Progressive Materials Announces Plans for New Company Headquarters

Progressive Materials, a silicone roofing systems manufacturer, announced plans today to expand its operations in southeast Indiana, building a new, state-of-the-art headquarters in New Albany and creating up to 25 new jobs by 2023.

“With the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., Indiana has established a strong reputation for making products that are used around the world,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). “Because of the state’s low-cost, tax-friendly business climate and skilled workforce, small businesses like Progressive Materials have the confidence to expand and create good jobs for Hoosiers.”

The company, which is one of the largest silicone coatings manufacturers in the United States, will invest $13.4 million to expand its New Albany-based headquarters after outgrowing its current facility at 540 Central Court. Progressive Materials will construct and equip an approximately 100,000-square-foot corporate campus at the New Albany North Industrial Park off Hausfeldt Lane with plans to be operational in the new space by December 2019. The complex will be home to Progressive Materials’ manufacturing operations, warehouse space, distribution center, sales and marketing offices and quality control laboratories. With this expansion, the company plans to enhance its customer base and complement its rapid sales growth, which surpassed $32 million in 2017 alone.

Progressive Materials, which currently has 16 full-time employees in New Albany, will begin hiring in 2019 for electrical and operator technicians, silicone-specialized chemists and administrative associates. New positions are expected to offer salaries above the county and state average wage. Interested applicants may apply online.

“The leadership at Progressive Materials is very excited about staying in Indiana for the company’s continued growth and expansion,” said Sean Stumler, president of Progressive Materials. “The move to a fully-automated, state-of-the-art facility is a huge step for our company, and everyone from the state of Indiana, city of New Albany and One Southern Indiana have been incredibly helpful throughout the process. We appreciate all the work and support that has gone into making our proposed expansion a success, and we look forward to continuing our winning strategy here in southern Indiana.”

Family owned and operated since 2011, Progressive Materials’ roof coatings and foam roofing systems are designed to reduce life-cycle costs, improve performance and increase the overall sustainability of new and existing buildings. According to the company, silicone is extremely flexible, cures rapidly, and resists oxidation, severe weather, ozone, UV rays and other chemicals that may damage roofs.

“The city of New Albany is excited to be working with Progressive Materials to not only keep the company here in the city, but also to consider the New Albany North Industrial Park as an ideal location for its new headquarters and manufacturing operation,” said New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan. “The largely-automated, advanced manufacturing facility has extraordinary growth potential and would offer new, high-wage job opportunities to our citizens. The city will continue to assist Progressive Materials in its growth plans, for the benefit of both now and in the future.”

The IEDC offered Progressive Materials up to $240,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of New Albany will consider 10-year and five-year real and personal property tax abatements, respectively, at the request of One Southern Indiana.

Progressive Materials’ announcement comes on the heels of National Manufacturing Day in which 22 companies announced plans to locate in or expand in Indiana, together committing to invest more than $154 million in their Hoosier operations and create up to 1,090 new jobs over the next several years. Indiana is a leader in manufacturing, with 8,500 manufacturing facilities and the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., supporting one in five Hoosier jobs.

For more information, visit PMsilicone.com.

GAF Completes Extensive Roof Replacement Project at Corporate Headquarters

GAF has completed an extensive roof replacement project at its new corporate headquarters at 1 Campus Drive in Parsippany, N.J. GAF has been relocating to the new property, which has been completely renovated with quality products in all areas—including, of course, the roof.

GAF worked closely with its Master Select Contractors to ensure the installation of an energy-efficient roofing system at 1 Campus Drive. The system included GAF’s RUBEROID HW 25 Smooth Membrane, EnergyGuard Polyiso Insulation (for high insulation value), and EnergyGuard HD Cover Board (which offers a high R-value and impact resistance). It also included GAF’s single-ply membrane, EverGuard Extreme Fleece-back TPO Membrane. GAF is proud of how EverGuard Extreme Fleece-back TPO Membrane outperforms competitive TPO membranes (based on heat-aging tests), and backs it with a commercial roofing guarantee.

As GAF prepared to move into its corporate headquarters, it was imperative to make sure they had a durable, energy-efficient and easy-to-install roofing system. The combination of GAF EverGuard Extreme Fleece-back TPO Membrane in 2-Part Roofing Adhesive over EnergyGuard HD Cover Board and EnergyGuard Polyiso Insulation set in Olybond, along with RUBEROID HW 25 Smooth Membrane was the perfect system to keep its building dry and comfortable for years to come.

When using EverGuard Extreme Fleece-Back TPO Membrane with Low-Rise Foam Adhesive (compared to EverGuard Extreme Smooth TPO Membrane), the fleece on the back of the membrane provides an added cushioning layer, especially for hail-prone areas. Also, when combining EverGuard Extreme TPO Accessories with EverGuard Extreme Fleece-Back TPO Membrane, it helps save labor (versus field fabrication)—and provides an overall cleaner-looking roof.

GAF Moves Corporate Headquarters to Parsippany, N.J., to Consolidate Operations

GAF announces the move of its corporate headquarters from Wayne, N.J., to 1 Campus Drive in Parsippany, N.J. The 128-year-old company has spent more than 40 years located on an 11-building campus in Wayne and is making the move to consolidate its operations into a single building.

GAF's new location is a single, 330,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that will house all of the company’s operations on three floors.

GAF’s new location is a single, 330,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that will house all of the company’s operations on three floors.

After extensive consideration and research into relocation possibilities, Bob Tafaro, GAF’s president and CEO, felt confident that remaining in New Jersey was the right decision. “There are a tremendous number of talented, educated and experienced people right here in New Jersey,” Tafaro says. “Whether we’re looking for scientists, business people or IT technicians, the talent pool and range of skills available in this state is second to none.”

The refurbished building brings the company’s departments and functions together under one roof.

The refurbished building brings the company’s departments and functions together under one roof.

GAF has made a significant investment in upgrading the building, using its own energy-efficient TPO roofing for the roof. The refurbished building brings the company’s departments and functions together under one roof to foster even greater collaboration and teamwork while improving the company’s overall operating efficiency. The current location in Wayne has 11 buildings spread over a sprawling 99-acre campus. The new location is a single, 330,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that will house all of the company’s operations on three floors. “We’re all looking forward to the many advantages that our new facility will provide,” says Tafaro. “We’re a very customer-focused company, and the new facility will only enhance our ability to create value for our customers.” The architecture, layout and furniture for the new building were selected to facilitate effective communication, quick decision-making and improved efficiencies.

Over the past few years, GAF has invested $350 million in capital improvements, including several new manufacturing plants for its commercial roofing products.

Over the past few years, GAF has invested $350 million in capital improvements, including several new manufacturing plants for its commercial roofing products.

This isn’t the only new investment GAF has made in its business. During the past few years, GAF has invested $350 million in capital improvements, including several new manufacturing plants for its commercial roofing products. “We are aggressively investing in our business,” states Tafaro, “because it’s a good long-term bet that homeowners and businesses will continue to need new roofs.” The company is also investing in its people and their development and strongly encourages promoting from within. “We believe that we have some of the most talented people anywhere, not just in the building products industry, but in business in general—and continuing to develop that talent pool will be critical to our future success.”