KEE enhances the performance of the PVC by permanently locking in its flexibility, eliminating plasticizer migration and allowing the membrane to remain tough and flexible throughout the entire lifecycle of the roof. Garland’s KEE-Stone membranes contain the KEE formulation throughout the entire sheet, further increasing its level of performance. The membrane is also reinforced with a polymer-coated scrim. The design of the scrim allows the KEE compound above and below the scrim to fuse together, imparting puncture, tear and tensile strength to the membrane.
Garland’s two-ply, hybrid KEE-Stone system will provide the protection of a traditional modified bitumen roof system with the appearance of a single-ply system.
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Garland introduced a quality assurance and communication program for its manufacturing operations at its Cleveland headquarters. GMAX, which stands for Garland Manufacturing Attention to Excellence, is a proactive program designed to provide more education to the manufacturing staff and open the lines of communication between key players in the product manufacturing process.
At its core, the concept is to keep all involved—from team members working on the production line to the management team—well informed with up-to-date information. The program also outlines a strategy for improving on safety, quality, inventory and efficiency. Each piece of the GMAX program was designed with one goal in mind: engage employees in a positive way that fosters personal ownership and a healthy team dynamic to maintain Garland’s high standards.
The GMAX program brings together many of the departments—manufacturing, product management, research, quality and safety—that help make the products a success in the factory, as well as out in the field. One aspect of the program is the GMAX Command Center—a new room built in the manufacturing plant with product mock-ups, educational information about the products, and real-time information from the Product Management and Quality teams.
Already, the new program has brought positive changes to the Cleveland operations. “Now that all of the team members know the goal and everyone is educated on the what and why of what we’re trying to accomplish, the quality assurance team went from just one department to the entire manufacturing team,” says Colin Downey, plant manager.
The GMAX program will continue to grow and evolve to meet the needs of a constantly changing business landscape while striving to always put customers first.
When traditional SBS-modified membranes age, the oils within the membrane heat up and “cook out”, causing cracking and eventually leaking. OptiMax utilizes an “active modification” process, which involves chemically reacting the polyurethane modifier to specific molecules within the asphalt. This modification provides enhanced long-term performance characteristics and weatherability.
Its performance is further improved by the fact that minerals are more strongly attracted to the polyurethane in the OptiMax membrane. The result is improved adhesion thus providing UV protection, preventing the likelihood of cracking and leaking issues common in traditional membranes. During advanced surface testing, OptiMax had fewer cracks when compared to traditional asphalt-modified membranes and retained its tensile strength in the face of damaging UV radiation.
“OptiMax has the ability to literally change the face of the roofing industry. This new technology will revolutionize the market and redefine expectations of building owners in terms of performance and protection. OptiMax has been engineered to outperform other commercial roofing products in the industry,” explains Melissa Rus, Garland’s director of research and development.
PHOTO: The Garland Co. Inc.
The Garland Co. Inc., a local employee-owned manufacturer of high-performance solutions for the commercial building envelope, raised more than $68,000 to support the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland in its effort to inspire and enable at-risk youth to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.
The approximately 100 employees at Garland’s headquarters on East 91st Street in Cleveland dedicated the week of May 26-29 to raising money in support of the Boys & Girls Club through various fund-raising activities. Meanwhile, Garland’s sales representatives, who are located across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., joined in the cause, donating through an online fundraising site set up by the BGCC and also personally sending in donations.
At the end of the week, funds raised totaled more than $34,252. Inspired by the incredible generosity of its employees, Garland’s Board of Directors announced that the company would match the amount raised, bringing the total to $68,504—the most ever raised during a spirit week.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland was founded in 1954 and currently serves 8,000 youth in Cleveland’s inner-city neighborhoods, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland. The clubs provide young people a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring adults, and life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.
“I am continued to be amazed year after year of the incredible generosity of our employees, both at corporate and in the field. This year in particular seemed to really pull at the heart strings of our employees as they were given an opportunity to make such a lasting impact on our local community,” says David Sokol, president of Garland Industries.
In addition to the financial contributions provided by Garland, its corporate employees will be volunteering over the next several months at the Boys & Girls Club on Broadway Avenue, not far from its corporate headquarters.
The approximately 100 employees at Garland¹s headquarters on East 91st Street in Cleveland dedicated the week of May 27-May 30 to raising money in support of Habitat through various fund-raising activities. Meanwhile, Garland’s sales representatives, who are located across the U.S., Canada and the UK, joined in the cause, sending in donations throughout the week.
At the end of the week, funds raised totaled just over $27,000. Inspired by the incredible generosity of its employees, Garland’s Board of Directors announced that the company would match the amount raised, brining the total to $54,173.
“Garland’s generosity of funding and employee time is extremely meaningful. Here is a company that is making a significant investment in its own neighborhood and providing affordable home ownership opportunities for families ready to fulfill that dream,” said John Habat, executive director of Cleveland Habitat. “Garland’s Spirit Week is a tremendous example of corporate philanthropy in action.”
David Sokol, president of Garland Industries, added, “As I watched the employees at our corporate office dig deep in their hearts and pockets to give so generously to a family in need who they didn¹t even know, I felt an extreme sense of pride. Our employees truly value the importance of giving back and continue to demonstrate that year after year.”
In addition to the financial contributions provided by Garland, its corporate employees will be volunteering throughout the summer to rehabilitate a Habitat partner home in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood.