IKO celebrates 70 years of service to the roofing industry

BRAMPTON, ONT. — IKO, which supplies residential and commercial products for roofing, waterproofing and insulation, celebrates its 70this birthday.

The company was founded in 1951 by Isidore Koschitzky and is still family owned and operated to this day. The asphalt shingles, low-pitched roofing membranes and a host of other offerings can be found on buildings here in North America, as well as around the world, a release states, adding that it all started with a single product.

IKO began manufacturing construction paper at a single plant in Calgary, Alta. in 1951. Soon after, the product range was expanded to include coated roller roofs and asphalt shingles followed in 1954, a decision that led to significant growth and opportunity, adds the release.

IKO opened a gravel plant in Brampton, Ontario. in 1959 and growth continued into the 1970s and 1980s as the company added more facilities in Canada and Europe and launched an expansion into the US market. Today, the company has more than 35 factories, employing more than 3,500 employees.

“Since 1951, IKO has been steadfast in its desire to find ways to improve its business for the benefit of all,” it said in a press release. “This drive for constant evaluation and evolution is a promise and vision introduced 70 years ago, and it is a promise that continues to drive us today. As we take the next steps towards our next 70 years, our systems, processes, products and people will continue to lead the industry, illustrating that IKO is indeed taking roofing to the next level.”

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