Tropical Roofing Products Appoints Chief Operating Officer

Tropical Roofing Products announced the appointment of Richard Oliva as Chief Operating Officer. Oliva brings with him over 25 years of experience in distribution and manufacturing, operations management, including senior leadership positions as Vice President of Operations for the Brenntag Group and as Senior Vice President for Roofing Supply Group (RSG) in the chemical and commercial building materials industries, respectively.

Oliva will report to Richard Zegelbone, President & C.E.O., and serve on the company’s Executive Committee.

Richard Zegelbone, President of Tropical Roofing Products, said, “Richard Oliva’s leadership, industry experience and ability to build and foster strong relationships with internal and external customers already make him a key addition to the Tropical Roofing Products family. Richard is the right leader to help us realize our greatest ambitions. And he will play a key role in that capacity along with our accomplished team of senior leaders that reflect our commitment to the industry at large.”

Oliva added, “I am excited to start a new challenge with Tropical Roofing Products, a 60- year old company and a leader in Fluid Applied Roof Restoration Systems. My professional background combined with a personal knowledge of Tropical Roofing Products as a former customer has prepared me for this role where I can add my leadership and relationship building skills to an organization with a great brand identity, culture, history, customer base, and unlimited future potential.”

Richard Oliva will be based in the Tropical Roofing Products corporate headquarters in Hallandale, Florida starting on April 9th, 2018.

For more information, visit www.tropicalroofingproducts.com.

FlashCo Adds New Regional Sales Representative

FlashCo Manufacturing, Inc. recently hired Justin Erickson for the position of Sales Representative for their Southeast region. Justin joins FlashCo with over 15 years of sales experience in a variety of manufacturing companies including over 10 years in the roofing industry.

Most recently, Justin was National Sales Manager for Sievert Industries, Inc. in charge of outside sales of professional heating tools and equipment throughout North America. Justin was responsible for managing sales and service for Sievert’s business unit including 25 independent sales agencies. During Justin’s tenure, the unit averaged 10 percent annual growth. Justin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Eastern Illinois University and a Masters in Business Administration from Rockford University.

“We are very excited to add Justin to our sales team,” says Rick Santolaya, FlashCo Territory Sales Manager. “Justin has a great sales background and he’s been in the roofing industry for over a decade. He’s worked with a number of our same customers and distributors, so he’s going to be able to hit the ground running.”

“Justin is the perfect addition to help us continue to grow the Southeast region,” says Bill Bartell, FlashCo Director of Sales. “FlashCo is in the midst of a major expansion and it’s the people in the company like Justin who have a major impact in helping our contractor customers to save time, get off the roof sooner and reduce their installed costs.”

For more information, visit www.FlashCoMfg.com.

ATAS Hosts Mobile Manufacturing Lab

ATAS International, Inc. was proud to host Lehigh Carbon Community College’s (LCCC) Mobile Manufacturing Lab, in the parking lot of ATAS’ headquarters located in Allentown, Pa. Six students from four area companies earned certificates in the Industrial Automation training held Aug. 15 through Dec. 5, 2017.

The unique learning within this Mobile Manufacturing Lab targeted the mechanical/electrical maintenance needs of local manufacturers.  At the completion of the program, created by LCCC’s Center for Leadership and Workforce Development, students should qualify for an entry level maintenance technician position at most area manufacturers. The 200-hour Industrial Automation Technician course combined online coursework followed by hand-on training in the Mobile Lab. Course curriculum included AC/DC electrical systems, electrical motor control, electronic sensors, electrical systems control, mechanical drives, pneumatics, and programmable controllers.

Dick Bus, President of ATAS International, stated, “ATAS supports specialized training for our current and future employees. We understand that many Lehigh Valley manufacturers are experiencing the same challenges in accessing convenient training opportunities and talented personnel. In addition to the skills learned in this program, training such as this is helpful for students considering manufacturing.”

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

ATAS International Inc. Program Expands Knowledge of Manufacturing, Career Opportunities

In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2016, ATAS International Inc. opened their doors on to area students to expand their knowledge of manufacturing.  Schools that were represented are Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Schnecksville; Sacred Heart School, Allentown; Parkland School District, Allentown; and Career Institute of Technology, Easton.
 
This program was designed to expand knowledge of manufacturing and improve public perception of today’s manufacturing career opportunities.  Students were able to tour the ATAS facility to experience first-hand the processes in which metal components for the building envelope are manufactured.  They also viewed a panel discussion consisting of several ATAS employees, who spoke about their positions in departments that include production, marketing, sales, technical services and human resources. Students learned that every person within a manufacturing company must work together to produce a product and provide service to their customers.
 
Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.  Studies show that almost 80 percent of Americans believe manufacturing is important to our economic prosperity, standard of living, and national security.  Yet only 30 percent of those surveyed would encourage their children to go into manufacturing careers.  This is a trend that must be reversed and which Manufacturing Day seeks to address by giving people an opportunity to discover what modern manufacturing environments are really like.
 
“There is a demand for skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology”, says Jim Bus, executive vice president of ATAS International.  “The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020 there will be a shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced.”
 
Manufacturing Day is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).  Partners include Edge Factor and the Science Channel and guest producer, Industrial Strength Marketing.

Firestone Releases Sustainability Report

Firestone Building Products Company LLC has released the “2015 Global Sustainability Report” detailing the company’s progress in achieving its environmental goals and fulfilling its commitment to contributing to an environmentally sustainable society. The report, which provides an overview of the company’s environmental performance measured using criteria set forth by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), demonstrates how Firestone is using metrics to drive performance across its business. 
 
Firestone had a number of accomplishments that are outlined in the 2015 report. By focusing its efforts on three key areas: people, process and products, Firestone:

     

  • Launched two new products with near zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), making it safer for contractors, building occupants and the environment
  • Increased the number of voluntary reporting indicators from 10 to 37 for greater transparency in reporting
  • Decreased wastewater discharge by 23 percent between 2014 and 2015

 
“Firestone has a long-standing commitment to driving the type of innovation that will enable our products to meet global standards throughout their lifecycle – from production to performance,” says Tim Dunn, president, Firestone Building Products. “It is through the dedication and hard work of our employees worldwide that we are able to make environmental improvements in our products and processes, and demonstrate leadership in our industry.
 
Firestone is adhering to the GRI G4 reporting standard to ensure comprehensive sustainability reporting. The company expects certification to the G4 standard later this year.
 
As part of Bridgestone Americas, Firestone is committed to being a good corporate citizen globally, nationally and especially in the communities where it has manufacturing facilities, sales facilities and offices. Bridgestone Americas’ parent company, Bridgestone Corp., was recently named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the first time, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index for the seventh consecutive year. Firestone’s corporate citizenship commitments extend beyond sustainability. In 2015, Firestone employees gave their time and talents in plant and headquarters communities to organizations that support education, the arts, health and wellness, and work to improve peoples’ lives.
 
To learn more about Firestone Building Products, or to download a copy of the 2015 Firestone Building Products Global Sustainability Report, visit firestonebpco.com.

MBCI Houston Plant Hosts National Manufacturing Day

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson presents NCI a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capital building and a Certificate of Congressional recognition during National Manufacturing Day.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson presents NCI a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capital building and a Certificate of Congressional recognition during National Manufacturing Day.

In celebration of National Manufacturing Day 2016, NCI Building Systems Inc. (NCI) opened three of its manufacturing facilities to the public, including its MBCI manufacturing facility in Houston.

More than 300 people participated in MBCI’s Manufacturing Day activities, which included facility tours, presentations from company and community leaders, a question-and-answer session and a catered lunch to participants as part of an ongoing effort to promote the strength of U.S. manufacturing and increase awareness of the outstanding career opportunities in the field. The tours showcased a working plant featuring MBCI designers, programmers and technology operators who each play a role in manufacturing the products our communities and industries rely on.

Students from Cold Springs – Oakhurst and Sealy ISDs, and professionals from The Lucas Group, Ernst & Young and The Welding School heard presentations given by NCI President, Don Riley and NCI Vice President of Manufacturing, Carlin Mueller, as well as Congressman Gene Green (TX-29) and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18). The messages delivered focused on the career and growth opportunities available in manufacturing, with Jackson-Lee sharing her views on the role of the industry in building the US economy, saying “I am excited about that fact that you are, in essence, recognizing the importance of acknowledging to America that we need to make things with our hands.”

Further emphasizing the importance of the work done by manufacturing companies like MBCI, NCI was presented a United States flag that was flown over the U.S. Capital building and a Certificate of Congressional recognition on the occasion of National Manufacturing Day by Jackson-Lee.

ATAS Hosts Meeting With Product Distributors

ATAS International welcomes product distributors from several countries to the ATAS headquarters.

ATAS International welcomes product distributors from several countries to the ATAS headquarters.

ATAS International welcomed product distributors from several countries to the ATAS headquarters in Allentown, Pa.  The guests, all of whom were ATAS product distributors, gathered for education sessions, a plant tour, and information exchanges.  ATAS continues to grow their export business and develop relationships with distributors throughout the world.

Joao DaCosta, director of international business development for ATAS, states, “We are pleased to receive our international distributors for the second biennial meeting.  The four day event has been full of collaborative ideas and enthusiastic networking.  Our guests shared their business experience with ATAS and each other, and all left with new and renewed global relationships.”
 
DaCosta, who is also a professor of international business and global supply chain at Baruch College of The City University of New York (CUNY) in New York City, sees the Greater Lehigh Valley area as a strategic location for the manufacturing industry and for continued growth in the exporting of products.

Appearing in the photo, from left to right:  Jim Bus, executive vice president of ATAS; Stew Ahman, Caribbean distributor; Dick Bus, president of ATAS; Shirley and Luke Martin, CountryTowne of Canada; Margaret and Abe Fehr, Western Metal Roofing of Canada; Stephane D’Anjou, 3R Tiles of Canada; Jonathan Ayotte, Trigo Energies of Canada; Christian Cartagena, Zigma of Chile; Claude Garand, 3R Tiles of Canada; Erick Perez, EP Group of Colombia; Carmen Gajardo, Zigma of Chile; Joao DaCosta, director of international business development for ATAS; and Valentina Cartagena, Zigma of Chile.

FlashCo Manufacturing Inc. Hires Plant Manager

Matt Froehlich is hired as plant manager for FlashCo Manufacturing Inc.

Matt Froehlich is hired as plant manager for FlashCo Manufacturing Inc.

FlashCo Manufacturing Inc. hired Matt Froehlich as plant manager for the Chicago location. Matt brings to FlashCo over 14 years of experience in supply chain management and manufacturing. Matt will be responsible for developing and leading the Midwest plant, supporting FlashCo’s market expansion, lean system development and operations.

Matt brings a wealth of experience to FlashCo and has worked with a number of manufacturing companies in Michigan and California developing lean oriented supply chain management systems. Most recently, Matt was supply chain director for IDEX Corporation in Rohnert Park, Calif., responsible for customer service, warehouse and purchasing. Throughout his career, Matt has been adept at utilizing lean philosophies to identify supply chain issues, eliminate waste and increase asset utilization. Matt has a BA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Management from Walsh College.

“We are developing a presence in the Midwest,” says Greg Morrow, president of FlashCo, “so we were looking for a leader for our Chicago plant. Matt brings us a combination of knowledge in operations, plant management and implementing lean oriented supply chains. We are excited to have Matt build a functioning operation and carry out our commitment to customer satisfaction with respect and a can-do attitude.”

IMETCO Opens Manufacturing Facility in Sacramento

IMETCO opens manufacturing facility in Sacramento.

IMETCO opens manufacturing facility in Sacramento.

IMETCO (Innovative Metals Co. Inc.) opened a 46,900 square-foot manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California, more than tripling the current manufacturing space at their former Albuquerque, New Mexico, location and offering an expanded footprint for future growth. The location will have a broader manufacturing portfolio to better serve IMETCO’s West Coast customers.

“Making the move to Sacramento puts IMETCO closer to its West Coast customers, which helps to reduce product lead time and shipping costs. Overall, the move will allow us to better serve our customers,” said Joe Mellott, vice president and general manager at IMETCO.

The McClellan Air Force Base revitalization project is part of a $580 million investment to transform the now closed base into a business park. 

SOPREMA Expands Manufacturing Facility to Accelerate Services

SOPREMA expands its Gulfport, Mississippi manufacturing facility in an effort to increase product offerings and expedite production. The expansion comes as a solution to continued growth that the Gulfport operations team has experienced and will further accelerate service to the market.

The Gulfport facility completes a 21,250 square foot addition, with its location situated on SOPREMA’s campus which encompasses manufacturing, product testing, distribution and a training facility. The expansion is used for both additional product offering and warehouse of product and materials in various stages of the production process.

“The expansion is an opportunity to continue to support the SOPREMA growth initiatives as our business grows,” said Kent Furcron, Gulfport plant manager, SOPREMA. “We are proud that our facility is now able to produce more product and provide additional jobs in the region.”