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Guardian plans Ok'd

December 02, 1997

Guardian plans Ok'd

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Planning Commission Monday night approved preliminary plans for a 28,000-square-foot addition to the Guardian Fiberglass plant.

The company purchased the former AT&T warehouse last summer and is in the midst of a $30 million renovation of the building, according to Guardian Fiberglass president Wayne Faulkner.

The addition of loading and service facilities is relatively small considering the building already covers more than 708,000 square feet.

The preliminary plat approved Monday also includes relocating the rail line next to the building and extending it about 300 feet.

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Faulkner said the building should be ready for production and storage of fiberglass insulation by June of next year.

He said employment would eventually exceed 100 workers who will be hired in stages.

"We've already hired several people so far, eight or 10," he said.

Faulkner said the Albion, Mich., company is the third largest producer of glass products in the world.

The plant is on 197 acres adjacent to Interstate 81 and Tablers Station Road south of Martinsburg.

The building renovation is being done by Ricketts Construction Co. of Winchester, Va.

- Don Aines

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