Progressive Foam Celebrates 25 Years of Siding Insulation Manufacturing
Beach City, OH - April 11th, 2017 marks the 25 year anniversary for Progressive Foam Technologies, Inc. (PFT), a locally-based manufacturer of foam insulation products for home exterior applications.
Company Founder and President, Pat Culpepper, remarked: “We are proud to be celebrating 25 years of business in the Tuscarawas Valley. It is with overwhelming gratitude for our employees and customers that I think back on where we started, to where we are today, and everything in between.”
Culpepper got his start in the foam business early in life, working at his father’s Michigan-based company in the 1970’s and 80’s. The business produced just about anything you think that can be made from foam. There he learned everything from how to fix machinery to how to manufacture and sell finished products.
His father’s company eventually shut down, and Culpepper decided to take the lessons he learned and forge a new path in the foam insulation business. PFT was started on April 11th, 1992, with $200,000 borrowed from a few friends on a handshake, and an idea for a new, innovative product, which would become known as insulated siding.
“From the beginning, we envisioned PFT would become a company focused on developing new products, and new markets for those products”, says Culpepper. “It was a little hard for most people to believe at the time, when we were working out of a small pole barn with a Porta-John.”
Over the last 25 years, PFT has grown to be 27 million dollar company, with over 150 employees and 35 patents in the United States and Canada. Headquarters have remained in Tuscarawas County throughout the course of the business, and are currently located in a 110,000 square foot facility in Beach City, Ohio.
In 2016, PFT expanded its operations by acquiring a second facility in Gnadenhutten, Ohio. The 220,000-square-foot building sits on 16 acres, features 23 loading docks, overhead crane rails, rail siding, and interior truck access. “Expanding to this second facility has allowed us to better service our current customers, and positions us well for growth in the future.”
To celebrate their 25 year milestone, PFT will be hosting an open house at their Gnadenhutten facility, with tours open to the public in late August. Light refreshments will be provided.
About Progressive Foam: Progressive Foam Technologies, Inc. is a manufacturer of foam insulation products for home exterior siding applications and is the inventor of insulated vinyl siding. The company develops premium insulation products that are energy-efficient, durable and long-lasting, and can be applied to any siding type.