Atlas to Host Webinar on Exit and Succession Planning June 18

Atlas Roofing is hosting a free webinar on exit, succession and contingency planning Monday, June 18 at 10 a.m. Eastern. Learn why roofing contractors need an exit or succession plan, as well as common mistakes made during the process and the best strategies for success.

Hear from business-planning experts Kevin Kennedy and Joe Bazzano about how to get all of the proper financial and legal arrangements in place to preserve your business legacy and secure your financial future.

Kennedy, CEO of Beacon Exit Planning, specializes in exit and success planning for private business owners. He uses the experience of selling his 63-year-old roofing business — including the mistakes he made — to help others navigate the process more smoothly.

Bazzano, COO of Beacon, is a certified public accountant, certified valuation analyst and certified business exit consultant with more than 25 years of experience. He shows business owners how to increase the value of their companies and save on taxes.

With their knowledge and expertise, these professionals can guide contractors around the potential pitfalls of leaving a roofing business — either by choice or circumstance.

To register, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8050003304757158147

Owens Corning Earns 2018 Women’s Choice Award

Owens Corning announced that it earned the 2018 Women’s Choice Award, which recognizes the brand behind America’s Most Recommended Roofing Products. This designation is based on a national survey reflecting responses from thousands of women in the United States who were asked to select brands they would highly recommend to friends and family. The announcement coincides with National Roofing Week, June 3 through June 9.

“We are honored that women have expressed their confidence in Owens Corning Roofing with the Women’s Choice Award. Women have long driven design and style decisions inside and outside the home, including the roof,” says Sue Burkett, marketing manager, Owens Corning Roofing. “Women consider the functional features of a home’s roofing system that help seal and defend a home from the elements, as well as the aesthetic aspects of the roof.”

A new roof consistently ranks among the top home improvements that achieves a strong return on investment. As a home’s roof typically represents about 40 percent of a home’s exterior, the roof can play a significant role in boosting curb appeal. The summer provides an opportunity for consumers considering home improvements to view their roof as both functional and stylish.

The annual Owens Corning Shingle Color of the Year initiative, which highlights the roof as a design element, is informed by women’s influence in coordinating a home’s external color schemes. The company developed color tools, such as online style boards and visualization resources, to help consumers consider the important aesthetic aspect of a new roof.

Delia Passi, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Women’s Choice Award stated, “By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, brands like Owens Corning signify their commitment to empower women to make smart buying choices, which is important because women’s spending power continues to grow. They currently control the majority of the purchasing decisions for consumer goods in the United States.”

This award can serve as a competitive differentiator in the marketplace.  “When a woman is willing to recommend a brand or service to others, it means that business has earned her loyalty. We are pleased to salute Owens Corning Roofing for its focus on excellence, a commitment that is recognized by women consumers nationwide,” Passi continued.

For more information, visit www.owenscorning.com.

 

SRS Distribution Enables Digital Business Using Contractor Applications

SRS Distribution Inc. announced the company has reached agreement with top contractor applications to enable real-time pricing and electronic order transmission for its loyal base of professional contractor customers using an Application Programming Interface (API).

“Innovation is key to the SRS culture and growth plans, and by enabling APIs that communicate directly with our industry leading distribution platform, we take our first step towards digitizing the contractor experience,” commented Sonya Wells, Senior Vice President of Information Services for SRS Distribution.

According to the company, integration will initially focus on providing professional contractors the ability to submit orders directly from each respective application, but will soon expand to other capabilities, such as real-time delivery tracking, scheduling, hotshot pickups and product availability.

“We recognize the unique value that each of our partners bring to our customer base, and by enabling these digital capabilities, we enrich and complete the end-to-end solution that each contractor application provides. We envision the contractor will estimate, price, order, and soon, track deliveries on the application of their choice.” said Patrick Garcia, Vice President of Innovation and Technology Adoption for SRS Distribution.

“JobProgress, iRoofing, JobNimbus, Xactware, EagleView, Core Logic, One Click Contractor and CutterCroix are among the select contractor applications that have chosen to align with SRS and will be the first to participate in this digital initiative. Co-development will simultaneously commence in June 2018 and target release date will be determined by each respective participant,” Garcia added.

“We have learned a lot through our existing partnership with EagleView Technology’s EagleView Construct software and we are excited to expand on that capability as we seek to make our entire family of companies easier to do business with,” Wells said.

For more information, visit http://srsdistribution.com.

ExakTime Announces New Digital Media Site for Construction Industry

ExakTime has launched a comprehensive new digital media site for the construction industry. FUEL is a multimedia news, education, and entertainment website for construction professionals, with content about construction-related legal, technology, health, and finance news and issues. In addition to articles and features, FUEL’s free content includes slideshows, videos, and more. The site is optimized for mobile and tablet screens as well as for desktop reading.

“We want to provide the latest and greatest information to the important people who are building our cities, towns, and roads,” said ExakTime Content Supervisor Amy Bourne. “Our content will always be accessible, informative, and entertaining, because we know how busy our readership is.”

FUEL publishes original reporting every week, as well as industry-related content from the Associated Press and other news outlets on a daily basis. “It will be a go-to site for construction professionals to check every day and get everything from news to business and injury prevention tips, or even an interesting sports tidbit,” Bourne said.

ExakTime Vice President of Marketing Casey Powers says FUEL is a natural extension of the long-term relationship ExakTime has built with the construction industry and its base as a provider of digital time and attendance solutions for construction and field services. “We have close to 10,000 active customers, eighty percent of whom are in construction or construction-adjacent verticals,” Powers said. “Our founder was a contractor, so ExakTime has always had a first-hand relationship with construction, and knows its challenges.”

Readers can visit the site to view unlimited, daily-updated content or subscribe free of charge to the weekly newsletter to receive highlights of the original content they will find. Bourne notes that subscribers can also access free downloads like eBooks and infographics with tips on running a successful construction business.

“FUEL’s goal is to help boost the construction industry and increase the allure of the trades,” said Bourne. “With all the new technology available to construction now, and the tight labor market, the industry is at a crossroads. ExakTime would like to help see it through to a bright future.”

For more information, visit www.exaktime.com and at fuel.exaktime.com.

Roper Whitney Announces Partnership With Eckhold

Roper Whitney announced a new partnership with Swiss-based manufacturer Eckold. Since 1957, Eckold has specialized in providing sheet metal forming equipment and CNC services. Eckold currently services industry sectors including: metal cladding and construction; aircraft production and maintenance; train, railway and carriages; ship, boat and yacht building; vessel and tank construction; and car and bike industries.

According to the company, Roper Whitney will be the North American sales, marketing and distribution channel for several of the Eckold product lines including:

  • Kraftformers: Metal forming machines that shrink and stretch sheet metal, in addition to tools that arch, dome, clamp and straighten
  • Flanging: Equipment for flanging of cylindric or conical tanks and vessels
  • Planishing: Tools that improve the surface finish on sheet metal parts already pre-formed
  • Wheeling: Tools for hand-forming sheet metal; frequently used to create custom pieces for bikes, race cars and car restoration.

The addition of the Eckold line means a greater depth of product and the ability to for Roper Whitney to enter into new markets. Roper Whitney partner Mike Smith commented, “We are excited to be able to offer a comprehensive line of forming machines that complement our own brand of tools and equipment. Since Eckold represents a highly innovative brand that is customer-focused, we feel the fit is perfect.”

For more information, visit www.roperwhitney.com.

Canadian Association Adds Polyglass Solutions to Roof Guarantee Program

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. announced that its products are approved for the RoofStar Guarantee, a comprehensive program offered to Canadian building owners and is backed by both the contractor and the Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia (RCABC).

According to the company, the inclusion of Polyglass’ solutions in the RoofStar Guarantee program recognizes the products as high-quality solutions. Established by the RCABC, the RoofStar Guarantee was introduced to ensure quality installations and acceptable standards for roofing materials. RCABC certifies that only the best materials are used for installations and also provides reputable contractors, well-trained installers, and independent inspections.

“We are excited about this achievement and look forward to providing more of our premium solutions to the Canadian roofing industry,” said Director of Sales, Technical and Customer Service Todd Homa. “As a member of the RCABC, we appreciate the standards in place to maintain quality and provide all parties in the process with peace of mind and security.”

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

Hydrotech Launches New Protected Membrane Roof (PMR) Planning Guide

PMR Planning GuideAmerican Hydrotech announced the availability of the company’s Protected Membrane Roof (PMR) Planning Guide, a new resource representing more than 50 years of proven assembly experience across the globe and 35-plus years of Hydrotech’s industry knowledge. According to the company, the guide strives to educate architects, engineers, general contractors and other design professionals on the key benefits of a protected membrane roof versus a conventional roof, the technology currently available and best practices for effective installations.

A Protected Membrane Roof (PMR), sometimes referred to as an Insulated Roof Membrane Assembly (IRMA), involves reversing the conventional arrangement of roofing materials — where the membrane is installed below the insulation layer, not above, thereby protecting it from physical abuse and Mother Nature. Hydrotech’s PMR Planning Guide further explores these benefits and outlines three key areas for an effective roof installation — good design, quality materials, and experienced workmanship.

The guide provides readers with more than 50 pages of compelling content and imagery organized in easy-to-read sections that explore areas such as typical assemblies and materials, design considerations, installation and maintenance, as well as a number of other industry information and resources. The guide also takes an in-depth look at today’s environmental challenges, detailing best practices, sustainability, LEED requirements and storm water management opportunities on the roof.

“We want to do our part by sharing our extensive industry experience to educate design professionals and building owners on the benefits of PMR assemblies,” said Edward Jarger of American Hydrotech. “Selecting the right membrane is the first step in achieving a long-lasting roof assembly. Hydrotech’s Monolithic Membrane 6125 is (MM6125) is perfect for PMR assemblies, in all its configurations. MM6125 is monolithic (seamless), fully bonded to the substrate and is designed to perform in a wet environment. Combined with Dow STYROFOAM brand insulation which exhibits excellent moisture resistance, high compressive strength and superior R-value, the ballasting options are almost limitless.”

The Hydrotech PMR Assembly Planning Guide is currently available for download in PDF format free of charge at http://www.hydrotechusa.com/pmrpg or by requesting a copy via email at PMR-Guide@hydrotechusa.com.

For more information, visit www.hydrotechusa.com.

Rheinzink Names Canadian Sales Manager

RHEINZINK America has appointed Richard Strickland as Regional Sales Manager, Canada. Strickland will be headquartered in Toronto.

Strickland has extensive experience with construction products and was previously technical sales manager with iSPAN Systems, L.P. in Princeton, ON.

“Canada continues to be an extremely important market for us,” said Chip McGowan, president of RHEINZINK America. “We’re delighted to have Richard onboard to assist and support our distributors and systems partners. And his hands-on experience with metal products makes him a real asset in working with architects and installers.”

Strickland has a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Fanshawe College.  “The opportunity to work with a natural, living metal is particularly exciting to me,” Strickland said. “The longevity and sustainability of RHEINZINK really make the material a desirable option for designers.”

RHEINZINK America, Inc. led the introduction of architectural zinc in North America and continues to offer one of the industry’s most reliable, trusted brands. Architects and contractors are supported by unparalleled customer service and technical assistance.  RHEINZINK is readily available through an established network of qualified distributors and systems partners across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Ideal for roofing, façade, gutter and interior applications, RHEINZINK is environmentally friendly, 100 percent recyclable and offers a potential lifespan of 100 years or more.

For more information, visit www.rheinzink.us.

Project of the Year Award Winners Announced by ATAS

ATAS International, Inc. honored its 2017 Project of the Year winners at a recent awards banquet. This annual competition recognizes projects in which ATAS products have been incorporated into the design of the building.

Six project categories were included in this year’s competition: commercial roofs, commercial walls, residential roofs, residential walls, and two new categories for 2017: accents and interiors. An independent panel of judges reviewed photos of all the projects submitted throughout the year and chose first, second, and third place winners in each category.

Receiving the first-place honors for commercial roofs was the Sprinkles at Disney Springs project in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Champagne CastleTop panels were used on this building, which were installed by S&S Roofing Systems, Inc. and purchased through Gulfeagle Supply. For the commercial walls category, the Ascent Uptown project in Charlotte, NC, designed by R2L: Architects, PLLC, took first-place. Perforated Corrugated Panels in Rocky Grey, Regal Blue, and Slate Blue were purchased through Southeastern Architectural Systems.

Taking the first-place award in the residential roofs category was a private residence located in Lewistown, PA.  Mission Red Techo Tile panels were used on the roof of this home. The panels were purchased through DS Siding and were installed by Stonewood Enterprises. The residential walls category first-place winner was a residential townhouse located in Philadelphia, PA.  Designed by Arbitare Design Studio, Classic Bronze Opaline panels were installed on the walls by Kevin Hartzell, LLC. The panels were purchased through Allied Building Products.

For the accents category, the CaroMont Regional Medical Center project in Gastonia, NC, took first-place.  Perforated Corrugated Panels in Dove Grey were purchased through Southeastern Architectural Systems. RPA Design created the unique application of the panels on this building. For the interiors category, Blaze Pizza in Canton, OH, was recognized as the first-place winner. Belvedere 7.2” Rib in Classic Bronze, Mission Red, and Dove Grey colors were incorporated into the design created by WT Development Corporation. The panels were installed by RCW General Contractors, Inc. and purchased through Prestige Products, LLC.

Jim Bush, VP of Sales and Marketing of ATAS, stated, “Each year we look forward to honoring the architects, contractors and distributors who were involved in the award-winning projects. ATAS received many entries into the 2017 competition, and we have created a 24-page booklet to showcase all those projects. This “idea book” should be useful to architects, contractors, and building owners to help them envision possible metal panel applications and design aesthetics for their future projects.”

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

Tropical Roofing Products Appoints Chief Operating Officer

Tropical Roofing Products announced the appointment of Richard Oliva as Chief Operating Officer. Oliva brings with him over 25 years of experience in distribution and manufacturing, operations management, including senior leadership positions as Vice President of Operations for the Brenntag Group and as Senior Vice President for Roofing Supply Group (RSG) in the chemical and commercial building materials industries, respectively.

Oliva will report to Richard Zegelbone, President & C.E.O., and serve on the company’s Executive Committee.

Richard Zegelbone, President of Tropical Roofing Products, said, “Richard Oliva’s leadership, industry experience and ability to build and foster strong relationships with internal and external customers already make him a key addition to the Tropical Roofing Products family. Richard is the right leader to help us realize our greatest ambitions. And he will play a key role in that capacity along with our accomplished team of senior leaders that reflect our commitment to the industry at large.”

Oliva added, “I am excited to start a new challenge with Tropical Roofing Products, a 60- year old company and a leader in Fluid Applied Roof Restoration Systems. My professional background combined with a personal knowledge of Tropical Roofing Products as a former customer has prepared me for this role where I can add my leadership and relationship building skills to an organization with a great brand identity, culture, history, customer base, and unlimited future potential.”

Richard Oliva will be based in the Tropical Roofing Products corporate headquarters in Hallandale, Florida starting on April 9th, 2018.

For more information, visit www.tropicalroofingproducts.com.