Wayne, New Jersey -- GAF, which describes itself as North America's largest roofing manufacturer, said recently that it is to open two plants, one in Georgia and the other in Texas or Oklahoma, to produce polyisocyanurate (ISO), a foam insulation material used in commercial roofing systems. The plants will also be able to make residential sheathing.
The first plant is expected to begin operation mid-year 2012, said GAF, and is in Statesboro, Georgia at an existing 300 000 Sq.ft warehouse. It will employ about 50 people.
Wayne, New Jersey-headquartered GAF is currently examining potential sites in Texas, Oklahoma, and surrounding areas for a second plant expected to open year-end 2012.
"Both plants are strategically located to accommodate the company's current commercial roofing demand," the company said. Once the two plants are up and running, GAF expects to investigate locations for additional plants to give us nationwide manufacturing capability in the near future.
"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 products," said Bob Tafaro, president and chief executive officer at GAF, in a company statement.
GAF currently sources its polyisocyanurate foam from third parties. The opening of these dedicated plants will allow GAF to increase its service and hence offer a more cost-effective solution to its customers, the company said.