Sunnova and PetersenDean Partner to Deliver Integrated Solar Solutions to California Homebuilders

Sunnova Energy International Inc., a residential solar and battery storage service provider, today announced a new strategic partnership with PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, one of the largest full-service, privately-held roofing and solar companies in the United States.Working together, Sunnova and PetersenDean will deliver Sunnova’s solar and storage services to homebuilders across California. 

California continues to lead the nation in residential solar and is expected to grow significantly because of the California Energy Commission solar mandates. This far-reaching energy policy was adopted last year and requires solar photovoltaic (PV) electric systems to be installed on virtually every new residential dwelling built in the state. It will apply to all houses, condos and apartment buildings up to three stories that secure building permits after January 1, 2020.

“This innovative partnership will enable homebuilders to affordably and easily meet the new California solar requirements with an integrated solution,” said John Berger, Chief Executive Officer of Sunnova. “We chose PetersenDean because we want a strategic partner with the labor force and experience in both roofing and solar to execute the volume and demand we expect from the mandates. PetersenDean will be a valuable partner for Sunnova, creating a seamless customer experience, from sales to solar installation.”

“We are a roofing and solar contractor with a large labor force so we can provide turnkey solutions for builders, who in turn can provide more options to their buyers. Through our partnership with Sunnova, we can now offer home builders expanded product offerings that include leases or power purchase agreements,” said Mark Vogel, President and Chief Operating Officer at PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, builder division. “This will give the home builders we work with the flexibility they need to meet their buyers’ needs, which will be extremely important, especially in California which is getting ready for the mandates.”

For more information, visit www.sunnova.com and www.petersendean.com.

Garland Raises $56,000 for Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow Charity

As a part of its annual charity fund-raising event, The Garland Company, Inc. raised $56,000 to support Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow in its efforts to bring the spirit of Christmas joy to seriously and terminally ill children and their families year-round. Garland’s Spirit Week, now in its tenth year, is a weeklong event held at the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, dedicated to raising money for worthy causes through various fund-raising activities. Garland’s corporate employees as well as its sales representatives located through the United States, Canada and the U.K. all participated in the week of giving.

Garland’s support extended beyond just monetary contributions as many employees spent time volunteering at “The Hollow” – a 93-acre private park in Middlefield, Ohio, complete with elves, reindeer, a toy shop and bakery. “The Hollow” is designed to mimic the North Pole with every detail meticulously planned to create a truly magical escape for sick children and their families.

Garland employees Halle Trapp (left) and Taylor Miller help paint a fence on a pergola at Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow in Middlefield, Ohio. Several Garland employees volunteered their time at the private park in support of the charity.

Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow was founded in 1981 to bring the magic of Christmas to a family’s home, a hospital or to welcome friends and family members to the “The Hollow.” The personalized and extravagant memories this organization creates give families a very special Christmas celebration any time of year. The organization is 100 percent volunteer driven – no one receives a salary or fee.

“I am reminded every year during Spirit Week how truly incredible Garland’s employees are,” said Scott Craft, Garland’s vice president and general manager. “Even after doing this for 10 years, our employees are still just as enthusiastic and giving as they were the first year.” 

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com

BILCO Announces New Territory Sales Manager

The BILCO Company announced Peter Vandersloot has joined the business as Territory Sales Manager. He will be responsible for managing the manufacturer’s representative firms throughout the United States.

Vandersloot previously worked in direct sales for several companies throughout New England and Mid-Atlantic states. As the New England Territory Manager for Grinnell Mechanical Products, he increased territory sales by more than 38 percent while increasing margin dollars by 52 percent.

Prior to joining BILCO, Vandersloot served as the Mid-Market Sales Representative for Honeywell, where he developed a mid-market sales strategy and implemented it throughout the Eastern United States. He was also the Inside Sales Manager at Kochek, LLC, in Putnam, Conn., and was the New England Mechanical Specialist for Anvil International of Exeter, N.H. He ranked No. 3 out of 20mechanical specialists in 2017 with 221 percent growth. Vandersloot was also the top new account development representative for three consecutive years while working for United Pipe & Steel of Ipswich, Mass.

“I am very excited about my role with BILCO which will allow us to provide the desired support to our outstanding Manufacturer’s Representative network,’’ Vandersloot said. “BILCO has a long history and great reputation of excellent products and service. I feel privileged to now be a part of their team.”

A resident of Clinton, Vandersloot graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.He can be reached at peter.vandersloot@bilco.com or by phone at 203-672-8688.

For more information, visit www.bilco.com.

Let’s Build Camp for Girls Provides Exploration of Careers in Construction

Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls is a free week-long camp designed for high school age girls to explore the construction trades, architecture, engineering, and construction materials manufacturing through hands-on experiences and field trips. ​The third annual camp was held the week of July 8th at the Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School in Bethlehem, PA.

This year, Kevin Klersy and Mike Plocinik of ATAS’ Technical Services Department spent an afternoon with the campers, demonstrating and assisting in the installation of Opaline metal wall panels and trims.  Last year, the campers learned about the installation of Dutch Seam and Advanta Shingle metal roofing, and at the inaugural event, they toured ATAS’ headquarters and main production facility in Allentown, PA.

Lee Ann M. Slattery, Sales Support Manager for ATAS, who was involved in the planning of the camp, stated, “ATAS was pleased to be involved in the camp again this year.  We are a strong supporter of the development and training of students within the local community, and this is the perfect opportunity to allow the campers exploration of potential careers in the architecture, engineering, construction, and manufacturing industries.”    

The Let’s Build camp was created in 2017, the result of a collaborative effort between the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Eastern PA Chapter, and the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Lehigh Valley Affiliate.  The objectives of this camp include:

  • Provide girls an opportunity to explore a career in the construction industry.
  • Experience the construction trades through hands-on learning and building.  
  • Learn about architecture, engineering, and manufacturing during construction-related field trips to area businesses.
  • Develop greater self-esteem by teaching skills to solve challenging projects and successfully complete them.
  • Provide inspiration and mentoring for girls to understand they have a place in the construction industry, and they can become successful leaders in the future.
  • Develop a stronger workforce for the future of the construction industry. ​

Jon Lattin, President of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of CSI, and Kristen Fallon, Regional Vice President of Member Services of Eastern PA ABC, have led the creation and collaborative organizational efforts for this annual camp.  Each year, the event has attracted more sponsors, volunteers, and campers.  The camp is structured in such a way that the girls get to experience many different trades, visit area offices of architects, engineers, and contractors, and tour manufacturing facilities that make building products.  This gives the campers a well-rounded view of the industry, and the many different careers that are included within it.

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

OMG Roofing Products Launches Pick Six Promotion for the 2019 Football Season

OMG Roofing Products announced the company will once again sponsor the innovative marketing promotion called OMG Pick Six, which is tied to the upcoming National Football League season. It’s free to play, and participants compete for $175 in weekly prizes and the top season prize of $3,000. In total, there are more than 400 chances to win during the season, and a total of $15,000 in prizes.

According to the company, this year’s program includes several updates, including weekly bonus prizes, a distributor promotional kick-off package, and a text message notification system for participants who sign-up by texting PICKSIX to 33222, or by submitting their mobile phone number during sign-up.

Participants earn and accumulate points by correctly picking the winners of six NFL games each week during the regular, 17 week, NFL season. In addition, players also have an opportunity to earn weekly bonus points for answering questions about various OMG products, including the RhinoBond System, OlyBond500 Adhesives, OMG EdgeSystem products, OlyFlow Drains, Accu-tools, and of course, PowerGrip Roof Mounts.

There is no cost to play and the promotion is open to all commercial roofing contractors, distributors, roof consultants, specifiers, sales representatives, manufacturers, and building owners. Participants can sign up by completing the short registration form at OMGPickSix.com. Participants can jump into the game at any time during the season, but have better chances to win the overall prizes if they start at the beginning of the season. The regular NFL season begins on Thursday, September 5, and OMG Pick Six participants can make their first selections of the season on Tuesday, September 3.  

For additional information and complete rules, visit omgroof.com/picksix, contact your local OMG field sales representative, or call OMG Roofing Products at (800) 633-3800.

Atlas Roofing’s Summit 60 Underlayment Goes Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

In honor of breast cancer awareness, Atlas Roofing’s premiere lightweight synthetic roofing underlayment Summit 60 is going pink, with a portion of the sales proceeds to support the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation.

For every roll of Summit 60 sold — including traditional and limited-edition pink ribbon rolls — from Aug. 15 to Oct. 15, 2019, Atlas Roofing will donate $2 to the foundation. The Summit 60 Pink special-edition rolls will be embellished with pink branding and pink ribbons, the international symbol of breast cancer awareness. The special-edition Summit 60 will be available to contractors exclusively through Atlas Roofing distributors.

Tracy Cook, director of marketing for Atlas, said the special-edition rolls are aimed at bringing more attention to breast cancer, including early detection and research for a cure. For Cook, the cause is close to her heart. Her mother had breast cancer in the early 1990s.

“Treatment has come a long way since 1991, but it has a long way to go. Indeed, early detection is key,” Cook said. “Many of my family members have had cancer — breast, lung, oral and prostate. In every case, it’s about early detection.”

Designed To Protect
Summit 60 is designed to optimize the life of a roof system through superior water resistance and UV protection, protecting against water intrusion and mold growth. Made from a woven polymeric scrim, Summit 60 is designed for increased strength, reduced slippage between the underlayment and the roof sheathing and improved walkability during installation. The materials will not warp, buckle or crack over time like other organic felt brands. The UV coating provides 60-day protection from the sun while the roof is being installed.

Supporting Cancer Research And Early Detection
The Susan G. Komen foundation launched in 1982 and has since funded more than $988 million in research and more than $2.2 billion in education, screenings and treatment programs. Due to the worldwide efforts by the foundation and others, breast cancer mortality has declined 40% from 1989 to 2016.

However, more work needs to be done. Today, about 12% of women (or 1 in 8) will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2019 alone, an estimated 268,600 women and 2,670 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. An estimated 41,760 women and 500 men will die from breast cancer in 2019.

“Cancer of all types has touched everyone in the United States in one way or another. Since breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among American women, it has impacted so many of us,” Tiara Searcy, content and digital marketing manager for Atlas Roofing, said. “We hope our efforts with Summit 60 will help make for a healthier future.”

Partners In Pink
Atlas Roofing is proud to help in the fight against breast cancer and supports the outstanding work of the Susan G. Komen foundation.

“The goal of our pink campaign is to provide much-needed funding for critical research and public education,” explained Kirk Villar, vice president of sales and marketing for Atlas. “We are honored to join forces with the community to take a stand against breast cancer.”

Summit 60 Pink will be available across the country. For more information, contractors should contact their Atlas Roofing representative.

For more information, visit AtlasRoofing.com

Owens Corning University Brings Virtual Training to Roofing Education

While August is back to school season for students and teachers, education is always a timely topic for contractors who want to stay on top of the latest in roofing technology. And just as virtual learning is transforming classroom education, digital technology is also changing the game for roofing contractors. Case in point: Owens Corning University’s (OCU’s) expanded Learning Management System (LMS) recently rolled out to all members of the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network (OCCN). The platform features easy-to-digest learning modules of 15 minutes or less that make it easy for roofing professionals to grab information anytime and anywhere – from their truck, on the jobsite, or between appointments.

Free to all OCCN members and offering an unlimited number of users, OCU is an on-demand education platform accessible from mobile and computer devices. Featuring multiple learning modules, sub-modules and educational videos, the platform compliments Owens Corning’s in-field courses and allows contractors to efficiently access information about Owens Corning products, warranties, business services, and more. 

Because contractors enjoy “getting their game on”, future phases will include a gaming element featuring leaderboards that allow contractors to track education points, award badges for completed educational tasks, and see how they rank compared to their peers. 

From helping onboard new employees to learning the fundamentals of roofing application, unlocking the mystery of warranties and more, the Owens Corning University platform builds on a portfolio of digital resources available to OCCN members. Additional  resources on OCU include product and system content such as the Duration Series shingles, SureNail Technology information, an overview of the Total Protection Roofing System, roofing fundamentals, business service offerings and access to the entire Owens Corning video library.  

Union Corrugating adds Capabilities to their Fayetteville, NC Facility

Union Corrugating has recently installed an additional piece of equipment at their facility in Fayetteville – a line capable of producing Union’s new 7/8” Corrugated Panel, in addition to a 1-1/4” Corrugated offering.  This line adds a structural corrugated profile which presents design options as both a roof and a wall panel.  The 7/8” corrugation rib height provides the structural integrity to allow installation over either a solid substrate or open framing.  It is available in 26, 24, and 22-gauge high strength steel, with multiple coating options.

 “Listening to our customers’ needs is paramount in our decision to invest in new equipment and add to our capabilities,” says Keith Medick, Union Corrugating President and CEO.  “Designed for commercial, industrial, and steel-framed applications, our 7/8” Corrugated Panels are utilized not only as a roof covering.  Popular applications include: roofing, horizontal and vertical siding, interior and exterior wainscoting, backsplashes, and accent features.  Our goal continues to be the most convenient metal roofing supplier to our customers.”

The line is now fully operational. For more information, visit www.unioncorrugating.com.

EagleView Unveils Benchmark Waste Calculation

EagleView announced the release of its benchmark waste calculation,Suggested Waste Factor (SWF). According to the company, SWF will provide customers with an objective, third-party estimate how much material and labor are required to replace a roof. It is designed to help contractors avoid excess costs and production delays, while assisting insurance companies in accurately paying claims and informing supplemental coverage discussions — effectively cutting out significant and costly processes in both industries.

SWF can be used in real-time, as EagleView provides roof measurements that take the unique characteristics of each property into consideration, without any manual input. In August, EagleView is scheduled to unveil SWF Wave 2 technology,which enhances the 3D visualizer model and implements wall renderings and measurements. According to the company, valuable sales tools can now be generated without ever setting foot on a property. Contractors will be able to show homeowners a complete 3D structure,including walls and wall measurements. SWF will break the age-old stereotypes of construction estimates being incorrect and vague and will enable contractors to win more bids with real-time data and visualization tools.

“Here at EagleView, we’re constantly looking to see how we can help our customers solve their biggest problems using the latest technology,” said Michael Park, the Chief Product and Marketing Officer of EagleView. “When roofs are damaged due to normal wear and tear or as the result of a storm, a ‘guesstimation game’ begins in which contractors and insurance carriers try to determine exactly how much material and labor are required to replace a roof. The calculation is often very subjective. Every contractor has a different approach and while it may work for them, it’s not consistent. Some apply standard waste percentages based on the complexity of a roof or the experience of a crew, while more inexperienced roofers pick a number and hope for the best. With EagleView’s latest enhancement to its roof reports, we’re offering a more scientific and consistent approach to helping customers calculate the waste they can expect on residential roof replacements.”

The new Suggested Waste Factor calculation is now available in all residential 3D roof reports. These reports can be accessed from any desktop or from iOS or Android mobile devices using the EagleView App

For more information, visit www.eagleview.com.

Morin Names Sales Manager for Texas and Oklahoma

Eric Ramirez joined Morin in Texas earlier in 2019, appointed to the position of Regional Sales Manager for the West, South Central Territory at Morin; he is responsible for Texas and Oklahoma. According to the company, Ramirez has already added value to the team by leveraging his prior single-element metal roof and wall experience, including consultative sales and architectural specification development. 

As the primary point of contact for sales in Texas and Oklahoma, Ramirez is responsible for growing sales in the market by supporting the company’s current customers and identifying new opportunities for its unique integrated architectural line of roof and wall products. He enjoys developing differentiated specifications and design ideas and can now leverage his architectural and technical knowledge using an expanded palette of panels. Ramirez resides in Fort Worth, Texas, and can be reached at ericr@morincorp.com or via phone direct at (682) 225-9020.

For more information, visit www.morincorp.com