National Women in Roofing Announces Association Staff

National Women in Roofing (NWIR), a national organization focused on the empowerment of women within the roofing industry, announced that is now fully staffed to handle all management functions of the organization.

“This is a significant milestone for our organization,” stated Heidi J. Ellsworth, NWIR chair. “It’s only been 18 months since the organization began, and we’ve grown to over 600 members and now have the support of a team of contracted staffers to ensure the success of the organization.”

NWIR has put together a talented team of consulting contractors that includes:
• Ellen Thorp, principal of Meridian Consulting, as executive director
• Sarah Harwerth‐De Marco, owner of 6 Sides Marketing, as graphic designer and
communications consultant
• Julie Massaro, owner of JBM Business Solutions, as member services consultant
• Michelle Schulp, owner of Marktime Media, as web designer
• Jessica Schaller, principal, The Accounting Resource, LLC, as bookkeeper
• Barb Ilyes, president, Go Figure Inc., as accountant
• Hilary Morgan, senior associate, Trent Cotney Construction Law Group, as general counsel

“We’ve been successful getting started because of the amazing support provided by our volunteer members, who serve on various committees and give their time to keep the organization moving and growing,” explained Ellsworth. “We will continue to have working committees who contribute to the growth and success of NWIR and should see even more positive traction now that we have this strong team of staff members to support us.”

For more information, visit www.nationalwomeninroofing.com.

Multi-Purpose Joint Sealant Adheres to Damp Surfaces

Kemper System GreatSealKemper System America Inc. offers GreatSeal PE-150, a high-performance, single-component, multi-purpose joint sealant designed for long-lasting weathertight seals. According to the manufacturer, it is ideal for sealing joints in roofing, walls and masonry, as well as gaps around penetrations, flashings, windows and doors.

Based on a polyether sealant, GreatSeal PE-150 contains no solvents and very low VOCs. The multi-purpose indoor/outdoor sealant exhibits excellent weathering properties with a service range of 200oF to minus 40oF (93oC to minus 40oC), movement capability of +/- 25 percent, and zero shrinkage.

According to the company, the product adheres even on damp surfaces. It can be applied in cold weather, and in most cases, without a primer. It bonds aggressively to most building materials, including wood, vinyl, glass, fiberglass, foam insulation, asphalt, modified bitumen, EPDM, PVC, PIB rubber, and Kynar coatings, as well as painted, galvanized and anodized metals.

GreatSeal PE-150 is part of a family of construction sealants from Kemper System. The GreatSeal brand also includes GreatSeal LF-500 Liquid Flashing compatible with Roof Guardian elastomer-based roofing products, and GreatSeal LT-100 polyether Liquid Tape compatible with Wall Guardian FW-100A, a liquid-applied fibered acrylic air barrier. All three brands are in the STS Coatings line, acquired by Kemper System America in 2016.

For more information, visit www.kempersystem.net.

METALCON 2017 Wraps Up Successful Show in Las Vegas

METALCON 2017 was held in Las Vegas Oct. 18-20, and according to show management, exhibitors at the largest international event for the metal construction industry networked with more than 5,000 attendees, including designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries.

“This is one of the unique venues in the world where we have access to our entire value chain,” said Mark MacDonald of Valspar. “We see everyone from coil coaters all the way down to building product suppliers, regional roll formers and even roofing contractors. It gives us an opportunity to network with our current customers, talk about new business opportunities, as well as meet our future customers. There really isn’t another venue quite like this, and we are happy to be here.”

“It’s been an incredible attendee show,” said Scott Cosens of Samco Machinery, manufacturers of custom metal roll-forming equipment. “We have never seen this type of volume of people. We were running out of paper on our leads. All I can tell you is, if you are not coming to METALCON, you are missing out, and what’s even more amazing, I am finding that still again, all of these suppliers and providers are coming from all over the world, not just the U.S. and Canada. We are never not going to be here. We have been here for well over two decades, and we are already back for next year.”

A newcomer to METALCON this year was DuPont Tyvek Protec, a synthetic roofing underlayment product. “We couldn’t be more excited to be here,” said Roofing Segment Leader Susan Homan. “Honestly, after the first day, our expectations have been exceeded. The quality of the crowd here is really great. We have had really great engagement with contractors and other professionals alike, so we are really glad to be at METALCON.”

Another new exhibitor was Stubai, an Austrian manufacturer of roofing and metalworking tools. “We decided to come to METALCON because we can meet our final customers who actually work with our tools,” said Sites Manager Lukas Braun. “It is interesting for us to get to know how they use the products, but we can also get in touch with decision makers, new retailers, and existing retailers. For us, the U.S. is a very big country so it is more convenient for us to meet all of our customers here.”

Geoff Stone with MetalForming Inc., a provider of high-tech sheet metal component manufacturing machines, has attended all 27 METALCON shows. “This was an absolutely terrific show,” said Stone. “The marketplace is in great condition. There’s lots of folks spending money. I think we probably did somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 or $4 million dollars’ worth of business as a result. As usual, METALCON is our most important show, and we’ve really enjoyed being here.”

Lee Ann Slattery, sales support manager for ATAS International Inc., manufacturers of metal panels, has also attended METALCON for many years. “This year, especially, seems to be a very busy show for us,” said Slattery. “We’ve had a lot of attendees come by our booth, a lot of questions being asked and a lot of different types of people attending. We have talked to contractors, building owners, international folks and facility mangers, so it really has drawn a wide variety of people, and that’s one of the reasons we like doing this show.”

Ken Buchinger of MBCI, manufacturers of metal roofing and wall panels, has been in the industry for more than 40 years and has attended every METALCON. “I have seen this industry grow over the years,” said Buchinger. “I have also seen it become much more complex from the standpoint of product offerings, product installation and the details on roofs, so installers need good information and training. The Metal Construction Association (MCA) and METALCON provide quite a few training programs to help contractors, both with installation and how to run their businesses.”

“The show itself is great because you have the opportunity to meet different manufacturers and contractors, learn from each other and learn about ancillary products available to integrate into your offerings,” said Buchinger. “Its’s a great opportunity for contractors, whether you have been one for just a few years or for many years; there is always something to learn at METALCON.”

“2017 has been an incredible year for METALCON,” said Jonathan Rider, an MCA Board Member and Chief Administrative Officer with D. I. Roof Seamers, manufacturers of roof seaming tools. “This year we broke all kinds of records with attendance and pre-registration, with booth sales and even with on-site sales. It also offered a whole new take on our education track with incredible success and amazing new topics such as drone services for roof inspections, marijuana laws and new litigation affecting the work force. We are going to continue developing the education track in conjunction with the AIA to adapt to the industry’s needs and the way our needs are changing in the field.”

“This year’s attendees were from all over the world,” said Rider. “We are really branching out as METALCON is becoming truly an international show, and we had a lot of incredible feedback from our exhibitors on how great the international attendance was. In addition, local attendance was fantastic. So many local erectors and builders left their job sites and came out on to the show floor to join us. They were elated with the technology and new innovations offered on the show floor by exhibitors.”

“2018 promises to be the biggest year in recent history for METALCON,” said Rider. “Charlotte is an amazing city. You can expect a bigger show, more attendees and the newest technology available.”

This year’s metal roofing games, another sold-out event, awarded a total of $8,500 to its winners. Six teams of two competed in five “competitions,” inspired by this year’s theme “Aces of Las Vegas.” Each competition paid $500 to the winning team. Top awards each day included a Daily Points Award of $750. The winner on Wednesday was Joe Arnold and Paul Kulb of Thomas Phoenix International. On Thursday, Matt Cox and Justin Hopta, also of Thomas Phoenix International, were the winners. On Friday, both teams came together in a face-off where Cox and Hopta were victorious in taking home the MCA METALCON National Metal Roofing Championship and $2,000. Next year’s teams will be able to pre-register for the Charlotte games beginning in February 2018.

“Las Vegas was the best show for us in years,” said Claire Kilcoyne, METALCON Show Director. “Business is back! The aisles were packed, and exhibitors were thrilled with the traffic, leads and sales. We saw an increase in international attendance, successfully raised $4,000 for the America’s Fund and once again, enjoyed a full house for the MCA Triumph Awards. We are already gearing up for Charlotte, which promises to be another great show.”

METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources Inc. and sponsored by The Metal Construction Association. For more information, visit www.metalcon.com.

Atlas Roofing Appoints New Director of Private Label and Tapered Services

Atlas Roofing Corporation has promoted Shaun Kerschen to Director of Private Label and Tapered Services, within the Roof and Wall Insulation division. According to the company, Kerschen has worked for Atlas since 2002, where he started as a Design Engineer for the Atlas EPS division. Shortly after, he transitioned over to the polyiso roof insulation side of the business to become a Tapered Specialist and eventually relocated to Atlanta in 2006. Since beginning his career with Atlas Corporation, Kerschen has acquired more than 15 years of experience in the roofing and insulation industry.

“As a company, we’re proud to have leading industry talent like Shaun, who choose to build their careers with Atlas Corporation,” said Steve Heaton, Vice President Sales and Marketing of Atlas Roof and Wall Insulation Division. “Shaun first made his mark as a tapered specialist for our best-in-class tapered roof insulation systems, which set him on the path to ultimately lead our Tapered Department. We look forward to continued departmental and private label growth under Shaun’s leadership as the Director.”

In his new role, Kerschen will work closely with Tim Milroy, who was also recently promoted to take over as Director of Sales – Roof Insulation within the Roof and Wall Insulation Division.

For more information, visit www.atlasroofing.com.

TAMKO Adds Four Shingle Colors in Southeastern United States

TAMKO ShinglesFour new shingle colors are now available for TAMKO Building Products Inc.’s customers in the southeastern United States. The colors, Rustic Brown, Grey Mist, Driftwood and Painted Desert, have been added to TAMKO’s popular Heritage laminated asphalt shingle line and are being produced out of TAMKO’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama, manufacturing facility.

Rustic Brown, Grey Mist and Driftwood are all part of TAMKO’s Classic color collection, and Painted Desert is a part of TAMKO’s innovative America’s Natural Colors collection. According to the company, Rustic Brown features several shades of deep brown, with red highlights and black lowlights to create a warm and classic exterior. Grey Mist is an ethereal combination of light to mid grey tones. Driftwood features a variety of mid-tone browns to create the illusion of deep shadowing. And finally, Painted Desert has a mid-tone golden base, with bold highlights and lowlights in shades of blue, green, red, gold and brown.

“TAMKO’s customers in the southeast U.S. can now enjoy an expanded range of our already extensive collection of beautiful shingle colors for the Heritage line,” said TAMKO Vice President of Sales and Marketing Stephen McNally.

All four of these new color options can be purchased now in the southeastern United States. For more information on product availability, visit www.tamko.com.

PIMA Names New Technical Director

The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) announced Dr. Marcin Pazera as its new Technical Director. In his new role, Pazera will coordinate all technical-related activities within PIMA, serve as a primary technical liaison to organizations involved in the development of building standards, and represent the Polyiso industry at industry-related meetings. With an engineering background and 16 years of experience in the building, construction and insulation industries, Pazera brings valuable technical proficiency to this role, according to the association.

“PIMA has rightfully earned respect for the depth of its knowledge about the impact of insulation on building performance and the strength of its advocacy on behalf of its members. I’m enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute my training and experience to this effort to demonstrate the impact of high performing buildings and the vital role of insulation in their success,” said Pazera. “As a keen supporter of the remarkable improvements in insulation technology and materials, PIMA has a powerful voice in the ongoing national dialogue on energy efficiency and building resiliency.”

Pazera holds a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University and, over the course of his career, has worked with insulation products and demonstrated experience in evaluating their energy and moisture performance. His work encompasses the full arc of the insulation process—research, testing, product conception and production, design and implementation for specific client needs, and product support after installation.

“The breadth of Marcin’s expertise gives him valuable insight into all aspects of our association’s work. His deep understanding is not confined to the theoretical, but rooted in real-world tactile familiarity with the products and processes at the core of our industry,” said Justin Koscher, President of PIMA. “Marcin has become a respected thought leader in the field of building science and PIMA will benefit from his contributions to enhancing the technical understanding of Polyiso insulation among our members and key stakeholders in the industry.”

For more information, visit www.polyiso.org.

Two-Part Adhesive Applicator Is Self-Cleaning

ABO2Leading Edge Safety introduces the ABO2: a patented self-cleaning, two-part adhesive applicator. According to the manufacturer, the product was designed with an integrated self-cleaning system to eliminate common problems contractors experience when applying two-part adhesives, including clogs, wasted material, and downtime spent replacing plastic tips.

When the AB02 is in the off position, the A and B resin lines are shut off and compressed air is introduced through a third connection. This forces adhesive all the way through the applicator and the plastic tip. According to the company, using the AB02 keeps roofers working more efficiently, reduces the need for tip changes, and minimizes wasted product.

For more information, visit LeadingEdgeSafety.net.

Reusable Cable Tie Designed to Withstand Extreme Weather Conditions

ONE TIE circular sawONE TIE is an all-purpose, reusable cable tie from Tailor Made Products Inc. It was specifically created to be long-lasting, and is chemical and UV resistant. While traditional cable ties can easily snap and succumb to weather and extreme temperatures, ONE TIE is meant to be used, abused and reused over and over in hot, cold, wet or dry conditions and still hold its shape, according to the manufacturer.

The product is Made in the USA and comes in five sizes (8 inches up to 32 inches) and in seven colors. Suggested uses include organizing extension cords, charging cables, and hoses; and securing tools and equipment in the warehouse, on the jobsite, or in transit.

The product is available now at Walmart, Menards, Lowe’s and TrueValue retailers across the country. For more information, visit One Tie.com.

ATAS Promotes Sales Team Members

ATAS International announced three new District Sales Managers and a new Architectural Business Development Manager. The realignment of the sales team will provide for additional education and communication with its employees and customers.

Steven Minunni is the new Northeast District Sales Manager for ATAS. He has worked for ATAS for 19 years and has been a Product Representative in Upstate New York for his entire tenure. His sales expertise and ATAS product knowledge have earned him the Malan S. Parker Award for Salesman of the Year in 2001, 2007, and 2011.

The new ATAS Southeast District Sales Manager is David Srokose. He has almost 30 years of experience in the construction industry. His first position in construction sales was with ATAS as a Product Representative from 1989 to 1996. Since then, he worked in sales for companies that provide products for different applications within the industry, including low slope roofing, waterproofing and air barriers. Srokose returned to ATAS in 2013, taking the position of Architectural Business Development Manager, which includes managing corporate accounts.

Pat Starr is the new Midwest District Sales Manager for ATAS. He has 23 years of experience in the industry, selling ATAS product the whole time. He was first part of the ATAS family from 1994 to 1998. Starr returned to ATAS in 2014, taking on the Product Representative position in the Pittsburgh area.

ATAS’ new Architectural Business Development Manager is Dave Weidl. Weidl has worked for ATAS for 16 years and has been a Product Representative centrally located in Ohio for his entire tenure. His sales expertise and ATAS product knowledge have earned him the Malan S. Parker Award for Salesman of the Year in 2004. According to the company, he will continue the development of unique solutions that benefit our customers, including corporate accounts.

“As ATAS has continued to grow, we saw the need to add additional employees in district, product, and specific market management roles. Education and training for our customers and our employees is of high importance to ATAS, and these individuals were chosen for their new positions due to their commitment to this key component of our quality policy,” said ATAS National Sales Manager Mark Bus.

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

Vent Pipe Flashing Is Durable and Easy to Install

Quarrix offers the Pipe BootQuarrix offers the Pipe Boot, a durable vent pipe flashing that is compatible with PVC and other vent pipe materials. According to the company, the product offers roofing contractors a durable yet easy-to-install way to elegantly camouflage, cover and protect plumbing vent pipes while also withstanding freezing temperatures and rodents.

Pipe Boot is made of all-steel construction and engineered to withstand frigid temperatures and frost damage via a patented design that allows air space to circulate properly, while still resisting freezing. According to the manufacturer, the product has passed vigorous 110-mph, wind-driven rain testing. Additionally, installation is quite easy as Pipe Boot simply slides over the existing venting pipe, nails into place, and then the top is twisted to form a weather-tight seal. No specialty tools are needed.

The telescoping sleeve allows for varying pipe heights, pipe widths and roof pitches – and comes in four color options. It is paintable to coordinate with any roof color so vent pipes are cleverly camouflaged. Pipe Boot base sizes are available in both standard and high-pitch sizes (3/12 – 14/12) for a custom fit.