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James Hardie Announces the Expansion of its U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Prattville, AL

For Immediate Release                                                                                                        Tuesday, June 9, 2022

 James Hardie Announces the Expansion of its U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Prattville, Alabama

James Hardie plans to hire 200 additional workers as the company expands its manufacturing plant in Prattville, Alabama. James Hardie, world leader in fiber cement exterior building solutions, continues to change how the world builds, and this expansion in Autauga County aims to deliver more capacity, more jobs, and increased local investment.

The growth project will double the size of the Alabama facility, permitting a large-scale expansion of its manufacturing capacity. Once the new positions are filled, the plant, located on a 103-acre site in Prattville’s South Industrial Park, will have a workforce of 405.

“I’m very pleased that James Hardie is pursuing growth plans that will create 200 new jobs at its Alabama manufacturing center,” Governor Ivey said. “This significant expansion project shows the world that another world-class company is thriving in our state.

“This growth will solidify James Hardie’s presence in Prattville, and I know we can work together to create a bright future for the community,” she added.

Today's announcement comes as the Autauga County Commission and the City of Prattville partnered to approve an expansion agreement with James Hardie, paving the way for the company's investment in the Prattville Plant. Chicago-based James Hardie said the growth project demonstrates the company's long-term commitment to the community and the State of Alabama. Approximately 83% of the company's raw materials are purchased within 100 miles of its plant, supporting local businesses, and minimizing the facility's carbon footprint by shortening its supply chain. 

"James Hardie is proud of our strong continued partnership with the state of Alabama, the city of Prattville, Mayor Gillespie, and city council. We especially want to thank Governor Kay Ivey, Mayor Gillespie, the Autauga County Commission, and State Sen. Clyde Chambliss, Jr. for their vision and support," said Sean Gadd, president of North America for James Hardie Building Products. "We look forward to driving economic development and creating jobs in the community as we continue our mission to transform the way the world builds," he added. 

James Hardie announced plans for its state-of-the-art building products plant in Alabama in 2017 with a $220 million project. 

"James Hardie's decision to launch a major expansion projects at its advanced production center in Prattville will bring more more high-paying jobs and new opportunities to people in the area," said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. "In addition, this high-impact growth project once again shows how our teamwork approach to economic development leads to valuable partnerships with great companies from all around the world."

The company located in the Prattville's South Industrial Park in Autauga County will continue to produce the high-demand plank, panel, and trim Hardie products used on homes all over the South. It said the Alabama Plant expansion represents a significant milestone in James Hardie's strategic transformation to a consumer brand. 

Community Partner

In addition, James Hardie has proven to be a valuable community partner in Prattville through product donations to local fire and police departments, contributions to school programs, and local foundations benefiting underserved families. 

"It was obvious when James Hardie was looking at building a plant in our community that they wanted to be a part of our community--not just in our community. They have excelled in business development as well as community development. The upcoming expansion will provide much needed good paying jobs to our citizens and I know that James Hardie will continue to be a great employer and community partner for decades to come," said State Senator Clyde Chambliss, Jr. 

"James Hardie's partnership with the City of Prattville is a true testament to our community's high-quality local natural resources, infrastructure, and workforce. An investment of this size shows that the world's leading fiber cement manufacturer is committed to Prattville," said Bill Gillespie, Mayor of the City of Prattville. " With this expansion, not only will James Hardie have the largest worldwide facility located in our South Industrial Park, but it will offer 200 additional jobs with a workforce totaling a minimum of 405 employees. This industrial expansion is about community partnership and providing citizens with high caliber employment while enhancing the quality of life for all."

"James Hardie is an important part of our community is complete, it will be the second largest manufacturing employer in Autauga County," said Jay Thompson, Chairman of the Autauga County Commission. "Collaboration and teamwork are imperative in creating a strong business environment that fosters economic growth, On behalf of the Autauga County Commission, we are proud to partner with the Alabama Department of Commerce and the City of Prattville in support of companies like James Hardie that are creating job opportunities for our citizens and continuing to grow their investment in Autauga County. We appreciate James Hardie for the positive impact they are making throughout the entire region!" 

James Hardie

James Hardie is a global leader in premium building solutions that offer lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The world’s #1 producer and marketer of high [1] performance fiber cement and fiber gypsum building solutions, James Hardie offers siding and accessories for every style. Extensive Hardie™ products empower homeowners and building professionals to achieve the home of their dreams. The company pioneered the technology of fiber cement building products made from sustainable raw materials and continues to invest in innovation to transform the way the world builds. James Hardie operates with an inclusive company culture, and an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. James Hardie employs a diverse global workforce of approximately 5,200 employees across operations in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

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 Forward-Looking Statements

This Media Release contains forward-looking statements and information that are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of James Hardie to be materially different from those expressed or implied in this release, including, among others, the risks and uncertainties set forth in Section 3 “Risk Factors” in James Hardie’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended 31 March 2020;changes in general economic, political, governmental and business conditions globally and in the countries in which James Hardie does business; changes in interest rates; changes in inflation rates; changes in exchange rates; the level of construction generally; changes in cement demand and prices; changes in raw material and energy prices; changes in business strategy and various other factors. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein. James Hardie assumes no obligation to update or correct the information contained in this Media Release except as required by law.

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