Shenandoah, Pa., was once a bustling mining town in the eastern mountain valleys of Pennsylvania, but when the coal industry began to decline after World War II, many residents left the region. During this time of economic despair, Shenandoah resident Mary Twardzik began making traditional Polish pierogies to raise church funds. In 1952, Twardzik’s son, Ted, began operating what has become the largest pierogie company in the United States - Mrs. T’s Pierogies. Over the years, the Shenandoah population dwindled to fewer than 6,000 residents, but with nearly half a century of success, Mrs. T’s Pierogies, operated by the Ateeco Company, provided the remaining residents with job security and economic stability.
With the advice of Barry Berger of Berger Roofing Company in Orwigsburg, Pa., Ateeco chose to install a 20-year EPDM roofing system manufactured by Carlisle SynTec, along with Carlisle’s new DryLight daylighting system to replace the building’s 50 existing skylights. Berger looked at other options, but he found Carlisle’s comprehensive system and warranty coverage was the ideal solution for Ateeco’s re-roofing project.
“Carlisle’s ability to extend warranty coverage to include its DryLight skylights sealed the deal,” Berger said. “Even competing product representatives conceded that the Carlisle edge was tough to beat.”
Construction on the 70,000-square-foot facility began with a complete tear-off of the building’s existing stone ballast, loose-laid EPDM and polyisocyanurate insulation. Once the existing system was removed, a new layer of 2-inch Carlisle HP-H Polyiso was installed. Berger’s crew left a 6-inch separation between the edge of the skylight opening and the polyiso to allow for the installation of two-by-six pressure-treated wood blocking, which was used to anchor the DryLights onto the rooftop.
Once the wood blocking and insulation were in place, Berger’s crew installed Carlisle’s 60-mil Sure-Seal EPDM onto the entire roof surface. Next they cut fifty 48-inch-by-48-inch holes through the membrane to prepare for the DryLight installation.
Even though there were 50 DryLights to install, the task was a breeze, according to Berger. Each skylight was placed over the curb and attached using the Carlisle-supplied fasteners and a bead of Carlisle’s Universal Sealant.
In matter of days, the Ateeco employees were working in much-improved conditions underneath a leak-free, environmentally friendly rooftop with a 20-year Total System warranty. The Ateeco Company never lost a minute of production time during the installation and can rest assured that cost savings will continue with the decrease of energy costs provided by the natural light created by the skylights.
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