Roofing and waterproofing manufacturing company GAF on Wednesday announced its plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Valdosta, Georgia, to support its commercial roofing operations.
Parsippany-based GAF signed an agreement to purchase 130 acres of land for the future home of a plant that will expand the company’s thermoplastic polyolefin roofing manufacturing.
The new plant will bring 135 jobs to Lowndes County over the the next six years.
GAF said construction is expected to begin this fall, with full production of the company’s EverGuard line of products to commence in the first quarter of 2024.
“GAF is committed to ensuring that our commercial roofing customers receive the highest quality service, and adding another manufacturing plant in Georgia will help ensure that our customers get the GAF products they need as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Jim Schnepper, CEO of GAF, stated. “We’re a proud employer in the state of Georgia, Lowndes County and the city of Valdosta, and are excited to continue our investment in the region to help drive economic development and bring more opportunities to residents.”
“We’re excited to take this next step in expanding our manufacturing capacity, which is critical to continue delivering our best-in-class service and becoming a leader in the commercial roofing industry,” John Altmeyer, executive chairman, GAF Commercial Roofing, said. “Valdosta is a great location for us to continue TPO production, and we’re looking forward to establishing GAF as a committed member of this community.”
The company chose Valdosta because of its ideal location relative to other GAF operations in Savannah, Statesboro and Cumming that collectively employ 225 residents.
“We are dedicated 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 from Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority and Georgia Power on 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.