Saint-Gobain, through its building products subsidiary CertainTeed, announced the company will invest more than $400 million to expand its production capacity at four manufacturing locations in the United States to better serve its customers in a high-growth environment.
Combined together, the four capacity expansions represent the company’s largest organic growth investment in several years as Saint-Gobain executes on its newly announced global Grow and Impact strategy, which includes maximizing its impact in key, fast-growing markets while striving to minimize the company’s environmental footprint. The combined investments will reduce waste by more than 50% and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 20% compared to existing manufacturing technology.
“This is an investment in our company’s future, and also in our future ability to ensure the security of supply for our customers,” said Mark Rayfield, CEO of Saint-Gobain North America and CertainTeed. “We will continue to look for opportunities to strategically grow and expand our business, all while striving to become the world’s leader in light and sustainable construction.”
Saint-Gobain will invest approximately $100 million to double its production capacity at one of its roofing shingle plants in the Southeastern United States. Construction preparation will begin by the end of 2021 and the new production capacity is expected to be fully online in early 2024. The expansion will lead to the creation of 31 new full-time jobs.
The company said it plans to invest $32 million at its Chowchilla, California plant and $30 million in its Athens, Georgia plant.
Additionally, the company will expand its production capacity of gypsum in the Southeastern United States by 900 million square feet per year. This expansion project, which will use natural gypsum as its raw material, will cost approximately $250 million and create an estimated 110 permanent full-time jobs. The new capacity is expected to come online in mid-2024.