Applegate Insulation Announces New Production Facility in Arizona to Bring Eco-Friendly Insulation and Jobs to Southwest

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Applegate Insulation, the world’s largest family-owned manufacturer of cellulose insulation products, announced today it will be opening a new production facility in Casa Grande, Arizona in June of 2016.

The plant will operate as Applegate of Arizona, LLC, opening the doors of the Southwestern U.S. market to the Webberville, Michigan 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 continued, “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, in a couple of months 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, Arizona. “They are making a significant investment returning to service a building that has spent the last 5 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,” added 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.”

Applegate is will be filling several positions in operations and customer service at the new facility and encourages interested parties to call 1-800-627-7536 for additional information.

About Applegate Insulation:

Established in 1978, Aaron and his son Terry Applegate began producing insulation out of a small facility in Okemos, Michigan. Today, Applegate (headquartered in Webberville, Michigan), is the largest family owned cellulose insulation producer in the world, and supplies a variety of high-performance recycled insulation products throughout the United States.

In addition to its cellulose insulation products, Applegate manufactures a suite of eco-friendly products including: Cotton Armor, a thermal/acoustic insulation blanket, board and wrap product for the construction and OEM markets, Paper Shavings, a cellulose bedding product designed for horses and all other animals, MastaSorb, cotton and cellulose-based industrial absorbents, and a full line of cellulose mulches, wood mulches and tackifiers to the international landscaping, hydroseeding and erosion control community.

Applegate currently operates facilities in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana, Colorado and Ontario. For additional information regarding Applegate Insulation please visit or call 800-627-7536.

About Pinal County:

Pinal County, formed in February 1875, comprises 5,376 square miles and is home to over 410,000 residents. Located in the very heart of the Sun Corridor, Pinal County has a very diverse economy with copper mining and tourism to the east, and manufacturing, distribution and agriculture in the western lower valley desert area. The central to western area of the county is home to hundreds of family, corporate and university based farms supporting various types of agricultural products while Manufacturing and major distribution firms are centered along Pinal County’s main traffic corridors of Interstate 10, Interstate 8 and US Route 60.

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