CertainTeed has opened a new gypsum board plant near Moundsville, W. Va., that is expected to create 200 jobs within three years.
The 750,000-s.f. manufacturing facility sits near the American Electric Power (AEP) Kammer-Mitchell coal-burning power plant. CertainTeed recycles the would-be waste fly ash from AEP’s scrubber stack and converts it into raw material for producing high-quality gypsum wallboards. A two-mile-long conveyor belt transfers the synthetic gypsum from Kammer-Mitchell to the CertainTeed plant. The proximity of the power plant gives the board manufacturer convenient access to the raw material gypsum with little time or fuel expended on transportation.
The $100 million plant represents the largest manufacturing investment in the state since 1996, when Toyota announced it was locating a $400 million engine plant in Buffalo.