The second GAF roofing plant in Union County has begun operations near the I-80/Route 15 interchange.

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The second GAF roofing plant in Union County has begun production near the I-80/Route 15 interchange.

NEW COLUMBIA – North America’s largest roofing manufacturer has begun production at its second facility in Union County.

GAF announced the 250,000-square-foot plant near New Columbia’s Route 15-Interstate 80 interchange this week.

It is located next to a 275,000-square-foot facility that has been producing commercial thermoplastic polyolefin and Cobra Ridge Vent products for residential applications since 2017.

GAF’s EnergyGuard line of products uses polyisocyanurate (polyiso) insulation, which is manufactured at the newly completed plant.

According to the company, the production line is about the size of two and a half football fields.

“Given the talented workforce in the area and its proximity to major highways and railways,” plant manager Michael Widerquist said, “this is an ideal location for the new polyiso insulation plant.”

“While supply chain issues exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic have created industry-wide shortages in the raw material needed to manufacture polyiso,” said John Altmeyer, executive chairman of GAF Commercial Roofing. “Our investment in this new facility enables GAF to maximize manufacturing capacity to meet demand and puts us in a prime position to increase capacity as soon as supply is restored.”

A total of 100 people work at the two plants.

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