Saint-Gobain will invest $32 million at the Chowchilla insulation plant in a new oven and furnace that will allow the plant to expand production by 13%. Image via Google Street View
Written by Frank Lopez
A French manufacturing company is expanding its production capacity in the US, including at one location in the Central Valley.
Saint-Gobain, based in Courbevoie, France, through its building products subsidiary CertainTeed, announced the company will invest more than $400 million to expand production at four key manufacturing locations, one of which will be in Chowchilla.
For its insulation products, the company will invest more than $62 million to add capacity in Athens, Georgia and Chowchilla.
Saint-Gobain will invest $32 million at the Chowchilla insulation plant in a new oven and furnace that will allow the plant to expand production by 13%. The additional capacity will begin coming online in 2022.
The Chowchilla plant opened in 1978 and currently employs 179 workers.
The company will also invest $100 million to increase its roofing capacity in the Southeastern US.
Saint-Gobain will also expand its gypsum capacity in that region with a $250 million investment to add 900 million square feet of production capacity per year. This will create an estimated 110 permanent full-time jobs.
“This is an investment in our company’s future, and also in our future ability to ensure 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.”