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Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced that James Hardie will hire 200 additional workers as the company expands its manufacturing plant in Prattville, where it produces high-performance fiber cement building solutions.

“I’m very pleased that James Hardie is pursuing growth plans that will create 200 new jobs at its Alabama manufacturing center," said Ivey. "This significant expansion project shows the world that another world-class company is thriving in our state. This growth will solidify James Hardie’s presence in Prattville, and I know we can work together to create a bright future for the community.”

Chicago-based James Hardie said the growth project demonstrates the company’s long-term commitment to the community and the state of Alabama. Approximately 83% of the company’s raw materials are purchased within 100 miles of its plant, supporting local businesses, and minimizing the facility’s carbon footprint by shortening its supply chain.

The growth project will double the size of the Alabama facility and take the workforce up to 405. The plant is located on a 103-acre site in Prattville’s South Industrial Park.

The company said the Prattville location will continue to produce the high-demand plank, panel and trim Hardie products used on homes all over the South. It said the Alabama plant expansion represents a significant milestone in James Hardie’s strategic transformation to a consumer brand.

James Hardie has been a valuable community partner in Prattville through product donations to local fire and police departments, contributions to school programs and local foundations benefiting underserved families.

“It was obvious when James Hardie was looking at building a plant in our community that they wanted to be a part of our community — not just in our community. They have excelled in business development as well as community involvement,” said State Sen. Clyde Chambliss. “The upcoming expansion will provide much-needed, good-paying jobs to our citizens, and I know that James Hardie will continue to be a great employer and community partner for decades to come.”

Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr. said, “James Hardie's partnership with the city of Prattville is a true testament to our community's high-quality local natural resources, infrastructure and workforce. An investment of this size shows that the world's leading fiber cement manufacturer is committed to Prattville. This industrial expansion is about community partnership and providing citizens with high caliber employment while enhancing the quality of life for all.”

The announcement follows an agreement with the Prattville City Council and Mayor Gillespie approving an expansion agreement with James Hardie, paving the way for the company’s investment in the Prattville plant.

James Hardie Industries is the world’s #1 producer and marketer of high-performance fiber cement and fiber gypsum building solutions. James Hardie says that its mission is to transform the way the world builds through new award-winning products.

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