ELOY — Owens Corning has announced plans to restart production at its insulation manufacturing plant in Eloy that has been closed for more than 10 years.
The 42,500-square-foot facility at Eloy Industrial Park is expected to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2022 and will bring more than 50 jobs to the area in a wide range of categories, the company said in a press release.
Owens Corning manufactures insulation, roofing and fiberglass composite materials. The Eloy facility will produce fiberglass insulation for building applications.
“I’m thrilled by this announcement, which will provide great jobs for our residents just as the city of Eloy and Pinal County are experiencing a significant increase in new home starts and an influx of new investment,” Eloy Mayor Micah Powell said. “Owens Corning has been a part of the Eloy industrial landscape for many years and this announcement comes at a time when our economic development efforts are starting to yield results.”
The slumping national housing market led to the closure of the facility in 2010 with the loss at the time of 40 jobs. The central Arizona plant had operated for 15 years.
The company also closed other operations due to the slow economy at the time because of the housing recession.
“This project is an excellent rural economic development win for the city of Eloy and Arizona,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “We are grateful to Owens Corning for choosing to reopen the Eloy site for their advanced manufacturing, which will provide quality jobs for local residents, and we look forward to supporting Owens Corning in their future success in the state.”
The city of Eloy worked closely with the Arizona Commerce Authority and Pinal County throughout the site evaluation process. Harvey Krauss, Eloy city manager, said, “The coordination and cooperation between these three entities was critical to this project.”
The facility in Eloy expands Owens Corning’s capacity to service the West Coast.