Saint-Gobain North America, through its building products subsidiary CertainTeed Siding, today announced a $28 million expansion project at its facility in Williamsport, Maryland. This project, along with others made by CertainTeed at the site, will allow the company to improve production and shipping capacity and significantly increase warehouse space in order to increase the availability of their complete siding portfolio in the Mid-Atlantic Region, aligning with customer needs.
In addition, the company held a groundbreaking ceremony today to celebrate the start of construction on the project. The event, hosted on the future site of the expansion, featured remarks from plant manager, Brian Wilson, CertainTeed Siding General Manager, Joe Bondi, and included a celebration recognizing the over 300 employees working at the facility.
The expansion in Williamsport, which will add training and office areas in addition to warehouse space, will allow the company to improve the customer experience by creating one centralized distribution site for all products. With this centralization, the company can ship multiple CertainTeed products in a single truckload order and the extra storage space will allow for expansion of product offerings in the region to better serve its customers. All of this comes as Saint-Gobain continues to implement its global Grow and Impact strategy, which includes expanding its presence in key, fast growing markets.
In line with Saint-Gobain’s global pursuit of carbon neutrality by 2050, sustainability will be a key component of this expansion project through the installation of new, best in class energy-saving features, such as LED lighting and high efficiency dock doors to prevent heat loss. In addition, all HVAC appliances will be electric and no natural gas will be used in the project. Once complete, the centralized location for all product storage will allow for the elimination of product transport to offsite storage and will lead to a reduction in Scope 3 transportation emissions.
“By continuing to invest in the capabilities, capacity and additional warehouse space in our Williamsport facility, we reinforce our commitment to the Williamsport Community, our colleagues at the site and to providing a best-in-class experience for customers in our largest regional market,” said Joe Bondi, Vice President and General Manager of CertainTeed Siding Products Group. “I would like to thank the entire team for their dedication to making this project a reality and their constant work as we continue to “Make the World a Better Home.’”
The Williamsport facility, which currently employs over 300 people, began operations in 1971 and is one of the largest vinyl siding plants in the United States. The plant is currently hiring for over 50 roles and expects further hiring as the expansion is completed. A complete listing of job openings at all Saint-Gobain locations, including the CertainTeed site in Williamsport, can be found on the company’s website.
Today’s announcement follows several other North American growth investments announced by Saint-Gobain in recent months:
- Earlier this month, Saint-Gobain completed its acquisition of Building Products of Canada Corp., reinforcing its leadership in light and sustainable construction in the Canadian markets.
- In July, Saint-Gobain announced plans to invest $235 million over the next two years to expand its CertainTeed Gypsum manufacturing facility in Palatka, Florida.
- In April, Saint-Gobain celebrated the opening of its CertainTeed Corners facility in Social Circle, Georgia, enhancing its portfolio of high-quality interior finishing products and growing its presence in the southeastern United States.
- In February, the company acquired the rights to technology from recycling partner Asphaltica, which will allow Saint-Gobain to grow its ability to recycle asphalt shingle waste.
- In January, Saint-Gobain announced its intent to construct a new roofing manufacturing facility and distribution center in Bryan, Texas, creating approximately 130 new jobs in the area and reaffirming its commitment to serving customers in the southern United States.
With innovative building solutions made possible through its comprehensive offering of interior and exterior products, CertainTeed is transforming how the industry builds. As leaders in building science and sustainable construction, CertainTeed makes it easier than ever to create high-performance, energy-efficient places to live, work and play, so that together we can make the world a better home.
A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world's largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,900 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The group had total sales of approximately $5.6 billion in 2021. www.certainteed.com
Worldwide leader in light and sustainable 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, light construction and the decarbonization of construction and industry are developed through a continuous innovation process and provide sustainability and performance. The Group’s commitment is guided by its purpose, “MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER HOME”.
€51.2 billion in sales in 2022
168,000 employees, located in 75 countries
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