The new facility, which is located in New Columbia, Pa., enables GAF to increase manufacturing capacity and level up service to customers in the Northeast.
“While supply chain issues worsened by the ongoing pandemic have created industry-wide shortages in the raw material needed to manufacture polyiso, our investment in this new facility enables GAF to maximize manufacturing capacity to meet demand and puts us in a prime position to increase capacity as soon as supply is restored,” said GAF Commercial Roofing Executive Chairman John Altmeyer.
Construction began on the 250,000-square-foot building began in 2019. Production will build in the coming months and ramp up to full capacity as raw materials become more readily available.
The production line inside the plant is roughly the size of two and a half football fields. GAF created 50 jobs in the area with this new operation.
“GAF has been part of the New Columbia community since 2017. This is an ideal location for the new polyiso insulation plant given the talented workforce in the area and its proximity to major highways and railways,” said Michael Widerquist, GAF-New Columbia plant manager. “The team and culture of innovation and growth we have here is the perfect match to not only succeed in starting up this new production line but also to serve and support the community for many years to come.”
GAF New Columbia also manufactures commercial thermoplastic polyolefin products and Cobra Ridge Vent products for residential applications in a building adjacent to the new polyiso plant.
“As leaders in the roofing industry, GAF is investing in manufacturing capacity and capabilities to continue fulfilling our goal of protecting what matters most,” said GAF Chief Executive Officer Jim Schnepper. “This added capacity will enable us to continue to expand our position in commercial roofing and deliver superior service to our customers.”
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