Polyglass Announces New Director of Sales

Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. announces that Dan Nichols has been appointed Director of Sales, responsible for leading the sales team with a focus on strategy and sustained profitable growth across the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.

Well-known in the roofing industry, Mr. Nichols has more than 30 years of experience in sales and business development. He has successfully executed growth strategies while holding roles of progressive responsibility and scope. Mr. Nichols is skilled at growing revenues and profits in existing and new markets.

Prior to joining Polyglass, he was National Vice President of Sales for a leading roofing contractor in the United States, where he was instrumental in the growth of the company. He also spent a decade leading a large internal and field sales team for a major manufacturer of concrete roof tile products.

With a proven track record of fostering long-term business relationships with customers, business partners, and industry experts, Mr. Nichols has a passion and knowledge of the industry that will be invaluable in meeting customer needs and helping to bring innovative solutions and quality products to the marketplace.

For more information, visit polyglass.us.

ARMA Releases 2018 Q4 Report on Asphalt Roofing Product Shipments

The 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 final quarter of 2018. The report includes year-to-date shipment information and a comparison with the prior year’s data.

“By issuing these reports, ARMA is providing the interested members of the public an opportunity to stay up-to-date on the asphalt roofing industry,” said ARMA’s Executive Vice President Reed Hitchcock.

Asphalt Roofing Product Shipments

Shipments (squares)Q4-2018Q4-2017% ChangeYTD 2018YTD 2017% Change
Shingles – US (including Individual shingles)29,962,04430,379,426-1.4%143,453,436151,098,256-5.1%
BUR – US (not including saturated felts)1,674,3702,170,704-22.9%7,919,1579,290,841-14.8%
Modified Bitumen – US7,800,1727,853,109-0.7%35,387,38434,361,4383.0%
Shingles – Canada(including Individualshingles)1,305,0051,969,802-33.7%14,355,45014,876,926-3.5%

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

For more information, visit https://asphaltroofing.org.

FlashCo Unveils New Edge Program

FlashCo unveiled its new Edge Program designed for single-ply roofing contractors at the 2019 International Roofing Expo. The Edge Program enables qualified single-ply contractors to contact FlashCo first regarding their accessories needs. By contacting FlashCo directly, roofing contractors can quickly get their questions answered by the flashings fabricator, and provide FlashCo with their accessories list. FlashCo will then contact the contractor’s membrane manufacturer and distributor to make sure the right parts get to the contractor at the right time. The FlashCo Edge Program ensures a smooth and painless process for the contractor, keeping them informed regarding the status of their accessories.

“We are very excited to discuss this program with contractors and we felt like the IRE show would be a good venue to introduce it to the industry,” says FlashCo President, Greg Morrow. “Having done this for the past nineteen years, FlashCo has learned quite a bit about the accessories process. It’s often a forgotten part of the roofing project and as one of the final steps, it’s critical for contractors to be able to finish their job and move on to the next one. However, the process of getting the right accessories can be challenging for contractors and it comes up for both NDL and non-NDL jobs. The process can be slow with multiple steps and trying to communicate custom needs through multiple parties. FlashCo has made its name on speed and we recognized this as another opportunity to quickly get contractors exactly what they need. By talking with us directly, we can eliminate any confusion and get the process rolling right away.”

The Edge Program will initially be available for single-ply, commercial roofing contractors on both NDL and non-NDL jobs. Because FlashCo works with all of the major roofing manufacturers and distributors, FlashCo representatives will handle all of the necessary coordination with the manufacturer and distributor contacts. All FlashCo products will continue to be sold through roofing distributors, but with the Edge Program, contractors have a one stop for their accessories needs from product information to custom design consultation to delivery schedules.

“An important part of the Edge Program is our relationships with the manufacturers and distributors,” says FlashCo Director of Sales, Bill Bartell. “We’ve built great relationships with all of our partners and this program is an enhancement of those connections. By talking directly with the contractor, we can eliminate a lot of back and forth that’s time consuming for everyone. We really want to deliver the industry a streamlined process that makes the accessories easier for everyone. Ultimately, we know our partners want to provide a great experience for their contractors, and the Edge Program is another way in which we can help to deliver that great experience.”

The FlashCo Edge program will be incorporated into each of FlashCo’s five plant locations spread throughout the U.S. enabling representative availability from 8am Eastern to 5pm Pacific. In addition, the five locations allow FlashCo to deliver 90% of orders within three days.

“We’re really pumped up about the chance to talk with contractors about the Edge program during the IRE show,” explains Greg. “Too often we hear about the challenges and frustrations that contractors have trying to get their accessories. We want to eliminate all of that and give them a nice smooth, painless process instead, one that benefits them and also our partners. We’ll be introducing the program at IRE and then rolling it out throughout the industry shortly thereafter.”

For more information, visit www.FlashCoMfg.com/Edge.

Mule-Hide Products Co. Introduces New Fluid-Applied Roofing Systems Brochure

From product charts to application tips, the new Fluid-Applied Roofing Systems brochure from Mule-Hide Products Co. guides contractors and building owners in selecting roof coatings to extend the service life and enhance the performance of an existing roofing system.

The brochure includes:

  • Overviews of three key roof coating types (silicone, acrylic and SEBS), including their attributes, their key performance characteristics, and the types of applications they are best-suited for
  • Side-by-side comparisons of coating system types by substrate. These charts help contractors and building owners choose the best solution for a job based on substrate type, budget, environmental conditions and roof complexity
  • Tips and best practices to help ensure successful roof coating installations
  • Design points by substrate

For more information, visit www.mulehide.com

SPFA Announces National Industry Excellence Award Winners

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical resource to the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, today announced the winners of the 14th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards. Winners of the prestigious industry awards program represent standout contractors and projects in the Spray Polyurethane Foam sector in insulation, roofing and specialty applications, as well as in elastomeric coatings. The winners were recognized in front of their peers and industry at the awards luncheon held onsite at the Sprayfoam Show 2019 Convention & Expo in Daytona Beach, Florida on February 6.

“This year our judges were blown away by the caliber and diversity of projects submitted for these prestigious awards,” said Denny Vandewater, Owner of Sadler Coating Systems Eagle Grove, IA, SPFA Past-President and Chairman of the 2019 SPFA Awards Program. “While we are only able to honor some of our contractor entries each year, we are very pleased with all of the projects reviewed this year as they represent best practices, innovation and the highest achievable performance of spray polyurethane foam.”

The awards program recognizes standout projects in six categories including: SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet; SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet; Elastomeric Roof Coatings; Commercial Wall Foam; Residential Wall Foam; and Specialty Applications.

The winners and runners up of the 14th Annual SPFA National Industry Excellence Awards include:

· West Roofing Systems with supplier Accella for John Muir Elementary in Parma, Ohio (Winner – SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet)

· Cool-Roof Systems with supplier National Coatings Corporation for The Plunge at Belmont Park in San Diego, California (Runner up – SPF Roof Under 40,000 Square Feet)

· Wedge Roofing with supplier Everest Systems for Birkenstock USA Headquarters in Novato, California (Winner – SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet)

· Central Coating Company, Inc. with supplier Carlisle Roof Foam & Coatings for Rodney Strong Vineyards – A Roofing & Solar Project in Healdsburg, California (Runner up – SPF Roof Over 40,000 Square Feet)

· Roof Asset Management, Inc. and supplier National Coatings Corp. for Lucix Corporation Facility in Camarillo, California (Winner – Elastomeric Roof Coatings)

· West Roofing Systems and supplier Henry for MK Asset Management in Norcross, Georgia, Des Plaines, Illinois, and Round Lake Beach, Illinois (Runner up – Elastomeric Roof Coatings)

· Purefoam Roofing & Insulation with supplier NCFI for the Central Lab Phase 7 in Frankfort, Kentucky (WINNER – Commercial Wall Foam)

· Houlden Contractors with supplier Icynene-Lapolla for the Houlden Contractors Western Division Headquarters in Chass County, Nebraska (Runner up – Commercial Wall Foam)

· Coastal Insulation with supplier Icynene-Lapolla for the Upper West Side NYC Condominiums (346 & 350 West 71st Street) in New York, New York (WINNER – Residential Wall Foam)

· Fencil Urethane Systems with supplier SWD Urethane for Eagle’s Bluff in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (Runner up – Residential Wall Foam)

· STA-AESS-RES, LLC dba “Foam Shielding Technologies” with supplier NCFI for Gamma Guard Radiation Shielding Polyurethane Foam; Tank Waste Radiation Shielding & Macro-Encapsulation in Richland, Washington (WINNER – Specialty Applications)

· Elite Insulation & PolyPro LLC and supplier Icynene-Lapolla for Interstate 81 Reed Creek, Wythe County Bridges in Virginia (Runner up – Specialty Applications)

“We are incredibly proud of all of our participating contractor members and these innovative projects completed throughout 2018,” said Tiffiny Flaim, President of the SPFA. “Projects like these prove the energy efficiency, durability, variety of use, and performance capabilities of spray foam and remind us why we are all so passionate about SPF.”

The annual awards are a key part of the Sprayfoam Show 2019, the nation’s largest annual event dedicated to spray polyurethane foam. The annual convention and expo also features: onsite exams and training for the SPFA’s Professional Certification Program; a robust exhibit hall showcasing more than 95 booth displays; a four-day educational program including more than 30 break-out sessions; the Annual Golf Tournament; VIP events; member and contractor-only events; and an entertainment filled Closing Party. Attendees at the Sprayfoam Show 2019 represent the complete Spray Polyurethane Foam industry and value chain, as well as the general public. 

For more information, visit http://www.sprayfoam.org and  www.thesprayfoamshow.com.

Cotney Construction Law Launches Subscription Plan

Cotney Construction Law, a full-service national law firm for construction, specialty trades and OSHA law,announced the new Cotney Construction Law Subscription Plan, a new service designed to help roofing contractors reduce risk and budget for their legal costs. 

Cotney Construction Law works with all types and sizes of construction companies across the country. According to the firm, Cotney Construction Law is able to provide legal services with predictable billing to reduce risk and increase a company’s bottom line. Cotney Construction Law subscription services provide a subscription-based plan that is tailored to the client. It provides the client with a predictable monthly billing plan for non-litigation matters. Clients will have the flexibility to select a subscription level that best suits their needs at a set monthly rate. 

According to the firm, roofing companies that enroll in a subscription-based plan will have access to attorneys to assist with a variety of legal issues. Additionally, clients will be able to utilize law firm subscription-based services to ensure their companies follow laws and regulations that impact their businesses. 

“Whether you are a sole proprietor starting a new company or a multi-national contractor that is several generations old, budgeting for legal spend is essential to the maintenance of a profitable roofing business,” said Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law. “Every roofing project consists of several moving parts that must be coordinated and balanced in order to complete the project and ultimately turn a profit. Cotney Construction Law helps their clients achieve this goal by managing risks in their contractual agreements, advising clients on good business practices and, when necessary, vigorously representing their clients in disputes.”

For more information, visit www.cotneycl.com.

The 2019 IRE Sells Out Tradeshow Floor

The 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) trade show floor has completely sold out, topping out at more than 151,800 square feet and more than 500 exhibitors. The also marks the largest show floor in the event’s history, according to show management.  

Taking place February 11-13, 2019, at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, the International Roofing Expo is the premiere roofing construction and maintenance event where roofing professionals gather to experience face-to-face interaction, product review, education and networking.

“The commitment and involvement from so many leading industry manufacturers and suppliers demonstrates trust in the International Roofing Expo brand and its ability to deliver qualified buyers from every segment of the industry,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE Show Director. “In 2018 the IRE was awarded the TSNN Top 50 Fastest Growing Tradeshows, and this year’s show is even larger than last year”. 

Exhibiting companies will feature products and services spanning 40 categories, including adhesives, built-up roofing, coatings, fasteners, gutters, metal roofing, modified bitumen, roof/ decking materials, roof pavers, shingles, skylights, slate, spray polyurethane foam, tile, vapor retarders, ventilation, walkways/ballast, waterproofing, and much more.

The trade show floor is just one aspect of the three-day event. Other highlights include a robust educational conference program consisting of 122 education hours and 44 sessions, a variety of special events, many of which are sold out, show floor education, as well as unlimited networking opportunities and so much more. 

Online registration is available at www.TheRoofingExpo.com/en/register.

For more information, visit www.theroofingexpo.com.

NRCA Releases Latest Volume of the NRCA Roofing Manual

The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2019is now availablein the NRCA Bookstore. This volume of the manual provides information about the best industry practices and technical information regarding the design, materials and installation techniques applicable to membrane roof systems used in low-slope applications. It offers roof system configurations with a list of applicable roof components and references on where to find additional information in the manual. It also includes construction details for built-up roof (BUR) membrane, polymer-modified bitumen, liquid-applied, EPDM and other single-ply membrane roof systems. 

The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2019is one of four volumes that comprise The NRCA Roofing Manual. The four-volume series also includes The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems—2016The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems—2017; and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control—2018.

NRCA also will offer an electronic PDF version of the 2019 volume in the NRCA Bookstore, which is free for members. In addition, the 2019 volume will be available on the NRCA app.

For more information, visit NRCA’s bookstore at www.nrca.net/store.

OSHA Issues Final Rule to Protect the Privacy of Workers

To protect worker privacy, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) to OSHA each year. These establishments are still required to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).

By preventing routine government collection of information that may be quite sensitive, including descriptions of workers’ injuries and body parts affected, OSHA is avoiding the risk that such information might be publicly disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This rule will better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with a particular worker by removing the requirement for covered employers to submit their information from Forms 300 and 301. The final rule does not alter an employer’s duty to maintain OSHA Forms 300 and 301 on-site, and OSHA will continue to obtain these forms as needed through inspections and enforcement actions. 

In addition, this rule will allow OSHA to focus its resources on initiatives that its past experience has shown to be useful—including continued use of information from severe injury reports that helps target areas of concern, and seeking to fully utilize a large volume of data from Form 300A—rather than on collecting and processing information from Forms 300 and 301 with uncertain value for OSHA enforcement and compliance assistance.

The agency is also amending the recordkeeping regulation to require covered employers to electronically submit their Employer Identification Number with their information from Form 300A. The final rule’s requirement for employers to submit their EIN to OSHA electronically along with their information from OSHA Form 300A will make the data more useful for OSHA and BLS, and could reduce duplicative reporting burdens on employers in the future.

OSHA has determined that this final rule will allow OSHA to improve enforcement targeting and compliance assistance, protect worker privacy and safety, and decrease burden on employers.

Collection of Calendar Year 2018 information from the OSHA Form 300A began on January 2, 2019. The deadline for electronic submissions is March 2, 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. 

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

The Sprayfoam Show 2019 Convention & Expo Names Keynote Speaker

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical resource to the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, announced Ian Altman will deliver the keynote address at The Sprayfoam Show 2019 Convention & Expo. The largest annual event dedicated to Spray Polyurethane Foam, the convention will take place February 4 through 7 in Daytona Beach, Florida, and will include educational tracks, a robust exhibit hall, annual awards programs, onsite professional certification testing and much more.

“The Sprayfoam Show is the industry’s biggest event of the year and we are expecting the who’s who in spray foam to all be there,” said Tiffiny Flaim, president of the SPFA.  “This year’s exhibit hall is bigger than ever and we expect our Professional Certification Program testing sessions onsite to pull in a lot of participants. Our roster of speakers is also sure to provide the right mix of knowledge and entertainment. There’s something at this show for everyone.”

Ian Altman will present “A Modern Approach to Grow Your Business That Everyone Can Embrace, Even Your Customer,” a keynote address showcasing a unique approach to sales and marketing outlining concrete steps to achieve results rather than hype. Ian Altman is recognized for growing the value of his own companies from zero to over $1 billion and utilizes that experience to communicate insights that set organizations on the path to success. Altman’s keynote is scheduled for the morning of February 6.

Additional Sprayfoam Show General Session Featured Speakers include Tiffiny Flaim, who will provide insights into the current spray foam marketplace, and Geoff Ferrell, chief technology officer with Mandalay Homes, presenting “A Grid-Invisible Future-Focused Neighborhood and SPF” about a recent development in Arizona which is net zero energy and leverages spray foam insulation. 

The Sprayfoam Show 2019 Convention & Expo is anticipated to draw more than 1,200 of the industry’s participants to Daytona Beach. To be held at the Ocean Center, the event will feature: a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall showcasing more than 95 booth displays; a four-day educational program including more than 30 break-out sessions; the 14th Annual Industry Excellence Awards; SPFA Annual Member Awards, honoring members who have demonstrated significant dedication to the betterment of the organization and industry at-large; the Annual Golf Tournament; SPFA Professional Certification Program testing onsite; VIP events; member and contractor-only events; an entertainment filled Closing Bash and Networking Party. 

“This truly is the one event that everyone interested in spray foam waits for all year,” says Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the SPFA. “No matter what aspect of the industry they come from, our attendees consistently say this is a must attend event with tremendous value.”

Accella Polyurethane Systems is the Victory Lane Sponsor of The Sprayfoam Show 2019. Pole Position Sponsors include Chemours, Gacoä, Honeywell, Icynene-Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, Polyurethane Machinery Corporation, SES Polyurethane Systems and Thermoseal. 

For more information, visit thesprayfoamshow.com and at www.sprayfoam.org/expo.