GAF Begins Production at Pennsylvania Insulation Manufacturing Facility
GAF announced the start of production at its fourth polyisocyanurate (polyiso) insulation manufacturing plant for its EnergyGuard family of products, which has extended the company’s commercial roofing activities.
This new facility, strategically located in New Columbia, Pennsylvania, allows GAF to increase manufacturing capacity while also improving service to clients in the Northeast.
“We’re thrilled to officially begin commercial polyiso insulation production in New Columbia,” said GAF Commercial Roofing Executive Chairman John Altmeyer.
“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.”
Construction on the 250,000-square-foot structure, which will house a production line the size of two and a half football fields, began in 2019. As raw materials become more readily available, production will ramp up to full capacity in the following months. As a result of this new enterprise, fifty new employment were created in New Columbia.
“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,” GAF-New Columbia Plant Manager Michael Widerquist stated.
“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.”
In a building adjacent to the new polyiso factory, GAF New Columbia also manufactures commercial thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) products and Cobra Ridge Vent products for residential applications.
GAF will be able to combine shipments for TPO and polyiso insulation with these two production units side by side, ensuring the goods may be delivered to a construction site simultaneously.
“As leaders in the roofing industry, GAF is investing in manufacturing capacity and capabilities to continue fulfilling our goal of protecting what matters most,” GAF’s Chief Executive Officer, Jim Schnepper added.
“This added capacity will enable us to continue to expand our position in commercial roofing and deliver superior service to our customers.”
GAF EnergyGuard Polyiso Insulation is also manufactured in Cedar City, Utah, Gainesville, Texas, and Statesboro, Georgia.