GAF plans to build insulation production plant in Peru, Illinois, USA

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Standard Industries, Inc. and the largest manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing materials in North America, will build the company’s fifth polyisocyanurate (Polyiso) insulation manufacturing facility in Peru, Illinois. The project is expected to create 70 jobs.

The company will purchase more than 100 acres in Bureau County to house a future 450,000-square-foot facility to manufacture GAF’s line of EnergyGuard™ products. It is expected to break ground in the third quarter of this year and start production in 2024.

“GAF’s growth has been driven by a deep commitment to serving our customers with innovative products and service excellence,” said Schnepper. “The investment in Bureau County clearly demonstrates this commitment. Peru’s proximity to our customer base, transportation infrastructure and excellent manufacturing and engineering talent, making it an ideal location for us to continue to grow.”

Polyisocyanurate (Polyiso) insulation 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 polyisocyanate roof insulation produced by GAF is GREENGUARD Gold certified, meaning it has been tested to standards and certified to be low in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).

John GAF Commercial Roofing Executive Chairman
Altmeyer said. “This is an exciting time for our business and an important step in our goal of becoming a leader in the commercial roofing industry, and expanding manufacturing capacity is critical to continuing to provide top-notch service to our customers. Bureau County is An ideal location for us to expand polyisocyanate insulation production and continue to innovate to meet our customers’ current and future needs.”

The new facility will join the company’s four existing polyisocyanate operations in Cedar City, Utah: Gainesville, Texas; Statesboro, Georgia; and New Columbia, Pennsylvania.

Ken, Mayor of Peru, Illinois
Kolowski said: “Today is an important day for the city of Peru as we continue our efforts to expand the employment base in Peru. As a leader in modern manufacturing, we know GAF will be a great asset to this community, bringing high-quality jobs and an appetite for innovation. A real commitment that will benefit this city for years to come. We thank everyone who has played a role in helping bring this opportunity to Peru.”