Talk about inclined to give. Malarkey Roofing Products has donated materials to roof every house built this year by Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity — 40 in all.
The first roof was installed Wednesday in the Las Rosas neighborhood at SE 25 and Byers Avenue.
The gift is worth $120,000, plant manager Jay Kreft said.
“It's a great blessing and we're really pleased to have this new partner, and we want to welcome them to Oklahoma,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, CEO of Central Oklahoma Habitat. “This is one of the most generous gifts we have received.”
Malarkey Roofing, based in Portland, Ore., opened a factory at 3400 S Council Road last summer. Kreft said Malarkey is a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity. The ecumenical Christian ministry partners with donors and homeowners — who supply labor, “sweat equity” — to build houses that are then sold to low-income people at no profit with zero-interest loans.
“We have a 25-year tradition of working with Habitat for Humanity throughout the United States,” Kreft said.
“Over the course of that 25 years, we've donated over 1 million square feet of roofing products. We're just glad to be part of the community locally now with our new manufacturing facility here in Oklahoma City. We just look forward to giving back to the community that has been so generous and open to us coming here as a new manufacturer.”
Central Oklahoma Habitat acquired Las Rosas four years ago when it was fully developed, but with 41 vacant lots. Only a few now remain, which means Malarkey roofs will go on houses in other neighborhoods where Habitat is building: Hope Crossing, NE 83 and Kelley Avenue; Faith Landing, on County Line Road between SW 44 and SW 59; Wagner Lake Estates at Mustang Road and Wagner Lake Road in Yukon; and Shelliebrook Estates in southwest Blanchard.
Las Rosas “has been a great neighborhood for us. It's been a good neighborhood for our families. There's a neighborhood association here. It's been a really great place for us to have the opportunity to move our families into a safe environment,” Felton Gilliland said. “We just have about five more lots and I'm always looking for land, so if anyone has any ideas out there, I'd sure be willing to visit with them because that's really one of our greatest issues now: acquiring enough land to keep up with our aggressive building schedule.”