A producer of roofing products, Firestone Building Products, plans to more than double the size of its Shoals, Alabama thermoplastic polyolefin or TPO manufacturing plant located in Tuscumbia, Alabama, adding 150,000 square feet to the existing building.
As demand increases for heat-reflective and energy efficient roofing systems, thermoplastic polyolefin, single-ply, roofing membranes provide resistance to ultraviolet, ozone and chemical exposure, the firm said.
Construction on the addition is scheduled to be completed by the second quarter of 2013. By July 1, 2015, an additional TPO manufacturing line will be put into production, creating jobs for approximately 40 people.
"Expansion to the Firestone Shoals plant will allow us to gain some much-needed warehouse space for the short term and increase our manufacturing capabilities to meet customer demand in the future," said Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products.
"Firestone has been part of the Shoals community since 2006, and we are happy to be able to continue that relationship and grow our business. The State of Alabama and the local community offered us a competitive package that made this a good investment."
Forrest Wright, president of the Shoals Economic Development Authority, said, "The initial investment chose the Shoals, in part, because of the innovative efforts of community and economic development leaders. Firestone Building Products has chosen to expand in the Shoals because of the progressive local leadership and the presence of a very efficient and productive workforce that continues to set high standards in the Firestone family of companies."
"Today's expansion is a great compliment to the hard workers who've made Firestone successful in the Shoals," Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said. "Alabama offers the best workforce you can find. And on the state and local levels, we are committed to helping our companies succeed and grow. I want to thank the leaders of Firestone, the economic developers, and all others who worked together to make this expansion possible. Job creation remains my number-one priority, and Firestone's plans will mean more new jobs and more new opportunities for the people of this area."