Construction begins on new manufacturing plant in Alberta

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

CGC Inc., the Canadian division of USG Corporation, began construction of its new manufacturing plant in Wheatland County, Alta. CGC’s $210 million investment to build this facility aims to deliver the company’s Sheetrock brand wallboard to residential and commercial customers across Western Canada faster, more sustainably and more reliably.

Currently, CGC’s Sheetrock brand drywall is shipped to Western Canada from CGC manufacturing facilities in Ontario and Quebec. The new Wheatland County plant is at the centre of CGC’s strategy to streamline its supply chain, making it more reliable, accessible and sustainable. Moreover, the plant will help meet increasing demand for CGC products across Canada’s Western provinces with the need for new homes at an all-time high.

The 220,000 square foot facility, situated on 214 acres of land northwest of Carseland, Alta., will create more than 200 jobs during the construction phase and more than 100 permanent, full-time manufacturing jobs once plant construction is completed. Designed to be the most eco-friendly plant CGC has ever constructed, the plant will feature state-of-the-art innovations that enable efficient wallboard production with minimal water usage, energy consumption and physical waste. CGC is also building a solar field onsite to generate clean electricity for the plant.

“Today’s groundbreaking marks a significant win for CGC operations in Western Canada and for our ambitious growth plans in Canada more broadly,” says Chris Griffin, CEO of USG Corporation. “This project underscores our commitment to being the best wallboard manufacturer to do business with, particularly as builders, governments and communities across Alberta and the West work to expand housing starts, accessibility and affordability.”

CGC first announced its Wheatland County plant investment in July 2022 alongside partners from Wheatland County, the Alberta Government, Siksika First Nation and Invest Alberta.