PORTLAND, Maine-Hunter Panels, a leading manufacturer of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly polyisocyanurate roof insulation has announced the construction of its fifth U.S. manufacturing facility to be located in Tooele, Utah. Located 30 miles southwest of Salt Lake City in close proximity to Interstate 80, this facility will enable Hunter to service the Southwestern states as well as the West Coast.

"These are energy conscious states where the building community recognizes the value of thermal efficiency in roofing design," says Alma Garnett, Hunter's vice president. The new 230,000-square-foot plant will operate a high speed Hennecke rigid foam laminator, similar to Hunter's other four polyiso facilities. Plant operations are scheduled to commence in 1st quarter 2006. The Tooele, Utah plant along with existing facilities in Kingston, N.Y.; Franklin Park, Ill.; Lake City, Fla.; and Terrell, Texas, will complete Hunter Panels' coast-to-coast product offering.