DUBLIN — An international sustainable construction company will expand its manufacturing plant in Georgia, creating 400 jobs.
Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Saint-Gobain ADFORS North America, a division of international lightweight and durable construction company Saint-Gobain, will invest $28 million to expand operations at its Dublin manufacturing facility in Georgia, creating 400 new jobs over the next two years in Laurens County.
“We are delighted that ADFORS North America is expanding its operations in Dublin, and thank the company for its strong commitment to this community,” Governor Kemp said. “Creating jobs and opportunity in rural Georgia has been a major goal throughout my administration, and I’m proud of Georgia’s technical college system for its part in ensuring that hard-working Georgians have the skills to succeed with businesses in every corner of the state.”
ADFORS is a division of Saint-Gobain, a world leader in light and durable construction founded in 1665, which today manufactures and distributes materials and services for the construction and industrial markets. Its integrated solutions for the renovation of public and private buildings, lightweight construction and the decarbonization of construction and industry are developed in a process of continuous innovation that offers sustainability and performance.
“This investment in our Dublin plant will ensure our business has the materials needed to serve our customers during this time of unprecedented demand,” said Alan McLenaghan, Managing Director of Saint-Gobain ADFORS. “The Dublin community has welcomed us with open arms over the past two years, and through this investment and hiring, we look forward to further strengthening our relationship with the people of Dublin, County Laurens and State of Georgia.”
In June 2020, Saint-Gobain ADFORS North America purchased the plant located at 168 Willie Paulk Parkway in Dublin and manufactures products used in thermal protection and thermal insulation there. As part of this investment, Saint-Gobain ADFORS will double its North American production of key materials by restarting the plant’s furnace, which was idle before the company’s takeover in 2019. The company will recruit for site and operations management positions, engineers of all kinds, supervisors and production workers. Interested persons can find out more about working at ADFORS and Saint-Gobain at https://careers.saint-gobain-northamerica.com/.
“Saint-Gobain ADFOR management has demonstrated its commitment by forming a dynamic local management team that is committed to making the Dublin plant a huge success. This team strives to employ a strong employee base and be an essential member of the workforce community,” said James L. Allgood, Jr., Chairman of Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority. “Elected officials, education partners and civic leaders in our community have worked tirelessly to demonstrate that County Dublin-Laurens is the right place for business. We welcome Saint-Gobain ADFORS to Dublin City and Laurens County!
Project Manager Andrea Taylor represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Global Commerce Team on this project in partnership with Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority, Oconee Fall Line Technical College, Georgia Power and Georgia Quick Start.
“Almost two years ago, Saint-Gobain ADFORS, a French company over 350 years old, decided to invest in Georgia by setting up a manufacturing plant in Laurens County. Today, we are very pleased to announce this expansion and grateful for the company’s continued growth in Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Facilitating the growth of companies already invested in Georgia, like Saint-Gobain ADFORS, is a priority for the long-term health of our communities. Many thanks to the Department’s Existing Industries Team who work tirelessly to achieve this goal and help businesses leverage all state resources to grow and grow. Kudos to our partners in Dublin and Laurens County for creating an environment in which businesses can continue to succeed.
Georgia Quick Start, offered through the Technical College System of Georgia, is the highest-ranked workforce training program in the nation. The program helps assess workers, train new employees on unique processes on projects, and develop customized job-specific training using the latest techniques and media.