Construction is expected to begin in October this year on the 130-acre site in the City of Ranson, West Virginia, with initial production of Rockwool’s stone wool insulation slated to begin in the first quarter of 2020. With a total investment exceeding $150 million US, the new manufacturing facility will cover some 460,000 sq. ft. and employ around 150 people in positions ranging from management levels to the production line.
The company says the Jefferson County production facility will add to the Rockwool Group’s already strong presence in North America, where the company has existing manufacturing sites in Marshall County, Mississippi as well as Milton, Ontario and Grand Forks, British Columbia. Further production recently began for Rockwool’s acoustic ceiling tile subsidiary Rockfon, at a new production line in Mississippi.
Rockwool Group president and CEO Jens Birgersson said in a statement: “We aim to continue double-digit growth in the United States, and this new factory will play a major role in ensuring we meet the growing customer demand for non-combustible stone wool insulation in this market.”
Trent Ogilvie, president of Roxul, the Rockwell Group’s North American subsidiary adds, “This new production site places us close to major population centers in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and mid-western United States. We’re growing along with the market, and we look forward to serving our customers’ needs from this new facility.”
The official groundbreaking is expected in October.