Duro-Last Produces Medical Personal Protection Equipment in Fight Against COVID-19

Hospitals across the globe are experiencing critical PPE supply shortages. Team members at Duro-Last, Inc., found a way to help. Duro-Last engineers, product development and manufacturing staff united to fabricate and manufacture isolation gowns and face masks. Utilizing expertise in manufacturing flexible PVC and fabrics, the team went from prototype to production to delivery in one week. 

The gowns are made from flexible PVC, making them water- and fluid-repellant. The masks are washable and reusable, made from polyester and PVC. Duro-Last reformulated products and retooled processes to manufacture these supplies. 

“This is about helping health care professionals in any way we can and at the same time keeping people employed,” said Tom Saeli, Duro-Last CEO. “I am very proud of and impressed by the people in our company who quickly developed these products. Our country is full of tremendously smart, entrepreneurial people who can bring timely solutions to this unprecedented need. The need is real and I believe it’s our obligation to act now. If the efforts of our team inspire just one other company to join this fight, it will be worth it.”

For more information about Duro-Last, visit www.duro-last.com.

S-5! Offers Three Webinars on Solar and Snow Retention Topics

As part of the company’s mission to provide its customers with the highest level of service and customer care, S-5! is providing a series of informative webinars on a variety of solar and snow retention topics in March.

The S-5! webinars include: 

Rieles vs Fijación Directa Techos Metálicos – Spanish Only, Jueves 26 de marzo de 2020 a las 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. MST. Presentador: Juan Carlos Fuentes, Director Internacional de Ventas, S-5! Te invitamos a nuestro Webinar exclusivo por primera vez en Español. En estos complicados tiempos, S-5! Metal Roof Innovations está comprometido con nuestros clientes en el mercado Latinoamericano. Register Now

Best Practices to Install Solar on Metal Roofs, Thursday March 26, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. MST. Presenter: Mark Gies, Northeast Sales Representative, S-5! NABCEP Approved Earn 1.5 JTA hrs. With the demand for sustainable power on the rise, building owners and homeowners alike are turning to solar power as a supplemental power generator. Choosing the right platform for solar panels is critical to the design process and can significantly impact both initial and long-term costs. This course will cover the various types of metal roofs, how they are constructed and their numerous advantages for solar installations. Various solar mounting systems and the myriad of roof attachments will be presented along with performance and cost comparisons. Finally, other fundamental aspects of solar installation on metal roofs are discussed. Register Now

Use of Snow Guard Devices: Science or Science Fiction, Friday March 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MST. Presenter: Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder, S-5! The force of snow and ice on rooftops can be significant, wreaking havoc on valleys, eaves, flashings and gutters. Slippery roof surfaces can result in the sudden release of snow buildup, dumping tons of the white stuff below. Snow guard devices of every description proliferate the marketplace. Misconceptions are promulgated through “technical” articles and sales claims that espouse conjecture and mythology in place of prudent science and logic when it comes to the control of snow and its effects on-and off-rooftops. Register Now

For more information, visit https://s-5.com

IKO Postpones Upcoming Profit Power Workshops

To prioritize the safety of employees and attendees, IKO has decided to postpone its upcoming Profit Power workshops originally scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • March 27: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • April 7: Dallas, Texas
  • April 21: Detroit, Michigan

IKO will be rescheduling these events for later dates in 2020. The rescheduled dates will be announced later in the year.

ROOFPRO Profit Power Workshops were established as a means for roofers to glean expert knowledge from industry and business leaders. In addition to technical roofing resources, contractors learn the ins and outs of running a financially successful business. 

For more information, visit www.iko.com

IMETCO Introduces an Innovative Approach to Re-Cladding Aging Facilities

IMETCO (Innovative Metals Company, Inc.) is offering a refined solution for re-cladding aging facades. R2 (Revive & Reclad) is a customized inclusive engineering services package designed to help building owners, architects or any other decision maker choose the proper re-cladding solution for their specific building based on existing conditions.

This service is designed for buildings with metal, brick, concrete or EIFS facades that are deteriorating or in need of aesthetic improvement. Re-cladding options may include an entire rainscreen application or be as simple as new metal wall panels retrofitted over the existing. R2 is a four-phased approach that includes value-added services combining project renderings, material selections and engineering assessments.

“Revive and Reclad efficiently opens the door for facility owners to consider the truly sustainable option of resurfacing and protecting their existing facility, while incorporating state-of-the art air, moisture, and thermal management. And along with that, it’s aesthetically pleasing,” said Joe Mellott, IMETCO vice president. 

IMETCO is a manufacturer of premier metal products for the building envelope, delivering performance-inspired systems tailored to every project. IMETCO offers a full range of high-performance metal roofing, metal wall, and metal deck systems and accessories that provide a virtually limitless realm of aesthetic possibilities. Additionally, IMETCO provides high-quality custom metal solutions for designers whose visions extend beyond the standard product offering. IMETCO is also the exclusive supplier of the IntelliScreen complete rainscreen wall system, delivering high-performance energy efficiency, sustainability and longevity under a single-source warranty. IMETCO is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia.

For more information, visit www.imetco.com.

Mule-Hide Products Co. Launches Redesigned, Enhanced Website

Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. has redesigned its mulehide.com website, making it faster and easier for contractors, specifiers and property managers to access the information they need when designing, installing, maintaining or repairing Mule-Hide low-slope roofing systems.

The home page gives visitors several user-friendly avenues for getting product information. Simply scroll down to see the latest additions to the Mule-Hide Products catalog, investigate individual product categories or explore by roofing system type. Each route leads to a wealth of information, including brochures, product data sheets, safety data sheets, technical bulletins, detail drawings, installation guides, training videos, design guides, answers to frequently asked questions, and warranty-related information. 

An improved search function combs all product information and documents with one click and divides the results into three categories – Products, Documents and Videos – to help users quickly find the desired information or materials. Users can then add multiple documents to a cart for quick downloading.

An enhanced submittal builder tool streamlines the process of requesting customized submittal packages containing all necessary documents and drawings.

Recent blog posts, a calendar of upcoming trade shows and a link to Mule-Hide Products’ monthly newsletter for contractors also are featured on the home page.

The new site was designed by Iowa Computer Gurus of Ankeny, Iowa.

For more information, visit www.mulehide.com.

Ventco Names New Vice President of Manufacturing/Product Development

Ventco, the manufacturer of ProfileVent, announced the hiring of Wylie Prescott to fill the position of Vice President of Manufacturing/Product Development. Prescott brings more than 40 years of experience in business, operations, sales and marketing in the air-lay non-woven industry to include abrasives, machinery, chemicals, textiles, paper and related items sold to the janitorial/sanitation, food service, retail, industrial, building products, erosion control specialty and world markets, with extensive knowledge of customers, suppliers, distributors and wholesalers. He is recognized throughout the industry as a strong operations professional with a Six Sigma Green Belt certified from Notre Dame.

For more information, visit www.profilevent.com.

Tropical Roofing Products Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative, Becomes NRCA Partner Member

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced Tropical Roofing Products, Hallandale, Florida, has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative as a partner member. 

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success. To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry. Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

“As a long-standing member of NRCA and an advocate for the professional roofing industry, Tropical Roofing Products is thrilled to join with NRCA, contractors and other affiliated industry leaders working collectively to advance our goals,” said Richard Oliva, COO of Tropical Roofing Products.

“This is a sea-change for NRCA, and a united industry will benefit all of its stakeholders,” added Richard Zegelbone, CEO of Tropical Roofing Products.

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, visit www.nrca.net/onevoice.

GAF Names Winner of IRE 2020 Truck Raffle

GAF announced that John Hackbarth of Arvada, Colorado, is the grand prize winner of the GAF Timberline Shingles by the Truckload Sweepstakes held during the 2020 International Roofing Expo. As the grand prize winner, John will take home a brand new 2020 Ford F-150 XLT truck loaded with 40 squares of Timberline HDZ Shingles.

He will be presented with the truck through a celebration event in his hometown in the coming weeks. 

For more information, visit www.GAF.com

Benjamin Obdyke Launches Flagship HydroGap Drainable Housewrap in Canada

Benjamin Obdyke Inc. recently introduced its flagship product, HydroGap drainable housewrap, to Ontario, Canada. Designed for custom residential homebuilders and large-volume production projects, HydroGap will be available through Nicholson and Cates Limited.  

HydroGap Drainable Housewrap received approval from the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) earlier this year. Available in 5-foot by 100-foot rolls, HydroGap provides true drainage versus other housewraps, according to the company. HydroGap allows water to drain away from the wall in seconds, eliminating the propensity for water to go into thousands of nail holes, flashing details and other penetration points to cause damage. 

 “Speed of installation is absolutely crucial for production and new home builders. We are always looking for ways to help our customers build better and develop quality, compliant solutions for every project,” said Shawn Pilon, Marketing Manager at Nicholson and Cates. “We know our current customers will love working with HydroGap, and we are excited to introduce HydroGap to the Ontario market to allow for more efficient and durable building practices.” 

In addition to superior drainage performance, HydroGap offers an unmatched system warranty that guarantees quality and performance for 15 years. The product has also achieved certification by the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) for housewrap standards. According to the company, HydroGap offers a way for builders to differentiate their projects in the market, by allowing them to provide a superior protection system and peace-of-mind for home and building owners. 

Benjamin Obdyke recognizes the growing need for protection against extreme weather conditions as well as the need to address changing building codes and practices. Products like HydroGap continue to become more important within the marketplace. As the need for new code requirements is being recognized throughout Canada, Benjamin Obdyke prioritizes improved recommendations for drainable housewraps in their technical bulletins and installation guides.

For more information, visit www.benjaminobdyke.com  or www.niccates.com .

Carlisle’s WIP GRIP Wins Best New Residential Product at the 2020 International Roofing Expo

Carlisle WIP Products’ WIP GRIP Premium Shingle Underlayment was recently named Best New Residential Product at the 2020 International Roofing Expo in Dallas, Texas. WIP GRIP features a slip-resistant top film that improves roofers’ safety on wet and dry installations. 

According to the manufacturer, WIP GRIP Premium Shingle Underlayment is a flexible, 55-mil-thick, rubberized asphalt, fiberglass-reinforced membrane. It can be used on critical roof areas such as eaves, ridges, valleys, dormers, and skylights; it may also be used as covering for the entire roof to prevent moisture or water entry. Once installed, WIP GRIP protects the roof structure and interior spaces from water seepage caused by ice dams and wind-driven rain. Additionally, at the time of eventual re-roof, WIP GRIP’s top film has a proprietary embossment that helps to prevent the embedding of shingles to the underlayment, providing for easier tear-off. 

Attendees at the 2020 International Roofing Expo voted online for their favorite new products on the show floor in three categories: residential roofing, commercial roofing, and tools and equipment. 

For more information, visit www.carlislewipproducts.com.