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BAYPORT, Minn. - Andersen Corporation is the largest window and door maker in North America, and the Bayport-based company is about to get bigger with the announcement of an $18 million expansion project that will create 100 full-time jobs at its manufacturing facility.

The company said it plans to improve an existing building at its complex and will purchase new machinery. The 100 new jobs will pay on average of $19 an hour including benefits. Renovation is already underway at the plant. New equipment will be moved in by July. Hiring will begin in early 2015 and the plant is expected to be operational shortly after that, said Jay Lund, chairman, president and CEO of Andersen Corporation.

DEED is assisting with the expansion by awarding Andersen $625,000 from the Minnesota Job Creation Fund if the company meets it performance goals.

The fund was first proposed by Governor Mark Dayton last year and was among $24 million in business incentives that were approved in the 2013 legislative session. Officials said the program is helping the state to compete for new jobs and businesses.

"Andersen has deep roots in Minnesota going back more than 100 years," added DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. "We're pleased to partner with a company that has a long history of success in the state and is known for its commitment to business partners, employees, the community and the environment."

Andersen was founded in 1903 in Hudson, Wis., by Danish immigrant Hans Andersen and his family. The company moved to what is now Bayport in 1913 and today employs 9,000 people at sites across North America.

"The assistance we received from DEED, and organizations such as Greater MSP, helped ensure this significant expansion happened in our home state," said Lund.

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