PetersenDean announced today that it will expand its growing roofing and solar business to five new states: Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, and Washington. The company expects to add about 4,000 jobs and grow to more than 200,000 installations annually.
As solar becomes a sought-after feature, more homebuilders are offering it as an option or even as standard on new homes.
PetersenDean, a full-service, privately held roofing and solar company, has been part of this trend. As a roofing company, it’s also well positioned to add solar when a new roof is needed on an existing home.
This business model seems to be working well for PetersenDean. The company announced today that it’s celebrating its 30-year anniversary by expanding its growing roofing and solar business to five new states. PetersenDean is planning to open new facilities in Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, and Washington.
With this expansion will come a significant workforce addition. PetersenDean is expecting to add about 4,000 new American jobs by the time the plan is fully implemented.
“This is a substantial number of jobs for each area. We’re talking office workers, installers, and supervisors, to name a few. These are promising, well paying jobs for everyone from the PhD in our research department to our journeymen in the field,” said Jim Petersen, Founder of PetersenDean.
PetersenDean goes beyond creating American jobs. The company is also committed to using American-made products. Because of that, its expansion will bring nationwide benefits — in the form of even more jobs. According to Petersen, the company estimates that the expansion will result in 900 additional periphery jobs at the U.S.-based solar manufacturers that PetersenDean partners with, including SolarWorld, Suniva, and KACO.
“We made a decision at PetersenDean to only source our products from America. It’s costing us a little more money to buy these panels and roofing products, but we are supporting the American economy and we are supporting American workers and we’re reinvesting those dollars back where they should be,” explained Petersen. “Efforts like this are putting Americans to work by putting American products to work.”
The new plan is scheduled to begin in May 2014, with Texas and North Carolina first on the list. These are interesting choices. While North Carolina has made big strides in solar, Texas, despite its high insolation, has lagged behind. However, we’ve been seeing rays of hope for solar in Texas. PetersenDean must see some potential in the state to put it in its first expansion phase.
The remaining territories, Georgia, Colorado, and Washington, will follow in a three-year rollout plan. The company aims to install 12,000 additional Power Saver Solar Systems in the first year. That’s in addition to its current capacity of over 100,000 new roof and solar power systems a year. When the expansions are fully implemented, the company is expected to grow to more than 200,000 installations annually.
The company cites the steady rise of solar as a power source as the driving force behind its expansion. “As the economy continues to recover and solar becomes more affordable, we have seen huge increases in demand across the board with both residential and commercial installations. We estimate that roofing and solar manufacturing has grown about 400 percent from last year and is only going to grow more from here, especially as the costs come down further and more and more municipalities change their energy policies to require solar,” said Petersen.