Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Knauf Insulation, a manufacturer of fiberglass insulation and other products used in new home construction, is closing its plant in Lanett, Ala., eliminating 146 jobs. 

The plant is 40 minutes from Columbus, Ga., and draws workers living in the city and nearby communities. Company officials said the closing is being forced by the “extreme decrease” in home construction, the Columbus Ledger-Inquirer reported.

Officials with the German-based company said they do not plan at this time to sell the 800,000-square-foot facility. The Lanett plant was opened in 1988.

According to the Knauf Insulation’s website, the family-owned company’s annual sales top $1.5 billion.

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