GEORGETOWN, Texas — Rep. John Carter was joined by Georgetown, Texas Mayor Josh Schroeder and other community leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking of GAF Energy’s new 450,000-square foot manufacturing facility in Georgetown.
"Texas' 31st district continues to grow because it's a great place to live and work, and today we see more of that growth," said Carter. "I'm proud that GAF Energy has chosen our great community to call home and create hundreds of new manufacturing jobs right here in Georgetown. GAF Energy is a shining example of the American spirit of innovation to meet the needs of today, while focusing on the future. I welcome them to my district and look forward to their continued success in their new home."
GAF Energy, a Standard Industries company and a leading provider of solar roofing in North America, is building the facility — the company’s second — to meet growing demand for its award-winning Timberline Solar™ roof. Introduced earlier this year, Timberline Solar features the world’s first nailable solar shingle and is the only roof system to directly integrate solar technology into traditional roofing processes and materials. Construction is on track to be completed summer of next year, with full-operation by the end of 2023. Portman Industrial is the owner and developer of the building and ARCO/Murray is the construction partner.
"One of the reasons I was drawn to work at our parent company, Standard Industries, was their commitment to U.S.-based jobs and manufacturing," said Martin DeBono, president of GAF Energy. "We’re thrilled to be building the future of solar here in Georgetown, Texas. The community has welcomed us with open arms — and made the decision of where to build our second facility easy. We’re producing our technologically cutting edge Timberline Solar roof here in the U.S. because we believe it allows us to make the best product for our customers.”
Once complete, the manufacturing facility will provide hundreds of new U.S.-based, clean energy manufacturing jobs in the Georgetown area. The new facility builds on GAF Energy’s track record of delivering a best-in-class solar roof product that is assembled in America. GAF Energy’s first manufacturing facility, in San Jose, Calif., was completed last year.
"We are pleased GAF Energy selected Georgetown as their destination for their facility," Schroeder said. "Their innovative product is one that will change the market as we know it, and we are excited that it will be developed here in our backyard."