Johns Manville (JM) marked the five-year anniversary of the opening of its EPDM plant in Milan, Ohio this summer with a series of company and community events.

“We are so impressed with the dedicated employees in Milan and their pride of ownership in manufacturing high-quality roofing products,” said Joe Smith, JM’s senior vice president and general manager in a news release. “Our investment in Milan fits well with our already strong position in the marketplace. We also have a strong connection to the local community and look forward to many more years of success.”

The plant employs roughly 100 residents of Milan and surrounding communities, and furthers JM’s commitment to manufacturing in the region. The company operates two other manufacturing plants in northern Ohio; an insulation plant in Defiance and an engineered products plant in Waterville.

Employees, their families and local residents were invited for lunch, product demonstrations and a tour of the facility, as were JM customers and business partners, hosted by Mary Rhinehart, JM chairman, president, and CEO.

“We have exceeded expectations in Milan,” said Jennifer Ford-Smith, director of sales for JM Roofing Systems. “Our top priority when we opened five years ago was to use state-of- the-art equipment to make the best EPDM membrane in the industry. The ability to leverage a product with superior characteristics with the innovation of our FIT (Factory Inseam Tape) seaming method has resulted in a steady increase in customer demand for our products.”

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