GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, is proud to have recently won multiple safety awards given by the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA), an organization representing the majority of North America's asphalt roofing manufacturing companies and their raw material suppliers. Contest standing was based on the ARMA INDEX, which was derived from the following formula:
(OSHA INCIDENCE RATE OSHA SEVERITY RATE) / 10 = ARMA INDEX
ARMA’s top award is the ARMA President’s Award, presented to the plant in each contest category that has the lowest combined ARMA INDEX over a two-year period. Both GAF’s Michigan City, IN, and Baltimore, MD, facilities secured this top award.
The ARMA Award of Excellence is presented to those plants that have recorded three consecutive years of a “perfect” ARMA INDEX (i.e., an index of 0.00) and are not President’s Award winners. GAF’s Walpole, MA, location received this award.
Seven of GAF’s plants won the Perfect Safety Award, which is presented to those plants that have a "perfect" ARMA INDEX for the reporting year and are not President's Award winners. Winning facilities included Fresno, CA; Walpole, MA; Tampa, FL; Fontana, CA; Chester, SC; Shafter, CA; and Stockton, CA.
Six of GAF’s plants received a Certificate of Achievement from ARMA, recognizing plants that demonstrated an improvement in their ARMA INDEX of at least 25% over their previous year's performance. Locations to receive this certificate included Tuscaloosa, AL; Myerstown, PA; Tampa, FL; Stockton, CA; Chester, SC; and Fontana, CA.
“Safety remains of utmost importance at GAF, which is evident from our facilities’ emphasis on reducing injuries,” stated Tim Machelski, manufacturing operations vice president at GAF. “We are proud to have won these awards, and recognize that there is still opportunity for improvement.”
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.
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