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IKO Plans Chester, South Carolina, Fiberglass Roofing Plant

IKO, a leading, global manufacturer of roofing products, plans to establish operations in Chester, South Carolina. The $363 million project is expected to create 180 jobs.

The company will remodel an existing facility on Lancaster Highway to manufacture fiberglass while concurrently building a new 325,000-square-foot manufacturing plant on Cedarhurst Road to produce fiberglass mats that will be used for production at its shingle factories. Operations are scheduled for late 2025.

“IKO is very pleased to be opening its first wholly-owned glass and glass mat facilities in South Carolina. This is just the latest of many significant investments IKO has made to support a growing U.S. market presence. We are tremendously gratified by the warm welcome we have received from the state and local governments, and as a family run business, we look forward to joining the Chester County business community family for many years to come,” IKO Chief Executive Officer David Koschitzky said.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project.

“Congratulations to IKO on establishing its first South Carolina operations in Chester County. South Carolina continues to be the state that provides businesses with the resources and support to establish and excel. We look forward to a strong partnership with IKO for years to come,” Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III noted.

Established in 1951, IKO is a worldwide leader in the roofing, waterproofing and insulation industry for residential and commercial markets. With over 35 manufacturing facilities throughout North America and Europe, the company offers a broad range of products for commercial and residential roofing and waterproofing, in addition to rigid insulations for roofing and walls.

“We are thrilled to welcome IKO to the I-77 region! IKO is a leader in advanced materials, which is a great fit for the existing sectors in Chester County. One of the advantages is the strategic location along the I-77 corridor that allows companies to tap into both the Charlotte and Columbia metros, providing a labor shed of more than 1.3 million people,” I-77 Alliance Interim President and CEO Christopher Finn added.

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