NRCA Encourages All Roofing Industry Stakeholders to Participate in Roofing Day 2019

Taking place April 3-4, 2019, Roofing Day in D.C. is a national legislative fly-in event to advocate for the roofing industry. It will bring together hundreds of roofing professionals from all segments of the industry to speak with one voice on critical issues before members of Congress. It is the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry.

In its inaugural year, Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 saw more than 400 roofing industry stakeholders from 47 states and Puerto Rico taking part. This event made a lasting impression on members of Congress. During the event, participants advocated for a bill to improve career and technical education, and soon after, Congress approved the legislation and President Trump signed it into law.

Participants in Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 will build on this success to further strengthen the roofing industry’s influence. To make an even greater impact in 2019, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is seeking strong participation from a broad cross-section of the industry, including employers, field employees and others from all sectors of the industry.

As the date of Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 approaches, NRCA will post more about the issues on its website at

For more information, contact Alison LaValley at (847) 493-7579 or or Nathan Pick at (202) 546-7584 or

Tom Osborne to Provide Keynote Address at MRCA Conference and Expo

The Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA) announced that the 69th Annual Conference & Expo scheduled for October 24-26, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska, will be kicked off by former football player, coach, college athletics administrator, politician, and Nebraska icon Tom Osborne.

Osborne served as the head football coach of the University of Nebraska football team for 25 years, from 1973 to 1997. He was one of the most successful coaches in college football history, with a career record of 255-49-03, 13 conference championships, and three national championships. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1999.

Osborne was later elected U.S. Representative from Nebraska’s 3rd congressional district as a Republican. He served three terms from 2001 to 2007. In 2007, he returned to the University of Nebraska as athletic director (AD), retiring in January 2013. The Keynote Sponsor is ABC Supply.

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Frye Roofing Inc. Featured on Mike Rowe’s Returning the Favor

NRCA member Frye Roofing Inc., headquartered in Bluefield, West Virginia, recently appeared in the season finale of Mike Rowe’s Returning the Favor, a web-based television series that follows television personality Mike Rowe as he travels across the United States in search of people who are giving back to their communities. Each show concludes with those being profiled receiving surprise donations that enable them to continue their charitable works.

Frye Roofing was featured in “Standing With Coal Country,” an episode profiling the Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank Inc. in Welch, West Virginia. The Food Pantry serves 15,000 residents in McDowell County, a once thriving coal mining region. With most of the areas coal mines now closed, its remaining residents suffer from high unemployment and poverty.

Two years ago, Frye Roofing bid on a project to replace the Five Loaves & Two Fishes’ Food Bank’s failing roof system. The roof system had deteriorated so severely, the food pantry was in danger of closing.

When the Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank caught the attention of Mike Rowe and his production team, they stepped in and got the job moving. Frye Roofing donated the labor for the project, and NRCA members ABC Supply Co. Inc. and Carlisle Construction Materials donated materials. All were instrumental in completing what normally would have been a two-week project in just two days and providing the food pantry with a new $80,000 roof system at no charge.

To see “Standing With Coal Country” in its entirety view the link below.

NRCA Seeking Submissions for CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

For the seventh year, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and CNA have partnered to co-sponsor the 2018 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. NRCA roofing contractor members are urged to submit any charitable project, activity or donation completed between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017, for consideration in the awards program, which shines a light on the roofing industry’s charitable works. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 22, 2017.

Winning charities will receive:

  • 1st Place — $7,500
  • 2nd Place — $5,000
  • 3rd Place — $2,500
  • People’s Choice — $1,500
  • Any charitable project undertaken by an NRCA contractor member is eligible to receive the award. Projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work.

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    Senator Ben Sasse Scheduled to Give the Opening Address at MRCA Conference and Expo

    The Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA) announced that Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska is scheduled to give the Opening Address at the upcoming MRCA Conference and Expo in Omaha on October 25 at 8:30 a.m. in the Junior Ballroom of the Omaha Convention Center. Senator Sasse will share his perspective on the state of U.S. politics and the environment in Washington.

    As his official website notes, Senator Sasse has advocated for “more constructive politics whereby every public official works to make the American Dream achievable for every family. He believes in term limits and a humbler Washington, where the federal government does fewer things, but the more important things, more urgently, more transparently, and with less partisan screaming.”

    Senator Sasse serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Committee on Armed Services, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, as well as the Senate Joint Economic Committee. The Senator’s direct involvement on these key committees makes him an especially impactful and insightful voice on Congressional activity.

    Immediately following the address, McKay Daniels, NRCA’s Chief Operating Officer and former Congressional Chief of Staff, and Duane Musser, NRCA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, will offer their industry-specific insight into the federal legislative and regulatory landscape and discuss what you can do to support the roofing industry through grassroots activism.

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    ARMA’s Awards Program is Now Accepting Submissions for the Best Steep and Low-Slope Asphalt Roofing Systems

    The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has launched its ARMA Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program, which recognizes the best steep and low-slope asphalt roofing projects from across North America. Formerly known as the Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study (QARC), the program has been modernized to better reflect its mission of creating awareness around the most impressive, dynamic asphalt roofing systems.

    “By repositioning the QARC Awards as the ARMA Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program, we are completing an overall ARMA rebrand begun over two years ago,” said ARMA’s Executive Vice President Reed Hitchcock. “This rebrand places an emphasis on excellence, and our logo design clearly shows a focus on both steep and low-slope asphalt roofing applications.”

    There is no charge to participate in the program, and it will recognize three asphalt roofing projects each year, highlighting the contractor(s), their team, and their outstanding craftsmanship. Submissions, which require a project description and high-resolution images, must relate to a project completed within the past three years. Click here to enter your project(s) or visit before December 31, 2018.

    ARMA Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Award winners will receive a monetary prize (Gold – $2,000; Silver – $1,000; Bronze – $500), an opportunity to network with key asphalt roofing industry leaders, portfolio-building materials and an official certificate, as well as recognition at the International Roofing Expo (IRE), in a national trade publication, in the contractor’s local media, on the ARMA website, on social media, and more.

    The entries will be judged by a panel of ARMA leaders, roofing industry experts, and prominent members of the roofing media on four criteria:

    • Beauty – Does the project embody the true beauty of asphalt roofing? Is it visually attractive or interesting, does it enhance the skyline, building use or design?

    • Affordability – Does the project demonstrate value through life-cycle cost or creative use of components to add benefit to the construction process or overall roofing system?

    • Reliability – Does the project demonstrate asphalt roofing’s reliability, durability and strength? Does the project show how proper installation of an asphalt roofing system can help provide protection and peace of mind?

    • Why Asphalt? – Why did the submitter choose to use an asphalt roofing system? Were there specific circumstances (examples: weather-related challenges, customer requests, building history, overburden requirements, evolutions in the roofing industry which change the playing field, or other situations) that made asphalt roofing the clear choice? What additional aspects about the project make it a step above the rest?

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    Duro-Last Inc. Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Duro-Last, Inc., Saginaw, Mich. has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

    In 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. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “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.

    “Duro-Last is committed to solving the challenges that face the roofing industry, but we recognize that it can’t be done alone,” says Tom Saeli, CEO of Duro-Last. “We are honored to join NRCA’s One Voice initiative and be a part of the solution that makes a lasting, positive impact on the future of the industry.”

    For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to


    MRA to Host Free Residential Rooftop Solar Webinar Nov. 7

    When it comes to sustainable building practices, solar is hot. With the availability and interest in residential solar systems growing rapidly nationwide, it’s important for builders, contractors and installers to know the fundamentals and brush up on best practices to help homeowners make informed decisions.

    To that end, the Metal Roofing Alliance is hosting a free webinar in partnership with Green Builder titled “Residential Solar System Installation.” The webinar covers design techniques and advanced rooftop installation considerations to help optimize the return on residential roof-mounted solar systems.

    The webinar will be held on November 7 at 2 p.m. EST. Free registration sign up is available here. The webinar will feature noted author, presenter and expert Todd Miller, president of Isaiah Industries, who has spent his long professional career in the metal roofing industry, including providing expertise, ideas and guidance to hundreds of homeowners planning for solar installations.

    “Driven by California residential solar mandates coming in 2020, residential solar systems are becoming more mainstream nationwide,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of Metal Roofing Alliance. “To capitalize on the opportunity as well as to help guide homeowners during the planning process, it’s important for the trade to understand the essentials for residential rooftop solar installation.”

    Contractors and roofing installers also can find the primer for solar rooftop installation on MRA’s website at, in addition to information about how to become a MRA member and gain access to other education and training related to a wide variety of metal roof topics.

    NRCA ProCertification Qualified Assessor Applications Now Being Accepted

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced it is now accepting applications for Qualified Assessors for its highly anticipated NRCA ProCertification initiative. Qualified Assessors will serve as performance exam proctors, responsible for evaluating and verifying hands-on skills for those seeking to be certified through NRCA ProCertification.

    Qualified Assessors are uniquely equipped by meeting eligibility requirements, completing two self-paced online training modules and passing a proctored online exam.

    NRCA ProCertification’s Qualified Assessor Program will teach candidates observation and assessment skills and the policies and procedures required to fulfill their roles in the NRCA ProCertification program. This role is ideal for Registered Roof Observers (RROs) and roofing manufacturer and distributor representatives.

    Benefits of being a QA include expanding current business offerings by assessing ProCertification candidates; generating additional revenue by charging ProCertification candidates an appropriate fee for conducting their performance exams; gaining access to NRCA ProCertification materials for specific roof system disciplines; and earning a digital badge and professional recognition as being one of the leaders in the roofing industry.

    NRCA ProCertification is designed to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. Experienced roofing workers can demonstrate their skills and knowledge to become certified roof system installers in specific roof system applications and disciplines.

    Application materials may be found at

    Jesse Itzler Will Deliver the Keynote Address at the 2019 IRE

    Jesse Itzler will present the Keynote address at the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee, on February 11, 2019. Itzler is an entrepreneur and author who co-founded the largest private jet card company, Marquis Jet, and helped launch the coconut-water craze by partnering with Zico, which then sold to Coca-Cola. He is also the owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.

    “Jesse is the real-life version of the ‘Dos Equis guy,’ one of the most interesting people in the world. He’s done so many different things,” said Lewis Howes, New York Times bestselling author and the host of “The School of Greatness” podcast.

    Itzler will share life and business lessons he learned living with a Navy Seal, an experience that inspired his book Living with a Seal: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet, a New York Times Bestseller that demonstrates the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone. Itzler will urge attendees to learn how to get comfortable being uncomfortable — how to fight off complacency and dig deeper and go further than you ever thought possible. “Jesse Itzler is a renaissance man. He has done it all with a unique style all his own,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, director of the IRE. “Attendees and exhibitors will be entertained and inspired towards success in both personal and professional ventures.”

    The keynote address will be held immediately prior to the opening of the show on February 11, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at the Music City Center. The keynote is sponsored by Malarkey Roofing Products.

    The Keynote address is included in all registration packages; however, advance registration is required. Online registration is available at

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