Hundreds of jobs will be coming to the Jonesburg area in the new few years.
The new roofing plant will bring factory jobs along with trucking, welding, and maintenance services to the Mid Missouri area.
The CertainTeed Corporation plant will be just east of Jonesburg on Highway 70.
The factory will produce asphalt shingles with a warehouse distributing a wide variety of building materials.
The warehouse and factory will be a 210,000 square-foot facility.
“The rail line, the main line runs along that tree line in the back of the property,” said Jonesburg plant manager Mark Hyde.
Highway 70 runs along the front of the property.
A major highway and railroad are two key benefits for the $100 million roofing plant distributing across the country.
“They don’t try to push their way through. They are trying to be good community members, so it’s been a win-win situation for us,” said Jonesburg Mayor Bob Sellenriek.
Currently CertainTeed has hired 12 local employees, and throughout the next few years plan on hiring at least 80 more.
“The ancillary jobs associated with industries like trucking, restaurant, supply and service distribution for things that we need would probably put another three to 400 people to work,” said Hyde.
“And what we have seen so far is most of the contractors have been from Missouri, and some local,” said Sellenriek.
Local customers of CertainTeed are also seeing the benefits of having a warehouse and factory in the Mid Missouri area.
“If it’s close that means lower cost to people. So people building homes, re-roofing or re-siding or windows because there are a tremendous amount of things besides just roofing,” said Sellenriek.
While the factory produces only shingles, the warehouse is a full service building materials distribution center.
“So it’s good for all of the surrounding communities,” said Sellenriek.
Sellenriek said that he thinks many people will come to Jonesburg for a job with CertainTeed.
Jonesburg leaders are already working to prepare the city for growth, while CertainTeed is glad to be back home.
“This is us getting back to Missouri. This is where our roots are from,” said Hyde.
Hyde said construction is on schedule and they plan on having the plant complete by January 2016.