CertainTeed Windows Continues Growth Path -- To Open New California Facility

Valley Forge, Pa.--As part of CertainTeed Corporation's strategy to become a nationwide, fully integrated vinyl window manufacturer and supplier, the company is pleased to announce plans to open a 229,000 square foot production facility in West Sacramento, California for the manufacture of its highly rated vinyl windows and patio doors.

Centrally located between CertainTeed's Auburn, Washington and Corona, California window facilities, the West Sacramento plant is expected to begin fabricating windows in the summer of 2004. "This facility will provide us with the potential to tap into a number of high growth markets in the Western United States," says Harald Jacobsen, President of CertainTeed's Window Group. The Sacramento plant falls closely on the heels of the company's opening of a new window fabrication facility in Lebanon, Indiana in the summer of 2003.

The new facility, situated in the Southport Business Park, has easy access to the San Francisco Bay area and is expected to draw a heavy concentration of both the new construction and replacement vinyl window and patio door business. The plant will initially employ about 125 people, but could reach 500 within five years and will manufacture the company's highly regarded Insulate Standard and Slimline Series Products as well as New Castle XT(TM). In addition, the facility will offer CertainTeed's new and innovative PrismGrid(TM) option on all of its products. PrismGrid is an exciting optical film technology from 3M Corporation that offers the look of custom beveled glass but at a more affordable price.

Experienced employees from both the Auburn and Corona plants will provide assistance during the facility's start-up this summer. "The support that these knowledgeable and seasoned employees offer will help assure an efficient and effective start-up there," says Jacobsen. "We can expect this facility to deliver a high level of service for our customers throughout the region."

When the West Sacramento facility opens this summer, CertainTeed's Window Group will have five window fabrication facilities and two extrusion operations strategically located nationwide. "We are very excited at the prospects this opportunity holds for the Window Group and CertainTeed," Jacobsen says. "The West Sacramento facility fills in a key piece of our strategic direction for the future."

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