Let’s Build Camp for Girls Provides Exploration of Careers in Construction

Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls is a free week-long camp designed for high school age girls to explore the construction trades, architecture, engineering, and construction materials manufacturing through hands-on experiences and field trips. ​The third annual camp was held the week of July 8th at the Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School in Bethlehem, PA.

This year, Kevin Klersy and Mike Plocinik of ATAS’ Technical Services Department spent an afternoon with the campers, demonstrating and assisting in the installation of Opaline metal wall panels and trims.  Last year, the campers learned about the installation of Dutch Seam and Advanta Shingle metal roofing, and at the inaugural event, they toured ATAS’ headquarters and main production facility in Allentown, PA.

Lee Ann M. Slattery, Sales Support Manager for ATAS, who was involved in the planning of the camp, stated, “ATAS was pleased to be involved in the camp again this year.  We are a strong supporter of the development and training of students within the local community, and this is the perfect opportunity to allow the campers exploration of potential careers in the architecture, engineering, construction, and manufacturing industries.”    

The Let’s Build camp was created in 2017, the result of a collaborative effort between the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Eastern PA Chapter, and the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Lehigh Valley Affiliate.  The objectives of this camp include:

  • Provide girls an opportunity to explore a career in the construction industry.
  • Experience the construction trades through hands-on learning and building.  
  • Learn about architecture, engineering, and manufacturing during construction-related field trips to area businesses.
  • Develop greater self-esteem by teaching skills to solve challenging projects and successfully complete them.
  • Provide inspiration and mentoring for girls to understand they have a place in the construction industry, and they can become successful leaders in the future.
  • Develop a stronger workforce for the future of the construction industry. ​

Jon Lattin, President of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of CSI, and Kristen Fallon, Regional Vice President of Member Services of Eastern PA ABC, have led the creation and collaborative organizational efforts for this annual camp.  Each year, the event has attracted more sponsors, volunteers, and campers.  The camp is structured in such a way that the girls get to experience many different trades, visit area offices of architects, engineers, and contractors, and tour manufacturing facilities that make building products.  This gives the campers a well-rounded view of the industry, and the many different careers that are included within it.

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

ATAS Now Offers Online Continuing Education Courses

ATAS International, Inc. offers three continuing education courses online. All three are approved for health, safety, and welfare learning units by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA CES).

The three online courses are:

  • Demystifying Rainscreen Systems Utilizing Metal Wall Panels
  • Designing for the Effects of Wind on Metal Roofs: Tests and Reality
  • Sustainable Building Envelopes

The course on Sustainable Building Envelopes is also approved by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). All three of these courses, in addition to five others, are available as in-person live learning sessions. As a registered AIA CES Passport Provider of education for many years, ATAS can also offer continuing education credit for two live plant tours: a facility which manufactures building envelope components from metal, and a metal coil coating facility.

Lee Ann M. Slattery, Sales Support Manager, stated, “ATAS is pleased that we are able to offer continuing education in a variety of ways. We understand that online learning opportunities are desirable, and we are now able to meet those needs.  ATAS will continue to offer all eight of our courses in-person for those located across the country who are seeking to bring education into their firms.”

For more information, visit www.atas.com/education/aia-ces-seminars.

ATAS Celebrates Graduates from the Manufacturing Leadership Institute, Sales Pro Boot Camp

ATAS International Inc. announced that two of its employees graduated from the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) Manufacturing Leadership Institute (MLI) certificate program earlier this year. The class included more than 20 other area manufacturing professionals.

“MRC has been developing strategic leaders and promoting growth and innovation since 2006 when we recognized the need for executive training. Since we partnered with the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University to establish this top-line certificate program, MLI has become one of our signature offerings,” said Jack E. Pfunder, President & CEO of the Manufacturers Resource Center.

MLI educates the region’s current and up-and-coming leaders in all aspects of strategic leadership to strengthen their company’s competitiveness, drive growth, and create sustainable business models. Over the course of five months, the curriculum consists of 11 intense days of 12 program topics on growth and innovation led by eight industry experts with real world experience and exceptional teaching skills. The MRC has graduated more than 200 participants from over 80 companies through the MLI, including 11 employees from ATAS.

Patrick Reinhart, Process Engineering Technician at ATAS International, is a graduate of the MLI program this year. He stated, “Attending MLI provided me with a great opportunity to learn about a number of important skills and principles that help support a successful and profitable manufacturing environment. Being able to interact with individuals from a diverse range of companies was also a very helpful way to learn about various methods and systems that could be implemented at ATAS.”

In addition to the MLI graduates, Joseph Dominguez and John Fenstermacher completed MRC’s Sales Pro Boot Camp program. This is a four-day developmental program for sales and business development professionals. The training is spread out over several weeks so that sales professionals can learn a concept, apply it, and then come back and learn some more. Sales Pro training covers every aspect of the sales process.

“After completing the Manufacturers Leadership Institute last year, I was inspired to continue building upon the valuable knowledge and skills that I learned, and had asked the MRC for information on a course tailored for business development and sales professionals. Sales Pro Boot Camp was then developed as a course to cover everything involved in the sales process. Being a career Marine Corps veteran, I developed many of these skills before transitioning to the private sector, but the skills I learned, the course discussions, and the instructor’s guidance have already proven invaluable to me in my role at ATAS in the few months since completing the course,” said Dominguez, who is ATAS’ Director of Government and Military Business Development.

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

ATAS Promotes Sales Team Members

ATAS International announced three new District Sales Managers and a new Architectural Business Development Manager. The realignment of the sales team will provide for additional education and communication with its employees and customers.

Steven Minunni is the new Northeast District Sales Manager for ATAS. He has worked for ATAS for 19 years and has been a Product Representative in Upstate New York for his entire tenure. His sales expertise and ATAS product knowledge have earned him the Malan S. Parker Award for Salesman of the Year in 2001, 2007, and 2011.

The new ATAS Southeast District Sales Manager is David Srokose. He has almost 30 years of experience in the construction industry. His first position in construction sales was with ATAS as a Product Representative from 1989 to 1996. Since then, he worked in sales for companies that provide products for different applications within the industry, including low slope roofing, waterproofing and air barriers. Srokose returned to ATAS in 2013, taking the position of Architectural Business Development Manager, which includes managing corporate accounts.

Pat Starr is the new Midwest District Sales Manager for ATAS. He has 23 years of experience in the industry, selling ATAS product the whole time. He was first part of the ATAS family from 1994 to 1998. Starr returned to ATAS in 2014, taking on the Product Representative position in the Pittsburgh area.

ATAS’ new Architectural Business Development Manager is Dave Weidl. Weidl has worked for ATAS for 16 years and has been a Product Representative centrally located in Ohio for his entire tenure. His sales expertise and ATAS product knowledge have earned him the Malan S. Parker Award for Salesman of the Year in 2004. According to the company, he will continue the development of unique solutions that benefit our customers, including corporate accounts.

“As ATAS has continued to grow, we saw the need to add additional employees in district, product, and specific market management roles. Education and training for our customers and our employees is of high importance to ATAS, and these individuals were chosen for their new positions due to their commitment to this key component of our quality policy,” said ATAS National Sales Manager Mark Bus.

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

Three More Companies Join NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

NRCA announced that Carlisle Construction Materials, Owens Corning and Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance have joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, with each company upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

In early 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative aimed at collectively recognizing threats to the industry and the opportunities they may present. To do so, NRCA has undertaken a campaign to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice regarding matters of industry importance. 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.

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

According to NRCA, members of the One Voice initiative include ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit, Wis.; ATAS International Inc., Allentown, Pa.; FiberTite Roofing Systems Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio; Sika Sarnafil Inc., Canton, Mass.; SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas; and Trent Cotney, Trent Cotney, P.A., Tampa, Fla.

RCA’s One Voice initiative initially will focus on developing a national worker training and certification program, legislative efforts and advocacy.

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

Roofinox Displays Stainless Steel Roofing Products at ATAS Product Expo

Roofinox America recently joined with ATAS International to educate more than 125 contractors, architects, engineers, distributors and building owners about the latest advances in building materials at the ATAS Product & Education Expo. Held at the ATAS headquarters in Allentown, Pa., the event included the display of Roofinox’s full line of stainless steel roofing products designed to offer long-term sustainability and corrosion resistance for virtually all forms of roofing applications. 

“ATAS International was pleased to once again host our annual product expo,” stated Lee Ann M. Slattery, sales support manager for ATAS International.  “In addition to the vendor displays and plant tours, we also offered three AIA continuing education seminars throughout the day.  These seminars were highlighted by numerous topics related to metal roofing, rain screen systems, and sustainable building envelopes applications. It is our goal to increase awareness and knowledge throughout the AEC community for the proper and growing use of metal building components.”

“We were happy to join ATAS in this educational forum,” said Dave Rowe, vice president at Roofinox America. “Architects and engineers are continually searching for the latest ways to enhance the longevity and sustainability of their design projects. Stainless steel is ideal for applications ranging from rural, urban and light industrial sites to locations based in extreme coastal environments.”

The Roofinox product line consists of Roofinox Classic brush-rolled stainless steel, Roofinox Pearl bead-blasted stainless steel, Roofinox Plus ribbed stainless steel, Roofinox Chroma mirror-rolled stainless steel and Roofinox Tin-plated (Terne), the only tin-plated stainless steel product specifically developed and manufactured for roll forming and fabricating, according to the manufacturer. Designed to offer long-term sustainability and corrosion-resistance for wall-cladding, flashing, rainware, interior design and virtually all forms of roofing applications, each Roofinox product is also designed to be very easy to seam, while offering superior aesthetics and reducing machine and tool wear.

ATAS International manufactures metal roofing, metal wall cladding, metal ceiling panels and metal accessories, produces systems for commercial and residential buildings. The ATAS metal roofing and metal wall product line offers more than 20 profiles available in stainless steel, aluminum, steel, zinc and copper.

Pre-Notched Trims and Flashing Components Save Time at the Jobsite

ATAS pre-notched trims and flashing are consistent dimensionally and provide an aesthetically pleasing final installation.

ATAS pre-notched trims and flashing are consistent dimensionally and provide an aesthetically pleasing final installation.

ATAS International Inc. has expanded its line of pre-notched trims and flashing components.  Trims and flashing are often critical elements of metal roof, wall and soffit installations.  They provide weather resistance of the installed system, as well as aesthetic value of the finished building.  ATAS can provide solutions that address both of those elements which can help to control costs.  
 
Common problems that occur in metal panel trim and flashing installation include maintaining the correct overlap distances.  As well, heavier gauges and multiple bends or complex shapes may make field notching difficult.  The quality of workmanship in creating trims and flashings in the field are not as easily controlled compared to factory fabrication, and the time to perform this operation in the field is typically longer.
 
ATAS trims and flashing are consistent dimensionally and provide an aesthetically pleasing final installation.  The use of these components eliminates unknown field costs and results in an efficient installation, which saves the contractor time and money. 

Standing Seam Metal Roofing Panel Minimizes Heat Retention

The standing seam metal roofing panels do not require the use of clips.

The standing seam metal roofing panels do not require the use of clips.

Accel Roofing Products, a division of ATAS International Inc., has introduced Colonial Seam, a standing seam metal roofing panel.
 
Colonial Seam is a clipless panel that offers a standing seam aesthetic with factory formed advantages.  It is installed by locking the one-piece panel into the previous panel and fastening through pre-punched slots, allowing for expansion and contraction.  All fasteners are concealed by the adjacent panel. The positive locking action makes it virtually impossible for the panels to slide apart.
 
Panels are available in widths of 12-3/8-inches and 16-3/8-inches, with a 1-inch seam height, in .032 aluminum and 24 gauge metallic coated steel.  Both substrates have the same PVDF paint finish in a variety of colors.  Colonial Seam can be installed on any solid surface with a minimum slope of 3:12.  
 
Colonial Seam is a solution to metal roofing for both new construction and re-roofing.  The standing seam panel offers an alternative to other roofing materials.  It provides the benefits of metal roofing with ease of installation, since this is a one-piece panel that does not require the use of clips.
 
Lower energy consumption and reduction in energy bills can be achieved by the use of Colonial Seam.  Depending upon several factors, including the panel color chosen, the slope of the roof, and the location of the building, up to 70 percent of the sun’s energy may be reflected away from the home, minimizing heat retention and keeping the home cooler.

ATAS Names the Winners of its Project of the Year Awards

ATAS International Inc. honored its 2016 Project of the Year winners at a recent awards banquet. This annual competition recognizes projects in which ATAS products have been incorporated into the design of the building.

An independent panel of judges reviewed photos of all the projects submitted throughout the year and chose several winners for each of the four categories: commercial roofs, commercial walls, residential roofs and residential walls.

Receiving first-place honors for commercial roofs was the Made in America flagship retail store in Elma, N.Y. Black Dutch Seam panels were used on this building, which was designed by Lydon Architectural Services. Panels were purchased and installed by Bayford Construction.

In the commercial walls category, the Cedar Point Valravn Roller Coaster project in Sandusky, Ohio, took first place. CastleTop panels in Charcoal Grey, Slate Grey and Champagne were installed, as well as Belvedere Wave Panel and Belvedere 7.2-inch Rib in Charcoal Grey, and Opaline in Champagne. The panels were installed by Lews Construction and purchased through Gordon Lumber. The building was designed by TRA.

Taking the first-place award in the residential roofs category was a private residence located in Fletcher, N.C. Classic Bronze PC System was used on the roof of this home, designed by Platt Architecture. The panels were purchased through ABC Supply and were installed by Joe Chapman Roofing.

The residential walls category first place winner was a private residence located in Pikeville, Ky. Designed by Hubbard Architecture, Rigid Wall panels in Silversmith were installed on the walls by JBK. The panels were purchased through Roofing Supply Group.

Jim Bush, vice president of sales and marketing for ATAS, stated, “We had a record number of entries submitted for the 2016 project of the year competition. The design creativity and aesthetics achieved through an architect’s vision, as well as the quality installation by the contractors, resulted in many showcase structures. Each year we look forward to honoring the architects, contractors and distributors who were involved in the award-winning projects.”

ATAS project of the year in the commercial roof category.

The Made in America flagship retail store in Elma, N.Y., won top honors in the commercial roof category. Photo: ATAS International.

ATAS International Receives Top Workplaces Award

ATAS International Inc. has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor for the second consecutive year by The Morning Call. The organizations who receive a Top Workplaces award are determined solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics LLC, a research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including employee engagement, leadership, alignment, and connection, just to name a few. Engaged employees are known to drive productivity and results at work, which benefit the organization’s own team members, as well as their customers.
 
“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And often times, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s important to them is a belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together”. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”
 
ATAS International is honored to once again receive this award.  Comments made by ATAS employees while completing the survey were not only shared with the owners and managers at ATAS, but with all the employees.  Some of the survey comments made anonymously by the ATAS team members include:

  • “Employees are kept informed on how well the company is performing.”
  • “There is a high level of commitment and respect that each employee shows to one another.”
  • “ATAS is fully invested in our training and personal growth.”
  • “I appreciate the honesty and integrity of the company and the employees.”
  • “ATAS values all of their employees, and it shows.”

Along with the positive feedback were suggestions on areas for improvement, which will be reviewed and considered for implementation.
 
Anne Hicks, executive assistant at ATAS International, who facilitated ATAS’ involvement in the Top Workplaces employee survey says, “I’m excited that ATAS has earned this award again in 2017.  Our company is growing and we are always evaluating how we can continue to meet and exceed the needs of our customers.  Without our dynamic team of engaged employees, we would not be able to achieve our goals.  We are excited about the future of ATAS as we continue to expand and develop, and I am proud to be part of this team.”