Saint-Gobain, the parent company of Malvern-based CertainTeed, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new $167 million glass mat facility at the CertainTeed Roofing campus in Oxford, N.C.
Glass mat is composed of short fiberglass filaments that are uniformly distributed and bonded together by a polymer resin to produce a fabric that is strong, stable, and heat-resistant. It is a component in the production of roofing shingles.
“The construction of this facility in Oxford is an important step to maintain our industry-leading service to our customers,” Carmen Bodden, CertainTeed Roofing vice president, said at the event. “Our goal is for this plant to be the new industry standard – it will utilize cutting-edge energy and water reduction technology, as well as innovative automation. We thank the State of North Carolina, Granville County, and the Town of Oxford for their unwavering support of our business as we continue our work to be a leader in light and sustainable construction.”
The facility is Saint-Gobain’s largest-ever investment in a U.S. roofing facility. It will support the company’s growing customer base in the southeastern United States and its strategy to expand into fast-growing markets.
In addition, automation and new technology will maximize employee safety.