Deal: Roofing manufacturer to open Bulloch County facility

September 15, 2011

GAF plant to produce insulation will create 50 new jobs in Statesboro

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that building materials manufacturer GAF will open a manufacturing facility in Statesboro in Bulloch County to produce polyisocyanurate, an insulation material used with commercial roofing applications. The opening of this facility will create approximately 50 full-time jobs. GAF currently has production facilities in Savannah and Cumming.

“The expansion of Georgia’s existing industries is vital to the growth of our state’s recovering economy,” Deal said. “GAF’s expansion and investment makes a very significant statement about the company’s commitment to Georgia, and is another example of how our competitive assets for expanding companies help us create meaningful opportunities for the people and communities throughout the state.”

“We are opening  our first polyisocyanurate roof insulation plant in response to continued industry demand, and we believe it will greatly strengthen our position in the commercial roofing business, as well as giving us the ability to produce residential sheathing products,” stated Bob Tafaro, president and chief executive officer at GAF.

The new GAF plant will be located in the Gateway Industrial Park in Statesboro. Bulloch County is a Georgia Certified Work Ready Community dedicated to progressive economic development initiatives, with a skilled pipeline of talent across a number of industries. In addition to taking advantage of the talented work force in this region, GAF will also benefit from Bulloch County’s strategic location that provides convenient access to rail and seaports. 

“We welcome GAF to Bulloch County and are fortunate to have another company make a significant capital investment in our community and provide much needed jobs to our area,” said David Holland, chairman of the Bulloch County Developmental Authority. “Considering GAF's 125 year history and its record of community support and citizenship, we are confident Bulloch County and GAF will enjoy a long, mutually rewarding relationship.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) partnered with the Development Authority of Bulloch County and the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce to secure this opportunity for Georgia. GDEcD project manager Tony Greene managed this project on behalf of the state.

About GAF
Now proudly celebrating its 125th year in the industry, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, with sales of nearly $3 billion annually. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and low-slope roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by a commitment to provide property owners and specifiers with the best and safest choice in roofing and by helping supportive contractors and distributors to build their businesses and avoid hassles.

With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has developed Advanced Protection shingle technology, which provides superior durability and wind resistance, while reducing the use of scarce natural resources.  The company has also developed single-ply and asphaltic membranes with superior durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption.

The company also supports the roofing industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 125,000 professionals. CARE’s mission is to help professional contractors and distributors 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. For more information about GAF, visit www.gaf.com.