Applegate Insulation to Open Production Facility in Arizona

Applegate Insulation, a family-owned manufacturer of cellulose insulation products, is opening a new production facility in Casa Grande, Ariz.

The plant will operate as Applegate of Arizona LLC, opening the doors of the Southwestern U.S. market to the Webberville, Mich.-based manufacturer of eco-friendly insulation and erosion control products.

“The Southwest has been an underserved market for years,” says Applegate Insulation National Sales Manager Richard Applegate. He continues: “The people here know us, they know our products and they’ve been asking us how they can get Applegate Cellulose Insulation in Arizona, California and New Mexico. With this plant, they can.”

Applegate Insulation says millions will be invested into the 65,000-square-foot facility, located near Phoenix. “Applegate is exactly the kind of business we like to see moving into our community,” says Timothy Kanavel, program manager for Pinal County, Ariz. “They are making a significant investment returning to service a building that has spent the last five years unoccupied, putting local contractors to work during the renovation and are donating a private road to the county that will allow other nearby businesses an additional point of access,” adds Kanavel.

Applegate’s new Casa Grande facility will manufacture cellulose insulation made from recycled fibers and generate up to 30 full-time jobs at full production. Across all cellulose insulation operations, Applegate is expected to recycle more than 2 million tons of fiber each month, which would otherwise go to landfills.

With customers in more than 20 countries, U.S. based Applegate has seven facilities strategically located across the U.S. and recently opened its first manufacturing facility in Canada.

Applegate attributes its continued growth to the hard-working “Gators”, a nickname for Applegate employees, and the superior performance of its products. The manufacturer says its products are typically lower in dust, cleaner and plug less frequently than its competitors’ products. This helps the insulation contractor work more efficiently and with fewer interruptions, while dramatically improving the customer experience.

“This is our second new facility in a year, and that’s a big deal in this industry,” says Applegate CEO, Terry Applegate. “Without the continuous efforts of our product development folks, the support provided by our incredible sales team, and the can-do attitude of our production staff, we wouldn’t be here today.”

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