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Owens Corning To Establish Manufacturing Facility In Gastonia, N.C., Create 110 Jobs

Toledo, Ohio-based glass fiber reinforcements and engineered materials producer Owens Corning will invest $120 million to establish a manufacturing facility at the N.C. Certified Gastonia Technology Park in Gastonia, N.C., and create 110 jobs.

The facility will include a state-of-the-art manufacturing line, coating capability, and research and development resources, and will have potential for future expansion. It is expected to be completed in mid-to-late 2015. The additional production will help Owens Corning expand its glass nonwovens business in North America.

"Gastonia provides a great foundation for our new glass nonwoven facility with its location near the Charlotte and Research Triangle regions, where there are particular concentrations of skills needed for this business; its proximity to key customers; and its attractive business environment," said Arnaud Genis, group president, Owens Corning's Composite Solutions Business. "The Gastonia operation will support growing customer demand for glass non-woven products serving the global building materials market, complementing our existing facilities in Europe and North America, and enhancing Owens Corning's leadership position in the provision of glass nonwoven technologies."

The company reports its glass fiber materials are used in more than 40,000 end-use composites applications in the global transportation, industrial and construction industries.

October 29, 2013