Roofing Alliance Seeks to Fund Initiatives That Advance the Roofing Industry

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces its annual Call for Funding. Committed to promoting and funding the advancement of roofing through research, education, technology and philanthropic programs, the Roofing Alliance is seeking to fund initiatives that will contribute to the advancement and growth of the roofing industry. This year’s deadline for funding applications is January 1, 2021.

 Each year, the Roofing Alliance provides funding for research, educational initiatives and technical programs that address current issues and work to secure the future of the roofing industry. Roofing Alliance Executive Director Bennett Judson shared that in 2020, a total of $272,253 in project funding was approved. “While much of our funding is earmarked for our ongoing initiatives, the Roofing Alliance is always looking to support new programs that can fulfill a need within our industry and contribute toward the betterment of the U.S. roofing industry,” said Judson. 

A notable example of a successful funding request was that of Clemson University, who used the funds to develop a three-credit roofing class for use in construction management programs throughout the country. The Roofing Alliance will be donating the course materials to construction management schools who are members of the American Council for Construction Education. 

For 24 years, the Roofing Alliance has been committed to shaping the industry’s future by funding education, research, scholarships and philanthropic initiatives, all for the purpose of securing the industry’s future excellence. Ongoing initiatives include committee projects and programs including the ongoing partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities®, the Roofing Alliance Student Competition and construction management partnerships with universities. 

Requests are due by January 1, 2021. For information on specific criteria and the funding review process please visit http://www.roofingalliance.net/About/Funding. To learn more about the Roofing Alliance, please visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingalliance.net

NRCA Launches the NRCA Health Care Program to Benefit the Roofing Industry

The National Roofing Contractors Association has launched the NRCA Health Care Program, the first and only health care program tailored specifically to the roofing industry, in partnership with Vault Health Strategies, Bloomington, Illinois.

The NRCA Health Care Program enables NRCA members of all categories and sizes to offer employer-sponsored health care options. The plan is flexible, based on each company’s needs and budget, and can be offered with or without employer contributions. An employer can make available to employees voluntary benefits, such as dental, vision, life, disability and accident insurance, and work with his or her current broker or use an NRCA Health Care Program broker. Coverage includes everything from full-service major medical to supplemental or prescription-only coverage. In addition, the NRCA Health Care Program offers a telehealth option. 
As health care costs continue to rise and the industry struggles to recruit new workers, the new health care program is intended to help NRCA members offer company-sponsored health care plans that benefit roofing professionals and also can be used to bolster employee recruitment and retention. 
“One of the biggest concerns NRCA members tell us they have is workforce issues — it’s really difficult to attract and retain good employees,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “As an industry, we must take care of our employees. One important way we can do that is by offering quality benefits such as health insurance.” 
To learn more about the NRCA Health Care Program, go to nrcahealth.com or contact Rich Trewyn, an NRCA director of enterprise risk management, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7575, or rtrewyn@nrca.net
For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Offers Virtual Management Seminar August 19

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will offer “Creating or Improving a Service/Maintenance Center,” a half-day management seminar that will be held virtually August 19 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. CDT.

Service/maintenance centers can generate significant profit for companies, yet they often are missed opportunities for roofing contractors. NRCA’s program provides contractors with information and tools to build or improve their service/maintenance centers within their businesses. It addresses administration and management, sales and marketing, and operations and finance issues affecting a successful service/maintenance center.

For more information or to register, visit https://www.nrca.net/education/course-calendar/creating-or-Improving-a-service-maintenance-center.

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2020-2021 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Recipients

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announces the 2020-21 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Award recipients. For over 30 years, the Roofing Alliance has invested time and funds to help educate the roofing industry and the industry’s youth. This has been made possible through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program, which was named for Melvin Kruger, a former president of NRCA, a former president of the Roofing Alliance and CEO of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Georgia. NRCA contractor and supplier members, their families and their employees are all eligible to partake in this program as long as they intend to pursue a career in the roofing or construction industries.

The Roofing Alliance awarded one new $5,000 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship to:

Jacob James, stepson of Raymond Orman, quality assurance and field trainer, Schwickerts Tecta America, Mankato, Minnesota.

In addition, the Roofing Alliance renewed eight Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships to:

  • Davis Edwards – Dan Cohen Scholarship, attending Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Salvador Flores Garcia – Beacon Roofing Supply Scholarship, attending University of California: Berkeley, Berkeley, California.
  • Matthew Killgore – OMG Scholarship, attending Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas.
  • Elaina Krumholz – Fred Good Scholarship, attending the University of Minnesota; Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Morgan Patterson – OMG 2nd scholarship, attending DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois.
  • John Paynter – Melvin Kruger Scholarship, attending East Carolina University, Greenville, South Carolina.
  • Calvin Raymore – William Good Scholarship, attending the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.
  • Cameron Tickerhoff – Firestone Scholarship, attending Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.

“A total of $40,000 was awarded for scholarship renewals,” stated Kyle Thomas, current president of the Roofing Alliance. “We also awarded $5,000 for one new scholarship for a total of $45,000 for the 2020-21 school year. To date, the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship program has awarded 131 students a total of $890,000 in scholarship awards. We are very honored to give back to the next generation of roofing professionals in this way.”

Each scholarship recipient is awarded $5,000 and eligible for renewal for up to three years of undergraduate study. This is a merit-based scholarship, and recipients are selected based on their academic record; potential to succeed; leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience; a statement of career goals and aspirations; and an outside recommendation. Details for the 2021-22 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship program and the application guidelines will be available in late August, early September of 2020.

For more information on the Roofing Alliance contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, atbjudson@roofingalliance.net or visit www.roofingalliance.net.

NRCA Reschedules 134th Annual Convention to Coincide With 2021 IRE

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has rescheduled its 134th annual convention to coincide with Irving, Texas-based Informa’s 2021 International Roofing Expo, which was rescheduled from February to April amid the COVID-19 crisis. NRCA’s convention will be held April 12-16, 2021, in conjunction with the 2021 IRE at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. 

NRCA expressed its full support as Informa decided to reschedule the 2021 IRE. Informa and NRCA believe rescheduling the dates was the right choice to ensure a safe, productive and relaxed environment for attendees. Informa has announced exhibiting companies and attendees do not need to take any action regarding the new dates; everything automatically will transfer to April. 

For more information about NRCA’s 134th Annual Convention, visit nrca.net/convention, or contact Bennett Judson, NRCA’s vice president of meeting services, at (847) 493-7513 or bjudson@nrca.net.

NRCA Opens Registration for Virtual Legal Conference

The National Roofing Contractors Association is inviting roofing industry professionals to register for its virtual legal conference, Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets, which will be held October 13-15.

During the legal conference, NRCA will provide nine legal, technical and business education programs—three sessions per day. Attendees can take advantage of discounted prices with a conference bundle that offers 45 percent savings. 

NRCA member and nonmember CEOs, owners, chief operating officers, human resources professionals, safety directors, training directors, on-staff legal counsel, office managers and project managers are encouraged to attend. With a variety of sessions, participants will hear from the industry’s brightest experts and thought leaders, including Tray Batcher, partner at Cotney Construction Law LLP, Tampa, Fla.; Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law and NRCA general counsel; Jacqueline Feliciano, managing attorney at Cotney Construction Law; Mark Graham, NRCA’s vice president of technical services; Roscoe Green, partner at Cotney Construction Law; Stephen Phillips, senior partner with Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel P.C., Atlanta; and Philip Siegel, partner with Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel, in an interactive platform that is cost-effective and convenient to access from any device. 

Sessions can be purchased individually at $39 for members and $49 for nonmembers, or attendees can bundle all nine sessions at $195 for members and $295 for nonmembers. 

For more information about NRCA’s virtual legal conference, visit nrca.net/legal/education/conference, or contact Alison LaValley at alavalley@nrca.net or Anne Schroeder at aschroeder@nrca.net.

NRCA Urges Members to Advocate for Home Improvement and Commercial Infrastructure Tax Credit

As Congress considers further legislative responses to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) urges all members to reach out to their members of Congress to advocate for the inclusion of a home and commercial buildings improvement tax credit.

The Home Improvement and Commercial Infrastructure Tax Credit would provide a 30 percent “home improvement tax credit” for improvements to residences for qualifying taxpayers. In addition, the proposal provides a 30 percent tax credit for investment in commercial infrastructure, such as improvements to nonresidential roofs and other building components.

The tax credit is designed to assist with economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by helping unemployed workers return to work and stimulating demand for construction activity.

For more information and advice on how to take action and email your legislators, visit the NRCA Grassroots Advocacy Network at roofingadvocacy.nrca.net.

Canadian Roofing Contractors Association to Hold National Roofing Week

The Canadian Roofing Contractors Association has announced Canada’s first annual National Roofing Week celebration will take place nationwide August 24-28 to coincide with NRCA’s National Roofing Week August 23-29.

Inspired by NRCA’s National Roofing Week in the United States, CRCA’s initiative aims to raise awareness of the importance of “having a roof over your head,” Canada’s roofing industry and the important work CRCA members perform year-round. During the week, CRCA’s roofing contractors/members will highlight the importance of roofing professionals in Canadian society through various actions and initiatives, such as job creation, continuing education or involvement in the community.

Each day of CRCA’s National Roofing Week will have a dedicated theme, and CRCA members are encouraged to post photos and videos on social media using #RoofingWeekCanada #CRCA #NationalRoofingWeek and #RoofingCanada.

View more information about CRCA’s National Roofing Week.

Learn more about NRCA’s National Roofing Week.

NRCA Offers NRCA Qualified Trainer Conferences Remotely

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has made available Qualified Trainer Virtual Conferences to help new trainers gain a strong foundation in critical training skills and seasoned participants learn best practices for delivering powerful workforce improvement presentations and effective hands-on training.

In addition, participants will gain access to NRCA’s training resources and be equipped to train new employees, getting them onboarded faster and more efficiently; provide guidance to midlevel employees looking to further their careers; and assist seasoned employees who are pursuing NRCA ProCertification. (View more information about NRCA ProCertification.)

The virtual conference is recommended for those who would like to onboard new employees as effectively as possible; increase worker retention rates; maximize workforce efficiency; and engage, coach and make a difference in their companies.

Virtual conferences will take place on the Zoom platform. During the pre-conference webinar, NRCA will discuss specifics about Zoom and how to set up your space for optimal participation. NRCA will ship handouts and a table-top mockup, so registration will close three business days before each event.

For more information, following is a list of some upcoming Qualified Trainer Virtual Conferences:

Aug. 11-12 (Early-bird prices available)
Sept. 23-24 (Early-bird prices available)
Oct. 6-7 (Early-bird prices available)
Nov. 17-18 (Early-bird prices available)
Dec. 15-16 (Early-bird prices available)

To view a full list of Qualified Trainer Conferences, visit nrca.net/education/qualified-trainer/conferences.

Roofing Industry Coalition Backs Tax Credit for Home and Business Improvements

A coalition of leading associations and businesses across the home improvement, roofing manufacturing, and construction industries, led by the Co-CEOs of Standard Industries, David Millstone and David Winter, recently sent letters to the White House and leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee urging them to support a proposal that would help families make meaningful improvements to their homes. The proposal would deliver a direct financial benefit to middle-class homeowners while providing a “Main Street” stimulus for the millions of Americans whose livelihoods are tied to the home improvement and construction industries, including contractors, roofers, plumbers, electricians, and painters.

With Congress poised to consider a new round of economic recovery and stimulus measures, the proposal set forth by the coalition includes a new refundable tax credit covering up to 30 percent of the cost of qualified home improvements. For example, a homeowner making $6,000 of improvements would receive $1,800 in savings, making it more affordable for those who have deferred maintenance or are experiencing changed living circumstances to make necessary upgrades. In doing so, the proposal would help middle-class homeowners enhance their quality of life while increasing the value of their largest financial asset. The credit would also create broad-based economic benefits by supporting demand for the services of the more than 10 million workers tied to the home improvement sector. 

“As we have witnessed these past few months, the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic has been vast, shrinking GDP by five percent in the first quarter and wiping out millions of jobs across the country,” the letters explained. “Damage this far-reaching threatens everyone, from homeowners to small business owners and workers across the economic spectrum. Our proposed tax credits serve as an opportunity to counter this devastation, improving individual prosperity and supporting the economic recovery.”

The home and commercial construction sector is responsible for employing millions of Americans in high-value jobs. For example, the roofing industry alone is responsible for employing 1 million Americans in well-paying jobs and fostering economic activity in communities across the country. 

The proposal also includes a provision that would help businesses make upgrades and safely reopen by providing a refundable credit for up to 30 percent of qualifying business property improvements. Together, the proposed credits would help stimulate the economy and get Americans back to work by investing in homes and businesses across the country.

Signatories of the letters to the administration and Congress include Standard Industries, the National Roofing Contractors Association, Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, Atlas Roofing Corporation, Beacon Building Products, Building Suppliers Corporation, Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association, Chemical Fabrics & Film Association, Chicago Roofing Contractors Association, Colorado Roofing Association, EPDM Roofing Association, Firestone Building Products, GAF, International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants, Johns Manville, Kansas Roofing Association, Kentucky Roofing Contractors Association, Metal Construction Association, Mid-States Asphalt, National Insulation Association, North Texas Roofing Contractors Association, Owens Corning, Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association, Roofing Contractors Association of Hawaii, Roofing Contractors Association of Washington, Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, SPRI, SOPREMA, Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance, SRS Distribution, TAMKO Building Products LLC, Tarco Roofing, and US GreenFiber LLC.

About the signatories:

Standard Industries is a global company focused on building materials, ranging from the world’s largest roofing and waterproofing business to insulation and industry-changing solar solutions.

One of the construction industry’s voices for roofing professionals, the National Roofing Contractors Association is a leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology, and advocacy.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association represents North America’s asphalt roofing manufacturing companies and their raw material suppliers. The association includes the majority of North American manufacturers of asphalt shingles and asphalt low slope roof membrane systems. 

Atlas Roofing Corporation is a leading provider of high performance roofing and construction materials that help build better environments to live and work in that is based out of Atlanta, Georgia. They are also a vocal leader in promoting energy efficiency and conservation.

Beacon Building Products is the largest publicly traded distributor of roofing materials and complementary building products in the U.S. and Canada, and are among the oldest and most established distributors in the industry. They are headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. 

The Building Suppliers Corporation is a cooperative organization of leading roofing and building material wholesale distributors, consisting of 17 companies with more than 3,000 employees in over 200 branch locations across the U.S. and Canada.

The Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association is a trade association made up of cellulose insulation producers and affiliated members that is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality of cellulose insulation products and standards.

The Chemical Fabrics & Film Association represents manufacturers of polymer-based fabric and film products, used in the building and construction, automotive, fashion, and many other industries.

The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association is the leading trade association of roofing and waterproofing contractors in Illinois. 

The Colorado Roofing Association seeks to help homeowners and commercial building owners in Colorado make informed decisions about replacing and maintaining their roof systems.

The EPDM Roofing Association represents the manufacturers of EPDM single-ply roofing products and their leading suppliers.

Firestone Building Products is a division of Bridgestone Americas’ portfolio of businesses that manufactures roofing, lining, and other building materials.

GAF is the leading roofing manufacturer in North America, with plants strategically located across the U.S. As a Standard Industries company, GAF is part of the largest roofing and waterproofing business in the world. Their world headquarters are located in Parsippany, New Jersey.

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants is an international association of professionals who specialize in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall specification and design.

Johns Manville manufactures premium-quality insulation, commercial roofing, and fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial, and residential applications. The company is based out of Denver, Colorado.

The Kansas Roofing Association is a statewide trade association of Kansas roofing contractors, suppliers, distributors, and other professionals. The group collectively represents the voice of the roofing industry in Kansas.

The Kentucky Roofing Contractors Association is a trade association representing commercial and residential roofing contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and other related industry professionals in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Metal Construction Association is an organization of manufacturers and suppliers whose metal products are used in structures throughout the world. The mission of the Metal Construction Association is to promote the use of metal in the building envelope through marketing, education, and action on public policies that affect metal’s use. 

Mid-States Asphalt manufactures and distributes a variety of products for built-up roofing and other commercial applications, from roofing asphalt to tapered insulation. They are based out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The National Insulation Association is a not-for-profit trade association representing merit union contractors, distributors, laminators, fabricators, and manufacturers that provide thermal insulation, insulation accessories, and components to the commercial, mechanical, and industrial markets throughout the nation. 

The North Texas Roofing Contractors Association is the premier resource for professional roofing contractors and associates working and doing business in North Texas. NTRCA offers educational training opportunities, keeps its members informed on industry standards, promotes its members and advocates for consumers and the professional roofing industry in North Texas. 

Owens Corning is a global building and industrial materials leader employing approximately 19,000 people in 33 countries around the world, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. They provide innovative products, manufacturing technologies, and sustainable solutions that address energy efficiency, product safety, renewable energy, durable infrastructure, and labor productivity.  

The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association serves as the unified voice of the polyiso industry. Polyiso is a versatile and high performance insulation solution that is suitable for a multitude of applications. It is most commonly used as insulation for roofs and walls, and as a protective roof cover board.

The Roofing Contractors Association of Hawaii is a statewide trade association for roofing contractors, representing the voice of the roofing industry in Hawaii. 

The Roofing Contractors Association of Washington is a trade association designed to help all roofing industry businesses or associated businesses in the state of Washington.

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) is the national trade association representing manufacturers of asphaltic and solar reflective roof coatings and the suppliers to the roof coatings industry. It consists of more than 70 members who manufacture in almost every state in the country as well as suppliers to the industry.

SPRI is the leading authority in single-ply roofing, comprised of a collection of commercial roofing industry experts dedicated to providing an open forum for discussion, education, and innovation.

SOPREMA operates over 50 manufacturing plants and has a presence in 90 countries across the world offering a comprehensive line of commercial roofing, waterproofing, wall protection, and civil engineering solutions combining superior products and systems with decades of proven performance.

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) is the collective voice, along with the educational and technical resource, for the spray polyurethane foam industry. SPFA develops tools designed to educate and influence the construction industry with the positive benefits of spray polyurethane foam roofing, insulation, coatings, and specialty installations.

SRS Distribution is a private company consisting of industry-leading, independent roofing distributors with a common goal to focus all efforts on serving the professional roofing contractor. Their headquarters are located in McKinney, Texas.

TAMKO Building Products LLC has been a leading independent manufacturer of residential roofing shingles for over 75 years, with headquarters located in Kansas.

Tarco Roofing is one of the largest independently owned manufacturers of residential roofing products and commercial roofing products in North America, based out of Little Rock, Arkansas.

GreenFiber LLC is a national manufacturer of cellulose insulation. They offer insulation, sidewall insulation plugs, insulation blowing machines, coverage charts and banners, cocoon insulation, fire protection, and sound isolating products throughout the U.S. and Canada. Their headquarters are located in Charlotte, North Carolina.