April 13, 2022

Manufacturer's $118M expansion in Oxford will bring dozens of jobs

A building products manufacturer is bulking up in Granville County via an expansion.

CertainTeed plans to add 37 jobs to its Oxford operation through a $118 million expansion of its roof shingling manufacturing facility, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's office announced Wednesday. The company has previously said it employs about 300 people in Oxford.

CertainTeed – based in the Philadelphia suburb of Malvern, Pennsylvania, and a subsidiary of French manufacturing giant Saint-Gobain – makes several different kinds of interior and exterior building products such as roofing materials, siding, fences, decking, trims, insulation and ceilings.

The company has over 60 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada and has been making product in Oxford since 1978. This expansion will add 225,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the company's operation.

The new positions will pay an average of $66,930 annually, the governor's office said, which is higher than the average Granville County annual wage of $45,096. The company will receive a $125,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund if it meets certain job-creation and capital-investment thresholds.

Oxford is a city of 8,600 people that has seen increased interest lately as growth starts to seep north out of Wake and Durham counties – Oxford is 30 minutes from downtown Durham and about an hour north of Raleigh. Last year, Miami-based Meel Corp. announced it was building a new facility in Oxford that will bring 24 new jobs to the city.

Oxford has caught the eye of residential developers, too. LGI Homes (Nasdaq: LGIH) is planning 302 new homes in the city, another development with 426 new residences is being planned on the south side of town, and a project by APG Capital would yield 324 new homes. If development of these communities completes, it would mean the town's population could surge by more than 20 percent.

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