Asphalt Roofing Facilities Across North America Earn Workplace Safety Awards

More than 50 asphalt roofing manufacturing facilities have been recognized for workplace safety by the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA). ARMA’s annual Accident Prevention Contest honors individual roofing manufacturing facilities across North America for their low incident rates among workers.

The winners of the 2018 Accident Prevention Contest were selected based on their exemplary quarterly safety data reports from this past calendar year. The facilities were judged on the number of hours completed and an ARMA INDEX derived from the criteria and standards set by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“ARMA and its member companies are committed to providing a safe work environment across the industry,” said ARMA’s Executive Vice President Reed Hitchcock. “Year after year, asphalt roofing manufacturers continue to demonstrate the high quality and safety of their work environments.”

ARMA’s Accident Prevention Contest is open to all manufacturer members. They can submit data from their entire company, a specific division, or an individual plant or mill in North America. The winners are honored in four different categories: the President’s Award, the Award of Excellence, the Perfect Employee Safety Certificate and the Certificate of Improvement.

President’s Award: Presented to the plant in each contest category that has the lowest combined ARMA INDEX over a two-year period.

  • Owens Corning, Irving, TX
  • GAF, Shafter, CA (Shingle)
  • Owens Corning, Portland, OR
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Summit, IL 

Award of Excellence: Presented to those plants that have recorded a score of 0.00 in the ARMA INDEX for three consecutive years and are not President’s Award winners.

  • Owens Corning, Irving, TX
  • GAF, Minneapolis, MN
  • GAF, Mobile, AL
  • GAF, Stockton, CA
  • Johns Manville, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Atlanta, GA
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Compton, CA
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Denver, CO
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Kearny, NJ
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Medina, OH
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Memphis, TN
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Minneapolis, MN
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Oklahoma City, OK
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Portland, OR

Perfect Safety Award: Presented to those plants that have recorded a score of 0.00 in the ARMA INDEX for the reporting year and are not President’s Award winners.

  • CertainTeed Corporation, Milan, OH
  • GAF, Myerstown, PA
  • Owens Corning, Irving, TX
  • Atlas Roofing Corporation, Hampton, GA
  • CertainTeed Corporation, Fremont, CA
  • CertainTeed Corporation, Jonesburg, MO
  • GAF, Minneapolis, MN
  • GAF, Shafter, CA (Shingle)
  • GAF, Tampa, FL
  • Owens Corning, Atlanta, GA
  • CertainTeed Corporation, Peachtree City, GA
  • GAF, Mobile, AL
  • Johns Manville, Macon, GA
  • Owens Corning, Brookville, IN
  • Owens Corning, Houston, TX
  • Owens Corning, Kearny, NJ
  • Owens Corning, Portland, OR
  • GAF, Shafter, CA
  • GAF, Stockton, CA
  • Johns Manville, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Johns Manville, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Atlanta, GA
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Compton, CA
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Denver, CO
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Houston, TX
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Jacksonville, FL
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Kearny, NJ
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Medina, OH
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Memphis, TN
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Minneapolis, MN
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Oklahoma City, OK
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Portland, OR
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Summit, IL
  • Siplast, Arkadelphia, AR
  • SOPREMA, Inc., Chilliwack, British Columbia
  • SOPREMA, Inc., Gulfport, MS
  • TAMKO Building Products, Ennis, TX

For more information visit www.asphaltroofing.org.

OMG, Inc. Names New Vice President of Supply Chain Management

As part of the continued effort to position the company for stronger growth, Brad Bedard has been promoted to vice president of supply chain management for OMG, Inc.

As vice president, Brad is responsible for overall management of the company’s global supply chain and distribution logistics. In this new role, Brad will work with his organization to develop and implement short- and long-term strategies that maximize operational efficiencies, improve supply chain and distribution performance, and manage costs. He reports to Hubert McGovern, president and CEO.

Brad has been with OMG since August of 2007, most recently as director of supply chain management. Earlier he had been the company’s director of distribution and sales inventory operations planning (SIOP), where he was instrumental in developing and implementing the company’s forecasting and operations planning process. Prior to joining OMG, Inc., Brad held various distribution and logistics roles for Bose Corporation and for Timex Corporation. Brad holds a BA degree in economics from Harvard University.

For more information, visit www.OMGInc.com.

Skylight Automation System Designed to Make Modern Indoor Living Healthier

VELUX offers VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO to help homeowners by automating their skylights to more easily infuse natural light and fresh air into the home.

Indoor air is five times more polluted than outdoor air, and with people spending so much time inside, VELUX recognized the need to help homeowners use natural ventilation to air out their homes on a regular basis.

“VELUX ACTIVE is indicative of our commitment to healthy, energy efficient homes,” said Ross Vandermark, national product manager for VELUX America. “Every homeowner deserves clean air, and this automation system will help reduce the risk of health hazards, such as asthma, that are aggravated by poor indoor air quality. This system will automatically open the skylights for fresh air, so homeowners can worry less about the air they and their families are breathing.”

VELUX ACTIVE, which is compatible with Apple HomeKit, allows homeowners to automate their skylights to more easily infuse natural light and fresh air into the home. The product supports the growing desire for smart home technology in the United States, with some projections showing the number of connected homes exceeding 35 million by 2021.

In an average home, the pollutant level is normally at a low level when people first enter the home or after effective ventilation. However, after an extended period of time, daily activities can raise the level of pollutants to unhealthy levels that can cause headaches, dizziness and sleepiness. Proper ventilation removes unwanted toxins, lowers CO2 levels and promotes an overall healthier lifestyle.

The system ensures a healthier indoor climate by automatically opening the skylights to air out the house two to three times daily. Here’s how it works: Smart sensor technology monitors CO2, humidity and temperature in the home, while the system also connects to online weather forecasts. It automatically opens the skylights if fresh air is needed inside.

It also automates blinds to help control indoor temperature. For example, the system will extend the blinds to block sunlight during the day in the warmer months or extend them at night during the winter for an added layer of insulation. Homeowners can also use the VELUX ACTIVE smartphone app to control their skylights even if they are away from the house.

For more information on VELUX ACTIVE and the federal tax credit, visit whyskylights.com.

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Issues Rule to Revise Requirements in Safety and Health Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that revises 14 provisions in the recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards that may be confusing, outdated, or unnecessary. The revisions are expected to increase understanding and compliance with the provisions, improve employee safety and health, and save employers an estimated $6.1 million per year.

OSHA proposed the changes in October 2016. This is the fourth final rule under OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project, which began in 1995 in response to a Presidential memorandum to improve government regulations. Other revisions were issued in 1998, 2005, and 2011.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

NRCA Partners with SkillsUSA, Becomes Official Business Partner

The National Roofing Contractors Association has partnered with SkillsUSA and now is a SkillsUSA Official Business Partner.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure the U.S. has a skilled workforce. It provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in U.S. classrooms.

“NRCA looks forward to engaging with SkillsUSA and expanding NRCA’s outreach and footprint in the career and technical fields to establish roofing as a core curriculum in schools and help NRCA members address workforce shortages,” says Nick Sabino, founder and president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati, and NRCA chairman of the board-elect.

NRCA will attend the annual National Leadership & Skills Conference the week of June 24 in Louisville, Ky., and participate in the Meet the Employer event June 28. It also will serve as a co-sponsor of SkillsUSA’s State Directors Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., Aug. 12-17.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

Carlisle Companies Appoints Nick Shears President of Carlisle Construction Materials

The Board of Directors of Carlisle Companies Incorporated announced the appointment of Nick Shears as President of Carlisle Construction Materials (CCM), effective immediately.

Nick was appointed interim President of CCM in September 2018. Prior to that, Nick held a series of important leadership roles at CCM throughout his 34 years with Carlisle, including Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Nick holds a Chemical Engineering degree and an MBA from Penn State University.

Chris Koch, President and Chief Executive Officer said, “I am extremely pleased Nick will continue as President of CCM. Having worked with Nick for many years at Carlisle, I am confident he is the right person to lead CCM today and as we continue to execute on Vision 2025. Over his long tenure with CCM, Nick has delivered outstanding sales growth, as well as contributed significantly to the development and implementation of CCM’s strategic and operating initiatives. Nick is a highly respected and well-known member of the construction materials industry, and is firmly committed to delivering the Carlisle Experience. I look forward to continuing collaboration with Nick as Carlisle focuses on driving value for our customers and shareholders.”

For more information, visit www.carlisle.com.

MBMA Celebrates 2019 Metal Construction Hall of Fame Inductees

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) is pleased to announce that five industry leaders with MBMA ties have been introduced as part of the 2019 Metal Construction Hall of Fame class. Charles “Chuck” Praeger, retired assistant general manager for MBMA, has been inducted as a Friend of the Industry. Jack Sturdivant of Whirlwind Steel, Robert Carr, formerly of Robertson CECO/NCI, Bill Lowery of All Weather Insulated Panels and Dale Nelson of Roof Hugger, LLC have also been introduced as Hall of Fame members in the Manufacturer/Supplier category.

“The Metal Building Manufacturers Association would like to congratulate all of the members of this year’s Hall of Fame class. We are particularly proud of those with MBMA ties, including one of my predecessors, Chuck Praeger. Chuck worked in the industry for 47 years and led our association for 19 years until his retirement in 2014,” notes Tony Bouquot, current MBMA general manager. “His leadership was instrumental in shaping the industry and bringing together manufacturers, suppliers, code officials and the design community to help lead us to where we are today.”

“Chuck was vital in instituting the AC 472 accreditation program for metal building manufacturers,” adds W. Lee Shoemaker, Ph.D., PE, director of research and engineering for MBMA and Thomas Associates and a member of the Metal Construction Hall of Fame, class of 2017. “This transformative program elevated metal building manufacturers by creating a standard of excellence that recognizes accredited manufacturers. His work for the industry will be long remembered.”

As day-to-day manager of MBMA for 19 years, Chuck Praeger spent countless hours working with committees comprised of the industry’s biggest leaders, who also happened to be direct competitors. He helped these leaders work together for the greater good of the entire industry through cooperative educational, research and promotional programs, cultivating a spirit of innovation and building a sense of community throughout the MBMA membership. In addition to the AC 472 accreditation program, Chuck helped MBMA institute a thriving Associate member program, which now numbers over 70 participants. He also was responsible for creating MBMA’s Energy Committee and the Sustainability Committee. Other work includes: writing dozens of articles promoting the metal building systems industry across a variety of publications and websites; serving as chairman of the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition; planning and executing seminars for code and standards awareness; instituting a manufacturer and supplier safety program for MBMA members; overseeing joint university and association research projects; and developing strategic planning exercises that have helped to shape the industry. Combined, all of these efforts helped to bring metal buildings into the 21st century and broadened market share growth and acceptance of the industry.

Jack Sturdivant is CEO and chairman of the board of directors for Whirlwind Steel, located in Houston, TX. Upon the death of his father in 1972, Jack took over as president and CEO and led the company for 40 years. He retired from his role as president in 2012, when his son Ty Sturdivant took the reins.

Robert Carr is a longtime metal building industry leader. He was vice president of technical services for NCI Building Systems, Inc., headquartered in Houston, TX, from 2006 through 2017. Prior to that he worked for Robertson CECO II Corporation of Oklahoma City, OK, from 1992 until 2002 as vice president of technical services/CIO and director of engineering systems development.

Bill Lowery is president of All Weather Insulated Panels, located in Vacaville, CA. Bill founded the company in 2004 to meet the challenges of today’s stringent environmental and structural building regulations. Before that, he served as president for API, a national manufacturer of composite insulated panels.

Dale Nelson is a co-founder and president of Roof Hugger, LLC, headquartered in Lutz, FL. Dale helped found the company in 1991 and he has led Roof Hugger, an innovator in metal roofing retrofit solutions, since then.

For more information, visit www.mbma.com.

Boral Roofing Names Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Operations

Boral Roofing LLC announced the promotion of Hugh Laurie to vice president of finance and the addition of Harvey “Harv” Shelton as vice president of operations. Laurie has been employed with Boral Roofing Australia for almost a decade and Shelton brings almost three decades in the building manufacturing industry to his new role. 

“We are thrilled to announce the well-deserved promotion of Hugh Laurie to vice president of finance and to welcome Harvey Shelton to the Boral Roofing family as vice president of operations,” said Darren Schulz, president of Boral Roofing. “Hugh’s experience with Boral invaluably spans all the company’s businesses in Australia and the U.S. as well as throughout southeast Asia. Harvey’s vast experience in the building products industry will help us optimize competitiveness through existing and new channels.” 

As vice president of finance, Hugh Laurie is responsible for the strategy and execution of Boral Roofing’s finance operations, focusing on generating value-added and insights-driven reporting to drive growth and operational efficiencies. “I look forward to continuing the strong relationships the finance team has with the sales, operations and support functions of the business,” said Laurie. 

Harvey Shelton, an accomplished executive in the building products and manufacturing industries, will work to optimize all operations and expand the company’s safety culture. “Safety is something we need to accomplish before we do anything else,” said Shelton. “I am also committed to connecting the dots between customer needs and manufacturing capability to position the business for growth now and in the future.” 

Laurie resides in Orange County, California and is based in Boral Roofing’s Irvine headquarters. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting and Management from The Australian National University. 

Shelton resides in the Charlotte, North Carolina area and is based in Boral Roofing’s Charlotte offices. He obtained his Civil Engineering Degree from Rice University and his MBA from William & Mary – Raymond A. Mason School of Business. 

For information, visit www.BoralRoof.com

SBS-Modified Asphalt Shingle Offers Class 4 Impact Resistance

CertainTeed’s NorthGate is an SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene)-modified asphalt shingle that offers Class 4 impact resistance and the dimensional appearance of wood shake roofing. The rubberized nature of NorthGate provides enhanced flexibility and shrinking/cracking resistance, which protects against damage caused by the freeze-thaw cycle and makes it install-friendly in freezing temperatures. NorthGate shingles come with a lifetime-limited, transferable warranty against manufacturing defects, 10 years of SureStart protection, 15 years of StreakFighter algae protection and 15 years of 110-mph wind resistance (upgradeable to 130 mph when installed with CertainTeed starter and hip and ridge shingles). 

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com

Firestone Building Products Opens First Facility in Germany

Firestone Building Products Company, LLC (Firestone), announced the opening of its first greenfield plant in Heinsberg, Germany. The facility, which broke ground in March 2017, employs a workforce of approximately twenty and is located in the Dremmen District of Heinsberg, Germany.

The new facility represents an opportunity to supplement Firestone insulation production in North America in order to meet growing demand for complete roofing solutions in a global market. Firestone currently operates fifteen manufacturing plants worldwide and sells approximately 90 million square meters of insulation materials per year all over the world.

“Investing in global production capabilities allows us to better serve our customers in key locations around the world,” said Philip Moors, managing director of Europe and Asia for Firestone. “Demand for building products continues to grow in Germany and throughout Europe, and we look forward to partnering with our customers in the local market and beyond to provide industry-leading roofing solutions.”

The facility’s location in Germany now allows contractors to purchase Firestone RESISTA insulation that can be used in conjunction with EPDM and TPO membranes to install a complete Firestone roofing system in every Firestone market in Europe. The production and sales of Firestone polyiso (PIR) insulation boards started first week of May.

“We couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome,” said Wolfgang Dieder, the mayor of Heinsberg, “The establishment of a production facility that manufactures high performance insulation materials is a big win for our town. We’re thrilled that ‘Made in Heinsberg’ Firestone products are soon to be used all over Europe. Our collaboration with all of those responsible at Firestone was perfect from day one.”

Panattoni Europe, a leading project developer specializing in industrial and logistics-related real estate, was responsible for the planning and implementation of the project. Goldbeck International acted as the prime contractor during construction. 

For more information, visit www.firestonebpco.com.