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CertainTeed Expands in Wilkes County

Manufacturer to Create 29 Jobs in Wilkes County

State Grant Helps CertainTeed Expand in Wilkes County


NORTH WILKESBORO –  Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that CertainTeed Corporation., a manufacturer of building materials, will expand its operation near Roaring River in Wilkes County. The project is expected to create 29 jobs, and the company expects to invest $2.7 million in the plant by the end of 2012. The project was made possible in part by a $98,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. The company chose Wilkes County over a similar location in the Pacific Northwest

“Creating jobs is my top priority, and North Carolina’s workforce has the knowledge and skills that companies like CertainTeed demand,” Gov. Perdue said. “Our history of investments in education and job training is essential to bringing well-paying jobs to communities like North Wilkesboro.”

The company will incorporate a paint line in the plant that has traditionally been done by third party vendors. The initiative is expected to increase efficiency and reduce costs.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $42,741 not including benefits. The Wilkes County average annual wage is $29,172.

”The expansion of the North Wilkesboro plant further demonstrates CertainTeed’s commitment to the State of North Carolina,” says John Crowe, President and CEO of CertainTeed.  “With the world’s largest roofing plant in Oxford, siding plants in North Wilkesboro and Claremont and a wallboard facility under construction in Roxboro, the State of North Carolina has and continues to be an excellent partner.  Our thanks to Governor Perdue, as well as State and local economic development officials for their support in helping make this important project a reality.”

The $98,000 One North Carolina Fund grant will be matched locally by Wilkes County and the Wilkes EDC LEAP Fund. The LEAP Fund is a five-year private funding effort in Wilkes County to provide additional incentive support for high-impact economic development projects. In addition, the company is eligible for additional State tax credits and Community College training dollars.

“This was an important announcement for our community at this time.” says Wilkes EDC president Jeff Garstka. “These are skilled jobs and a significant investment from a company with international roots. We appreciate CertainTeed choosing Wilkes County for this exciting project. This was a very competitive project that would not have been made possible without the Governor, North Carolina Department of Commerce, Wilkes County and the EDC’s LEAP Fund.”

In addition to fiber cement siding, CertainTeed Corporation offers a diverse portfolio of  interior and exterior building materials throughout North America, including roofing, vinyl siding, housewrap, pvc trim, fence, railing, decking, foundations, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and pipe products. Headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, CertainTeed has approximately 6,000 employees and 65 facilities throughout the United States and Canada.

CertainTeed is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, headquartered in France and one of the top 100 industrial companies in the world. Saint-Gobain employs approximately 22,000 people in North America and more than 109,000 people in 64 countries world-wide.

The One North Carolina Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.

The Wilkes Economic Development Corporation is a private non-profit whose mission is to facilitate the creation of new jobs and capital investment in Wilkes County, North Carolina through the recruitment of new businesses and the retention and expansion of existing businesses.