Saint-Gobain of France, through its building products subsidiary, CertainTeed LLC, has announced that it is investing US$32 million to upgrade equipment at its fiberglass insulation plant in Chowchilla, CA, allowing the facility to expand its production capacity by 13%. The company says that a new oven, new furnace and additional equipment installed at the plant will consume less natural gas and electricity, ultimately reducing the facility’s carbon footprint by more that 4,000 tonnes/year.
As part of the expansion project, the plant has installed a new oxygen generation unit which consumes 30% less electricity than the older equipment its replaces.
Andrew Goldberg, Vice-President and General Manager of CertainTeed Insulation Product Group, said, “Our strategic investments in Chowchilla represent a major commitment to our customers on the West Coast for decades to come, ensuring that we will meet the need for our industry-leading fiberglass insulation at a time of unprecedented demand growth, all while reducing the plant’s carbon footprint.”
This is the largest capital investment CertainTeed has made in Chowchilla since the plant began operations in 1978.
Volume 36, Issue 03