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James Hardie Building Company could add more jobs

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -


More jobs than expected could be could be coming to Prattville.

James Hardie Building Company announced Thursday it would be investing in a million-dollar facility in the city. The company is set to invest $219 million in the facility, which will be located on about 100 acres off County Road 4. It will sit across from the Sportsplex and just beyond the tree line in the South Industrial Park. 

The company initially said it would offer 205 jobs, but a third machine might be needed to make all the fiber cement products, like home sidings. This means it will take more hands on deck, so the job number is expected to be closer to 300 once the plant is up and running.

"We initially went in with one line and now we're looking at two and we could expand," said James Hardie general counsel Joe Blasko.

Autauga County beat out four other states for this site, and the speed in which all of it came about is something the mayor is still talking about. Economic development is typically a long and winding road, but the James Hardie company began seriously looking at Autauga County in January, just four months ago.

"This is super fast. It's warped speed. Normally you don't hear about this," said Prattville mayor Bill Gillespie.

Construction on the facility is expected to begin in the fall and it is expected to take a year to complete.

Jackie Davis lives within 1,500 yards of where the Hardie plant will be located, and she couldn't be happier to welcome her soon-to-be neighbor.

"I'm excited. I think it will be a good deal. It will bring jobs to the area,"  Davis predicted.

Davis hopes landing the Hardie company is the gateway to bigger and better things in her town of Prattville.

Company leaders say the average pay at the manufacturing plant will be $25.00 an hour.

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