Knauf Insulation North America, Inc., a subsidiary of Germany-based Knauf Insulation GmbH, a multinational producer of building materials and construction systems, plans to expand its facility in Albion, Michigan.
The company is experiencing growing demand for energy-efficient new-home construction as well as increasing the energy efficiency of existing homes through the addition of attic insulation, according to state officials. As a result, Knauf will convert and restart an idled production line, increasing production capacity by more than 30 percent.
“Keeping pace with the growing demand in the upper Midwest for quality loose-fill insulation products will be made possible through the expansion of our plant here in Albion,” said Kevin Keen, Albion Plant Manager. “The support we received from the State of Michigan and City of Albion helped make this expansion possible. We are excited to add 34 new full-time positions to our team roster, and to provide the surrounding area with an increase in employment both through the construction phase of the project and after start-up.”
The project is expected to generate a total private investment of $32.4 million and create 34 jobs, resulting in a $204,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. MSF also approved a 100-percent, 15-year State Essential Services Act exemption valued at $708,325.
The parent company is the fastest-growing insulation manufacturer in the world with a wide range of products for energy efficiency and acoustic performance in new and existing homes, commercial buildings, and industrial applications. Knauf Insulation has production sites in Alabama, California, Indiana, Michigan and West Virginia.