TruFast Becomes Newest Regent Member of the Roofing Alliance

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces Bryan, Ohio-based TruFast as its newest Regent Level member. Membership in the Roofing Alliance supports the efforts of the organization to secure the future excellence of the industry. 

The Roofing Alliance was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create a permanent endowment fund to serve as a highly focused resource for the roofing industry.  As the Foundation of NRCA, its objectives are to support the highest quality programs for the industry; ensure timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues; initiate programs of outstanding benefit to the industry; and enhance the long-term viability of the industry. 

Roofing Alliance members represent the best professionals in the roofing industry and include contractors, manufacturers and distributors. Their Roofing Alliance membership provides them with a meaningful voice in the industry as they meet twice a year to review initiatives and determine the best use of Roofing Alliance funds for the betterment of the industry overall. 

Bennett Judson, Roofing Alliance Executive Director, remarked, “Our members are investing in the Roofing Alliance because of their commitment to securing the future strength and excellence of one of this country’s key industries. Each initiative that we fund would not be possible without the support and leadership of our members.”

Founded in 1981 in Bryan, Ohio, the TruFast Corporation began manufacturing and distributing unique and better performing fastening solutions for the commercial roofing industry. As its product offering grew to include other engineered fastening solutions and accessories, the TruFast brand developed a reputation for high-quality products and outstanding customer service. The company was acquired by Altenloh, Brinck & Co. US, Inc., in 2005 and remains a strong brand in the ABC US organization.

For more information about TruFast, visit  www.trufast.com

For more information about Roofing Alliance initiatives, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

GAF Introduces Community Matters Social Impact Initiative

GAF launched a new social impact initiative called GAF Community Matters to strengthen and support the communities it serves. GAF has renewed its partnerships with several non-profit organizations as a part of this effort, committing more than $6 million in financial and in-kind donations in 2020 to help neighbors, create disaster resiliency and build community — including materials to roof over 1,500 homes.

“GAF is committed to protecting what matters most, not only through our products, but as neighbors and partners in the communities where we live and work,” said Jim Schnepper, President of GAF. “Our partners within GAF’s new Community Matters initiative will help us amplify our collective impact together; bringing meaningful change to our communities in new and exciting ways.”

According to the company, GAF is committing its expertise, products and financial resources to help power the potential of the communities in which it operates, and to aid people that are in need every day and during critical times of disaster. GAF is working in partnership with leading organizations, including the following:

  • Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries around the world. GAF has established a unique Community Contractor Program with Habitat that donates roofing materials and connects local Habitat organizations with independent contractors enrolled in GAF’s certified contractor program to address a critical need for safe, decent and affordable housing. Today, GAF is proud to be among Habitat’s generous partners, supporting the installation of over 2,000 roofs since 2011.
  • Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service, leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises. GAF aims to shorten the road to recovery for communities hit by disasters, particularly for low-attention disasters that do not receive significant resources, and will help train at least 100 GAF employees as volunteers for Team Rubicon deployment in 2020. To date, GAF has helped support nearly 4,000 volunteer disaster response deployments with Team Rubicon.
  • Good360 is a global leader in product philanthropy, and partners with socially responsible companies to source highly needed goods and distribute them through its network of diverse nonprofits that support people in need. GAF will donate roofing materials and other supplies to help Good360 address the long-term needs of communities recovering from disasters. In 2019, GAF provided 56 truckloads of roofing materials to Good360, which were distributed to approximately 20 non-profit partners nationwide to roof more than 600 properties.
  • Project for Public Spaces is dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build strong communities. GAF is investing in the development of physical spaces where community members can come together in areas that are home to GAF manufacturing operations. GAF will also continue working with Project for Public Spaces, GAF employees, service organizations and local governments to address the distinctive needs in communities where GAF’s plants and headquarters are located.

Further expanding its commitment to these partners through the GAF Community Matters initiative builds on existing efforts to improve communities and connect experts with nonprofits who need their skills. As part of these efforts, employees will also have expanded opportunities to get involved from volunteer time off to connecting them with causes that are close to them, including an employee relief fund. 

For more information about GAF’s social impact efforts, please visit www.gaf.com/communitymatters.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Acquires the Assets of Midwest Wholesale Materials Co.

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has acquired the assets of Midwest Wholesale Materials Co., a distributor of siding, windows, doors and steep-slope roofing in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Founded in 1960, Midwest Wholesale Materials has a single location at 4610 Pflaum Road. It will become the fourth ABC Supply location in the Madison market and the 18th in Wisconsin.

According to the company, the acquisition allows ABC Supply to enhance its service in Madison and the surrounding communities while building deeper relationships with professional contractors and builders. Current Midwest Wholesale Materials associates will continue to work at the location, ensuring customers receive seamless access to the products and expertise they need to run their businesses. 

 “We are happy to welcome the Midwest Wholesale Materials team to our ABC Supply family,” said Mike Jost, chief operating officer of ABC Supply. “The new location solidifies our position as the premier distributor of exterior building products in the Madison market and strengthens our partnerships with area contractors.”

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

Petersen Adds Rep to Meet Demand for Metal Cladding in Hawaii, Guam

Petersen continues to meet the growing demand for its PAC-CLAD metal roof and wall products in the Western United States by hiring representation to service U.S. islands in the Pacific Ocean. The firm BEST Hawaii (Building Enclosure Specialist Team Hawaii) will support architects, installing contractors and others involved in the specification and installation of exterior metal cladding products on all Hawaiian islands and Guam.

Grant Henry from BEST Hawaii, based in Honolulu and Maui, will represent Petersen’s PAC-CLAD products. Grant Henry can be contacted by calling 808 870-4922, by sending email to ghenry@best-hawaii.com or by visiting best-hawaii.com.

“Petersen is growing to meet demand for its products west of the continental United States by hiring BEST Hawaii to serve our customers. We look forward to satisfying the architectural metal needs of Petersen’s many existing and new customers on those islands,” said David Hedrick, regional manager of Petersen’s Phoenix location.


Petersen, a Carlisle company, manufactures PAC-CLAD architectural metal cladding products in multiple gauges of steel and aluminum. PAC-CLAD products include standing seam roof panels, hidden- and exposed-fastener wall panels, flush- and reveal-joint panels, vented or solid soffit panels, perforated metal, coil and flat sheet, composite panels, column covers, plus fascia and coping. All are available in Kynar 70% PVDF finish in 45 standard colors that include a 30-year finish warranty. Most colors meet LEED and Energy Star requirements, and are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council. Custom colors and weathertightness warranties are offered. Founded in 1965, Petersen’s facilities are located in Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Maryland, Arizona and Minnesota. 

For more information, visit pac-clad.com.

CEO of S-5! Attachment Solutions to Present Metal Roofing Seminar at IRE

At the International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, S-5!’s Founder and CEO, Rob Haddock, will present the educational session titled “Understanding Metal Roofing: Part I and II,” providing the opportunity for attendees to earn continuing education credits.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5 beginning at 7:45 a.m., Haddock will present an introduction to Understanding Metal Roofing: Part I. Often billed as “Metal Roofing 101,” the course includes technical information presented in a common-sense fashion that makes the art and science of metal roofing clear, concise and understandable. Topics include the history of metal roofing, metals and metallic coatings, metallurgy, galvanic weathering and material selection criteria. Also covered: fabrication and manufacturing techniques, various seam types and panel profiles in addition to underlayments, the use and misuse of sealants, seam technologies and the principles of thermal cycling and panel anchorage.  

Then, later on Wednesday morning beginning at 9.30 a.m., Haddock will present an advanced course building on the metal roofing essentials. This extended course, Understanding Metal Roofing: Part II, will cover the coil coating process, common and popular steep slope construction and critical details of low slope installation, in addition to curved applications and wind issues. Finally, the program delves into system design, drainage principles and system selection criteria, including the principles of water-shedding and hydrostatic designs. 

Contractors, architects, specifiers, roof consultants, engineers, building owners, maintenance staff and sales professionals will benefit from these sessions.  

The course instructor, Rob Haddock, is a well-known expert in the field and has worked in various aspects of metal roofing for almost five decades ― beginning as a laborer, then contractor, then forensic consultant, technical author, educator, innovator and Founder and CEO of S-5! attachment technologies. His writings and lectures (which number in the hundreds) have been translated into at least 10 languages, and he has won awards from MCA, CSI, ASTM, MBMA. His innovations have received more than 50 patents. For 27 years he has been a featured speaker at industry tradeshows, METALCON and IRE. Rob’s practical experience, colorful background and world travel add flavor to his technical expertise resulting in a “must-attend” course that is as poignant as it is entertaining for every educational or experience level in metal roofing trades and practices.

“Rob leads you down the path to understanding with such humor and simple clarity, you not only go away understanding, but remembering,” said former course participant, Darrell T. Blair.

S-5! Will also introduce its new GripperFix technology at the International Roofing Expo. Attendees are invited to stop by S-5! Booth #2622 to see first-hand its new universal GripperFix system, which is designed to make mounting almost anything on standing seam and exposed-fastener roof profiles simple and easy.

For more information about S-5!, visit www.S-5.com.

For more information about the educational sessions at IRE, visit https://explore.theroofingexpo.com/Attendee/conference/sessions.

Georgia Web, Manufacturer of ProfileVent Products for Ventco, Names New Executive Vice President

Georgia Web, the manufacturer of ProfileVent products for Ventco, announced the promotion of Randy Smith to be the company’s Executive Vice President. Smith has been with Georgia Web since 2004, serving as plant manager and most recently as Vice President of Manufacturing, where he managed all day-to-day operations and 14 full-time employees. Before coming to Georgia Web, Smith spent 24 years with Glit/Microtron Inc. in the nonwovens industry, working in all facets of the manufacturing, converting, packaging, warehousing and shipping areas and managed a warehouse of approximately 180 people.

For more information, visit www.profilevent.com.

Green Link Engineering Joins HARDI

Green Link Engineering has become a member of Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) — a professional organization that is the single voice of wholesale distribution to the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry. 

Green Link designs and manufactures the KnuckleHead rooftop support system for installation of a range of HVAC equipment including heat pumps, splits, VRF, AC units, piping, conduit and ductwork. According to the company, the KnuckleHead system features a unique design that can be configured to for various types of roof installations and may loosed laid or mechanically attached in geographical areas prone to high winds or seismic events.

“We joined HARDI because we want the industry to better understand the benefits of the KnuckleHead rooftop support system,” said Dan Olinger, Green Link President. “We hope to learn more about the needs of professional mechanical contractors and in return, we hope they will learn more about how the KnuckleHead system can improve installations. KnuckleHeads outperform wood support sleepers that can deteriorate over time and ballast blocks that add weight to roof when used to secure equipment.”

HARDI members market, distribute, and support heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment, parts and supplies. HARDI Distributor members serve installation and service contractors in residential and commercial markets, as well as commercial/industrial and institutional maintenance staffs. HARDI proudly represents more than 480 distributor members representing more than 5,000 branch locations, and close to 500 manufacturers, manufacturer representatives and service vendors.

For more information, visit https://greenlinkengineering.com.

Polyglass Contributes Roofing Materials to Help Rebuild in the Bahamas

The global effort to rebuild communities in the Bahamas is underway after category 5 Hurricane Dorian damaged buildings and displaced thousands of people. Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. is helping to restore hundreds of roofs and has donated self-adhered membranes to replace temporary blue tarp roofs.

Polyglass has contributed more than 5,000 rolls of Elastoflex SA V self-adhered modified bitumen membranes and nearly 400 pails of WB 3000 primers. With watertight roofs in place, electrical repairs on the buildings can begin. The donated roofing materials will restore about 330 roofs.

“Giving back to our community is a significant and important part of the Polyglass culture, and we are glad that we could be a part of this life-changing work,” said Director of Strategic Marketing Scott Lelling. “We hope that our contribution helps to get folks in the Bahamas back into their homes.”

Polyglass joined forces with several disaster relief organizations to strategically move products in the right amounts, at the right time and to the people who needed the most help.

“We can confidently say that the Bahamas has moved further ahead in their recovery efforts with the donation of roofing materials from Polyglass,” said Michael Rettig of LIFT Non-Profit Disaster Logistics. “It was great to work with a diverse group of non-profits, including customary transportation providers, yachts and landing crafts to coordinate and deliver the donations to some of the most difficult to reach areas in the Bahamas.”

For more information, visit polyglass.us.

Versico Roofing Systems Names New Director of Sales

Versico Roofing Systems announced the hiring of Lorraine Russ as its new Director of Sales. Russ will be responsible for the continued growth of the Versico and WeatherBond brands throughout the United States.

“We’re excited to have Lorraine join and lead the Versico team into the new decade,” said Steve Schwar, Vice President of Single-Ply Sales for Carlisle Construction Materials. “Her experience in the building materials industry, including sales, marketing and leadership make her ideally suited for this role at Versico.”

Russ was most recently employed with LP Building Products, where she served in a variety of roles, most recently as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Western United States, Canada and the EU. Russ holds an MBA from the Massey School of Business at Nashville’s Belmont University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.

For more information, visit www.versico.com

Metl-Span’s Franz Achieves Building Enclosure Certification

Kevin Franz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CSI, CDT, of Metl-Span, earned certification as an accredited Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider and Commissioning Authority+Building Enclosure with the designation of BECxP and CxA+BE from the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. The three-day course includes a two-part exam. Franz is the SE Business Development Manager at Metl-Span.

For more information, visit www.metlspan.com.