GAF Materials Corporation

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GAF is a company based in Wayne, New Jersey, that has roots dating back to the late 19th century. The GAF acronym stands for General Aniline & Film. The company has historically been primarily focused on manufacturing of roofing materials for residential and commercial applications. At one time GAF was also active in manufacturing photographic film[1] as well as cameras and projectors (both still and motion picture), and was the manufacturer of the View-Master toy line. Briefly in the 1970s, it was the official film of Disneyland and at this time, actor Henry Fonda served as the company's spokesman in several television commercials including one that featured Jodie Foster in her first acting role.[2]

History[edit]

A home in Avalon, NJ showing GAF Asphalt Roofing Shingles.

Founded in 1886, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, with sales approaching $3 billion. With more than two dozen manufacturing plants located throughout the United States, the company has over 3,000 employees and sells its roofing products worldwide. Originally American IG, began as the American holdings of the German IG Farben chemical cartel.

Timeline[edit]

1886 – Company founded as The Standard Paint Company

1892 – First ready-to-lay asphalt roofing is created, known as "Ruberoid"

1904 – Method perfected to embed colored granules in asphalt coating

1912 – Individually-cut asphalt shingles are introduced

1921 – Based on the success of its roofing line, Standard Paint changes its name to the Ruberoid Company

1928 - The American holdings of the German company I.G.Farben were organized into American I.G.; later renamed General Aniline & Film or GAF for short.

1933 – Interlocking shingles introduced

1967 – Ruberoid merges with GAF and adopts the GAF name

1967 – "Timberline" architectural shingle introduced

1982 - Samuel J. Heyman took control of the company

1987 - Samuel J. Heyman took the company private; it continues to be owned by the Heyman family

2004 – Introduced first pre-coated energy-efficient modified bitumen membranes

2005 – Introduced first energy-efficient asphalt shingle

2007 – GAF acquires ElkCorp

2010 - Introduced solar grade single-ply TPO membranes

2011 – First company to offer lifetime limited warranty on all laminated shingles

2012 – First company to offer lifetime limited warranty on entire roofing system

On Jan. 8, 2001, GAF's principal shareholder became the 27th company in the United States to file for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code from liabilities relating to asbestos-related bodily injury claims. In what was an ill-fated acquisition, GAF's purchase of Ruberoid brought with it a product line that contained considerable quantities of asbestos. The asbestos-containing products ranged from roofing shingles and siding to insulation and numerous other construction-related products. Along with the purchase came ownership of an asbestos mine in Virginia. Once the sale was complete, GAF Corporation became the de facto leader in asbestos supplies in the state. The mine was shut down in 1975, less than a decade after GAF acquired it. GAF's roofing business (at the time, d/b/a GAF Materials Corporation) was not involved in the manufacture or sale of asbestos containing products and thus it did not have any liability related to these claims. GAF's shareholder emerged from bankruptcy in 2009 having discharged its asbestos-related bodily injury claims.[citation needed]

Certification programs[edit]

  • GAF Master Elite

Requires a contractor to be fully licensed, insured, up to date on training requirements, and to be in good standing regarding customer satisfaction.[3]

  • GAF Certified
  • GAF Master Select
  • GAF Master

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