Where: 2095 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville
More info: towersealants.com, 866-897-7568
Dale Tomazin approached friend and former co-worker Loren Plotkin in 2016 and asked,
“Wouldn’t it be great to get back into the caulk business?”
“I didn’t think so,” said Plotkin, president of Oklahoma-based M-D Building Products, parent company of Tower Sealants at 2095 Memorial Park Drive in Gainesville.
Plotkin paused for a moment, then glanced at Tomazin, standing nearby, and added, “He’s right and I’m wrong. And here we are today.”
M-D Building Products, along with Tower Sealants, celebrated a $2.5 million investment in Tower’s plant Tuesday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the new equipment and production area.
“We are proud to continue to invest in our Gainesville-Hall County location and our employees to keep up with the sales growth we have experienced,” Plotkin said.
Tower also has added 20 jobs, bringing employment up to 50.
Tomazin, Tower’s executive vice president and general manager, said he expects the number of jobs to keep growing.
Sales have been going up rapidly, including 20 percent over last year, he said.
“New construction is back. You see a lot of stuff going on in the commercial market, and it’s a good economy in the repaint industry.”
Times haven’t always been so great for Tower Sealants. The company struggled during the 2007-09 Great Recession, which took an especially tough toll on the homebuilding industry.
But M-D Building “really believed in Tower and what we were doing and what we were about, and continued to fund us through the hard times,” Tomazin said.
In 2009, Tower started attracting Fortune 500 paint manufacturers.
“We built a business that was different,” Tomazin said. “What we saw out in the marketplace was competitors were ... making caulk cheaper and (that) the caulk was failing.
“Caulking is such an important of the building (process) that we put quality back in the product, by developing products that last a lifetime.”
The expansion includes new and latest mixing and packaging technology “to deliver consistent ... products with air-free filling that increases job productivity and efficiencies to the professional painter,” a Tower Sealants press release says.
Today’s good times are quite the contrast from Tower’s humble start.
“We launched Tower Sealants in 2006 with no equipment, no customers, no formula, but a lot of ‘want to,’” Plotkin said. “The ‘want to’ is what has prevailed throughout the organization.
“This latest milestone in Tower’s history is one of many more to come ... to continue to grow on this site and provide jobs in this community.”
Richard Higgins, chairman of the Hall County Board of Commissioners, praised the investment in the plant.
“Thank you for seeing the value in a place so many call home,” he said.