Firestone Building Products Celebrates Renaming of Waukesha Facility

Firestone Building Products Company LLC (FSBP), celebrated the renaming of its Gaco Western plant in Waukesha, Wisconsin, with a ceremony including FSBP and Waukesha elected officials on Monday, Aug. 13.

“The Gaco facility has been a part of the Waukesha community for more than 30 years, and we want to thank the more than 100 team members for their hard work and commitment to making this facility one of the best manufacturing facilities in the area,” said Taylor Cole, president, FSBP. “They will continue to play a large role in our commitment to set the standard for trusted commercial roofing and building envelope solutions.”

FSBP officially acquired Gaco in 2017, enhancing the company’s leadership in the industry by increasing its portfolio of products. The addition of Gaco silicone and acrylic liquid coatings presents contractors with new, cost-effective products allowing for easier and less labor-intensive installation.

The Gaco facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin, employs more than 100 members of the community and accommodates more than 144,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations and produced more than 42 million pounds of product in the past year. In addition to producing Gaco’s innovative silicone roofing systems, waterproofing and spray foam insulation, the facility boasts a robust research and development group that focuses on technology and formulation developments.

For more information, visit http://firestonebpco.com.

OMG Roofing Products Opens a New Warehouse in Charlotte

To accommodate continued market growth and expansion, OMG Roofing Products has moved to a new larger facility in Charlotte, N.C. The new facility is located at 10616 A Granite Street in Charlotte, and just a short distance from the old location.

“Demand for OMG Roofing Products has continued to grow during the past few years,” said Web Shaffer, vice president of marketing. “We moved to the new larger facility not only to accommodate this rapid growth, but also to ensure that, once fully stocked, we have sufficient local inventory to better serve our customers throughout the Southeast.”

The new 61,000 square foot facility in Charlotte includes office, warehouse and light assembly space, and is approximately 2/3 larger than the old facility. In addition to being able to accommodate OMG’s expanding product lines, the facility has 15 shipping and receiving docks, three times more than the previous location, for improved traffic efficiency.

For more information, visit OMGRoofing.com.

Tectura Designs Adds Paver Manufacturing Facility for More Color-blending Options

Tectura Designs, a manufacturer of concrete rooftop and on-grade pavers for commercial architecture, has added an expansive paver manufacturing facility that gives architects and designers new color-blending options, sizes and custom capabilities.

Tectura Designs’ new paver manufacturing facility spans 100,000 square feet and substantially increases production speed and capacity while providing high-performance products. The facility features machinery that offers:

  • A range of color options, four-color blending for one-of-a-kind gradients, and an exclusive standard palette.
  • More than 60 standard sizes, including large, thick profiles and a vast range of custom options.
  • An extensive array of styles, finishes and surface textures.
  • Self-spacing lugs available for every paver to cut installation time and cost.
  • A huge library of samples and aggregate combinations to choose from.
  • H-20, H-25, HS-20 and HS-25 loading capabilities for light and heavyweight vehicular traffic.

“We’ve made strong, long-lasting concrete pavers for more than 40 years, and now we’re giving our customers even more creative control,” says Rodney Dombrowski, paving division manager for Tectura Designs. “As we’ve started to tell architects about what this new facility can do for them, they can barely contain their excitement. I’m really looking forward to seeing what some of our customers can do with these new capabilities.”

In addition to manufacturing beautiful, durable pavers—which offer unique design elements, such as blasted glass and recycled porcelain—Tectura Designs has also developed an innovative system for securing rooftop pavers. Tectura’s Lok Down product is a proprietary pedestal system that’s tested to withstand wind speeds of more than 145 miles per hour, making it an ideal solution for areas in which tall buildings experience strong wind uplift forces.

Tectura Designs, a Wausau Tile Inc. brand, also manufactures one-of-a-kind site furnishings, custom precast concrete installations, terrazzo tile and custom precast terrazzo. Those products can be found on Main Streets across the country and at iconic destinations, such as Mount Rushmore, the U.S. Capitol or the Guggenheim Museum.

DEWALT Opens Power Tool Manufacturing at Its Indiana Facility

DEWALT, a manufacturer of professional power tools and accessories, celebrated the grand opening of power tool manufacturing at its facility in Greenfield, Ind. The company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony—sawing through a board in place of a ribbon—on Veterans Day. To commemorate this milestone for its seventh manufacturing facility in the U.S., DEWALT also donated 70 power tools, hand tools and accessories to the Greenfield VFW, including some of the finest corded tools made right in Greenfield, as well as tools manufactured at DEWALT’s six other U.S. plants using global materials.

“We’ve made big investments to make DEWALT power tools at our Greenfield facility, using materials from all over the world, for the first time in history. Our employees are proud to tell people who they work for, what they do and that they make products for the American worker right here in the U.S.,” says Jeff Ansell, senior vice president and group executive at Stanley Black & Decker, parent company of DEWALT. “We’re doing the right things, for the right reasons, the right way. And as we manufacture more and more tools in the U.S. using global materials, our productivity and our quality continues to improve.”

DEWALT understands that buying American products and building the American economy are important to its end users. The tool company continues to bring some of its manufacturing back to the U.S. with the opening of Charlotte in 2013 and Greenfield. In 2014, DEWALT produced 62 million individual units of products using global materials in its U.S. plants.

In addition, DEWALT has created new jobs for Americans across the country, including 135 new jobs at the 238,000-square-foot Greenfield facility. A firm supporter of Americans in uniform, DEWALT is also committed to hiring veterans and currently employs more than 1,500 former members of the military throughout is ranks. The company has pledged to donate a minimum of $1.5 million over three years to the Wounded Warrior Project and to hire 300 U.S. military veterans over the same period.

RM Lucas Establishes New Headquarters and Manufacturing Plant

RM Lucas announces the new Lucas headquarters and manufacturing plant.

RM Lucas moved into a new Lucas headquarters and manufacturing plant.

RM Lucas moved into a new Lucas headquarters and manufacturing plant. The facility is located at 12400 S. Laramie Ave. in Alsip, Ill. The location has frontage on Interstate 294 that circles Chicago and provides easy access for shipping and receiving to all points in North America.

The 92,000-square-foot facility features 12,000 square feet of offices, 5,000 square feet of research and development space and 75,000 square feet of warehouse and manufacturing. New mixing, filling and laboratory testing equipment will be installed in the new facility. Production is scheduled to start in late 2015. This facility will replace a smaller sealants plant opened in 2013. The Chicago plant will continue operations with expanded capacity for asphalt products.