Johns Manville to Open TPO Manufacturing Facility

    DENVER, August 15 /CNW/ - Johns Manville (JM), a leading manufacturer and
marketer of building and engineered products, announced today that it will
manufacture thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing membrane beginning in the
second half of 2008.

    "We are excited to announce another investment to strengthen our JM
Building Product portfolio and improve our ability to serve our customers and
support their growth," said Jeff Rea, senior vice president, Building

    Johns Manville will manufacture TPO in 10-foot widths for use in
commercial and industrial mechanically attached and fully adhered roofing
systems. It also will offer a full line of insulation and accessories, as well
as a comprehensive product and system guarantees to support these systems.

    "The company has invested in a new state-of-the-art TPO manufacturing
operation located in Scottsboro, Alabama," said Tom Ryan, vice president and
general manager, Roofing Systems. "This facility will complement our full line
of bituminous and single-ply roofing products and we're excited to be part of
the Scottsboro, Alabama business community with this new investment."

    Among numerous building product solutions, JM offers a full line of
roofing systems, service capabilities and guarantee programs for commercial,
industrial and institutional roofing markets. It is the only manufacturer to
offer a complete line of roofing membranes, including BUR, APP, SBS, EPDM, PVC
and TPO. The JM product line includes a range of roofing insulations and cover
boards as well as a broad line of accessories. JM designs all materials to
work together in a fully functionally integrated system, thereby enabling the
company to offer the industry's most comprehensive roof performance guarantee

    "This investment reinforces our commitment to providing our customers
with a complete portfolio of bituminous and single-ply low-slope roofing
systems backed by our superior service," said Corby Whitaker, director of
sales. "It enables our customers to select and receive the best solution to
meet their individual needs."

    Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a leading manufacturer
and marketer of premium-quality building and specialty products. The
Denver-based company has sales in excess of $2.5 billion and holds leadership
positions in all of the key markets that it serves. Johns Manville employs
about 8,500 people and operates 43 manufacturing facilities in North America,
Europe and China. Additional information can be found at

For further information:

For further information: Johns Manville Robin Wiesner, 303-978-3404

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