National Roofing Legal Resource Center Announces 2019 Legal Seminar

The National Roofing Legal Resource Center (NRLRC), in conjunction with the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), is proud to announce NRLRC’s 40th Anniversary Seminar, Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets, will take place in the Big Apple on September 18-21, at the New York Hilton Midtown, New York City.

NRLRC’s annual seminar allows attendees to share ideas and best practices, find solutions to problems, and build a lasting professional support network and business relationships that will thrive after the seminar.

New York City will provide the backdrop to an extraordinary three-day learning experience that offers roofing contractors 13+ hours of in-depth legal, contractual, technical and business information that can’t be found anywhere else.  In addition, contractors will discover 5-10 new ideas that can implemented immediately upon their return to the office.

“Contractors will have the opportunity to learn from some of the roofing industry’s brightest experts while interacting with their peers in a hands-on format,” stated Alison LaValley, NRLRC’s executive director. The seminar features legal experts Stephen Phillips, Phillip Siegel and Trent Cotney, as well as roofing industry experts Rene Dupuis, Reid Ribble, Mark Graham and Tom Shanahan.

As they continue with their commitment to educating roofing contractors, NRLRC and NRCA have consistently upgraded their seminar experience, and this year’s 40th Anniversary Seminar will be no exception. Attendee registration fees (NRCA Members – $995, Nonmembers – $1,595 and Spouse/Guest – $255) include three days of educational sessions, handout materials, an opening luncheon, two hot buffet breakfasts, breaks and receptions on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Spouses and guests also are welcomed and encouraged to attend, and a registration package is available for meal events and receptions.

“Legal issues are a fact of life in the roofing industry, and we need to make the most of every resource available,” stated Matthew Leonard, NRLRC president. “We encourage CEOs, owners, COOs, human resources professionals, safety directors, training directors, on-staff legal counsel, office managers and project managers to join us, and additional registrants from each company save $100 each. You really can’t afford not to attend,” Leonard added.

“Innovative ideas don’t come from thinking the same old way,” added Stephen Phillips, NRLRC counsel, “so, take a few days away from your office and experience our unique, informative, educational event in New York City.”

Be sure to view this year’s great seminar schedule – Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets.  For more information about the seminar, please contact Alison LaValley or Anne Schroeder at (847) 299-9092 or visit the NRLRC Annual Seminar website or www.nrlrc.net. Register today!

For more information, visit www.nrlrc.net.

Congressman Casten Acknowledges the Importance of Community Service at National Roofing Week Charity Project

Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) spoke to volunteers June 8 at the site of two Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans homes in Wheaton, Ill., where the National Roofing Contractors Association and Showalter Roofing Service Inc., Naperville, Ill., teamed up for a local charity project for National Roofing Week.

National Roofing Week 2019 took place June 2-8 to raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business.

Organized by NRCA, National Roofing Week is held each year during the first full week of June and serves as a reminder that the roof is one of the most important components of every structure. It is the first line of defense against natural elements, such as rain, snow or wind, yet it often is taken for granted until it falls into disrepair.

National Roofing Week also promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and stresses the value of professional roofing contractors and the importance of making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

Casten started the day with remarks supporting community involvement and the roofing industry.

“I’m not sure there is a better way to get to know your neighbors than to do a construction project with them,” Casten says. “You are making a difference.

“I sit on the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, which has oversight for all housing components. The first bill we voted on as a committee was the Ending Homelessness Act of 2019 that would appropriate $13.27 billion in emergency relief funding to several critical federal housing programs and initiatives. It is unambiguously true that anything we do to ensure people have housing saves the government money. There is an overarching moral reason for doing this, too. I’m not saying it’s all about money. But once you have a house, attaining food and employment just becomes easier. What you are doing is so eminently important. Thank you for all you are doing.”

National Roofing Week 2019 is sponsored by National Women in Roofing; ABC Supply Co. Inc.; A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply; Carlisle SynTec; FlashCo; GAF; Polyglass U.S.A., Inc.; and Sherwin-Williams.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net/news-events/national-roofing-week.

National Roofing Week 2019 Scheduled for June 2-8

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced that National Roofing Week 2019 will take place June 2-8 to raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business.

Celebrated each year during the first full week of June, National Roofing Week serves as a reminder that the roof is one of the most important components of every structure. It is the first line of defense against natural elements, such as rain, snow or wind, yet it often is taken for granted until it falls into disrepair.

In celebration of National Roofing Week, NRCA will host the We are Family Raffle, sponsored by A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply. Open to all NRCA member companies, the raffle involves companies taking a group photo of all employees—their roofing family—and submitting it to NRCA for a chance to win a prize.

National Roofing Week also promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and stresses the value of professional roofing contractors and the importance of making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

Additionally, in the spirit of the industry’s generosity, the first NRCA Giving Day will be held June 7 to raise funds to benefit the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program and help shape the future of the roofing industry. NRCA’s goal is to raise $100,000 in gifts to provide additional scholarships to college and vocational-technical school students who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or building construction industries.

NRCA also will be sharing its members’ stories through its various social media outlets and Professional Roofing magazine. Members throughout the United States are encouraged to share their stories of charitable giving, crew and staff appreciation, and signature roofing projects with NRCA.

National Roofing Week 2019 is sponsored by National Women in Roofing (title sponsor); ABC Supply Co. Inc.; A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply; Carlisle SynTec; FlashCo; GAF; Polyglass U.S.A., Inc.; and Sherwin-Williams.

For more information about National Roofing Week, visit www.nrca.net/National-Roofing-Week.

The Garland Company Inc. Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced The Garland Company Inc., Cleveland, has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, joining NRCA 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. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

Joe Mellott, director of business development for The Garland Company, has joined NRCA’s Industry Executives Committee and will serve as a member of NRCA’s Government Relations Committee.

“It is critically important for roofing manufacturers like Garland to not only share their experience and expertise within the industry but also to have the ability to help create change,” said Mellott. “We are looking forward to joining NRCA’s One Voice initiative and witnessing the progress firsthand.”

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

For more information about The Garland Company, visit www.garlandco.com

NRCA Comments on President’s Immigration Plan

Reid Ribble, CEO of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), issued the following statement with respect to President Trump’s remarks on a new administration immigration proposal Thursday, May 16:

“NRCA welcomes President Trump’s effort to put forward a new plan to reform our badly outdated immigration system,” Ribble said. “We agree the security and economic needs of U.S. citizens should be paramount in immigration policy and that moving toward a merit-based system makes sense given the demands of our economy.

“Although the new plan moves in the right direction and we look forward to seeing more details, the proposal apparently only deals with the high-tech sector of the economy and individuals with advanced degrees. It is imperative our immigration system recognizes the need for legal immigration to address the chronic workforce shortages in the roofing industry, which are reaching crisis proportions and severely limiting economic growth,” Ribble noted. “Our immigration system must recognize the value of critical skills needed to work in industries such as roofing as embodied in the bipartisan Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act (H.R. 1740).”

“Additionally, we need to provide immediate relief to qualifying individuals working legally in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS); failing to do so will only further destabilize our workforce,” Ribble concluded. “NRCA looks forward to working with the administration and Congress to move forward on a bipartisan basis with immigration reform that fully addresses our security and economic needs.”

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Partners with SkillsUSA, Becomes Official Business Partner

The National Roofing Contractors Association has partnered with SkillsUSA and now is a SkillsUSA Official Business Partner.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure the U.S. has a skilled workforce. It provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in U.S. classrooms.

“NRCA looks forward to engaging with SkillsUSA and expanding NRCA’s outreach and footprint in the career and technical fields to establish roofing as a core curriculum in schools and help NRCA members address workforce shortages,” says Nick Sabino, founder and president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati, and NRCA chairman of the board-elect.

NRCA will attend the annual National Leadership & Skills Conference the week of June 24 in Louisville, Ky., and participate in the Meet the Employer event June 28. It also will serve as a co-sponsor of SkillsUSA’s State Directors Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., Aug. 12-17.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA CEO Reid Ribble Testifies Before the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

NRCA CEO Reid Ribble testified before the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress today during its hearing, “Speaking from Experience: Former Members on Congressional Reform.”

Ribble was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and served Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District for six years. The committee heard from a bipartisan panel of six former members of Congress who shared their congressional experiences and offered potential areas for reform.

Ribble; former Reps. Tom Davis (R-Va.), Vic Fazio (D-Calif.), Martin Frost (D-Texas) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.); and former ambassador Tim Roemer (D-Ind.) spoke regarding a broad range of issues, including staff recruitment, transparency, technology, building civility and trust, and improving the quality of life for those working in the legislative branch.

To view Ribble’s testimony, click here.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

ATAS Participates in Roofing Day in DC

ATAS International was proud to participate in the second annual Roofing Day event in Washington, DC on April 3rd and 4th. This event is organized by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) so that roofing industry professionals from across the country can meet with members of Congress about critical issues facing our industry. In addition to roofing material manufacturers, others in attendance included raw material suppliers, distributors, roof system designers, engineers, consultants, contractors and their employees. Many people from these companies, trade associations, and organizations visited their Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill to discuss concerns and request their support.

During Roofing Day, we advocated in support of the following issues:

  • Immigration reform that meets the roofing industry’s workforce needs
  • Expanded workforce training incentives
  • A robust buildings component for infrastructure legislation

While in DC, ATAS also attended the National Women in Roofing (NWiR) Luncheon and heard presentations by Congresswoman Angie Craig and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene. ATAS is a platinum sponsor of this association whose mission is to mentor and empower women in the roofing industry towards excellence in their chosen career. 

Dick Bus, President of ATAS International and Director on the Board of the NRCA, stated, “ATAS was pleased to attend NRCA’s Roofing Day event this year, and ask for support on many issues that are affecting the construction and manufacturing industries. It was also great to participate in the NWiR luncheon, and meet many women who are supporting other women working in roofing and related industry careers.”

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

NRCA Brings Workforce Issues to the White House

National Roofing Contractors Association Chairman of the Board Kent Schwickert, NRCA Chairman of the Board-Elect Nick Sabino and NRCA CEO Reid Ribble met with White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney April 3 during Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 to discuss the roofing industry’s workforce needs, including immigration reform and worker training incentives.

During the West Wing meeting—a first for the roofing industry—NRCA leadership explained a chronic shortage of qualified workers is the most significant limitation on the ability of roofing industry employers to grow their businesses. This problem will become even more acute in the future because of an aging workforce, educational trends and ongoing rebuilding efforts resulting from recent hurricanes and other natural disasters throughout the U.S.

Although NRCA is pursuing numerous initiatives designed to attract more U.S.-based workers to the roofing industry, providing for sufficient levels of legal immigration to meet economic demand remains vital to addressing the industry’s long-term workforce needs.

NRCA believes the security and economic needs of U.S. citizens should be paramount in immigration policy. NRCA is asking Congress to establish a visa system, such as the system proposed in the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act, that meets the workforce needs of roofing and similar industries. This system should be governed by market forces, ensure employers undertake vigorous recruitment to hire U.S. workers first, and enable job creators to obtain the workers needed to meet demand and grow their businesses.

NRCA supports legislation that allows Temporary Protected Status workers who have a demonstrated track record of working legally in the U.S. with the opportunity to apply for permanent legal resident status. This would allow eligible TPS workers to continue contributing to their communities and increased economic growth.

“I appreciate that the president’s chief of staff took the time to meet with us and am pleased with our conversation,” Schwickert says. “It’s important to discuss these vital issues for our industry, and he was attentive and asked insightful questions as we discussed the roofing industry and our concerns. Although the political environment in Washington, D.C., remains challenging for solving the workforce issues facing our nation, we will continue working to solve them.”

NRCA looks forward to working with the Trump administration and Congress regarding bipartisan legislation to address visa reform such as that contained in the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act and the need to retain the valuable contributions of TPS workers.

Roofing Day in D.C. is the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry. More than 400 roofing industry stakeholders from throughout the U.S. are in Washington, D.C., to meet with their elected officials.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

Industry Gathers in Washington for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019

Roofing industry stakeholders from every region throughout the United States participated in Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 April 3-4 in Washington, D.C. Led by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and partner organizations, the event is an unprecedented effort to elevate the image of the roofing industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

“For the second year in a row, more than 400 roofing professionals gathered in Washington, D.C.,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “No one is better equipped than them to communicate how federal policy affects their businesses and families. Democracy requires participation. I appreciate all who attended this important event.”

Since Roofing Day in D.C. launched in 2018, it is among the top industry fly-in advocacy events nationwide. This year, Roofing Day in D.C. participants made more than 250 visits to offices in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Attendees also were addressed by Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) and Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.), who shared their perspectives regarding the latest political and policy developments on Capitol Hill.

Roofing Day in D.C. is the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry. Stakeholders in attendance visited with members of Congress to advocate for the roofing industry regarding issues on which there is broad consensus: immigration reform that meets the roofing industry’s workforce needs; expanded workforce training incentives; and a robust buildings component for infrastructure legislation currently being debated by lawmakers.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.