Metl-Span Creates Video Library for Installation Assistance

Metl-Span has developed an online video library that includes several installation instructional videos as well as videos featuring specifiers discussing their success stories with Metl-Span products.

“We’ve put together three installation videos to help contractors and installers get it right the first time,” says Paul Collyer, Vice President of Business Development at Metl-Span. “The videos are on our website, so they can be accessed in the office or in the field.”

The installation videos cover Commercial-Industrial Roof Installation, Roof Installation and Commercial-Industrial Wall Installation. The library also includes testimonial videos featuring customers who have completed successful projects with insulated metal panels from Metl-Span. There are also videos explaining the benefits of using insulated metal panels. 

The Metl-Span Video Library can be viewed at: http://www.metlspan.com/resources/videos/

For more information, visit www.metlspan.com.

Manus Products Breaks Ground on New Building for Further Expansion

In 2019, Manus Products will celebrate its 60th year. To commemorate its 60 years as well as to provide additional space for its growth, Manus Products has broken ground on its third building at its Waconia, MN campus. The new building will have the capability for R&D, production, and warehousing operations. In addition to the three buildings at its Waconia, MN campus, Manus Products has additional facilities in Chaska, MN and Naples, FL.

Since 1959, Manus has been developing, formulating, and manufacturing custom and innovative solutions for the adhesive, sealant, caulking, tape, and coating needs of the trailer, transportation (road, rail, and aerospace), construction, and OEM industries. Manus launched the first hybrid polymer product (Manus-Bond 75-AM) in the US over 20 years ago and has continued to lead the industry in research and development of adhesives and sealants based on hybrid-polymer technologies. Hybrids overcome many of the short comings of pure polyurethane or silicone systems. In addition to Manus-Bond 75-AM, Manus manufactures Manus-Bond Flex-Weld (a two-part, hybrid-polymer, high-strength epoxy), various self-leveling formulas, and a wide range of butyl products, including tapes and gun-grade, and neoprene products. Manus also has silicone adhesives and sealants.

For more information on Manus and its products, visit www.manus.net.

TAMKO Donates Roof to Surprise Single Mother with Failing Roof

TAMKO shingles now cover what was gaping holes and the exposed roof deck of Phoenix single mother Rachel’s home only a few weeks ago. Rachel was the beneficiary of a new TAMKO roof and other home repairs during a Phoenix-area 3TV news feature called Arizona’s Family Surprise Squad.

Rachel had just found out she was pregnant with her second child when her fiancé was killed by a drunk driver in 2015. Recent storms tore a hole in her roof and water started leaking into her home, causing further damage. She was nominated for the Surprise Squad by her mother.

The repairs to Rachel’s home were made possible through donations of product and labor from members of the Arizona Roofing Contractors Association’s Young Professionals group, including TAMKO Building Products, Inc. who provided shingles for the roof.

“This story touched all our hearts,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys. “We’re so glad that we were able to play a part in helping ease the burden from this young mother’s shoulders. And we feel proud to be a part of a group like the Arizona Roofing Contractors Association that is always looking to make a difference in their communities.”

The ARCA Young Professionals group has been involved in several charitable projects in recent years, but the group’s leadership knew there was something special about this situation as soon as they heard Rachel’s story.

Eric Perry, COO of Azul Roofing Solutions and member of the ARCA Young Professionals, said, “The response was overwhelming with people willing to step up and help. I couldn’t be happier with the way it came together. Any time we have the ability to use our skills in this trade to help someone, especially so deserving, like Rachel, it’s a no-brainer. Her response made it all the better too. It just made us want to do more and more for her.”

Some of the other ARCA Young Professionals members involved in the repair project include employees from Lifetime Roofing Systems, Tecta America, Star Roofing, Elite Roofing Supply and Wrecorp.

For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com.

Garland Receives Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service

Garland was recently honored with a Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service for its annual tradition of supporting non-profit organizations through fun, creative and thoughtful fundraising. Garland’s philanthropic initiative called Spirit Week began in 2010 with Garland employees helping raise more than $400,000 for charities in northeast Ohio and across the country over the last nine years. The company was honored at an event Thursday, December 6 along with seven other 2018 Pillar Award honorees.

Garland’s Spirit Week initially began as a weeklong fundraising event, but has since transformed into a several months long initiative that kicks off well before the official date in May. Garland has supported a variety of charities throughout the years, including Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, Ohio Cancer Research and most recently, the Achievement Centers for Children. In addition to providing Garland employees with a way to give back to the community, Spirit Week has also served as a way for employees to support their fellow partners through cancer diagnoses.

In 2013, Garland supported the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, an organization that funds lung cancer research and advocacy. The organization was providing help, support and comfort to the wife of a California-based Garland sales rep after she was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer at 28 years old. One of Garland’s own board members was also battling the disease.

Three years later, two more Garland family members received cancer diagnoses. Once again, Garland’s employees rallied behind their colleagues not only by offering support personally and professionally, but also by raising money for Ohio Cancer Research, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding aggressive cancer research.

“Garland’s employees truly have embraced the goal of Spirit Week, which has always been to support non-profit organizations who are doing so much good in our local community and also across the country,” said Chuck Ripepi, Garland’s CFO. “To see the impact we’ve had over the years through our fundraising and volunteerism is what keeps us going year after year. Spirit Week has become part of who we are as an organization.”

Garland’s 2019 Spirit Week charity is Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow, a completely volunteer-run organization that brings the spirit of Christmas joy to seriously and terminally ill children and their families all throughout the year.

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com

MSCI Bestows Lifetime Achievement Award on Petersen’s John Palesny

The Metals Service Center Institute bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on John Palesny, president of Petersen Aluminum Corp., in late November during its Aluminum Products Division Conference in Florida. The honor recognizes Palesny’s contribution to the metals industry during his 47-year career at Petersen, headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

The Metals Service Center Institute is a trade association in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, representing metals producers, distributors and processors. MSCI provides its members with knowledge, thought leadership, data, education, industry advocacy, and a forum for debate, discussion and learning.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all my colleagues at Petersen,” Palesny said. “Together we have built a great company that is recognized as an industry leader. So, it’s not really about me, it’s about the people who have made this company such a remarkable success and a joy to work with.”

Palesny said his approach to management has been to be hands-on while allowing people to do their work with the least amount of supervision. “I learned early in my career that it was critical to build a great team, set the goals and then let them have the necessary freedom to deliver,” he said. 

Palesny’s successes have not been achieved without challenges. “The biggest challenge in my career is keeping an eye on the competition and how we stack up against them on quality, service and product development. I think about that all the time.”

The list of people who previously won this award is filled with influential figures in the metals industry, said Robert Weidner III, CAE, president and CEO of MSCI. “These winners are iconic leaders. Their contributions within their respective companies, our industry and the communities within which they live are marked by their integrity, passion for metals and manufacturing, and empathy for others.”

The Roman god Janus was chosen as the symbol for the award for his ability to both reflect on the past and look toward the future, Weidner said. “John embodies the principles of Janus through his ability to look over the horizon to see what is coming and determine how the metals industry should respond. John is also able to reflect of the past and build on success.”

John Palesny is a true believer in the mission of the MSCI, said Mike Palesny, vice president of Petersen, and John’s brother. “John recognizes the value that MSCI brings to our industry, and has always been a cheerleader for the missions it champions. In more specific terms, John has supported the MSCI and its predecessor the National Association of Aluminum Distributors for a number of years with his time, expertise and wisdom.”

Volunteer leadership positions John Palesny has held includes president of the Chicago chapter of the former National Association of Aluminum Distributors, chair of MSCI’s aluminum division, and a term on the MSCI executive board. He also served on multiple committees and supporting groups in his career.

While John Palesny was a volunteer leader at MSCI, he embraced the concept of making MSCI greater than it was when he began, Weidner recalled. “He has a calling for giving back to the metals community. Right now the MSCI delegate level at our recently held conference was the highest it has been since 2004. I maintain that this is mostly because of the foundation for success John laid when he was in a leadership position during the recession. John’s approach to helping MSCI see itself through some of the most challenging issues has been collaborative and strategic for the good of the metals community.”

John was chair of the aluminum council when the recession began in 2008, Weidner recalled. “As it was ending, I remember John saying, ‘OK, this recession was bad and it took its toll on all of us, but the MSCI aluminum group members are not going to allow a recession to set this organization back.’ John worked in an unrelenting manner to be sure that companies in the aluminum industry had that same attitude. He said, ‘This group has been important and I’m going to put more sweat equity into helping MSCI and the industry get back to the level it was at before the recession hit.’”

John Palesny began his career at Petersen in 1970. “Over a 47-year span he rose from a warehouse position to become president of the firm. Over that time he was able to build annual sales from $3 million to its present day level of $170 million,” said Mike Petersen, CEO.

During his career, John Palesny has been a critically important counselor regarding every major decision that Petersen has faced, Mike Palesny said. “I believe the entire management group of the company would agree that John’s counsel and advice was invariably ‘spot on’ and helped PAC grow into the successful company and industry leader that it is today.”

“John possesses the rare combination of ‘book smarts’ and common sense. In my opinion, he’s the smartest businessman I have ever known,” Mike Palesny continued. “Furthermore, he’s an exceptionally good person with a true moral compass of what is right and what it wrong. He has used that internal compass to guide him in his dealings with customers, vendors and his fellow employees. I am proud of my brother John and sincerely thank him for his hard work both on behalf of PAC and MSCI. He has taught me many things through the years, and it’s my honor to work beside him.”

Mike Petersen feels similarly. “I am most fortunate to have had John as a co-worker and mentor for more than 40 years, and am proud to see his accomplishments recognized by the industry with this Lifetime Achievement Award.”

For more information, visit www.pac-clad.com.

Rob Haddock of S-5! Receives 2018 CSI Technical Writing Award

Metal Roof Innovations Limited (MRIL) announced that Rob Haddock is the 2018 recipient of the Ben John Small Technical Writing Award. Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) awards this honor to those “recognized by their peers as an outstanding technical writer and/or expert in their field.” 

CSI recognized Haddock for technical expertise in innovation and technical writing in the roofing industry. Specifically notable is his series, Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc).CSI also acknowledged Haddock for sharing his passion for metal roofing through technical articles and through 100-plus presentations.

According to the organization, CSI strives to improve construction specification best practices. The award is named after Ben John Small, founder and former president of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of CSI. Small chaired the Chapter’s Technical Committee.

Haddock is no stranger to metal construction. With now 47 years in the industry, his unwavering confidence in metal roof superiority was the reason he founded S-5!, a company that designs and manufactures attachment solutions for metal roof systems. 

Frequently requested by trade groups for speaking and educational engagements across the country, Haddock also serves as Director of the Metal Roof Advisory Group, Ltd. and consults on roofing solutions and services worldwide. He is an inaugural member of the Metal Construction Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Carl Cash Award from ASTM (for technical writing), and winner of the Pat Bush award from Metal Construction Association for unselfish contributions to the industry. He also holds lifetime honorary memberships to the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA) and the Metal Construction Association (MCA).

For more information, visit www.s-5.com.

Carlisle Companies to Acquire Petersen Aluminum Corporation

Carlisle Companies Incorporated, through its Carlisle Construction Materials (CCM) operating segment, announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Petersen Aluminum Corporation for approximately $197 million. 

Headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, Petersen’s primary business is the manufacture and distribution of architectural metal roof panels, steel and aluminum flat sheets and coils, wall panels, perimeter roof edge systems and related accessories for commercial, residential, institutional, industrial and agricultural markets. Founded by Maurice R. Petersen in 1965, Petersen, through its premier brand PAC-CLAD, has grown to become a company with approximately $160 million of annual revenue. 

Chris Koch, CEO and president of Carlisle Companies, said, “The acquisition of Petersen is part of our strategy of providing customers with a portfolio of high quality, innovative products and solutions that meet an increasing array of their building envelope needs. Petersen is an excellent fit with our recent acquisitions in the metal roofing space, including Drexel Metals, Sunlast Metal and Premium Panels, as well as a significant complementary addition to our single-ply roofing systems. We anticipate achieving annual synergies of $4.0 million across our metal roofing platform as a result of the acquisition. Petersen further broadens our scale and geographic penetration of the attractive and fast growing regions of Texas, Arizona, Georgia and the Midwest as we continue to execute on our metal roofing growth strategy. I look forward to welcoming the Petersen team to Carlisle and driving further growth and innovation with the help of the Carlisle Operating System.” 

Upon completion of the transaction, the business will be reported as part of the CCM segment. 

For more information, visit www.carlisle.com

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Honored as One of the Best Places to Work in 2019

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. announced it has been awarded the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award. The prestigious award recognizes the best places to work in 2019, based solely on input from employees.

Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting websites, uses company reviews shared by current and former employees to determine which companies will be included on the Employees’ Choice Award list. Employees are asked to rate their overall satisfaction with the company and key workplace factors such as career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, and work/life balance. In addition, employees are asked to describe the best reasons to work at their companies as well as any downsides.

“It is an honor to have ABC Supply recognized as one of the best workplaces in the nation,” said President and CEO Keith Rozolis. “We focus on putting our associates first, and it makes us proud that they know how much we value them.”

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

McElroy Metal Publishing Blogs to Help Contractors, Consumers, Homeowners

McElroy Metal has developed three blogs to help educate contractors, consumers and homeowners on the benefits and frequently asked questions regarding metal roofing and wall products.

McElroy Metal’s Commercial Building blog features some of the many successful commercial projects completed with the company’s products. McElroy Metal’s Homeowner blog speaks to anyone looking for design inspiration and information about installing metal roofing on their home. It also offers information about the benefits of metal roofing. McElroy Metal’s News blog showcases the company’s new products as well as projects featuring McElroy products, including several award-winning projects.

“Our goal is to help our customers and consumers learn about metal roofing and walls,” said Ken Gieseke, Vice President of Marketing at McElroy Metal. “The three blogs contain information useful to contractors, consumers and homeowners, information that helps promote the use of metal roofing and walls and explains the benefits to consumers.”
All three blogs can be accessed from the Blog drop-down menu on the company’s home page, www.mcelroymetal.com.

Triangle Fastener Corporation Launches Video Featuring Concealor Pancake Head Screws

Triangle Fastener Corporation (TFC) released a new video about the company’s Concealor Pancake Head Screw line. The new video provides product details including sizes, applications and installation tips. According to the company, the Concealor product line is the largest collection of pancake screws in the industry. They can attach a variety of materials to metal, wood or concrete, including metal panels, clips and trim.

For more information, visit www.trianglefastener.com.