James Hardie is the global leader in fiber cement technology, and has been furthering our innovative, entrepreneurial legacy around the world for more than 125 years. We invented fiber cement siding products in the early 1980s as a durable, lower-maintenance alternative to wood and vinyl. Its products combine innovation and versatility to offer a variety of design possibilities, matched with specific performance attributes relative to the climate where the product is being used. Currently installed on more than 8 million homes in North America, James Hardie has earned a favorable reputation within the industry and has been selected for use in some of the country's most prestigious projects.
Innovation is vital to maintaining our product leadership position in the fiber-cement industry. Consequently, we invest heavily in research and development, with a special emphasis on product quality and production efficiency to develop durable and low maintenance siding products and backerboard.
Today, James Hardie Inc. operates in markets around the world, with manufacturing operations in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. The United States businesses employs over 3,000 people who generate revenue of more than $2 billion a year.