IKO Holds Grand Opening Celebration for New Plant in Hillsboro, Texas

IKO held an official grand opening ceremony to celebrate the opening of the company’s newest production facility in Hillsboro, Texas. According to Marketing Director Carol Perkins, local dignitaries and IKO customers were on hand to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour the plant during the grand opening celebration held March 22. The new plant began producing product in late December.

The 250,000-square-foot production and warehouse facility is historic for IKO as it completes the company’s manufacturing footprint in the United States, allowing it to better serve and build upon the customer and homeowner base in the Southwest. IKO opened its first U.S. asphalt shingle plant in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1981.

According to Vice President of Sales (U.S.) Keith Lowe, the new flagship facility is a vital component of the company’s long-term strategic expansion plan as well as a significant statement on the company’s commitment to the U.S. market. “IKO has built more modern facilities and invested more in our technology in the past twenty years than anyone else in our industry,” said Lowe. “We are proud of the effort and resources that we’ve invested in better serving our U.S. customers.”

The Hillsboro facility employs 65 people locally, with the possibility for future expansion to meet consumer demand. The project was announced in 2015, shortly after the company opened its IKO Southeast facility in Sylacauga, Alabama. Plans are already underway for the construction of a new facility west of Toronto, Ontario, modernizing IKO’s first plant in eastern Canada, built in 1958.

For more information, visit www.iko.com.

CertainTeed Solar Products Now Available through United Electric Supply

CertainTeed is now distributing its Apollo II solar roofing systems and US Series solar modules in the eastern United States. Both of these highly-efficient and aesthetically pleasing solutions offer installers and their customers the strongest warranty in the industry, backed by the stability of CertainTeed’s century-long legacy of roofing manufacturing in the United States, according to the company.

“We’re very excited about our new partnership with United Electric Supply,” said Mark Stancroff, director of CertainTeed Solar. “For more than fifty years they have continuously evolved to keep pace with the ever-changing construction marketplace. This dedication, combined with a commitment to offering the best products and customer support, make them an ideal distributor for CertainTeed Solar.”

The partnership brings CertainTeed Solar’s Apollo II and Apollo Tile II solar roofing systems along with high-efficiency 300W black US Series 60 cell solar modules to United Electric’s distribution network, which spans across Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Northern Virginia and New Jersey. All CertainTeed products added to the United Electric portfolio are proudly manufactured in the United States using foreign and domestic components.

“We are thrilled to bring on an incredible manufacturer like CertainTeed Solar,” said Mike Howell, product manager with United Electric Supply. “Between their unrivaled products and the strength and stability they bring to the solar industry, it’s a natural fit for us to team up and deliver high-quality, differentiated products and services to customers in our network.”

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com/solar.

TAMKO Offering Exclusive Training for Pro Certified Contractors

TAMKO Building Products, Inc. is excited to offer new live webinar training exclusively for its Pro Certified Contractors. The training is available now and includes multiple webinars that cover business tools to help contractors increase and manage their business.

“We want success for our TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing for TAMKO, Stephen McNally. “These webinars introduce TAMKO Pros to technology and business resources that are available to help them achieve more with their roofing business.”

TAMKO’s 2018 webinar series began in March and the lineup includes topics such as: home industry trends, led by HomeAdvisor; the basics of social media for businesses, led by Digital Fusion; how financing jobs can increase your business revenue, led by GreenSky; and the importance of roof measurement technology and how to use it, led by EagleView Technologies. Webinar host companies and topics will vary monthly.

A goal of the TAMKO Pro Certified Contractor program is to help contractors grow their business and assist them with finding the tools and services to help along the way. As part of the program, contractors are also eligible for Pro Rewards where they can earn cash back for qualifying purchases.

For more information, visit TAMKOpro.com.

 

ATAS International Upgrades Certification to ISO 9001:2015

ATAS International’s operations were certified to the ISO 9001:2000 international quality system standard in 2006. In April 2018, the ATAS ISO certification has been upgraded to ISO 9001:2015 (with design in the Allentown, PA locations). This certification assists ATAS with maintaining industry leadership; utilizing a customer focus and quality improvements that are consistent with continued growth, enhanced customer service, and employee satisfaction; harnessing growth responsibly.

The ISO 9001:2015 certification is valid until April 2021. It is applicable to ATAS’ design and manufacturing of metal roofing systems, wall panels, ceilings, rainware, framing systems, flat sheets, slit coils, and toll processed products for commercial and residential construction industries, including products that promote improved energy efficiency. It is also issued to ATAS as a provider of additional materials, components, and supplies that are required for a complete system approach to construction projects.

ATAS chose Intertek as their partner to assist in the transition to ISO 9001:2015. Intertek is a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide, helping their customers to improve the quality of their products, services, assets, and processes.

The ISO 9001 series of certifications is based on seven quality management principles, including: customer focus, leadership, engagement of people, process approach, improvement, evidence-based decision making, and relationship management. The 2015 version of ISO 9001 is less prescriptive than its predecessors and focuses on performance. This is achieved by combining the process approach with risk-based thinking and employing the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle at all levels in the organization. Greater emphasis on building a management system suited to each organization’s particular needs is applied.

Dick Bus, President of ATAS International, said “We are very proud to achieve this upgrade in our quality management system, to become certified to ISO 9001:2015. The ATAS management team meets monthly to review our progress toward continuous improvement. Everyone is involved and accountable to aligning our quality products and services to our business strategy for growth. This commitment to certification and excellence ensures that we will continue to deliver the highest quality of metal cladding and building components, as well as services, to all of our stakeholders.”

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

 

Firestone Building Products Recognizes Top Partner Contractors

Firestone Building Products announced the list of top partner firms that have earned recognition as Master Contractor, Platinum Master Contractor, Inner Circle of Quality and Partner in Quality, as well as the firms inducted into the 2018 Master Contractor Hall of Fame. These highly regarded programs recognize the most outstanding FSBP commercial roofing contractors in North America and Latin America.

“At Firestone Building Products, we strive to set the standard in commercial roofing and building solutions, but we cannot do it alone,” said Taylor Cole, president, Firestone Building Products. “These contractors share our culture of reliability and the relentless pursuit of excellence, and they deserve nothing less than some of the longest-running recognitions in the commercial roofing industry.”

The Master Contractor Program recognizes the top 5 percent of Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors based on the quality and square footage of installed systems covered by the Red Shield Warranty, including RubberGard EPDM, UltraPly TPO, asphalt and metal roofing systems.

The designation of Platinum Master Contractor is awarded to the top 1 percent of Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors who accrued the highest number of quality points for superior inspection ratings and total square footage of Red Shield warranted roofing system installations completed during the past year.

Master Contractors are also eligible for the Inner Circle of Quality award by installing at least four warranted roofs in 2013 and eight warranted roofs each year thereafter, maintaining at least 2 million square feet of FSBP roofs under warranty and achieving a preferred annual Quality Incidence Rating (QIR). Click here to view the list of Master Contractors and those who earned the Inner Circle of Quality award.

FSBP inducted the 2018 class of the Master Contractor Hall of Fame during the Master Contractor event in February, recognizing long-standing partners for their exemplary craftsmanship, superior leadership and overall distinguished presence within the commercial construction industry. The 2018 inductees are Douglass Colony Group, Herzog Roofing, Dixie Roof Decks Inc., CE Reeve Roofing a Tecta America Co. LLC, Olsson Roofing Company, Mid-South Roof Systems, York Roofing, Inc. and Holland Roofing.

“Each of the 2018 Master Contractor Hall of Fame inductees has earned this distinction as some of the best contractors in the commercial construction business through their continued exemplary work and dedication,” said Cole. “We look forward to partnering with each of these firms to drive the future of the commercial roofing and building industries.”

The designation of Partner in Quality is awarded to contractors who installed at least four warranted roofs in 2013 and eight warranted roofs each year thereafter, maintained 1 million square feet under warranty and achieved a preferred annual QIR. Click here to view a 2018 list of contractors recognized as an FSBP Partner in Quality.

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

Owens Corning Roofing Introduces the OCConnect Resource Center

Owens Corning Roofing launched the OCConnect Resource Center, an online 24/7 resource portal in response to input from members of the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network. The all-new OCConnect will replace the previous ProConnect Resource Center to provide contractors with faster, user-friendly navigation features, a streamlined at-a-glance user dashboard and full access to a wide range of communication tools with enhanced capabilities.

A key highlight of the OCConnect Resource Center is the flexible and secure dashboard. The dashboard allows owners to assign multiple users and authorize varying levels of access based on a user’s role. Other enhancements include:

  • Mobile access anytime, anywhere
  • Quickly and easy uploading of multiple invoices, including Drag & Drop feature
  • The ability to view a company’s available promo balance
  • A pre-denominated and reloadable reward process with Mastercard
  • More self-service capabilities to access marketing materials and resources
  • Enhanced support services to facilitate faster resolution
  • An intuitive experience supported by PC and mobile platforms
  • According to Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network Leader Jason Lewinski, the new portal offers contractors flexibility to customize settings and navigate resources more easily today and into the future. “During research, contractors expressed a need for a system that provided expanded functionality and flexibility,” Lewinski said. “Our goal was to create a system that meets contractors’ needs today and will evolve to meet contractors’ emerging needs in the future.”

    Introduced in phases, the OCConnect Resource Center will continue to expand throughout the year, adding more features designed to enhance contractor engagement. Currently available to all Owens Corning Contractor Network members, the OCConnect Resource Center will eventually expand to support additional audiences including insulation contractors, dealers, architects and other stakeholders in the supply chain.

    The OCConnect portal may be accessed at www.owenscorning.com/connect.

    For more information, please visit www.owenscorning.com/roofing.

    Contractor Wins New IKO Truck for a Second Year in a Row

    KD Roofing, a family owned and operated roofing contractor based in Idaho, has been awarded a brand-new Dodge Ram 1500 truck through IKO’s PRO4 Plus Promotion for the second year in a row. To qualify, KD achieved the highest milestone in the PRO4 Plus Promotion, using at least 20,000 roofing squares along with IKO roofing components in 2017.

    “Participating in the PRO4 Plus Promotion is a no-brainer for us year over year, as we strive to provide the best quality products for our customers,” said Jared Doty, general manager of KD Roofing. “Consistency is a key factor for us when choosing products, and IKO delivers every time. We are proud to be a part of the IKO PRO4 Plus contractor program.”

    “With 25 years in the roofing contractor business, KD Roofing is known for hard work, great service, honest pricing and attention to detail,” said Andrew Buehner, IKO territory sales representative. “KD Roofing is a solid team with dedicated, long term employees who deliver high-quality service to all of their customers.”

    The PRO4 Plus Promotion continues into 2018, giving contractors an opportunity to receive rebates and cash bonuses based on the amount of PRO4 squares and components used over the course of the year. A contractor must use at least 20,000 squares to qualify for the Dodge Ram 1500.

    “Many of Idaho’s builders and homeowners turn to KD Roofing each year for the installation of high-quality roofing systems,” said Keith Lowe, IKO’s vice president of sales. “We thank the KD Roofing team for their dedication to IKO products. It is a pleasure to award this truck and bonus to such a dedicated, deserving team for a second year.”

    For more information, visit www.iko.com.

    Arrowhead Building Supply Celebrates 21st Anniversary With New Logo, Revamped Website

    Arrowhead Building Supply is celebrating the company’s 21st birthday with a new website and branding.

    When the family-owned building materials company reached the 20-year milestone, they felt it was time to update their brand with a new logo. Referencing the previous logo of a literal arrowhead pointing to the left inside the roof of a house, Rich Layton, Arrowhead’s Director of Sales, said, “It was time to release the arrowhead from the attic, and point it in the direction of the future. We are proud of how far we’ve come in 20 years, but now it’s time to focus on the next 20 years of growth.”

    Arrowhead Marketing Manager, Ryan Ramshaw, designed a dynamic, modern arrowhead that would look at home on a sports jersey, emphasizing Arrowhead’s team spirit. Additionally, the company tagline was changed from “Building supplies for building dreams,” to “Building supplies for building SUCCESS.” Layton explains the significance of altering one word: “Dreams are intangible. Success is tangible. We excel at helping our customers by providing the products and knowledge they need to succeed.”

    The new branding sets the tone for the company’s revamped website, which makes it easier to understand and engage with all the products, services and information Arrowhead is known for. Both building contractors and homeowners can quickly find exactly what they need and connect with experts at all 6 Arrowhead Building Supply locations throughout Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.

    Another key feature of the new website is mobile optimization. “Everyone lives on their smart phone, including our building contractors,” said Layton. “The new website makes it super easy for a builder on the job site to reach us with a single tap and get the services they need, right now.”

    With a new website and branding completed, Arrowhead accelerates its 21st birthday celebration by erecting a new 78,000 sq.ft. facility on Interstate 70 in St. Peters, which will contain the warehouse, corporate office and a 7,000 sq.ft. showroom.

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

    Soprema Adds Seventh U.S. Contractor Training Center at New Convoy Supply Facility

    Soprema Inc. has expanded its comprehensive contractor training program by opening a new training center in Capitol Heights, Maryland. The new training center is located within a new 15,000-square-foot distribution facility operated by Convoy Supply Inc., a distributer of building envelope materials for the construction industry.

    The new training center will offer courses covering product specifications and application for the full building envelope in a 1,350-square-foot classroom. The space will also be available to local contractors and architects for industry meetings and training sessions.

    “We’re pleased to be expanding the reach of the SOPREMA contractor training program with our new Maryland location — our seventh training center in the U.S.,” said Curt Liscum, Technical Services Manager for Soprema. “We look forward to providing in-person education and hands-on product experience to contractors, consultants and architects at the Capitol Heights facility soon.”

    “At SOPREMA, training and education are taken very seriously, and I’m glad that we can now offer our customers another convenient location specifically for this purpose,” explained Tim Kersey, Vice President and General Manager for SOPREMA. “With labor being the number one topic in our industry, we want contractors to feel comfortable and become proficient using our products. We also want designers to better understand our products and systems and feel comfortable specifying them, so we are committed to ensuring they have every opportunity to interact with and learn from us in person.”

    More information on the SOPREMA training program can be found on the SOPREMA website at http://info.soprema.us/contractortrainingfaq.