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James Hardie investing to reopen former facility

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James Hardie Building Products Inc. plans to move back into its idled manufacturing facility in Dorchester County.

The company plans to revive its former Lowcountry operations with a $15 million investment. The money will go toward renovating its former facility at 152 Belgium Way in Summerville and creating 100 jobs.

James Hardie shuttered its Summerville plant in 2008, citing pressures from the housing downturn. Gries said at the time that market demand could not support the facility.

“We are very pleased to be able to announce today that we are reopening our manufacturing plant in Summerville,” James Hardie CEO Louis Gries said in a news release. “We continue to take steps to increase our manufacturing capacity across our entire network, and our Summerville plant is an important part of this corporate initiative.”

James Hardie manufactures building materials for homes like external siding, tile underlay and floor panels. The Summerville site will produce exterior fiber cement siding and backer board for internal applications. It should be fully operational later this year, according to a news release. Hiring is underway.

The company, which was founded in Australia in 1888, has been in North America since the 1990s. It has more than 3,000 employees.

The state’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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