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James Hardie Overview

Chicago, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
1888
Company - Public (JHX)
Industrial Manufacturing
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Our operations encompass the United States, Australia and New Zealand. James Hardie® Building Products are also now available in Asia, with a manufacturing plant in the Philippines; in Europe, our operations are headquartered in Amsterdam.

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James Hardie – Why Work For Us?


One Team One Company

At James Hardie, we have a universal commitment to the strategy of the company and the product we create. We all work together as a team to reach our goals and have fun celebrating our successes together.     James Hardie products grace the side of more than 5.5 million homes across America.  We’ve won over the press, the remodeling industry and most importantly, our customers. 

FONTANA, CA RESEARCH LAB

The Fontana Research and Development (R&D) team is where we innovate, develop, and test ideas to support our mission of growing the business through product innovation, helping to maintain our preeminent position atop the building products industry. R&D helps direct the future of the company based on the information we provide and products we create. We’ve helped develop new products such as our Trim portfolio, EZGrid®, ColorPlus® Technology, and a myriad of other fiber cement products.

MISSION VIEJO, CA CORPORATE OFFICE

As James Hardie’s key secondary US office, the Mission Viejo corporate office houses a number of the company’s centralized departments including Accounting, Human Resources Analytics, Benefits and Compensation, IT/IS and Marketing communications.

CHICAGO & NAPERVILLE, IL CORPORATE OFFICE

As James Hardie’s US headquarters, the Chicago corporate office houses a number of the company’s centralized departments including Financial Analysis, Strategic Marketing, Products, Segments, Pricing, Financial Analysis, Recruiting.

PERU, IL MANUFACTURING PLANT

The Peru manufacturing plant produces both interior and exterior fiber cement building products. The facility houses various operations, including production from raw materials; finishing (curing and coatings); and on-site testing for durability and aesthetics. In addition to standard HardiePlank® HZ5 production, Peru is home of the Hardie Trim® NT3 product as well as a provider of ColorPlus® Technology.

PLANT CITY, FL MANUFACTURING PLANT

The Plant City manufacturing plant produces both interior and exterior fiber cement building products such as the HardiePlank® HZ10. The facility houses various operations, including production from raw materials; finishing (curing and coatings); and on-site testing for durability and aesthetics. In addition to producing HardiePlank® HZ10, we are currently building a new trim line.

RENO, NV MANUFACTURING PLANT

In operation since September 2004, the Reno plant primarily produces HardieBacker and G2 products, as well as many exterior products. Reno is currently the only plant that produces products such as Artisan®, V-Groove, and Reveal®. An ISO 14001 environmentally-certified plant, Reno pioneered the company’s Ion Exchange program, which recycles and reuses water from the process.

CLEBURNE, TX MANUFACTURING PLANT

The Cleburne Plant is the largest southern James Hardie facility, producing interior and exterior products, including ColorPlus®, Embossed Colonial™, Embossed Beaded, Sanded Edge, and Foam Back Plank/Trim.

WAXAHACHIE, TX MANUFACTURING PLANT

The Waxahachie plant produces both interior and exterior fiber cement building products. In addition to producing HardiePlank® HZ10, Waxahachie also produces HardieSoffit®.

PULASKI, VA MANUFACTURING PLANT

The largest of the company’s U.S. manufacturing plants with 350 employees, the Pulaski plant produces both interior and exterior fiber cement building products. The facility houses various operations, including pre-autoclave and post-autoclave, and manufactures products such as EZ Grid®, G2, Plank & Panel (Smooth, Select, and Cedar). The plant also produces Soffit and is the sole producer of HardieShingle siding.

TACOMA, WA MANUFACTURING PLANT

The Tacoma plant manufactures both interior and exterior products that service all climate zones. This includes more than eight different product families, which equates to more than 120 varieties of James Hardie products. The Tacoma plant prides itself on its high standards for safety, quality, and production.

“James Hardie is a fast-paced, highly competitive company that pushes each and every one of its employees to reach their true potential. Everyone understands that simply meeting expectations is not acceptable. We’re in tune with the company values, and it’s obvious that people are brought in based on how well they fit with the overall culture.”

“Since I started, I have worked my way up from an entry-level position to a supervisor in a short period of time. For more than half of my career with James Hardie, I’ve been a supervisor. It goes to show that when you put forth the effort, you can go far with a company. This was the best career choice I could have possibly made.”

“We clearly have a superior product compared to our competition. Knowing this makes it that much easier for me to market and sell our product.”

“We manufacture a product that improves the lives of our customers as well as our communities. I take pride in the brand and feel good knowing that our work is helping to make a difference.”

“The people who work here make James Hardie a great place to work. We have the most dynamic team that I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.”

“They give you the opportunity to run your sales territory as you would as if you owned the business. I have the ability to run and grow the territory as I see fit. They allow me to come up with promotions and tools and grow the business. They also give me the tools to do this.”

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    Lots of passionate and smart people where any one can contribute an idea and make a difference. Lots of opportunity to grow if you work hard. Great benefits and the medical benefits are really low cost. Great workout facilities in the building for free. Free lunch catered in every Friday.

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    It's easy to gain weight with all of the free lunch Fridays.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at James Hardie (Chicago, IL).

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    Initial interview was with a recruiter. After passing the initial interview process applicants must take a Wonderlic Test and Caliper Assessment. From that point there are 3-4 additional interviews that include phone and panel interviews. Hiring process can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks.

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