Here to Help

President Ronald Reagan famously said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

But the truth is, at some level we all need the government to work — and work well. We need roads, we need schools, we need the garbage picked up. Communities need public transportation and energy form utilities. Citizens need policemen, firemen and EMS crews to be ready to respond if a crisis arises. In short, we need critical infrastructure, and we need it to function — and we need it to function in an emergency.

Roofs play a critical role in protecting public buildings. This issue, which spotlights government and municipal projects, highlights several ways the roofing industry and government interact. Case studies in these pages document ways roofing contractors protect the investment in air force bases, schools, waste disposal facilities, train stations, fire stations, and recreational areas.

This issue also spotlights policies that can save taxpayers money, help communities build more resilient buildings, and bolster the roofing industry as well, including the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), a national government purchasing cooperative that streamlines the RFP process for publicly funded work, and the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program, which will support projects as part of FEMA’s national mitigation strategy and the Disaster Recovery and Reform Act.

If you don’t like the way government is working for the industry and for you as a citizen, there are many things you can do, starting with voting in every election. You can also make your voice heard by contacting your local, state and federal representatives. The NRCA is encouraging all roofing industry professionals to come together in Washington, D.C., to participate in the third annual Roofing Day in D.C., which will be held April 21-22, 2020. The event is designed to bring together roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and other industry professionals to elevate the image of the industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

“Help us demonstrate the depth of talent and diversity in our great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “As 2020 is an election year, it is especially important for roofing professionals to participate in Roofing Day in D.C. 2020.”

For more information about Roofing Day in D.C. 2020, contact NRCA’s Washington, D.C., office at (800) 338-5765 or visit www.nrca.net/advocacy/roofingday.

The nine most reassuring words in the English language just might be: “I’m a roofing professional, and I’m here to help.”

Roofing Alliance Announces Horch Roofing as Newest Governor Member

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces its newest Governor Level member, Horch Roofing, headquartered in Warren, Maine. Membership in the Roofing Alliance supports the efforts of the organization to secure the future excellence of the industry. 

Horch Roofing President Peter Horch said the decision to join was easy. “As Horch Roofing continues to grow, I recognized the need for strong partnerships with roofing industry leaders. The Roofing Alliance and NRCA are at the forefront of developing, strengthening and shaping the roofing industry. Joining The Roofing Alliance was the partnership I was looking for to assist in advancing my business and help the industry at the same time,” he explained.

The Roofing Alliance was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create a permanent endowment fund to serve as a highly focused resource for the roofing industry. As the Foundation of NRCA, its objectives are to fund research projects while also supporting and funding charitable and educational programs. 

The Alliance members represent the best professionals in the roofing industry and include contractors, manufacturers and distributors. Members meet twice a year to review initiatives and determine the best use of Alliance funds for the betterment of the industry overall. 

Bennett Judson, Roofing Alliance Executive Director, remarked, “Each initiative that we fund would not be possible without the support and leadership of our members. Every one of our members understands the importance of the industry coming together to enable key industry education, training, and research programs.”

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net

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.

Capped Skylight Conversion Kit

Skyco Skylights offers the Capped Conversion Kit, which converts old capless skylights to a more trusted capped system. With the kit, commercial roofers receive a universal fitting Polycarbonate dome, a custom-sized aluminum cap, and Tek Screw with EPDM gaskets.

According to the company, using a cap around the perimeter of the polycarbonate dome creates a leak-free seal and eliminates cracking. The custom-fitted aluminum cap is fastened to the skylight frame with Tek-Screws instead of drilling through the plastic dome. Penetrating the dome with screws is a major cause for cracking. Many times, installers will over-torque the screw, immediately cause the dome to crack. Drilling through the Conversion Kit’s aluminum cap into a steal frames makes it easy to drill without cracking. 

Accroding to the manufacturer, the average install time for two installers is 1-2 minutes per kit. Watch the install video here.

For more information, visit www.skycoskylights.com.

NRCA ProCertification for Installers and Foremen Has Launched

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announces the launch of the NRCA ProCertification program, a national certification initiative for roof system installers and foremen. Through a series of assessments, NRCA will certify workers who meet certain requirements and then issue a verifiable professional certification.

Experienced roofing workers can demonstrate their skills and knowledge to become a certified roof system installer in specific roof system applications and disciplines. Certifications now available include NRCA ProCertified Thermoplastic Systems Installer (e.g., TPO, PVC), NRCA ProCertified Asphalt Shingles Installer and NRCA ProCertified Roofing Foreman. Certifications soon will be available for all system disciplines.

A roof system installer certification is earned by passing a two-part exam—online and hands-on. Benefits to certifying your workforce include strengthened customer and supplier confidence; increased productivity; consistency of installation; improved safety; enhanced reputation and position in your local markets; and increased profitability.

NRCA ProCertification™ is designed to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. For more information and to apply for NRCA ProCertification, visit www.nrca.net/NRCA-ProCertification.

MSCI Bestows Lifetime Achievement Award on Petersen’s John Palesny

The Metals Service Center Institute bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on John Palesny, president of Petersen Aluminum Corp., in late November during its Aluminum Products Division Conference in Florida. The honor recognizes Palesny’s contribution to the metals industry during his 47-year career at Petersen, headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

The Metals Service Center Institute is a trade association in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, representing metals producers, distributors and processors. MSCI provides its members with knowledge, thought leadership, data, education, industry advocacy, and a forum for debate, discussion and learning.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all my colleagues at Petersen,” Palesny said. “Together we have built a great company that is recognized as an industry leader. So, it’s not really about me, it’s about the people who have made this company such a remarkable success and a joy to work with.”

Palesny said his approach to management has been to be hands-on while allowing people to do their work with the least amount of supervision. “I learned early in my career that it was critical to build a great team, set the goals and then let them have the necessary freedom to deliver,” he said. 

Palesny’s successes have not been achieved without challenges. “The biggest challenge in my career is keeping an eye on the competition and how we stack up against them on quality, service and product development. I think about that all the time.”

The list of people who previously won this award is filled with influential figures in the metals industry, said Robert Weidner III, CAE, president and CEO of MSCI. “These winners are iconic leaders. Their contributions within their respective companies, our industry and the communities within which they live are marked by their integrity, passion for metals and manufacturing, and empathy for others.”

The Roman god Janus was chosen as the symbol for the award for his ability to both reflect on the past and look toward the future, Weidner said. “John embodies the principles of Janus through his ability to look over the horizon to see what is coming and determine how the metals industry should respond. John is also able to reflect of the past and build on success.”

John Palesny is a true believer in the mission of the MSCI, said Mike Palesny, vice president of Petersen, and John’s brother. “John recognizes the value that MSCI brings to our industry, and has always been a cheerleader for the missions it champions. In more specific terms, John has supported the MSCI and its predecessor the National Association of Aluminum Distributors for a number of years with his time, expertise and wisdom.”

Volunteer leadership positions John Palesny has held includes president of the Chicago chapter of the former National Association of Aluminum Distributors, chair of MSCI’s aluminum division, and a term on the MSCI executive board. He also served on multiple committees and supporting groups in his career.

While John Palesny was a volunteer leader at MSCI, he embraced the concept of making MSCI greater than it was when he began, Weidner recalled. “He has a calling for giving back to the metals community. Right now the MSCI delegate level at our recently held conference was the highest it has been since 2004. I maintain that this is mostly because of the foundation for success John laid when he was in a leadership position during the recession. John’s approach to helping MSCI see itself through some of the most challenging issues has been collaborative and strategic for the good of the metals community.”

John was chair of the aluminum council when the recession began in 2008, Weidner recalled. “As it was ending, I remember John saying, ‘OK, this recession was bad and it took its toll on all of us, but the MSCI aluminum group members are not going to allow a recession to set this organization back.’ John worked in an unrelenting manner to be sure that companies in the aluminum industry had that same attitude. He said, ‘This group has been important and I’m going to put more sweat equity into helping MSCI and the industry get back to the level it was at before the recession hit.’”

John Palesny began his career at Petersen in 1970. “Over a 47-year span he rose from a warehouse position to become president of the firm. Over that time he was able to build annual sales from $3 million to its present day level of $170 million,” said Mike Petersen, CEO.

During his career, John Palesny has been a critically important counselor regarding every major decision that Petersen has faced, Mike Palesny said. “I believe the entire management group of the company would agree that John’s counsel and advice was invariably ‘spot on’ and helped PAC grow into the successful company and industry leader that it is today.”

“John possesses the rare combination of ‘book smarts’ and common sense. In my opinion, he’s the smartest businessman I have ever known,” Mike Palesny continued. “Furthermore, he’s an exceptionally good person with a true moral compass of what is right and what it wrong. He has used that internal compass to guide him in his dealings with customers, vendors and his fellow employees. I am proud of my brother John and sincerely thank him for his hard work both on behalf of PAC and MSCI. He has taught me many things through the years, and it’s my honor to work beside him.”

Mike Petersen feels similarly. “I am most fortunate to have had John as a co-worker and mentor for more than 40 years, and am proud to see his accomplishments recognized by the industry with this Lifetime Achievement Award.”

For more information, visit www.pac-clad.com.

NWIR Announces Affiliate Relationships With Other Industry Associations

National Women in Roofing (NWIR), a national organization focused on the empowerment of women within the roofing industry, has announced the establishment of affiliate relationshipswith other industry-related organizations/associations to identify areas of mutual interest, support, and cooperation. RCI, Inc. is the first association to become an affiliate with NWIR.

“As an industry, it is important that we all work together to advance each other’s efforts,” said Shari Carlozzi, NWIR Chair. “Our organizations have very similar goals and objectives – especially surrounding education and advancing the professionalism of the industry as a whole. It just makes sense to leverage each other in accomplishing our respective missions.”

Other industry associations who are interested in establishing an affiliate relationship with NWIR should contact Ellen Thorp at ellen@meridianconsultllc.com.

For more information, visitwww.nationalwomeninroofing.com and www.rci-online.org

Rob Haddock of S-5! Receives 2018 CSI Technical Writing Award

Metal Roof Innovations Limited (MRIL) announced that Rob Haddock is the 2018 recipient of the Ben John Small Technical Writing Award. Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) awards this honor to those “recognized by their peers as an outstanding technical writer and/or expert in their field.” 

CSI recognized Haddock for technical expertise in innovation and technical writing in the roofing industry. Specifically notable is his series, Metal Roofing from A (Aluminum) to Z (Zinc).CSI also acknowledged Haddock for sharing his passion for metal roofing through technical articles and through 100-plus presentations.

According to the organization, CSI strives to improve construction specification best practices. The award is named after Ben John Small, founder and former president of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of CSI. Small chaired the Chapter’s Technical Committee.

Haddock is no stranger to metal construction. With now 47 years in the industry, his unwavering confidence in metal roof superiority was the reason he founded S-5!, a company that designs and manufactures attachment solutions for metal roof systems. 

Frequently requested by trade groups for speaking and educational engagements across the country, Haddock also serves as Director of the Metal Roof Advisory Group, Ltd. and consults on roofing solutions and services worldwide. He is an inaugural member of the Metal Construction Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Carl Cash Award from ASTM (for technical writing), and winner of the Pat Bush award from Metal Construction Association for unselfish contributions to the industry. He also holds lifetime honorary memberships to the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA) and the Metal Construction Association (MCA).

For more information, visit www.s-5.com.

Carlisle Companies to Acquire Petersen Aluminum Corporation

Carlisle Companies Incorporated, through its Carlisle Construction Materials (CCM) operating segment, announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Petersen Aluminum Corporation for approximately $197 million. 

Headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, Petersen’s primary business is the manufacture and distribution of architectural metal roof panels, steel and aluminum flat sheets and coils, wall panels, perimeter roof edge systems and related accessories for commercial, residential, institutional, industrial and agricultural markets. Founded by Maurice R. Petersen in 1965, Petersen, through its premier brand PAC-CLAD, has grown to become a company with approximately $160 million of annual revenue. 

Chris Koch, CEO and president of Carlisle Companies, said, “The acquisition of Petersen is part of our strategy of providing customers with a portfolio of high quality, innovative products and solutions that meet an increasing array of their building envelope needs. Petersen is an excellent fit with our recent acquisitions in the metal roofing space, including Drexel Metals, Sunlast Metal and Premium Panels, as well as a significant complementary addition to our single-ply roofing systems. We anticipate achieving annual synergies of $4.0 million across our metal roofing platform as a result of the acquisition. Petersen further broadens our scale and geographic penetration of the attractive and fast growing regions of Texas, Arizona, Georgia and the Midwest as we continue to execute on our metal roofing growth strategy. I look forward to welcoming the Petersen team to Carlisle and driving further growth and innovation with the help of the Carlisle Operating System.” 

Upon completion of the transaction, the business will be reported as part of the CCM segment. 

For more information, visit www.carlisle.com

CertainTeed Unveils New Job Costing and Bidding Software

CertainTeed is introducing InstaBid, a proprietary web-based software system available on both desktop and mobile devices to help roofing contractors take the guesswork out of ordering materials, meeting installation specifications and generating sales proposals.

According to the company, InstaBid helps roofing companies produce Good, Better, Best roofing proposals quickly with accurate job costing, material lists and job-specific installer notes, thereby saving time, improving operational efficiency and helping ensure solid margins.

“There’s nothing worse than preparing a bid for a homeowner and then realizing something was left out,” said Jay Butch, director of contractor programs for CertainTeed Roofing. “That cuts right to the heart of a contractor’s bottom line and into the relationship a homeowner has with the contractor. InstaBid helps the contractor’s accuracy.”

After completing an assessment and taking measurements on a home, CertainTeed products (including the underlayment, starter strip, shingles and hip/ridge cap) are pre-loaded into an InstaBid proposal, along with contractor-assigned costs for material, labor and insurance. This saves contractors valuable time in the process of costing jobs, creating proposals and ordering materials.

Once the bid has been entered, contractors can adjust as needed and be assured that nothing is overlooked when preparing a comprehensive bid for a homeowner. InstaBid’s software adjusts job proposal pricing based on the materials to create Good, Better and Best options.

“The homeowner wins with a professional and comprehensive approach to their re-roofing job, while the contractor wins with a tool that covers the ordering, installation and sales components, helping ensure professionalism and profitability,” Butch said.

According to the company, InstaBid pre-loads location-specific products into the proposal and smartly includes all of the other components needed for a complete roof. InstaBid then adds the intelligence of CertainTeed’s Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM), a complete guide to shingle installation details, to help ensure installers have the most comprehensive product instructions available.

The system generates Installer Notes in English and Spanish for each specific roof that can be then printed or emailed to crews, helping to eliminate misunderstandings and mistakes. InstaBid also easily calculates the proper net free ventilation area required for the roof.

“From meeting with homeowners, creating and calculating bids, ordering materials, supervising installation crews, to just running a business, contractors have their hands full,” said James Pastore, founder and CEO of InstaBid. “InstaBid is a very powerful program behind the scenes in order to insure an easy and intuitive user experience.”

To learn more, contractors can visit www.instabidsoftware.com and try a 30-day complimentary trial.

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com.