Growing Vent Tech
|No. of employees: 225 in Burgaw, 3,700 nationwide
Year founded: 1886, Burgaw opened in 1993
Top local official: Steve Boehling, plant manager
Description: GAF is a roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, and a Standard Industries company. GAF in Burgaw manufactures building ventilation products and accessories for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).
Products made locally: Powered and unpowered ventilation products for roofs, soffits and crawlspaces of homes, as well as drains, roof vents and expansion joints for commercial, lowslope roofs. GAF also services residential HVAC with metal pipe, flexible ducting, elbows, register boxes, reducers and other accessories.
What made the company decide to make its goods locally? Boehling: “Burgaw is one of 26 strategic locations GAF operates across the U.S., providing us with access to our talented team, a welcoming business environment and proximity to Interstate 40 for distribution. Pender County officials and the Wilmington Business Development organization were instrumental in helping us choose Burgaw, and we’re proud to be a part of the local community.”
What’s next? Boehling: “We’re constantly looking at new ways to leverage technology and innovation with our people to build our business. From fiber optic lasers to digital solutions for our hardware, our agile approach to evolving the ways we manufacture our products is helping grow our business.”
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