On Wednesday, Ahlstrom-Munksjö officials, along with state and local leaders, broke ground on a new Glass Fiber Tissue line in Madisonville, Kentucky.
The new Glass Fiber Tissue line is a $66 million project that will bring 50 new high-paying jobs to the area.
It expands upon the 133-employee Ahlstrom-Munksjö facility that currently operates in Madisonville, and was announced by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear back in May.
According to that announcement, jobs at the new Glass Fiber Tissue line expansion will pay about $30 per hour, including benefits.
The Glass Fiber Tissue line will be used to will produce a full range of glass fiber tissue nonwovens, with a main focus on Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Vinyl sheet materials for the flooring industry.
The new plant will also give the company a platform in the US to expand into other glass fiber tissue applications, including industrial filtration and energy storage solutions.
Officials say they expect construction to begin this winter and plan on the new line to be operational by September of 2023.
Among those in attendance at the groundbreaking were Madisonville City Mayor Kevin Cotton and Hopkins County Judge Executive Jack Whitfield.
“Essentially we’re going to get to take this site here and build it all the way up from ground zero," said Ahlstrom-Munksjö plant manager Michael Hady. "To make a whole new platform of product here in Madisonville, Kentucky."
“This will be in fact a state of the art plant," said Ray Hagerman, president of the Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corp. "The people who will be working here are going to be highly skilled. And highly compensated which really sets the bar for us for the future.”