Loyalist Township to see new fibreglass manufacturing plant operational by 2023

Pictured (L-R): Chris Sztuke (Cornerstone Builders, CBL), Dan Lucas (CBL), Marko Turcotte (CBL), Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Member of Parliament, MP, Hastings – Lennox and Addington), Daryl Kramp (Member of Provincial Parliament, MPP, Hastings – Lennox and Addington), Connor Henley (Fiberglass Vice President, Latham Pools), Sanjay Jain (Fiberglass Operations Director, Canada, Latham Pools), Ric Bresee (Mayor, Loyalist Township), Ron Kowalczyk (Project Manager, Latham Pools). Image via Latham Group.

Update and editorial note: While initial information from Latham Group Inc. regarding this announcement indicated they plan to build a 148-acre fibreglass manufacturing plant in Loyalist Township, Loyalist Township has since clarified that the property which Latham Group Inc. has acquired in the Township is 148 acres, and that the facility itself will be approximately 160,000 square feet in size. This article has been updated to reflect that clarification.

Latham Group, Inc., the largest designer, manufacturer and marketer of in-ground residential swimming pools in North America, Australia and New Zealand, has announced the company is expanding its facilities, building a 160,000 sq ft fibreglass manufacturing plant on 148 acres of property in Loyalist Township, Ontario.

“We are excited to begin the construction of our new Kingston plant, which will be the largest fibreglass facility in our history,” said Scott Rajeski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Latham. “This new facility will enable us to expand our capacity to meet the growing demand for our products as we drive the awareness of, and accelerate the material conversion to, fibreglass pools. We look forward to increasing our manufacturing capabilities in the Loyalist Township region to help scale our operations across North America and enhance our ability to offer homeowners our signature world-class products, while also creating new job opportunities for the Loyalist and Kingston community.”

In a media release, Latham said that the new facility will be able to serve markets in both the eastern half of Canada, as well as the northeast and upper Midwest of the United States, producing pools for the company’s fibreglass brands including Latham and Narellan Pools.

“We are very pleased that Latham has chosen our community for the location of its new plant,” said Ric Bresee, Mayor of Loyalist Township and Warden of County of Lennox and Addington. “Economic development is a priority for the County of Lennox and Addington, and we believe this project will benefit the residents of Loyalist Township.”

According to Loyalist Township, the Latham facility will be located in the Taylor Kidd Industrial Park between County Road 6 and Jim Snow Drive.

“I would like to thank the Latham leadership team and the local Loyalist township for their continued support and commitment to this project, and for being valuable partners in working toward our long-term success,” added Sanjay Jain, Fiberglass Operations Director for Canada for Latham. “Loyalist Township is the ideal location for Latham’s new facility, with 40 per cent of Canada’s population living within a three-hour driving distance of the plant. With quick access to Highway 401, it makes servicing the Canadian and Northeast U.S. marketplace accessible and easy.”

Production at the new Latham facility is expected to begin in 2023, according to the release. When running at full capacity, the local plant will employ over 100 people, creating a variety of jobs for members of the local Loyalist Township and surrounding areas. Latham has a coast-to-coast operations platform consisting of over 2,000 employees across over 30 facilities, the company stated.

For more information on Latham’s fibreglass offerings, visit https://www.lathampool.com/fiberglass-pools/.

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