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NCI Building Systems Expands Sustainable Offerings to Architectural Market with New Facility in Virginia

Metl-Span, the NCI Building Systems (NCI) division devoted to insulated metal panels, celebrates the grand opening of its newest manufacturing facility in Colonial Heights, Va. The plant - the company's seventh - answers a growing demand for insulated metal building envelopes on more high-profile applications in new and retrofit construction, including entertainment venues, hospitality and retail.

Distinct from the industrial or cold-storage applications that also favor insulated metal panels, the architectural market can require panels that are folded, curved, tapered or with special edge joints. The new facility will specialize in these types of custom offerings, introducing Envolution, the new line named for the complete building envelope solution that - in addition to metal panels - can include window systems, louvers, or other custom accessories required for any given project. In addition to the highly customized approach for special design challenges, the focus on aesthetic appeal further differentiates this product line.

"We see a high demand for this type of custom product for architectural projects on the East Coast, so having this specialized facility closer to that region is a natural fit," said Chuck Barnes, plant manager for the Colonial Heights facility. "This area also has a very strong awareness of energy efficient building solutions, and we play a significant role in answering that need as well."

The metal panels produced by this facility, with their steel exteriors and insulated cores, will provide consistent R-values much higher than traditional fiberglass insulation. The durability of the panels will mean that they will also last longer than fiberglass, bringing new levels of long-term energy efficiency and sustainability to commercial construction. Due to proximity of the facility, customers in the eastern U.S. will also see significant freight savings and quicker turnaround after the plant is fully operational.

The 109,000-square-foot plant will initially employ more than 30 personnel, and there are near-term plans to launch a second shift at the facility within 2-3 years, which will bring the total number of employees closer to 60. In a local job market still on the mend after the recession, these positions make a positive contribution. As additional services - that could be brought in-house - are reviewed, the total employees could grow even further.