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New HQ in store for CertainTeed and Saint-Gobain

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed are moving to a new headquarters in Pennsylvania.

Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, signed a lease for 320,000 sq. ft. of space at 20 Moores Road in Malvern, Pa.

The 65-acre Chester County campus, previously the headquarters for Aegon Group, will be transformed into a LEED-certified facility for Saint-Gobain and its North American construction materials subsidiary, CertainTeed Corporation — both of which are also currently headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., also in Chester County.

“This headquarters marks a step change in Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed’s ability to serve our North American markets, and it will be a shining example of a 21st-century manufacturing business,” said John Crowe, president and CEO of Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Corporations. “With the building industry continuing to rebound, we’ve seized the opportunity to create a focal point for innovative design and development on the Eastern Seaboard, a place where our businesses and employees can continue to grow in a fully integrated, modern space that promotes collaboration across our business units, while offering significant room for future expansion.”

Saint -Gobain says the new headquarters’ design will deliver an energizing, sustainable work environment that will attract and retain top talent.

Construction is expected to begin this month and be completed by fall 2015.

The new campus will also, for the first time, allow the company’s local research team, currently based in Montgomery County, to be integrated with the company’s operations team on one site. In total, the relocation will bring approximately 120 additional employees to Chester County and raise the company’s total employee count at the new headquarters to more than 800. Saint-Gobain expects to accommodate future job growth and have the flexibility to relocate additional business units from its diverse portfolio to the integrated site in Malvern.

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Armstrong pours $41 million into its Lancaster plant

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Armstrong World Industries is kicking off construction at its Lancaster, Pa. facility, where it’s spending $41 million to expand its manufacturing capacity to include luxury vinyl tile (LVT) for commercial and residential applications.

"We thank the commonwealth and our employees for their support of this investment," said CEO Matt Espe. "Through application of our extensive manufacturing technology, we will be better able to cost-effectively serve our North American customers with high-quality, in-market production. This investment will create local jobs and allow us to continue to grow share in this exciting product category."

In celebration of the expansion, the Armstrong management team joined Senator Pat Toomey, Congressman Joe Pitts, Pennsylvania State Senator Lloyd Smucker, Lancaster City Mayor Rick Gray, Lancaster City Councilman James Reichenbach, representatives from the Pennsylvania and Lancaster Chambers of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Pennsylvania Manufacturer’s Association at the facility.

"Central Pennsylvania is a great place to live and work, and I am delighted that Armstrong is expanding here," said Toomey. "The people of Lancaster County are dedicated and talented workers who will thrive at this facility. They will prove that Armstrong has made a smart decision. Armstrong is a good neighbor that employs nearly 2,000 people at its Lancaster operations. Bringing this vinyl tile manufacturing expansion to Lancaster is welcome news and a great match for the community."

The move is aimed at onshoring its LVT production from Chinese suppliers, a decision announced in October 2013. LVT is experiencing double-digit growth in North America, and bringing production home to the states will help Armstrong creater a leaner business model for the niche, said the company.

Armstrong expects to start shipping LVT from the plant to customers by mid 2015. The move will create approximately 60 new jobs at the plant.

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Owens Corning gets a Green Cross for Safety Medal

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Owens Corning CEO Mike Thaman says the company is honored to receive a Green Cross.

The National Safety Council has awarded Owens Corning with the 2014 Green Cross for Safety Medal, the top honor given annually to an organization with an outstanding safety record and a proven commitment to its community.

"We are honored to be recognized with the Green Cross for Safety medal from the National Safety Council," said chairman and CEO Mike Thaman. "The journey to an injury-free workplace continues, but we take pride in what we’ve accomplished and this special recognition.

Owens Corning, which operates 90 manufacturing plants, has eliminated nearly 95% of recordable injuries (as defined by OSHA) over the past 12 years.

Its safety accomplishments have included developing a company culture that prioritizes safety, establishing a risk assessment system, and banning the use of cell phones for company business while driving.

"Safety is a true indicator of not only manufacturing excellence, but also overall operating performance," added Thaman. "Our success in keeping employees safe has set the bar for how we perform in the market and with our suppliers, customers and each other."

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