CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- James Hardie Industries plc (ASX: JHX;NYSE: JHX), the world's #1 producer and marketer of high-performance fiber cement and fiber gypsum building solutions, recently celebrated the official opening of its new state-of-the-art US headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. Featuring remarks from James Hardie CEO Dr. Jack Truong and Governor JB Pritzker, the event marked a significant milestone in the global corporation's strategic transformation to a consumer brand.
The company's 68,000-square-foot office at 303 East Wacker overlooks Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, and supports the brand's focus on the consumer and market-led innovation, enabled by collaboration and the cross-functional teamwork of its more than 5,000 employees around the world.
"On LaSalle Street, we used to look at buildings, now we have unobstructed views of the river and of downtown Chicago. On a clear day, we can see Lake Michigan for miles, this is very intentional," remarked Dr. Jack Truong during the ribbon cutting ceremony. "In moving to this location, we were determined to elevate and enlarge our perspective. We wanted to look beyond building exteriors, to the neighborhoods where our customers and employees live and work. We wanted to focus on the needs of the trade, of course, but also to lift our gaze to the homeowner, whose dreams we intend to fulfill."
The state of Illinois will play a significant role in James Hardie's transformation and continued expansion. In addition to the new corporate offices in Chicago where the company's leadership is based, there is a James Hardie manufacturing plant in Peru, Illinois.
Governor JB Pritzker remarked, "I'm exceptionally proud to join James Hardie in celebrating the official grand opening of their new U.S. headquarters in downtown Chicago. Replanting roots in our great city only reaffirms that Illinois is a best state to build and expand a business. James Hardies' commitment to building more with less is embedded in their approach to sustainable manufacturing. It's this vision that builds on the manufacturing legacy of our state, as we provide impetus for the nation's carbon-free production future. I look forward to many years of collaboration and growth."
Marking more than fifteen years of partnership with Habitat for Humanity, James Hardie leadership presented a check for $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity Chicago. In addition, company leadership recognized Veteran's Day by presenting a check for $100,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.
With "James Hardie" signage now prominently displayed atop 303 East Wacker, the James Hardie brand is now part of the Chicago skyline. The company is currently hiring for dozens of new roles at its new state-of-the-art office with openings across many job sectors, including IT, finance, marketing, communications, supply chain, HR, legal and more.
James Hardie Industries James Hardie Industries (ASX: JHX;NYSE: JHX) is a global leader in premium building solutions that offer lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The world's #1 producer and marketer of high-performance fiber cement and fiber gypsum building solutions, James Hardie offers siding and accessories for every style. Extensive Hardie® products empower homeowners and building professionals to achieve the home of their dreams. The company pioneered the technology of fiber cement building products made from sustainable raw materials and continues to invest in innovation to transform the way the world builds. James Hardie operates with an inclusive company culture, and an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. James Hardie employs a diverse global workforce of approximately 5,000 employees across operations in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
Forward-Looking Statements This Media Release contains forward-looking statements and information that are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of James Hardie to be materially different from those expressed or implied in this release, including, among others, the risks and uncertainties set forth in Section 3 "Risk Factors" in James Hardie's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended 31 March 2020; changes in general economic, political, governmental and business conditions globally and in the countries in which James Hardie does business; changes in interest rates; changes in inflation rates; changes in exchange rates; the level of construction generally; changes in cement demand and prices; changes in raw material and energy prices; changes in business strategy and various other factors. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein. James Hardie assumes no obligation to update or correct the information contained in this Media Release except as required by law.
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