GAF, a Standard Industries company and North America’s largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, will build the company’s fifth polyisocyanurate (polyiso) insulation manufacturing plant in Peru, Illinois. The project is expected to create 70 jobs.
The company will purchase more than 100 acres of land in Bureau County for the future home of a 450,000-square-foot plant that will manufacture GAF’s EnergyGuard™ line of products. Construction is expected to break ground in the third quarter of this year with production beginning on the site in 2024.
“GAF’s growth is fueled by a deep commitment to serving our customers with innovative products and outstanding service. This investment in Peru is a clear demonstration of this commitment,” said Jim Schnepper, CEO of GAF. “Peru’s proximity to our customer base, transportation infrastructure and access to outstanding manufacturing and engineering talent make it an ideal location for us to continue our growth.”
Polyiso is a versatile, high-performance insulation solution commonly used as continuous insulation for roofs and walls. It is often used in sustainable or green building applications. All polyiso roofing insulation manufactured by GAF has received GREENGUARD Gold certification, which means it has been tested against standards and proven to have low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
“This is an exciting time for our business and an important step toward meeting our goal of becoming the leader in the commercial roofing industry,” said John Altmeyer, Executive Chairman, GAF Commercial Roofing. “Expanding manufacturing capacity is critical to continue delivering best-in-class service for our customers. Peru is an ideal location for us to expand polyiso production and continue innovating to meet our customer’s current and future needs.”
This new plant will join the company’s four existing polyiso operations in Cedar City, Utah; Gainesville, Texas; Statesboro, Georgia; and New Columbia, Pennsylvania.
“Today is a momentous day for the city of Peru and our continuing efforts to keep expanding the job base in Peru for the benefit of all Peruvians as well as our community partners in our 3-county region,” said Peru Mayor Ken Kolowski. “As a leader in modern manufacturing, we know GAF will be a great asset to this community bringing high-quality jobs and a true commitment to innovation that will benefit the city for years to come. We thank all of those that played a role in helping bring this opportunity to Peru.”