James Hardie Industries Announces Expansion of US Manufacturing Facility in Prattville, Alabama
Expansion of James Hardie’s Prattville, Alabama manufacturing facility aims to deliver more capacity, more jobs and increased local investment
Chicago, IL (June 8, 2022) – James Hardie, the world’s leading producer of high-performance fiber cement building solutions, announces planned expansion of its manufacturing capabilities in Prattville, Alabama. This expansion will more than double the size of the current plant while creating more than 200 additional jobs in the local community, in addition to the more than 200 employees who already work at the James Hardie plant in Prattville. The Prattville location will continue to produce the highly demanded Hardie® planks, panels and trim that beautify and help protect homes across the South. The factory expansion is an important step in James Hardie’s strategic transformation into a consumer brand.
The announcement comes as Prattville City Council and Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. approved a development agreement, paving the way for James Hardie’s investment in the Prattville plant. This new project demonstrates James Hardie’s long-term commitment to the local community and the State of Alabama. About 83% of the company’s raw materials are sourced within 100 miles of its factories, supporting local businesses and minimizing transportation length and carbon footprint.
“James Hardie is proud of our continued strong partnership with the State of Alabama, the City of Prattville, Mayor Gillespie and the City Council. We especially want to thank Governor Kay Ivey, Mayor Gillespie, the Autauga County and State Senator Clyde Chambliss. Jr. for their vision and support,” said James Hardie North America President Sean Gadd. “We look forward to driving economic development and to create new jobs in the community as we pursue our mission to transform the way the world is built.”
James Hardie employs, sources, delivers and donates locally with the goal of creating a positive impact in the communities in which it operates. In Prattville, James Hardie has proven to be a valuable community partner through product donations to local fire and police departments, contributions to school programs, and local foundations benefiting underserved families.
“I am very pleased that James Hardie is pursuing growth plans that will create 200 new jobs at its Alabama manufacturing center. This significant expansion project shows the world that another world-class business is thriving in our state,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “This growth will solidify James Hardie’s presence in Prattville, and I know we can work together to create a bright future for the community.”
“James Hardie’s partnership with the Town of Prattville is a true testament to our community’s high quality local natural resources, infrastructure and workforce. An investment of this size shows that the world’s leading fiber cement manufacturer is committed to Prattville,” said Mayor Bill Gillespie. “With this expansion, not only will James Hardie have the largest facility in the world located in our Southern Industrial Park, but it will provide an additional 200 jobs with a workforce totaling a minimum of 405 employees. community partnership and provides citizens with high-calibre jobs while improving the quality of life for all.”
“When James Hardie was considering building a factory in our community, it was obvious that they wanted to be part of our community – not just our community. They have excelled in business development as well as community involvement. provide well-paying jobs to our citizens. I know James Hardie will continue to be a great employer and community partner for decades to come,” said State Senator Clyde Chambliss Jr.
“James Hardie is an important part of our community and once the third expansion is complete, it will be the second largest manufacturing employer in our community,” said Autauga County Commission Chairman Jay Thompson. “Collaboration and teamwork are imperative to creating a strong business environment that promotes economic growth. On behalf of the Autauga County Commission, we are proud to partner with the Alabama Department of Commerce and the City of Prattville for supporting businesses like James Hardie who are creating employment opportunities for our citizens and continuing to grow their investments in Autauga County. We appreciate James Hardie for the positive impact he is having throughout the region.
The James Hardie manufacturing plant is a 103-acre site in Prattville South Industrial Park, an AdvantageSite certified park located between US Highway 82 and Autauga County Road 4. The plant will continue to produce innovative exterior solutions in Hardie® fiber cement.
James Hardie is a global leader in premium building solutions that deliver lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with reliable protection and low maintenance. As the world’s leading producer and distributor of high performance fiber cement and fiber gypsum building solutions, James Hardie offers siding and accessories for every style. Hardie™ extended products allow homeowners and building professionals to realize the home of their dreams. The company pioneered the technology of fiber cement building products made from sustainable raw materials and continues to invest in innovation to transform the way the world builds. James Hardie operates with an inclusive corporate culture and an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. James Hardie employs a diverse global workforce of approximately 5,200 employees across operations in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements and information that are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of James Hardie to differ materially from those expressed or implied by this release, including, among others, the risks and uncertainties set forth in Section 3 “Factors of Risk” of the James Hardie Annual Report. on Form 20-F for the year ended March 31, 2020; changes in general economic, political, governmental and business conditions globally and in the countries in which James Hardie does business; changes in interest rates; changes in inflation rates; changes in exchange rates; the standard of construction in general; changes in cement demand and prices; changes in commodity and energy prices; changes in business strategy and various other factors. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may differ materially from those described herein. James Hardie assumes no obligation to update or correct the information contained in this press release, except as required by law.
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