West Virginia’s Gov. Joe Manchin announced that Armstrong World Industries is creating 40 to 45 permanent jobs by investing $30 to $35 million to build a state-of-the-art mineral wool plant on property adjacent to Century Aluminum Co. in Millwood.
Virginia’s Gov. Joe Manchin
announced that Armstrong World Industries is creating 40 to 45 permanent jobs
by investing $30 to $35 million to build a state-of-the-art mineral wool plant
on property adjacent to Century Aluminum Co. in Millwood.
Mineral wool is a key raw material used in the
manufacture of Armstrong’s acoustical ceiling tiles. The new plant will be an
addition to the Jackson County Maritime and Industrial Centre in Millwood, W.Va.
“This is tremendous, tremendous news for the
Ravenswood area and for all of West
Virginia,” Manchin said. “I want to thank Armstrong
for its continued investment in West Virginia
and to let them know how pleased we are to build on their partnership with the Mountain State.
“This is a wonderful location that will enable them
to prosper and I think it speaks volumes about the confidence this world-class
company has in our state and our work force.”
Armstrong chose the Millwood site because of
competitive electricity rates and its central location, which is easily
accessible to raw material suppliers and other Armstrong ceiling manufacturing
locations. The 30,000-square-foot plant will be built on about 18 acres and is
scheduled for start-up in mid-2012.
While building the plant will also create temporary
construction jobs, the manufacturer will begin the hiring process for its
manufacturing operations about one year before the plant is scheduled to open,
with training programs for new hires.
“The West Virginia Development Office and Governor’s
Office have been instrumental in helping us understand the opportunity and
value of locating our plant in Jackson
County,” said Michael J.
Connors, vice president, finance of Armstrong Building Products. “We are
confident this is the right place to build our new plant, and we are looking
forward to getting started and building a bright future here in West Virginia.”
Armstrong also operates a flooring plant in Beverly, W.Va.,
that employs nearly 700.
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