To meet an increased demand for asphalt roofing shingles in the West South Central Region of the United States, CertainTeed Corporation announced today that it will re-build and upgrade its Ennis, Texas, roofing manufacturing facility in 2011, bringing back 50 jobs to the local community.
"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.
"We are grateful for the support we have received from the City of Ennis and State of Texas that has been pivotal in making this project a reality," adds Texier. "We have a unique opportunity to build a more efficient facility that ultimately will help sharpen CertainTeed's competitive edge in the marketplace."
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.
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America's leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, windows, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.
A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. In 2009 and 2010, CertainTeed, which is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a national award that recognizes environmentally responsible corporations. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2009.