NRCA Releases 2018 Manual Volume and Boxed Set

To provide the roofing industry with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about the design, materials and installation techniques applicable to architectural sheet-metal components, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has released The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control – 2018. The new volume updates the 2014 volume under the same title and serves as a reference for contractors, architects and roof consultants.

The manual contains information about the design, material and installation techniques applicable to architectural sheet-metal components and includes 60 construction details. In addition, background information is provided on moisture and air leakage issues in buildings such as ventilation for steep-slope roof assemblies and condensation control for low-slope roof systems.

The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control – 2018 is best used with other volumes of The NRCA Roofing Manual: The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems – 2017, The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems – 2016; and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems – 2015.

The 2018 volume and boxed set can be purchased in hardbound versions or downloaded for free in electronic format to NRCA members at shop.nrca.net.

OMG Inc. Restructures to Drive Innovation and Continued Growth

OMG Inc. has announced plans to implement a new corporate structure to position the company for continued growth. As part of this transition, OMG will create several small, more agile business units within two existing divisions. Each business unit will be fully responsible for executing strategy as well as profit and loss. The leaders of the business units will report to senior vice presidents responsible for setting overall strategy for long-term growth.

“The new organizational structure encourages product innovation within each business unit, which we believe will stimulate growth and enable us to better meet the changing needs of our customers and the markets we serve. It also creates opportunities for individual employee development and strengthens our leadership bench, both critical to our continued success,” said Hubert McGovern, president and CEO.

Within the OMG Roofing Division, the three new business units are Metal Accessories (which includes OMG EdgeSystems), Adhesives/Solar (which includes OlyBond Adhesives and OMG PowerGrip Solar Attachments), and Fasteners (which includes all roofing fasteners, as well as the RhinoBond and AccuTrac systems).

The two new business units in the FastenMaster Division are Decking (which covers all decking and trim fasteners including the Cortex Hidden Fastening and Tiger Claw Hidden Deck Clip systems, and Flex Hot Melt Adhesives) and Structural (which includes the Lok Line of structural fastening solutions as well as the PAMFast AutoFeed Screw System).

As part of the announcement, the company also announced several leadership changes. John Ashe has been promoted to senior vice president for the FastenMaster Division and will manage the new business unit leaders, the executive sales and marketing team, as well as new product development. Ashe’s team will include John McMahon, who has been promoted to vice president of the new Decking Business Unit.

An essential goal of the new structure is to drive innovation. As such, OMG has appointed two experienced business leaders to critical new roles in product development. Josh Kelly was named vice president of new product development and innovation for OMG Roofing Products, and Tim Gillis was named to the same role for FastenMaster. According to the company, both Kelly and Gillis have demonstrated a passion for product innovation throughout their careers, driving growth through new technology development and commercialization in their respective markets. They will be working in tandem with Tad Weiss, who has been named director of research and development and will focus on manufacturing technology and material science. Additionally, on the roofing side, Web Shaffer was named as vice president of the new Fastener Business Unit.

Other key changes announced include Dewey Kolvek’s promotion to senior vice president of operations, and Sarah Corrigan’s promotion to vice president of human resources and environmental, health & safety. Both are taking on additional responsibility for strengthening the shared resources that support each division and its business units.

“We are taking significant steps to make us rethink and improve the way we do business,” said McGovern. “While we continue to meet existing business demand, we will implement change strategies that create long-term value for our customers and the company.”

For more information, visit www.OMGInc.com.

NRCA Announces 2018-19 Officers and Directors

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced its 2018-19 slate of officers and directors at its 131st Annual Convention, held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans.

Kent Schwickert, senior vice president, Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minn., has been elected NRCA chairman of the board, and Nick Sabino, president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati, was elected chairman of the board-elect. Monica Cameron, vice president of Diamond Roofing, Dodge City, Kansas; Scott Kawulok, executive project manager, B & M Roofing of Colorado Inc., Frederick, Colorado; Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Illinois; and Kelly Van Winkle, vice president of contracts, King of Texas Roofing Co. LP, Grand Prairie, Texas, were elected vice chairmen.

Additionally, the following were elected NRCA directors:

  • Randy Adams, chairman/CEO of R. Adams Roofing Inc., Indianapolis
  • Troy Baker, vice president of sales and marketing at SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas
  • Tim Blue, president of Blue’s Roofing Co., Milpitas, California
  • Dick Bus, president of ATAS International Inc., Allentown Pennsylvania
  • Mark DeFreitas, vice president and national sales manager at SOPREMA Inc., Wadsworth, Ohio
  • Helen Hardy Pierce, vice president of technical services, codes and industry relations at GAF, Parsippany, New Jersey
  • Steve Harvey, president of J & S Building Exteriors Inc., Attleboro, Massachusetts
  • Gary Howes, COO of The Durable Slate Co., Columbus, Ohio
  • Michael Johannes, president of Nations Roof East LLC, Yonkers, New York
  • Jason Lewinski, contractor network leader at Owens Corning Inc., Toledo, Ohio
  • Mark MacDonald, sales/marketing manager at Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating, Cleveland
  • Sherri Miles, vice president of J.D. Miles & Sons Inc., Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Monica Murphy, director of operations at Ray Nolan Roofing Co., Louisville, Kentucky
  • Brian Schaut, senior vice president at F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, Milwaukee
  • Stephen Teal, manager at Flynn Group of Companies, Rockyville, Alberta, Canada
  • Kyle Thomas, owner/vice president of Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Alabama
  • David Tilsen, president of Tilsen Roofing Co. Inc., Madison, Wisconsin
  • Elizabeth Walters, marketing manager at Derbigum Americas Inc, Kansas City, Missouri
  • All 2018-19 officers and directors will assume their roles June 1, 2018. For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

    Pre-Weathered Fastener Matches Corten Panels

    COR-10 WOOD-X Lakeside Construction Fasteners offers the new high-strength COR-10 WOOD-X fastener, which is engineered to secure Corten metal panels into hardwood decking substrates. It is pre-weathered for exact Corten metal panel color match, eliminating the need to wait for fasteners to be painted or weathered to match. The fastener is available as a #10 in sizes from 1 inch to 3 inches, and it features an EPDM washer to ensure a sealed protective barrier. According to the manufacturer, its high-low threads and sharp T-17 cut point allows the fastener to quickly penetrate the Corten metal panel for low cost installation. The LCF COR-10 WOOD-X can be used with battery-operated screw guns including impact screw guns, notes the company.

    The COR-10 WOOD-X fastener was the first-place winner of the Best New Product category at the 2018 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in New Orleans.

    For more information, visit www.lakeside-fasteners.com. Lakeside

    Roof Board Offers Enhanced Water Resistance

    DensDeck Prime Roof Board with EONIC TechnologyGeorgia-Pacific Gypsum unveils DensDeck Prime Roof Board with EONIC Technology, which offers enhanced water resistance and increased vertical pull strength. According to the manufacturer, DensDeck Prime Roof Boards with EONIC Technology have manufacturing specifications that include a surface water absorption rate of 1 gram, and a total water absorption rate of 5 percent.

    According to the company, in independent testing of total water absorption, alternative coated glass mat gypsum roof boards absorbed 76 percent more water more water than 1⁄2-inch DensDeck Prime Roof Boards with EONIC Technology, while 1⁄2-inch gypsum fiber boards absorbed 132 percent more. In independent testing of surface water absorption, 1⁄2-inch gypsum fiber absorbed 2.3 times more water than the new formulation, while alternative coated glass mat gypsum roof boards absorbed 4 times more water.

    Finally, in vertical pull strength tests, DensDeck Prime Roof Boards with EONIC Technology were found to be 74 percent stronger than 1⁄2-inch gypsum fiber boards on the face, and 14 percent stronger on the back, notes the manufacturer. When compared to alternative coated glass mat gypsum boards, DensDeck Prime Roof Board is 2.5 times greater strength on the face, and 7 times more strength on the back.

    For more information, visit www.densdeck.com.

    Robert McNamara Receives NRCA J.A. Piper Award

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Robert McNamara, president of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, is the 71st recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at the association’s 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans. The J.A. Piper award is the industry’s most prestigious honor, recognizing roofing professionals who have devoted constant outstanding service to NRCA and the roofing industry.

    McNamara served as NRCA president in 2009-10 and most recently served as the chairman of the association’s Long-term Investment Committee in 2016-17.

    Prior serving as NRCA president, McNamara served as NRCA senior vice president from 2009-10; vice chairman from 2006-08; and director from 1996-99, 2002-06 and 2009-10. In addition, he has served on many committees, including serving as chairman of the Budget and Finance and Contractor Management Committees as well as president of the Awards Committee, Industry Advisory Board and National Roofing Legal Resource Center.

    F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing also is a member of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress.

    “As NRCA president he successfully guided NRCA through the apex of the great recession, while setting an example of optimism during that difficult time,” said fellow former NRCA President and 2017 J.A. Piper Award Bruce McCrory, operations/business development manager at Nations Roof, Gulf Coast LLC.

    “The roofing industry has so many great people, great work ethics, and that’s what our great country is all about,” McNamara says. “I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

    First presented in 1948, the J.A. Piper Award is named for former NRCA President Joseph A. Piper, whose extraordinary efforts kept the association alive during the Great Depression.

    For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

    Portable RhinoBond Hand Welder Designed for Use in Tight Spaces

    OMG Roofing Products has introduced the RhinoBond Hand Welder. Based on patented Sinch Technology, the portable RhinoBond Hand Welder is designed to help roofers weld RhinoBond Plates in tight spaces such as under raised rooftop equipment and on vertical surfaces. The ergonomically designed tool features a vibrating handle and an indicator light that lets roofers know when the tool is activated and when the weld cycle is complete. The base is recessed and features centering indicator lines to help users properly align the tool over installed RhinoBond Plates for optimum bonding and improved productivity.

    The new tool weights just six pounds (2.7 kg), and operates on 110V and 220V power sources for global use. Each tool comes with three, eight-inch tall magnets, and a durable carrying case that protects the induction tool when not in use. Using a 12-gauge RhinoBond Power Cord (sold separately), the independent Hand Welder can be operated up to 100-feet (30 m) from the power source. A quick connect power cord pig-tail enables international users to quickly switch to the local plug configuration for global use (international pig-tails sold separately).

    “Many roofers understand the tremendous productivity and performance benefits that RhinoBond offers,” said Web Shaffer, vice president of marketing for OMG. “In fact, some roofers have seen productivity rates increase by 30%. To enhance the systems’ overall productivity, we wanted to offer a solution that can be used everywhere on the roof, even in tight spaces. This new product makes that possible.”

    The RhinoBond System is designed for use with TPO and PVC roofing membranes and approved by most roofing system manufacturers. The System uses advanced induction welding technology to bond roofing membranes directly to specially coated plates used to secure the insulation to the deck. The result is a roofing system with improved wind performance that requires fewer fasteners, plates, and seams, and zero penetrations of the new membrane. Since it was introduced in 1998, nearly 2.0 billion square feet (185 million square meters) of membrane has been installed with the RhinoBond System around the world.

    For more information, visit OMGRoofing.com.

    FlashCo Adds New Regional Sales Representative

    FlashCo Manufacturing, Inc. recently hired Justin Erickson for the position of Sales Representative for their Southeast region. Justin joins FlashCo with over 15 years of sales experience in a variety of manufacturing companies including over 10 years in the roofing industry.

    Most recently, Justin was National Sales Manager for Sievert Industries, Inc. in charge of outside sales of professional heating tools and equipment throughout North America. Justin was responsible for managing sales and service for Sievert’s business unit including 25 independent sales agencies. During Justin’s tenure, the unit averaged 10 percent annual growth. Justin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Eastern Illinois University and a Masters in Business Administration from Rockford University.

    “We are very excited to add Justin to our sales team,” says Rick Santolaya, FlashCo Territory Sales Manager. “Justin has a great sales background and he’s been in the roofing industry for over a decade. He’s worked with a number of our same customers and distributors, so he’s going to be able to hit the ground running.”

    “Justin is the perfect addition to help us continue to grow the Southeast region,” says Bill Bartell, FlashCo Director of Sales. “FlashCo is in the midst of a major expansion and it’s the people in the company like Justin who have a major impact in helping our contractor customers to save time, get off the roof sooner and reduce their installed costs.”

    For more information, visit www.FlashCoMfg.com.

    NRCA Elects New Chairman of the Board

    Kent Schwickert, senior vice president-national business unit for Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minnesota, has been elected the next chairman of the board of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). Schwickert will serve for the 2018-19 fiscal year. He was elected during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention, held February 6-8 in New Orleans.

    “Over the years, Kent has been a significant contributor to NRCA and our efforts to advance the roofing industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “He has a tremendous ability to work in partnership with all stakeholders in our industry and to get things done. He will make an outstanding chairman of the board.”

    Schwickert previously served as an NRCA vice chairman from 2016-17 and was a member of NRCA’s board of directors from 1999-02, 2003-04, 2010-13. In addition, Schwickert served as member of many NRCA committees, including Business Leadership, Contractor Management, Health and Safety, Membership and PAC Advisory, as well as the Communications Task Force, Future Executives Institute, Insurance Board of Governors, National Roofing Legal Resource Center and the NRCA Retirement Program.

    Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato also is a member of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress. Schwickert will begin his one-year term as the highest-ranking officer of one of the oldest construction trade associations in the U.S. June 1, 2018.

    For more information, visit www.NRCA.net.

    Polyglass Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

    Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. announced that it has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification. This accomplishment validates Polyglass’ commitment to manufacturing quality roofing and waterproofing products, enhancing customer satisfaction, and improving business performance.

    “We are proud to receive ISO 9001:2015 for all of our Polyglass locations,” said Polyglass CEO Natalino Zanchetta.  “As a quality-focused company, implementing a Quality Management System is a natural step for Polyglass. It increases our reputation for quality products in the industry and builds trust and confidence in our brand.”

    Certification to ISO 9001 requires an accredited registrar (third-party auditing organization) to thoroughly review the company’s policies, processes, and procedures to ensure that they are capable of consistently meeting customer, regulatory requirements and the intent of the ISO 9001:2015 standard.

    The ISO 9001 standards are published by the International Organization for Standardization, an international agency composed of the national standards bodies of more than 160 countries. A new version of the ISO 9001 appears about every seven years to ensure organizations continue to adapt to the changing environment in which they operate. ISO 9001:2015 is the latest of the ISO 9001 international standards.

    For more information, visit www.polyglass.us.