A new manufacturing plant will set up shop in the Eastern Panhandle. Gov. Jim Justice announced it will create up to 150 new jobs in the state.
The new plant will produce stone wool insulation. This type of product is used in buildings, industrial applications, and in acoustic ceilings.
The plant will be built by ROXUL Inc. – a group based out of Denmark. ROXUL is part of the ROCKWOOL Group, which is the largest producer of stone wool insulation in North America.
The new plant will be based in Ranson in Jefferson County, on an estimated 130 acres on the Jefferson Orchards site. The plant will be the second facility ROXUL has opened in the United States.
It has manufacturing sites in Marshall County, Mississippi, as well as Milton, Ontario and Grand Forks, British Columbia in Canada.
ROXUL estimates the West Virginia project will cost around $150 million to build.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held in October 2017, and construction is expected to be completed by early 2020.