SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Carlisle Companies Incorporated announced that construction has begun on Carlisle Construction Materials’ (CCM) sixth TPO manufacturing line, which Carlisle says will produce the commercial roofing industry’s first 16-foot-wide TPO membranes. According to a release, the new line, located in Carlisle, Pa., will add to CCM’s industry-leading production capacity with the widest TPO sheets on the market.

Consistent with Carlisle’s Vision 2025 strategy to invest in high-returning businesses, the new TPO line will support organic growth initiatives and also create jobs for the city of Carlisle and surrounding communities. The new line will begin production in early 2022.

“I am extremely pleased to announce this investment in CCM, and in the city of Carlisle, demonstrating our continued commitment to be a leading supplier of innovative products for energy-efficient buildings and to deliver the premium Carlisle Experience to our customers," said Chris Koch, chairman, president and CEO. "Today’s announcement confirms Carlisle’s position as a leading building products company.”

The widest width TPO membrane in the market today is available in a 12-foot sheet and was introduced by Carlisle in 2001. Wider TPO membranes have been an ongoing customer request, particularly with the steady increase in adhered and induction welded assemblies. Contractors using CCM’s new 16-foot-wide TPO membranes can expect significant labor savings and improved installation quality, as there will be fewer rolls to handle, more than 25% fewer seams to weld, and less packaging waste to dispose of at the end of the project.

CCM created the first single-ply roofing membrane more than 50 years ago and in 1998 became the first manufacturer to build a dedicated TPO roofing membrane line. Since then, TPO has become the most widely used single-ply roofing membrane in the world and remains the fastest-growing segment of the commercial roofing industry. Carlisle’s other TPO innovations include TPO with APEEL™ Protective Film, and TPO with Self-Adhering Technology.

“The new 16-foot TPO line is another important milestone in Carlisle’s century-long history of innovation," said CCM President Nick Shears. "CCM has always focused on bringing innovations to the roofing industry because these products offer significant, strategic, and practical advantages for our customers. The new TPO line is reflective of CCM’s continuing investment in new products, our customers, and in the commercial roofing industry.”