- Associated Press - Saturday, January 25, 2014

LANETT, Ala. (AP) - A manufacturing firm is reopening one of the nation’s largest insulation plants in an eastern Alabama town.

Knauf Insulation had closed its plant in Lanett, just across the Georgia state line, in 2010 due to the economic downtown.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/1gcUrsS) that when the economy began to improve, Knauf looked at its options for expansion, which included coming back to Alabama. Company officials say Alabama’s job training programs were a factor in the decision to reopen the plant.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement that Knauf Insulation manufactures building materials and construction systems. Knauf has more than 5,000 employees in more than 35 countries and more than 30 manufacturing sites.

Lanett is about 80 miles northeast of Montgomery and just across the Chattahoochee River from West Point, Ga.

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