Josh Kelly of OMG Named New President of the Roofing Alliance

Josh Kelly, vice president of new product development and innovation at OMG Roofing Products in Agawam, Mass., has been named as the 2019-20 president of the Roofing Alliance (formerly the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress).

Established in 1996 under the National Roofing Foundation, the Roofing Alliance is a not-for-profit group of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers and industry professionals working to shape, improve and advance the roofing industry. Through its programs, the Roofing Alliance has committed more than $13 million to help preserve and advance the U.S. roofing industry, and more than $5.5 million for research, education and technical programs and projects.

In his full-time position at OMG, Josh is responsible for leading product innovation and for managing OMG’s team of project managers, product engineers, and testing technicians.

Josh has over 25 years of experience in the commercial roofing industry, and was instrumental in commercializing the RhinoBond induction welding system. He has held several positions at OMG including marketing director, vice president of marketing and vice president/general manager.

In addition to being president of the Roofing Alliance, Josh is a member of the Single Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI) and the National Roofing Contractors Assn (NRCA).

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Congressman Casten Acknowledges the Importance of Community Service at National Roofing Week Charity Project

Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) spoke to volunteers June 8 at the site of two Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans homes in Wheaton, Ill., where the National Roofing Contractors Association and Showalter Roofing Service Inc., Naperville, Ill., teamed up for a local charity project for National Roofing Week.

Responsive imageNational Roofing Week 2019 took place June 2-8 to raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business.

Organized by NRCA, National Roofing Week is held each year during the first full week of June and serves as a reminder that the roof is one of the most important components of every structure. It is the first line of defense against natural elements, such as rain, snow or wind, yet it often is taken for granted until it falls into disrepair.

National Roofing Week also promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and stresses the value of professional roofing contractors and the importance of making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

Casten started the day with remarks supporting community involvement and the roofing industry.

“I’m not sure there is a better way to get to know your neighbors than to do a construction project with them,” Casten says. “You are making a difference.

“I sit on the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, which has oversight for all housing components. The first bill we voted on as a committee was the Ending Homelessness Act of 2019 that would appropriate $13.27 billion in emergency relief funding to several critical federal housing programs and initiatives. It is unambiguously true that anything we do to ensure people have housing saves the government money. There is an overarching moral reason for doing this, too. I’m not saying it’s all about money. But once you have a house, attaining food and employment just becomes easier. What you are doing is so eminently important. Thank you for all you are doing.”

National Roofing Week 2019 is sponsored by National Women in Roofing; ABC Supply Co. Inc.; A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply; Carlisle SynTec; FlashCo; GAF; Polyglass U.S.A., Inc.; and Sherwin-Williams.

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ERA Leadership to Speak on Business Resilience at IBHS Event

Jared Blum, the Executive Director of the EPDM Roofing Association (ERA), will speak at a symposium on “Facing the Storm: The Case for Business Resilience” to be hosted on June 11 by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). Blum will participate in a four-person interactive panel discussion on what actions can be taken by varying stakeholders to break the cycle of “repeated and preventable damage.” Also participating on the panel will be Rachel Minnery, Senior Director of Resilience, Adaptation and Disaster Assistance at The American Institute of Architects; Ryan Colker, Vice President of Innovation and Executive Director, Alliance for National and Community Resilience at the International Code Council; and Alex Contreras, Director of Preparedness, Coordination and Communication at the Office of Disaster Assistance of the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

“It’s an honor to be included on this prestigious panel of experts who are making valuable contributions to a more resilient future for American business,” said Blum, “ERA is committed to making the construction community aware of the need for resilience in the built environment, and the role that EPDM can play in creating a resilient roofing system.”

“The specific attributes of EPDM make it uniquely valuable in attaining resilience in a structure,” said Ellen Thorp, Associate Executive Director of ERA, “We applaud the work that IBHS has done to provide science-based information about the need for resilience, and ERA is excited about joining them to support their important work.”

Responding to the heightened interest in and concern over the resilience of the built environment, ERA last year published its first annual report on resilience, “Building Resilience: The Roofing Perspective” and launched its microsite, To add context to the information about EPDM products, the website provides a clearinghouse of sources about resilience, as well as an up-to-date roster of recent articles, blog posts, statements of professional organizations and other pertinent information about resilience. 

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MBCEA Swears in New Directors at 50th Annual Conference

The Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA) was formed in 1968 to serve the needs and support the interests of metal building contractors and erectors. It has 3 main goals:

  • Education: To provide programs and venues that enhance education opportunities for metal building contractors and erectors.
  • Image Enhancement: To develop programs to enhance the image of metal building contractors and erectors, and the metal building industry.
  • Grassroots Support: To develop and maintain programs specifically designed to support and respond to the needs of the grassroots membership of the MBCEA.

The association is led by a volunteer Board of Directors. On May 1, 2019 at the MBCEA Awards Ceremony, David Bergholz of Chief Buildings and C. Tucker Cope Jr of C. Tucker Cope & Associates were formally sworn in as Directors by Keith Wentworth, current MBCEA President.  Bergholz and Cope promised to fulfill the duties of providing governance to the organization, representing it to the community, giving full attention to whatever business is presented, and representing the best interests of the organization.

Bergholz has been in the Buildings Division of Chief Industries for 40 years and his experience has taught him the importance of why details matter. With over 25 years in the construction industry, Cope has developed a reputation as an outstanding engineer, employer, business owner, and leader. They will serve a three-year term on the MBCEA Board.

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Roofing Technology Think Tank Seeks Nominations for Innovator of the Year Award

Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), a group of progressive roofing professionals focused on technology solutions for the roofing industry, announced the launch of its first award program to recognize the Innovator of the Year.

This award was created to nationally recognize a roofing contractor that has contributed to the advancement of the roofing industry through technical innovation and/or product development in one of the following areas: 

  • Production/Technology Efficiency 
  • Safety Innovation 
  • Client Service/Quality of Delivery  
  • Employee Recruitment/Training/Retention 
  • Environmental Impact 

Award judging criteria will be based on innovation, results, design and strategy. The recipient will be announced in September at the Best of Success conference.

To be eligible, a roofing contractor must be licensed and bonded for a minimum of five years and have a minimum $5 million in annual revenue. They also must be a member of a professional industry association and be able to cite community enrichment ties through support of non-profits or company culture programs. the deadline for nominations is July 30, 2019. There is a $50 nomination fee to cover processing and award costs.

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National Roofing Week 2019 Scheduled for June 2-8

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced that National Roofing Week 2019 will take place June 2-8 to raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business.

Celebrated each year during the first full week of June, National Roofing Week serves as a reminder that the roof is one of the most important components of every structure. It is the first line of defense against natural elements, such as rain, snow or wind, yet it often is taken for granted until it falls into disrepair.

In celebration of National Roofing Week, NRCA will host the We are Family Raffle, sponsored by A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply. Open to all NRCA member companies, the raffle involves companies taking a group photo of all employees—their roofing family—and submitting it to NRCA for a chance to win a prize.

National Roofing Week also promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and stresses the value of professional roofing contractors and the importance of making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

Additionally, in the spirit of the industry’s generosity, the first NRCA Giving Day will be held June 7 to raise funds to benefit the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program and help shape the future of the roofing industry. NRCA’s goal is to raise $100,000 in gifts to provide additional scholarships to college and vocational-technical school students who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or building construction industries.

NRCA also will be sharing its members’ stories through its various social media outlets and Professional Roofing magazine. Members throughout the United States are encouraged to share their stories of charitable giving, crew and staff appreciation, and signature roofing projects with NRCA.

National Roofing Week 2019 is sponsored by National Women in Roofing (title sponsor); ABC Supply Co. Inc.; A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply; Carlisle SynTec; FlashCo; GAF; Polyglass U.S.A., Inc.; and Sherwin-Williams.

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Oklahoma Community Center Announces Invitation For Bids on Roof Replacement

The Bartlesville Community Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, announces the following invitation for bids:

Notice is hereby given that the Bartlesville Community Center Trust Authority will receive sealed bids at the Managing Directors office of the Bartlesville Community Center from 2:00 p.m. on the 4thday of June 2019 until 2:00 p.m. on the 10thday of June 2019 at such time the bids will be open and publicly read.

This project shall consist of removal and disposal of the existing thermoplastic flat roof membrane and damaged underlying insulation. Supply and install new insulation and roofing membrane to including all required materials, supplies, equipment, tools, services, labor and incidental work at the Bartlesville Community Center as outlined in the bid documents. A Pre-bid sight visit is required prior to bidding and is scheduled for 2:00 pm 29thday of May 2019.

Bid Packets containing the pertinent information about the bid will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 19thof May 2019 through the 3rd of June 2019 at the reception desk of the Bartlesville Community Center located at 300 SE Adams Blvd., Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Questions should be addressed to Pat Patterson, Facility Manager, Bartlesville Community Center, at (918) 337-2787.

Bids shall be submitted in sealed envelopes and marked:

Managing Director


Bartlesville Community Center 

300 SE Adams Blvd.

Bartlesville, OK 74003

Proposals shall be accompanied by a five percent (5%) bid guarantee.

The Bartlesville Community Center Trust Authority reserves the right to refuse any and all bids, to wave irregularities and select the bid in the best interest of the Bartlesville Community Center.

OSHA Requests Information on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information on a possible update to the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)) standard. The Agency is interested in comments on the use of control circuit-type devices to isolate energy, as well as the evolving technology for robotics.

OSHA is requesting information about how employers have been using control circuit devices, including information about the types of circuitry and safety procedures being used; limitations of their use, to determine under what other conditions control circuit-type devices could be used safely; new risks of worker exposure to hazardous energy as a result of increased interaction with robots; and whether the agency should consider changes to the LOTO standard that would address these new risks.

The current LOTO standard, published in 1989, requires that all sources of energy be controlled during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment using an energy-isolating device. The standard specifies that control circuit devices cannot be used as energy-isolating devices, but the agency recognizes recent technological advances may have improved the safety of control circuit-type devices.

Comments must be submitted on or before August 18, 2019. Comments and materials may be submitted electronically at, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. 

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SPRI Reports Six Years of Steady Single-Ply Roofing Growth

The Single-Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI) announced that the U.S. Single Ply roofing industry grew a steady 1.1 percent in 2018, as reported by SPRI’s membership. The 2018 gains follow a six-year trend of continued expansion in the commercial roofing market, according to statistics compiled by SPRI. Since 2012, the total commercial roofing market has grown in excess of 40 percent.

SPRI membership comprises 70 companies in the commercial roofing industry, including 19 commercial membrane manufacturers that participate in volume reporting. SPRI member companies report shipments for several classifications of flexible roof membranes: thermoset, thermoplastic, APP modified bitumen, and SBS modified bitumen. Regular & Associate SPRI members enjoy access to this invaluable, proprietary report tracking these key industry product shipments.

In 2018, the fastest growing segment of the market was thermoplastic roof membranes, which grew 3.8 percent.

“With the growth in single-ply membranes, SPRI’s commitment to delivering education, research and standards through its collection of commercial roofing industry experts, plays an important part in ensuring long-term sustainable growth.”said Zebonie Sukle, SPRI President,“Being a part of SPRI is being a part of helping to shape this fantastic industry.”

Regionally, year-to-year shipments decreased -0.4 percent in the Western U.S. The North Central region declined -2.8 percent. Shipments in the South grew 1.2 percent, and Northeast volume grew +9.2 percent

The single-ply roofing industry saw its largest localized growth in Vermontand West Virginia; SPRI members report shipments at both the national and state level in the United States, and Canadian volume nationally. 

Together, SPRI members develop industry standards, sponsor research, publish informative guidelines and publications for the commercial roofing industry, and continue to advance roofing technology. Technical and educational efforts have branded SPRI as a leading force in the commercial roofing market. 

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IIBEC Executive Committee Selects New CEO

The IIBEC Executive Committee recently undertook a search for a new CEO/EVP to replace Lionel van der Walt, who is moving on to another opportunity. With the help of a staffing company, and after holding several rounds of interviews, IIBEC’s new CEO has been selected, and it is Brian T. Pallasch, CAE.

IIBEC Second Vice President Ted Sheridan said, “Brian seemed to be instantly comfortable and already immersed in IIBEC culture and values during the interviews, without appearing to really try — like a round peg in a round hole.”

IIBEC President Bob Card noted, “The EVP/CEO search included interviewing several great candidates, each of whom would have been an excellent find. However, we felt that Brian’s high level of preparedness for the interviews and his ability to quickly establish a rapport with the Selection Committee in both formal and casual settings set him apart from the others.” 

When asked for his take on the search, First Vice President Scott Hinesley said, “The EVP/CEO search resulted in the consideration of more than 80 individuals, which was pared down to six highly qualified professionals for face-to-face interviews. Each of the six candidates possessed impressive experience and credentials, and I believe any one of them would have served the Institute well. However, Brian’s mix of leadership and legislative experience stood out to me as being extremely beneficial to the continued execution of our strategic plan. Combined with his even-keeled personality and self-described ‘impatience’ for getting things done, Brian will be key in helping IIBEC build on the momentum we’ve gained in the last year and a half. I look forward to working closely with him to serve the needs of the Institute to continue to advance the interests of its members and the industry at large.”

Pallasch is currently Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in Washington, D.C. He has been responsible for managing ASCE’s government relations department, including federal and state legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, grassroots initiatives, and policy development, since joining the staff in 1999. Since 2008, Pallasch has been responsible for managing ASCE’s strategic initiative regarding infrastructure, including development of the Infrastructure Report Card, as well as the Failure to Act economic studies.At ASCE’s 2019 Legislative Fly-In event, Pallasch prepared members to educate their legislators on the need to invest in the nation’s infrastructure.

Prior to joining the staff of ASCE, Pallasch was Director of Government Relations for the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), Alexandria, VA, for three years, where he was responsible for all federal and state relations. He served as President of the American League of Lobbyists in 2007-2008, after holding a seat on the Board of Directors from 2004-2006. Pallasch also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Eno Center for Transportation.

Pallasch stated, “IIBEC is a robust international organization that offers value to its members. I am honored to be leading IIBEC and look forward to working with the staff and volunteer leadership to enhance our support for building enclosure consultants. The people at IIBEC—the board, the staff and the volunteer team—are clearly dedicated to supporting IIBEC members in addressing challenges in an evolving market. Their engagement was a key draw to joining IIBEC, and I look forward to utilizing my expertise with their success to date in leading the next growth phase. I am eager to build coalitions with other architectural, engineering, and construction associations to propel IIBEC forward.”

Pallasch holds a master of arts degree in international affairs from the American University, and a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and international affairs from the University of Southern California. He currently resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife and two children.

Pallasch begins his duties with IIBEC on June 10.

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