GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, today announced plans to open its next new manufacturing facility for polyisocyanurate (ISO), an insulation material used in commercial roofing systems. The facility will be located in Gainesville, Texas and follows GAF’s first ISO manufacturing facility in Statesboro, Georgia, which began shipping material in August of this year.
This state-of-the art ISO facility will be integrated with the company’s existing thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) manufacturing facilities and will enable GAF to efficiently service its customers throughout the central region of the U.S. The plant will also produce residential sheathing. Construction of the new 200,000 square foot facility is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2012, and the facility will begin operating in the third quarter of 2013. The facility is expected to employ approximately 20 people in addition to the 35 people already employed at GAF’s Gainesville manufacturing site.
“The opening of our second ISO facility demonstrates GAF’s unwavering commitment to create efficient and cost-effective solutions for our customers,” stated Bob Tafaro, president and chief executive officer of GAF. “The products manufactured at this facility will support property owners’ efforts to reduce energy costs through thermal efficiency.”
GAF’s presence in Texas includes three manufacturing facilities (in Dallas, Ennis and Gainesville), a research and development center in Ennis, and a corporate office in Dallas, collectively employing over 500 people.
Tommy James, chairman of the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation commented, "The City of Gainesville welcomes GAF's continued investment in the local community and its citizens, and looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship." Jim Goldworthy, Mayor of Gainesville said, "GAF's addition of new, skilled manufacturing jobs will continue to strengthen the local economy. We are very pleased that GAF decided on Gainesville for this expansion project and wish them many years of continued success."
GAF will be announcing further investments in manufacturing capacity in its commercial roofing business and continues to investigate locations for planned new facilities.
Founded in 1886, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by its commitment to Advanced Quality, Industry Expertise, and Solutions Made Simple for contractors, specifiers, and property owners alike. In 2011, GAF was the first roofing manufacturer to offer a Lifetime limited warranty on all of its laminated shingles and, in 2012, it introduced the GAF Lifetime Roofing System.
With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has developed Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, which provides superior durability and wind resistance while reducing the use of scarce natural resources. The company has also developed single-ply and asphaltic membranes with superior durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption.
GAF also supports the roofing industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 125,000 professionals. CARE’s mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel. For more information about GAF, visit www.gaf.com.
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