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PGT to move Salisbury jobs to Fla.

PGT Industries said it will move its Salisbury operations to Venice, Fla., where the company is headquartered, in order to consolidate its window and door production at its Florida plant.

About 300 new positions will be created in Venice when the transition is complete, the company said.

PGT plans to begin the consolidation over the next 60 days and expects it to be complete by the end of the second quarter of 2011.

President Rod Hershberger said the consolidation will enhance the company’s long-term competitiveness and improve efficiencies.

“Transitioning to a centralized location optimizes our manufacturing capacity and logistics,” Hershberger said. “We believe this move will position PGT to be a stronger company with focus on growing our share within our core wind-borne debris market areas.”

Support from Sarasota County “proved critically important in our decision-making process,” he said.

Founded in 1980, PGT manufactures and supplies windows and doors for homes.

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