Insulation maker breaks ground for W.Va. plant

RANSON, W.Va. — Rockwool (North America) officially broke ground recently on its second stone wool insulation manufacturing facility in the United States.

The new plant is being built in Ranson, W.Va., a community west of Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County.

Among those attending the ceremony were U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Mike Hall, chief of staff to Gov. Jim Justice. They were joined by Rockwool executives, including Jens Birgersson, president and chief executive officer of the global Rockwool Group; customers; industry members; and community leaders. 

The new 460,000-square-foot facility represents an investment exceeding $150 million and will employ approximately 150 people in positions ranging from management to the production line, the company said in a news release.

Full production at the completed Rockwool facility is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2020. The facility will manufacture a full lineup of Rockwool stone wool insulation products.

The company has insulation manufacturing sites in Marshall County, Miss., as well as two in Canada, in Milton, Ontario and Grand Forks, British Columbia.

Rockwool is North America’s largest stone wool producer, offering advanced building insulation, industrial and technical solutions.

Its global parent company is the Denmark-based Rockwool Group.