Canton, MA – Sika’s facility in Canton, Massachusetts designs, produces, and tests all of Sika’s Roofing systems. We visited the facility to learn about these effective systems.
Jason Murray gave us a tour of the unique production facility. He explained that production has evolved significantly over the 22 years that he’s been working there. Improvements to extrusion processes and machinery have allowed the ability to change colors and thicknesses with ease. Operators pay careful attention to the continuous production lines from attaching the membrane components to imprinting the Sika logo. Jason mentioned that production has grown so much that a year’s worth of membranes when he first started is now produced in two weeks. In addition to advances in production, the facility has been running a successful recycling program. Any excess material, either from production or an existing roof, can be placed into a granulator to be recycled into the packed layer of a new membrane. Since it was started in 2006, the plant has recycled over 52 million pounds of material.
The facility also has an impressive laboratory with testing equipment designed to mimic large scale processes. If a new color or raw material is introduced, accurate testing can be done on a small scale before it is produced. Brian Chelkonas showed us how testing is also performed on the Canton warehouse roof to compare different roofing systems. Installations can be periodically assessed for effectiveness, and experimental roof designs can have actual field testing. The facility also has a roofing table where contractors can be trained in installations. By simulating heavy winds, the installation can be evaluated by its resistance to uplift. We also met with Digital Marketing Specialists Brian Fernald and Tina Katic-Michalos, who have been providing significant help to the My Summer with Sika project. As we have learned, a problem with a building’s roof can cause issues to arise elsewhere. Fortunately, the Sika Canton facility is dedicated to constant improvements in roofing systems to protect buildings across the country.