IKO Holds Grand Opening Celebration for New Plant in Hillsboro, Texas

IKO held an official grand opening ceremony to celebrate the opening of the company’s newest production facility in Hillsboro, Texas. According to Marketing Director Carol Perkins, local dignitaries and IKO customers were on hand to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour the plant during the grand opening celebration held March 22. The new plant began producing product in late December.

The 250,000-square-foot production and warehouse facility is historic for IKO as it completes the company’s manufacturing footprint in the United States, allowing it to better serve and build upon the customer and homeowner base in the Southwest. IKO opened its first U.S. asphalt shingle plant in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1981.

According to Vice President of Sales (U.S.) Keith Lowe, the new flagship facility is a vital component of the company’s long-term strategic expansion plan as well as a significant statement on the company’s commitment to the U.S. market. “IKO has built more modern facilities and invested more in our technology in the past twenty years than anyone else in our industry,” said Lowe. “We are proud of the effort and resources that we’ve invested in better serving our U.S. customers.”

The Hillsboro facility employs 65 people locally, with the possibility for future expansion to meet consumer demand. The project was announced in 2015, shortly after the company opened its IKO Southeast facility in Sylacauga, Alabama. Plans are already underway for the construction of a new facility west of Toronto, Ontario, modernizing IKO’s first plant in eastern Canada, built in 1958.

For more information, visit www.iko.com.

New IKO Shingle Plant Opens Its Doors in Hillsboro, Texas

IKO has announced the official grand opening of its newest production facility in Hillsboro, Texas. Marketing Director Carol Perkins noted that local dignitaries and IKO customers will be invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour the plant during its official grand opening celebration on March 22. The new plant began producing product in late December.

The 250,000-square-foot production and warehouse facility is historic for IKO as it completes the company’s manufacturing footprint in the United States, allowing it to better serve and build upon the customer and homeowner base in the Southwest. IKO opened its first U.S. asphalt shingle plant in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1981.

According to Vice President of Sales (U.S.) Keith Lowe, the new flagship facility is a vital component of the company’s long-term strategic expansion plan as well as a significant statement on the company’s commitment to the U.S. market. “IKO has built more modern facilities and invested more in our technology in the past twenty years than anyone else in our industry,” said Lowe. “We are proud of the effort and resources that we’ve invested in better serving our U.S. customers.”

As it officially opens, the facility will employ 65 people locally, with the possibility for future expansion to meet consumer demand. The project was announced in 2015, shortly after the company opened its IKO Southeast facility in Sylacauga, Alabama. Plans are already underway for the construction of a new facility west of Toronto, Ontario, modernizing IKO’s first plant in eastern Canada, built in 1958.

For more information, visit www.iko.com.

GAF to Open New Manufacturing Facility in Pennsylvania 

GAF’s facility in New Columbia, Pa., is latest in the more than $2 billion investment GAF has contributed to the roofing industry over the last 10 years. Photo: GAF.

GAF’s facility in New Columbia, Pa., is latest in the more than $2 billion investment GAF has contributed to the roofing industry over the last 10 years. Photo: GAF.

GAF announced that it will open a manufacturing plant in New Columbia, Pa., about 20 miles south of Williamsport. Set to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, the new 34-acre facility will create more than 40 skilled manufacturing and office jobs in Pennsylvania and will serve as a regional training facility for contractors and roofing industry professionals. The plant will manufacture thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) single-ply membrane for commercial roofing applications and Cobra brand injection molding components for residential roofing systems. 

“We are proud to further our commitment to the roofing industry through this investment in New Columbia and to create new, skilled manufacturing jobs right here in the U.S.,” said Jim Schnepper, president of GAF. 

“This new plant will expand our production capabilities, allowing us to meet the needs of our customers with best-in-class solutions. Our innovative training programs will help new employees build critical competencies,” said Dick Nowak, chief operating officer of GAF.
 
The opening of the New Columbia plant will mark an expansion of the GAF footprint, which currently includes a network of 30 manufacturing facilities and more than 3,400 total employees nationwide. GAF already has a presence in Pennsylvania through its Myerstown asphaltic shingle plant. 

“The New Columbia plant opening will provide high-quality job opportunities to dozens of Pennsylvanians,” said Carroll Diefenbach, chairman of the board of supervisors for White Deer Township. “We are thankful that GAF is committed to supporting our community and strengthening the manufacturing industry in The Keystone State.” 

The New Columbia plant will create more than 40 jobs, adding to the GAF U.S. manufacturing base of more than 2,300 people.

The New Columbia plant will create more than 40 jobs, adding to the GAF U.S. manufacturing base of more than 2,300 people.

GAF will produce EverGuard TPO products for commercial roofing at the new location. In addition to TPO products, the plant will manufacture injection molding components for residential roofing systems, including Cobra Rigid Vent 3, Cobra Snow Country, and Cobra Snow Country Advanced Attic Exhaust Vents. 

As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to offering professional education programs to the roofing industry, the plant will be designated as a GAF Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence (CARE) regional training facility. Through its CARE program, GAF offers hands-on training to contractors and other roofing industry professionals in the region, equipping them with the latest skills and installation techniques. To date, more than 230,000 roofing professionals have participated in CARE training programs.