Roofing and waterproofing manufacturing company GAF announced Wednesday plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Valdosta, Georgia to support its roofing business operations.
GAF, based in Parsippany, has signed an agreement to purchase 130 acres of land for the future installation of a factory that will expand the company’s thermoplastic polyolefin roofing manufacturing.
The new plant will create 135 jobs in Lowndes County over the next six years.
GAF said construction is expected to begin this fall, with full production of the company’s EverGuard product line expected to begin in the first quarter of 2024.
“GAF is committed to ensuring that our commercial roofing customers receive the highest quality service, and the addition of another manufacturing facility in Georgia will help ensure that our customers get the GAF products they need too. quickly and efficiently as possible,” Jim Schnepper, CEO of GAF, said. “We are a proud employer in the State of Georgia, Lowndes County and the City of Valdosta, and we are excited to continue our investment in the area to help economic development and provide more opportunities for residents. »
“We are excited to take this next step in expanding our manufacturing capacity, which is critical to continuing to provide our best service and becoming a leader in the commercial roofing industry,” John Altmeyer, Executive Chairman, GAF Commercial Roofing, said. “Valdosta is a great place to continue TPO’s production, and we look forward to establishing GAF as an engaged member of that community.”
The company chose Valdosta because of its convenient location relative to other GAF operations in Savannah, Statesboro and Cumming which collectively employ 225 residents.
“We are committed to creating a more innovative future for Georgians,” said Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson. “GAF is a great partner and addition to our community, creating new opportunities for residents and the region for years to come. We deeply appreciate the collaboration of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority and Georgia Power in bringing GAF to Valdosta.
This new plant will join the company’s four existing TPO operations in New Columbia, Pennsylvania; Mount Vernon, Indiana; Gainesville, Texas; and Cedar City, Utah.