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Knauf Insulation to expand Alabama plant, create 100 jobs

LANETT, Alabama – Knauf Insulation plans to double production at its Alabama plant, adding as many as 100 new workers in an expansion project that will make the Chambers County facility one of the nation’s largest insulation factories.

Knauf Insulation Senior Vice President Jon Pereira said the company selected the Lanett plant for expansion over other locations in the Shelbyville, Indiana-based company’s network. Knauf Insulation will invest more than $30 million to revitalize and upgrade the plant’s equipment, boosting output of the energy efficient material. The project should be complete by mid-2015.

The expansion represents the second investment the company has made in the Chambers County plant since spring 2013. That’s when it launched a $20 million project to resume production at the facility, which had been mothballed in 2011 due to a severe downturn in the construction industry. Today, Knauf Insulation’s Lanett facility employs 120 people and has become the Southeast’s largest insulation factory, supplying building needs throughout the region.

“Between the people of Alabama and the government of Alabama, it has been a great experience for Knauf Insulation to start up this plant,” said Aaron Wine, general manager of the Lanett plant. “That made the decision to expand it a lot easier.”

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