CENTRIA Launches Blog About Metal Building Products

CENTRIA launched its blog, The Reveal. With this new outlet, CENTRIA will utilize its expertise in exterior metal building products and services to provide key audiences—architects, building owners and contractors—with engaging, educational and relevant information.

“We’re very excited about The Reveal. It complements our content-rich website, nicely,” says Julie Pawuk, marketing communications manager. “The Reveal blog provides us an online forum and gives us yet another medium to reach architects and building professionals. Our goal is to elaborate and expound upon our technical expertise on exterior wall technology and building science.”

Posts on The Reveal are separated into several categories. The first section, dedicated to CENTRIA’s projects, includes eye-catching photos and narrative surrounding recent completed projects. Each project will feature a technical challenge or aspect that the build team encountered and overcame utilizing CENTRIA products and personnel. Readers will also find information about which CENTRIA products were used and which companies (architectural firms, contractors, etc.) were involved in the project.

The “Panel Discussion” section, written by CENTRIA’s product and technical experts, offers a behind-the-scenes look at CENTRIA’s product technology and focuses on the technological advancements that are solving today’s exterior building challenges.

The third section provides reader with past articles and expert columns from CENTRIA’s Metalmag magazine and e-newsletter publications, educating building owners, architects and contractors. Posts include product spotlights, in-depth case studies, and the latest industry news and trends.

Web Page Provides Information About Caring for Work Boots

Magnum Boots has created a care and informative Web page for work boots to share with consumers.

Magnum Boots has created a care and informative Web page for work boots to share with consumers.

Magnum Boots has created a care and informative Web page for work boots to share with consumers. The Web page, located on the Magnum Boots website, highlights ways to help extend the life of the boots, to get the most out the long workdays ahead. Magnum Boots has crafted ways to assist in the longevity of boots by explaining the effects of elements on leather, the importance of breaking in boots and general care tips.

Work line

  • Men’s Halifax 8.0 CT CP WP: The Halifax has a full grain leather and textile upper along with a moisture-wicking lining and waterproof bootie membrane. A TPU toe and heel guard, along with a composite safety toe, makes this an option for the working man in all situations. A compression molded, impact absorbing midsole provides all-day comfort. There is a slip- and oil-resistant rubber outsole with toe traction and heel brake zone for different terrains.
  • Men’s Baltimore 8.0 SZ CT WP: A full grain leather and textile upper, moisture-wicking lining and a heavy-duty TPU toe-guard make this boot perfect for all-day wear in rainy weather. A side zip allows for quick on and off option and composite safety toe allows for safety in tough conditions. Slip- and oil-resistant rubber outsole with toe traction and heel brake zone are just some of the features packed into this boot. (Also available in 6.0).

Uniform line

  • Stealthforce Men’s and Women’s 6.0/8.0: The Stealthforce has a full grain leather and denier nylon upper that delivers performance, durability and flexibility. i-shield technology keeps feet dry and clean while Agion anti-microbial treatment gives feet a shield against bacteria. The Stealthforce is airport safe and features a Cambrelle moisture-wicking lining to keep feet dry. Other qualities included along with a side zipper option. MSRP varies depending on style.
  • Men’s Response III 8.0: A lighter boot that is comfortable and supportive, the Response III has a nylon upper that delivers performance, agility and durability. A padded contoured collar adds comfort and flexibility and a fiberglass shank provides support without adding weight. Aggressive slip- and oil-resistant carbon rubber outsole allows maneuvering on any surface. MSRP depends on styles.

Safety Today Websites Offer Safety Training Information

Safety Today's new sites provide overviews of available safety training initiatives.

Safety Today’s new sites provide overviews of available safety training initiatives.

Safety Today Inc. has launched websites for U.S. customers and Canadian customers. Product libraries deliver results in line with relative national standards, including ANSI and CSA International. The new sites provide overviews of available safety training initiatives. The sites’ product libraries are comprised of leading vendor-supported safety products, as well as the company’s own manufactured brands marketed under the Brass Knuckle and Body Armor trade names.

NRCA Partners with The Review Solution to Collect Customer Reviews

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced its partnership with Franklin, Tenn.-based The Review Solution in order to provide members with the added benefit of collecting customer reviews at the point of service. These customer reviews can be posted to leading review websites such as Google+, Yelp, Houzz, Home Advisor, BBB and Angie’s List.

The platform centers on an app that works on all iOS and Android mobile phones and tablets. The service requires no long-term contract.

Features of The Review Solution include mobile and job-site readiness, reviews collected by email from past satisfied customers, and the ability to facilitate the posting of reviews to major online review sites. Additionally, multiple users from multiple locations can use the app, and business owners can receive real-time text and email notifications for all submitted reviews. Positive reviews for the members’ businesses can be automatically syndicated to their Facebook and Twitter pages.

NRCA’s affinity program offerings are a benefit of membership that offers products and services from affinity program partners at significant member discounts.

ELFA’s Website Offers Wider Range of Resources for Financing Equipment

Visitors to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association‘s end-user website, Equipment Finance Advantage, will find new enhancements that make it a more powerful resource for helping businesses take advantage of the benefits of financing equipment. The site, found at www.EquipmentFinanceAdvantage.org, has improved navigation for a better user experience and offers a wider range of resources focused on how companies of all types and sizes can use leasing and financing to their strategic advantage to acquire the equipment they need to operate and grow. ELFA launched the original Equipment Finance Advantage website two years ago.

Highlights of the site’s user-friendly content include:

  • Equipment Finance 101: Overview of the benefits of equipment finance, the types of financing, the top 10 questions to ask before entering an equipment financing agreement, a customizable digital toolkit and more.
  • Success Stories: Real-world examples of companies using equipment finance for strategic advantage.
  • Resources: How-to articles, Q&As, updated end-user industry fact sheets, infographics and more to help businesses develop their financing strategy.
  • Videos: A series of short videos on a range of topics, from maximizing cash flow to staying ahead of the curve to end-of-lease factors to consider.
  • Find a Provider: A searchable list of ELFA members that provide equipment leasing and finance services.

“The critical role the $903 billion equipment finance industry plays in the U.S. economy, manufacturing and jobs is fundamentally because of the participation of individual businesses,” says ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE. “They have found the information at Equipment Finance Advantage to be an invaluable resource informing their equipment leasing and financing decision-making during the past two years, and we are excited to offer the newly upgraded EFA website to help keep them up-to-date with the latest research and informational content available.”

NRCA and GAF Partner on a Website Dedicated to Low-slope Roofing Safety

In an effort to help roofing contractors provide more on-the-job safety measures for their employees, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has partnered with Parsippany, N.J.-based GAF to launch the GAF Commercial Roof Safety Guide, a website focusing on low-slope roofing safety. The website will include a series of webinars conducted by NRCA; the first webinar is scheduled for Jan. 21.

Along with the Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA), NRCA and GAF have partnered to develop this resource to increase contractors’ awareness, understanding and compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety requirements.

“NRCA will provide health and safety resources for GAF contractors in the form of select NRCA products and content experts for the GAF webinar series that will address OSHA issues related to roofing industry fall protection, ladder and scaffold safety, hazard communication and personal protective equipment,” says Harry Dietz, NRCA’s director of enterprise risk management.

Dietz will conduct the Jan. 21 webinar, which will focus on OSHA’s duty to have fall protection as it relates to roofing job sites.

A recent survey conducted by GAF found 49 percent of roofing contractors who perform low-slope roofing work wanted more training regarding OSHA standards and required safety equipment. The creation of www.gaf.com/safety is meant to address this need and provide a resource for contractors to access training, documents and equipment that enhance their awareness regarding low-slope roofing safety.

Visit the site for additional NRCA University safety webinars that are currently available.

Heyco Metals Updates Website

Heyco Metals announces the launch of its updated website where visitors will find product information and documentation, description of services, links to industry resources and a U-Quote page for distributors.

“The updated Heyco Metals website will serve as a resource for current and prospective customers in the architectural and commercial communities,” says William Barry, vice president, Sales and Marketing for Heyco Metals. “It complements our CopperPlus microsite, which was launched in May to promote and educate on CopperPlus, our copper-clad roofing and architectural material.”

Headquartered in Reading, Pa., Heyco Metals produces precision-rolled stainless steel and copper coil for the architectural, automotive and electronics markets. The recent installation of more than 100,000 square feet of CopperPlus at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was widely covered in the roofing and architectural metal trade media.

Malarkey Roofing Products Eases Access to Product Resources with New Website Design

Malarkey Roofing Products unveiled a new website design the beginning of November that focuses on ease of use paired with icon based navigation. The new look comes on the heels of multiple product additions from the company this summer, including the new Windsor heavyweight designer shingle as well as an expanded low slope roll roofing product line. These new product additions are now seamlessly integrated into the web design with easy access to product resources.

Among the updates to the Malarkey website are the incorporation of icon images with familiar features from the previous website, including areas tailored to both homeowners and roofing professionals. Quick navigation buttons on the homepage allow users one-click access to the shingle design center and purchase locations, as well as recent news and events. Industry professionals will notice low slope product information can be found as both individual product listings as well as system requirements, to allow for easy access to information to fit individual workflows. The warranty center has also seen an update with a streamlined submission process.

“The new website updates are a springboard for our continued growth of the Malarkey online presence in 2015,” says Katherine McConnell, Marketing Manager at Malarkey Roofing Products. “We are excited to offer these updates and look forward to continuing to build our communications with our customers in the year to come.”

Stimpson Translates Website into Spanish

Stimpson proudly announces the launch of its new Spanish language version of its industry website.

With the click of the language link under the Stimpson logo the website is translated.

“This latest update to our website is definitely the result of listening to our customers and trying to implement something to improve their overall customer service experience both in Spanish and English,” states Jennifer Marcroft, Advertising Manager at Stimpson Company. “At Stimpson our emphasis is always on both our products and our Customers.”

Stimpson is a manufacturer and supplier of metal eyelets, grommets, hole plugs, snap fasteners, washers, clamps, as well as many other types of metal fasteners and related attaching machines. Stimpson’s entire metal fasteners product line is unmatched for quality and supported by on-time delivery and attractive pricing.

Proudly celebrating over 160 years in business, Stimpson Company, Inc. is ISO 9001 certified, RoHS, REACH and DFARS compliant, and maintains the largest inventory in the industry, shipping over two billion parts annually from their 260,000 square foot facility in Pompano Beach, Fla.

Residential Section of IKO Industries’ Website Available in Spanish

IKO Industries Ltd., a global manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing products, is now making the residential section of its website available in Spanish.

According to Director of Marketing Carol Perkins, the move was made in response to a rapidly growing need to provide Spanish-speaking homeowners, installers, contractors and others involved in the roofing business with the same level of expertise and product information other site visitors enjoy.

“IKO roofing shingles and accessories, such as underlayment, ice and water protector and other components of our ShieldPRO plus+ roofing system have earned a well-deserved reputation for quality. Homeowners and contractors alike have come to ask for IKO by name.

“There’s a large and fast-growing segment of the population whose mother tongue is Spanish. We wanted a way to help them to feel that same level of confidence and trust in all of our IKO products.

“By ‘speaking their language’, we hope to simplify their buying decision. It’s complicated enough to understand the technical aspects of asphalt roofing shingles. Imagine dealing with a language barrier at the same time!”

She goes on to say that more and more Spanish-speaking contractors are starting up businesses, too.

“Contractors have always told us how much they appreciate IKO’s support, especially in helping them build their businesses. They know they can count on us for accurate, timely information on IKO roofing products as well as sales, service and technical support.

“By extending the product information on the residential side of our website to include Spanish, as well as English and French, we’re confident we will succeed in building trust with them, too. Everything that Spanish-speaking homeowners and contractors need to know about all of our asphalt roofing shingles will be right at their fingertips.”

Ms. Perkins observes that globalization is presenting all companies with unique challenges and opportunities.

“As an international leader and innovator in the roofing industry for over 50 years, IKO is very well positioned to deal with these new realities. We’ve always responded to the changing demands of our contractor and distributor networks as well as to those of their customers. Communicating in their language of choice is in everyone’s best interest.”

She encourages homeowners and professional roofing contractors to check out the residential section of IKO’s corporate website, now in Spanish.