturing, and is a proud partner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s, Energy Start program. The technology is in the design. PGT’s products are environmentally friendly, define durability, and are energy efficient. For example, the Vinyl 2100 and PremierVue series are highly rated products that cater to “consumer demands for energy-efficiency” and are engineered for high durability and low maintenance. Whether it’s sustaining impact from wind or water damage, multi-family and high-rise dwellings, or commercial and residential properties, PGT’s products are recognized by the building industry as “the ideal choice providing innovative and flexible solutions.” These enhancements have not only enabled PGT to remain competitive locally but have enabled the company to expand and offer its products in new markets.

PGT also exercises a high degree of social responsibility. In February 2010, the company was honored with the World Vision Humanitarian Award for years of service and donations to families in need across the United States. PGT has also been one of FLATE’s strategic partners in facilitating the “Made in Florida” industry tours for the Sarasota and Manatee school districts. The tours have provided students with first-hand knowledge about high-tech manufacturing operations in modern manufacturing facilities. Since 2006, PGT has hosted seven industrial tours involving 170 students and teachers from five schools (Riverview High School, Braden River High School, Heron Creek Middle School and North Port High School). The company has also hosted tours for other schools, communities and manufacturing organizations in West Central Florida.

For more information on PGT visit www.pgtindustries.com. For information on the “Made in Florida” industry tours contact David Gula, FLATE outreach manager at 813.259.6581/gula@fl-ate.org.