ABC Supply Launches myABCsupply to Help Contractors Manage Their Businesses on the Go

ABC Supply Co. Inc. launched myABCsupply, the new online platform gives ABC Supply customers 24/7 access to view the status of their orders and deliveries, including delivery photos.

“One of our customers’ top priorities is the ability to check the status of their jobsite deliveries in real time,” said Kathy Hendricks, executive director of customer connectivity for ABC Supply. “MyABCsupply meets that need by providing detailed order and delivery information at their fingertips.”

In addition to checking the status of their orders and deliveries, ABC Supply customers can also:

  • View product descriptions and quantities
  • Filter orders by date range, order type and order status
  • View a map of the day’s delivery locations

MyABCsupply is the latest offering in the company’s continued focus on information technology services and tools that connect ABC Supply with its customers. In 2015, the company created ABC Connect, which integrates ABC Supply’s products and pricing with leading industry software, allowing customers to create estimates and submit orders in real time.

“We are committed to making it easier for our customers to do business,” said Mike Jost, chief operating officer of ABC Supply. “First, with ABC Connect, and now with myABCsupply, we will continue to find ways to help them run their projects more efficiently.”

ABC Supply customers can access their accounts at myABCsupply.com or download the ABC Supply app for their iOS or Android devices.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

The Roofing Alliance Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the availability of scholarship applications for the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program began in 1986 to fund education for employees, their spouses and their dependent children of NRCA contractor and supplier members who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or construction industries. The program is named for Melvin Kruger, a former NRCA president, a former Roofing Alliance president and CEO of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Ga.

A maximum of 11 recipients will each receive a $5,000 award that is renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study if they meet eligibility requirements. Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic record; potential to succeed; leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience; a statement of career goals and aspirations; and an outside appraisal.

The named $5,000 scholarships awarded through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program are: Beacon Roofing Supply Inc.; Dan Cohen; Firestone Building Products (two scholarships); Fred Good; William A. Good; Melvin Kruger; and OMG Roofing Products Inc. (two scholarships).

The new scholarship category is the Reid and DeaNa Ribble/Career Technical Education Scholarship which helps fund students pursuing an education at a vocational or technical trade school. It is designed to help those who are seeking a professional career inside the roofing industry including but not limited to roof system and sheet metal installers/fabricators, crane and equipment operators, foremen and superintendents, warehouse and inventory specialists, and other roofing trade specialties. This CTE scholarship is not designed for those careers that require a four-year undergraduate degree. There will be a maximum of five recipients who will be eligible to receive a $1,000 award that is not renewable, but winners are eligible to apply again the following year.

“Since the program began, 130 students have received $845,000 in scholarship awards,” said Josh Kelly, VP of Product Development & Innovation, OMG Roofing Products and current president of The Roofing Alliance.  “Supporting students who are interested in careers in the roofing industry ensures that the future of the industry remains strong.  Contributions to the program are always encouraged,” continued Kelly. 

To learn more about the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program or download the application, please visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net. Applications must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2019. 

Polyset Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative, Becomes NRCA Partner Member

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced Andover, Mass.-based ICP Building Solutions Group’s Polyset brand has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, joining NRCA as a partner member.

PolysetIn 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,” said 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.”

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.

“ICP Building Solutions Group’s Polyset roofing adhesive brand decided to participate at the One Voice membership level for many reasons,” says Max Miller, vice president of Polyset. “First and foremost, we trust in its leadership and direction. In my opinion, actions speak louder than words. NRCA over the last couple of years has been a loud voice for us all. The Polyset brand has been an advocate of training workforce and governmental bodies for over 20 years and has created one of the most trusted and sought-after Qualified Applicator credentials in the industry. Without continual training and education of our current and future workforce, as well as the politicians that govern and make our laws, we and our industry are so very vulnerable. Together, we as One Voice are stronger, more professional and have the unique opportunity to leave the industry better equipped to succeed in the future.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, visit www.nrca.net/onevoice.

TAMKO Announces Strategic Relationship With JobNimbus

TAMKO announced a new strategic relationship with JobNimbus that will help contractors take their businesses to the next level. Through this new relationship, TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors can now benefit from excusive discounts for JobNimbus’ powerful Customer Relationship Management platform designed specifically for contractors.

According to the company, JobNimbus’ CRM and project management software can help solve business needs for any size roofing business. The simple yet effective platform is packed with integrations to keep jobs flowing — from receiving leads, to progressing the relationship throughout job completion. 

“For 75 years, the TAMKO brand has represented quality in the roofing industry and this new venture with JobNimbus is an extension of that,” said Stephen McNally, TAMKO VP of Sales and Marketing. “I think contractors are going to find this to be a quality tool that provides real value to their businesses.”

JobNimbus allows contractors to assign tasks to crew members, email status updates to homeowners, save photos of each project, build and convert estimates for orders and send invoices to clients. The platform also follows up with homeowners after completed work and encourages homeowners to leave a review to further grow the contractor’s business. It also allows collection of payments directly from the app.

This new relationship between JobNimbus and TAMKO will give TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors a special discount on JobNimbus “Pro” and “Advanced” subscriptions effective immediately — making this powerful sales and marketing tool more affordable than ever for roofing businesses of all sizes. 

For more information on the TAMKO Pro Certified Contractor program and the new JobNimbus benefits, please visit www.TAMKOPro.com.

Combination Rainscreen and Premium Housewrap

Benjamin Obdyke Slicker HP features the latest technology in holdout capabilities, providing maximum protection for walls and eliminating the deteriorating effects of mold and rot between siding and sheathing. According to the manufacturer, the all-in-one moisture management solution features a detachable rainscreen and premium housewrap in a single application, simplifying installation and allowing installers to use preferred flashing methods. With a commercial-grade housewrap layer and superior tear strength, the Slicker HP combines the benefit of Slicker Classic rainscreen and FlatWrap UV premium water resistive barrier (WRB) into one easy-to-use product. 

For more information, visit www.benjaminobdyke.com

NRCA Opens Registration for LegalCon 2020

The National Roofing Contractors Association Legal Resource Center announces its newest conference, LegalCon 2020. LegalCon 2020 will be held Thursday, March 12, 2020, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at NRCA’s headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois. The conference will focus on three topics — contract law, employment law and technical issues — to increase legal knowledge, improve work processes and offer effective business tools.

“We encourage CEOs, owners, COOs, human resources professionals, safety directors, training directors, on-staff legal counsel, office managers and project managers to attend and learn from some of the best and brightest legal and technical experts in the roofing industry,” said Alison LaValley, a vice president of NRCA.

To ensure participants benefit from interaction and a small group setting, attendance is limited to 40. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at nrca.net/legalcon.

For more information about LegalCon 2020, visit nrca.net/legalcon.

NRCA Releases Training for Roof Application Careers

The National Roofing Contractors Association has released Training for Roof Application Careers. TRAC blends online and hands-on training companies can use to equip new field workers with information and skills to help them become quality roof system installers. TRAC, which includes English and Spanish content, is designed to provide inexperienced employees with “conversational competence.”

NRCA currently offers the TRAC Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation Package and TRAC Asphalt Shingle Installation Package.

The TRAC Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation Package consists of Essentials: Onboarding for Roof System Installers; Low-slope Core; and Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation and includes online content and activities that provide hands-on experience.

The TRAC Asphalt Shingle Installation Package consists of Essentials: Onboarding for Roof System Installers; Steep-slope Core; and Asphalt Shingle Installation and includes online content and activities that provide hands-on experience.

A one-time TRAC purchase includes unlimited use of the training materials so employers can train an unlimited number of employees at a pace and time that works for them.

For more information about TRAC, visit www.nrca.net/trac.

Alpine SnowGuards Announces Phase III Upgrades to Online Project Calculator Are Now Available

Alpine SnowGuards, a manufacturer of rooftop snow management systems, has announced Phase III upgrades to its Online Project Calculator. The company announced the second phase of Upgrades in mid-2018. Phase III of the calculator upgrade project are now live, fully functional and available for use. 

The Phase III upgrades include online ordering. Snow guard orders can be placed directly through the Online Project Calculator. Ice flags can now be added to all roof sections, all at once. Side-by-side BoM/price comparisons are available in a printable table, and added explanations are available throughout for varying conditions. 

According to the company, anytime convenience, ease of use, and the ability to store and recall projects are only a few of the attributes Alpine SnowGuards’ Online Project Calculator offers, along with providing free recommended layouts, system comparisons and printable estimates. 

For more information, visit www.alpinesnowguards.com.

Gas-Powered Jackhammers

US Hammer introduces a line of gas-powered jackhammers, the Gas Breaker GB-70 and Gas Breaker GB-90. According to the company, the US Hammer line of jackhammers is less bulky and produces less noise than pneumatic-driven products, while delivering the same amount of power. The gas-powered jackhammers need no air compressor, making it easier to transport. The products are driven by a Honda motor that relies on less than 4 gallons of fuel for an 8-hour workday. 

For more information, visit www.ushammer.com/.

SPRI to Canvass BPT-1 Fastener and Stress Plate Standard

SPRI, the association representing sheet membrane and component suppliers to the commercial roofing industry, announced that it is partnering with FM Approvals to create a new standard which will allow the roofing industry to perform comparative small scale testing of roofing fasteners and/or stress plates through board stock materials, such as insulations, cover boards, etc. The proposed standard will be canvassed for approval as an American National Standard.

SPRI/FM BPT-1 will allow various comparative tests for new or different board stock materials, fasteners plates, etc. The proposed standard is based on the FM Approvals existing small-scale test procedure for Plate-Insulation Board Pull Through.

Those wishing to participate in the canvassing process should contact SPRI at info@spri.org.

For more information, visit www.spri.org