IKO Releases Upgraded ROOFViewer Tool for Virtual Roof Shopping

IKO has announced the release of an updated and upgraded version of their ROOFViewer tool. ROOFViewer is an intuitive software that utilizes artificial intelligence technology to show users a vividly realistic rendering of how any given house would look complemented with the IKO roof of their choice. The robust software enables users to upload an image of their home or to choose from over three-dozen stock house photos available on the ROOFViewer site. ROOFViewer includes 18 color options throughout seven different IKO shingle styles. The featured shingle styles include Dynasty and Nordic from the popular Performance line, and the suite of IKO Designer shingles, which mimic the look of natural slate tiles or cedar shakes.

ROOFViewer, which first launched in 2003, has earned its reputation as a vital tool for both homeowners and roofing contractors during the shingle style-and-color decision-making process. The ROOFViewer user experience has been redesigned for homebuyers in the 2020s. “The new ROOFViewer proudly boasts several innovative personalization features,” said Jeff Williams, brand director at IKO. “One of those highlights is the comparison tool, which utilizes a split screen to show varying colors and/or styles side by side on one roof.”

ROOFViewer can be found on IKO’s North American residential website and is easily accessible via a standard web browser on a desktop computer or smartphone. The featured homes offer a wide variety of styles that include colonial, ranch, Victorian and more. Once a house is selected, home-exterior details, such as colors for window and door trim, can be selected to reflect the user’s home or personal preference.

“This software is designed to provide both homeowners and contractors with a seamless and enjoyable experience that helps ease, what is for some, a difficult decision,” Williams continued. “We celebrate this milestone along with all of the people who will be utilizing ROOFViewer on their purchase journey, which will result in a beautiful new IKO roof.”

For more information, visit www.iko.com.

MetalForming Hires New President and COO

MetalForming Inc. (MFI) has chosen Dr. William Drury, an engineer and entrepreneur with an award-winning record of outstanding customer service, as the company’s new president and chief operating officer. Company founder Geoff Stone will continue as MetalForming’s CEO.

MetalForming is the largest distributor of metal folding machines in the world and the largest supplier of high-end architectural sheet metal machines in North America. The company also provides software, communications, training and consulting services.

Dr. Drury, 57, has a significant history as an entrepreneur and brings to his new job a wealth of experience managing and leading a private company through all phases of growth and development.

In 1993, while pursuing his doctorate at Georgia Tech in materials science, Drury and a fellow student started a company, Custom Molded Products, LLC in their dorm room. They started with one simple idea: “Take care of our customers and they will take care of us.” CMP since then has become the largest supplier of spa industry components in the world and an award-winning pool products supplier. The company now employs more than 700 employees, operates in multiple countries and has been recognized time and again for its customer service. 

Dr. Drury sold most of his interest in CMP to private equity in 2013, but he continued as CEO until a couple of years ago. He largely retired then but still has a role as chairman.

Geoff Stone said his daughter, Abigail Stone, MFI’s vice president of customer relations, was the person who brought Drury to his attention, having worked for him previously. He said Dr. Drury became a member of MetalForming’s board of directors just under two years ago, which gave him a jump start on getting to know the company. Dr. Drury said he became a big fan of “the outstanding team” at MFI and thought the company represented a good match for his skill set. After discussions with Stone and the board during the summer, he took on the role as president and COO on September 1, 2020.  

“He has a huge intellectual curiosity,” Stone said. “He brings both entrepreneurial interest and organizational skills, and he really loves our family orientation.” For Stone, the definition of family extends to include MFI employees and its vendors.

Quality customer service has always been a key element of MetalForming’s DNA. The company focuses on helping customers optimize both job site and factory operations in ways that reduce waste, increase revenue and efficiently position them to meet the “just-in-time” needs of today’s metal fabricating businesses.

MetalForming also has grown rapidly in recent years, and Dr. Drury’s hiring reflects its commitment to making sure that the personalized customer support it is known for keeps pace with that growth.

“MFI is the acknowledged leader in terms of technology and equipment for the metalforming equipment manufacturers they represent,” said Dr. Drury. “My area is to take a company that is already successful and standardize the processes. Make it more consistent and efficient. 

“As a company grows, you need to evolve. We want to install processes that are suitable not only for a company that is MFI’s current scale but also for the scale we hope to achieve in the not too distant future.”

Ultimately, he said, “What we are after is the best of both worlds. We want to maintain the personal relationships and the personal touch. At the same time, behind the scenes, we want the operations to run smoothly and efficiently. I hope customers will start to see the impact of more rigorous process management by early next year.” 

Dr. Drury noted that although he spent a lot of his career working in the plastic industry, his master’s degree is in metallurgical engineering, and so coming back to metals is a nice way “to close the loop” on his career interests. 

Stone, who is 71, said Dr. Drury’s hiring is part of a leadership transition process, but he anticipates continuing with MetalForming for years to come, focusing more on sales as Dr. Drury digs into operations.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Stone said, “to have a person of Bill’s caliber on board, who also shares our cultural values. It’s an amazing fit.”

For more information, visit https://www.metalforming-usa.com

GAF Energy Continues Leadership Team Expansion with New Executive Hire

GAF Energy, a provider of roof-integrated solar solutions in North America, announced that solar industry veteran Ralph Robinett has joined the leadership team as Vice President of Manufacturing and Deployment.Earlier this year, the company announced three promotions as part of its strategic leadership team expansion to achieve its 2021 growth goals within the rooftop and commercial solar sectors. 

“Ralph is a proven leader in solar, electronics, and semiconductor manufacturing and brings incredible expertise to the company’s innovation efforts,” said Martin DeBono, President of GAF Energy. “I look forward to working closely with him to continue the company’s success.”

 “GAF Energy has changed the way rooftop solar and roofing intersect to bring a high-quality and attractive product to a broad consumer base across the U.S.,” said Robinett. “The decision to join the team was an easy one. I am thrilled to enter the new year with the company and continue to advance the deployment of our industry-leading solar roof system, particularly with an emphasis on U.S.-based manufacturing.”

Before joining GAF Energy, Robinett held senior leadership positions in global operations, manufacturing, engineering, and quality in the solar, electronics, and semiconductor industries. Most recently, Robinett was Vice President of Operations at Celestica. He holds a BS in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin.

The hire is the latest expansion for the growing company. In the last year, GAF Energy has announced several innovations in their industry-leading roof-integrated solar, including ultra-high efficiency panelsflexible size configurations, and partnerships with some of the largest roofers in the country. 

For more information, visit www.gaf.energy

ICP Building Solutions Group Acquires Gardner-Gibson

Innovative Chemical Products (ICP), a manufacturer and distributor of specialty coatings, adhesives and building envelope solutions, announced today that it has acquired Gardner-Gibson and Sun Coatings, a manufacturer of liquid-applied roof coatings, roofing products, driveway sealers and specialty paints primarily serving professional contractors for commercial and residential applications. The acquisition builds upon ICP Group’s extensive line of building solutions and global distribution network and creates one of the largest privately held coatings and adhesives companies in North America.

“The Gardner-Gibson acquisition and combination with ICP Group will strengthen the product offerings and distribution network for both companies,” said Doug Mattscheck, CEO, ICP Group. “We were strong individually and will be even stronger together as we enhance our portfolio of coatings, adhesives and building envelope solutions. ICP Group welcomes the Gardner-Gibson employees to the ICP family and looks forward to supporting the continued growth of the combined businesses.”

Based in Tampa, Florida, Gardner-Gibson is a provider of liquid-applied roof coatings, roofing products, driveway sealers and specialty paint, and is recognized for its industry-leading brands. With manufacturing and distribution facilities across the United States and Canada, Gardner-Gibson’s products are sold in leading retailers and building supply distributors under the Gardner, Black Jack, APOC and Dyco brands.

The integration of Gardner-Gibson into ICP’s Building Solutions Group unites premier brands to offer a wide range of products for roofing, building envelope and flooring applications primarily serving commercial facilities and repair and maintenance applications.

“ICP Group has the infrastructure, networks and experience to take Gardner-Gibson to new levels of success,” said Sean Hyer, CEO, Gardner-Gibson. “We’re looking forward to working together and delivering more value to our customers, retail partners and distributors for years to come. It’s an exciting time to be at Gardner-Gibson as we enter this new era of innovation and product expansion with ICP.”

Lazard Middle Market served as financial advisor and Foley & Lardner LLP served as legal counsel to Gardner-Gibson on the transaction. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to ICP Group on the transaction, and J.P. Morgan, BMO, Antares Capital and Goldman Sachs provided the financing.

For more information about ICP, visit www.icpgroup.com.

Mule-Hide Products Announces New National Business Development Manager

Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. promoted Dan Conley to national business development manager. He will lead the business development team for Mule-Hide Products, which is responsible for strengthening the company’s relationships with building owners, developers, general contractors, design professionals and roofing consultants. Conley will serve as the key contact for national and strategic accounts.

Conley has served as business development manager for the Midwest region since joining Mule-Hide Products in 2014. During that time, he established national partnerships with key accounts and directed the creation of AIA CES (American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Services) Provider content, tools for communicating with property owners, and the Mule-Hide Legacy Contractor program. 

“Dan has been instrumental in laying the foundation for a national business development effort for Mule-Hide,” said Managing Director Dan Williams. “His group will continue to have a regional focus, but establishing a national team will help them harmonize their efforts. That will create new opportunities for us and help us better serve contractors, specifiers, and the end-users of our roofing systems and products.”

Before joining Mule-Hide Products, Conley had an accomplished 20-year career in the hospitality industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

For more information, visit www.mulehide.com

Garland Concludes 125th Anniversary Initiatives with Donation to Neighborhood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Facility

The Garland Company, Inc. rounds off its 125th year anniversary charitable initiatives with a donation to Cityview Healthcare & Rehabilitation in its Cleveland neighborhood. The recipients of Garland’s multiple charitable initiatives throughout the historic year were chosen based on unique needs and community impact, and Cityview exhibited many qualities that made it the well-deserved bookend to these initiatives.

Cityview, located a few miles away from the Garland headquarters and in view of the Cleveland cityscape, serves around 125 residents, which seemed perfectly fitting to commemorate Garland’s 125th anniversary! Cityview serves as both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care for their residents ranging in age anywhere from their 20s to their 90s.

Due to the pandemic, Garland knew healthcare facilities such as Cityview would be experiencing a drastic shift in need. In addition to the healthcare items that are always appreciated, Cityview became in desperate need of devices to conduct telehealth appointments. With this in mind, Garland donated 25 iPads which residents can now utilize for telehealth appointments, and of course to play games for entertainment! 

On Dec. 18, 2020, a team of volunteers from Garland brought the iPads to Cityview along with nearly 100 pairs of gloves, hats and scarves, and 90 winter jackets to keep the residents warm in time for the approaching Cleveland winter. And the iPads won’t be the only things keeping the residents of Cityview entertained; close to 100 playing cards, colored pencils and activity books were donated as well. Without forgetting the immediate needs of the facility, Garland also donated 120 pre-packaged bags of toiletries containing shampoo, razors, toothbrushes and more.

The administrative team at Cityview invited the Garland employees to drop off the donations and receive their immense gratitude, noting that this donation was a true “Christmas miracle” for their facility. Anna Moehnert, Cityview’s corporate clinical liaison, thanked the Garland team: “We thank you and our residents definitely thank you, we really appreciate this nice gesture right now.”

For Garland, this year was categorized by both historic celebration and historic change throughout the world. Among the global hardships of the pandemic, there was no better year than this to fund these charitable initiatives. Throughout this unforgettable year, Garland was able to provide these supplies to Cityview as well as 125 backpacks of supplies to the local Miles Park School, a $15,000 donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, a $12,500 scholarship to an employee’s child and more than $9,500 in donations to the favorite charities of Garland’s employees.

“As we head into our now 126th year in business, we all feel a greater regard and responsibility to our community that we intend to build upon every year. This community has built and shaped us over our history and it is such an honor to be able to give back in these unique ways. We cannot celebrate our successes without recognizing the factors that got us to this place,” said Garland President David Sokol.

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com.

LafargeHolcim to Acquire Firestone Building Products from Bridgestone Americas

LafargeHolcim has signed an agreement to acquire Firestone Building Products (FSBP). LafargeHolcim is a global building materials and solutions provider based in Switzerland.

Jan Jenisch, LafargeHolcim CEO, said, “I am excited to be entering the highly attractive roofing business. With Firestone Building Products we are strengthening our biggest market, the U.S., while also building a global growth and innovation platform for the company. Today’s milestone is a strategic leap on our journey to become the global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, to build a world that works for people and the planet. I have great respect for the high-caliber leadership and expertise of the Firestone Building Products’ team and look forward to welcoming them into the LafargeHolcim family.”

Paolo Ferrari, Bridgestone Americas President, CEO and COO, said, “This transaction will create new growth opportunities for Firestone Building Products and allow Bridgestone to focus its resources to further invest in the company’s tire business and rapidly growing mobility solutions business. Like Bridgestone, LafargeHolcim is a global company with a strong financial position and thriving culture. We know they will take great care of our Firestone Building Products employees and customers, and ensure the business enjoys growth and success for many years to come.” 

Taylor Cole, Firestone Building Products President, said, “Today is a big moment for the Firestone Building Products team as we look forward to becoming part of the global leader in building materials and solutions. Together, we are in a prime position to accelerate our growth by combining Firestone Building Products’ advanced technologies and know-how with LafargeHolcim’s global scale and reach.”

Founded in 1980, Firestone Building Products (FSBP) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas and part of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, a global leader providing tires and sustainable mobility solutions that create social and customer value. The acquisition of FSBP will strengthen LafargeHolcim’s biggest market, the United States, establishing a new growth profile, reaching $6 billion in annual net sales. Building on FSBP’s strong organic growth, LafargeHolcim expects to accelerate its leadership through cross-selling opportunities and further bolt-on acquisitions. LafargeHolcim also aims to swiftly globalize the business, leveraging its European and Latin American footprint. 

With up to 60 percent of buildings’ energy lost through roofs, FSBP plays an instrumental role in mitigating this process with its industry-leading technologies, including cool roofs, insulation and waterproofing systems. In addition, its green roofs contribute to more sustainable urban environments. These technologies complement LafargeHolcim’s sustainable building solutions, from its ECOPact green concrete to its EcoLabel range, accelerating the company’s net zero commitment. With this acquisition, LafargeHolcim will add 15 manufacturing facilities, 1,800 distribution points, and three R&D laboratories to its network. Upon completion of the sale, FSBP will continue to be headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and all 1,900 FSBP employees will transition to LafargeHolcim.

For more information, visit www.lafargeholcim.com

myABCsupply Now Available in Spanish and Polish

ABC Supply Co. Inc. is always looking to make its customers’ jobs easier, including evaluating the need for additional language offerings for its tools. With an increasing number of Spanish speakers in its customer base as well as a large contingent of Polish-speaking contractors in several metropolitan areas, ABC Supply has made myABCsupply, the company’s order management tool, available in Spanish and Polish in addition to English.

“At ABC Supply, we strive to make doing business with us as easy as possible,” said Mike Jost, chief operating officer of ABC Supply. “Offering more of our customers the ability to purchase materials online and manage their orders in their primary language is one way we’re making that happen.”

The easy-to-use tool offers the following features to make managing orders from a desktop or mobile device simple and convenient.

  • Place Orders Online 24/7
    • Conveniently order materials from your mobile device or log in to myabcsupply.com
  • Access Order and Delivery Details
    • View order details
    • Check the status of upcoming deliveries with a map of the day’s delivery locations
    • Retrieve delivery photos when you need them
  • Simplify Your Billing
    • View statements and pay invoices
    • Download account activity directly into your existing accounting software
  • Manage Users
    • Add additional users to your account
    • Decide each team member’s level of access

Sign up for myABCsupply at myABCsupply.com or by downloading the ABC Supply app from the App Store or Google Play

Polyglass Releases Time-Trial Videos Demonstrating Time and Labor Savings with Polyglass Products

Polyglass U.S.A., Inc., recently conducted a series of time-trials comparing the installation times for various configurations of the company’s products. These four time-trial videos demonstrate that by using either a full or hybrid self-adhered system, contractors can save time and money on the labor costs of installation. Self-adhered technology is not only a safer and cleaner installation but there are significant benefits for contractors and their team, according to the company.

To conduct the time trials, Polyglass set up identical conditions for the roofing teams to apply a roofing system to a 1000-square-foot panel. The videos show the step-by-step process for each roofing installation in the time trial and offer side-by-side comparisons of the results. 

Trial 1: Two-ply torch (with FASTLap) vs. 2-ply ADESO self-adhered membranes

The first time-trial involved applying a 2-ply torch-applied roofing system compared with a similar roofing system using ADESO self-adhered technology. At the conclusion of the trial, the ADESO self-adhered system required one less crew member and was installed in almost 2 hours less time than the torch-applied system, amounting to a labor savings of 50 percent. Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF8cCS3AOug  

Trial 2: Two-ply torch (with FASTLap) vs. Stick 1 Torch 1 

The second time-trial compared a 2-ply torch-applied roofing system with a Stick 1 Torch 1 roofing system—a hybrid application of ADESO self-adhered underlayment followed by a torch-applied top layer. The trial determined the Stick 1 Torch 1 system saved the five-person crew one hour and ten minutes of time, for a total labor savings of 30 percent.Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2CjNNEbomk  

Trial 3: Stick 1 Torch 1 vs. 2-ply ADESO self-adhered membranes 

For the third trial, Polyglass pitted its hybrid Stick 1 Torch 1 application against a 2-ply ADESO self-adhered roofing system. In this comparison, the fully self-adhered system required one less crew member and saved the team a total of 47 minutes in installation time. Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ0YlVS_0xM  

Trial 4: Two-ply torch (with FASTLap) vs. Velociflex System 

The fourth time trial compared the 2-ply torch-applied system with the Polyglass Velociflex roofing system—a high wind resistant system combining mechanical fastening and torch application. The Velociflex system gives you a high-performance system in high wind zones while saving the contractor time and money. In the end, the Velociflex system saved the 5-member team about 30 percent in labor costs. Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDSNitUUWJw  

Throughout all trials it was identified that the ADESO self-adhered systems, whether it involved a hybrid system or a full SA System, saved time in installation, which will save money for the contractor in labor cost.

To view the time trial videos, visit https://polyglass.us/videos/low-slope/.  

For more information, visit https://polyglass.us.

Kemper System America Announces Management Changes

Kemper System America announced the promotion of Christian Schaefer and Joseph Hoekzema as Managing Directors and Co-Presidents, overseeing operations across Northern America, effective December 1, 2020. 

According to the company, Christian Schaefer and Joseph Hoekzema will jointly continue to lead Kemper System America on its successful path focusing on quality, customer service and product innovation. 

As the current Chief Financial Officer at Kemper System America, Christian Schaefer brings more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Starting with Kemper System GmbH & Co. KG in 2001 at Headquarters in Germany, he then came to the U.S. division in 2011 to take on the role of the CFO. 

Joseph Hoekzema brings more than 30 years of sales and management experience to his new role, most recently as Director of Sales at Kemper System America. He has been an active member 

of the New York City construction market since 2003 and has been with Kemper System America since July 2014. 

Andreas H. Wiggenhagen, current President at Kemper System America, will be returning to his previous role as Managing Director at Kemper System GmbH & Co. KG, and retains his role as head of the global Kemper System Group. 

For more information, visit www.kempersystem.com.