GAF Energy finished construction of its second manufacturing facility for its Timberline brand of solar energy shingles with full operation to begin later this year in Georgetown, Texas.
The sister company of GAF — North America's largest roofing manufacturer – GF Energy developed a nailable solar product that integrates with traditional roof shingles for a sleek look that takes care of two home improvement projects: roof replacement and integration of solar energy.
Timberline shingles fit more household budgets because any contractor can install them.
The shingles are less than a quarter-inch thick with a durable photovoltaic panel surface and a flexible thermoplastic olefin (TPO) backing. The shingles can withstand the weight of work crews, the force of 130-mile winds and the impact of hail as well as power a house.
The new manufacturing facility will increase solar shingle capacity by 500 percent and bring total shingle production to 300 megawatts annually, which makes GAF Energy the largest producer of solar roofing in the world, a news release says.
"We've begun hiring and already have dozens of people ready to make the best solar roofing on the market right here in Georgetown. We firmly believe that manufacturing in America speeds the innovation cycle and allows us to deliver the best product for our customers," said Martin DeBono, president of GAF Energy.
The company has hired more than 75 people in manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, and other associated roles. At full capacity, the facility will employ more than 240 people in Georgetown.
GAF Energy opened its first manufacturing plant in San Jose, Calif., in 2001.
GAF and GAF Energy are owned by Standard Industries Inc., a privately held global industrial company headquartered in New York.