Ridgeworth Roofing Company Donates Services to Ronald McDonald House

Ridgeworth Roofing Company of Frankfort recently donated its services to help a nonprofit that welcomes families with a comfortable, friendly place to stay when their children have medical procedures.

In May, Ridgeworth partnered with Bennett & Brosseau Roofing in Romeoville to help the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center in Hines. Rod Petrick, Ridgeworth Roofing’s president and owner, explained that Bennett & Brosseau’s team worked on the steep slope repairs while his company handled the re-roofing of the house’s four-story flat roof section. Additionally, it also did a skylight restoration that included a cleaning, a replacement of edge sealant and a solvent-based silicone coating that resulted in a new weathering surface.

Petrick said that his company became involved with this project by being a member of the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress. This organization is a Rosemont, Illinois-based collective forum of roofing contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and industry professionals who select and provide oversight of programs and funding for progressive research that contributes to the ongoing advancement of the roofing industry.

Petrick, the Alliance’s president, is also the lead person for the Ronald McDonald House project. Through his work with alliance and non-alliance members, he reported that more than half of these houses have been sponsored by contractors who are willing to donate their work.

“There are 184 Ronald McDonald Houses in North America,” he said. “Moving forward, I, as the alliance president, put the challenge to our members that we get all 184 houses sponsored by the next alliance meeting coming up this November.”

Charles Antis, CEO and founder of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing in Irvine, Calif. and NCRA member, is the original founder of the Ronald McDonald House Charities initiative. He is proud and appreciative of Petrick’s work.

“I love Rod. He’s a strong leader, plus he’s got a big heart.” Antis said. “He envisions safe and dry Ronald McDonald House rooms available for all families with sick kids across this country. It’s an honor to sit with him, strategizing to lift our roofing industry, and all of our communities, coast to coast.”

Giving back to assist charities is an idea ingrained in Petrick by his late father Robert, Ridgeworth Roofing’s original president and owner.

“We have been giving back to nonprofit organizations for years,” Rod Petrick said. “Working on the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola was a very good opportunity to put our best foot forward and do something that will, in turn, help other families for many years. They will be able to utilize this facility and don’t have to worry about lodging. When our group of men worked on this project, I found out that one of my guys, before he worked for us, utilized a Ronald McDonald House when his child was sick.”

Kelly Evans, Director of Ronald McDonald House near Loyola, was thankful for the donated work to its roof and skylight.

“We are so appreciative of the work that Ridgeworth Roofing did for our House,” Evans said.  “Thank you for keeping our families safe and dry throughout their stay!”

For more information, visit http://ridgeworthroofing.com

New Technical Director Joins AAMA Staff

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announces the hiring of Steven Saffell as technical director effective Aug. 13. Saffell’s background is a tapestry of architectural firm work, modular home design, as well as manufactured housing, and residential and commercial fenestration experience. Saffell also spent three years teaching as an adjunct professor.

“I’m thrilled to accept this new role with an association that has been such an integral part of my work,” said Saffell. “I look forward to joining the staff I’ve already enjoyed working with.”

Saffell previously worked with Simonton Windows and Ply Gem.

“With 32 years of work experience, Steven’s broad history will be invaluable in his role overseeing our entire technical operation,” said Janice Yglesias, AAMA’s executive vice president. “Additionally, he brings crucial knowledge and technical expertise related to commercial fenestration systems to the association.”

AAMA’s technical operation includes standards, product certification and codes and regulatory affairs, and Saffell will oversee these aspects of the association as technical director. He is experienced in managing technical teams, including employee development, operational strategy and financial management.

As an active AAMA member participant since 2013 holding several leadership and Board committee positions, Saffell is familiar with the association and also has extensive experience with AAMA product certification programs, as well as code requirements and development.

For more information, visit aamanet.org.

MCA Adopts NASCAR Theme for Fifth Annual Roofing Games at METALCON

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) announces this year’s Fifth Annual Championship Roofing Games will be held at METALCON October 10-12, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Adopting a NASCAR theme, the event this year is named “The MCA Rev ’Em Up Championship Roofing Games.” The MCA invites METALCON attendees to come on down to the Charlotte Metal Speedway to see the non-stop action at Booth 118 in the exhibit hall.

Ten teams of two participants will compete in all. Contestants will test their metal roofing skills by competing in five challenges, which will be held on each of the first two days of the event. Each day, five pre-registered teams with two contestants each will compete for cash awards. On Friday, the third day, the teams from Wednesday and Thursday with the most collective points will compete for the Grand Cash Award and title of “MCA METALCON 2018 National Metal Roofing Champion.” In 2017, $8,500 cash was awarded over the three-day competition and the same amount will be awarded this year. The 2017 Championship Team was Matt Cox and Justin Hopta of Thomas Phoenix International out of Eastampton, New Jersey taking home an additional $2,000 Cash Award with the MCA National Championship Title. They will be returning this year to Charlotte.

The competition includes five challenges; the Retrofit Panel Installation Challenge, Screw Gun Challenge, Hug-A-Roof Challenge, Standing Seam Challenge and Let It Snow Challenge.

Primary material and equipment sponsors this year include: Drexel Metals, Logan Stampings Inc., Roof Hugger, MBCI, S-5!, New Tech Machinery, Triangle Fastener Corporation and Petersen Pac-Clad.

Several other MCA Member Companies support this event with their generous cash donations. Donations are used for the Cash Awards that are presented to the Teams that win each of the challenges, each day’s collective points winner and the Grand Cash Prize for the Championship Title. Donations have been provided by the following MCA Member Companies:

  • Accurate Perforating Co.
  • AKZO Nobel Coatings, Inc.
  • ATAS International, Inc.
  • Cidan Machinery, Inc.
  • D.I. Roof Seamers
  • Designandbuildwithmetal.com
  • Drexel Metals, Inc.
  • Excel Stampings & Mfg., Inc.
  • GSSI Sealants, Inc.
  • Logan Stampings, Inc.
  • McElroy Metal, Inc.
  • Modern Trade Communications
  • Petersen Aluminum Corp.
  • Roofing Magazine
  • S-5!
  • SFS Intec, Inc.
  • Sheffield Metals International
  • The Bradbury Co., Inc.
  • Sherwin Williams
  • For more information visit www.metalconstruction.org.

    SEIA Adds PetersenDean Roofing & Solar to Its Board of Directors

    The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, announced today that PetersenDean Roofing & Solar has joined SEIA’s board of directors. Gary Liardon, President of Consumer Group Nationwide at PetersenDean, will serve as a director.

    “We are thrilled to have the leadership of PetersenDean on our board of directors,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “The solar industry continues to grow amid intensifying competition, and PetersenDean’s guidance on our board will be critical as solar power becomes the single largest source of new electric generating capacity over the next decade.”

    Based in Fremont, Calif., PetersenDean is a full-service, privately-held roofing and solar company that has offered professional roofing and solar installation services nationwide for more than 30 years. PetersenDean has been a member of SEIA since 2008, playing a key role in guiding the solar industry through a number of federal and state policy battles in the last decade.

    “We are excited to take a more active role with SEIA,” said Gary Liardon. “At this critical juncture in the evolution of the space, we recognize the duty to adopt a hands-on approach that will bring decades of experience to the table and help shape policy that will ensure thoughtful and responsible growth going forward.”

    For more information, visit www.seia.org and www.petersendean.com.

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Now Accepting Nominations for MVP and Gold Circle Awards

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced it is accepting nominations for two major awards programs—the 2018-19 Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the 2019 Gold Circle Awards.

    MVP Awards

    In its 19th year, the MVP Program honors leadership in the field. Roofing contracting firms can nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. No more than three nominations per company branch will be accepted. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate up to five warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Self-nominations are not accepted.

    Individuals can be nominated for their outstanding on-the-job performance and/or workmanship, outstanding performance or other outstanding contributions outside the workplace.

    A maximum of 10 outstanding roofing professionals will be honored. One winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. The Best of the Best winner also is featured in an article in Professional Roofing.

    Entries may be submitted by completing an official entry form, providing detailed descriptions of specific attributes, activities and other factors that make individuals noteworthy or unique. All entries must be submitted by Nov. 16, 2018.

    Gold Circle Awards

    The prestigious Gold Circle Awards honor outstanding contributions and unique roofing-related jobs and services. National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) members are encouraged to submit their best work in the following categories: Outstanding Workmanship; Innovative Solutions; and Safety Preparedness and Performance.

    Entries should include detailed descriptions of the project and examples of what made it challenging, working conditions and materials used. See The Alliance website for complete rules and entry preparation details. Deadline for entries is Oct. 12, 2018.

    All entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges within the roofing industry. The highest-ranking entries will determine the winner.

    MVP and Gold Circle Award Winners will be honored during NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention held Feb. 11-13, 2019, in Nashville.

    For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

    RIMA International Celebrates 40 Years

    In 1978 Don Roy (Roy & Son’s), Pat Mascari (Infra) and Robert Dittemore (Superior) met in a hotel restaurant in Los Angeles to discuss forming an industry trade association for their products. It was decided to name the association the Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association (RIMA).

    These original three members were invited to Washington, DC, in 1979 to participate in the DOE/FTC hearings on insulation products. They were joined by RIMA member Raymond Urias of A.I.M. and together represented reflectives at the event. At the completion of the hearings, the Federal Trade Commission published what was to become known as the “R-Value Rule”. This rule still governs the way all insulation products and radiant barriers are packaged, tested, and sold today.

    RIMA went international in 2007 when the first international gathering took place in Paris, France.  There were 11 different countries represented at the event where guests were able to share how reflectives were being used and tested, how they were incorporated into building codes and the various hurdles being encountered.  The event was such a success, the International Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Conference (I-RIM Conference) was born and is now held every two years in various locations around the world.

    RIMA-I members are still very active in ASTM, ASHRAE, ICC and IBC participating in code development/changes and participating in meetings and code hearings throughout the year.  In 2018 the Advanced Building Code Coalition (ABCC – www.advancedbuildingcodecoalition.org) was created to allow companies that are not reflective manufacturers to support and take a more active role in the codes teaming together to have a stronger presence and make a bigger impact within the building codes.

    For more information, visit www.rimainternational.org.

    Cotney Construction Law Adds New Partner

    Cotney Construction Law, LLP and OSHA law, is pleased to announce the addition of Derek Kantaskas as a partner at their firm. As a litigator, Derek brings over ten years of experience as an attorney primarily focused on construction law.

    Throughout the years, Derek Kantaskas has worked with a wide range of construction clients, including homebuilders, general contractors, developers, condominium associations, subcontractors, heavy construction companies, suppliers, property managers, and disaster remediation contractors. He practices in all aspects of construction law, including complex contract disputes, major condominium defect litigation, project delay claims, lien and bond disputes, construction defect claims, regulatory investigations, and copyright infringements.

    “Derek is a skilled attorney who knows the ins and outs of the construction industry both locally and nationally,” said Trent Cotney, CEO. “His addition to our firm reflects our continued growth strategy to keep up with the needs of our clients.”

    Prior to joining Cotney Construction Law, Derek Kantaskas worked for a full-service national law firm, specializing in construction litigation. Locally, Derek has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers for the past six years, he serves as co-chair of the Construction Law Section for the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and is a graduate of Leadership Tampa (Class of 2017).  Nationally, Derek is an active member of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, where he serves on the Division 9 Steering Committee.

    For more information, visit www.cotneycl.com.

    ASTM International Committee on Roofing and Waterproofing Presents Cullen Award

    ASTM International’s committee on roofing and waterproofing (D08) announced that the William C. Cullen Award has been presented to Philip Dregger of Technical Roof Services and Pacific Building Consultants Inc. in Concord, California.

    Dregger was recognized for his distinguished contributions and personal commitment to the roofing and waterproofing community through his dedication and leadership in the industry, particularly his numerous publications and presentations about condensation, wind damage, and roof drainage problems.

    Dregger, president of Technical Roof Services Inc. and vice president of Pacific Building Consultants, has been an ASTM member since 1991. He has held his position since 1991, previously working for Twin City Corporation as a civil engineer, project engineer, roofing department supervisor, construction materials department manager and as the senior engineer for Wiss Janney Elstner Associates. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota.

    In addition to ASTM, Dregger has served on the boards of directors of RCI Inc., Cool Roof Rating Council, Special Interest Group for Dynamic Evaluation of Roofing Systems, Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, and as a faculty member of the Roof Industry Educational Institute.

    For more information, visit www.astm.org.

    Second Annual Roofing Day in D.C. Is Set for April 3-4, 2019

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 will take place April 3-4. Roofing Day is a national legislative fly-in event to advocate for the roofing industry. Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 in its inaugural year saw more than 400 roofing industry stakeholders from 48 states and Puerto Rico taking part. Organizers are encouraging the industry to make 2019 an even larger turnout.

    Roofing Day in D.C. brings together roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and other industry professionals from throughout the United States, with a goal of having every state represented in Washington, D.C. It will be the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry.

    In preparation for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019, NRCA will ask all industry stakeholders to help identify the top two or three issues that unite the roofing industry, so the group can go to Washington and present a united front.

    For more information, contact Alison LaValley at (847) 493-7579 or alavalley@nrca.net.

    MRA Offers New Marketing Toolkit for Metal Roofing Contractors and Installers

    The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has unveiled a new digital marketing toolkit for its contractor and installer members to help them promote and grow their residential metal roofing business.

    With the popularity of metal roofs increasing among U.S. and Canadian homeowners, the MRA is putting more resources in the hands of contractors and installers to support the growing demand. The new toolkit, available to members at https://www.metalroofing.com/professionals/contractors/ includes table tents, yard signs, literature, infographics, videos and ads. Many of the toolkit assets are customizable and are available in digital formats or as downloads.

    “Contractors and installers are top priority when it comes to market adoption and helping homeowners understand the exceptional durability, value and sustainability benefits of metal roofs,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance. “Making sure our trade members have the right tools to communicate and market their metal roofing business is essential to us.”

    The Metal Roofing Alliance also offers training, business development resources and a sophisticated lead-gen platform to help support manufacturers, installers and contractors throughout the U.S. and Canada. Earlier this year, the Alliance unveiled its new website designed to not only educate and inspire homeowners, but to highlight the work of its members and help homeowners connect with qualified metal roofing suppliers and contractors in their area.

    For those involved with or who support the metal roofing industry in the U.S. or Canada, MRA offers a variety of partnership and membership opportunities. For more information, visit https://www.metalroofing.com/become-member/

    For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.