Cambria to Double Size of Le Sueur Plant, Add 220 Jobs
Le Sueur-based Cambria, which makes quartz countertops for kitchens and bathrooms, is reportedly expanding in order to keep up with growing demand.
The company recently broke ground on an expansion that will add 375,000 square feet to its Le Sueur factory by April, thus doubling the plant’s size, according to a Star Tribune report. The $121 million expansion will reportedly add 220 workers at the plant.
According to the Minneapolis newspaper, the expansion will be the Le Sueur plant’s second in five years: In 2007, the company spent $45 million to double the size of the factory to 325,000 square feet and added 290 jobs.
Cambria has seen a spike in demand for its countertops in recent years, with its quartz countertops reportedly snatching market share from companies that make granite, marble, and manufactured stone countertops. Strong sales in the United States, Canada, Russia, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Dubai have helped double the company’s revenues in the past five years to nearly $200 million, according to the Star Tribune.
“We are rocking,” Cambria President Marty Davis told the newspaper. “Cambria is doing over 10,000 kitchens a month.”
The company has grown despite the recession, when it reportedly struggled and laid off 60 employees because home construction and kitchen and bath remodeling projects had stalled. But by fall 2010, business had picked up and is now “up by a multiple of three since the recession,” Davis told the Star Tribune.
The latest expansion will reportedly also add two production lines and speed up orders.
Cambria is owned by the prominent Davis family, which also owns Davisco Foods International and Sun Country Airlines. Cambria, which also includes a mortgage and consumer finance business, employs about 750.
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