GAF, a Standard Industries company, announced plans on Wednesday to build a new shingle plant in Newton, Kansas, which the company says will enable it to add residential roofing manufacturing capacity to close to end markets and enhance service to customers nationwide.

"This new facility allows us to meet growing customer demand for our market-leading roofing products and expands our ability to innovate as we look to the future," said John Altmeyer, CEO of GAF, in a March 20 news release. 

"We are excited to work with city and state officials throughout this process to build a state-of-the-art factory that will generate new, good paying jobs and support the greater Newton area through meaningful community involvement," Altmeyer added.

GAF said its new facility in Newton will create more than 130 high-skilled manufacturing jobs in management, engineering, and operations. Construction is expected to commence in June 2024, with production anticipated to begin in 2027. The company expects to reach full production capacity by mid-2029.

"GAF's expansion into Kansas once again showcases our status as a national leader in advanced manufacturing," said Governor Laura Kelly. "The company's innovative production methods and proven track record of community involvement make it an ideal partner for Newton and the entire state."

This facility will produce high-demand roofing products, including GAF Timberline HDZ and GAF Timberline ArmorShield II shingles.

"We are thrilled to welcome GAF and the opportunities they are bringing to our community," said Newton Mayor Rod Kreie. "The greater Newton area offers a strong pipeline of talent and we're excited about the significant economic and community impact GAF's expansion will bring.”

GAF currently operates in 30 locations across the U.S., producing commercial and residential roofing and waterproofing products and services for customers throughout North America.

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