New Website Provides Kingspan Visitors With Enhanced Online Experience

Kingspan has launched its redesigned website. With updates now live, www.kingspanpanels.com provides more content in a user-friendly format to enhance visitors’ online experiences as they explore all the Kingspan USA product offerings

“The launch of the new site aligns the global brand of Kingspan and brings a consistent message to our customers throughout the world,” said Karim Muri, Director of Marketing, North America, for Kingspan Insulated Panels. “The website was designed with the latest web-design principles and mobile responsiveness in mind to provide users with the best customer experience. It also has been created to deliver a more unified customer experience across Kingspan’s entire product offering.”

The website now displays the entire Kingspan product range, which includes 17 product groups: Insulated Panel Systems, Insulation, Architectural Panel and Façade Systems, Controlled Environments, Ductwork, Metal Roof and Wall Systems, Daylight and Lighting Solutions, Access Floors, Commercial Infrastructure Products, Data Center Systems, DEF and Diesel Tanks, Renewable Technologies, Monitoring and Telemetry, Moisture Management, Wastewater Management, Smoke Management Systems and Natural Ventilation. The detailed product pages give users information about each Kingspan product, as well as technical data, installation guides, details and specifications.

Three high-performance building envelope solution categories sit within the Kingspan Insulated Panels homepage, so visitors can easily search specific panel choices. Insulated Panel Systems includes insulated roof and wall panels specific to the commercial and industrial sectors; Architectural Panel and Façade Systems presents the BENCHMARK By Kingspan architectural solutions; and Controlled Environments covers solutions for thermally controlled areas, such as cold storage freezers and coolers, food processing plants and packaging facilities.

The website also makes current Kingspan offerings more accessible. AIA/CEU presentations are a way to provide a deeper understanding of building with Kingspan products, and they are highlighted online. These lunch-and-learn presentations do not last longer than 60 minutes, making education about specific topics convenient.

Additional educational opportunities accessible from the new website include the Kingspan AEC Daily Academy. The courses found in this section are sponsored by Kingspan and managed and maintained by AEC Daily, one of the world’s largest sources of free continuing education for architects, engineers and construction professionals.

Other enhancements include more case studies and white papers that illustrate the range of design possibilities and building solutions with Kingspan products.

Muri noted connecting with clients and customers was top-of-mind when considering the design of the new site. “If you ever have a question along the way, online support—covering technical to warranty to field help—is at hand through the website to ensure customers can reach us easily,” he said. “The vast majority of our clients search for information and spec online, so we wanted to make sure they have a smooth, engaging and educational experience with us, and we’re confident this new site delivers that.”

Atlas Bolt & Screw Names New Vice President of Sales Marketing

Atlas Bolt & Screw named Craig Mohr as its vice president of sales marketing. According to the company, Mohr will have responsibility for Atlas’s sales marketing team and his role will include driving strategic growth and partnering with customers.

According to Atlas Bolt & Screw, Mohr’s considerable experience in the metal building industry positions him well to lead the Atlas sales marketing team. Don Bratcher, president of Atlas Bolt & Screw in the Construction Fasteners Group, a Marmon Engineered Components Company, commented: “I am very excited to have Craig join the Atlas team. Having someone with Craig’s business acumen and courage on the team is mission critical as we develop and implement our growth strategies. I’ve known Craig for many years and have personally seen him drive positive change within his teams, to his customers and in his markets. While Atlas is a 120-year-old company with a great foundation, we are on a mission for significant growth and industry leadership by injecting new talent such as Craig and with the strategic support from our leaders at the Marmon Group and Berkshire Hathaway.”

FlashCo Recognized as One of the Best Places to Work in North Bay Area

FlashCo Manufacturing Inc., headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., was recently named one of the 100 best places to work in the North Bay by the North Bay Business Journal. FlashCo was recognized as an exceptional employer with excellent workplace practices.

“FlashCo has been growing at a steady pace,” said FlashCo President Greg Morrow. “That growth and success can be directly attributed to our employees. We’re a team, spread out throughout the country dedicated to the principle that we can save the contractor time. We’ve worked hard to develop a company culture around our core values of integrity, respect, customer satisfaction and can-do attitude.”

The North Bay Business Journal makes its best places to work selections based on employer nominations and employee surveys. The employee surveys include questions related to employer credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. The 100 winners were chosen from over 8,100 employee surveys submitted. FlashCo is one of 21 first-time winners in the annual survey.

“Our employees and their success are the backbone of our company,” said Morrow. “While
some employees come here with experience, others receive training on the job, giving them a
marketable, in-demand skill that can lead to a lifelong career supporting the roofing industry.”

MFM Building Products Becomes an ESOP Company

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, announced that it is now an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company as of July 1, 2017.

According to MFM Vice President and General Manager Tony Reis, “This move to become an ESOP company has spurred an exciting time in MFM’s history. Our employees have found a new dedication to producing the best waterproofing barriers in the industry, and there is a lot of pride in what we provide our customers.”

MFM Building Products was founded in 1961 and is a manufacturer of exterior, self-adhering waterproofing membranes for the construction industry. The company produces more than 30 different products that include low-slope roofing membranes; roofing underlayments; window and door flashing tapes; multi-purpose waterproofing membranes; specialized waterproofing tapes; and HVAC duct and pipe wrap. These exterior waterproofing membranes are self-adhering and self-sealing for ease of installation and complete waterproofing protection. MFM products are manufactured in the United States and sold through an extensive distributor network around the globe.

For more information concerning MFM Building Products, please visit the company’s website.

Soprema Appoints Northern Illinois Sales Representative

Soprema Inc. has appointed Michael McClay, a five-year member of the Soprema business development team, as a dedicated sales representative for the Northern Illinois region.

“Michael brings to the Northern Illinois region not only a strong track record as a sales representative who is knowledgeable about Soprema’s products and services, but a strong understanding of building science and how customers can achieve lasting positive results,” said Jeff Valentine, district sales manager at Soprema. “I am confident our customers in the area will enjoy working with Michael and will find his expertise valuable as they design and construct buildings built to last.”

McClay is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Construction Management. According to the company, McClay brings a strong background in general waterproofing, below-grade applications, liquids and wall systems to the job. He is also an active participant in many local and industry associations including AIA and RCI. Michael regularly draws upon his areas of expertise to educate architects, consultants, contractors and building owners on proper building design and waterproofing techniques, and he looks forward to continuing to educate the community in his new role.

PrimeSource Expands Collated Fastener Offerings With Pro-Twist

PrimeSource Building Products has announced that it will start shipping a full line of collated specialty screws under its proprietary brand Pro-Twist. “The Pro-Twist brand has been selling collated screws for 25 years, but now the demand has really gone mainstream,” said Director of Specialty Fasteners Michael McFarland. “With the focus of this product line, it was clear that our customers were looking for a collated fastener under the Pro-Twist brand that is of premium quality.”

Collated screws are commonly used to install subflooring but with recent developments, builders can now apply timesaving techniques to other materials, such as drywall

“The technology for high-speed equipment has come a long way and the prices have come down. Builders know they can save time and money,” said McFarland. “We’re in that business and now we’re adding a full line of collated fasteners for a variety of material applications to our distribution network.”
 
PrimeSource is committed to focus on products that meet the need of its customers, while providing relevant brands and building solutions within the industry.
 
“PrimeSource is always looking for ways to improve the breadth and depth of our offerings,” said Building Materials Group Manager Andy Spyhalski. “We are a key supplier to the nation’s building trades, and we want to respond to our customers’ needs and simplify their buying decisions.”

Atlas EPS Division Purchases Versa-Tech

Atlas EPS, a division of Atlas Roofing Corporation, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Versa-Tech Inc., located in Fredericktown, Mo. Versa-Tech has been operating in Fredericktown for more than 17 years, providing expanded polystyrene foam products for customers in the Midwest region.

From inception in 2000, Versa-Tech’s business foundation has been built upon listening to customers’ needs and providing quality products, and becoming part of Atlas EPS will provide customers and employees the platform to continue this focus on a larger scale. Patrick Rosener, current owner/partner of Versa-Tech, stated that he couldn’t be more pleased to see Versa-Tech become a part of Atlas EPS.

“Atlas Roofing Corporation is excited to add the Versa-Tech facility and capacity to the Atlas EPS network of plants,” commented Atlas EPS General Manager Bob Butkus. Atlas EPS specializes in developing, manufacturing, and marketing quality, HCFC-free expanded polystyrene insulation for roofs, walls, and many other interior and exterior construction applications, as well as for use in packaging products, recreational vehicles, garage and pedestrian doors, and sunroom panels.

Craig Woodson, Atlas EPS Director of Sales, added, “We look to integrate our Integrity® Component Solutions, Elevation Geofoam and ThermalStar Rigid Insulation product lines into this facility almost immediately.” Current and future customers will certainly benefit from the increased product offering as well as the increase in geographic serviceability.

Owens Corning Names 2018 Shingle Color of the Year: Sand Dune

Owens Corning announced that Sand Dune has been chosen as the 2018 Shingle Color of the Year.

Owens Corning announced that Sand Dune has been chosen as the 2018 Shingle Color of the Year.

Owens Corning announced Sand Dune as the 2018 Shingle Color of the Year. HGTV “Good Bones” home renovation experts Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak – renowned for their use of color as a design element – helped unveil the selection and shared their perspectives on the power of color to inspire home exteriors.

Owens Corning launched the annual roofing color initiative to highlight the roof as a design element that expresses a homeowner’s personal style and contributes to curb appeal. Sand Dune was chosen for its versatile medley of hues embedded in the color, and for how it complements a broad range of exteriors to create a sense of relaxed, natural grandeur.

“Combining elements of bisque beige and light sky blue with hues of driftwood, charcoal and shale creates a canvas of elegance that enhances today’s exterior colors and styles,” said Sue Burkett, Owens Corning Roofing Strategic Marketing Manager.

The versatile shingle color has been endorsed by remodeling experts. Home renovator Starsiak shared her perspective on the appeal of Sand Dune. “It’s no secret that we love using color in and on our homes,” Starsiak said. “We’ve used Owens Corning shingles in the color Sand Dune on our home office and think the fun and bright color is complementary to multiple palettes.”

Complementing the announcement of Sand Dune as the 2018 Shingle Color of the Year, the Owens Corning website offers free, online design tools and visualization resources to help consumers color coordinate their home’s roof and exterior. Resources include a “Design and Inspire” section featuring several style boards, including three new boards created in collaboration with Good Bones’ stars Laine and Starsiak. The newly enhanced Design EyeQ® Roof Visualization Experience is a free tool that allows homeowners to upload a photo of their home and experiment with different color pairings. The mobile-friendly site also includes a series of pre-rendered home images with multiple shingle colors and styles.

Karen E Laine (left) and Mina Starsiak, home renovation experts and the hosts of HGTV’s “Good Bones,” helped unveil the selection of the 2018 Shingle Color of the Year.

Karen E Laine (left) and Mina Starsiak, home renovation experts and the hosts of HGTV’s “Good Bones,” helped unveil the selection of the 2018 Shingle Color of the Year.

“Homeowners – especially women – have told us they are looking for alternatives to traditional roof colors,” said Burkett. “The online style boards and interactive tools available on our website make it easy for homeowners to express their personal style using the TruDefinition® Duration® Designer shingle in Sand Dune, or one of the many other shingle colors available through Owens Corning.

Beyond aesthetic appeal, as part of the Duration shingle series, Sand Dune incorporates the advanced technology and performance of patented SureNail Technology. Part of the TruDefinition Duration Designer Colors collection, Sand Dune becomes the second shingle designated as the Owens Corning Shingle Color of the Year. The 2017 color was Sedona Canyon.

Arkema to Introduce New Specification Guides at METALCON

Arkema Inc.will present its Kynar 500 FSF and Kynar Aquatec polyvinylidene fluoride resins used in high-performance coatings, along with Bostik’s hurricane-resistant adhesive products, at METALCON 2017, to be held Oct. 18–21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Kynar 500 FSF resin-based coatings for aluminum, galvanized steel and aluminized steel exceed the exterior AAMA 2605 specification for resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals. This next-generation Kynar 500 PVDF technology can also contribute to LEED credits, as it is produced using a patented fluorosurfactant-free process. 

According to the company, Kynar Aquatec PVDF emulsions provide the same long-lasting protection as Kynar 500 resin-based coatings in an easy-to-apply waterborne form. Given their excellent weatherability and exceptional resistance to dirt pickup and biological growth, Kynar Aquatec resin-based coatings offer a high-performance solution for metal restoration and repair projects, as well as a variety of other applications.
 
At the show, Arkema Inc. will introduce its new Kynar Aquatec specification guides for façade restoration and cool roof coatings applications. Each 14-page guide is divided into the Construction Specifier Institute’s three-part format and written in concise language to facilitate the evaluation of coating systems for meeting a metal restoration or cool-roof project’s long life, durability and sustainability goals.

During the event, Bostik, an Arkema company, will also present its full line of “smart adhesives” and sealants for a wide variety of metal construction applications. These high-performance products provide unprimed adhesion to Kynar 500 FSF and Kynar Aquatec resin-based coatings, are hurricane-strong (Miami-Dade County hurricane-approved) and come with a best-in-class warranty.
 
The new specification guides on field-applied fluoropolymer coatings for façade restoration and cool-roof applications will abe available at the Arkema exhibit at METALCON (booth 923). For more information, visit kynar500.comkynaraquatec.com and bostik-industrial.com.

MFM Building Products Names New Vice President and General Manager

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, announced that the firm has promoted Tony Reis to the position of vice president and general manager. The announcement was made by Robert S. Simpson, president of MFAM Building Products.

According to the company, Reis started his relationship with MFM as an independent sales representative in 1999, covering the New England area. He was then promoted to the position of sales and marketing director in 2008. In this position, Reis oversaw all sales and marketing activities for the company. Since his hire, MFM has experienced tremendous growth each and every year, noted Simpson.

As vice president and general manager, Reis will retain his current sales and marketing responsibilities, and take on the added duties of overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations. Reis will work closely with all MFM departments to synchronize the efforts of each.

“Tony is a tireless worker who gives 110 percent effort for the company,” Simpson said. “The growth MFM has experienced has been truly remarkable. I can attribute much of the credit to the leadership Tony has shown over the years. We look forward to having him in this newly formed position.”