DENVER—Johns Manville (JM), a Berkshire Hathaway company and prominent manufacturer of building products, completed a TPO (thermoplastic olefin) expansion project in Scottsboro, Alabama, to manufacture 12-foot-wide TPO roofing sheets.
“We are proud of the performance with our TPO product line,” said Joe Smith, president of Roofing Systems at Johns Manville, in a press release. “Our Scottsboro manufacturing facility plays a vital role in ensuring product availability for our North American customers. This second production line increases capacity and our ability to develop products to meet the needs of commercial roofing contractors and distributors.”
Thermoplastic olefin is reported to be the fastest growing commercial roofing membrane in the United States. Now, JM can offer 12-foot sheets and 6-foot sheets. The new production gives contractors working on commercial roofing projects more choices to meet their project needs.
“Our goal is always to offer best-in-class products to our customers and to meet their growing business needs,” said Jennifer Ford-Smith, director of sales for JM Roofing Systems. “The 12-foot-wide TPO is a product that many customers have wanted to buy from JM. We are delighted to add the wider sheet to our broad portfolio of roofing products.”
The expansion project to add a second production line will create more than 25 new jobs in Scottsboro, according to Johns Manville. The company expects more jobs will be added in the coming years.
“This plant has been a dynamic part of the Scottsboro community since 2008,” said Jeff Maxson, group plant manager-single ply for JM Roofing Systems. “A larger workforce means we have more opportunity to participate in state and local community activities. We have long enjoyed supporting local food banks, the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, and other important organizations in the community.”
The 12-foot-wide TPO product will be available in all thicknesses – 45, 60, and 80 mils. The new, wider product became available in early July 2018 and is at distribution facilities across the country, including Scottsboro, Alabama; Rockdale, Illinois; Hazelton, Pennsylvania; Grand Prairie, Texas; and Tracy, California.
Johns Manville (www.jm.com), a Berkshire Hathaway company, manufactures premium-quality products for building insulation, mechanical insulation, commercial roofing, and roof insulation, as well as fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial, and residential applications. The company serves markets that include aerospace, automotive and transportation, air handling, appliance, HVAC, pipe and equipment, filtration, waterproofing, building, flooring, interiors, and wind energy.
In business since 1858, the Denver-based company employs 7,600 people and operates 43 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, and China.