GAF builds $146 million plant for TPO roofing

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GAF, based in Parsippany, New Jersey, a Standard Industries company that manufactures roofing and waterproofing products, will invest $146 million in a new plant that will create 135 jobs in Valdosta, Georgia, to increase the production capacity of commercial products.

GAF officials have purchased a 130-acre parcel for the facility, which is expected to begin manufacturing the EverGuard line of thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) products in the first quarter of 2024.

Earlier this year at the International Roofing Expo in New Orleans, GAF highlighted its EverGuard SA products, which come with factory-applied adhesive. The company claims that EverGuard SA installs up to 60% faster than traditional GAF TPO bucket adhesives, according to GAF testing.

The new jobs to manufacture EverGuard products in Valdosta will be created over the next six years. GAF currently employs 225 people in Georgia at facilities in Savannah, Statesboro and Cumming.

“GAF is committed to ensuring that our commercial roofing customers receive the highest quality service and the addition of another manufacturing facility in Georgia will help ensure that our customers get the GAF products they need as quickly. and efficiently as possible,” GAF CEO Jim Schnepper said in a press release.

TPO products are popular for their performance and price, especially for low-slope roofs. Single-ply roofing membranes are strong, flexible and resistant to heat and UV rays.

GAF officials say EverGuard TPO products stand the test of time. They cite a study of 20 GAF TPO roofs installed 8 to 16 years ago that found the membranes performed above ASTM standards for newly fabricated TPOs in most cases.

The Valdosta plant will be GAF’s fifth TPO processing site with operations in New Columbia, Pennsylvania; Mount Vernon, Indiana; Gainesville, Texas; and Cedar City, Utah.

“We are excited to take this next step in expanding our manufacturing capacity, which is critical to continuing to provide our best service and becoming a leader in the commercial roofing industry,” said John Altmeyer, Executive Chairman of GAF Commercial Roofing. . “Valdosta is a great place to continue TPO’s production, and we look forward to establishing GAF as an engaged member of that community.”

In July, GAF announced it would build a fifth polyisocyanurate insulation manufacturing facility on 100 acres of land it purchased in Peru, Illinois. The 450,000 square foot factory, which will also manufacture EnergyGuard-branded products, is expected to begin operations in 2024 and employ more than 70 people.

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