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JM Breaks Ground In Ohio

July 11, 2011

Investment expands commercial roofing business.

Global building products manufacturer Johns Manville officially broke ground on a new commercial roofing single ply membrane manufacturing facility in Milan, OH last week. 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 is the company’s third in Ohio, with representation in three lines of its North American businesses of Insulation Systems, Engineered Products and Roofing Systems. Mr. 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.”

EPDM is a thermoset synthetic rubber single ply roofing membrane known for its durability, ease of installation and superior weathering characteristics. Approximately 80% 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.

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