Johns Manville (JM) plans to build a Climate Problowing wool production line in McPherson, Kansas, USA.

JM will begin construction on the expansion project later this year, pending various governmental approvals, and anticipates the completion in early 2021.

The Berkshire Hathaway company will employ more than 330 people in McPherson once completed, including hiring operators, maintenance technicians and warehouse employees.

Mary Rhinehart, President and CEO of Johns Manville, said: “The production expansion at our plant in McPherson will help us meet current and future market demand for blowing wool.”

“Our central location in McPherson gives us easy access to many markets and positions Johns Manville to offer more of this premium product to our customers,” added Bob Wamboldt, President of JM’s Insulation Systems business.

Local and state officials applauded JM’s decision to expand in McPherson.

David Toland, Kansas Secretary of Commerce said: “Advanced manufacturing is a staple of McPherson.

“The community houses a significant number of innovative, progressive manufacturing companies pushing the envelope in their industry. It is clear that Johns Manville has chosen the right location for its expansion.”

McPherson Mayor Tom Brown added: “This project is an important step forward in the McPherson manufacturing market. Johns Manville is an important corporate citizen in our community.”

Kasi Morales, Executive Director of the McPherson Industrial Development Company concluded: “We are grateful to our partners at the Kansas Department of Commerce for coming along side us to get this deal done. We are honoured to have JM continue to invest and grow in our community.”