CertainTeed to Rebuild Texas Roofing Plant

by bkrigbaum@solagroup.com


Valley Forge, Pa.
To meet an increased demand for asphalt roofing shingles in the West
South Central Region of the United States, CertainTeed Corp. announced it will
re-build and upgrade its Ennis, Texas,
roofing manufacturing facility in 2011, bringing back 50 jobs to the local


“While the overall housing market
is gradually recovering, the demand for CertainTeed roofing shingles continues
to grow in this part of the country,” says Guillaume Texier, president of
CertainTeed Roofing. “We feel that we can better serve the growing needs of this
market from the Ennis facility, allowing us to provide our customers in this
area with high quality products, excellent customer service and availability. We
are equally as thrilled that we can bring jobs back to the local economy.”


Sluggish housing starts and
declining roof replacements drove the decision to de-commission the plant in
February 2007. Since that time CertainTeed has served the region through its
Shreveport, La., plant. With sales improving, CertainTeed
has deployed a team to the facility to begin the process of rebuilding and
upgrading the production lines with new state-of-the art equipment and
technology. To support the jobs created by this project, the City of Ennis and State of Texas are providing approximately $600,000 in
economic development incentives.


The facility, which will produce
Landmark roofing shingles, is expected to be fully operational in early 2011.
The company has not yet begun the hiring process, but will be making an
announcement within six months about employment opportunities.

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