Updated: Nov. 18, 2021, 8:28 p.m By Top Line Roofing

NEW COLUMBIA – The province of New Columbia is located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States The second factory in Union County for North America’s largest roofing producer has started production.

The 250,000-square-foot factory, located near New Columbia at the Route 15-Interstate 80 intersection, was announced by GAF 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 range of products uses polyisocyanurate (polyiso) insulation, which is manufactured at the recently built factory.

According to the corporation, the manufacturing line is the size of almost two and a half football fields.

“Given the competent workforce in the region and its closeness to major roads and trains,” plant manager Michael Widerquist said, “this is a perfect site for the new polyiso insulation facility.”

“While supply chain challenges exacerbated by the current pandemic have resulted in industry-wide shortages of the raw material needed to make polyiso,” said John Altmeyer, executive chairman of GAF Commercial Roofing.

A total of 100 people work at the two factories.

GAF has operations in Myerstown and Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, as well as a headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey.

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