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Johns Manville Invests in an EPDM Production Facility

Published on 2011-07-13. Author : SpecialChem

Johns Manville (JM), a Berkshire Hathaway company and global building products manufacturer, officially broke ground on a new commercial roofing single ply membrane manufacturing facility in Milan, Ohio. The production facility will manufacture Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) roofing products beginning in the second quarter of 2012.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, which hosted local officials, members of the Milan community, media and JM leadership, JM Chairman, President and CEO, Todd Raba noted that, "This is a great day for Johns Manville and it's really incredibly gratifying to see the level of community support. JM has a strong presence in the state of Ohio and we are excited to be part of the Milan community." This facility marks the company's third facility in Ohio, with representation in three lines of its North American businesses of Insulation Systems, Engineered Products and Roofing Systems. Raba also noted that, "This is the right time to invest in enhancing our product portfolio and JM now has one of the broadest offerings of commercial roofing products in the industry."

"Everything starts with our customers," stated Bob Wamboldt, vice president and general manager of JM's Roofing Systems business. "With over $125 million invested in our commercial roofing business over the past five years, this is really the crowning jewel of a five-year effort. JM has dedicated substantial resources to underscore our commitment to the single ply business and ensure a strong future for our customers in this segment of the commercial roofing industry."

EPDM is a thermoset synthetic rubber single ply roofing membrane known for its durability, ease of installation and superior weathering characteristics. Approximately 80 percent of the EPDM market is located in the Midwest and Northeast. JM strategically selected a location close to the majority of its customers to ensure the most efficient delivery. The new facility, a former rubber manufacturing facility, began renovations in May 2011, with approximately 100 million square feet of manufacturing capacity and production scheduled for mid-2012. This will be the second new Roofing Systems facility opened by JM in the past three years. JM opened its Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) plant in Scottsboro, AL, in November 2008.

About Johns Manville

With over 150 years of success that began in the roofing business, Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is one of a leading manufacturer and marketer of 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. JM 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 has annual sales of approximately $2 billion and holds leadership positions in all of the key markets that it serves. JM employs approximately 6,500 people and operates 41 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China.

Source: Johns Manville

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