MRA Adds Two New Manufacturer Members

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has announced the addition of two new manufacturer members to the organization.  CertainTeed joins the MRA to promote a line of architectural metal roofing products.  Also joining the MRA is DECRA, an innovator and leader in the stone coated metal roofing market.

After more than 18 years of growth, the MRA has proven success as a market-building organization. With an initial investment of $24 million in marketing programs, the MRA has tripled the roofing market share, from three percent in 1998 to 11 percent today.

“CertainTeed recognizes the importance of partnering with industry associations that support its membership in the promotion of their products and services,” says Dale Walton, product manager for CertainTeed Roofing.  “For this reason we are pleased to join the Metal Roofing Alliance, and we look forward to participating with the MRA to further strengthen our presence and position in the metal roofing sector.”

The MRA was formed to educate both homeowners and roofing contractors on the many benefits of metal roofing.  For the past 18 years, the MRA has been able to more than triple metal roofing’s market share by offering investment grade product that provides decades of protection for homes

“In 2017, DECRA will celebrate its 60th anniversary and as the original stone coated metal roof tile manufacturer, it is critical that we have a voice in the industry. We are happy to be re-joining the MRA and look forward to assisting the market and industry in the years ahead,” states Bobby Bloom, president, DECRA Americas.

 “The addition of CertainTeed and DECRA is an important development for the MRA, as it adds two manufacturers of building and roofing materials to our organization,” states Bill Hippard, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance.  “Our goal is to reach 20 percent market share by 2020 and manufacturers such as CertainTeed and DECRA are going to help us reach that milestone.  All segments of the metal roofing supply chain can benefit from additional growth, from raw materials suppliers and coil coaters to manufacturers and contractors.”

As new manufacturer members, CertainTeed and DECRA will participate in the MRA’s national consumer and contractor education campaigns. In addition, CertainTeed and DECRA’s metal roofing contractors are now able to join the MRA and begin benefitting from the leads generated by the alliance’s national consumer marketing campaign.

Metal Construction Association is Accepting Triumph Award Nominations

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is accepting nominations for its Triumph Awards, a way to honor the people and companies that champion the metal construction industry each year.

The annual MCA Triumph Awards honors individuals and organizations throughout the metal construction industry, from academia to entrepreneurs, from marketing to research. The nomination form can found on the Triumph Awards webpage on the MCA website. An individual, business or organization can make nominations. Nominations will be accepted in six categories.

Industry Champion of the Year Award: An individual from any position within the metal construction industry that has championed the industry and has had an overall impact on advancing the industry. The nominee could be from academia, code driven, marketing driven, or any area that has benefited the overall industry.

Industry Young Movers and Shakers Awards: For those under 35 who are up and coming in the industry and should be recognized as someone to watch. Multiple winners are possible.

Industry Media Executive / Journalist of the Year Award: Recognizing someone from the media who has made an impact on our industry through media and journalism.

Industry Sales Person of the Year Award: Recognizing a sales professional who has impacted on their company.

Entrepreneur of the Year: Recognizing an individual who was the original founder of a company in our industry (contractor to manufacturer to building system) who has who has built a successful company.

Corporate Citizen of the Year: A company that has shown commitment to bettering the world outside of their normal business through their involvement and dedication to a cause or charity.

Nominations are open to the public and will be judged by a 10-person committee. The judging committee will consist of members from a variety of groups including members from the Metal Construction Association (MCA), Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA), National Frame Building Association (NFBA) as well as at-large volunteers.

The awards will be presented at a marquee event designed to celebrate honorees at METALCON, October 26, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The idea for the commendation was initiated by Keith Lipps, vice president of Marketing and Sales from MCA member company, S-5!. “So many people do great things everyday at various levels in their career using many different skill sets, and it’s their achievements that make this industry thrive,” said Lipps. “We want to celebrate these contributions with a premier award because it’s everyone working together that makes us strong.”

Visit www.metalconstruction.org for a nomination form. Nominations must be submitted by September 1, 2016.

Dodge Data & Analytics Unveils a Technology Driven Vision With PlanRoom

Dodge Data & Analytics Chief Executive Officer, Mike Petrullo, unveils a technology driven vision with PlanRoom. The vision for the company aimed at creating single-platform data integration for building product manufacturers, general contractors, specialty trades, architects and engineers. The platform will provide a cloud-based hub that serves as one workflow management and business growth solution for the industry.

In charting a path for “The New Dodge,” Petrullo announced the acquisition of Adenium Systems, a software developer whose experience in workflow management tools will enable the launch of Dodge PlanRoom, a brand new, free document management tool for the construction industry.

“Immersion of data, analytics and market intelligence directly into workflow tools holds enormous value for professionals across the entire construction industry supply chain,” said Petrullo. “Our recent acquisitions of Adenium Systems and Ingenium Technologies are two examples of the steps we’re taking to develop our cloud-based hub that will help change the way the construction industry does business.”

In remarks at the 2016 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Philadelphia, Petrullo outlined the company’s evolution from a trusted source of research-driven construction data – on which the U.S. Census Bureau relies every year as its sole private provider of construction starts and project data analysis – to a technology provider. Dodge harnesses its data to power single-platform integrated workflow tools for building product manufacturers, general contractors, specialty trades, architects and engineers.

Petrullo underscored Dodge’s aggressive goal to ensure the pre-planning process for projects is as seamless and efficient as possible through Dodge PlanRoom, a powerful, free document management tool for building product manufacturers and contractors to keep tabs on project progress and status. PlanRoom’s technology includes personalized plan storage, invitation to bid functionality and integration of Dodge projects and contacts. Additional features will be available with reasonable pricing tiers.

“In the same way that our Sweets App for Revit connects building product manufacturers more directly into the architect’s workflow, Dodge PlanRoom will provide a solution for general contractors and specialty trades to store their project information at the same time as they work together to finalize bids and plans,” said Petrullo.

Building on a foundation of expertise in construction industry research and data products, the Dodge platform will allow industry professionals to more efficiently find projects, craft designs, specify materials, submit bids, manage projects and coordinate with partners and subcontractors.

In addition to PlanRoom, some of the solutions being introduced this year as part of the growing Dodge platform include:
•Sweets apps for Revit/AutoCAD – Solutions for architects that integrate building products and materials data directly into the design workflow to simplify discovery and selection. The Sweets app for Revit launched earlier this year, and the AutoCAD version is being previewed at the AIA convention. The Sweets apps will include over 100,000 building products by the end of September.
•ConstructionPoints for SalesForce – A set of integration and management tools that provide same day plug-and-play integration of Dodge data into Salesforce, one of the world’s leading Customer Relationship Managament (CRM) systems. Additional CRM solutions are being developed.
•Dodge Mobile app – Dodge is now a fully mobile solution. The Dodge Mobile app launched in the Apple and Android app stores. Dodge Global Network subscribers can search projects on the go, find local activity, and have instant access to any projects or contacts they’ve already flagged—all with the goal of keeping the design and build community connected with the right projects and professionals.

“The beauty of the Dodge platform is that it will change the way the construction industry operates without the requirement to learn new tools or technology,” added Petrullo. “Like our industry, we are evolving to make it faster and easier for industry players to extract value from our data to enhance their business and advance their market positions.”

“As this is just the beginning of our evolution, we will be making further announcements on key milestones toward our end goal of a single project platform for the industry.”