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Manufacturer donates 40 roofs to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity

Malarkey Roofing has supported Habitat nationally for 25 years, Oklahoma City plant manager Jay Kreft said. The Oregon-based manufacturer opened a plant at 3400 S Council Road last summer.
by Richard Mize Published: February 7, 2013

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.”

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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