ROCKWOOL North America broke ground on its second stone wool insulation manufacturing facility in Ranson, West Virginia. The new 460,000 sq. ft. facility represents an investment exceeding $150 million and will employ around 150 associates.
"This is an exciting time for ROCKWOOL Group," Jens Birgersson, President & CEO of the global ROCKWOOL Group said. "Solid customer demand and strong market growth in the United States and elsewhere reflects the reality that people are increasingly discovering the quality and advantages of our stone wool solutions. This is our second factory in the United States, which positions us well for future growth."
"The demand for stone wool insulation remains on the upswing in the United States, fueled by forward-thinking builders, architects, contractors, specifiers and homeowners," says Trent Ogilvie, President, ROCKWOOL (North America). "This new facility will help us to expand capacity in the American marketplace, supporting continued growth and innovation."
"ROCKWOOL is honored to be in West Virginia and to be part of the greater community in Jefferson County and the City of Ranson. Ogilvie said. "We'd like to thank all those involved in making it possible. We invite the community to get to know us. As a company, we have a longstanding and proud record as a caring corporate citizen and community partner. We've been recognized as a top employer, and we're invested in solutions that provide true global impact, offering important benefits to people, the built environment, and the planet."
"Today's groundbreaking is a result of the collaborative efforts of ROCKWOOL, our Development Office, the Jefferson County Development Authority and the City of Ranson to establish ROCKWOOL as a new and positive presence in our business community," said Governor Jim Justice. "This underscores West Virginia's commitment to bring a diverse range of industry to our state. We're proud to attract quality employers like ROCKWOOL who provide well-paying jobs that make a difference to families in West Virginia."
According to company officials, ROCKWOOL continues to work closely with the State of West Virginia, Jefferson County, the Jefferson County Economic Development Authority and the City of Ranson to ensure that the project is designed and constructed to meet or exceed building code and environmental standards.
Construction has begun on the 130-acre site in the City of Ransonwith site preparation already underway. Full production at the completed ROCKWOOL facility is expected to commence in Q1 2020. The facility will manufacture a full lineup of ROCKWOOL stone wool insulation products.
The Jefferson County, West Virginia production facility will add to the ROCKWOOL Group's already strong presence in North America, where the company has existing insulation manufacturing sites in Marshall County, Mississippi as well as Milton, Ontario and Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada.