BRAMPTON, ONT. — IKO, which delivers residential and commercial products for the roofing, waterproofing and insulation trades, is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
The company was founded by Isidore Koschitzky in 1951 and to this day it is still family-owned and operated. Its asphalt shingles, low-slope roofing membranes and numerous other offerings can be found on buildings here in North America, as well as around the world, states a release, adding it all started with a single product.
IKO started producing building paper in a single plant in Calgary, Alta. in 1951. Shortly thereafter, the product lineup was expanded to include coated roll roofing and asphalt shingles followed in 1954, a decision that led to considerable growth and opportunities, adds the release.
IKO opened a shingle manufacturing plant in Brampton, Ont. in 1959 and growth continued into the 1970s and ‘80s as the company added more facilities in Canada, Europe and launched an expansion into the U.S. market. Today, the company operates more than 35 manufacturing plants, employing over 3,500 workers.
“Since 1951 IKO has been steadfast in its desire to find ways to improve its business, for the benefit of all,” states a release. “This drive for constant evaluation and evolution is a promise and vision introduced 70 years ago, and it is a pledge that continues to drive us today. As we take the next steps on the path to our next 70 years, our systems, processes, products and people will continue to lead the industry, illustrating that IKO is, indeed, roofing elevated.”