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.

Line of Silicone Roof Coatings Offers Water- and Solvent-based Options

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. has launched its latest white roof system option with a line of advanced silicone roof coatings products that include water-based and solvent-based options, primers and accessories

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. has launched its latest white roof system option with a line of advanced silicone roof coatings products that include water-based and solvent-based options, primers and accessories.

In response to the increasing demand for durable white reflective roofs, Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. has launched its latest white roof system option with a line of advanced silicone roof coatings products that include water-based and solvent-based options, primers and accessories. Polyglass silicone roof coatings are inorganic, moisture-cured coatings that provide a seamless, flexible and durable protective barrier against weather elements.

Benefits of using Polybrite silicone coatings on roof restoration projects, as well as new construction, include:

  • Excellent resistance to weathering including UV radiation, extreme temperatures, rain, ice and snow
  • Improves ponding water protection
  • Can reduce energy costs by decreasing roof surface temperature
  • Fungal and algal resistant—even in high temperatures
  • NSF Protocol P151 approved for rainwater catchment (white only)
  • 50 year limited warranty

Polyglass offers two silicone roof coating options as part of its Kool Roof Solutions – Polybrite 90, a premium grade, high solids, single component silicone roof coating; and Polybrite 95, a solvent-based, ready-to-use silicone roof coating. Both Polybrite 90 and Polybrite 95 meet or exceed the requirements of ASTM D6694 and ASTM C1305; are UL Class A rated and will soon be ENERGY STAR approved; rated with the Cool Roof Rating Council; Factory Mutual approved, Miami Dade County compliant and Florida Building Code approved.

Polybrite 90 and Polybrite 95 are available in White and Kool Grey colors and can be purchased in 5 gallon pails and 50 gallon drums.

Learn more about Polybrite 90 and 95.