METALCON 2017 Wraps Up Successful Show in Las Vegas

METALCON 2017 was held in Las Vegas Oct. 18-20, and according to show management, exhibitors at the largest international event for the metal construction industry networked with more than 5,000 attendees, including designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries.

“This is one of the unique venues in the world where we have access to our entire value chain,” said Mark MacDonald of Valspar. “We see everyone from coil coaters all the way down to building product suppliers, regional roll formers and even roofing contractors. It gives us an opportunity to network with our current customers, talk about new business opportunities, as well as meet our future customers. There really isn’t another venue quite like this, and we are happy to be here.”

“It’s been an incredible attendee show,” said Scott Cosens of Samco Machinery, manufacturers of custom metal roll-forming equipment. “We have never seen this type of volume of people. We were running out of paper on our leads. All I can tell you is, if you are not coming to METALCON, you are missing out, and what’s even more amazing, I am finding that still again, all of these suppliers and providers are coming from all over the world, not just the U.S. and Canada. We are never not going to be here. We have been here for well over two decades, and we are already back for next year.”

A newcomer to METALCON this year was DuPont Tyvek Protec, a synthetic roofing underlayment product. “We couldn’t be more excited to be here,” said Roofing Segment Leader Susan Homan. “Honestly, after the first day, our expectations have been exceeded. The quality of the crowd here is really great. We have had really great engagement with contractors and other professionals alike, so we are really glad to be at METALCON.”

Another new exhibitor was Stubai, an Austrian manufacturer of roofing and metalworking tools. “We decided to come to METALCON because we can meet our final customers who actually work with our tools,” said Sites Manager Lukas Braun. “It is interesting for us to get to know how they use the products, but we can also get in touch with decision makers, new retailers, and existing retailers. For us, the U.S. is a very big country so it is more convenient for us to meet all of our customers here.”

Geoff Stone with MetalForming Inc., a provider of high-tech sheet metal component manufacturing machines, has attended all 27 METALCON shows. “This was an absolutely terrific show,” said Stone. “The marketplace is in great condition. There’s lots of folks spending money. I think we probably did somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 or $4 million dollars’ worth of business as a result. As usual, METALCON is our most important show, and we’ve really enjoyed being here.”

Lee Ann Slattery, sales support manager for ATAS International Inc., manufacturers of metal panels, has also attended METALCON for many years. “This year, especially, seems to be a very busy show for us,” said Slattery. “We’ve had a lot of attendees come by our booth, a lot of questions being asked and a lot of different types of people attending. We have talked to contractors, building owners, international folks and facility mangers, so it really has drawn a wide variety of people, and that’s one of the reasons we like doing this show.”

Ken Buchinger of MBCI, manufacturers of metal roofing and wall panels, has been in the industry for more than 40 years and has attended every METALCON. “I have seen this industry grow over the years,” said Buchinger. “I have also seen it become much more complex from the standpoint of product offerings, product installation and the details on roofs, so installers need good information and training. The Metal Construction Association (MCA) and METALCON provide quite a few training programs to help contractors, both with installation and how to run their businesses.”

“The show itself is great because you have the opportunity to meet different manufacturers and contractors, learn from each other and learn about ancillary products available to integrate into your offerings,” said Buchinger. “Its’s a great opportunity for contractors, whether you have been one for just a few years or for many years; there is always something to learn at METALCON.”

“2017 has been an incredible year for METALCON,” said Jonathan Rider, an MCA Board Member and Chief Administrative Officer with D. I. Roof Seamers, manufacturers of roof seaming tools. “This year we broke all kinds of records with attendance and pre-registration, with booth sales and even with on-site sales. It also offered a whole new take on our education track with incredible success and amazing new topics such as drone services for roof inspections, marijuana laws and new litigation affecting the work force. We are going to continue developing the education track in conjunction with the AIA to adapt to the industry’s needs and the way our needs are changing in the field.”

“This year’s attendees were from all over the world,” said Rider. “We are really branching out as METALCON is becoming truly an international show, and we had a lot of incredible feedback from our exhibitors on how great the international attendance was. In addition, local attendance was fantastic. So many local erectors and builders left their job sites and came out on to the show floor to join us. They were elated with the technology and new innovations offered on the show floor by exhibitors.”

“2018 promises to be the biggest year in recent history for METALCON,” said Rider. “Charlotte is an amazing city. You can expect a bigger show, more attendees and the newest technology available.”

This year’s metal roofing games, another sold-out event, awarded a total of $8,500 to its winners. Six teams of two competed in five “competitions,” inspired by this year’s theme “Aces of Las Vegas.” Each competition paid $500 to the winning team. Top awards each day included a Daily Points Award of $750. The winner on Wednesday was Joe Arnold and Paul Kulb of Thomas Phoenix International. On Thursday, Matt Cox and Justin Hopta, also of Thomas Phoenix International, were the winners. On Friday, both teams came together in a face-off where Cox and Hopta were victorious in taking home the MCA METALCON National Metal Roofing Championship and $2,000. Next year’s teams will be able to pre-register for the Charlotte games beginning in February 2018.

“Las Vegas was the best show for us in years,” said Claire Kilcoyne, METALCON Show Director. “Business is back! The aisles were packed, and exhibitors were thrilled with the traffic, leads and sales. We saw an increase in international attendance, successfully raised $4,000 for the America’s Fund and once again, enjoyed a full house for the MCA Triumph Awards. We are already gearing up for Charlotte, which promises to be another great show.”

METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources Inc. and sponsored by The Metal Construction Association. For more information, visit www.metalcon.com.

PIMA Names New Technical Director

The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) announced Dr. Marcin Pazera as its new Technical Director. In his new role, Pazera will coordinate all technical-related activities within PIMA, serve as a primary technical liaison to organizations involved in the development of building standards, and represent the Polyiso industry at industry-related meetings. With an engineering background and 16 years of experience in the building, construction and insulation industries, Pazera brings valuable technical proficiency to this role, according to the association.

“PIMA has rightfully earned respect for the depth of its knowledge about the impact of insulation on building performance and the strength of its advocacy on behalf of its members. I’m enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute my training and experience to this effort to demonstrate the impact of high performing buildings and the vital role of insulation in their success,” said Pazera. “As a keen supporter of the remarkable improvements in insulation technology and materials, PIMA has a powerful voice in the ongoing national dialogue on energy efficiency and building resiliency.”

Pazera holds a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University and, over the course of his career, has worked with insulation products and demonstrated experience in evaluating their energy and moisture performance. His work encompasses the full arc of the insulation process—research, testing, product conception and production, design and implementation for specific client needs, and product support after installation.

“The breadth of Marcin’s expertise gives him valuable insight into all aspects of our association’s work. His deep understanding is not confined to the theoretical, but rooted in real-world tactile familiarity with the products and processes at the core of our industry,” said Justin Koscher, President of PIMA. “Marcin has become a respected thought leader in the field of building science and PIMA will benefit from his contributions to enhancing the technical understanding of Polyiso insulation among our members and key stakeholders in the industry.”

For more information, visit www.polyiso.org.

Three More Companies Join NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

NRCA announced that Carlisle Construction Materials, Owens Corning and Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance have joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, with each company upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

In early 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative aimed at collectively recognizing threats to the industry and the opportunities they may present. To do so, NRCA has undertaken a campaign to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice regarding matters of industry importance. 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.

“Now is the perfect time to launch NRCA’s One Voice initiative. There is 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,” said 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.”

According to NRCA, members of the One Voice initiative include ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit, Wis.; ATAS International Inc., Allentown, Pa.; FiberTite Roofing Systems Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio; Sika Sarnafil Inc., Canton, Mass.; SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas; and Trent Cotney, Trent Cotney, P.A., Tampa, Fla.

RCA’s One Voice initiative initially will focus on developing a national worker training and certification program, legislative efforts and advocacy.

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, visit NRCA.net/onevoice.

Entries Sought for CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Awards

CNA and NRCA teaming up again this year to honor charitable works by NRCA contractor members through the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. Roofing contractor members are encouraged to submit any charitable project, activity or donation that took place between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017 for a chance to win up to $7,500 for their charity. The deadline for entries is Dec. 22.

Any charitable project undertaken by an NRCA contractor member is eligible. Projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work. For example, funds raised for a cause or volunteer work at a children’s hospital would qualify.

According to NRCA, submissions must include an entry form, an in-depth description of the charitable work performed, and a testimonial from the receiving charity explaining how the donation helped its operations. Entries can contain other relevant supporting materials including photos, videos, press clippings, etc.
Members submitting entries are encouraged to create a Dropbox folder containing all materials and email the Dropbox link to Charlotte Norgaard, NRCA’s media relations manager, at cnorgaard@nrca.net by close of business Dec. 22.

Entries may also be submitted by mail. All mailed entries must contain the same supporting material as electronic submissions and must be received by Dec. 22. Entries submitted by mail may be sent to Charlotte Norgaard, 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018.

Winners will be acknowledged at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention in New Orleans. For additional information and this year’s entry form, visit www.nrca.net/roofing/CNA-NRCA-Community-Involvement-Award-722.

CRCA’s 35th Annual Trade Show & Seminars Set for Jan. 18-19

The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) is preparing to launch its 35th Annual Trade Show & Seminars Jan. 18-19, 2018. The two-day event will include seminars, as well as over 130 manufacturer and suppliers displaying, demonstrating and promoting the newest products and technology in the roofing and waterproofing industry. Continuing Education Units are available for attendees.

The Roofing and Waterproofing Industry Breakfast on Jan. 18, 2018, opens Roofing Week in Chicago. This popular industry event is free to roof consultants, specifiers, building owners, building managers, and code officials. There is a nominal charge for contractors, manufacturers and distributors to attend. Entrance to the exhibition hall and the remaining seminars is free.

For more information, call (708) 449-3340 or visit www.CRCA.org.

ARMA Releases Roofing Design Guide in Digital Form

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has converted its Modified Bitumen Design Guide for Building Owners into an eBook, making it easier for roofing professionals to view it on their smartphones or tablets.

The Modified Bitumen Design Guide, which ARMA recently updated to reflect current roofing standards and building codes, serves as a general instructional aid for the installation of modified bitumen roofing systems. The guide addresses these roofing systems and their associated components, construction techniques and innovative uses.

It also provides options for overburdens, such as solar, garden and recreational installations, that push the roofing system and the membrane beyond their primary function of providing water resistance.

“Today more than ever, roofing professionals are being called to the jobsite for their expertise and knowledge regarding low slope roofing systems,” said Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of ARMA. “By making the Modified Bitumen Design Guide available as an eBook, ARMA is providing them the information they need in a form that is easy and convenient to access on the go.”

The Modified Bitumen Design Guide is available for $24.99 as a print-on-demand copy or $19.99 as an eBook from ARMA’s Bookstore, as well as from prominent digital platforms such as Amazon’s Kindle Store, Barnes and Nobles’ Nook, Apple’s iBookstore and more. To purchase the Modified Bitumen Design Guide, visit the ARMA bookstore.

Alliance Offers Planned Giving Program

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has a formal planned giving program to create a source of long-term support while offering Alliance members and roofing industry professionals the tax benefits of deferred giving.

According to the Alliance, through a planned gift, members and roofing professionals can leave a remembrance to the Alliance that can help fund research and programs to advance the industry for years to come, including cutting-edge education, research and technology that will allow for better training to develop the next generation of roofing professionals; access to new learning models, technology and proven methodologies to understand future trends, benchmarks and technical challenges; and advocacy in the areas of sustainability, scholarships and charitable programs.

Planned gifts can be made in various ways, and the mechanisms can be tailored to accommodate individual situations. In addition, there can be important tax advantages for leaving resources to qualified charities such as the Alliance, which is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information about how to include the Alliance in your will or estate plan, contact Alison LaValley, NRCA’s vice president of member services and development, at alavalley@nrca.net or visit the Alliance website

NRCA to Hold Roofing Industry Regional Summit

NRCA will host a Roofing Industry Regional Summit Nov. 9 in Phoenix, offering roofing professionals an opportunity to engage with their peers and learn about the latest roofing industry issues.

Roofing professionals from the region are encouraged to participate, regardless of their affiliation with NRCA, and take advantage of this one-day learning experience, which will provide in-depth information about the most critical issues affecting roofing businesses.

According to NRCA, the summit will offer attendees the opportunity to hear from top industry experts about current issues, trends and challenges facing the industry. The early bird price for the summit is $99; after Oct. 26, the price will be $149.

For more information or to register online, click here.

RCI Inc. Names New Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer

RCI Inc. announced the appointment of Lionel van der Walt as its new executive vice president and chief executive officer. Van der Walt succeeds James Birdsong, who will retire at the end of 2017 after nearly 17 years at the helm.

An organizational strategy and analysis expert, van der Walt brings to RCI more than 20 years of international executive leadership and association experience. He spent the early part of his career as an officer in the South African Air Force and, subsequently, over a decade with the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He was most recently President of the Cargo Network Services (CNS) and a member of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Board of Directors.

“Lionel’s management style and leadership skills really stood out among a great group of candidates,” said RCI President Michael L. Williams. “His ability to team with other organizations for the benefit of all will surely lead to RCI being recognized as the group leading the building envelope design and consulting industry.”

Van der Walt’s immediate task will be to enhance the recognition and influence of RCI in the industry. He will further strengthen RCI’s mission through continued improvement of the association’s ongoing education and accreditation programs and its publications, which include RCI Interface technical journal, textbooks, and reference guides. As CEO, he will lead the 2018 33rd RCI International Convention & Trade Show to be held March 22-27, 2018, in Houston.

“I will be doing a great deal of listening to employees, board members, committee heads, and members to better understand what works and where we might have opportunities to improve,” said van der Walt. “I look forward to some honest and frank feedback that will help us to shape the future direction of the organization, with a strong emphasis on helping our members to secure a healthy, profitable, and sustainable future for the building envelope consultants industry globally.”

Formed in 1983, RCI now boasts over 3,500 members across the United States, Canada, South America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit http://rci-online.org.

Basketball Legend Julius Erving to Provide Keynote Address at IRE

Legendary NBA star Julius “Dr. J” Erving will present the keynote address during the 2018 International Roofing Expo (IRE), taking place Feb. 6-8, in New Orleans. Known as one of the greatest players of all time, Erving will reveal his strategy for overcoming challenges and illustrate how to cultivate a champion’s mindset.

“Not only is Dr. J one of the most accomplished athletes in the history of professional basketball, he is also a successful businessman who will share his winning philosophy,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, Director of the IRE. “Our attendees and exhibitors will walk away motivated and empowered with a plan for success.”
 
Through triumph and adversity on and off the court, Erving will share what he has learned through his storied 16-year NBA career. Erving played with the Philadelphia ’76ers for 11 years and was named to the NBA All-Star First Team in 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983. In addition to his athletic honors, Erving has received many civic and community service awards.

Since his retirement, Erving has forged a successful business and basketball executive career. After serving as an in-studio analyst for NBC, Erving joined the Orlando Magic’s front office staff. He also is investments include ownership of a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Philadelphia and cable television stations in New York and New Jersey.

“Julius Erving can offer strong perspectives on success and leadership,” said Reid Ribble, CEO of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “Hearing his unique life experiences will prove both educational and enlightening.”   

Held immediately prior to the opening of the show, the keynote address will take place on Feb. 6 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The keynote address is sponsored by Malarkey Roofing Products.

For more information about the IRE, please click here or call (800) 684-5761.