Heyco Metals’ Blog Will Educate about Copper’s Architectural Applications

Heyco Metals of Reading, Pa., introduces Copperology, its new blog for CopperPlus, an educational resource for roofers, architects, contractors and specifiers.

Copperology.com will be used to educate readers about the benefits and architectural applications of copper and copper-clad stainless steel.

Copperology will address a wide range of educational topics relative to metal and copper roofing. Topics include “What Architects Should Know About Copper Clad Stainless Steel,” “Metal Roofs for High Winds,” and “Cost Effective Alternative to Copper Roofing.”

CopperPlus is a copper-clad stainless steel ASTM B 506-09 roofing material featuring two outer layers of 100% copper metallurgically bonded to a core of Type 430 Stainless Steel. The product was first introduced in the 1960’s, and is used in a wide range of commercial and residential roofing and architectural metal applications requiring high strength, durability and economy.

Heyco Metals, Inc. is a producer of precision rolled stainless steel and copper coil for the architectural, automotive and electronics markets.

The NRCA ProForeman Certificate Program Helps Roofing Contractors Invest in Their Foremen

High Life Speedboats was experiencing a problem with its newest model speedboat engine, which, when hitting top speeds, would frequently cut out. This resulted in boats that were traveling 60 mph to be almost dead in the water within seconds. More than once, someone had been seriously injured by being thrown off balance, crashing into onboard components or being thrown overboard.

Panache Speedboats also was trying to improve its engines. The company had been in business for two decades and was known for building reliable boats. With operations systematized and production running in turnkey mode, company engineers wanted to explore the possibilities of building a higher-performance engine and securing Panache a spot in the elite racing market.

There are two equal and opposite drives for improvement in both of these cases. High Life needs to improve; its product is unreliable and the company will ultimately go out of business—not to mention people may be hurt and killed if steps are not taken. Panache wants to improve; it has a reliable product but it’s not as good as it could be.

So, now you may be asking, “How does this relate to the roofing industry?”

Most reputable roofing contractors are not like High Life. Their roof systems don’t fail outright, causing damage and ruining companies’ reputations. Most roofing contractors are Panache engines. They are reliable and their roof systems serve customers well.

But if you have the itch, like Panache, to increase performance, then you have a drive to improve for the best reason— because you want to be better. You are not panicking. You are planning. You want to see whether you can shape your company to become an elite contracting company, known for its excellence.

Thoughtful contractors will consider what investments will yield the most significant returns for their companies. New equipment? A better facility? Increasing the types of systems they install?

Consider the following statement from Ethan Cowles of Raleigh, N.C.-based management consultant FMI: “World-class contractors all have incredible talent at the foremen level. That is not to say company leadership, business strategy, project management, etc., are not important, but operations without great foremen always struggle to achieve anything but mediocrity.”

HIGH-PERFORMANCE FOREMEN

Cowles’ quote resonates with what the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has heard from its contractor members, as well. Tom Shanahan, NRCA’s associate executive director of risk management, states that after asking hundreds of contractors over the years how much of each dollar flowing through a company is affected directly by foremen, he has safely landed on 85 cents. Eighty-five cents of every dollar.

Foremen drive your trucks, use your equipment, manage your labor, direct quality control, affect insurance rates and often are the face of your company for customers.

EIGHTY-FIVE CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR.

It makes you want to ensure your foremen are high-performance engines, doesn’t it?

NRCA has been focused for years on providing education for roofing foremen. Recognizing that most foremen are promoted into their positions because of their roofing skills and work ethic, rather than for their leadership prowess, For Foremen Only has provided a venue for training thousands of foremen about leadership and communication during the past 15 years. Now, packaged within this larger ProForeman initiative, the classes provide a cornerstone for a well-rounded experience aimed at helping roofing-contractor operations to achieve world-class excellence.

Foremen need to be leaders, not just crew managers; therefore, they need to understand the whole picture—the process of selling and installing roof systems, their role in keeping employees safe, outside forces that necessitate compliance and more—if they are to understand the importance of their role.

The ProForeman program is designed to help roofing foremen shift their perspectives of their role from being roofing installation managers to company leaders. As leaders, the burden of responsibility is greater and, when understood, frees them to think differently about how to work with their crews and their supervisors.

The ProForeman program comprises six main topics:

    • General education
    • Roofing technology
    • Construction/business practices
    • Leadership
    • Safety
    • Training others

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NRCA Is Accepting Applications for Its Future Executives Institute

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) now is accepting applications for its Future Executives Institute (FEI), a comprehensive, powerful three-year program focused on leading and managing a successful roofing business. FEI’s first session is slated to be held Sept. 28 — Oct. 1. Classes will take place at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management campus in Chicago.

FEI, which is taught by Kellogg professors, industry leaders and field experts, offers participants an in-depth look at management theory and practice. Those who attend also benefit from unique industry networking opportunities while developing their leadership and communication skills.

“It is rare to have access to such accomplished and insightful minds in such a focused setting,” says 2013 FEI graduate, Marc Farrell, manager at A.W. Farrell & Son Inc., Salisbury, N.C. “NRCA has done an excellent job providing us with the opportunity to make improvements to ourselves, our companies and our industry.”

FEI provides basic business information, current industry topics, leadership and personal development opportunities, and team building exercises. Class size is limited to 30 roofing professionals to allow for in-depth conversations and class relationships during the three-year program.

The deadline for early-bird applications is June 1, 2014. Those who apply by this time will receive notice if they are accepted by June 16. The regular application deadline is Aug. 1.

Learn more about FEI or apply for the program.

Atlas Roofing to Host Contractor Meetings across the U.S.

Following the positive reception to last year’s Innovations Roadtrip events, Atlas Roofing will again be offering a series of informative contractor meetings in several cities across the U.S.

This year’s events, referred to as “The House Always Wins”, begin in March and will carry through to October, with eight cities slated in between. Atlas representatives and executives will speak at each one to detail the many ways Atlas designs with the contractor in mind. Attendees will get in-depth and hands-on introductions to new Atlas products, technology tools and incentive promotions.

Presentations are scheduled during the Atlas “House Always Wins” events for the latest shingle and underlayment technology, including the power of Pristine Shingles featuring Scotchgard Protector. There will also be demonstrations on the free iPad ProAPP for contractors. Using Cloud-based technology, this app allows contractors to create, calculate, and manage projects directly from an iPad. Demonstrations will also be given on the benefits of using Eagleview Aerial Roof Measurement Reports, which are included on the ProAPP, to enhance the estimating process.

Contractors will learn how to earn unlimited cash rewards through the new “4 Of A Kind” Contractor Rebate Program.

Every registered attendee at each event will have a chance to win an iPad, Yeti Cooler and other great prizes. A free catered buffet lunch will be served and each attendee will receive Atlas product samples, literature and a goodie bag.

Contractors must RSVP to attend. Continue to watch this website for updates on times and locations.

House Always Wins 2014 Roadshow:
• Canton, Ohio: Thursday, March 13
• Buffalo, N.Y.: Wednesday, April 2
• Minneapolis: TBD
• Houston: TBD
• Nashville, Tenn.: TBD
• Oklahoma City: TBD
• Raleigh, N.C.: TBD
• Washington, D.C.: TBD