Saint-Gobain Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony to Begin Construction of $167 Million Glass Mat Facility in Oxford, North Carolina
OXFORD, North Carolina–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Saint-Gobain held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the construction of a new state-of-the-art glass mat facility at its CertainTeed Roofing campus in Oxford, North Carolina . The investment, now estimated at $167 million with additional funds allocated to new technologies to improve employee safety and sustainability, marks the company’s largest ever investment in a roofing installation in the United States. .
The event, held at the future site of the glass mat facility, included remarks from North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Machelle Baker Sanders, Vice President of CertainTeed Roofing Carmen Bodden, Mayor of Oxford Jackie Sergent, County Commissioner Tony Cozart and Glass Mat General Manager Pedro Roméro.
Glass mat is a material composed of short filaments of fiberglass evenly distributed and bonded together by a polymer resin. The mat-forming process produces a strong, stable, heat-resistant fabric, and is a key element in the production of roofing shingles.
The project, which has been supported by more than $700,000 in North Carolina State incentives and grants, including funds from the One North Carolina Fund and a Rural Division Building Reuse Grant, will support the company’s growing customer base in the southeastern United States and aligns with Saint-Gobain’s overall growth and impact strategy, which includes expanding its presence in key fast-growing markets . Additionally, additional new investments in automation and new technologies will maximize employee safety and contribute to Saint-Gobain’s overall vision of carbon neutrality by 2050.
“The construction of this facility in Oxford is an important step in maintaining our industry-leading service to our customers,” said Carmen Bodden, Vice President of CertainTeed Roofing. “Our goal is for this plant to be the new industry standard – it will use state-of-the-art energy and water reduction technology, as well as innovative automation. We thank the State of North Carolina, Granville County, and the City of Oxford for their continued support of our company as we continue our work to be a leader in lightweight, durable construction.
“The State of North Carolina is proud to partner with CertainTeed and celebrate such an exciting milestone in the city of Oxford,” said Secretary Sanders. “This multi-million dollar expansion is an exceptional investment in rural North Carolina, our talented workforce and our shared commitment to advanced manufacturing that will continue to support this company for decades to come.”
Today’s ceremony in Oxford follows several other growth investments made by Saint-Gobain to develop its business in North America in recent months:
In September, Saint-Gobain finalized the acquisition of GCP Applied Technologies Inc., thus strengthening its position as world leader in construction chemicals.
In August, Saint-Gobain completed its $928 million acquisition of Kaycan, Ltd., a family-owned manufacturer and distributor of exterior building materials, becoming the largest siding player in Canada.
In May, Saint-Gobain announced a $100 million expansion of its CertainTeed roofing plant in Peachtree City, Georgia, doubling the site’s production capacity while reducing its carbon dioxide emissions.
Also in May, the company announced a $28 million investment in its ADFORS technical textiles factory in Dublin, Georgia, creating 400 jobs over the next two years.
In April, Saint-Gobain announced that it was doubling the manufacturing footprint of its CertainTeed Architectural manufacturing site in Lakewood, Ohio, by moving to a new state-of-the-art site near Strongsville, Ohio.
In February, the company invested $32 million in its CertainTeed insulation manufacturing site in Chowchilla, California, increasing the site’s production capacity by 13% while reducing its carbon footprint.
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 115 years. Founded in 1904 as the General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the company’s slogan “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed” inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, solar panels, fencing, railings, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings. www.certainteed.com.
World leader in light and durable construction, Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and services for the construction and industrial markets. Its integrated solutions for the renovation of public and private buildings, lightweight construction and the decarbonization of construction and industry are developed in a process of continuous innovation and offer durability and performance. The Group’s commitment is guided by its raison d’être, “MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER HOME”.
44.2 billion euros in turnover in 2021
167,000 employees, located in 75 countries
Committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050
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