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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2004


CertainTeed Opens New Window Manufacturing Plant in West Sacramento, California
(West Sacramento, California) – Tapping into the high-growth markets of the Western United
States, CertainTeed Corporation, one of North America’s leading building products
manufacturers, announces the grand opening of its new window fabrication facility in West
Sacramento, California.

This morning, state and local officials, including West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon,
join CertainTeed employees for the official ribbon cutting and dedication of the multi-million
dollar, 229,000-square-foot production facility that manufactures CertainTeed’s popular vinyl
new construction and replacement windows and patio doors.

“The city of West Sacramento is pleased to welcome CertainTeed to the Southport Business
Park,” says Mayor Cabaldon. “CertainTeed is a key part of our economic development strategy
and further proof that California and our city are poised to be successful locations for
manufacturing jobs.”

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          Roofing  Siding  Windows  Insulation  Fence  Decking  Railing  Foundation Systems  Pipe
The facility currently employs 79 people with the potential of employing 100 Californians by
year’s end and 500 workers within five years, making it one of West Sacramento’s leading
employers.

“We have all the necessary ingredients to be a real force in this part of the country,” says Sam
Ansley, President of the CertainTeed Window Group. “Easy access to major highways, a
booming construction market, the most state-of-the-art window fabrication plant in the nation
and West Sacramento’s positive pro-business climate combine to make this city the right choice
for our new facility.”

While the facility began production in August, the plant has been hiring and training employees
since early this year. “We have some of the region’s most skilled workers, many of whom have
years of window production experience. We are sure to benefit from their expertise,” says
Charlie Yoder, Director of West Coast Operations for CertainTeed.

The plant manufactures CertainTeed’s popular Insulate Series™ and Insulate Slimline Series™
products as well as New Castle XT™ vinyl windows and patio doors. The facility will also offer
the new CertainTeed PrismGrid™ option on all its products. PrismGrid is an innovative window
application that employs patented optical film technology to create the look of custom beveled
glass at a more affordable price.

In addition to the new West Sacramento facility, CertainTeed has window production facilities in
Auburn, Washington; Corona, California; Richmond, Virginia; and Lebanon, Indiana. The
company also has window lineal extrusion facilities in Hagerstown, Maryland and Auburn,
Washington.

About CertainTeed Corporation

In 1904, George Brown founded the General Roofing Manufacturing Company in East St. Louis,
Illinois. A decade later, the company slogan, 'Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed'
became the inspiration for the CertainTeed name.

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Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American manufacturer of vinyl and fiber cement siding;
vinyl and composite decking, railing and fencing; vinyl windows and patio doors; residential,
commercial and mechanical insulation; residential and commercial roofing; pipe and foundation
systems. Homeowners and building professionals across the nation have grown to rely on
CertainTeed for innovative, high-quality, high-performance products.

From its humble beginnings in East St. Louis, CertainTeed has become one of the nation's largest
and most well-respected manufacturers of building products. CertainTeed celebrates 100 years of
leading the building products industry with creative advancements, insightful solutions and
unparalleled dedication to service.


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