James Hardie Industries, a manufacturer of fiber cement siding and trim products for residential homes, multifamily dwellings, and commercial buildings, together with Washington Governor Jay Inslee, United States Representative Denny Heck, and Pierce County officials, celebrated the company’s expanded manufacturing operation near Tacoma, Washington, and its many contributions to the residential construction industry in the last two decades.
The $187 million expansion will increase James Hardie’s manufacturing capacity and capability in the Pacific Northwest to keep pace with continued growth. The 400,000 sq.ft. facility will help the company meet the demands of both today and the future through increased production and efficiency improvements. Up to 240 jobs will be added in time to the region. To get the project off the ground, the Department of Commerce provided a $100,000 Working Washington grant to the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County to reimburse some of the company’s pre-construction costs.
Over the last five years, James Hardie has demonstrated its commitment to growing in Tacoma by investing over $187 million in capital improvements at the site. The project, which is one of the largest capital improvement investments in Pierce County, received executive priority status from Pierce County to streamline permitting. Additionally, James Hardie was the first-ever company to enter into an amortization agreement with the county to spread out the cost of sewer connection charges.
The Tacoma operations will make a wide range of products, from James Hardie’s flagship HardiePlank® lap siding to HardieBacker® cement boards for interior spaces. With its products installed on more than eight million homes in North America, James Hardie has earned a favorable reputation within the industry and has been specified in some of the country’s most prestigious projects. The new facility, one of nine around the country, is located on the same campus as the original manufacturing operation built in 1998. It is a showcase of the company’s lean manufacturing operating system and will feature manufacturing capabilities for James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology, a proprietary finish applied to siding and trim that provides long-lasting color.