French-based CertainTeed Corp. broke ground today at its new $100 million manufacturing and distribution center in Jonesburg, Mo.

CertainTeed is a North American manufacturer of building materials for both commercial and residential construction and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA of France.

When complete, the Jonesburg complex, which includes a 60,000 square-foot manufacturing facility and 150,000 square-foot warehouse, will serve as the production and distribution site for residential roofing shingles. The project is expected to create 100 new jobs. 

The company was founded in 1904 in East St. Louis as the General Roofing Manufacturing Company,

“We’re excited to be coming home again,” said Tom Smith, president of CertainTeed Roofing. “The Jonesburg plant plays a strategic role in meeting the ongoing demand for CertainTeed roofing shingles and when it came time to decide on where to expand, we looked no further than Missouri. With low taxes and a skilled workforce, the Show-Me State is a great place to do business and our new facility here will deliver top notch service to key customers. “

The company has been offered a strategic economic incentive package from the state of Missouri that it can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria. 

The Jonesburg plant will be the second plant for CertainTeed in Missouri with the other being a roofing granule production facility in Gads Hill. Saint-Gobain operates an additional six building materials distribution and glass bottling facilities in the state. 

CertainTeed currently has approximately 6,000 employees and 65 facilities throughout the United States and Canada.

Missouri’s manufacturing industry has garnered national attention in recent months with major international companies choosing to expand their presence in the state. Earlier this month, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals announced a $2 million capital investment in its Hazelwood headquarters, creating 150 new jobs.  Also Ford and General Motors both pledged expansions of their Missouri facilities. Ford will add 1,100 workers to its Claycomo production lines, while General Motors will create 55 new jobs through a $133 million expansion of its Wentzville plant.