By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
GAF, the largest roofing company in America, has recently expanded its warehouse capabilities in Gainesville with the addition of a new 200,000 square foot warehouse built adjacent to the 186,000 square foot warehouse already on hand.
Executive director of operations Doug Pohli said that this building expansion is different from other plants GAF has built because, for the first time, they can offer commercial clients a product that will not require assembly at the building site.
The insulation, according to Pohli, is built into the roofing material and is shipped as one unit or as a kit directly to job sites across the country. Gainesville is the first location to offer the whole low slope roof and components as a unit from the one location.
“We work in a very tight time schedule and it is important that our products deliver in the window we have established,” he said. “There could be fork lifts and even helicopters waiting to offload at the site and a delay in delivery can be critical and expensive.”
Pohli is more than complementary of the team that has been established at the Gainesville location with 60 employees over both warehouse facilities.
“We have a great crew here and were extremely pleased with the quality of experienced and professional workers we found for the new facility,” he said.
Pohli said that at full capacity, the warehouse will ship 60-80 truckloads of building components a day using various truck lines and truck brokers across the United States.
Pohli first started at the corporate headquarters located in New Jersey and eventually was transferred to Indiana for five years to oversee the construction of the Indiana plant.
The transfer to Texas was a great location for Pohli and his family as his wife is from the Sanger area and his 10-year-old daughter, Abigail, is getting to know the Texas side of family.
“We love it here,” he continued. “The only thing I miss about New Jersey is the bagels. Nothing is better than a good bagel. It is a food group all on its own.”
Pohli is very complimentary of the north Texas area and Gainesville in particular and said that he was glad that this location worked out.
“It was such a great experience working with Kent Sharp and the Gainesville community,” he said. “We were looking at other locations but they made it so easy for us to choose this community.”
Additional plant expansion near the current Gainesville warehouses will provide future opportunities for job seekers in this area.
By CATHY MOUNCE
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