~ Founded in 1886, GAF Materials Corporation has grown to be North America’s
largest roofing manufacturer (currently over 1.2 billion in sales) by
delivering on two simple promises:
Residential and Commercial Property owners: Helping to assure their
best and safest choice in roofing
our Distributor and Contractor partners:
Helping to build their
business and avoid hassles
Their proud tradition of
innovation and excellence has made them one of the most respected roofing
manufacturers in the world!
GAF/Elk ~ Since 1955, Elk has been producing fine roofing. Elk shingles are
laminated so they look better, last longer and have more visual depth than
ordinary shingles. Their innovative thinking and commitment to excellence have
made ELK The Premium Choice of architects, builders, professional roofing
contractors and discerning homeowners around the world.
A Few Elk Firsts:
First to adopt an improved technology for manufacturing fiberglass mat.
First to cut, combine, bond and package laminated shingles in one
First to introduce a “mid-weight” laminated shingle Prestique II.
First to offer a 40-year limited warranty.
First to offer a five-year wind-resistant limited warranty.
First to use computerized process control.
First to develop a random-cut product design.
First to increase product thickness to emphasize the aesthetics of depth
and texture in premium fiberglass shingles.
First to produce a hip and ridge product with a sealant designed to
reduce blow-off: Seal-A-Ridge® with FLX™.
First to offer a ridge product that folds, creating a high-profile look:
First to provide a roof accessory paint color-matched to our shingle
First to develop the High Definition® look, which uses a color gradation
process to provide additional visual depth and a thicker appearance.
First to build specialized plants totally dedicated to the production of
premium laminated products.
~ In 1904, George
M. Brown, a young entrepreneur in East St. Louis, Illinois, started the
General Roofing Manufacturing Company. A manufacturer of roofing
products, it was the predecessor of today's CertainTeed Corporation. As
General Roofing's reputation for quality and service grew, so did the
In 1988, CertainTeed became a
wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain. Renowned for its expertise in glass
technology, Saint-Gobain is the world's largest building materials company.
Its annual sales in 1999 were approximately $24.5 billion. Today, with the
full support of this industrial leader, CertainTeed's financial and
technological resources are stronger than ever.
Saint-Gobain Corporation, based
in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, is the holding company for the U.S.- and
Canadian-based businesses of Saint-Gobain. In addition to CertainTeed, Saint-Gobain
Corporation businesses include:
Saint-Gobain Corporation employs
approximately 30,000 people and operates more than 200 plants throughout North
America. The company’s 1999 sales totaled approximately $5.6 billion.
Today, CertainTeed is an
industry leader, firmly established as one of America's most diversified
building materials manufacturers. Its building products include ceiling
systems, fiber cement siding; insulation, commercial and residential roofing
systems, clay roof tiles, vinyl siding and accessories, vinyl windows,
ventilation products, vinyl and composite fence, decking and railing, pipe
products, and foundation systems.
CertainTeed's 2000 sales totaled
$2.5 billion. The company has more than 45 manufacturing facilities and
employs approximately 7,200 people throughout North America.
~ In 1935, realizing the potential growth of the glass fiber
insulation market, Corning Glass, which had briefly experimented with glass
fiber manufacturing in the 1920’s, approached Owens-Illinois with a proposal
to join forces in the production of glass fiber.
Recognizing the benefits of Corning’s knowledge of glass formulations,
Owens-Illinois agreed to the proposal, and the two companies decided to share
the costs of glass fiber developments.
In 1938, experimental costs prompted Corning Glass and Owens-Illinois to
consider spinning off the joint venture as a separate company.
On Nov. 1, 1938, Owens-Corning Fiberglas® Corporation was announced and by
the end of 1938, the company reported sales of $2,555,000, and 632 employees.
Owens Corning and the Duplate Safety Glass Company established Fiberglas®
Canada in 1939, launching Owens-Corning into the international market, with
each founding company owning a 50 percent share. Owens Corning would later own
the entire Fiberglas® Canada Operation.
Owens Corning became publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange in
1952, with shares being distributed equally among Owens-Illinois, Corning
Glass and public ownership. Over the succeeding years, both Owens-Illinois and
Corning Glass would sell their shares, which would become largely owned by
In 1953, Owens Corning and General Motors announced the first production
automobile to be made entirely of Fiberglas® reinforced plastic, the Chevrolet
In October of 1960, the current Granville Science and Technology Center
housing research and development operations for the company was completed.
On July 21, 1969, personnel began the move to the Fiberglas® Tower in
On Dec. 31, 1971, Owens Corning announced sales surpassing the half billion
mark for the first time. Sales passed the $2 billion mark at the end of the
The Pink Panther, a much-loved cartoon character, entered the scene as
Owens Corning’s corporate mascot on Aug. 15, 1980, to promote the sales of
PINK Fiberglas® insulation.
On May 12, 1987, Owens Corning made legal history as the first company to
trademark a color, in this case, PINK.
At the end of the 1980’s, Owens Corning reported sales of $3 billion, and
employed 18,300 people.
Owens Corning reinvented Fiberglas® Insulation in 1994, with MIRAFLEX™
Fiber, the first new form of glass fiber in nearly 60 years.
On Jan. 2, 1996, Owens-Corning Fiberglas® Corporation changed its name to
Owens Corning. The name change completed a transition begun in 1992 with the
new corporate logo to reflect that Owens Corning is constantly growing in
scope and technology.
Owens Corning reached sales of $5 billion by the end of 1999.
TAMKO ~ In 1944, E.L. Craig began his own
roofing business at the age of 69 in an old streetcar barn in Joplin,
Missouri. His wife named the company “TAMKO” -- composed from the first
letters of the five states they anticipated as their territory: Texas,
Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
narrow structure of the streetcar barn was ideally suited to house a roofing
production line and serve as TAMKO’s first headquarters. Despite material and
supply shortages created by World War II, Mr. Craig had TAMKO up and running
before the year was over--and supporting the war effort in 1945.
® Roofing Products, Inc. has grown beyond its original building and territory
to become a leading national manufacturer of residential and commercial
roofing products, waterproofing, cements and coatings. It is still
family-owned and operated with the high standards and hardworking ethic that
remain reflected in their products.
The second generation of
TAMKO was a
young company when the mantle of leadership fell on the shoulders of the
Craigs' daughter, Ethelmae, who directed TAMKO's operations during the early
'50s. In 1960 her husband, Jay Humphreys, became TAMKO's president. Under his
leadership, TAMKO attained national stature in the roofing industry.
Expansion and growth
Humphreys' conservative management style secured TAMKO financially and led to
a carefully executed expansion into new manufacturing facilities in
Phillipsburg, Kansas; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Knoxville, Tennessee; Frederick,
Maryland; and Dallas, Texas. He wisely reinvested company profits to introduce
new products such as
Awaplan (America's first SBS-modified
polyester roll roofing product) and the Heritage® series of laminated
shingles. These products changed TAMKO's approach to commercial and
approached business with strong personal ethics. Work hard. Do your best. Be
fair and honest. Believe in those around you. Today (as it was during Mr.
Craig's lifetime) this is the TAMKO work ethic. It has been passed through
three generations of leadership and it's shared by everyone from the newest
employee to the Chairman of the Board. It's their company's point of difference,
and it is evident in every product they make.
In the years
since Mr. Craig founded TAMKO, they have continually worked to do their best each
day and to continuously improve their products and services. Their objective is to
produce the best-quality roofing products at the lowest overall delivered
cost. They strive to offer their customers the right quality--the best balance
of price and performance.
In the early
1980s, Mr. Humphreys attended a seminar conducted by Dr. W. Edwards Deming. He
was so impressed with Deming's concept of continual process improvement, he
immediately took action to implement it at TAMKO. Today, they apply this
methodology to all aspects of their business: manufacturing, shipping, sales,
raw material procurement, even their billing system.
direction of David Humphreys, they are thriving in their third generation of
family leadership. Their present success is the direct result of teamwork and
the honest belief that every team member--customer, supplier and employee
alike--should benefit financially by contributing to the good of the team.
Looking back, this philosophy has helped them build long-lasting relationships
with customers, suppliers and employees. It is this spirit that made TAMKO
the company it is today.
depend on TAMKO for top-quality products at competitive prices, and strong
support before and after you buy. You can depend on them like family because
that's what they are--a family dedicated to the roofing business.
A Roofing Revolution in the Making
MetalWorks roofing shingles represent
one of the most revolutionary developments in the residential and light
commercial roofing industry. This revolution grew directly out of necessity -
the need to find a permanent, economical, and easy-to-install roofing system -
a system that would provide long-term value while still remaining affordable.
Building a Better System Through Experience
Building a better roofing system requires a
combination of experience and innovative thinking. MetalWorks' relationships
with industry leaders such as CENTRIA, NexTech, and The Valspar Corporation
give it unprecedented manufacturing capabilities, allowing it to take
advantage of the latest technological advancements. Utilizing the research and
development staffs from these industry leaders, MetalWorks products are now at
the cutting edge in performance - performance exemplified in the most advanced
roofing system of its kind.
The MetalWorks Galva-Strength® Process
- MetalWorks Steel Shingles begin during
the cold-rolled process where the carbon steel is first manufactured.
Annealing - After the carbon steel is
formed, it goes through an annealing process where it is heated and then
slowly cooled to specific tolerances for elongation, tensile strength and
formability, as specified by MetalWorks.
Galvanization - Once annealed, the steel is galvanized, using zinc
and an iron-zinc-aluminum alloy-bonding layer. MetalWorks steel is galvanized
on both sides for superior corrosion protection and exceptional strength, and
is coated with a minimum of 0.90 ounces of zinc per square foot that is 50
percent more than industry standards!
The Right Technology from Start to Finish
- MetalWorks Steel Shingles offer exceptional performance. That's because they
were developed using the latest technologies that include a Kynar 500®/Hylar
5000® paint finish. This Fluoropolymer paint system involves one of the
strongest chemical bonds known. In fact, it is the same chemistry used in
Teflon® non-stick cookware. The finish resists dirt and environmental aging
and provides exceptional resistance to fading, chalking, cracking and airborne