Leading global roofing manufacturer creates jobs, expands to serve Southwest US markets
KANKAKEE, IL – March 7, 2018 – IKO, a North American pioneer in the manufacture of residential and commercial roofing products has announced the official grand opening of its newest production facility in Hillsboro, Texas.
Marketing Director Carol Perkins says that local dignitaries and IKO customers will be invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour the plant during its official grand opening celebration on March 22nd. The new plant began producing product in late December.
The 250,000 square foot production and warehouse facility is historic for IKO as it completes the company’s manufacturing footprint in the United States, allowing it to better serve and build upon the customer and homeowner base in the southwest. IKO opened its first US asphalt shingle plant in Wilmington, Delaware in 1981.
According to Vice-president of Sales (US), Keith Lowe, the new flagship facility is a vital component of the company’s long-term strategic expansion plan as well as a significant statement on the company’s commitment to the U.S. market. “IKO has built more modern facilities and invested more in our technology in the past twenty years than anyone else in our industry,” said Lowe. “We are proud of the effort and resources that we’ve invested in better serving our U.S. customers.”
As it officially opens, the facility will employ 65 people locally, with the possibility for future expansion to meet consumer demand. The project was announced in 2015, shortly after the company opened its IKO Southeast facility in Sylacauga, Alabama. Plans are already underway for the construction of a new facility west of Toronto, Ontario, modernizing IKO’s first plant in eastern Canada, built in 1958.
IKO is a world-wide leader in the roofing, waterproofing and insulation industry for residential and commercial markets. A vertically integrated company, IKO operates more than 25 manufacturing plants throughout North America and Europe. IKO is a family owned business established in 1951.
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Derek Fee, Manager – Corporate Communications, IKO