RCI Technical Advisory Committee Offers Position Statement on Cool Roofs

The RCI Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has released a position statement, which has been published on the RCI website. RCI has previously released position statements for a variety of issues, but this is the first one written by the TAC.

TAC Chair Doug Stieve led the development of this position statement. As leader, he recruited officemate Kenrick Hartman to provide assistance. Hartman is a member of the RCI Emerging Professionals Committee, which approached the TAC a number of months ago, asking if it could use the assistance of EP Committee members. The TAC gladly accepted the experiment. The purpose of the resulting joint program is to provide young RCI members with a means of gaining professional involvement and experience by contributing to a real-world task that benefits RCI members. According to RCI, Stieve and Hartman’s teamwork was successful and such collaboration between the TAC and the EP Committee is planned to continue as the TAC produces future Technical Advisories or Position Statements.

Links to Position Statements and Technical Advisories can be found here.

For more information, visit http://rci-online.org.

MFM Building Products Hires New Sales Representation for Oklahoma

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, announced that the firm has reached an agreement with Heartland Architectural Products to represent MFM in the state of Oklahoma.

Heartland Architectural Products was founded in 2010 and will serve one-step and two-step building products and roofing distributors, with support through architect and builder promotions, training and marketing support.

Representation from Heartland Architectural Products includes:

David Gary, partner, has more than 20 years of experience in building product sales. He has held numerous positions within the roofing and building products market. Gary resides in Mustang, Oklahoma, and is an avid soccer player.

Kevin Decker, partner, brings more than 36 years of experience in the construction industry as an architect and construction specifier. His extensive construction knowledge is a valuable asset in servicing customer needs. Decker graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He resides in Wellston, Oklahoma.

For contact information, visit www.mfmbp.com.

Cotney Construction Law Announces New Partners

Cotney Construction Law (CCL), a national law firm for construction, specialty trades, and OSHA law, announced that Daniel Auerbach, Virgil Tray Batcher, Hilary Morgan, and Anthony Tilton have been named partners of the firm.

“Each of these attorneys epitomizes the diverse talent our firm offers,” said Trent Cotney, CEO of CCL. “Not only have they demonstrated superb legal capabilities, but they have also shown that they are committed to both their clients and the construction industry as a whole.”

Daniel Auerbach’s practice areas encompass construction litigation and various transactional matters. Specifically, Dan focuses on contract review and drafting, contract negotiation, bond and lien law, building code violation defense, construction defense litigation, OSHA defense, bid protests, and contractor licensing defense. He currently serves as general counsel for the Space Coast Licensed Roofers Association and the Treasure Coast Roofing and Sheet Metal Association.

Virgil Tray Batcher joined Cotney Construction Law in 2012 and represents clients in all aspects of construction law including lien law, bond law, construction defect litigation, OSHA defense, and licensing. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tray worked in the construction industry as an estimator for a multi-million dollar structural contracting company. He currently serves as general counsel for the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association.

Hilary Morgan focuses her practice on all aspects of construction law, including lien law, surety bond law, litigation, arbitration, construction defects, contract review and drafting, delay claims, bid protests, design professional liability, corporate law, and administrative law. Hilary serves on Associated Builders and Contractors National Young Professional Committee and is currently general counsel for National Women in Roofing.

Anthony Tilton practices in all areas of construction law. He works primarily on matters relating to OSHA and licensing defense. This includes the management and development of safety and health strategies. Anthony is also a Certified Building Contractor and has been involved in the industry his whole life; he has done framing, floor installation, remodels, site supervision, and served as safety officer for various construction companies. Anthony is general counsel for the Tile Roofing Institute.

For more information, visit www.cotneycl.com.

Conductive Primer Designed for Electronic Testing of Conventional Roof Assemblies

Detec Systems has developed TruGround, a conductive primer which enables accurate electronic leak detection (ELD) testing on conventional roof membranes including black EPDM, TPO, PVC, modified bitumen, hot and cold fluid applied. According to the manufacturer, TruGround must be installed directly below the membrane per ASTM D7877. TruGround can be used for quality assurance testing on newly installed membranes and is chemically compatible with fully adhered, mechanically attached and torch-down membranes. Once applied, ELD testing can be performed for the life of the roof. Future breaches or seam voids can be quickly pinpointed, allowing repairs to be done immediately, preventing costly moisture damage from occurring.

For more information, visit www.detecsystems.com.

New Facility Keeps Popular Brewery Hopping

Tree House Brewing opened its new 51,200-square-foot brewery in Charlton, Massachusetts in July of 2017. Photos: Sika Sarnafil

Standing in line for hours for one case of canned beer might seem foolish to some people, but to fans of Tree House Brewing — which was recently named one of the country’s Top 15 Craft Breweries by Forbes magazine — it is well worth it. Tree House Brewing began humbly enough in 2011 in a barn in Brimfield, Massachusetts. And yes, there was a tree house on the property.

Since then, the brewery has grown so much in popularity that it required a bigger facility.  So in July of 2017, Tree House opened a 51,200-square-foot brewery on 68 acres in Charlton, Massachusetts. On opening day, the new facility consistently had 1,000 customers waiting for hours to purchase Tree House’s ales, IPAs and stouts. Many of the patrons traveled from out of state and some arrived at 6 a.m., six hours before the doors opened.

It’s been said that the key to Tree House Brewing’s success is meticulous attention to details such as temperatures, additives and the water used in the brewing. It only made sense that the same attention to detail would be utilized when selecting a roofing system for the new facility.

Meeting the Bar

The roof that Tree House Brewing selected to cover its new brewery is Sika Roofing’s Sarnafil EnergySmart PVC membrane installed with the Sarnafil RhinoBond System. “We like Sarnafil because it is easy to use, easy to specify and an industry leader,” says Peter Webster, designer/project manager at Austin Design in Brattleboro, Vermont. “The light colored, reflective roof also offers energy savings, and our past experience with the Sarnafil roof shows it is a great product.”

The roof system for the new brewery features Sika Roofing’s Sarnafil EnergySmart PVC membrane, which was installed using the Sarnafil RhinoBond System. Photos: Sika Sarnafil

The fact that the Sarnafil system is easy to install was an important factor, considering the time crunch of the project. “This was a ‘hurry up’ project — we weren’t done with the design when the steel structure went up,” Webster explains.

The Sarnafil RhinoBond System uses advanced induction welding technology to bond the membrane directly to specially coated plates used to secure the insulation to the deck, all without penetrating the roofing membrane.

In addition, the Sarnafil RhinoBond System can be used in temperatures as low as zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18°C), making it an ideal application method for winter projects.

“Much of the installation was during the winter,” states Robert Luukko, president of Kidd-Luukko Corporation in Worcester, Massachusetts, the roofing contractor on the project.

Photos: Sika Sarnafil

“Not only did Kidd-Luukko have to deal with cold temperatures, but the site is on top of a hill so there were high winds,” says Frank Quigley, president and owner of F.D. Quigley & Associates of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, the construction manager on the job. And of course, since it was winter they needed to make the building watertight as quickly as possible.

“Fortunately, Kidd-Luukko was able to seal the building before we were hit by some big snowstorms in February,” Webster says.

Other challenges included installing a 42-foot by 8-foot skylight and working around gables where the low roof wrapped around the corners. “Kidd-Luukko employees were very professional, well managed and well organized,” Quigley states. “I’d be happy to use them again.”

“Can-Do” Attitude

“Bob Luukko and his team had a ‘can-do’ attitude that really helped move the project along,” Webster comments. In fact, Kidd-Luukko was able to complete the installation ahead of the allotted eight-month time frame, Luukko notes, adding that teamwork was key. “We had weekly meetings with a great group of guys involved with the project where we would discuss how we were going to come in on time and on budget with this installation,” he says. Sika Roofing representatives also played a role in meeting the deadline. “We had multiple visits from the Sika technician, which really kept the project moving forward,” Luukko remarks.

After a vapor barrier was applied on the metal deck, crews installed polyiso insulation, tapered insulation and a high-density cover board before the membrane was attached. Photos: Sika Sarnafil

Today, both the roof and the brewery are doing great. “We’ve had no problems with the roof at all,” Webster says. Luukko adds, “This project went so well that we are receiving a lot of interest in installing Sarnafil roofs on other projects.”

At the new facility, Tree House Brewing will be able to produce 40,000 barrels a year — compared to 12,000 barrels at their former facility in Monson, Massachusetts — and they plan to eventually expand the capacity to 180,000 barrels a year. That’s news that should make thirsty Tree House beer fans very, very happy.

TEAM

Architect: Austin Design, Brattleboro, Vermont, www.austindesign.biz
Construction Manager: F.D. Quigley & Associates, Wilbraham, Massachusetts, www.fdquig.com
Roofing Contractor: Kidd-Luukko Corporation, Worcester, Massachusetts, www.kidd-luukko.com

MATERIALS

Roof Membrane: Sarnafil 60 Mil EnergySmart White PVC membrane, Sika Sarnafil, https://usa.sarnafil.sika.com
Insulation: Sarnatherm Poly-Iso Insulation and Sarnatherm Coated Glass Tapered Insulation, Sika Sarnafil
Roof Board: Sarnatherm High Density Poly-Iso roof board with coated glass facers, Sika Sarnafil
Attachment System: Sarnafil RhinoBond System, Sika Sarnafil

OMG Inc. Names Two New Business Unit Directors

As part of the previously announced organizational change to position the company for future growth, OMG Inc. has promoted two individuals into new business unit leadership positions for the Roofing Products Division. Each will oversee all facets of their respective business unit, including strategic sales and marketing activities, planning, forecasting, and manufacturing as well as business unit profit and loss.

Kevin Bramlett was named Director of the Metal Accessories Business Unit, which is predominantly OMG EdgeSystems, the company’s line of fascia, coping and water control products. OMG EdgeSystems is based in Arden, North Carolina. Bramlett has been with the company since July 2012, most recently as the manufacturing manager for the OMG edge business. Before joining OMG, Bramlett was a mechanical engineer with Thermo-Fisher Scientific. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Adam Cincotta was named Director of the Adhesives/Solar Business Unit, which includes OlyBond Adhesives the industry’s popular line of insulation and fleece membrane adhesive, as well as its OMG PowerGrip line of solar anchors. Cincotta joined OMG Roofing Products as a product manager in 2014 and was promoted to Group Product Manager in 2017. Before joining OMG, Cincotta was with Lenox Tools/Newell Rubbermaid, where he worked as a senior product manager. Adam holds a bachelor’s degree in applied economics and management from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.

Cincotta and Bramlett will join Web Shaffer as the three business unit leaders for OMG Roofing Products. Shaffer is the vice president of the Fastener Business Unit – which includes roofing fasteners, drains as well as the RhinoBond and AccuTrac Systems. The three business unit leaders report to Hubert McGovern, president and CEO, as the company continues to search for a general manager for the OMG Roofing Products Division.

“These promotions are very important to the success of our new organizational model, and significant steps towards improving the way we conduct business,” said McGovern. “We’re confident that we have the best team possible to create long-term value for our customers and the company.”

For more information, visit www.OMGInc.com.

Line of Pitch Pans Can Be Used on Both Horizontal and Vertical Surfaces

ShapeShift line from Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. The new ShapeShift line from Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. is a single solution for creating pitch pans for use in virtually any low-slope roofing job, including with smooth modified bitumen systems and on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. The line — consisting of ShapeShift Pitch Pan straight and outside corner sections and MP Liquid Sealant — can be used with EPDM, TPO, PVC, metal, spray polyurethane foam (SPF), elastomeric acrylic coating, smooth modified bitumen and smooth built-up roofing systems.

When filled with JTS 1 joint and termination sealant from Mule-Hide Products, ShapeShift Pitch Pans can be installed on walls, enabling them to be used to flash troublesome cables or conduits penetrating parapet walls when a prefabricated pipe boot will not work. The straight and corner sections feature interlocking joints and snap together to form square and rectangular pitch pans 4 inches by 4 inches and larger.

MP Liquid Sealant is available in White, Black and Gray. It comes in 2-liter foil pouches, with four pouches to a pail. The threaded cap on the foil pouches allows any unused product to be saved for up to 30 days after opening.

ShapeShift Pitch Pans are available in White. Made of a high-strength polymer, the straight sections are approximately 3 inches long and the radius corner pieces measure approximately 2 inches by 2 inches. Cartons contain 16 straight sections or 16 or 48 corner pieces.

For more information, visit www.mulehide.com.

ShapeShift line from Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc.

NCI Building Systems and Ply Gem Announce Merger

NCI Building Systems Inc., a manufacturer of exterior building products for commercial construction, and Ply Gem Parent, LLC, a manufacturer of exterior building products for residential construction, announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement under which the two companies will combine in a stock-for-stock merger. The combined company will operate under a name to be determined, and each entity will preserve its existing established brands. The company will be headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, with a significant presence in Houston, Texas. The combined company will have a pro forma enterprise value of $5.5 billion and an implied equity value of $2.6 billion, based on NCI’s closing share price on July 17, 2018.

NCI Chairman James S. Metcalf, who will lead the integration of the two companies and serve as Chairman and CEO of the company, said: “This transformational combination creates the leading exterior building products company with multiple avenues for further growth. Both companies are experiencing sustained momentum driven by meaningful cost savings, and the greater scale and diversification of the combined company support organic growth, margin expansion and longer-term M&A opportunities. With a greater ability to attract and retain top talent in all fields, our combined company will continue to innovate in the exterior building products space — far beyond what either of us could do alone.”

The transaction will create a North American exterior building products platform providing new construction and repair and remodel solutions for commercial and residential applications. As a larger, vertically-integrated manufacturer with enhanced growth opportunities through adjacent products, the combined company will become a one-stop solution for exterior building envelope needs.

Ply Gem Chairman and CEO Gary E. Robinette, who will continue to serve in this role until close, said: “I am grateful and honored to have had the opportunity to lead Ply Gem over the past 12 years and I am proud of our team’s accomplishments during the past decade of successes and challenges. The joining of these two market-leading exterior building products companies creates a platform for growth, enhanced innovation and cost improvements, while serving all channels of the construction markets. I am excited for the associates and customers of the combined company and the next evolution of this best-in-class provider of exterior building envelope solutions.”

NCI CEO Donald Riley, who will continue to serve in this role until close, noted: “This scalable platform is well-positioned to create shareholder value through improved margins, additional cost savings and expanded market penetration. The opportunity for growth through cross-selling and adjacencies to each other’s customers is a major advantage of this transaction. Furthermore, both of our companies are strong in new construction and Ply Gem also excels at repair and remodel, adding to our combined end market diversification and providing further room for growth.”

Financial Highlights, Management

Under the terms of the agreement, NCI will issue 58.7 million shares to Ply Gem shareholders. Upon the close of the transaction, NCI shareholders will own 53 percent of the company’s common equity, with Ply Gem shareholders owning 47 percent. The transaction is generally expected to be tax-free to the Ply Gem owners for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

On a combined basis for calendar year 2018, the company is expected to generate revenue of approximately $4.5 billion and Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA of $660 million-$680 million, including run-rate synergies and cost savings. The company expects that, after three years following close, cost reduction initiatives and merger-related synergies will yield over $150 million in annual cost savings. Combination-specific synergies include manufacturing efficiencies and procurement and general & administrative savings. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to adjusted cash earnings per share and free cash flow.

James S. Metcalf, current Chairman of NCI, will become Chairman and CEO of the combined company. Metcalf served as Chairman and CEO of USG Corporation from 2011 to 2016 and joined the NCI Board in 2017 and became Chairman in 2018.

Donald Riley, current CEO of NCI, will serve as CEO of the company’s NCI Division. Gary Robinette will continue to serve as President, Chairman and CEO of Ply Gem until the transaction is completed, after which he will serve as Chairman Emeritus and Special Advisor to the company. Shawn Poe, current CFO of Ply Gem, will serve as CFO of the company.

Funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) will own just under 50 percent of the company’s common equity and will designate five directors to the company’s 12-person Board of Directors. Golden Gate Capital, a significant shareholder of Ply Gem, will own approximately 16 percent of the company’s common equity.

“We believe the merger creates attractive and profitable new growth avenues in the North American exterior building products market for the combined company,” said Nathan K. Sleeper, Partner at CD&R, who will serve on the Board of Directors of the company. “There is an enormous value creation opportunity in joining these two industry leaders in terms of delivering operational synergies and enhancing the platform to better serve the company’s customers, broaden its product portfolio, drive innovation and pursue significant opportunities for organic and inorganic growth. We look forward to working with and supporting the management team to realize these goals.”

The transaction has been unanimously approved by a special committee of independent directors formed by NCI’s Board of Directors and by NCI’s full Board (without participation of directors affiliated with CD&R, NCI’s largest shareholder).

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth calendar quarter of 2018, subject to approval by NCI shareholders and customary regulatory approvals.

For more information, visit www.ncibuildingsystems.com and www.plygem.com.

Gravity Vent Delivers Natural Ventilation for Buildings With Single-Ply Roofs

Acme Cone gravity vent Acme Cone Company, a manufacturer of prefabricated custom and standard single-ply flashings, introduces a new gravity vent that delivers natural ventilation for buildings with single-ply roofs when windows and other ventilation solutions are not an option.

The Acme Cone gravity vent provides a natural ventilation solution that allows heat and stale air to exit the building. The vent is available in standard sizes of 12, 18 and 24 inches in white, gray and tan. It is now available for order and immediate shipment.

“As more property owners are looking for improvements in their buildings’ airflow and energy efficiency, we’ve seen the need for a non-powered ventilation solution increasing,” explained Business Development Director Logan Silver.

According to the company, contractors using Acme Cone’s prefabricated flashings benefit from more efficient and productive crews who aren’t spending unnecessary time flashing in the field. This leads to more efficient crews who don’t sacrifice quality for speed, provides crews with the ability to get more work done without additional labor and can deliver increased revenue from additional jobs that can be completed due to time savings.

For more information, visit www.acmecone.com.

U.S. Department of Labor Kicks Off Safe + Sound Week August 13

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) encourages Americans to commit to workplace safety and health by participating in Safe + Sound Week, August 13-19, 2018.

More than 200 organizations and businesses are partnering with OSHA to promote the importance of safety and health programs. Implementing a safety and health program is one of the most effective ways to reduce injuries and illnesses, and improve business. Effective programs can increase worker satisfaction, improve productivity, and reduce costs associated with workplace injuries.

Establishing a safety and health program is simple. Some steps to get started include worker training, hazard identification, and seeking worker input to maintaining safety on the job.

Participating in Safe + Sound Week is easy. Organizations of any size or in any industry looking for an opportunity to show their commitment to safety can participate. Start by visiting www.osha.gov/safeandsoundweek for more information, resources, and tools to help plan and promote safety events.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.