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Fiberglass plant plans June startup

April 10, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A new fiberglass plant scheduled to begin manufacturing on June 22 is hiring up to 150 production workers.

The Martinsburg plant will be the fourth for Guardian Fiberglass, a company based in Albion, Mich., which produces building insulation products. It is a subsidiary of Guardian Industries Corp., that also makes float glass and vehicle glass and exterior trims for the automotive industry.

The Martinsburg plant will produce only fiberglass insulation, said plant manager Dwayne Johnson.

The plant is accepting applications for production workers, support staff and maintenance workers this month. Johnson said the starting wage for production workers will be between $8.65 and $9.90 per hour.

"We should be competitive with the area," Johnson said.

Guardian bought the 700,000-square-foot former AT&T warehouse in 1997 and spent $30 million renovating the building. The plant is on about 200 acres adjacent to Interstate 81 and Tabler Station Road south of Martinsburg.

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The plant will operate 24 hours per day.

Denise Smoot, human resource manager, said applications will be accepted April 21 and 22 at the plant.

"We hope by the start-up we'll have up to 150 people," Smoot said.

Management positions have already been filled, she said.

Applicants can apply in person from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on April 21, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 22. Those unable to apply in person can pick up an application at the reception desk and return it by April 24.

A high school diploma or GED is preferred, but not required.

The company offers performance incentives, a benefits package and 401(k) plan.

Guardian Fiberglass has three other fiberglass manufacturing plants in Michigan, Mississippi and Ontario. Parent company Guardian Industries operates manufacturing plants throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

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