Owens Corning’s Expanded ‘Business Building Days’ Connect Contractors With a Range of Resources Under One Roof

As roofing contractors plan to grow their business in 2020 and beyond, education is a critical investment. Owens Corning Roofing is helping contractors take their business to the next level by hosting a series of “Owens Corning University (OCU) Business Building Days” in 12 regions across the United States. Beginning in December 2019 and running through early December 2020, Business Building Days equip contractors with education, resources, insights and practical how-to’s to help build their business.

According to the company, the 2019-20 Business Building Day experience has been expanded to include new tools and services engineered to drive growth. Resources help contractors evaluate their business, target growth goals, and implement strategies to achieve key performance metrics such as higher conversions and revenues, help lower costs and strategies to help convert more leads into closed business.

“Contractors can expect a highly interactive day where they can take advantage of a wide variety of resources first-hand and enjoy one-on-one conversations with industry-leading solution providers,” said Jon Gardner, National Training and Education Leader at Owens Corning.  

According to Gardner, Owens Corning, in partnership with numerous Owens Corning’s business service vendors like JobNimbus, Podium, Socius, ApexChat and more, offer some of the most innovative business building solutions and technology in the industry. “Our goal was to make OCU Business Building Days a one-stop shop where contractors can speak with a range of experts under one roof and be ready to put the content to good use when the busy spring season arrives,” Gardner said. 

For a complete list of dates and times, visit https://www.owenscorning.com/roofing/events.

For more information, visit https://www.owenscorning.com/roofing.

STINGER NailPac Approved by IBHS FORTIFIED Home Program for Strengthening Residential Buildings Beyond Standard Building Codes

National Nail’s STINGER, its leading brand for roofing tools, cap fasteners and underlayment, has partnered with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s (IBHS) FORTIFIED Home program, specifically highlighting the STINGER NailPac. The NailPac (1-inch plastic collated caps and 1-inch x .083 stainless steel or electro galvanized ring shank nails for securing underlayment) seals out moisture and provides superior holding power in up to 150 mph hurricane-force winds. Because of its performance, NailPac meets the standards required of a FORTIFIED Roof — a level of protection in the FORTIFIED Home program that ensures water will stay out of the house in the event of severe weather. As a program, FORTIFIED Home aims to protect and strengthen homes to reduce the risk of property damage and financial loss, and they do so by going beyond standard building codes.

“Contractors who build stronger, more resilient homes provide their homeowners with the best protection from high winds and heavy rains. We are excited to see manufacturers like National Nail respond to contractor needs and develop products like their STINGER NailPac to make building to the FORTIFIED Roof standards easier than ever,” said Fred Malik, managing director of FORTIFIED Products. “By providing FORTIFIED-compliant, corrosion-resistant nails and eliminating the hassle of hand-driving button-cap nails, roofers can more quickly deliver stronger roofs for homeowners.”

“We are honored to be one of the select brands to partner with FORTIFIED Home,” said Roger Szotko, STINGER Product Manager, National Nail. “The approval from FORTIFIED Home confirms that NailPac makes the installation of roofing underlayment easy for contractors, and it ensures strong protection against the elements.”

STINGER NailPac is designed for exclusive use with the STINGER CN100B Cap Nailer. According to the company, the CN100B is an innovative and versatile pneumatic tool that was engineered to make securing underlayment easy. Each 2,000 count NailPac — which includes 10 reels of 200 count 1-inch plastic collated caps and 10 coils of 200 count 1-inch x .083 304 stainless steel or electro galvanized ring shank nails — will cover approximately 25 square feet, dependent on installation instructions and/or building code requirements.The stainless steel NailPac is required in areas within 3,000 feet of saltwater, while the electro galvanized NailPac can be used in areas beyond 3,000 feet, but always refer to local building codes before beginning the job.

In addition to the FORTIFIED Roof designation, FORTIFIED Home also offers FORTIFIED Silver and FORTIFIED Gold. Each level provides increased home protection, allowing homeowners to choose a set of building standards that works with their budget and resilience goals.

Not all homes built using STINGER NailPac will qualify for a FORTIFIED Home designation. Homes require compliance with all FORTIFIED Home technical requirements and additional inspections. For more information, please visit www.fortifiedhome.org.For more information about the CN100B and NailPac, visit www.STINGERWORLD.com.

MFM Building Products Hires New Sales Representation For Northern Texas

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, announced that the firm has reached an agreement with Summit Sales & Marketing to represent MFM in North Texas.  

Summit Sales & Marketing was founded in 2010 and will serve one-step and two-step building products and roofing distributors, with support through customer promotions, training and marketing support. The organization has a successful history in establishing markets and creating sales growth for residential and commercial building product manufacturers.

Mike Scott, Principal, brings 25 years of experience as an independent sales representative. He oversees all business aspects and management of the agency’s sales efforts, while bringing a wealth of experience in servicing customer needs. Scott resides in Addison, Texas, with his wife. 

For more information, visit www.mfmbp.com.

Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas Names CertainTeed as Partner of the Year

CertainTeed was recognized as the HCAC “Partner of the Year.” Pictured at the award ceremony are Lissette Velez (left) of the HCAC and Manaya Robertson of CertainTeed Roofing. 

CertainTeed has been recognized by Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (HCAC) as its “Partner of the Year.” The acknowledgement took place earlier this year during the association’s annual Gala & Brilliance Awards. 

In conjunction with the Gala, the HCAC Brilliance Awards have existed since 2012 to recognize the success of Hispanic and minority contractors and organizations supporting them. The Partner of the Year Award is given to a company or individual that has gone above and beyond to provide opportunities and resources that contribute to the growth and success of Hispanic construction firms and works closely as an active partner with the HCAC to make it happen. 

“CertainTeed has done an incredible job working to meet the needs of Hispanic contractors in the Carolinas and implementing bilingual resources and certifications in Spanish for them,” said HCAC Executive Director Lissette Velez. “Over the five years they have been an HCAC partner, CertainTeed has partnered with us on several initiatives to enable growth and success of Hispanic firms. This includes providing initiatives and training for small businesses, free training to roofing contractors, bilingual business resources for its customers, informational newsletters and free marketing tools. 

“The fact that CertainTeed is committed educating contractors on best practices and providing free certifications, even in Spanish, allows Hispanic contractors to better compete and stand out in the marketplace,” Velez added. “We thank CertainTeed and its team for their support over the years.” 

“It’s an honor and privilege to work with and support our colleagues within the Hispanic community,” said Alex Pecora, director of residential roofing product management for CertainTeed. “We support HCAC’s efforts to celebrate and honor diversity in the construction industry, and we are proud to accept the Partner of the Year Award.” 

To learn more about the HCAC or to become a member, visit www.hcacarolinas.org. For more information about CertainTeed’s community outreach initiatives, visit www.certainteed.com.

On hand for the award presentation were (from left) Jose Benitez and Nelson Benitez, co-owners of NJR Construction, LLC; James Mitchel, Business Development Manager, JE Dunn Construction; Chiquitha Lloyd, Director of Diversity & Inclusion Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools; Chad Smith, Senior Project Manager, Holder, Edison Foard, RJ Leeper Construction, Joint Venture; Manaya Robertson, Territory Field Sales & Marketing Specialist, CertainTeed Roofing; Juan Carlos Hernandez, owner of Matrix Renovations Corp.; and Celia Cruz and Jose Luis Montoya, owners of NC1 Construction, Inc.

The VELUX Group Announces Creation of a Single Operational Management Team for North America

The VELUX Group announced the formation of Group North America, a new organizational structure for the United States and Canada, naming Timothy B. Miller as CEO. Miller, who has led VELUX America, LLC, since 2000, will oversee residential and commercial sales and production for the United States and Canada.

John W. Pillman, president and CEO since 1996 of VELUX Greenwood, LLC, the company’s U.S. manufacturing arm, will retire effective December 31, 2019. 

“I extend gratitude and appreciation to John for his extensive contributions to the growth and success of VELUX and wish him happiness in his retirement,” said David Briggs, CEO of the VELUX Group based in Denmark. “Creating a single operational management team for North America builds on the 2018 acquisition of Wasco Products, and positions VELUX for growth and leadership in the residential and commercial skylight segments in the United States and Canada.”

With Miller promoted to this new role, current VELUX America Director of Sales Stephan Moyon has been appointed president of VELUX America, LLC, the company’s U.S. sales and marketing company. Current Director of Product Development Chuck Rimsky has been named president of VELUX Greenwood, LLC. 

“The new management team is filled with experienced and passionate purveyors of daylight for homes and commercial spaces that promote health and wellness,” Miller said. “I look forward to working with this strong and capable team to continue to grow the skylight category and to develop world-class operational efficiency.”

The organizational changes will be effective Jan. 1, 2020. Nels Moxness, president and CEO of VELUX Canada, Inc., will report to Miller as part of the new North America Group.

For more information, visit veluxusa.com or whyskylights.com.

Continuus Materials Announces Additions to Leadership Team

Continuus Materials, LLC announced the addition of two key leaders to its team — Allan Bradshaw and Jason Burris.

Allan Bradshaw joins Continuus as Senior Vice President of Operations. In this role, he will be leading efforts to optimize and expand the Continuus manufacturing footprint. Allan spent 30 years at Weyerhaeuser serving in a range of executive positions in Operations, Engineering, and Product Development. Prior to joining Continuus, Allan was Vice President of Engineering and Capital for Weyerhauser’s Eastern Wood Products Division. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Structural Engineering and a Master of Arts in Leadership Development from the University of Victoria.

Jason Burris joins Continuus as Vice President of Market Development. Jason spent 22 years with James Hardie Industries in various leadership capacities, including U.S. Division Environmental Health and Safety Leader, Manufacturing Plant Leader, and most recently, Interiors Business Western Division Sales Leader. Jason has a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“At Continuus Materials we are committed to building a superior team that can meet our aggressive growth goals,” said Chris Riley, CEO of Continuus Materials. “We continue to add talented people from high-caliber organizations. We are excited to add two experienced building materials professionals to our team.”

Continuus is the manufacturer of EVERBOARD brand roof cover boards. The company operates two manufacturing plants in Des Moines, Iowa and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to the company, the manufacturing facility in Philadelphia is the first fully automated plant in the world to extract plastic and fiber from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), then process it into building products at scale. Continuus is based in Houston, Texas. 

For more information, visit www.continuusmaterials.com.

Owens Corning Roofing “Imagine.Style.Win.” Grand Prize Winner Receives Exterior Consult With Two Chicks and a Hammer

Daniel Clark of Boonton, New Jersey, is the winner of the “Imagine.Style.Win.” contest sponsored by Owens Corning Roofing. The contest was designed to help consumers reimagine how an Owens Corning Duration Series roof can inspire their home’s exterior. Daniel submitted a mood board showing how color inspires his approach to design. Although a practicing architect, Daniel finds that the “color conversation” is something that is personal and color is not typically part of his conversation with clients. He drew on inspiration from his painting and artwork, his dog Carter and his own home in developing his mood board entry.

As the contest winner, Daniel and his partner Jim traveled to Indianapolis October 6-8, for a color consultation with home renovation and design experts, Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak of Two Chicks and a Hammer and HGTV design series, “Good Bones”. The mother-daughter remodelers and owners of Two Chicks and a Hammer are renowned for their use of exterior color on HGTV’s “Good Bones.” Along with the color consultation, the grand prize also included a behind-the-scenes tour of the Indianapolis Bates-Hendricks neighborhood, featured in many of the Good Bones remodels. During the tour, Mina Starsiak pointed out many of the homes remodeled by the Two Chicks, including homes appearing on the “Good Bones” program. “Jim and I had a fantastic visit to Indy which exceeded our expectations,” said Daniel following his visit.

5 Questions with Daniel Clark – Winner of Owens Corning Roofing’s Imagine.Style.Win. Contest

Some folks might refer to Daniel Clark as a “super fan” when it comes to remodeling and color. The New Jersey architect and color enthusiast never misses an episode of his favorite home remodeling show, “Good Bones.” When visiting family in Indianapolis, Daniel traveled to the historic Bates-Hendricks neighborhood where “Good Bones” is filmed. But he never expected he’d get to meet mother/daughter remodelers Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak — otherwise known as Two Chicks and a Hammer — who transform homes each week; and use color to bring out each home’s personal style.

So, when Daniel came across a post by Karen and Mina announcing Owens Corning’s “Imagine.Style.Win.” Roofing Style Board Contest, he knew he had to enter for a chance to meet the Two Chicks, participate in a personalized color consultation and tour the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood. Daniel entered . . . and won. In October, he and his partner traveled to Indy to meet with Karen and Mina at Karen’s home. Following are excerpts from a very colorful day as Daniel shared the experience.

As an architect, how do you approach color?

Color is so important – it’s a very personal thing, and it’s usually not something the architect helps choose. When it comes to the roof, so many homeowners go with beige, black or gray –– they don’t think about color on the roof. Owens Corning is helping to change that and get people to think beyond shades of beige and gray. Until now, I hadn’t really thought much about the impact color has on a roof. The roof is such a big part of a house and it is a huge opportunity for people to think of color as a way to add interest. 

What did you take away from the color consultation with Karen and Mina?

The roof is really the “forgotten cousin” when it comes to a home. It can add so much to a home’s curb appeal. Like the ceiling inside a home, the roof is an overlooked opportunity to bring a homeowner’s style into the exterior. If I have the opportunity to discuss color on the roof, it’s something I’ll definitely share with my client and the contractor. Painting is my hobby and I view color as for a way of putting my heart and soul into my work. And Karen and Mina do that each week on the show. As they use color on homes – including roofs – they are not just remodeling houses; they are revitalizing neighborhoods and spreading the love.  

How is Owens Corning changing the conversation about roofing?

Color is emotional. It can spark joy that is contagious as it moves from one house to another. We all need more joy in our life. Owens Corning is empowering women to become more involved in the construction and remodeling process. Women are the style authorities when it comes to home design, yet they often don’t get involved in the construction process. Karen and Mina are helping with that and the Design & Inspire resources Owens Corning has developed are putting tools in women’s hands as well.

How did you approach your mood board for this contest?

I looked at every video on the contest site – both Owens Corning videos and other entries. I felt there was an opportunity to really kick up the power of color. I’ve never been afraid of color. I use a lot of bright colors in my home, in my painting and in my gardening. I brought in all these elements I love – including our dog Carter. After all, Karen and Mina are dog people. It was hard keeping Carter still and he kept dropping his dog ball, but hey, it was another pop of color!

Anything else you’d like to share.

I was so excited to tell everyone I won the contest. I don’t get to talk to clients a lot about color, because others do. This gives me a chance to talk color. And I couldn’t be more grateful to Owens Corning for sponsoring this contest and allowing me to meet Karen and Mina. They are my remodeling heroes!

For more information, visit https://www.owenscorning.com/roofing.

Lakeside Fasteners Announces New Inside Sales Representative

Lakeside Construction Fasteners announced the company has named Bobby Long as its new inside sales representative. Long has more than 11 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, working the last 8 years in the fastener and hardware retail industry.

“Lakeside Construction Fasteners is happy to welcome Bobby to the company,” said Eric Velliquette, vice president of sales and marketing for Lakeside Construction Fasteners. “He will allow us to continue to grow and offer the same outstanding customer service that has been the hallmark of our company.”

Long graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Science, Psychology from Sam Houston State University in 1994. He resides in Lake City, Arkansas, with his wife and three children. “I am a big fan of baseball, fishing and hanging out with my family,” Long said. “My most passionate hobby is music. I love playing guitar and singing.”

For more information, visit www.lakeside-fasteners.com

National Nail’s Stinger CN100B Cap Nailer Receives 2019 Pro Tool Innovation Award

National Nail announced that its newly enhanced STINGER® CN100B Cap Nailer has received the prestigious 2019 “Pro Tool Innovation Award” (PTIA) in the Pneumatic Tools & Nailers category. Featuring improvements in durability and performance, the CN100B rises above and beyond its predecessor with effortless reloading, and an even longer service life for maximum productivity on the jobsite. 

The STINGER CN100B shoots 1” x .083 ring shank nails with full 1” collated plastic caps. It also features, bump-fire and sequential modes, a 360-degree tool-free exhaust, and a tool-free depth of drive adjustment. 

“We are honored to have earned recognition from Pro Tool Review’s Pro Tool Innovation Award for our enhanced STINGER CN100B Cap Nailer, which offers excellent durability and a magazine designed for roof underlayment fastening efficiency with incredible holding power,” said W. Scott Baker, CEO, National Nail.

The Pro Tool Innovation Awards was initiated in 2013 to recognize innovation in the residential and commercial construction industries, judged by a panel of tool and media professionals from across the United States and Canada. 

“If you’re using a Pro Tool Innovation Award winning tool, you know it can reliably get the job done,” said Clint DeBoer, Program Manager, Pro Tool Review.

DeBoer went on to summarize the judges’ impressions: “National Nail’s Stinger CN100B Cap Nailer is all about improving an already excellent tool. The larger 200 cap/nail capacity means you have to stop less often to reload. You’re also going to see longer service life from the nailer thanks to some durability improvements. At the end of the day, you’ll see better productivity from your crew.”

The 2019 Winners and Finalists, including the CN100B are listed at https://protoolinnovationawards.com/winners/2019-pro-tool-innovation-awards/2019-pneumatic-tools-nailers/ and will be mentioned in the Pro Construction Guide and Pro Remodeler magazines later this year. 

For more information, visit www.STINGERWORLD.com.

ABC Supply Launches myABCsupply to Help Contractors Manage Their Businesses on the Go

ABC Supply Co. Inc. launched myABCsupply, the new online platform gives ABC Supply customers 24/7 access to view the status of their orders and deliveries, including delivery photos.

“One of our customers’ top priorities is the ability to check the status of their jobsite deliveries in real time,” said Kathy Hendricks, executive director of customer connectivity for ABC Supply. “MyABCsupply meets that need by providing detailed order and delivery information at their fingertips.”

In addition to checking the status of their orders and deliveries, ABC Supply customers can also:

  • View product descriptions and quantities
  • Filter orders by date range, order type and order status
  • View a map of the day’s delivery locations

MyABCsupply is the latest offering in the company’s continued focus on information technology services and tools that connect ABC Supply with its customers. In 2015, the company created ABC Connect, which integrates ABC Supply’s products and pricing with leading industry software, allowing customers to create estimates and submit orders in real time.

“We are committed to making it easier for our customers to do business,” said Mike Jost, chief operating officer of ABC Supply. “First, with ABC Connect, and now with myABCsupply, we will continue to find ways to help them run their projects more efficiently.”

ABC Supply customers can access their accounts at myABCsupply.com or download the ABC Supply app for their iOS or Android devices.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.