In a dedication ceremony held today with national and regional customers, Johns Manville (JM), a Berkshire Hathaway company and a leading global manufacturer of energy-efficient building products, celebrated the opening of its new commercial roofing single-ply membrane manufacturing facility in Milan, Ohio. The production facility will manufacture Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) roofing products.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorated the opening of Johns Manville's single-ply membrane roofing facility in Milan, Ohio. Left to right: Brian Keyser, plant manager; John Moldovan, president of the Erie County Chamber of Commerce; Todd Raba, Johns Manville chairman, president & CEO; Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur; Bob Wamboldt, general manager of John Manville's Roofing Systems business. (Photo: Business Wire)
During the dedication, JM Chairman, President and CEO Todd Raba said, “We are delighted to deliver on our commitment to our customers and dedicate JM’s newest manufacturing facility – one of 40 JM facilities across the globe. Our new EPDM plant here in Milan is a state-of-the-art facility with world-class capabilities and we’re proud to showcase it today.” The facility is the company’s third manufacturing operation in Ohio, and establishes a Roofing Systems presence to join JM’s Insulation Systems and Engineered Products businesses, which have facilities in Defiance and Waterville, Ohio, respectively.
“This is the right time to invest in enhancing our product portfolio and JM now has the broadest offering of commercial roofing products in the industry,” added 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, we are truly stepping up to our commitment to our customers. 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 plant, has approximately 100 million square feet of manufacturing capacity and is the second Roofing Systems facility opened by JM since 2008 when the company opened its Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) plant in Scottsboro, AL.
About Johns Manville
With over 150 years of success that began in the roofing business, Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B), is 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 $2.5 billion and holds leadership positions in all of the key markets that it serves. JM employs approximately 6,600 people and operates 40 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China. Additional information can be found at www.jm.com.
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