OMG Roofing Products Names Solar Business Manager

OMG Roofing Products has hired Kevin Kervick as solar products business manager, reporting to Adam Cincotta, director of the company’s Adhesives/Solar Business Unit.

In his new role, Kevin is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan for the company’s solar business, as well as for managing solar sales, product development and profitability.

For the past four years, Kevin has been a sales and marketing consultant, most recently working with the Spencer Brewery, a start-up venture. Earlier he was owner and chief marketing officer for the Bassette Company, a commercial printing and marketing company based in Springfield, Mass. 

Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Babson College.

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ARMA Releases 2019 Third Quarter Report on Asphalt Roofing Product Shipments

Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has released its Quarterly Product Shipment Report, covering asphalt roofing product shipments in the United States and Canada in the third quarter of 2019. The report includes year-to-date shipment information and a comparison with the prior year’s data.

“ARMA’s shipment report provides interested parties with direct insight into the asphalt roofing industry, and complimentary access is a valued ARMA member benefit,” said ARMA’s Executive Vice President Reed Hitchcock. “Companies that are not members of ARMA may examine the free quarterly summaries and those ineligible for ARMA membership can subscribe to the full, detailed report on the ARMA website.”

Roofing product shipment data is collected from participating manufacturers by an independent third party, Association Research Inc., and aggregated to create this report.

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BUILD Magazine Names NRCA Most Trusted Construction Trade Association

BUILD magazine has named the National Roofing Contractors Association the Most Trusted Construction Trade Association as part of its Construction & Engineering Awards 2019.

According to BUILD magazine, the Construction & Engineering Awards honor companies and organizations in the construction and engineering sector who form the backbone of the industry, working daily to build a better future for all.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Since 1886, NRCA has responded to its members’ needs and worked to improve the roofing industry for all stakeholders. For more than a century, we have built our reputation around the trust of those in the greatest industry in construction. Thank you, BUILD magazine, for this recognition.”

To learn more about the awards or to view BUILD magazine’s full winners list, click here.

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ARMA Announces New Deadline for 2020 Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has announced that submissions are now being accepted for the 2020 Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program. ARMA invites all roofing contractors to submit their best steep and low-slope asphalt roofing projects from the past three years for consideration by December 1, 2019. 

“Our program keeps growing as roofing contractors continue executing some amazing and innovative projects they are proud to submit for recognition,” said Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “Moving the application deadline up to December 1 gives our judges more time to consider what we anticipate will be an increased number of submissions over previous years.” 

In addition to the revised deadline, several small enhancements have been made that contractors should keep in mind when working on their program entries: 

  • New Judging Criteria – Projects will be judged on four categories: Reasons for Selecting Asphalt, Performance, Beauty, and Distinction. 
  • Expanded Scoring Range – Projects will now be scored on a scale of 1 (poor) through 10 (extraordinary) where previously the maximum score was 5. 

ARMA will present the winning companies with their awards on the trade show floor during the 2020 International Roofing Expo, which will be held February 4-6 in Dallas. Winners will receive a monetary prize (Gold – $2,000; Silver – $1,000; Bronze – $500), plus recognition in national trade media, local media, and on ARMA’s website and social media. There is no limit to the number of entries a company may submit as long as each project meets the program criteria. 

Contractors are encouraged to review ARMA’s submission tips, and the What’s New one-pager to help navigate the application process. Visit the ARMA website to learn more, and to apply by December 1. 

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is the North American trade association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of bituminous-based residential and commercial fiberglass roofing products, roll roofing, built-up (BUR) roofing systems and modified bitumen roofing systems.

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U.S. Department of Labor Approves New Respirator Fit Testing Protocols to Protect Workers from Airborne Contaminants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule that provides employers with two new fit testing protocols for ensuring that employees’ respirators fit properly.

The new protocols are the modified ambient aerosol condensation nuclei counter (CNC) quantitative fit testing protocol for full-facepiece and half-mask elastomeric respirators, and the modified ambient aerosol CNC quantitative fit testing protocol for filtering facepiece respirators.  Both protocols are variations of the original OSHA-approved ambient aerosol CNC protocol, but have fewer test exercises, shorter exercise duration, and a more streamlined sampling sequence.

These two quantitative methods add to the four existing in Appendix A of OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard, which contains mandatory respirator fit-testing protocols that employers must choose from to protect employees from hazardous airborne contaminants. The rule does not require employers in general industries, shipyard employment, and construction to update or replace their current fit testing methods, and does not impose additional costs.

The rule becomes effective September 26, 2019.

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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METALCON Vice President of Tradeshows Retires after 35 Years

METALCON announces the retirement of its vice president of tradeshows, Claire Kilcoyne, after 35 years of dedicated service to the metal construction industry. METALCON was established in 1991, and Kilcoyne has been there every step along the way. Responsible for the organizational leadership of a tight-knit team in the planning and execution of METALCON’S event logistics, Kilcoyne began her career with the parent company, PSMJ Resources Inc., in 1985 with a focus on tradeshow sales. After four years, she had the opportunity to devote all of her energy into planning one show.

As vice president of tradeshows, she launched METALCON and despite tough economic times then, it was a huge success because of the demand in the metal construction industry for a new and innovative event. This was the beginning of developing partnerships and relationships that have carried METALCON throughout the years.

“Building long-lasting relationships are the foundation of Claire’s approach to business and maintaining those relationships — be it speakers, exhibitors, contractors, media or event staff — is what makes our show the most successful and largest international event in the metal construction industry,” said Frank Stasiowski FAIA, owner and CEO of PSMJ Resources and METALCON.

“Claire always has her eye on new ideas for innovative, live and interactive additions to the show each year,” continued Stasiowski. “Because of her hard work and dedication, today, more than 100 associations, 25 media outlets and 500 manufacturers support the event attended by approximately 5,000 metal construction professionals each year.”

In 1994, Kilcoyne launched the show’s giving back program. With each show, METALCON and its generous attendee audience give thousands of dollars back to the local community, helping non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, The Carmen House, Home for our Troops, It’s the Journey Atlanta Breast Cancer Walk and Semper Fi Funds, just to name a few. 

 “The giving back program is the most exciting part of the show for me personally,” said Kilcoyne. “Not only does it provide us the opportunity to thank the community hosting our show, we are able to help those in need – again, building relationships.”

This year will be no different as METALCON is partnering with the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania to raise money for essential housing, employment, and vital support services for eligible Pittsburgh-area veterans, service members and their families. 

METALCON has come full circle for Kilcoyne with her grand finale taking place in Pittsburgh’s Steel City, home to long-time partners’ United States Steel Corporation and PPG Industries, both actively involved with METALCON since its inception.

“After 29 years of partnering with the Metal Construction Association, 35 years at PSMJ Resources and 800,000 miles on the Mass Turnpike, I am hanging up my tradeshow sneakers,” continued Kilcoyne. “The friendships and memories made will be long-lasting – and there are many. The opportunity to have taken this event around the country and watch it grow in so many dimensions has been beyond rewarding. And, we have done it all together! Thank you to all who have supported me and for the successes we have shared together over the years.” 

Joining METALCON as vice president of events is Conference and Tradeshow Planner Judy Geller. She is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of experience as a strategist, producer, and marketer in the conference and tradeshow industry. Geller has been tag-teaming with Kilcoyne and her team throughout this METALCON season.

Geller began her career as conference manager for the iconic COMDEX Technology tradeshow, and the Windows World event produced in conjunction with Microsoft Corporation. In 2003, Geller became Event Director of Gainshare Media’s Administrative Professionals Conference (APC) and co-founded the American Society of Administrative Professionals. In 2005, Diversified Communications acquired APC where she continued to work, achieved record-breaking conference attendance and extended the brand with the launch of the exclusive Executive Assistants’ Summit and the Professional Administrative Certification of Excellence.  Prior to joining PSMJ Resources, Geller was an event consultant for ICD Events.

 “We wish Claire all the best in the next chapter of her life and thank her for making METALCON the industry’s go-to event for all things in metal construction,” said Stasiowski. “Her smile, laugh and natural way of connecting people are second to none, and she will truly be missed.”

Established in 1991, METALCON is the only annual tradeshow and conference devoted entirely to the application of metal in industrial, institutional, light commercial and residential projects. Its success is based on three key components: education, exhibits and interactive, learning opportunities. METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., and sponsored by The Metal Construction Association. This year, the three-day event takes place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. This is the event’s first time in Pittsburgh.

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IIBEC Announces Hire of Emily Lorenz as Senior Director of Technical Services

IIBEC, the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (formerly RCI, Inc.), announced the hiring of Emily Lorenz, PE, as its new Senior Director of Technical Services. Lorenz will represent the association as a liaison to various outside organizations, including supporting its initiatives in relation to building codes and standards. “Emily’s experience as chair of ASTM Committee E60 and as a member of ASTM Committee E06 gives us confidence that she will be a great advocate for IIBEC’s positions on building-enclosure-related issues at code hearings and elsewhere throughout the industry,” stated IIBEC CEO/EVP Brian Pallasch, CAE. “We are excited to welcome her to the IIBEC team.”

“IIBEC will benefit from Emily’s technical experience, as well as her deep knowledge of the code development process,” said IIBEC President Bob Card, RBEC, REWO.

“With experience as editor-in-chief of the PCI Journal, she will also no doubt serve as an asset for technical review of and contribution to content of the Institute’s communications, including IIBEC Interface,” noted Director of Communications Kristen Ammerman.

Lorenz most recently was employed as Director of Sustainability and Publications for the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), and also worked as an independent building enclosure consultant. Lorenz, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in structural engineering from Michigan Technological University, is also on the steering committee of the ASCE/SEI Sustainability Committee, as well as a member of ASHRAE.

Established in 1983, IIBEC is an international nonprofit association representing 3,600 professionals who specialize in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall specification and design. IIBEC members offer unbiased design, repair planning, quality assurance observance, legal testimony, and general roofing and other building enclosure management services—all while adhering to a strict code of ethics.

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U.S. Department of Labor Implements New Weighting System for Workplace Safety and Health Inspections

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it has recently implemented the OSHA Weighting System (OWS) for fiscal year (FY) 2020. OWS will encourage the appropriate allocation of resources to support OSHA’s balanced approach of promoting safe and healthy workplaces, and continue to develop and support a management system that focuses enforcement activities on critical and strategic areas where the agency’s efforts can have the most impact.

Under the current enforcement weighting system, OSHA weights certain inspections based on the time taken to complete the inspection or, in some cases, the impact of the inspection on workplace safety and health. OWS recognizes that time is not the only factor to assess when considering the potential impact of an inspection. Other factors – such as types of hazards inspected and abated, and effective targeting – also influence the impact on workplace safety and health. The new system adds enforcement initiatives such as the Site-Specific Targeting to the weighting system.

The OWS replaces the current enforcement weighting system initiated in FY 2015. The new system is based on an evaluation of the existing criteria and a working group’s recommendations regarding improvements to the existing weighting system. OSHA has been running the new weighting system currently to confirm data integrity. 

The system will continue to weight inspections, but will do so based on other factors, including agency priorities and the impact of inspections, rather than simply on a time-weighted basis. The new OWS approach reinforces OSHA’s balanced approach to occupational safety and health (i.e., strong and fair enforcement, compliance assistance and recognition) and will incorporate the three major work elements performed by the field: enforcement activity, essential enforcement support functions (e.g., severe injury reporting and complaint resolution), and compliance assistance efforts.

OWS will become effective October 1, 2019.

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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MRCA Announces Steep Slope University at 70th Annual Conference & Expo

The Midwest Roofing Contractors Association’s Annual Conference will be held November 20-22 in Overland Park, Kansas. The conference also includes Steep Slope Univerity (SSU), a series of rotating roundtable discussions to tackle the issues that challenge your business every day. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose and participate in four twenty-minute small group discussions led by a topic expert professional. Each table will also have an MRCA host who will take down the notes from the discussion. After the event, all notes will be combined and distributed to SSU graduates as a reference book and resource guide so that attendees can gain insight into all the topics covered, not just the discussions they participated in. At the conclusion of the event, the SSU Topic Experts will highlight the key takeaways from each of their discussions with the entire group.

Steep Slope University will take place November 20 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. in the Overland Park Convention Center – Ballroom B. 

Roundtable Topics Will Include: 

  • Steep Slope Safety: Practical Strategies for Compliance
  • Preferred Service Providers: Pros and Cons
  • Tax Code Issues and Business Organization Strategy
  • Recruiting, Developing and Retaining Installers

Insurance Coverage for Roofing Contractors: Are You Covered?

Steep Slope University is being Sponsored by Beacon Roofing Supply. 

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METALCON Gives Back to the Local Community Helping Pittsburgh Area Veterans

METALCON, the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions, gives back to the local community during its annual tradeshow and conference taking place October 16-18 at Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

This year, METALCON has partnered with the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania (VLP), to raise money for essential housing, employment, and vital support services for eligible Pittsburgh-area veterans, service members, and their families to improve their self-sufficiency, sustainability and quality of life.

METALCON keynote presenter Rocky Bleier, a four-time NFL Super Bowl Champion and former running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is a great supporter of the organization. After being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968, he was drafted by the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam just one year later. Bleier was quickly thrust into combat, seriously wounded and told he would never walk again. He bravely rehabilitated himself to condition for re-entry into the NFL and defeating all odds, regained his running back position. Today, he is actively involved in fundraising and volunteering for VLP. 

“The VLP was created at a time of need and change in the Pittsburgh community,” said Bleier. ”With the advent of a changing steel industry in the early ‘80s, mills were closing and people were left without jobs. Like all transitions, some people were caught in the middle and found themselves adrift, in debt, troubled and often homeless. Some of those people were veterans. The VLP was created and served as a hands-on agency, finding housing, jobs, interacting with the veterans association, and a place to just sit and talk or be alone.” 

“I support VLP because they save lives, they make a difference and because it is the right thing to do,” continued Bleier.

Each year, METALCON gives back to the local community where the show takes place. Last year, thousands of dollars were raised during the Charlotte, North Carolina show to benefit the Steve Smith Family Foundation, dedicated to helping families impacted by domestic violence and to promoting child health and wellness. This year’s giving back program will raise money for necessary veteran services in the Pittsburgh area.

Contributions to VLP can be made before, during and after the show online at or at The Deck, by the registration area in METALCON’s exhibit hall, where members of show management will be available to meet supporters. Following all fundraising efforts, a special check presentation ceremony with the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, Ben Stahl, and METALCON show management will take place on October 17 at 4:45 p.m. in the convention center. 

“We are happy to support a wonderful organization near and dear to our keynote speaker,” said METALCON Show Director, Claire Kilcoyne. ”Rocky’s story is one of courage and determination, conquering insurmountable odds and becoming an extraordinary achiever. We hope the funds raised by our generous show audience will help other veterans who are facing adversity.”

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