ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Branch in La Mirada, California

ABC Supply Co. Inc. has opened a new branch at 14923 Desman Road in La Mirada, California.

The new branch is managed by Sean Cartwright. Cartwright joined ABC Supply as a manager candidate in training at the company’s Orange, California, location in 2018. Prior to his time with ABC Supply, he worked in the tech industry as a systems administrator and program manager. He is a graduate of the University of La Verne in California, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“Sean and his team are committed to making area contractors’ jobs easier and helping them grow their businesses,” said Matt Cooper, vice president of ABC Supply’s West Region. “By providing the high-quality products, resources and expertise they need to run successful businesses, the La Mirada team will be a strong partner to residential roofing contractors, general contractors, remodelers and specialty contractors in and around La Mirada.”

The new La Mirada branch joins 44 other ABC Supply locations in California.

Branch hours are 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PDT, Monday through Friday, and 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays. The phone number is (714) 562-8006.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

TAMKO Celebrates 75 Years in the Roofing Industry

TAMKO Building Products LLC is celebrating 75 years in business with a historic anniversary and employee events, including a picnic at its Downtown Operations facility in Joplin, Missouri. 

On September 5, 1944, TAMKO was officially born when founders E.L. and Mary Ethel Craig named their new roofing company “TAMKO” as an acronym of the first letters of the states they believed would be their sales territory — Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. 

Over the next 75 years, TAMKO grew from one small location in an old streetcar barn in southwest Missouri to one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of roofing with more than 20 facilities across the United States, a host of building products and nationwide distribution. The company expanded into a variety of building products, including new styles of asphalt shingles, steel shingles, roofing underlayments, waterproofing products and cements and coatings. 

“We will continue to adapt the world to ourselves — as change is inevitable — but how we adapt; how we evolve; who we hire to join our team: all of these will determine our future,” said David Humphreys, TAMKO President and CEO at an anniversary gathering. “Things will change; we will make strategic choices; and, as we celebrate 75 years, we will be focused on positioning TAMKO for even faster growth and greater success.”

According to the company, the TAMKO story is one of perseverance, entrepreneurialism and the American dream. Founder E.L. Craig was a self-made man who started working at age 12 and went on to start a series of successful businesses. He was 69 years old when he started his final business venture — a small roofing manufacturer in Joplin, Missouri that his wife named TAMKO. 

Craig was a deeply-principled man and TAMKO continues to be guided by those same core values, under the leadership of the third generation of its founding family. TAMKO is privately owned and operated and has a commitment to “stay in business for the long-haul” as late TAMKO President J.P. Humphreys often said.

According to the company, J.P. was the one who introduced TAMKO to the principles of Continuous Improvement and the work of famed statistician Dr. W. Edwards Deming in 1981, a defining moment for the company, driving much of TAMKO’s progress since then in vertical integration, product development and manufacturing processes. 

TAMKO Chairman Ethelmae Humphreys, 92, daughter of the company’s founders and a TAMKO employee for more than 70 years, graciously led the company in a variety of leadership positions, acting as a steadying influence during times of transition. J.P. and Ethelmae’s eldest son, David Craig Humphreys, has led the company as President and CEO since 1994, expanding both the company’s geographic and product footprint since then.

“Over time, we’ve seen great business growth and we’ve built upon our character without sacrificing who we are,” Ethelmae said. “It’s special for me to think about TAMKO — a company initiated by my father, named by my mother and run by my husband and children.” 

“However, we never would’ve made it without our people,” she continued. “For 75 years, TAMKO expected hard work, honesty and integrity from its employees, and just as my father did from day one, our employees have demonstrated a work ethic and level of dedication that no one ever had to ask for.”

For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com.

Shelly’s Building Supply and Universal Supply Team up to add Roofing and Siding at Pennsylvania Location

Shelly’s Building Supply and Universal Supply, divisions of national building products distributor US LBM, have partnered to co-brand the company’s Kimberton, Pa. location and expand its selection to include roofing and siding products.

At the Kimberton location, Shelly’s will continue to provide lumber, windows, doors, millwork, decking and specialty building products to customers in Chester and Montgomery Counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania. With the addition of Universal Supply, Kimberton will now offer roofing and siding products to area building professionals.

“Universal Supply is a known leader for roofing and siding products in the Mid-Atlantic,” said Shelly’s President Tim Krall. “We’re excited to welcome them to Kimberton, which provides opportunities for both divisions to grow our customer bases.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with our great team at Shelly’s on this unique opportunity and bring Universal’s selection of the best brands of roofing and siding to Southeastern Pennsylvania,” said US LBM Chief Development Officer and Universal Supply President Jeff Umosella. “This co-branding is a US LBM first and demonstrates our strategy of bringing market leaders together and leveraging the knowledge, experience and customer relationships of our local teams.”

Located at 629 Pike Springs Rd, the Kimberton location is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be contacted at 610-933-1116 for building products and 610-482-4685 for roofing and siding.

For more information, visit https://uslbm.com.

Lead-Free Roof Flashing Formally Approved by IAPMO UES

Boral Roofing LLC announces that Wakaflex, the company’s versatile flashing solution, is now listed through IAPMO UES as a permanent flashing (ER-579). The product earned the distinction by undergoing and passing an extremely rigorous 2,000-hour UV exposure test. 

During testing, the product maintained its original performance properties, which include the adhesion of the butyl strips to various materials including concrete, clay, stone coated steel, polymer roofing, aluminum, galvanized steel, vinyl and wood structured panels. The approval also includes the use of Wakaflex as a permanent flashing for solar applications in California.

“Wakaflex is tough and durable, and its numerous applications and performance abilities make it ideally suited for use with virtually all roofing materials,” said Brian Sweet, components product manager with Boral Roofing. “This IAPMO UES listing is important as it clearly demonstrates the performance capabilities of the product to building officials and homeowners.”

Ideal for difficult and complex details, Wakaflex contains an internal aluminum mesh, making it extremely flexible and easy to shape and form to virtually any surface. Wakaflex chemically seals to itself and its Polyisobutylene material composition makes the flashing extremely resistant to all weather conditions.

The flashing may be used for step flashings, headwalls, pipe penetrations, pitch transitions, valley junctures, valley soakers, chimneys and skylights. It may also be used as a solution for solar panels, hip and ridge junctures, sidewalls, splayed gables, and various repair applications as well as for tricky details that require weather protection.

One highly notable product attribute is its lead-free composition. OSHA has declared that “lead adversely affects numerous body systems and causes forms of health impairment and disease which arise after periods of exposure as short as days or as long as several years.”  

“Lead is still the most commonly used flashing material, and with so many ongoing safety concerns surrounding exposure to it, there is a legitimate need for alternative options,” added Sweet. “Any place that lead is used on a tile roof, Wakaflex works better and more safely.” 

 Wakaflex is offered in 22-pound 11” x 33” and 27-pound 22” x 16.5” rolls. The product is also certified by Miami Dade NOA 08-1106.03 for use in hurricane-prone regions of Florida, Hawaii and coastal Texas.

For more information on Wakaflex, visit https://www.boralroof.com/components/flashing-products/wakaflex-component/. To view IAPMO UES Evaluation Report ER-579, visit www.iapmoes.org/building-products-evaluation-report-program/evaluation-report-directory/ and search by Boral or 579. 

For information about Boral Roofing, visit www.BoralRoof.com.

Garland’s New Brochure Highlights Building Envelope Offerings

Garland recently released a new brochure highlighting its building envelope capabilities and outlining the variety of problems the company’s representatives can help solve. Garland is known in the industry for its roofing products, but its offerings extend far beyond that to include solutions for windows, walls, parking structures and more. 

According to the company, the centerfold opens to a beautiful illustration that includes product call outs, showing all the areas of a building Garland’s products touch. The services Garland offers, including design assistance, capital planning, budgeting and more are also covered.

“Garland has a strong reputation in the industry for its innovative roofing products, which is understandable since roofing is the company’s core business,” said Tom Diamond, Garland’s director of product and systems. “But we want those customers to also understand that our capabilities are not limited to roofs. We have solutions designed for almost any condition related to the exterior of a building. We’ll look at your roof, but we can also recommend solutions for your cracked walls or leaky windows.”

The brochure is available on Garland’s website or from your local representative. An interactive version will be live soon. 

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com

Dual-Class Self-Retracting Devices Meet Both Class A and Class B Guidelines

Malta Dynamics introduces the Hybrid Hog, the new Dual Class Self-Retracting Lifeline that gives you the advantages of both Class A and Class B retractables, all in one. The Hybrid Hog comes in both a 20′ Dual Class SRL and a 30′ Dual Class SRL.

Self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) are a staple piece of personal fall protection equipment used to keep workers safe when working at heights. SRLs generally come in two versions—Class A and Class B—established by ANSI standard Z359.14-2012. Both types of SRLs limit the maximum peak arresting force to 1,800 pounds as required by OSHA (OSHA 1926.500 subpart M) when worn with a body harness, but the two classes differ on two key dimensions: maximum arrest distanceand average arresting force.

Class A SRLs are defined as devices that provide a maximum arrest distance of 24 inches (610 mm) and an average arresting force not exceeding 1350 pounds (6kN). This class of SRLs is designed to arrest a falling worker very quickly, and is typically used in areas where fall clearance is limited. Think of it like slamming on the brakes in your car when you need to stop immediately—it may be a little jarring, but what matters is stopping before you hit anything.

Class B SRLs are devices that provide a maximum arrest distance of 54 inches (1372 mm) and an average arresting force not exceeding 900 pounds (4kN). This type of SRL also stops a falling worker safely but arrests the fall a bit more gently. Slowing to a stop over a longer distance makes the stop less jarring. This is why you gradually slow to a stop when you’re driving up to an intersection instead of slamming on the brakes—it’s a lot more comfortable if you can afford to slow down gradually.

The new Hybrid Hog from Malta Dynamics combines the advantages of each class into a single device that meets the standards for both classes. The Hybrid Hog offers a maximum arrest distance of just 24 inches to qualify as Class A while alsolimiting the average arresting force to 900 pounds to qualify as Class B. 

For more information, visit www.maltadynamics.com.

Wyoming Roofing Named Small Employer of the Year by Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Wyoming Roofing, LLC, an Owens Corning Contractor Network (OCCN) Platinum contractor, was named Small Employer of the Year by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS). The award recognizes small businesses for their hiring and safety practices. 

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services is committed to ensuring that all Wyoming businesses are safe places to work. Wyoming Roofing’s mission is to build the best company in the industry by putting their communities and employees first. The company hires most of its candidates from Wyoming Workforce Services, with a preference for hiring veterans. Wyoming Roofing provides safety training, personal development and other education that support its values of “Riding for the Brand, Being a Servant, Being Accountable, and Exhibiting Care, as they serve customers, employees, and communities.”

Petersen Adds Reps to Meet Demand for Metal Cladding in Western U.S.

Petersen is meeting the growing demand in the Western United States for its PAC-CLAD metal roof and wall products by hiring several representatives in the area. The manufacturer representatives will support architects, installing contractors and others involved in the specification and installation of exterior metal cladding products in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Horner and Associates in Sandy, Utah, hornerassocd7.com, will represent Petersen’s PAC-CLAD products in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Representatives include Gary Horner, Tom Horner and Keith Van Ness. Contact information is as follows:

Gary Horner      801-712-0326     gary@hornerassocd7.com

Tom Horner       801-842-8305     tom@hornerassocd7.com

Keith Van Ness 801-520-5624     keith@hornerassocd7.com

 Harper Winn Inc. in Seattle, harperwinn.com, will support PAC-CLAD customers in Washington, Oregon and Alaska beginning in October. Representatives include Charlie Soffel, Steve Silcock and Paul Amos. Contact information is as follows:

Charlie Soffel    206-619-0163     charlie@harperwinn.com

Steve Silcock    425-220-1190     steve@harperwinn.com

Paul Amos        503-481-5867     paul@harperwinn.com

“Hiring these firms to represent Petersen is one way we’re addressing the growing demand for PAC-CLAD products in the Western United States. We know these reps will satisfy the architectural metal needs of Petersen’s many existing and new customers in the area,” said David Hedrick, regional manager of Petersen’s Phoenix location.

For more information, visit www.pac-clad.com.

Roofing Alliance Issues Call for Funding, Seeking Projects to Enhance the Industry

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces its annual Call for Funding. Committed to promoting and funding the advancement of roofing through research, education, technology and philanthropic programs, every year the Roofing Alliance funds critical research, educational and technical projects for the betterment of the roofing industry. This year’s submittal deadline for funding applications is January 1, 2020.

The Roofing Alliance has allocated more than $5 million to fund close to 50 research, educational, technical and philanthropic programs and projects to support high-quality educational programs and ensure forward-thinking responses to economic and technological issues. For 23 years, the Roofing Alliance has been committed to shaping the industry’s future by funding education, research, scholarships and philanthropic initiatives, all for the purpose of securing the industry’s future excellence. 

Bennett Judson, Roofing Alliance Executive Director, shared that a total of $270,276 in project funding was approved in 2019. “Approximately 70 percent of funding dollars were earmarked for continuing initiatives, committee projects and programs including the ongoing partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Roofing Alliance Student Competition and construction management partnerships with universities,” stated Judson.

Ultimately, the Roofing Alliance looks for projects that enhance the performance of the U.S. roofing industry. A few of the projects funded in 2019 included projects focused on future workforce development. In an ongoing effort to build the professional reputation of roofing while working to increase interest in working in the roofing industry, the Roofing Alliance provided funding for NRCA’s partnership with SkillsUSA. As part of the funding plan, a joint committee has been formed with NRCA and Roofing Alliance members to focus on Career and Technical Education (CTE) outreach with SkillsUSA as a first and integral step for the initiative.

Requests are due by January 1, 2020. For information on specific criteria and the funding review process please visit http://www.roofingalliance.net/About/Funding. To learn more about the Roofing Alliance, please visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net.

GMC Roofing & Building Products and G.A.P. Roofing Announce New Executive Hire

GMC Roofing & Building Paper Products, Inc. and G.A.P Roofing, Inc. announced that Todd Homa has joined both companies as Vice President of Sales to further develop and build their growing customer portfolio. Homa is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of roofing material sales leadership expertise.

Prior to joining the leadership teams with both companies, Homa held senior-level sales roles at high-profile companies such as Polyglass U.S.A, Inc., GAF and Elk. He has most recently been Director of Sales, Technical & Customer Service at Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. for the North American market. In addition to driving sales, Homa will be instrumental in working with the companies’ founders to evangelize existing customer success and expand market share.

“We’re thrilled to have Todd onboard as the newest member of our leadership team,” says Vice President of G.A.P. Roofing, Inc., Christi Passmore. “His seasoned leadership skills and deep knowledge of the roofing industry makes him an incredibly valuable asset to our organization.”

“Todd has the leadership experience and proven track record in transitioning fast-growing companies to full-scale enterprises, which is exactly what we need as we take our business to the next level,” commented General Manager of GMC Roofing & Building Paper Products, Inc., Dave Swaroop.

“Both GMC and G.A.P. manufacture quality roofing products that serve a growing need in the American market,” says Homa. “By leveraging our vertically integrated manufacturing and strong service-focused culture, I firmly believe that we are positioned for rapid growth. I’m unbelievably excited to be joining Christi, Dave and the team.”

For more information, visit www.gmcpaper.us.