09/25/2012

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GAF will open second of four roof insulation plants

The first plant is located in Statesboro, GA, USA, at an existing 300,000 square foot warehouse and employs approximately 50 people. It began shipping product in August 2012. GAF has also confirmed plans to open a second new manufacturing facility to produce polyisocyanurate, at a facility located in Gainesville, TX, USA. Construction of the 200,000 square foot facility is expected to begin during the third quarter of 2012, and the facility is scheduled to begin operating during the third quarter of 2013. The facility is expected to employ about 20 people in addition to the 35 people already employed at the company's Gainesville manufacturing site. This facility will be integrated with the company's existing TPO manufacturing facilities and also will produce residential sheathing. Both plants are strategically located to accommodate the company's current commercial roofing demand. "The opening of our second polyisocyanurate facility demonstrates GAF's unwavering commitment to create efficient and cost-effective solutions for our customers,” says Bob Tafaro, GAF's president and chief executive officer. "The products manufactured at this facility will support property owners' efforts to reduce energy costs through thermal efficiency. We are opening these polyisocyanurate roof insulation plants in response to continued industry demand, and we believe it will greatly strengthen our position in the commercial roofing business, as well as give us the ability to produce residential sheathing product,” he stated. Once the two plants are up and running, GAF expects to investigate locations for additional plants to give the company nationwide manufacturing capability in the near future. GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, with sales of nearly USD 3 billion annually. The company's products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and low-slope roofing systems, as well as composite decking, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by a commitment to provide property owners and specifiers with the best and safest choice in roofing and by helping supportive contractors and distributors to build their businesses and avoid hassles.

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