OMG Roofing Products Names Two to Product Management Roles

OMG Roofing Products has hired Jim Lavallee as product manager for the Adhesives Business Unit, reporting to Adam Cincotta, director of the business unit. In his new role, Lavallee will manage daily product management activities for OMG’s line of OlyBond Insulation Adhesives, including new product development, voice-of-customer feedback as well as work with the marketing team to develop growth strategies for the adhesives business.

Lavallee comes to OMG Roofing from LoyaltyEdge, an American Express divestiture, where he led strategy, created a new product development process and implemented various process improvements that resulted in significant revenue growth and cost reductions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from New York University.

In addition, Pat O’Connor, who joined OMG Roofing Products in 2017 as the Edge Metal Product Manager for the company’s Metal Accessories Business Unit, has been named as RhinoBond Product Manager in the company’s Fastener Business Unit. He will report to Peter Coyne, senior vice president and general manager for the OMG Roofing Products Division.

In this role, O’Connor will develop and execute marketing and sales strategies for the RhinoBond product line including product development, and product life cycle management. 

Prior to joining OMG in 2017, O’Connor worked in various roles for Tyco Simplex Grinnell. O’Connor holds a Bachelor’s degree in industrial distribution and an MBA in marketing, both from Clarkson University.

For more information, visit www.omgroofing.com.

Dynamic Fastener Releases Updated Tool and Fastener Guide

Dynamic Fastener has released the newest version of its popular free Tool and Fastener Hand Guide. This one-of-a-kind resource provides many answers to common and uncommon issues that arise in the Metal Building Industry. The 140-page full-color publication, provides clear and concise answers to questions pertaining to fastener applications, engineering data, availability of types, size ranges and fastener materials. In addition to discussing screws and anchors, the Hand Guide provides prices and other useful information relating to rivets, flashings, sealants, insulation tapes, safety equipment, hand tools, power tools and more. 

For more information, visit www.dynamicfastener.com

GAF Restarts Glass Mat Plant in Shafter, California

GAF, a Standard Industries company, announced the restart of its glass mat plant in Shafter, California, following a multi-million dollar upgrade to the facility. The plant produces a fiberglass substrate called glass mat, a key component in manufacturing rooftop shingles, which are also produced by GAF in Shafter.

“We are thrilled to bring the glass mat plant at our Shafter facility back online to support increasing demand for high-quality roofing solutions,” said Jim Schnepper, President of GAF. “We have been proud members of the Shafter community for many years, and are pleased to continue investing in our people and the places where they work and live to help drive the roofing industry forward.”

“As an employer in Shafter, we could not be happier to support our community and our talented team as the glass mat plant begins to operate at full capacity once again,” said Nigel Abraham, Shafter General Manager, GAF. “This represents our commitment to our community and our customers, and we are excited to play a bigger role in our local economy and the roofing industry.”

For more information, visit: https://www.gaf.com/en-us/roofing-products/residential-roofing-products and www.gaf.com.

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ATAS Participates in Roofing Day in DC

ATAS International was proud to participate in the second annual Roofing Day event in Washington, DC on April 3rd and 4th. This event is organized by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) so that roofing industry professionals from across the country can meet with members of Congress about critical issues facing our industry. In addition to roofing material manufacturers, others in attendance included raw material suppliers, distributors, roof system designers, engineers, consultants, contractors and their employees. Many people from these companies, trade associations, and organizations visited their Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill to discuss concerns and request their support.

During Roofing Day, we advocated in support of the following issues:

  • Immigration reform that meets the roofing industry’s workforce needs
  • Expanded workforce training incentives
  • A robust buildings component for infrastructure legislation

While in DC, ATAS also attended the National Women in Roofing (NWiR) Luncheon and heard presentations by Congresswoman Angie Craig and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene. ATAS is a platinum sponsor of this association whose mission is to mentor and empower women in the roofing industry towards excellence in their chosen career. 

Dick Bus, President of ATAS International and Director on the Board of the NRCA, stated, “ATAS was pleased to attend NRCA’s Roofing Day event this year, and ask for support on many issues that are affecting the construction and manufacturing industries. It was also great to participate in the NWiR luncheon, and meet many women who are supporting other women working in roofing and related industry careers.”

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

Elite Roofing Supply Expands its Presence in Louisiana

Elite Roofing Supply, a locally owned, independent distributor of roofing materials and supplies, recently added a branch in Baton Rouge, LA, bringing the total number of Elite branches to 15 locations across Louisiana, California, Colorado and Arizona. Founded in 2013, Elite’s mission is to provide roofing contractors an independent distribution partner that is knowledgeable in both commercial and residential roofing, committed to being good stewards in the industry and serving the professional roofing contractor community.

The leadership team at Elite opened Baton Rouge in April, a year after opening the Monroe and Bossier City branches, because the Louisiana roofing market was needing more distribution options. The Baton Rouge branch is led by Managing Partner, Dave LaCouture, a seasoned professional who most recently served as a manager for another distributor. With a strong history of playing professional hockey, Dave brings the value of teamwork and leadership to the Elite organization. Dave oversees nine employees with a fleet of three trucks to serve the surrounding area. The branch carries a large variety of commercial and residential roofing products and is strategically located on Airline Highway, close to Interstate-10 to provide the needed access for contractors.

“Elite remains steadfast in partnering with roofing professionals that have strong ties to their communities,” commented Chief Operating Officer, Sarah Weiss. “Dave LaCouture and his team have long-lasting relationships in Baton Rouge and are committed to customers and vendors to create winning scenarios for all involved. Our continuing philosophy of being a locally-owned distributor that delivers a customized customer experience and comprehensive line of quality roofing materials is a constant the contractor community can count on.”

For more information, visit www.eliteroofingsupply.com.

Owens Corning Earns 2019 Women’s Choice Award For 2nd Consecutive Year

For the second consecutive year, Owens Corning is honored to receive the Women’s Choice Award. The honor recognizes the brand behind America’s Most Recommended Roofing Products and is awarded based on a national survey reflecting responses from thousands of women in the United States asked to select brands they would highly recommend to friends and family.    

“We are humbled to have been awarded the Women’s Choice Award for two consecutive years,” said Sue Burkett, marketing manager, accepting the award on behalf of Owens Corning. “Women are influencers when it comes to the elements that design and inspire their homes’ exteriors and Owens Corning is committed to addressing the factors that matter to women from both an aesthetic and a performance perspective.”

Owens Corning was first awarded the Women’s Choice Award in 2018. The Toledo-based company created its signature Color of the Year initiative with women in mind. Introduced in 2017, the Owens Corning® Shingle Color of the highlights the roof as a design element and offers free inspiration boards and visualization tools to help consumers express their personal style on their homes’ exteriors. The 2019 Shingle Color of the Year is Black Sable.  

Announcing Owens Corning’s receipt of the award, 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.”

“As we accept this award, we are honored that American women have expressed their trust in Owens Corning roofing products as evidenced by the Women’s Choice Award,” said Burkett.

For more information, visitwww.owenscorning.com.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Location in Mashpee, Massachusetts

ABC Supply Co. Inc.has opened a branch at 68 Echo Road in Mashpee, Massachusetts. Charles Howard will manage the branch. Howard started his career at ABC Supply in 2012 as an inside sales associate at the Baltimore, Maryland, location. In 2014, he relocated to the company’s Manchester, New Hampshire, location to take on a delivery services manager position.

“By locating our newest branch in Mashpee, we will be able to better serve roofing contractors and other construction industry professionals on Cape Cod,” said Tom Kuchan, vice president of ABC Supply’s Northeast Region. “Charles and his team share a commitment to helping customers find the high-quality products and expert services they need to get their jobs done easier and on time.”

Branch hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, and 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The phone number is (774) 228-6065.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com

New Tech Machinery Acquires Manufacturer Nasser Machines

New Tech Machinery (NTM) is pleased to announce its acquisition of Nasser Machines. Nasser Machines was established in 1992 by Nabeil Nasser and has since grown into a reputable gutter machine manufacturer in Western Canada. Nasser’s main product is its portable gutter machine that features a swinging miter saw, tooling system, and nine gutter profile options.

The acquisition, effective immediately, will allow New Tech Machinery to expand further into Western Canada and bring its innovative rollforming products and services to customers in the growing region. Additionally, Nasser products will be made available to the U.S. and international markets that NTM currently serves.

“We’ve always respected and admired the innovative gutter machine that Nasser Machines is known for,” said Clark Neft, Vice President of New Tech Machinery. “We’re looking forward to this opportunity to work together with the Nasser team to integrate their machine into our line-up of products.”

For more information, visit www.newtechmachinery.com.

Polyglass Helps Fight Cancer With the Dolphins Cancer Challenge Partnership

Polyglass U.S.A., Inc., announced that it will support the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) for the third consecutive year. The Challenge will take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on April 6. As a “Fighter Partner,” Polyglass helps the DCC raise funds for innovative cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Polyglass employees will walk, run, and bike as part of the charitable event.

“This opportunity to support the fight against cancer aligns perfectly with our values as a company,” said Scott Lelling, director of strategic marketing. “We are proud to support life-saving research that touches so many in our communities.”

The DCC is dedicated to improving lives by financially supporting cancer research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC) at the University of Miami. Since 2010, DCC participants have raised over 27.5 million dollars for the SCCC.

For more information on the DCC visit https://dolphinscancerchallenge.com/.

For more information about Polyglass, visit polyglass.us.

Owens Corning Roofing Introduces ‘Imagine.Style.Win.’ Contest

The Imagine.Style.Win. contest sponsored by Owens Corning Roofing is helping consumers reimagine how an Owens Corning Duration Seriesroof can inspire their home’s exterior. Through August 15, 2019, consumers can enter to win an all-expense paid trip for two to Indianapolis for a color consultation with home renovation and design experts, Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak of Two Chicks and a Hammer and HGTV design series, “Good Bones.”

Contest entrants must create and submit online mood boards expressing their personal style through their home’s exterior. One mood board will receive the Grand Prize package, including a one-hour exterior color consultation with Laine and Starsiak at their Indianapolis headquarters. The mother-daughterremodelers and owners of Two Chicks and a Hammer are renowned for their use of exterior color on HGTV’s “Good Bones.” Along with the color consultation, the grand prize includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Indianapolis Bates-Hendricks neighborhood, featured in many of the Good Bones remodels. 

As contest entrants develop their exterior mood boards, they can use the Owens Corning Roofing online inspiration and visualization tools to explore shingle colors, combine shingles with other exterior accents and express their personal styles. An online video featuring Laine and Starsiak offers practical tips consumers can use to build a mood board and inspire their homes’ exteriors.

In addition to the Grand Prize, Owens Corning will award one First Prize package that includes a $500 cash prize and an exclusive Owens Corning tote bag filled with Two Chicks and a Hammer swag. One hundred Second Prizewinners will receive an exclusive Owens Corning tote filled with Two Chicks and a Hammer swag.

According to Sue Burkett, strategic marketing manager at Owens Corning Roofing, the goal of the contest is to entice homeowners to complete a style board — an exercise that helps homeowners visualize their home’s exterior plan prior to a re-roofing project. “Since color is very personal, it’s difficult for a contractor to successfully dictate roofing colors to their clients.  Having the homeowner complete a style board is a useful tool — not so the contractor can judge it — but because it can help speed the color selection process along,” Burkett said. “This contest helps show homeowners how easy it is to create a style board, and they could win some cool prizes, too. Owens Corning feels this is yet another tool to help contractors sell,” Burkett said. 

Partnering with Two Chicks and a Hammer to offer the Grand Prize color consult was a natural choice, according to Burkett. “Karen and Mina use color as a defining element throughout the neighborhoods they remodel,” she said. Laine and Starsiak previously partnered with Owens Corning to announce the 2018 Shingle Color of the Year, Sand Dune, and the recently introduced 2019 Shingle Color of the Year, Black Sable. 

For more information about the contest, visit www.imaginestylewin.com