Kansas community to get shingle factory

Roof shingles with garret house on top of the house. dark asphalt tiles on the roof background on afternoon time. dark asphalt tiles on the roof background (Photo: iStock - Ratchat)

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced that GAF, a Standard Industries company and North America’s largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, will invest more than $300 million in Newton by constructing a new shingle plant. The estimated 275,000-square-foot facility will create more than 130 high-skilled manufacturing jobs in management, engineering and operations.

GAF has more than 4,800 employees and operates in 30 locations across the U.S., producing commercial and residential roofing and waterproofing products and services for customers throughout North America. The Kansas Logistics Parks in Newton will be the company’s first location in Kansas.

Construction is expected to begin in June 2024, with production anticipated to begin in 2027. The company expects to reach full production capacity by mid-2029.