Saint-Gobain plans $235m expansion for Palatka gypsum facility in Florida
In a robust boost for the manufacturing industry in Florida, Saint-Gobain North America announced today it is injecting $235 million into the expansion of its CertainTeed gypsum plant in Palatka over the next two years.
This ambitious plan, channeled through its building products subsidiary CertainTeed Interior Products Group, is expected to more than double the current production capacity of the plant. Additionally, it is set to create over 100 new permanent jobs, marking a substantial economic boon for the region.
Located strategically near the Port of Jacksonville, the expansion at the Palatka site is integral to Saint-Gobain’s global “Grow and Impact” strategy.
The strategy underscores the company’s aim to fortify its presence in rapidly expanding markets. The sizable investment in the Palatka facility, which began operations in 2001, underscores the firm’s commitment to strengthening its manufacturing and warehouse capabilities in the southeastern United States.
Moreover, in line with Saint-Gobain’s pledge to attain carbon neutrality by 2050, sustainability initiatives form an important part of this expansion.
Investment in advanced energy-saving equipment and automation technology, such as an ultra-low energy board dryer and a new mill system equipped with heat recovery technology, aim to elevate the plant’s energy efficiency. These installations are projected to be about 25% and nearly 40% more efficient than existing systems, respectively, aligning with the highest efficiency standards in North America.
Jay Bachmann — CertainTeed Interior Products Group Vice President and General Manager said: “Today’s announcement reaffirms our commitment to providing quality gypsum wallboard products to our customers, while remaining focused on sustainability and minimizing our carbon footprint.
“We look forward to growing our already robust presence in Palatka and Putnam County and would like to thank the State of Florida and all of our partners for their support to make this expansion a reality.”
The significant expansion project, poised to bolster the existing workforce of over 150 employees, is backed by over $7 million in cash benefits and high-impact investment tax credits.
Support includes a State of Florida Capital Investment Tax Credit, a Career Source Florida Quick Response Training Grant, a grant from Putnam County, and a Clay Cooperative Economic Development Rate. With these resources in place, the plant is currently hiring for various roles, including production and engineering, in preparation for its larger operational framework.