The CertainTeed plant in Sherman will soon begin efforts to add 10 new employees over the next year.


The board of directors of the Sherman Economic Development Corp. recently approved a $50,000 incentive for CertainTeed to assist with plans to hire the new workers.


“CertainTeed will be adding a second shift and that will require 10 employees,” SEDCO Vice President of Business Retention & Expansion Stacey Jones said. “We’ll give a $5,000 incentive for each job for a total of $50,000 paid out over one year in two payments.”


CertainTeed Plant Manager Chris Craze explained the plant recently made some manufacturing improvements that have allowed it to get into a new market.


“So we’re offering a different product line now,” Craze said. “And with that, we were able to secure some business that almost consumes one entire shift worth of work. So in order to make our standard products and our new products, we’re going to have to expand and run an additional shift.”


Craze said the new product is insulation that is used in a lot of air-handling equipment and air ducts.


“It’s going to be a great help,” Craze said of the incentive for hiring the new shift workers. “I work very closely with SEDCO and we appreciate all their support. As any business looks for new opportunities, SEDCO’s always there to help us and support us.”


Jones said the new hires will also allow the Sherman plant to pursue other opportunities within the CertainTeed company.


“That’s what we use our incentives for — to help our companies compete within their corporations,” Jones said. “So this incentive will help them be more competitive within the corporation for future products.”