Through its subsidiary CertainTeed Siding, Saint-Gobain North America announced in a September 27 news release the company will undertake a $28 million expansion project at its facility in Williamsport, Md.
Saint-Gobain said the project will allow CertainTeed to improve production and shipping capacity with significantly enlarged warehouse space in order to increase the availability of its complete siding portfolio in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
The expansion in Williamsport will add training, office areas, and warehouse space, allowing the company to create one centralized distribution site for all products. With this centralization, the company said it can ship multiple CertainTeed products in a single truckload order.
CertainTeed said the extra storage space will also allow the expansion of the region's product offerings to better serve its customers.
In line with Saint-Gobain’s global pursuit of carbon neutrality by 2050, the company said sustainability will be a key component of the expansion through the installation of “…new, best-in-class energy-saving features, such as LED lighting and high-efficiency dock doors to prevent heat loss.”
In addition, all HVAC appliances will be electric, and no natural gas will be used in the project. Once complete, the centralized location for all product storage will allow for the elimination of product transport to offsite storage and will reduce Scope 3 transportation emissions.
“By continuing to invest in the capabilities, capacity and additional warehouse space in our Williamsport facility, we reinforce our commitment to the Williamsport Community, our colleagues at the site and to providing a best-in-class experience for customers in our largest regional market,” said Joe Bondi, Vice President and General Manager of CertainTeed Siding Products Group.
“I would like to thank the entire team for their dedication to making this project a reality and their constant work as we continue to “Make the World a Better Home,’” Bondi added.
The Williamsport facility currently employs more than 300 people and began operations in 1971. Saint-Gobain said the plant is currently planning to hire more than 50 additional people and expects that number to increase once the expansion is complete.
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