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In 1858, 21-year-old Henry Ward Johns used his wife’s clothes ringer and a tea kettle to apply hot tar to cloth in his New York City basement. By doing so, he created the company’s first roofing shingles. More than a century and a half later, we continue to constantly challenge ourselves with a focus on innovation and a refusal to be satisfied with the status quo.

In 2001, Johns Manville became a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which gave us a strong financial foundation and renewed our commitment to providing innovative solutions for our customers’ needs.

Explore our rich history and get a glimpse at our first 150 years.