Atlas Introduces Free Online Wall Builder Tool

Atlas Roofing Corporation has created the EnergyShield Wall Builder Tool, an industry resource designed for contractors and architects seeking guidance on designing with polyiso wall insulation. The EnergyShield Wall Builder Tool is hosted on the Atlas Roof & Wall Insulation website and allows any user to virtually construct a wall layer by layer. As each layer is chosen, the user can see the wall rendering as it is assembled. Once the user has created a final product, the rendering of the wall assembly becomes available for download, along with the matching specifications and submittal materials.

The EnergyShield Wall Builder incorporates all EnergyShield products, including EnergyShield Pro, a foil faced polyiso continuous insulation product for commercial exterior walls. EnergyShield Pro meets all commercial building requirements: NFPA 285 compliance, Class A flame spread, and a thin wall profile of 4-inch thickness or less. In addition, EnergyShield Pro meets NFPA 286 requirements for exposed interior use. EnergyShield Pro allows for short term savings and long-term energy efficiencies, incorporating an integrated weather and air barrier.

“The EnergyShield Wall Builder Tool was created to speed up the design and submittal process, while helping facilitate creative freedom in building design,” said Tom Robertson, Business Unit Manager for Atlas EnergyShield. “By having millions of possible wall material combinations at their fingertips, architects can more easily envision the possibilities.”

Innovation and Design Freedom for Architects

The EnergyShield Wall Builder Tool grew out of the desire to simplify the building process for customers. Atlas was inspired by similar virtual tools in other industries, like the car builders seen on many automakers’ websites. The Atlas tool gives customers the ability to see their wall as they construct it based on the specific needs of their project, then have the specs and a custom rendering instantly delivered to their email.

The EnergyShield Wall Builder Tool was custom-built from hundreds of digital renderings of wall assemblies and is capable of producing millions of finished combinations. Please visit Atlas online at wall.atlasrwi.com to use the EnergyShield Wall Builder.

 

DaVinci Roofscapes Recycles 820,000 Pounds of Waste

Efficient operations, new blending systems and a dedicated focus on the environment allowed DaVinci Roofscapes to recycle 820,000 pounds of composite scrap in 2017. The excess shake and slate roofing tiles were crushed, then ground down and used to create starter tiles for the roofing company.

“The big story this past year is that our company molded 30 percent more pounds of roofing tiles than in 2016 while simultaneously reducing our scrap by 242,000 pounds over the past year,” says Bryan Ward, vice president of operations at DaVinci Roofscapes in Lenexa, Kan. “This is a terrific achievement when considering Earth Day and our companies’ dedicated commitment to the environment.

“We were able to advance production while reducing scrap by enhancing our recycling efforts. Searching for ways to reduce waste is a full-time dedicated endeavor at our company.”

Thanks in part to an investment in a new blending system, which makes manufacturing operations more efficient, the team at DaVinci Roofscapes sold zero scrap to outside firms in 2017.

“It’s very significant that we were able to recycle and reuse 100 percent of all scrap items at our facility last year,” says Ward. “In 2016 we transferred 567,000 pounds of scrap to an outside end-user who makes pallets, crates and totes. That’s a great use for the product because it doesn’t end up in landfills. However, in 2017 our company was able to keep every pound of scrap in-house and reuse it for our own products. That’s a significant achievement.”

DaVinci Roofscapes continues to meet their goal of zero scrap going into landfills. The industry’s leading composite shake and slate manufacturer produces polymer slate and shake roofing tiles in 49 standard colors, plus custom colors.

Each time the manufacturing operation changes color runs, there is a transitioning between colors.  Those transition tiles are “off spec,” cannot be used and are recycled. The tiles — which are 100 percent recyclable — are segregated by color and then ground up and molded into starter shingles, which are generally unseen on the roof.

“Every year we take stock on Earth Day to evaluate the progress of our recycling operations and share the good news about our enhanced efforts,” says Ward. “Our manufacturing operation continues to become more efficient each year.

“The fact that we increased manufacturing production of roofing tiles in 2017 while substantially decreasing the amount of scrap generated is a huge accomplishment. We’re on a path toward continually making our operations more efficient, which is great for the environment.”

For more information, visit www.davinciroofscapes.com.

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 announced that United Electric Supply is now distributing its Apollo II solar roofing systems and US Series solar modules in the eastern United States. 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’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.”

“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.