CertainTeed Restarting Meridian Operation

Meridian, Miss.
CertainTeed Ceilings is restarting its manufacturing operations in Meridian. The announcement was made Monday morning.

The company had stopped production locally in 2009 during a market downturn, affecting 120 workers at the time. By 2016, the company now anticipates having 110 employees.

CertainTeed vice-president and general manager Graham Thayer says this location will help them grown their business dramatically.

"There's a lot of growth happening in the southern U.S., and we have a factory here that has a good workforce," said Thayer. "We've got fantastic equipment, and we see the growth potential in serving the South from this location. We also have a growing export business to Latin America, so we see this as a great location to actually expand our facility here."

Along with CertainTeed's $24 million investment, the state of Mississippi has also put in about $1.7 Million into the project. Gov. Phil Bryant says that the American Legislative Exchange Council has just ranked Mississippi in the top 10 states for economic development, and that this is just the beginning of more great things to come for the Magnolia State.

"We see not only here in east Mississippi, but all over the state, whether it's Yokohoma Tire Company, or GE expanding, another new professional ball team on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Mississippi is on the move," said Bryant. "We don't want to overlook anything in East Mississippi. Manufacturing is great here."

Mayor Cheri Barry says that they have been working with the Governor's office and the EMBDC for months on this project, and hope to have many more similar announcements in the future.

"We are full force ahead with bringing more jobs to Meridian, with our partnership with the governor's office," said Barry. "He sees the potential that we have, and he sees the partnership and how our community, as one community, is working very strongly together, so I feel very confident that this is the first of many announcements that will be coming for our citizens."

Production at the renovated plant is scheduled to begin early next year.

CertainTeed makes ceiling tiles and acoustical wall panels used in commercial construction.