Garland Launches Defense Force Product Line Amid Global Health Crisis

As much of the country begins to ease restrictions and businesses start to reopen, The Garland Company, Inc. is ready with its innovative Defense Force line of high-performance products designed to either clean, disinfect and/or protect commercial facilities. Garland, a manufacturer of high-performance roofing and waterproofing systems, looked beyond its traditional offerings amid the global health crisis to provide customers with new and more powerful ways to protect their facilities.

The flagship Defense Force product is D7, a safe and effective EPA-registered antimicrobial disinfectant that kills bacteria, fungi, germs and viruses in minutes and has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to the coronavirus/COVID-19. It can be applied to hard, non-porous interior and exterior surfaces, providing the assurance of clean and safe facilities. D7 is easily mixed and applied with standard sprayers. There is no specialized training required for the application of D7, so disinfection can take place almost immediately.

“Although D7 differs from our traditional roofing and waterproofing products, we recognize the importance of protecting what matters most – our employees, customers and communities,” said Brett Wygal, Garland’s operations manager. “The overall goal of our Defense Force line is to improve the health of commercial facilities and ultimately protect the health of those inside. We know the best way to do that is by starting with the exterior of the facility.”

The Defense Force product line also includes Clear-Shield, a patented, clear acrylic water-based solution designed to protect a roof’s existing surface. The nontoxic solution includes antimicrobial products that, in turn, protect the coating itself. Clear-Shield can be sprayed or roller applied to gravel and mineral-surfaced modified bitumen and single-ply roofs. Clean-Shieldrounds out the line and is a biodegradable, nontoxic cleaning solution formulated to safely and effectively clean, brighten and restore a variety of masonry substrates. Clean-Shield penetrates the surface and chemically reacts to remove contaminants and deposits like hard water stains, efflorescence, dirt, algae, mold, mildew, rust and other hard to remove contaminants.

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com.

The Garland Company Celebrates 125th Anniversary by Giving Back to the Community

The Garland Company, Inc., a Cleveland-based, employee-owned roofing and building envelope solutions manufacturer, is celebrating its 125th anniversary by donating several thousands of dollars to local charitable initiatives. Garland’s yearlong giving campaign includes the donation of a scholarship, food, supplies, and employee volunteer hours to honor the company’s monumental milestone.

“Giving back to our community is the cornerstone of what Garland was founded on,” said David Sokol, Garland’s president. “As a company, supporting our neighbors in the community is ingrained in our values and culture. There is no other way we would want to celebrate our anniversary than by giving back to the community that has shown Garland so much support throughout these 125 years.” 

One of the initiatives is a $125 donation to the charity of each employee’s choice.

As part of its efforts to support education in our community, Garland is launching two charitable initiatives to support local students. In March, Garland introduced an annual Garland scholarship program for the children of Garland employees. The one-time $12,500 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior with plans to continue their education at a trade school, community college or university or a current college student. The scholarship will be awarded to a new student each year and will increase annually to reflect each year the company has existed. In the summer, Garland will also donate 125 backpacks and uniforms to students at a school nearby Garland’s facility.

Garland plans to roll out additional charitable initiatives to support neighbors in the community. In the fall, Garland is expected to purchase supplies to donate to a local senior center. The final donation of 2020 will come in November when Garland employees hand out 125 Thanksgiving turkeys to local food banks. 

“We look forward to this continued year of celebration and the opportunity to support so many great charitable initiatives,” said Sokol. “We anticipate many more years of Garland success.” 

For more information, visit https://www.garlandco.com.

Garland to Celebrate Milestone 125th Anniversary in 2020

The Garland Company, Inc., an employee-owned roofing and building envelope systems manufacturer with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, will celebrate 125 years in business in 2020, joining a very small and elite group of companies to achieve such a milestone. Garland has been an innovative force in the roofing industry, developing numerous waterproofing technologies that have helped redefine performance expectations and set new standards worldwide.

Founded in 1895, the company’s humble beginnings took shape when Jacob B. Wise borrowed $100 from his brother to purchase Garland Refining Company, later renamed The Garland Company, Inc. The company moved to its current headquarters at 3800 East 91st Street in Cleveland’s Union-Miles neighborhood in 1919. There have been several additions and renovations to the building over the last century to accommodate growth, but the original building is still operational. 

Garland was reorganized and revitalized in 1974 when three entrepreneurial salesmen agreed to purchase the company from the original family. Along with building a successful business, the original three men and five others who later joined them wanted to create a culture that celebrated its employees and never wavered in its commitments. Part of achieving that included establishing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) that provided ownership to each of Garland’s employees. The board of director’s simple desire to allow everyone to share in the ownership of the company has had an impact far beyond what they could have ever imagined.

“Ownership truly is a powerful motivator. It helps create a connection and an investment in a company like nothing else,” said David Sokol, Garland’s president since 2004. “To me, it’s very obvious that ownership means something to our employees. The level of success we have reached would not have been possible without our ESOP or the culture created because of it.”

Fluid-Applied, Seamless Membrane Is Durable, Virtually Odorless, Easy to Apply

Garland’s first ever fluid-applied seamless membrane, LiquiTec, forms a virtually impenetrable surface over aged modified bitumen, metal and single-ply roof systems, adding years of waterproofing protection. LiquiTec is an aliphatic polyurea coating system with a tightly bonded molecular structure that provides strength and durability similar to truck bed liners. LiquiTec is built to protect roof surfaces from damage caused by hail, foot traffic, wind scour and other impact.

According to the manufacturer, LiquiTec fully and partially reinforced systems exhibit extremely high tensile strength and remain flexible at temperatures down to -60°F (-51°C), which helps keep the coating from cracking or becoming brittle to ensure a complete watertight seal and long-term waterproofing protection. In addition to its strength, LiquiTec contains zero VOCs and is extremely low odor to allow roof work to be completed with minimal or no disruption at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals and other structures where people are present. 

This two-component product also undergoes a chemical cure process, rather than a moisture cure, so it cures quickly and with less disruption from weather, allowing for faster installation and waterproofing protection. 

“LiquiTec is the answer to so many of our customers’ waterproofing needs. Its unique formulation, strength and flexibility provides the right amount of toughness combined with superior waterproofing protection,” said Ed Buczek, Garland’s senior product manager of roof coatings. “And to top it off, the fact that it is extremely low odor, highly flexible, resistant to fungi and chemically cured allows it to be installed nearly anywhere and perform in the most extreme environments.”

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Garland’s New Brochure Highlights Building Envelope Offerings

Garland recently released a new brochure highlighting its building envelope capabilities and outlining the variety of problems the company’s representatives can help solve. Garland is known in the industry for its roofing products, but its offerings extend far beyond that to include solutions for windows, walls, parking structures and more. 

According to the company, the centerfold opens to a beautiful illustration that includes product call outs, showing all the areas of a building Garland’s products touch. The services Garland offers, including design assistance, capital planning, budgeting and more are also covered.

“Garland has a strong reputation in the industry for its innovative roofing products, which is understandable since roofing is the company’s core business,” said Tom Diamond, Garland’s director of product and systems. “But we want those customers to also understand that our capabilities are not limited to roofs. We have solutions designed for almost any condition related to the exterior of a building. We’ll look at your roof, but we can also recommend solutions for your cracked walls or leaky windows.”

The brochure is available on Garland’s website or from your local representative. An interactive version will be live soon. 

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Garland Company Opens Renovated Training Center

Recruits at the Garland Company will be the first to go through training in Garland’s renovated training center. After nearly 100 years in the Union-Miles neighborhood on East 91st Street in Cleveland, Garland has made another investment in the community – and an investment in their team of employees.

Garland purchased a 16,000 square feet building next door to their corporate headquarters in 2015 and began rennovations. Newly named The Soliday Center — in honor of one of Garland’s first salesmen and trainers — the renovated building serves as the training center for future Garland sales representatives and employees. With the 2,000 square feet training room at the heart of the structure, the building will also offer office space for Garland corporate employees and corporate events.

In the last century, Garland has purchased one dozen adjacent properties in Cleveland totaling more than $10.3 million in investments. In 2009, Garland received the Brownfield Cleanup of the Year award for their purchase and renovation of the former Baker Steel building on East 91st Street. With the addition of the new Soliday Center property, Garland now occupies approximately 200,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and office space on more than seven and a half acres.

“Our people are an asset. The culture that we build with our new employees is vital to our company’s success, and this new facility is a place to build that culture. This space is a great way to show our commitment to our people and our neighborhood,” Scott Craft, VP and general manager at the Garland Company.

Garland Co. Awarded 2016 Top Workplace

For the fifth consecutive year, the Garland Co. has been awarded the 2016 Top Workplace honor by The Plain Dealer. This year, Garland placed fifth in the Small Companies category.

This year’s announcement, the seventh annual ranking from The Plain Dealer, ranked 100 companies in northeast Ohio. Garland is proud to be recognized among its peers for one of the company’s greatest priorities and most valuable assets—its people.

“Even as we have grown over the past 120 years, we have been able to maintain—and even improve—our culture of a hardworking family. I think a large part of that is our employee-ownership program, which makes each and every one of our employees an invested stakeholder in our success,” says Scott Craft, Garland’s vice president and general manager.

The Top Workplace list is based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics LLC, a research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees.”