New Modular Wall Panel Series

ATAS International is proud to launch Omawall, a new modular wall panel series, which is the most recent addition to their vast product offering. The product name pays tribute to the Dutch heritage of the founders of ATAS.

Omawall is an architectural back ventilated rainscreen wall panel, manufactured in .063 aluminum. It installs quickly and easily in horizontal or vertical orientation without separate gaskets or metal splines, due to the unique interlocking dry joint design. The standard module size is 18” x 96”, however, custom sizes are available. The depth of the panel is 1-1/2” and the reveal measures 5/8”. This panel is ideal for all types of commercial, educational, and healthcare buildings, as well as multi-family residential and mixed-use buildings. Omawall is available in over 40 standard colors, including the new series of matte colors, and in custom colors. For small orders, ATAS has the capability of post-painting the panels at a cost far less than prepainting an entire coil, which ensures meeting a building’s design intent without breaking the budget.

ATAS International, Inc. is a family-owned business that went from a siding and trim installer to an industry leading manufacturer of metal panels for the building envelope, with locations across the United States. Aluminum Trim And Shapes was founded in 1963 by Jacobus “Jack” P. Bus in his home’s basement in Rochester, NY where he and wife, Nel, and children resided.

The journey to become business owners started when Jack and Nel moved from the Netherlands in the 1950s. The hardworking duo saw a business opportunity while Jack was installing siding and trim in Rochester. Prior to the advent of portable forming equipment, he noticed contractors did not have the ability to bend their own products on-site. Jack then had the idea to do it for them and provided bent trim and other products to the contractors for their projects. This business was well-received, and the company has seen tremendous growth over the decades.

Opaline has been a popular product offered by ATAS for many years, which is used in wall, soffit, and ceiling applications. Opa is Dutch for grandfather, so it seems fitting that Omawall join the family of products, as Oma is Dutch for grandmother.  If viewed as an acronym, OMA also stands for Outstanding Modular Application.

Dick Bus, president of ATAS, stated, “Since my parents started this company over 57 years ago, we have continued to increase our product and color offering to meet the desires of building owners and architects.  I’m pleased to add Omawall to our family of products, as a nod to my parents, and the company’s third-generation owners’ grandparents; their Oma and Opa.”

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MCA Honors Ed Karper and Karl Hielscher with Service Awards

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) presented its annual Patrick R. Bush Service Award to Ed Karper and Larry A. Swaney Award to Karl Hielscher in appreciation for their service to the association and the metal construction industry. The awards were given on February 3 during MCA’s Winter Meeting which was held virtually.

Patrick R. Bush Award

This award recognizes an MCA member who recently made significant volunteer contributions to the Metal Construction Association. It was established to honor Pat Bush, an influential long-time MCA board member.

The 2021 recipient, Ed Karper, has held many volunteer leadership roles on behalf of MCA. Among the positions Karper has held are chairman, vice chairman, treasurer/finance committee chair, METALCON liaison chair, and program committee vice-chair. Karper is also an original member of the Metal Initiative team, and also a member of the original certification committee. He also was a member of the Ohio congressional lobbying group on behalf of the MCA for Energy Star® federal tax credits program and the MCA representative to the Washington State Roofing Task Force for rainwater runoff.

“To say that Ed has been a major contributor to MCA and the entire metal industry is an understatement,” says James Bush, MCA’s executive committee chairman. “The list of his roles might be long but it’s nothing compared to his accomplishments. This recognition is well deserved!”

Larry A. Swaney Award

Named for one of MCA’s founders and its first president, this award has been bestowed upon outstanding industry professionals for their contributions to the success of the association and the betterment of the metal construction industry. This year’s award goes to Karl Hielscher.

Elected to MCA’s board in 2009, Hielscher served through many board positions before serving as chair in 2014 and 2015. His service to MCA is unique, because he moved beyond the volunteer leadership position to become MCA’s executive director from 2016 until his retirement in 2020.

James Bush commented, “Karl always put the association and its work first, and when it was time to buckle down, he really got things done. In addition to his own work ethic, Karl helped others make progress on MCA matters by helping everyone find common ground, even when there were disagreements. MCA and the metal industry have benefited enormously from Karl’s dedication and commitment.”

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Polyglass to Showcase Innovative Roofing Technology at the 2021 Virtual IRE

Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. announced that it will be an exhibitor at the Virtual Edition of the International Roofing Expo (IRE) on March 2-4, 2021.

As one of the roofing industry’s most reputable and widely attended trade expos, this year’s IRE Virtual Edition will be available via a robust online platform, which attendees can access from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm ET daily.

Polyglass will be featuring a wide range of products and technologies this year in their virtual IRE booth, with plenty of information and educational opportunities for contractors to learn the features and benefits of these products.

The featured technologies and products that Polyglass will showcase at this year’s show include:

● ADESO Self-Adhered Technology – Polyglass’ patented dual-compound self-adhered (SA) membranes feature a true APP or SBS formulation on the top weathering side and an aggressive self-adhered formulation on the bottom side of the reinforcement. This technology provides easy and effective application, enhanced lap sealing and solutions for multiple surface types.

● Elastoflex SA Polar Cap and Base – Specially designed for cold weather applications, Polyglass’ low-temperature SBS membranes improve application speed and removes the need for torches, hot asphalt or bonding adhesives on the job site.

● Polyflash 1C – When combined with PolyBrite Reinforcing Polyester, this one-component, moisture-cure silane modified polyurethane flashing compound seals a wide range of roofing and waterproofing details, including walls, curbs, vents, roof drains, pitch pans and unusually shaped penetrations.

● Polystick XFR and Polystick P – Premier underlayment products specially formulated for high-temperature environments.

How to register for IRE 2021

During the virtual tradeshow, attendees will be able to access live and on-demand educational content, browse exhibitors and products, and schedule meetings with exhibitors.

Each day, the IRE will begin with a special “Ask the Experts Live” session covering a variety of topics that include business, technical, legal/HR, workplace safety, exhibitor seminars, and more.

Access passes for the International Roofing Expo — Virtual Edition are only $55 for registered attendees, which is a sharp discount from the cost for in-person events, which can run as high as $700. The virtual pass provides the following benefits:

  • Access to the IRE Virtual Edition online platform
  • Access to the IRE virtual conference live and on-demand sessions
  • Access to the virtual exhibitor profiles
  • Access to the virtual product directory
  • Access to the Matchmaking technology
  • Video chat meetings & business card drop options

In addition, virtual pass holders will continue to have access to the online platform for on-demand viewing until April 2, plus they will receive a free Expo Hall Pass to the next live IRE, scheduled for August 10-12 in Las Vegas.

Be sure to join Polyglass at this year’s International Roofing Expo – Virtual Edition.Register today or contact Polyglass to learn more about their innovative roofing and waterproofing products.

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OMG Roofing Products Promotes New Regional Sales Manager

OMG Roofing Products has promoted Jon Surratt to the position of Northwest Regional Sales Manager.

In his new role, Jon will manage the day-to-day business activities for the region, including monthly planning, on-going customer support, revenue goals, as well as leading a team of territory managers and technical sales representatives. His region includes Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. He reports to Brian Wroblesky, National Sales Manager.

Jon started with OMG Roofing Products in 2015 as a field sales representative covering Northern California and Northern Nevada and was later assigned to Hawaii as well. Since then, he has demonstrated the ability to perform against targets, adjust sales strategies necessary to accomplish goals, maintain excellent customer service and support various product and customer initiatives. Prior to joining OMG Roofing Products, Jon was a foreman and assistant superintendent for Myers Plumbing and Engineering of Orangevale, Calif.  

Jon holds a degree in criminology and psychology from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

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2020-2021 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Finalists Announced

The Roofing Alliance, celebrating 25 years as the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces the 2020-21 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards finalists. The winners will be announced during the NRCA’s Virtual Awards Ceremony on March 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm EST.  

Celebrating its 25th year, the Roofing Alliance continues to honor leadership in the field.  For the MVP Award, roofing contractors nominate field workers including roofing crew workers, foremen or superintendents.  Distributors and supplier firms nominate warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Individuals can be nominated for their outstanding on-the-job performance and workmanship, their philanthropic contributions outside the workplace or both.   Since the program’s inception 21 years ago, 708 employees have been nominated and 269 winners and finalists have been recognized.

The 2020-21 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Finalists include:

· Heath Baker – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Superintendent, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas, TX

· Riann Cayaban – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing, HI, Inc., Waipahu, HI

· Jeffrey Doll – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Warehouse Employee, CentiMark Corporation, Canonsburg, PA

· Mike Crawford – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, ABC Roofing, a Tecta America Company, LLC, Portland, OR

· Edgar Daguro – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing, HI, Inc., Waipahu, HI

· Tim Hollo – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Field Worker and Foreman, 1st Choice Roofing, Cleveland, OH

· Jason Lee – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, The Durable Slate Company, Columbus, OH

· Arturo Lopez – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Foreman, Stiles Roofing, Inc., Lebanon, MO

· Bakay Omorov – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Foreman, Deer Park Roofing, Cincinnati, OH

· Julian Rola – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing, HI, Inc., Waipahu, HI

· Marcos Serrano – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Equipment Operator, OMG, Inc., Agawam, MA

· Rick Stahlman – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Warehouse Employee, CentiMark Corporation, Canonsburg, PA

· Gonzalo Vargas – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Superintendent, Independent Roofing Company, Omaha, NE

· Joshua Zamora – Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Superintendent, D.R. Kidd Company – Kidd Roofing, Austin, TX

On Friday, March 5, during NRCA’s Virtual Awards Ceremony, after the MVP winners are announced, one winner will be announced as Professional Roofing‘s Best of the Best, a recognition co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products and Professional Roofing magazine.  Josh Kelly, past Roofing Alliance President and Vice President of Product Development & Innovation at OMG explains, “The Roofing Alliance’s MVP Task Force determines the Best of the Best Award winner after a thorough evaluation of MVP winners using criteria such as on-the-job safety, on-the-job performance, recruiting new workers, community service and other noteworthy contributions to determine the Best of the Best.  We are proud of all the winners and especially the past and future Best of the Best Award winners.”

Previous Best of the Best Award winners include:

  • 2008: Rodney Griffith, foreman, Centimark Corp., Pelham, AL., and Teri Stallion, field superintendent, Innovative Roofing Group, Atlanta, GA
  • 2009: Eugena Madeley, yard/receiving/truck driver, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, PA
  • 2010: Richard Heilinger, service specialist, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, PA
  • 2011: George Denton, superintendent, Supreme Roofing Systems Inc., Dallas, TX
  • 2012: David Baytosh, superintendent, Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • 2013: Dan Pastore, superintendent, Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc., Rochester, NY
  • 2014: Ryan Watts, foreman, Jurin Roofing Services Inc., Quakertown, PA
  • 2015: Scott Luck, foreman, CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, PA
  • 2016: Curtis Purvis, superintendent, Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Farmers Branch, TX
  • 2017: Narcisco Alarcon, superintendent, Antis Roofing and Waterproofing, Irvine, CA
  • 2018: Alan Baird, foreman, Core Contractors Inc., Denver, CO
  • 2019: Brandon Reese, foreman, Korellis Roofing, Hammond, IN
  • 2020: Todd Dunlap, superintendent, warehouse foreman and equipment operator, Frost Roofing Inc., Wapakoneta, OH

There is no cost to attend the 2021 NRCA Virtual Awards Ceremony on March 5 and everyone is encouraged to watch.  Visit the NRCA event page and add the event to your calendar to receive the Zoom link. To learn more about the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, visit

Gulfeagle Supply Opens Two New Branches

Gulfeagle Supply adds two new branches to its growing footprint. Gulfeagle Supply, founded in 1973, is a full line distributor of residential and commercial roofing and building products. With these additions the company has grown to over 80 locations across the United States.

The San Antonio, Texas location is managed by Rick Zuniga who joins the Gulfeagle family with 16 years of experience in the industry and a legacy for treating his customers like family. A fiesta-themed grand opening was held in December, complete with mariachi music and new customer accolades. Inventory in stock includes Gulfeagle Supply Plastic Cement, Tropical Cements & Coatings, GAF Shingles, Gulfeagle Synthetic Felt, Atlas Shingles, Polyglass Waterproofing Membranes, Lomanco Ventilation and more.

Gulfeagle Supply also added a new South Florida branch in West Broward located just off Interstate 595. The West Broward location is fully stocked with residential and commercial roofing products. This branch is conveniently located with easy access for quick service and prompt pickup of material.

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IB Roof Systems Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative, Becomes NRCA Partner Member

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced IB Roof Systems Inc., Grapevine, Texas, has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative as a partner member.

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success.

To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry. Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

“IB Roof Systems is honored to become a One Voice member and to partner with the distinguished members of this great association,” says Jason Stanley, CEO of IB Roof Systems. “We are excited for the opportunity to help address and shoulder the issues our industry faces today, as well as those that may affect our dreams for a better future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

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MCA Welcomes Two New Member Companies

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to announce two companies have recently joined the 100+ manufacturers and suppliers dedicated to expanding and developing the metal construction industry: Wood’s Powr-Grip and Wagner Metal Supply.

Wood’s Powr-Grip – Wood’s Powr-Grip, based in Laurel, Montana, is now in the third generation of family management. The company designs, manufactures and distributes tools and equipment including a full line of hand-held vacuum cups, below-the-hook vacuum lifters and vacuum mounting cups to make handling materials and mounting equipment easier. The company now has over 150 employees but continues to adhere to founder Howard Wood’s philosophy to always “do the right thing” for customers, employees, and everyone who comes into contact with WPG products.

Wagner Metal Supply – Located in Defiance, Ohio, this family-owned and operated metal fabrication shop offers metal products including metal roofing panels, metal siding panels, a wide range of metal accessories and more. The company offers two different exclusive metal panels. DuraFastTM, is used for metal siding and metal roofing applications, and DuraLoc-16TM, is a standing seam roofing panel. The company has been in business for over two decades and Brett Wagner, the company’s founder, maintains a principle “to create customers for life”.

Barry Wood of Wood’s Powr-Grip described his reasons for his company to join MCA. “MCA is the place to be to meet and form relationships with the key people in the industry. We’re looking forward to building valuable relationships through the incredible networking opportunities.”

Both companies will now have access to the resources available to all MCA members, including updated technical reports, research data, the Annual Market Study, and industry information in the Members Only section of the MCA website.

MCA members represent a broad array of companies including metal roof, wall panel, shingles and coatings manufacturers, coil coaters and metal producers, distributors, equipment and accessories manufacturers, energy insulation system manufacturers, MCM fabricators, and contractors.                                                                          

MCA member companies benefit from participation in association activities and connections among suppliers and industry leaders in research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. The association works to increase the use of metal materials in construction by educating the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.

“We welcome our new members and look forward to sharing all of the benefits MCA offers,” says MCA’s Executive Director, Jeff Henry. “We look forward to building meaningful relationships that help our members network with fellow industry leaders and to expand their businesses.”

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METALCON Launches Safety Certificate Program

METALCON announces its new safety certificate program in partnership with SafetyWorks, Inc. The METALFOCUS Safety Certificate Program kicks off on Feb.18. Craig Schaffer, president of SafetyWorks, will lead and teach the program―a series of 10 one-hour virtual safety courses tailored to supervisors, foremen, crews and others in the industry. Schaffer is a Certified Safety Professional with more than 30 years of occupational safety and health experience in the construction and manufacturing industries, and an authorized instructor for construction OSHA-10 & OSHA-30 courses.   

METALFOCUS presents the latest metal safety rules, tools, trends and techniques to avoid costly or potentially fatal accidents―beyond traditional OSHA-10 safety training―and address situations unique to metal construction jobsites. Courses focus on increasing safety, reducing job site risks and lowering the risk of regulatory penalties, and include the following:  

Course 1       February 18      OSHA’s Steel Erection Standard (29 CFR 1926 Subpart R)
Course 2       February 25      Fall Protection Planning
Course 3       March 4              Hot Work & HW Permits
Course 4       March 12            Rigging Safety Considerations (not a rigging certification class)
Course 5       March 19            Crane Ops & Lift Planning
Course 6       March 25            Supervisor Safety Responsibilities
Course 7       April 1                 Project Safety Planning
Course 8       April 8                 Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
Course 9       April 15              Incident Reporting & Investigation
Course 10     April 22              Managing OSHA Inspections 

Registration fees begin at $30/class including training materials, with discounts available for multiple class and group registrations. All courses will be available both “live” with real-time Q & A and on-demand. Participants receive a certificate of completion for each course completed.  Those who complete the entire 10-course program will receive special recognition on our website and at METALCON 2021 in Tampa, Florida on Oct. 6-8. Click here to register for one or more METALFOCUS courses. 

“Metal building construction presents unique safety concerns,” says Judy Geller, METLACON’s Vice President of Tradeshows.“That’s why we’ve lined up a stellar safety program with one of the best in the industry and will continue to deliver exceptional programming year-round―and until we meet again in person―for a new and exciting world-class event in Tampa.” 

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Stand-on Electric Powered Forklift Designed for Narrow Aisles and an Order Picker for Versatile Operation

Combilift officially launched the latest addition to its product portfolio in a virtual press conference on February 3rd. The NEW Aisle Master-OP (AME-OP) is a pioneering stand-on electric powered model that combines the advantages of a narrow aisle articulated forklift and an order picker for versatile operation in warehousing applications.

The development of this model was influenced by customer feedback – as has often been the case with Combilift’s innovations – as well as the recent soaring growth of e-commerce. “Customers already using the Aisle Master for space saving, storage and efficiency in their warehouse asked if we could redevelop the Aisle Master to meet their ever-growing demand for order picking customized orders”, said Combilift CEO Martin McVicar.

Research & Development carried out in 2019 & 2020 has created the Aisle Master-OP. The main feature of this unit is the step-through operator compartment which has design copyright protection (U.S. Design Application No. 29/541,841) across multiple markets worldwide. The low floor height of just 11” enables convenient, single step access from both sides of the truck which speeds up order picking compared to the operator having to get on and off from a seated position. The AME-OP truck has all the key advantages of the conventional Aisle Master – indoor/outdoor, for loading/offloading and for stock replenishment at other times during shifts when order picking is complete.

The Aisle Master-OP is available in a number of variants, with lift capacities up to 3,300-6,000lbs, lift heights up to 39ft and can operate in aisles as narrow as 72”.  It features a patented chain steering system (U.S. Patent No. 9,586,798), which allows the truck to articulate more than 205°, with an inline drive motor and front drive axle assembly, all of which enable narrower aisle operation. The multifunctional programmable joy stick control lever in the operator compartment, which includes controls for the hydraulics and traction, is adjustable to enable comfortable and ergonomic working conditions for operators of all sizes. The Operator Presence Detection floor pad engages the parking brake automatically when the operator steps off the truck to carry out Order Picking. 

“Before we officially launch any new model, Combilift carry out extensive field testing on customer’s sites, this was the case with the Aisle Master-OP”, said Martin McVicar. The AME-OP is now a production model within Combilift, with units currently in build for customers in the United States and in New Zealand – one of which is Sorted Logistics based in Christchurch New Zealand, a third-party logistics provider and freight forwarder who will be receiving eight AME-OP units shortly.

“This is a major innovation in the warehousing sector,” added Martin, “and the versatility to use the one Aisle Master for multiple applications – narrow aisle operation, truck to rack handling, bulk picking and item order picking – will result in strong demand for this new product in our home and export markets around the world.”   

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