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Owens Corning Establishes Operations In Richland County

Dec 13, 2018 10:13AM ● By Kathleen Maris

Owens Corning, a developer and producer of insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites, has acquired an existing manufacturing facility in Blythewood, S.C., where it will manufacture coated, non-woven products for a variety of applications within the North American building materials industry. The company’s $13.6 million capital investment is projected to bring 16 new jobs. 

Owens Corning develops, manufactures, and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. The company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing, and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning employs more than 19,000 people across 37 countries. 

With existing South Carolina locations in Aiken, Charleston, Duncan, and Starr, this will be Owens Corning’s first Richland County presence. The company has acquired an existing manufacturing facility located at 1051 Jenkins Brothers Road in Blythewood, S.C., where it plans to convert an existing line to produce coated, non-woven products. The acquisition is the first step in the creation of a glass non-wovens excellence center where the company will continue to invest to expand its capacity with the best available technologies.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has awarded a $150,000 Set Aside grant to Richland County to assist with the costs of building renovations.

“The Blythewood operation represents a valuable addition to a thriving business,” said Nicolas Del, Owens Corning's global non-wovens business vice president. “Adding this new capacity and capability for glass-based coating solutions in South Carolina will help us to better serve our residential and commercial building products customers across North America.”

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