April 20, 2012 12:00 AM

GAF Sponsors Made-in-America Home, Contributes to USA Job Creation

Last fall, Montana builder Anders Lewendal began work on “The All-American Home,” gaining national recognition in the media and building industry. An economist-turned-builder, Lewendal estimates that if every builder used just five percent more American-made products, they would create over 200,000 jobs – a number that ABC news reports as being confirmed by The Boston Consulting Group.                              

Now, T.E. Jones of Vintage Homes, a home building company in Chesapeake, Virginia, has taken this concept a step further. He intends to create a home constructed entirely of American-made products – everything from the roof to the furniture. “It’s our way of trying to keep this movement alive and create jobs,” said Jones. “A lot of people think it can’t be done. We’re proving that that it can.” 

Jones’s home site in Chesapeake’s Culpepper Landing community will host a Tidewater Builders Association (TBA) membership forum on Friday, May 4 at noon to promote the “Buy American” message, and Ander Lewendal will be a featured speaker. 

The event is sponsored by New Jersey-based GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer. “As an American-owned company with 26 plants across the country, we are so pleased to be participating in this event,” stated Paul Bromfield, GAF’s senior vice president of marketing. 

Jones’s home is believed to be only the second all-American-made home in the country and the first in the Eastern United States. It will be on display in TBA’s Homearama showcase of homes between June 16 and July 1; tens of thousands of visitors are expected to tour the home. 

During the event, TBA members, along with U.S. Congressman Randy Forbes and Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff, will have the opportunity to sign a banner pledging to buy more American-made products. The banner will be on display during Homearama for visitors to sign. 

Learn more about Jones’s American-made home at www.homearama.tv.

About GAF

Founded in 1886, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by its commitment to Advanced Quality, Industry Expertise, and Solutions Made Simple for contractors, specifiers, and property owners alike. In 2011, GAF was the first roofing manufacturer to offer a Lifetime limited warranty on all of its laminated shingles and, in 2012, it introduced the GAF Lifetime Roofing System. 

With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has developed Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, which provides superior durability and wind resistance while reducing the use of scarce natural resources. The company has also developed single-ply and asphaltic membranes with superior durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption. 

GAF also supports the roofing industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 125,000 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 about GAF, visit www.gaf.com
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