GAF Materials Corporation To Build State-of-the-Art Roofing Shingle Manufacturing Facility

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GAF Materials Corporation announced today that it will invest in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to produce asphalt shingles for customers in the U.S. Southeast regional market.

The new facility will provide residential roofing material to the strategically important and growing Southeastern U.S. market and should help assure our customers of even better supply now and in the future

GAF Materials Corporation announced today that it will invest in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to produce asphalt shingles for customers in the U.S. Southeast regional market.

The site selection process is in progress, with the company currently studying potential sites in Tennessee, South Carolina and neighboring states. "The new facility will provide residential roofing material to the strategically important and growing Southeastern U.S. market and should help assure our customers of even better supply now and in the future," said Dick Nowak, Chief Operating Officer at GAF. Once a site is selected, GAF expects to start product production within 18 months.

To ensure a quick start up, the new plant will combine state-of-the-art equipment relocated from the former GAF plant in Quakertown, PA with the most advanced production equipment and design that exists today. "As we look at the roofing market for the next decade, it is obvious that customers will demand that more of their product is made on newer and better production equipment," Nowak said. "This new plant will mean that more of our product is made in the most modern facilities."

GAF President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Tafaro said, "Construction of the industry's newest residential roofing manufacturing facility positions GAF well for strong future growth and enables us to continue to meet customer demand for superior products backed by North America's largest manufacturer of roofing material."

About GAF Materials Corporation:
GAF Materials Corporation has grown to become the largest roofing and ventilation manufacturer in North America, with sales of nearly $3 billion annually. Its products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope roofing systems (marketed under the GAF-Elk brand) and low-slope roofing systems (marketed under the GAF brand). These products are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors.

GAF also supports the industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence. CARE's mission is to help professional contractors and distributors to build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel. Since its inception, CARE has provided education to more than 100,000 professionals.

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