July 08, 2010 12:00 AM

GAF Materials Corporation Wins Multiple Safety Awards From Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association

GAF Materials Corporation plants nationwide recently secured multiple awards given by the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA), an organization representing the majority of North America's asphalt roofing manufacturing companies and their raw material suppliers. Ninety-eight facilities participated in the prestigious Accident Prevention Contest in 2009, broken down into categories based on the number of labor hours worked per year. 

ARMA’s top award is the ARMA President’s Award, presented to the top scoring company within each category. In the group for over 300,000 labor hours worked, GAF’s Savannah, GA plant took the top spot, with its Mt. Vernon, IN plant coming in second. In the group for 200,000 to 300,000 labor hours worked, GAF’s Myerstown, PA plant came in first. 

The ARMA Award of Excellence is presented to category winners that have demonstrated the lowest three year averaged ARMA Index. Coming in first in the group for over 300,000 labor hours worked was GAF’s Savannah, GA plant. GAF’s Fontana, CA plant came in first in the group for 200,000 to 300,000 labor hours worked, and its Chester, SC plant tied for first in the group for 100,000 to 200,000 labor hours worked per year. 

“We are very proud of the accomplishments all the facilities have made in reducing injuries over the last three years,” stated Tim Machelski, Manufacturing Operations Vice President at GAF. “These awards confirm that safety has remained a top priority for GAF through a merger and an economic downturn. We still have opportunities to improve, but it is reassuring to know we are on a positive course towards eliminating work place injuries.” 

Eleven of GAF’s plants received a Certificate of Achievement from ARMA, recognizing that the facilities had lowered their ARMA index by 25% from the prior year. These included: Baltimore, MD; Ennis, TX; Fontana, CA; Fresno, CA; Mt. Vernon, IN; Myerstown, PA; Nashville, TN; North Branch, NJ; Savannah, GA; Shafter, CA; Tampa, FL; and Tuscaloosa, AL. There were also eight GAF plants recognized for having zero lost and restricted workdays and zero reportable OSHA incidents, including: Chester, SC; Fresno, CA; Mt. Vernon, IN; Myerstown, PA; Nashville, TN; North Branch, NJ; Port Arthur, TX; and Savannah, GA. 

In total, GAF had 13 plants that placed within the top 10 in their categories.

About GAF Materials Corporation

GAF Materials Corporation is the largest roofing and ventilation manufacturer in North America, with sales of nearly $3 billion annually. The company's products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope roofing systems (marketed under the GAF-Elk brand) and low-slope roofing systems (marketed under the GAF brand), which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by a commitment to provide property owners and specifiers with the best and safest choice in roofing and by helping supportive contractors and distributors to build their businesses and avoid hassles.

With a focus on social responsibility, GAF-Elk has developed Advanced Protection shingle technology, which provides superior durability and wind resistance, while reducing the use of scarce natural resources. 

The Company also supports the industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 100,000 professionals. CARE's mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel. 

For more information contact:
Alyssa Hall, Corporate Communications Mgr.

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