OMG, Inc. Leases Another 60,000 Square Feet in Agawam Industrial Park

To accommodate continued growth and expansion, OMG, Inc., has leased another 60,000 square feet of space in the Agawam Industrial Park at 320 Bowles Road, Agawam, Massachusetts. This brings OMG’s footprint in the industrial park to 480,000 square feet in six facilities on Bowles Road, Silver Street and HP Almgren Drive.

“We continue to see increased demand for our products,” said Hubert McGovern, president, and CEO. “To accommodate this growth, and as part of our long-term strategic plan, we have expanded our capabilities including finished goods packing. Additionally, we are adding 25 new jobs for this operation.”

The new 60,000-square-foot facility includes warehousing, assembly, and office space, as well as five shipping and receiving docks. 

Founded in 1981 as Olympic Fasteners, OMG today is a leading manufacturer and global supplier of fasteners, products and technology for residential construction and commercial roofing applications.  The company currently employs nearly 600 employees globally and is one of the largest employers in Western Massachusetts. In addition to its Agawam-based operations, OMG has manufacturing plants in Addison, Illinois, and in Rockford, Minnesota, and a global sales force of over 100 in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company produces more than a billion fasteners per year to support its two operating divisions – OMG Roofing Products and FastenMaster. 

For more, visit www.OMGInc.com.

OMG Roofing Products Names UK Territory Manager

OMG Roofing Products has named Tom Van Huck as UK Territory Manager. In his new role, Van Huck is responsible for all sales activity in the UK including Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. In addition to managing the day-to-day regional activities, he is also responsible for developing monthly sales plans, providing on-going support for distribution partners and roofing contractors, achieving revenue goals, developing new opportunities, building strong customer relationships, and monitoring competitive activities and market conditions. He reports to the Europe Market Manager Lennard Spirig. 

Van Huck brings a wealth of construction and roofing-related experience to OMG Roofing Products. For several years he was an area sales and specifications manager for Kingspan Insulated Panels, where he worked closely with both roofing specifiers and roofing contractors.  Most recently he was business development manager for Norseal Limited, a leader in door fire seals, acoustic seals and fire stopping products. He began his career in production engineering and moved into sales and customer service with British Steel.

Van Huck holds degree in Professional Management and an MBA from The Open University. He can be reached at +44 786 166 1989 or by email at THuck@omginc.com.

For more information, visit www.OMGRoofing.com.

Metal-Era LLC Acquires Edge Metal Products from OMG, Rebrands to Hickman Edge Systems LLC

Metal-Era LLC has acquired the entire metal roof edge product line, manufacturing operation, and assets from OMG Roofing Products. The acquisition includes the plant, equipment, and team located in Asheville, North Carolina, as well as the rights to the Hickman brand name. 

“OMG has been a good steward of the business since 2013,” said Tony Mallinger, President & CEO of Metal-Era. “We are excited to bring back the Hickman Edge Systems brand, the first pre-manufactured roof edge in the US and a pioneer in the fascia and coping industry.” 

Combined, the two organizations and two brands will offer a variety of options for customers to protect their commercial roofing systems at the perimeter. 

“We believe additional investment in Hickman Edge Systems and their workforce in Asheville will serve both of our customer bases extremely well,” said Mallinger. “We look forward to integrating best practices from both businesses.” 

No significant changes are expected in personnel at Metal-Era in Waukesha or the existing Hickman location in Asheville. 

For more information, visit www.metalera.com.

OMG Sells Its Edge Metal Business Unit To Metal-Era

OMG, Inc. announced that it has sold substantially all the assets of its edge metal business, including the facility, intellectual property and inventory to Metal-Era, Inc. of Waukesha, Wisconsin. The deal is effective immediately and terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

OMG acquired the Asheville, N.C.-based edge metal business from the W.P. Hickman Company in 2013. The edge metal product line includes a variety of engineered fascia, coping, water control systems, and related accessories for commercial roofing applications.

“We are pleased to be selling the edge business to Metal-Era. Their singular focus on engineered metal solutions makes them the clear market leader. This is good for OMG, Metal-Era, and professional roofing contractors,” said Hubert McGovern, president, and CEO of OMG. “This divestiture enables us to increase our focus on our core strengths in induction fastening, mechanical fastening, and adhesive, drain and solar technologies. I would like to thank our colleagues from the EdgeSystems Business Unit for their contribution to OMG during the past several years. We wish them all well in the future.”

OMG EdgeSystems operated as a business unit under the company’s OMG Roofing Products Division. 

For more information, visit www.OMGInc.com

Metal Nailers Offer Alternative in Wake of Lumber Shortage

OMG Roofing Products offers EdgeBox RI, an engineered metal alternative to traditional wood nailers, to provide roofing contractors with an alternative to wood nailers during an unprecedented lumber shortage and related price increase. According to the company, EdgeBox RI is a more economical option that can help improve rooftop productivity and roof performance. 

The EdgeBox RI system is made of heavy-duty 20-gauge galvanized steel with reinforcing spines that will not rot, twist, or split like traditional lumber. The product is ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1 tested and Factory Mutual approved with an FM 1-540 perimeter rating and FM 1-360 corner rating. In addition, EdgeBox RI is compatible with most commercial roofing systems, and available in any size to match existing nailers, up to 16-inches square.

“We are seeing lots of interest and increased sales of EdgeBox RI, due to the national lumber shortage,” said Karan Patel, product manager for OMG EdgeSystems. “Lumber prices have increased by nearly 50 percent in some areas since the beginning of the year. During the same time, EdgeBox pricing has remained steady, and offers a better performing solution to contractors and building owners alike.”

Not only does EdgeBox RI provide a solid substrate onto which finished edge metal such as fascia systems can be attached, but each 10-foot section can be filled with insulation to provide a higher R-value than traditional wood nailers.  As such, EdgeBox RI enables contractors to offer building owners the same R-Value on the perimeter of the roof as in the field without compromising the integrity of the edge condition.

Factory Mutual Loss Prevention Data Sheet 1-49 provides specific requirements for securing multiple layers of wood nailers, which can add time and labor to the installation process. By comparison, EdgeBox RI is custom made to the required size, so there is nothing to build-up or stagger, and comes with pre-punched holes for easy installation to the substrate. EdgeBox RI is also fully compatible with OMG fascia, coping, and gutter assemblies. 

For more information, visit www.OMGRoofing.com

Insulated Heating Boxes and Wraps Available for Adhesive Canisters

To extend the roofing season with OlyBond500 Canisters, OMG Roofing Products now offers Powerblanket Foam Box Heaters and Powerblanket Wraps. Insulated Powerblanket Foam Box Heaters are 16 inches square and provide uniform heat of 100° F (38° C) to one carton containing an OlyBond500 Canister. Insulated Powerblanket Wraps measure 20 by 45 inches, enabling complete single-canister coverage and are pre-set to 90° F (32° C). Both Wraps and Box Heaters are designed to maximize adhesive yield by minimizing waste of temperature-sensitive insulation adhesives such as OlyBond500. All Powerblanket products operate on standard 120 volt current and come with a 6-foot power cord. 

“For proper application and performance, it is critical that the canister adhesive is stored and dispensed at about 70° F (21° C),” said Jim Lavallee, OlyBond product manager for OMG Roofing Products. “This ensures that there’s adequate pressure in the tanks and that the viscosity of each part is maintained to keep the final mixture on-ratio. Powerblanket products do a great job in keeping OlyBond Canisters at the appropriate temperature for dispensing.”  

According to the company, Heated Powerblanket Box Heaters and Wraps fit easily on OMG BeadPro Carts, and can also be put into wagons, wheelbarrows or other similar carts which are easily moved around on the roof. 

For more information, visit www.OMGRoofing.com.

OMG Roofing Names Vice President of Adhesives and Solar Business Unit

OMG Roofing Products has promoted Adam Cincotta to the position of vice president of the company’s Adhesives and Solar Business Unit, one of three business units within OMG Roofing Products. In this role, Cincotta is responsible for developing and executing the overall business unit strategy, including product and market development, as well as managing the business unit’s profit and loss. He reports to Peter Coyne, senior vice president and general manager of OMG Roofing Products.

According to the company, Cincotta joined OMG Roofing Products in 2014 as a product manager for the OlyBond Adhesives product line. Most recently, he was director of the Adhesives and Solar Business Unit. Under his leadership, the business unit has experienced strong growth driven by several successful new products for which he was responsible including OlyBond500 Canisters, PaceCarts and the PowerGrip solar mount portfolio.

“Adam was selected for, and completed, the Steel Partners Cohort Program, a corporate leadership development initiative in 2018. He is a strong contributor to OMG’s continued growth and success,” said Peter Coyne.  “We are very confident in Adam’s ability to continue to develop new opportunities for the company, and we are grateful he is part of our management team.” 

Prior to joining OMG, Adam served in product management and marketing roles at Newell Rubbermaid, ITW and Danaher. Adam holds a BS degree in applied economics and management from Cornell University, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.

For more information, visit www.OMGRoofing.com.

New 5-Inch and 6-Inch Roof Drains

OMG Roofing Products has expanded its popular line of OMG SpeedTite Roof Drains to include 5- and 6-inch sizes. With these additions to the existing line of 3- and 4-inch drains, the company now offers a full-range of SpeedTite Drains to accommodate most roofing applications. 

According to the manufacturer, SpeedTite Roof Drains are “drop-in-ready” from the box and can be installed in seconds, making them some of the fastest installed roof drains for new or retrofit roofing applications.

Contractors simply insert the drain stem into the existing drain leader and hand-tighten the wing-nut on top of the integrated vortex breaker to create a symmetrical watertight seal. Since no special tools are required, the SpeedTite Drain installs in half the time of other insert drains for enhanced contractor productivity. It is also significantly faster than re-working a drain, which can take up to two hours of time.

 SpeedTite drains feature OMG’s exclusive and revolutionary built in vortex breaker technology that gets water off the roof faster than many traditional roof drains,” said Dan Genovese, product manager for OMG Roofing Products. “Plus, SpeedTite Drains can be installed in minutes without any special tools, helping contractors save time and labor. It’s a win-win for roofing contractors and building owners alike.”

According to the company, SpeedTite Drains are installed from the rooftop so the installation process will not disrupt building occupants. The one-piece seamless body and heavy duty cast aluminum strainer dome and clamping ring provides strength and durability for long-term performance. Additionally, the 10-inch long drain stem accommodates most existing conditions however it can be shortened in the field to accommodate elbows or bends in the drain leader. An extra-large flange allows positive attachment of roof flashing membrane, and flanges are also available with TPO or PVC coatings for directly attaching the flashing membrane.

For more information, visit www.OMGSpeedTite.com

New Advanced Wind Calculator Available From OMG Roofing Products

OMG Roofing Products has unveiled a comprehensive Wind Calculator for determining the uplift requirements for a building’s edge metal (i.e., fascia or coping) system. The new calculator, available on the new OMG Roofing App as well as at www.OMGRoofing.com, is based on the latest IBC and ASCE standards. Specifiers, contractors and end-users simply provide a few pieces of data for immediate project design pressure information. 

Required inputs include project zip code, building height, project name, wind exposure category (B, C or D), as well as the building’s classification or risk category. ‘Smart’ software allows users to provide a specific wind speed value for the project, or use a specific ASCE 7 version to look up values. 

Unlike other wind calculators on the market, the OMG Wind Calculator provides comprehensive data for each of the various zones on the roof, including pressures for the perimeter, corners, and field of the roof, as well as horizontal wall pressure and the calculated vertical and horizontal design pressures. The results also present the actual wind speed and velocity pressure. With the information provided, specifiers and contractors can select the best OMG EdgeSystems product that meets the design requirements.

“This is an excellent and highly valuable new tool for anyone specifying an edge metal system,” said Karan Patel, product manager for OMG EdgeSystems. “Our goal was to provide an easy-to-use system that presents specifiers and contractors with the detailed pressure information they need to design an effective edge metal system. Based on the simplicity of this calculator, we are confident that the market will be very pleased with the results.” 

The calculator is free to use and available at omgroofing.com/windcalculator, and on the new OMG Roofing App, which is available on the App Store or Google Play.

For more information, visit www.OMGRoofing.com

Rooftop Attachment Anchor Compatible With All Commercial Roofing Systems

OMG Roofing Products introduces PowerGrip Universal 7 (PGU-7), a rooftop attachment anchor for mounting solar racking systems and other products to virtually any commercial roof. PGU-7 units are designed to reduce or eliminate the need for ballast in solar racking systems, so there’s less weight, material handling and labor on the roof. 

Designed with wind performance in mind, PGU-7units offer up to 2,051 lbf. (9.12 kN) of tensile strength, 1,581 lbf. (7.03 kN) of shear strength, and up to 2,214 lbf. (9.84 kN) of compressive load strength, making it one of the strongest roof anchors on the market today.

Made of heavy-duty cast aluminum, PGU-7 units include a base ring that is secured through the roofing assembly and into the structural roof deck, as well as a waterproof cover plate to prevent water from infiltrating the system. 

“Commercial rooftop solar has continued to grow at a steady pace,” said Kevin Kervick, solar business manager for OMG Roofing Products. “In addition, the prevalence of damaging storms has increased dramatically over the past few years, which has reinforced the market need for stronger roof anchor systems, such as PGU-7s, which are easy-to-install. With our full family of PowerGrip products, OMG Roofing Products can provide appropriate anchors for virtually any rooftop solar installation.”

PGU-7 units transfer wind uplift loads to the structural roof deck for maximum strength and effectiveness. The system does not require any membrane welding, and PGU-7 units are typically installed in less than five minutes, saving both time and labor when compared to alternative options. 

In addition to ballast and rail-based solar racking systems, PGU-7s can be used for many other roof mounted items such as pipe supports, step crossovers, raceways, satellite dishes, small antennas and HVAC applications.

For more information, visit www.OutofTheStoneAge.com or www.OMGroofing.com