National Roofing Contractors Association Releases 2020 Roofing Manual Set

The National Roofing Contractors Association has made available The NRCA Roofing Manual, a set that contains four volumes. The NRCA Roofing Manual provides extensive information about design, materials and installation techniques applicable to almost all roof system types. It includes The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems—2020The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2019The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control—2018; and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems—2017. The manual is intended to be a valuable technical resource, and the information in the manual is reliable reference material for state roofing contractor licensure exams. 

Hard copies of the 2020 manual set can be purchased at nrca.net/shop. NRCA members can download the set for free in electronic format at nrca.net/manuals.

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA to Hold Telephone Town Hall on March 30

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will hold a COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall Monday, March 30, at 5 p.m. EST. The purpose of the town hall is to share the latest information regarding COVID-19 as it relates to the roofing industry. 

Critical COVID-19 topics will be discussed, including work-site shutdowns, “essential” businesses and workers, safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, insurance, federal financial assistance, contract provisions, navigating delays and more. 

Participants will hear from leading NRCA experts, including CEO Reid Ribble, Vice President of Technical Services Mark Graham, Vice President of Government Relations Duane Musser, Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management Tom Shanahan, and NRCA legal counsel Trent Cotney. 

To join NRCA’s COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall, please provide your contact information at www.nrca.net/townhall, and you will receive a phone call March 30 at 5 p.m. EST.

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NRCA Cancels Roofing Day in D.C. and Other Events

On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommended the cancellation of all events involving more than 50 participants because of the ongoing public health crisis related to the novel coronavirus. Additionally, the District of Columbia government issued regulatory guidance effectively prohibiting meetings of more than 250 people within Washington, D.C.

In light of this situation and after careful consideration regarding the health and safety of participants, Roofing Day in D.C. 2020, which was scheduled for April 21-22, has been cancelled. Unfortunately, given the unique size and scope of Roofing Day in D.C. 2020, it is not feasible for the event to be rescheduled this year. More information will be sent soon regarding hotel cancellations and other details.

NRCA will begin planning for Roofing Day in D.C. 2021, which will be held March 23-24, 2021, so please save these dates. Your registration fees for Roofing Day in D.C. 2020 will be rolled over and applied to Roofing Day in D.C. 2021. View more information about Roofing Day in D.C.

NRCA also has cancelled the April 21 Diversity + Inclusion Forum 2020 in Washington, D.C., and postponed its March 20 Foreman Leadership Training, Level 1 class in Rosemont, Illinois; March 26-27 Qualified Trainer Conference in Portsmouth, Virginia; and April 9 CERTA Train-the-trainer class in Elgin, Illinois. In addition, the Roofing Alliance Member Meeting April 23-25 in Sarasota, Fla., has been cancelled.

NRCA will keep you updated regarding any further cancellations or postponed events. View more information about NRCA events.

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NRCA Organizes Letter Campaign to Address Business Concerns During COVID-19 Crisis

To help address roofing professionals’ business concerns during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the National Roofing Contractors Association led an industrywide effort March 19 to send a letter to President Trump asking the administration to provide clear guidance to states regarding essential industry and essential worker designations.

In the letter, NRCA and affiliate organizations requested guidance from the administration clarifying essential businesses, services and workers be issued to state and local governments and explained why the guidance should recognize the role of the roofing industry in protecting U.S. families and employers. The letter noted the roofing industry’s economic contributions exceed $100 billion, and more than 1 million workers are employed by manufacturers, raw material suppliers, distributors and roofing contractors throughout the United States. Roofing professionals are integral to making and installing products that protect hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies and other businesses providing critical care and resources to Americans, as well as residential buildings in which families are being asked to shelter in place. In addition, the letter noted the roofing industry must be able to quickly respond to the impacts extreme weather and natural disasters may inflict on homes and buildings during the spring and summer months. 

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, EPDM Roofing Association, National Women in Roofing, Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association, Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, Single Ply Roofing Industry and the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance joined NRCA in signing the letter. 

Each regional, state and local NRCA affiliate received the letter with permission to use it as a template to communicate the roofing industry’s message to state governments. The letter also is available at files.nrca.net/files/pdf/resources/essential-business-letter.pdf.

For the latest information and resources during the COVID-19 crisis, visit NRCA’s COVID-19 Resources for Roofing Contractors webpage at www.nrca.net/covid-19-resources-for-roofing-contractors.

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NRCA Offers COVID-19 Resources for Roofing Contractors

During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the National Roofing Contractors Association is offering online resources to assist roofing contractors. NRCA recognizes this is a time of uncertainty and wants to provide information and resources addressing various issues roofing contractors may be facing as they manage their businesses.

NRCA has added a new section to its website, www.nrca.net, to keep roofing contractors informed of important information in a timely manner. Resources include best practices for COVID-19 prevention; links to authoritative information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration; and legal resources, including key contract provisions, insurance resources, federal financial assistance, and employers’ and employees’ rights. Links to a recently developed NRCA toolbox talk, “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Awareness,” and NRCA recommendations for managing COVID-19 also are available at www.nrca.net/covid-19-resources-for-roofing-contractors. Please refer to the website frequently to receive the latest information.

In addition, NRCA will send a survey to contractor members next week to gather specific feedback about how the crisis is affecting them. Please complete and return the survey so NRCA may better assist the industry. 

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net.

Tropical Roofing Products Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative, Becomes NRCA Partner Member

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced Tropical Roofing Products, Hallandale, Florida, has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative as a partner member. 

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success. 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.

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

“As a long-standing member of NRCA and an advocate for the professional roofing industry, Tropical Roofing Products is thrilled to join with NRCA, contractors and other affiliated industry leaders working collectively to advance our goals,” said Richard Oliva, COO of Tropical Roofing Products.

“This is a sea-change for NRCA, and a united industry will benefit all of its stakeholders,” added Richard Zegelbone, CEO of Tropical Roofing Products.

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

NRCA Announces Recipient of 2020 Charlie Raymond Award

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced GAF, Parsippany, New Jersey, is the winner of the Charlie Raymond Award. The award was presented at NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention. 

The award is named in honor of former NRCA President and J.A. Piper Award recipient Charlie Raymond, who took on the role of NRCA Membership Committee chairman when the association had only 328 members. He recruited NRCA’s 1,000th member in 1973. The Charlie Raymond Award annually honors members for their efforts to recruit new members into NRCA. 

For more information about the Charlie Raymond Award, visit www.nrca.net/about/NRCA-awards/raymond. For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net

Mark Gaulin Receives Prestigious NRCA J.A. Piper Award

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced Mark Gaulin, founder of MAGCO Inc., Jessup, Maryland, and founding member of Tecta America Corp., Rosemont, Illinois, is the 73rd recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention held in Dallas. The J.A. Piper award is the industry’s most prestigious honor, recognizing roofing professionals who have devoted constant outstanding service to NRCA and the roofing industry.

Gaulin was elected to NRCA’s board of directors in 1993 and served three terms, including two terms as vice president from 1998-2000 and 2003-05. He also served as NRCA senior vice president from 2005-06 and NRCA president from 2006-07. During his time at the helm of NRCA, his entrepreneurial spirit guided him in the promotion and advancement of green and vegetative roof systems in the United States. He dedicated his time to visiting contractor groups across the country to educate them about vegetative roof systems. Gaulin also served as president of the Associated Roofing Contractors of Maryland in the early 1990s.

Gaulin has been in the roofing industry for more than four decades. Starting his career in 1978 at Barra Inc., a German manufacturer of single-ply roofing materials, he soon became a minority partner with SCF Decks in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. In 1987, he decided to start his own business, MAGCO. Under his leadership, MAGCO grew to about 60 employees with additional branches in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Petersburg, Virginia.

In 1993, Gaulin founded Metal Fab Manufacturing, a producer of architectural metal roofing and accessories, and in 2000 he was a key leader in the consolidation and formation of Tecta America Corp., one of the nation’s largest commercial roofing contractors. He served as COO of Tecta America from 2007-10 and interim CEO from 2013-14. He currently serves on the board of directors for Tecta America.

Gaulin has been involved with many NRCA committees, including chairing the Architectural Sheet Metal Committee, Internet/Electronic Communications Committee and NRCA Retirement Committee.

“During his more than three decades in the industry, he has been a passionate advocate for NRCA and the industry, including testifying in Congress on behalf of small businesses and small-business concerns,” said Helene Hardy Pierce, vice president of technical services, codes and industry relations at GAF, when presenting the award. “His focus on green roofing, solar initiatives and sustainable construction has led to best practices in the roofing industry. He is an honest worker, trustworthy colleague, tireless volunteer and is consistently innovative.”

“I am truly flattered and honored to be recognized by my peers and the industry with this award, and I am proud to be a part of this great industry,” Gaulin said when accepting the award.

First presented in 1948, the J.A. Piper Award is named for former NRCA President Joseph A. Piper, whose extraordinary efforts kept the association alive during the Great Depression.

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Artisan Construction Co. Inc. Honored With 2020 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

In recognition of its generosity and service, Artisan Construction Co. Inc., Centennial, Colorado, has been presented with the eighth annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association and CNA, one of the largest U.S. commercial property and casualty insurance companies. The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

Artisan Construction staff volunteered to play baseball with the children at Miracle League of Metro Denver — an organization that provides children and adults who are living with various mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. Artisan Construction also donates $250 to the Miracle League of Metro Denver for every reroof completed in Colorado. To date, $18,000 has been donated from roofing. Artisan Construction also recently replaced a lock with a more secure locking mechanism on an equipment trailer that had been vandalized.

CNA awarded Artisan Construction with $7,500 to be presented to Miracle League of Metro Denver. In addition, NRCA dedicated the proceeds of its Cyber Monday sale in November 2019 to Miracle League of Metro Denver.

Additionally, second-place winner Weatherproofing Technologies Inc., Beachwood, Ohio, received $5,000 for its charitable efforts regarding WomenSafe Inc. Weatherproofing Technologies, a subsidiary of Tremco Inc., has supported WomenSafe, a domestic violence shelter serving northeastern Ohio, for more than a decade by offering financial support, sponsorships and in-kind donations (food, clothing, hygiene products, household items, etc.). During 2019, Weatherproofing Technologies sponsored WomenSafe by donating $5,000, several meals as part of annual year-end celebrations and $400 to the organization’s annual fall luncheon fundraiser. The contractor also held a toilet paper drive and adopted a WomenSafe family in need for the holidays by fulfilling the family’s wish list.

The third-place winner was KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, The Official Roofing & Waterproofing Company of the Dallas Cowboys, for its work with the Salvation Army. KPost held a school supply drive and donated 1,050 fully loaded backpacks to the Salvation Army to distribute to local children. In addition to the backpacks, KPost hosted a canned food drive on behalf of the Salvation Army. CNA awarded KPost with $2,500 for its charity.

In addition, Locklear Roofing Inc., Holly Springs, North Carolina, was the winner of the People’s Choice Award, which was selected by public online voting on NRCA’s website. Locklear Roofing received $1,500 for its work with Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center.

The awards were presented Feb. 5 at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention in Dallas.

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NRCA Announces 2020-21 Officers and Directors

The National Roofing Contractors Association announced its 2020-21 slate of officers and directors at its 133rd Annual Convention. All 2020-21 officers and directors will assume their roles June 1.

Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Illinois, has been elected NRCA chairman of the board; Kyle Thomas, vice president of Thomas Roofing, Mobile, Alabama, was elected chairman of the board-elect; Bryan Karel, vice president of operations, Garlock-French Corp., Minneapolis, Minnesota; Sherri Miles, vice president of J.D. Miles & Sons Inc., Chesapeake, Virginia; and Lisa Sprick, president of Sprick Roofing Co. Inc., Corvallis, Oregon, were elected vice chairmen.

Additionally, the following were elected as new NRCA directors:

  • Cheryl Chapman, general manager of Empire Roofing Inc., Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jennifer Ford-Smith, director of sales for Johns Manville, Denver, Colorado
  • Scott D. Gipson, vice president and general manager of FiberTite Roofing Systems, Wooster, Ohio
  • Kevin Gwaltney, president of Diamond Roofing, Dodge City, Kansas
  • Tammy Hall, director of marketing/service manager for CFS Roofing Services LLC, Fort Myers, Florida
  • Paige Harvill, president of Nations Roof Gulf Coast LLC, Mobile, Alabama
  • Peter Horch, owner/CEO of Horch Roofing, Warren, Maine
  • Josh Kelly, vice president of product development and innovation for OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Massachusetts
  • Ken Kelly, president of Kelly Roofing, Bonita Springs, Florida
  • Daniel Kennedy, commercial division manager for Don Kennedy Roofing Co. Inc., Nashville, Tennessee
  • C.J. Martin, president/CEO of Showalter Roofing Service Inc., Naperville, Illinois
  • Geoff Mitchell, CEO of Mid-South Roof Systems, Forest Park, Georgia
  • Jack Moore, president/CEO of West Roofing Systems Inc., LaGrange, Ohio
  • Curtis Sutton, president of Rackley Roofing Co. Inc., Carthage, Tennessee

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.