OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Extend Compliance Deadline for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Extend Compliance Deadline for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

WASHINGTON, DC – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend the employer’s responsibility to ensure crane operator competency and enforcement for crane operator certification to Nov. 10, 2018.

OSHA issued a final rule in Sept. 2014, extending the deadline by three years for crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. The final rule also extended by three years the employer’s responsibility to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely.

The agency is now proposing an extension of the enforcement date to address stakeholder concerns over the operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

Comments may submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details and additional information about this proposed rule. Comments must be submitted by Sept. 29, 2017.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Published at Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Drone Dispatch with Its Drone Technology Comes to METALCON After Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

Drone Dispatch with Its Drone Technology Comes to METALCON After Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

NEWTON, Mass. — Drone Dispatch based in Austin, Texas is exceptionally busy these days, not just with business as usual or preparing for METALCON, the largest international event in the metal construction industry, but with helping expedite Hurricane Harvey insurance claims through drone imaging of Houston’s devastation.

One of the country’s largest commercial insurance property and casualty companies, CNA, recently reached out to Drone Dispatch, a nationwide provider of drone services, to help document the damage so hurricane victims, whose homes were affected, can get their claims processed quickly and begin rebuilding their homes and communities.

Joshua Barnett, president of Drone Dispatch, immediately responded to the emergency call, sending down four crews who have been working around the clock to capture images of the damage. 

“Drones are the first step to getting these people paid out,” said Barnett.  “We closed our corporate office and sent our entire executive team down to help.  We even flew our own personal drones and then bought a boat to help save lives. It was gut-wrenching to see that level of disaster.  It felt like nuclear fallout.  The trees are stripped of their leaves, and there are piles of rubble everywhere.  Although, it was great to see people come together to help each other.  Between the government, charities, businesses and community groups, they are already rebuilding.”

Now, on to Drone Dispatch at METALCON… Drones, one of the most exciting technologies to enter the construction industry, are the focus of Barnett’s session on “Where Drones Meet Metal in the Roofing Industry” on Oct. 18 and 19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  He will help attendees understand how drones will help save time, save money, reduce operational risk and provide additional utility.

“The point of my presentation is to provide education and talk about regulations,” said Barnett.  “There is so much misinformation about what drones do, how they work and what the regulations mean.  I will discuss how to pick a drone and what steps you need to take to proceed.  There is a lack of exposure with drones, and it hasn’t occurred to a lot of folks how drone technology can benefit their businesses.”

“There is so much we can do with drones from generic marketing photos, to work progression photos and 3-D models,” said Barnett.  “We can take measurements on roofs, create 3-D roof images and keep folks safe by keeping them off roofs.”            

“Drone Dispatch presents a unique set of product offerings across the board and within each category of business,” said Barnett.  “We have a particular model, which our competitors do not provide.  We become part of an organization.  We have guys already trained.  We are not trying to outfit an organization with people; rather we are trying to outfit it with drones.”

Drone Dispatch was founded by three under 30 — Barnett, his brother Kevin Whatley and their good friend, Chris Bonnet.  It all started over a conversation between Barnett and Bonnet.  Bonnet was a realtor and determined he needed aerial images to remain competitive so he bought a drone and tried it out.  Subsequently, everyone in his business started asking for the technology. Together, they collected a list of four thousand realtors, reached out to them and 40 responded.  Brothers Barnett and Whatley were just a few classes away from college graduation, when Drone Dispatch exploded, and they decided to focus all of their energy on the drone business. Today, they run a successful business with a strong network of pilots.

“The industry is growing rapidly; our goal is to be the #1 drone service provider in the United States,” said Barnett.

“This cutting-edge technology will help the metal construction industry expedite orders and increase sales, while saving time and money,” said Claire Kilcoyne, METALCON show director.  “What normally might take a whole week to accomplish on a large-scale roofing project, drone technology can expedite in a day.  I am so impressed with Drone Dispatch’s knowledge, enthusiasm, and even more so, the youth and relationship of the partners.” 

For more information, visit dispatchadrone.com.

Published at Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000

H.B. Fuller to Buy Royal Adhesives & Sealants for $1.58 billion

H.B. Fuller to Buy Royal Adhesives & Sealants for $1.58 billion

ST. PAUL, Minn. — H.B. Fuller Company recently announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase Royal Adhesives & Sealants, a leading manufacturer of high-value specialty adhesives and sealants. This business consistently delivers industry-leading growth rates, EBITDA margins, and free cash flow that are expected to enhance H.B. Fuller’s position as a global leader in the adhesives industry.

“This accretive acquisition accelerates realization of our 2020 strategic objective to focus and grow in engineering adhesives and other highly specified market segments, while exceeding our targeted cash flow, EPS and EBITDA margin targets,” says H.B. Fuller President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Owens. “With Royal’s strong customer relationships and experienced team, we will add depth and breadth to our portfolio. Royal’s complementary offerings will expand our presence in North America, Europe and China, and add new technology and capabilities. We have identified $35 million in cost synergies and $15 million in growth synergies that we expect to realize over the next three years as a result of merging these two great adhesives businesses. Upon closing the transaction, H.B. Fuller will be a company with nearly $2.9 billion in revenue, focused on profitable growth in attractive engineering, durable assembly, and construction adhesives markets.”

Royal is expected to generate approximately $650 million in revenue and $138 million in adjusted EBITDA for H.B. Fuller’s fiscal year 2017. The company operates 19 manufacturing facilities in 5 countries, and employs approximately 1,500 people globally.

The agreed upon purchase price is $1,575 million, subject to customary adjustments. H.B. Fuller intends to finance the transaction through new debt financing. H.B. Fuller has previously announced specific financial goals for organic growth, cash flow and EBITDA margin improvement in the company’s 2020 strategic plan and believes this acquisition will support acceleration and over performance relative to these objectives. Royal is a highly respected supplier of industrial adhesives in a diverse set of end markets, including aerospace, transportation, commercial roofing, insulating glass, solar, packaging and flooring applications. With this acquisition, H.B. Fuller will gain product technology and add people and skills that will result in a more capable and dynamic company for customers and employees. H.B. Fuller remains committed to maintaining its current dividend and rapid deleveraging using the significant free cash flow it expects to have available for this purpose.

Subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close as soon as October of 2017. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is acting as H.B. Fuller’s sole financial advisor in relation to this acquisition, and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP is acting as H.B. Fuller’s legal counsel. H.B. Fuller is acquiring Royal from affiliates of American Securities LLC, based in New York with an office in Shanghai.

For more information, visit www.hbfuller.com or www.royaladhesives.com.

Published at Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:42:00 +0000

Meet Linda and Jim Eastman of Eastman Roofing & Waterproofing

Meet Linda and Jim Eastman of Eastman Roofing & Waterproofing

Linda, of Eastman Roofing & Waterproofing, was lucky enough to win the Apple watch from our booth at the International Roofing Expo this year.

By Karen Edwards, RCS Editor.

We love meeting our contractors in person at events and shows throughout the year and we really like getting to know them better. Jim and Linda Eastman, owners of San Jose, California-based Eastman Roofing & Waterproofing, Inc., stopped to visit us at the International Roofing Expo earlier this year and ended up being selected as the winner of the Apple watch.

We spoke with Jim and Linda on the phone recently to find out how they like the watch and to learn more about them. They were a delight to get to know better.

Starting their roofing business
Jim began his career as a general contractor building condos and doing remodeling work. After a few years, he began to become more interested in roofing. His thinking was that not everyone will need or want to remodel but eventually everyone will need a new roof. So, 38 years ago they started Eastman Roofing & Waterproofing, Inc.

Linda said the two of them work together, she handles administrative functions and Jim reviews paperwork. Although when asked what he does each day, Jim’s answer was that he probably gets in the way more than anything, which resulted in some laughter from Linda. A sense of humor is obviously one of the keys to their 42-year marriage.

The most valuable lesson they have learned about roofing
When this question was asked, Jim’s sense of humor was evident in his immediate answer: “Do not put a pneumatic fastener in your knee.” Trust him on that one. He knows from experience.

Jim did continue and explained that the most valuable thing they have learned is the importance of knowing your numbers. He and Linda both couldn’t stress enough how important this is. In the early 2000’s they joined Certified Contractor’s Network and attended a business planning boot camp where they spent three days analyzing their business, their numbers and really understanding exactly what their costs were.

Asking the right questions is key to your business being successful according to Jim. He says to ask yourself, ‘what should I charge in order to make a profit on the job;’ not ‘what number do I need to bid to get this job?’

Linda and Jim both agreed that having standard operating procedures in place was also invaluable for their business. Especially when it comes to safety. Jim and Linda said safety is their primary concern and they have invested in all the latest and best equipment available. They hold regular safety meetings and ensure that all their safety procedures are being followed.

What makes them smile
When thinking about their roofing business, Jim says that he is so appreciative of all the great customers that have hired them over the years. They have made many strong relationships and have customers tell them they aren’t even going to get other bids because they know and trust the workmanship provided by Eastman.

Linda added that they are also thankful for their valuable employees. She says that spending so much time with their team has helped everyone to understand their vision for the business and she sees the team working hard every day to achieve the goals.

What they like about RCS
When we asked Linda what she likes about Roofers Coffee Shop she told us that she loves the weekly emails and looks forward to receiving them each week.  She’s also a fan of the classified ad section and has used it in the past.

They both think the Coffee Shop is a great resource and really enjoy all the photos we share. (We’re so happy to hear this!)

What about her Apple watch?
Linda was so excited to win the watch but admits she was a little nervous about figuring out how to use it. She said that her daughter told her she was going to love it and that turned out to be the case. Linda said it’s taken her some time to learn what it can do and she “absolutely loves it.” In fact, she told us she just used the heart rate feature the other day at the gym.

We ended our phone call taking about their family and interests outside of the business – definitely two topics that make them smile. Jim and Linda have five children – two girls and three boys – and four grandchildren. Their grandchildren are two sets of twins, one is two girls and the other set a boy and a girl.

When they aren’t working or spending time with family, you might spot Linda and Jim at the Mountain Winery listening to music, see them in a restaurant enjoying a dinner out but the most likely place you’ll see them is anywhere near the beach.

Published at Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:54:04 +0000