Japanese fiber cement siding producer Nichiha Corporation plans to invest $120 million in a project to expand its manufacturing facility in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, according to a press release issued Wednesday by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.
“Nichiha is a valued member of Georgia’s business community and an asset to our manufacturing industry. By expanding operations in Macon-Bibb County, the company will utilize our strategic manufacturing resources and continue to hire from our deep talent pool to build upon its success in the Southeastern market and beyond,” Gov. Deal said in a statement.
The company’s fiber cement products are used in interor and exterior, commercial, and residential applications. Nichiha’s Macon facility was opened in 2008 and was the company’s first manufacturing plant in the U.S.
“Georgia has been our home for more than 20 years and we’ve had a presence in Macon for 11 years,” Yoichi Ichimura, the company’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “The success that we’ve had in the U.S. market, particularly in the southeastern region of the country, has been particularly gratifying. We are so pleased to be expanding our manufacturing in Macon and creating more jobs and economic benefits in the area.”
74 new jobs will be created as a result of Nichiha’s investment.