FORT SMITH, Ark. — Owens Corning is expanding its operations in Fort Smith, Ark., for the second time in two years, investing $24.5 million into an existing facility for new construction and machinery.
“Expanding Owens Corning’s nonwovens production in this highly advanced facility will help us better serve our customers’ long-term growth. We are excited to add capacity in Fort Smith and create additional jobs in a community that we have been a part of for 37 years,” said Rachel Marcon, vice president and general manager of nonwovens, Owens Corning, in a written statement. “We appreciate the support and partnership with the State of Arkansas in this expansion.”
Owens Corning’s Fort Smith plant began production in 1985. The plant produces fiberglass mat for roofing products and other nonwoven applications. The new expansion is expected to create 50 new jobs.
“When existing businesses in Arkansas repeatedly choose to expand operations or take on new ventures in our state, it speaks to the confidence they have in our workforce and business climate,” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “These jobs will go a long way in changing lives in an area that has been known for its manufacturing community for more than half a century.”
The new expansions are Owens Corning's second in the Fort Smith area since February 2021 when it announced it would build a new 550,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. Production at this new facility is expected to begin mid-2023.
“Manufacturers across the country are facing challenges as they seek to fill 4 million positions with highly skilled and technically advanced workers,” said Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston. “Arkansas has been diligent about getting ahead of the game with programs and initiatives in cities including Fort Smith that address manufacturers’ needs and collaborate on workforce development programs. We’re thrilled to see that our efforts are paying off and that renowned companies like Owens Corning are choosing Arkansas as the site of their new and expanding businesses.”
Owens Corning produces fiberglass composite, insulation, and roofing materials and has been a Fortune 500® company for 68 consecutive years.