Roofing manufacturer to build new facility in Missouri

GAF Roofing, one of North America's largest manufacturers of roofing supplies, will be opening a new production facility in Missouri. The New Jersey-based company will be spending $149 million to build a new 320,000-square-foot plant.

The new plant, which is located in Moberly, Mo., will be home to manufacturing operations and warehousing. The GAF plant will have the highest level of production in the roofing industry, thanks to new state-of-the-art equipment, according to the company. Gov. Jay Nixon said the manufacturing industry is an important component to the state's economy.

"Missouri makes what the world wants, and manufacturing continues to be an important and growing sector of our economy," Nixon said in a statement. "In today's global economy, companies like GAF have many options for where to take their jobs and investments. By choosing to build its new state-of-the-art plant here in Moberly, GAF is recognizing Missouri's competitive business climate and highly skilled workforce. We are very proud to welcome GAF to the Show-Me State."

Along with the Missouri location, GAF also has an office in Canada, which is the company's largest exporter. Bob Tafaro, president and CEO of GAF, said Missouri was the perfect place to help expand it's U.S. operations.

"GAF is committed to creating good American manufacturing jobs, and Missouri is the place to do it," Tafaro said. "The state offers a low-tax climate and an experienced workforce that create an ideal business environment to help propel GAF's success. We look forward to the opportunities that locating to Missouri creates."

Once completed, the factory will create 125 new jobs for the area. GAF currently has 30 plants across the country with a workforce totaling 3,200 people.

Businesses in the manufacturing industry who are looking to expand their companies can look to manufacturing recruiters to help them hire experienced workers.