NRCA Joins Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Encourages Roofing Industry to Observe National Suicide Prevention Week


NRCA Joins Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Encourages Roofing Industry to Observe National Suicide Prevention Week

suicide-logos5-finalAccording to a July 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the construction industry is one of the most at-risk industries for suicide, ranking No. 1 in the number of suicides and No. 2 in suicide rate – nearly four times the national average among the general population.

A July 2017 article published in Professional Roofing magazine states roofing contractors, similar to construction contractors in general, have a large portion of their workforce composed of males between the ages of 25 and 45, which are the most at-risk demographic for suicide death, according to the CDC.

Sept. 10-16 is National Suicide Prevention Week, which is meant to promote awareness of mental health and suicide typically a taboo topic. The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention offers resources on its website, including published articles, FAQs, posters to display in the workplace, and information and tips regarding how to plan an education session or suicide prevention summit, among other resources.

As part of its commitment to safety in the roofing industry, NRCA has joined the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a group of key industry organizations that are committed to promoting the safety and well-being of construction workers. Established by the Construction Financial Management Association in 2016, the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s mission is “to provide and disseminate information and resources for suicide prevention and mental health promotion in construction with the goal of creating a zero-suicide industry.”

During National Suicide Prevention Week, NRCA encourages the roofing industry to visit the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and to share its messages aimed at building a zero-suicide industry at www.cfma.org/news/content.cfm?ItemNumber=4570&navItemNumber=4639

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Published at Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:22:12 +0000


Q&A: ABC Supply Co.’s Growing Legacy


Q&A: ABC Supply Co.’s Growing Legacy

Editor’s Note: ABC Supply Co. recently celebrated its 35th year in business serving roofing contractors across the country. Committed to co-founders Ken and Diane Hendricks’ mission to provide the resources roofing contractors needed to help their businesses become successful while treating them with the respect they deserve, what started more than three decades ago with just a handful of stores in the Midwest has grown to more than 700 locations across the United States.

Roofing Contractor helps them mark the occasion with the following collection of thoughts and perspectives from some of ABC Supply Co.’s longest-serving associates. The information and images were collected and provided by ABC Supply Co.

Published at Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000


Heavy Duty Hammer Tacker


Heavy Duty Hammer Tacker

Bon Tool Co. manufactures its heavy duty BHTC Hammer Tacker to stand up to rugged job sites and multiple years of use. The professional quality tacker features durable all-steel construction and a non-slip, ergonomically styled and padded handle grip. A built-in buffer plate protects the work piece from damage. The tacker is used for multiple applications including roofing, insulation, stucco/lathe and carpet installation. 

Its light weight and single hand function makes the Heavy Duty Hammer Tacker easy to use for quick staple application. The tacker has spring load staple feed for staples sized 1/4″ to 9/16″.

Published at Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000


Kidd Roofing Helps Host a Hurricane Harvey Donation Drive with the University of Houston Football Team


Kidd Roofing Helps Host a Hurricane Harvey Donation Drive with the University of Houston Football Team

AUSTIN, Texas – Kidd Roofing of Austin, Texas, recently hosted a Hurricane Harvey donation drive on Thursday, Aug. 31 at their Austin office with the University of Houston football team and Head Coach, Major Applewhite. The football team had been relocated to Austin for several days due to the devastating floods in the Houston area caused by Hurricane Harvey. Several other colleges such as the University of Texas, SMU, Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas State and North Texas donated their football trailers for the donation drive to load up the donated supplies and send them to the Houston area. The convoy of semi’s left early Friday morning and delivered the much needed supplies.

“We were just glad to be able to help out in some way,” said Chris Lowe of Kidd Roofing. “Several of us have friends and family in the Houston area that were affected by the floods. When we were asked by the University of Houston to help host a donation drive and collect the much needed supplies with the football players and coaches, it was a no-brainer.  It was also really great to see so many of the other colleges donate their trailers to transport the donations down to Houston.” 

According to Lowe, “Even if your company isn’t involved in repairing roofs in the affected areas, there are other ways to assist such as donating to the Red Cross or other relief funds. It’s going to take a lot of time and money to rebuild these affected areas.  Every little bit helps.”

For more information, visit www.kiddroof.com.

Published at Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000


ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Branch in Sterling, Virginia


ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Branch in Sterling, Virginia

BELOIT, Wis. — Professional contractors in Sterling, Va., and the surrounding areas will now have increased access to the roofing, siding, windows, doors and other select exterior building products needed to grow their businesses with the opening of an ABC Supply Co. Inc. location at 23651 Overland Drive.

Jeremy Hayden will manage the new branch. Hayden has been with ABC Supply for 10 years, excelling in his outside sales position at the company’s Springfield location, working with contractors to ensure they had the products and support they needed to complete projects successfully. As manager of the Sterling branch, Hayden aims to use his experience and industry knowledge to lead associates in helping area contractors thrive and achieve their business goals.

“We have a great team of associates at our Sterling location who look forward to supporting contractors in the area with world-class service, expertise and product options,” said Tom Kuchan, vice president of ABC Supply’s northeast region. 

Branch hours are 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. The phone number is (703) 996-0125.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com

Published at Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000


CertainTeed Showcases Commitment to Solar Power at SPI 2017


CertainTeed Showcases Commitment to Solar Power at SPI 2017

CertainTeed Solar is highlighting upgraded products and an enhanced installer program at Solar Power International 2017, being held September 11-13 in Las Vegas. Billed as “North America’s Premier Energy Event,” Solar Power International (SPI) is the largest annual gathering of solar industry professionals in the United States. CertainTeed Solar will be highlighting the following at booth #2463:

An Enhanced Solar Installer Program: CertainTeed Solar has updated its Solar Installer program to include both Credentialed Installer and Master Installer levels, featuring workmanship warranty coverage of 25 years for Apollo II, Apollo Tile II and Solstice systems installed by Master Solar Installers. Coupled with lead generation, marketing co-op funds and public relations support, CertainTeed’s upgraded Solar Installer Program adds further value to solar installers looking to differentiate and grow their businesses.

US Series Solar Modules: CertainTeed Solar will also highlight its US Series 60 and 72-cell solar modules. Announced in June 2017, 60 cell US Series modules have a maximum power output of 305W, while 72 cell modules reach up to 365W. All US Series modules are American-made using domestic and foreign components, and rank among the most efficient solar modules manufactured in the United States. The modules are available individually or as part of CertainTeed’s Solstice® system, which includes the components necessary for rooftop installation.

Upgraded Apollo II Solar Roofing Systems: Apollo II and Apollo Tile II solar roofing systems have been upgraded to offer 63 watts of rated power, improving on both the performance and the economics of CertainTeed’s solar roofing systems. Apollo II and Apollo Tile II modules are proudly manufactured in the United States using foreign and domestic components.

With more than 110 years of experience supplying products to the construction industry, CertainTeed Solar provides unparalleled confidence in a long-term investment. All CertainTeed solar products are available nationwide.

Published at Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:34 +0000


Eave Stops


Eave Stops

Quantum Smart Solution’s, inventors of the Smart Chute introduce Eave Stops to their product line.   

Eave Stops mount directly at the roof eave and are meant to prevent debris from falling off the roof structure, prevent debris from accumulating in gutter systems, plus they reduces the risk of damaging your customer’s assets.  

Published at Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000


North American Roofing Services Names New CEO


North American Roofing Services Names New CEO

The board of directors for North American Roofing Services Inc. appointed the company’s former chief operating officer, Kelly Wade, as the company’s chief executive officer. Wade joined the company in 2009 as the director of marketing, moving up to its director of sales and marketing and then to vice president of strategy before being named the executive vice president. She brings more than 20 years of sales, marketing and business strategy experience to North American Roofing. Her other experience includes advertising and strategic account development in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina.

“Kelly is a born leader and has created a culture unique to roofing and in line with some of the most diverse and progressive companies in the U.S.,” said Brian Verble, the former CEO and current president and vice chair of the board who will transition to chairman of the board. “It’s a culture of inclusion, team idea development, accountability and work-life balance that comes naturally to her.”

During Wade’s tenure as chief operating officer, she created a standard process-oriented and data-driven culture across all departments by investing heavily in technology and training, according to the company. Wade also expanded service offerings nationally, established a solid leadership team, implemented customer-first programs, grew the large-scale national customer base and relocated the company headquarters from North Carolina to Tampa, Florida.

“Beyond surpassing the financial and strategic goals of the company, Kelly has proven to have the character and intrinsic qualities the Board wants in its leader,” said Mike Verble, the board chairman. “Most of all, Kelly is fully committed to making North American Roofing the greatest and most profitable company it can be.”

In her new role, Wade will continue to be responsible for the overall operations and financial performance of the company. She will also maintain and grow all banking, insurance, strategic partner, and overall high-level business relationships.

“I’m grateful for the 8-year journey I’ve had at North American Roofing and to the amazing group of people I’m so blessed to work with every day,” said Wade. “I’m committed to leading the team in executing the vision and goals of the board and to continue to build upon our rich 38-year history. The future is beyond exciting for North American Roofing.”

According to Fortune Magazine’s 2017 Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 lists, which ranks major U.S. companies by their fiscal 2016 revenues, a mere 32 of Fortune 500 companies were run by women and only 35 of Fortune 1000 companies had women at the helm. “I’m proud to be added to the number of women leading companies in the U.S., and in the construction industry especially,” said Wade. “I truly hope it inspires other women and young girls to be independent and confident because that would mean more to me. My parents taught me to work harder than the next person–regardless of gender.”

North American Roofing is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, please click here.

Published at Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:00:57 +0000


Nebraska Contractors Eligible for Free Software Program


Nebraska Contractors Eligible for Free Software Program

LINCOLN, Neb. – CompanyCam, the complete photo solution for contractors, announced its Homefield Advantage campaign. Luke Hansen, founder and CEO of CompanyCam, wanted to find a unique way to show his appreciation for his home state of Nebraska. Hansen had the idea to provide CompanyCam’s service, which is usually $12 per user per month, free of charge to every contractor in Nebraska.

“Coming from a family that started a roofing business in Nebraska and now starting my own company, I’ve come to see just how supportive the community is here,” said Hansen. “We had the idea to offer CompanyCam to every Nebraska contractor after winning a pitch competition among Midwestern startups that was held here in Lincoln back in June. We really saw the Nebraska community come together and support these startups from around the Midwest and we wanted to show our thanks.”

With over 9,000 users, more than 7M photos taken, and nearly 1M projects created, CompanyCam is establishing itself as an industry leader in photo management for contractors.

To celebrate the kick off of Homefield Advantage, CompanyCam will be hosting a tailgate for the University of Nebraska v. Rutgers University football game on September 23, 2017. The tailgate will be sponsored by Union Bank and Trust, Relentless Merch, White Castle Roofing, Haymarket Square Developers, Revolution Wraps, and The Doughnut Hole. The Lincoln, NE community has already shown great support for local startups and CompanyCam is excited for the opportunity to give back.

The Homefield Advantage campaign will kick off on Sept. 18, 2017 and last until Oct. 31, 2017. Customer’s free year of CompanyCam begins the date they sign up and will end in the fall of 2018.

For more information, visit CompanyCam.com.

 

Published at Mon, 11 Sep 2017 18:48:00 +0000


RoofersCoffeeShop.com Sets Up Hurricane Relief Forum


RoofersCoffeeShop.com Sets Up Hurricane Relief Forum

RoofersCoffeeShop.com is providing contractors and those serving the roofing industry a place to connect with a Hurricane Relief Forum. There has been an outpouring of generosity in the roofing industry, but some contractors and industry professionals outside of the stricken areas do not know how to help. According to RoofersCoffeeShop.com, the forum is a place to communicate about what the needs are in the areas of the country that have been hit hard by hurricanes.

RoofersCoffeeShop.com is also offering a free classified ad to contractors in affected areas to help them find crews, materials or other assistance. To receive a promo code for help wanted, equipment needed or storm-related classifieds, please visit the Hurricane Relief Forum. “We want to help the men and women who are roofing first responders in these areas,” stated Vickie Sharples, a RoofersCoffeeShop.com partner. “The idea started with a conversation with one of our customers, Trent Cotney of Trent Cotney P.A. Construction Law Group. We were talking about what we all could do to help after the devastation caused by these hurricanes.”

“We figured that we could do what we do best –help the industry communicate with each other,” continued Sharples. “We created the Hurricane Relief Forum as a place for contractors and others to reach out to the roofing community with their needs or to offer help. We also are offering a free classified ad because it is something we can do. We believe in our contractors and how amazing they are during these times. They need the support of their industry.”

RoofersCoffeeShop.com has offered a forum for contractors and classified advertising online since 2002. According to the company, tens of thousands of contractors have become members of the free online community. For more information, visit the Hurricane Relief Forum at www.rooferscoffeeshop.com. It is free to sign up and participate.

Published at Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:00:58 +0000


RoofersCoffeeShop.com Welcomes National Nail


RoofersCoffeeShop.com Welcomes National Nail

National Nail provides the STINGER brand of underlayments, cap fastening technology and roofing nails.

RoofersCoffeeShop.com, the place where the industry meets for technology, information and everyday business is pleased to welcome National Nail.   National Nail is the company behind the STINGER brand of synthetic roofing underlayments, cap fastening technology and pneumatic or hand-driven roofing nails.

The STINGER synthetic roofing underlayments are ICC approved and made of 100 percent polypropylene woven fabric that offers high tear strength. They are UV resistant for up to six months, have a proprietary non-skid additive for better slip resistance and feature a pre-printed nailing pattern and overlap lines for quick and easy installation.

STINGER cap tool and fastener technologies work together to form an effective seal that helps prevent moisture from entering the roof cavity while offering superior attachment of roofing underlayment and housewrap. The STINGER line of roofing nails works for either pneumatic or hand-driven application for effective attachment of roofing shingles.

RoofersCoffeeShop.com is proud to welcome National Nail.

About National Nail
National Nail Corp., headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., is an employee-owned manufacturer and distributor of high quality, innovative building products and service solutions for the residential and commercial construction industries. National Nail brands include Pro-Fit (packaged, bulk and collated fasteners), CAMO (Edge Deck Fastening System; Premium Deck, Premium Trim, Composite, and Structural Screws), and STINGER (underlayments, cap tools and fasteners, coil roofing nails, and hand driven roofing and cap nails). Other locations include Atlanta GA, Syracuse NY, and Dallas TX. For more information visit www.nationalnail.com or www.stingerworld.com.

 

About RoofersCoffeeShop.com

RoofersCoffeeShop.com is committed to being a roofing professional advocate by supplying consistent information, education and communication avenues for all roofing professionals, and especially contractors, while promoting the positive growth, education and success of the roofing industry overall. Visitors to the site continue to find excellent opportunities for sharing information while participating in important ongoing conversations concerning new technologies, safety and the overall roofing trade. From the rooftop to the board room, RoofersCoffeeShop.com is “Where the Industry Meets!” For more information, visit www.rooferscoffeeshop.com.

Published at Sun, 10 Sep 2017 12:52:06 +0000


Johns Manville Partners With Logistics Lighting


Johns Manville Partners With Logistics Lighting

Johns Manville announced the company has formed a partnership with Logistics Lighting to create the Johns Manville skylight program. The skylight program was established to allow JM to integrate skylights into clients’ projects and incorporate a seamless process for including a complete system with the roofing package. This program includes various skylight products with different brands in order to provide the most cost-effective option, with up to a 20-year warranty. The products offered through the program include skylights, smoke vents, tubular skylights, safety screens, burglar bars and roof curbs. There are also several services offered through the JM skylight program, including design and layout of skylights, energy savings calculations, specification review, submittal packages, and project specific meetings with designers and contractors.

This program has allowed JM to broaden the company’s offering and create more opportunities for customers to diversify based on their needs. The goal of the partnership was to combine Logistics Lighting’s extensive knowledge of skylights with the expertise that JM brings to roofing, creating real value for the consumers. According to JM, this partnership provides consumers with quality products, a competitive price, and a guarantee that is backed by a trusted company.

The JM skylight program includes a skylight warranty, issued by JM, as an addendum to the 20-year roof guarantee. The 20-year guarantee is only available on Velux and Kingspan products. The other two brands that are offered are Sunoptics and Wasco, and those have up to five and 10-year warranties, depending on the product.

President of Logistics Lighting Eric Huffman stated, “We are proud to be a part of the Johns Manville skylight program. We are honored to serve Johns Manville clients and sales team, and to provide the finest skylight and smoke vent options for their projects, combined with the best warranty available. The skylight program allows JM to help their clients to cost-effectively meet their daylighting and sustainability goals, and serve as a single source for the entire roof guarantee.”

For more information about the skylight program, contact Huffman at EHuffman@LogisticsLighting.com or call (307) 633-9696.

Published at Sat, 09 Sep 2017 15:30:23 +0000


RoofersCoffeeShop.com Offers Forum for Communication and Free Ad to Areas Affected by Hurricanes


RoofersCoffeeShop.com Offers Forum for Communication and Free Ad to Areas Affected by Hurricanes

The online community will provide a place for the industry to talk to each other and communicate their needs during recent and coming hurricanes.

RoofersCoffeeShop.com, the place where the industry meets for technology, information and everyday business, is encouraging contractors and those serving the roofing industry to use its Hurricane Relief Forum as a place to communicate about what their needs are in the areas of the country that have been hit hard by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In addition, anyone in the affected area can post a free classified ad using the code HURRICANE to advertise for help wanted, equipment needed or anything else they need.

“One of our customers called and we were talking about what we could do to help after the devastation caused by these hurricanes,” stated Vickie Sharples, a RoofersCoffeeShop.com Partner.  “We figured that we could do what we do best – help the industry communicate with each other. We created the Hurricane Relief Forum as a place for contractors and others to reach out to the roofing community with their needs or to offer help.”

RoofersCoffeeShop.com has offered a Forum for Contractors since it went online in 2002. Since then, thousands of contractors have become members of the free online community and talk every day about topics related to roofing and running a successful business.

The Hurricane Relief Forum is on www.rooferscoffeeshop.com and it is free to sign up and participate.

Published at Fri, 08 Sep 2017 20:08:42 +0000


Staying Storm-Safe: Online information resources for Hurricane Irma ’17


Staying Storm-Safe: Online information resources for Hurricane Irma ’17

As of this writing (Friday, 9/8/2017), Hurricane Irma appears on track to make landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday. The storm has already left extraordinary damage in its wake as it has swept through the Caribbean. As in any emergency situation, accurate information is one of our most valuable life-saving tools, so GAF has pulled together the following links to help you and your family remain as informed as possible before, during, and after the storm.

Live updates from the National Hurricane Center (from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization — NOAA): http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Irma

Know your zone:
Florida: http://www.floridadisaster.org/publicmapping/
Georgia: http://www.gema.ga.gov/Pages/default.aspx
South Carolina: http://www.scemd.org/
North Carolina: https://readync.org/EN/Index.html

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma

Ready.gov offers numerous hurricane resources, including a family communication plan: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

Find open shelters via the American Red Crosshttp://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter

You can search for open shelters in your area by texting SHELTER and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). Ex.: SHELTER 01234 (message and data rates may apply).

For information on protecting your pets from the hurricane, visit: http://abcnews.go.com/US/floridians-protect-pets-ahead-hurricane-irma/story?id=49651563

Will phones work during and after the storm? Read this from the Miami Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article171637092.html

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Published at Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:14:28 +0000


World's No. 1 Daylight Award for Students of Architecture is Kicking Off


World's No. 1 Daylight Award for Students of Architecture is Kicking Off

GREENWOOD, S.C. — Are you an architecture student and passionate about daylight in architecture? Now you have the chance to show how you see the role of daylight, as the International VELUX Award 2018 for Students of Architecture invites contestants to sign up.

The award challenges students of architecture all over the world to explore the theme of daylight and consider its role in our lives as an ever-relevant source of light, life and energy in buildings — and as an important discipline in architecture. Students can register from Sept. 1, 2017 to April 1, 2018 and submit their daylight projects before June 15, 2018.

The award is a great opportunity for students to become familiar with the architecture contest as a concept, and our aim is to challenge the future of daylight in the built environment by inspiring creative explorations on the themes of daylight in buildings and daylight investigations from the world’s leading future architects,” said Per Arnold Andersen, head of the International VELUX Award.

Reviewed by a high-profile jury

In June 2018, an international jury with high-profile architectural professionals and UIA (International Union of Architects) representatives will convene to review all the submitted projects online, and will appoint five regional winners in each of the two categories. The 10 regional winners then personally present their project to the jury, who elect one global winner in each of the two categories.

Omar Gandhi, who was a jury member in 2016, offers this advice to future participants: “It isn’t about going to a fancy place or to the other side of the world. Look around in your own community, whether it’s the suburbs or in an urban city or in the country. There are everyday questions, and problems, that need answers — and a natural, real and honest investigation is what the jury will be looking for.”

All winning projects will be awarded within a total prize sum of up to €30,000, and the winners will be celebrated at an award event in October 2018.

What is required to participate?

To participate, you need to be enrolled at a school of architecture and register your participation at iva.velux.com and submit your daylight project by June 15, 2018.

There are two project categories: 1) daylight in buildings and 2) daylight investigations.

Every student project needs to be backed by a tutor and both the winning students and their tutors are recognized and win prizes.

The No. 1 global award for students of architecture

The overall theme of the International VELUX Award 2018 for Students of Architecture is “Light of Tomorrow.”

Running every other year, the award has grown into the biggest global student award within architecture, since it was held for the first time in 2003. So far, 4,500 student teams have participated over the years, representing more than 60 countries worldwide, and the juries have included 30 high-profile architects from practice and teaching.

See all winning projects as well as the award brief and detailed information about registration and participation on the IVA website.

For more information, visit www.veluxusa.com.

Published at Fri, 08 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000


Petersen to Open PAC-CLAD Manufacturing Facility in Phoenix


Petersen to Open PAC-CLAD Manufacturing Facility in Phoenix

Petersen is expanding the reach of its trusted PAC-CLAD brand by opening a new manufacturing facility in Phoenix. The 52,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2018, and will be equipped to provide the Western U.S. construction market with the full line of PAC-CLAD steel and aluminum cladding products, including standing seam roof panels, hidden- and exposed-fastener wall panels, sheet, coil and more.
 
The expansion West provides a solution to growth challenges Petersen has faced, said Mike Petersen, CEO. “To date, we have been limited in our ability to effectively service customers in the Western United States, largely because of the challenges and high costs of transporting products from our Texas and Illinois facilities and over the Rocky Mountains. By opening this Phoenix facility, we’re creating a foundation on which to grow the PAC-CLAD brand into the West Coast market,” Petersen said.
 
The new facility will be managed by David Hedrick, whose background includes more than 15 years of management leadership in both the manufacturing and architectural metals industries. “I’m excited about joining the Petersen team and opening this new PAC-CLAD manufacturing facility. The Arizona PAC-CLAD team looks forward to providing the Western United States construction industry with the high-quality PAC-CLAD products and professional service the rest of the country has enjoyed for more than 50 years,” Hedrick said.
 
Petersen’s facility is located in existing commercial space south of downtown Phoenix. Questions and inquiries about the Phoenix facility can be directed via email to Rob Heselbarth at rheselbarth@petersenmail.com. The Phoenix location is the sixth for Petersen, joining the company’s other facilities in Elk Grove Village, Ill.; Acworth, Ga.; Tyler, Texas; Annapolis Junction, Md.; and Andover, Minn.

For information more information, click here.

Published at Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:00:41 +0000


Petersen to Open PAC-CLAD Manufacturing Facility in Phoenix


Petersen to Open PAC-CLAD Manufacturing Facility in Phoenix

Petersen is expanding the reach of its trusted PAC-CLAD brand by opening a new manufacturing facility in Phoenix. The 52,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2018, and will be equipped to provide the Western U.S. construction market with the full line of PAC-CLAD steel and aluminum cladding products, including standing seam roof panels, hidden- and exposed-fastener wall panels, sheet, coil and more.
 
The expansion West provides a solution to growth challenges Petersen has faced, said Mike Petersen, CEO. “To date, we have been limited in our ability to effectively service customers in the Western United States, largely because of the challenges and high costs of transporting products from our Texas and Illinois facilities and over the Rocky Mountains. By opening this Phoenix facility, we’re creating a foundation on which to grow the PAC-CLAD brand into the West Coast market,” Petersen said.
 
The new facility will be managed by David Hedrick, whose background includes more than 15 years of management leadership in both the manufacturing and architectural metals industries. “I’m excited about joining the Petersen team and opening this new PAC-CLAD manufacturing facility. The Arizona PAC-CLAD team looks forward to providing the Western United States construction industry with the high-quality PAC-CLAD products and professional service the rest of the country has enjoyed for more than 50 years,” Hedrick said.
 
Petersen’s facility is located in existing commercial space south of downtown Phoenix. Questions and inquiries about the Phoenix facility can be directed via email to Rob Heselbarth at rheselbarth@petersenmail.com. The Phoenix location is the sixth for Petersen, joining the company’s other facilities in Elk Grove Village, Ill.; Acworth, Ga.; Tyler, Texas; Annapolis Junction, Md.; and Andover, Minn.

For information more information, click here.

Published at Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:00:41 +0000


KARNAK Launches a New and Improved Website


KARNAK Launches a New and Improved Website

CLARK, N.J. — KARNAK, an industry-leading manufacturer of reflective coatings, sealants and cements, recently announced the launch of an updated website designed for an improved user experience. A key feature on the new site is a decision tree that helps visitors determine which product is right for them by walking them through a series of simple questions. 

The new design gives site users quick access to important information and resources including product installation videos and instructions and technical data. Frequently asked questions are addressed as they relate to fabrics and reinforcements; damp proofing and waterproofing and for general roofing scenarios.

The Roof and Foundation Conditions page identifies common issues that are experienced on roofs and walls. The causes of the conditions are reviewed and the damage that can be created is described along with suggested maintenance and repair information provided for each condition.

The new website is optimized for access from mobile devices with pages that rapidly load and navigation that is easy to use on a smartphone or tablet. Visitors to the site can also stay informed on the latest company activities and news by signing up for the new email newsletter. Visit the new site at www.karnakcorp.com.

Published at Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000


High-Resolution Flood Imagery on Website, App Today to Assist Houston Relief Efforts


High-Resolution Flood Imagery on Website, App Today to Assist Houston Relief Efforts

HOUSTON — To help the millions affected by Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding in the state of Texas, Woolpert has collected, processed and delivered high-resolution, before-and-after aerial imagery within days of the disaster and made it available to the public today.

These maps, accessible at woolpert.com/harvey, enable viewers to navigate and enhance specific locations across Houston, offering what is believed to be the highest-resolution data available within this time frame, to precisely illustrate the impact of the flooding. It has been aggregated with data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Google to provide the most comprehensive product.

This imagery enables local, state and federal officials to identify specific areas most in need of resources and allows anyone with internet access the ability to check on neighborhoods, property damage, road closures, etc.

“There is an urgent need for accurate information regarding the physical aftermath of Harvey, and we are one of the few firms that can create, deliver and aggregate maps of this resolution in the abbreviated time frame necessary,” Woolpert CEO Scott Cattran said, adding that the national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm has an office in Houston. “We knew this was something we could do to help our neighbors in Texas, so we mobilized quickly.”

Woolpert waited for the high-water mark to be reached in Houston on Friday, collected aerial imagery, flew the imagery back to its headquarters in Ohio, processed that data, and shared the resulting maps immediately to its public website and application, the latter of which has proved to be invaluable in the field.

This 1-foot imagery was paired with comparable imagery collected in 2016, and installed in a before-and-after online slider to easily identify dams, bridges, homes, workplaces, etc., affected by the disaster. Woolpert is conducting more aerial collections as weather allows to augment this imagery. These maps also will be adjusted manually over time to improve accuracy.

“To get the imagery this quickly, flown at less-than-ideal conditions with clouds and cloud reflections, it’s not as precise as it could be—however, timing took precedent for this collection,” said Cattran, adding that he was proud of his employees for giving their time to the cause.

This is the second time that Woolpert has donated this service to assist with disaster relief efforts. In October 2015, the firm flew, processed and posted perishable aerial imagery within hours of massive flooding in South Carolina. Members of the firm then remained on site to assist as needed.

Woolpert also has made its staff available to the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and other local, state and federal officials to further this effort.

Woolpert’s data is being shared with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation (NAPSG), which has created a dedicated site to aggregate the “most relevant and best available data” to support response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The effort was the request of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). The Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data (HIFLD) site is at https://respond-harvey-geoplatform.opendata.arcgis.com/.

Published at Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000


TAMKO Makes Donation to Red Cross to Aid Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey


TAMKO Makes Donation to Red Cross to Aid Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

TAMKO Building Products Inc. has proudly donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with their Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts in Houston and the surrounding area. TAMKO presented the funds at the Joplin, Mo., Red Cross office on Sept. 6.

“Thanks to generous partners like TAMKO, the American Red Cross is there, providing food, shelter and comfort to people affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Stacy Burks, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Southern Missouri.  “We have deployed over a dozen local [Joplin-area] volunteers.  They join more than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers who will continue to support families as they begin to recover and rebuild.” 

In the past, TAMKO has donated to the Red Cross to assist with disaster recovery from tornadoes that ravaged areas where TAMKO operates, including a deadly EF-5 tornado in 2011 that struck the town of Joplin, where TAMKO is headquartered. 

TAMKO’s President and CEO David Humphreys said, “The devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey are heartbreaking. TAMKO and its employees have witnessed firsthand what the American Red Cross can do to help in these types of disaster situations. We make this donation in the spirit of kindness that Houston and its neighbors so desperately need now.”
 
For more information about TAMKO, click here.

Published at Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:47:53 +0000


NRCA Announces Session Dates for Next Executive Management Institute


NRCA Announces Session Dates for Next Executive Management Institute

NRCA has announced it will begin new sessions for its Executive Management Institute (EMI) beginning Nov. 11. According to the association, EMI is a unique educational experience for seasoned roofing executives that provides high-level concepts to real-world roofing industry problems. EMI consists of two in-person sessions, held at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s downtown Chicago campus. The first session will be held Nov. 11-14. EMI’s second session will take place April 8-9, 2018.

According to NRCA, executive education allows business leaders to focus on identifying and setting specific goals; encourages self-awareness and leadership development; and provides a platform to facilitate networking and exchange among peers.

EMI sessions will address two topics:
1. EMI leadership through improved communication:
• Develop your leadership persona by examining how others see you, and learn how to make changes to have more impact as a leader in your company.
• Become objective of your message and communication style by learning how others hear you. Learn to tailor your communications to become a more effective business leader.

2. Succession planning, including financial considerations:
• Identify a vision for the future of your company by looking at models for the eventual transfer of it to a family or non-family member.
• Carry out your vision by developing a process for succession, and create a plan for a smooth transition from one owner to the next.

For additional program details and application procedures, click here.

Published at Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:00:13 +0000


TAMKO Donates $100,000 to Red Cross to Assist with Hurricane Harvey Relief


TAMKO Donates $100,000 to Red Cross to Assist with Hurricane Harvey Relief

JOPLIN, Mo. – TAMKO Building Products, Inc. has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with their Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts in Houston and the surrounding area. TAMKO presented the funds at the Joplin, Mo. Red Cross office on Sept. 6.

“Thanks to generous partners like TAMKO, the American Red Cross is there, providing food, shelter and comfort to people affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Stacy Burks, executive director of the American Red Cross, Southern Missouri.  “We have deployed over a dozen local [Joplin-area] volunteers.  They join more than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers who will continue to support families as they begin to recover and rebuild.”

In the past, TAMKO has donated to the Red Cross to assist with disaster recovery from tornadoes that ravaged areas where TAMKO operates, including a deadly EF-5 tornado in 2011 that struck the town of Joplin where TAMKO is headquartered.

TAMKO’s President and CEO David Humphreys, said, “The devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey are heartbreaking. TAMKO and its employees have witnessed first-hand what the American Red Cross can do to help in these types of disaster situations. We make this donation in the spirit of kindness that Houston and its neighbors so desperately need now.”

For more information, visit www.tamko.com.

Published at Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000


KARNAK Launches New and Improved Website 


KARNAK Launches New and Improved Website 

KARNAK announced the launch of an updated website designed for an improved user experience. KARNAK, a manufacturer of reflective coatings, sealants and cements, notes that a key feature on the new site is a decision tree that helps visitors determine which product is right for them by walking them through a series of simple questions. The new design gives site users quick access to important information and resources including product installation videos and instructions and technical data.

Frequently asked questions are addressed as they relate to fabrics and reinforcements; damp proofing and waterproofing; and for general roofing scenarios. The Roof and Foundation Conditions page identifies common issues that are experienced on roofs and walls. The causes of the conditions are reviewed and the damage that can be created is described along with suggested maintenance and repair information provided for each condition. 

The new website is optimized for access from mobile devices with pages that rapidly load and navigation that is easy to use on a smartphone or tablet. Visitors to the site can also stay informed on the latest company activities and news by signing up for the new email newsletter. Visit the new site by clicking here.

Published at Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:00:22 +0000


The details make the difference in wind design


The details make the difference in wind design

This is the first part in a series of blogs about designing low slope roofs for wind loads.

Roofing design encompasses many different factors. The assembly is dictated by the use of the building, the owner’s budget, the building’s location, local building codes, energy codes, and the forces of nature that are regularly, as well as occasionally unleashed upon it. In addition, a change in one part of the building envelope can adversely affect something else. As this implies, there are often many choices that the designer has to make. It is important to note that the installer also has a great effect upon the overall performance of the system. Communication between the designer and the installer is paramount to the success of the system. The designer needs to relay exactly what components should comprise the assembly, as well as how the system should be installed. Conversely, the installer should alert the designer of any conditions or potential changes that do not match the plans and specification, since a small change can affect the entire envelope.

Communication between the designer and the installer is paramount to the success of the system.

Let’s talk about golf for a moment. A 300 yard drive has exactly the same value on the score card as a 6 inch putt. The same is true on the roof. If the installer omits sealant and a clamp on a pipe flashing detail because the incorrect one was displayed in the plans, it has the same result as a cold-welded seam: Water in the building. So nearly every detail, no matter how small, can have the same effect. One such mishap may be small, but like strokes on the scorecard, they all add up.

There are certain details that often get overlooked. Sometimes specifications and plans don’t match. If that happens, which one prevails? Sometimes plans trump details, others the opposite is true. Very often, perhaps in the interest of conserving time or effort, a specification or plan detail will state to comply with an established standard, such as those published by FM (Factory Mutual, which does its own system testing for its member insurance companies), SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association), or the International Plumbing Code without specifying which exact detail or practice. One very common mistake, for example, is specifying FM 1-105 on an OSB deck, but FM doesn’t test over combustible decks. So according to FM, a system over an OSB deck wouldn’t be rated to withstand 105 pounds per square foot, or PSF, of uplift pressure. Perhaps, in that case, it would be better to outline specific enhanced fastening patterns or fastener pull out values.

Sometimes specifications and plans don’t match. If that happens, which one prevails?

The designer of record can possibly open themselves up to liability if they leave details up to the installer’s interpretation. Quite often, trades will mix and match responsibility of interfacing details, such as components of drains, counterflashing roof edge termination, coping cap waterproofing, and HVAC transitions to name a few. Returning to the situation where FM 1-105 over an OSB deck has been specified, the designer should ideally have consulted with the membrane manufacturer to identify options that have been demonstrated to conform to established standards. Good and experienced suppliers do a lot of system testing to understand how to achieve required levels of performance with as many options as feasible.

Wind Uplift – The Basics

Wind Pressure

Wind uplift, in general, is the upward force pulling on the building components as a result of wind blowing around and over the building. The roof is naturally exposed to these forces due to its location. When the wind flow moves over the edge of the roof it creates negative pressure. In addition, positive pressure exerted from inside the building from HVAC and openings such as doors and windows can also contribute to these forces, depending upon the building’s construction.

Edges are Critical

Roof Field

Corners and perimeter zones are especially vulnerable to wind uplift forces due to their proximity to the edge. Vortices are created at corners, which can increase the upward pull. The next illustration is a top view of the roof, identifying perimeter and corner zones. As a rule of thumb, attachment (uplift resistance) is enhanced at a rate of 1.5x at the perimeter and 2x in the corner to combat these forces. Roof edge termination is especially critical, since it is at the leading edge holding the roof to the structure.

This fully adhered TPO roof was peeled back from the edge during a wind event, separating insulation layers.

This fully adhered TPO roof was peeled back from the edge during a wind event, separating insulation layers.

Roof edge termination is instrumental in resilience to these forces. Remember the golf analogy? Well, nearly every detail counts the same on the score card. Imagine this: You are on the 8th tee just starting your backswing when a meteor the size of a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle crashes in the middle of the fairway leaving a huge smoking crater. This is not simply a stroke, but instead, it is a catastrophic ending to the game (and quite a story). The same is true with the roof edge. A few years ago, the National Roofing Contractors Association, NRCA, independently tested numerous roof edge terminations. Mark Graham, the Vice President of Technical Services for the NRCA stated in an article featured in Professional Roofing magazine, “…flexural failure during edge metal testing is much more common than fastener pull-out…” The act of just adding more fasteners will not suffice, because if the metal is an insufficient gauge for the application, it will flex, allowing wind to lift it. It is reasonable to assume that when the edge catches air, the rest of the system is likely to follow like dominoes.

Roof edge termination is especially critical, since it is at the leading edge holding the roof to the structure.

Attention to Detail

So, if edges are critical, what is to be done? Ideally two things are recommended; first, instead of a general reference to compliance with SMACNA standards, it would be prudent to call out the exact detail that should be applied in specific locations. Second, the specifier may want to designate which trade is the best to be responsible for each detail, as opposed to leaving the decision up to the trades to decide what to include or exclude within their respective scopes. If a SMACNA detail is to be applied, then perhaps a sheet metal contractor may be the better choice to be responsible for that scope.

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TP-3 Courtesy of NRCA Guidelines for Single-ply Membrane Roof Systems

Take a moment to look at one common example from the NRCA, which is generally understood to be considered “good roofing practice.” Shown above is Detail TP-3 from the NRCA Guidelines for Single-ply Membrane Roof Systems.

The field membrane extends over the roof edge, and down the wood nailer, and is secured by the fastening of the anchoring cleat on the face. The thermoplastic (TPO or PVC) coated metal is then placed on top of the membrane and fastened based upon the Architectural Metal Flashing Securement options found within the NRCA Roofing manual. That detail is completed with a hot air welded flashing strip that ties the roof membrane to the Thermoplastic coated metal for a watertight assembly. That is a roofing detail to be installed by a roofer.

Imagine for a moment that the owner wanted to save some money; would you, as the designer, decide to do it here?

Keep in mind that even though the assembly may qualify for a standard warranty, the owner is still exposed to the inconvenience of dealing with replacement, as well as collateral damage such as lost wages due to clean up, lost merchandise due to damage, and lost use of space while waiting for repair. There are other ways for a designer to save money on the assembly that do not significantly increase the risk of the roof blowing off. Remember the meteor?

The diagram on the right is from ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ ES-1-11. Picture2This document establishes standards for roof edge details as they relate to wind uplift resistance based upon actual testing from collaboration with ANSI (American National Standards Institute), SPRI (Single Ply Roofing Industry), and FM (Factory Mutual). It illustrates one of the methods of testing the edge termination. This demonstrates a mechanically attached system with the same detail as above (NRCA TP-3). A load is applied to the field membrane at a 25 degree angle from the deck to simulate the stresses of the field sheet billowing.

How would the less expensive alternate detail fare in this test?

…even though the assembly may qualify for a standard warranty, the owner is still exposed to the inconvenience of dealing with replacement…

The table below is from ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ ES-1-11:

ANSI chart

Courtesy of ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1-11

Pay special attention to a few things; first it shows the recommended minimum gauge for each metal (a thicker gauge can be specified for added strength), second it is based upon the width of the exposed metal, so the wider it is, the thicker it should be. ES-1-11 outlines design criteria for wind uplift for edge details. This document is created as a guide to keep roofs where they belong.

Wrapping it Up

The designer of record, whether an Architect or a Consultant, should be decisive, and choose specific appropriate details. The owner is looking for a roof that is resilient, cost effective, and does not cause any problems. Keep ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ ES-1-11 close, and don’t risk your reputation in the hands of the lowest bidder. Ask any golf pro and they will tell you that putting is 40% of your game, so you had better make it 40% of your practice.

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Published at Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:27:26 +0000


Property Drone Consortium Welcomes Texas Windstorm Insurance Association


Property Drone Consortium Welcomes Texas Windstorm Insurance Association

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Property Drone Consortium (PDC), a collaboration that consists of insurance carriers, roofing industry leaders and supporting enterprises recently announced that Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) has joined the consortium as a technology member. 

“We are pleased that TWIA has decided to become a member of the consortium,” said PDC President Charles Mondello.  “Their decision to join demonstrates their commitment to being a forward-thinking carrier that realizes the impact that the use of drones will make on property inspections.”

TWIA General Manager John Polak stated, “TWIA understands the importance of implementing new technologies and procedures to more efficiently serve our customer base. The ability to use drones in the inspection and evaluation of properties both before and after catastrophic events is of utmost importance to us.”

TWIA is a residual insurer of last resort that was established by the Texas Legislature in 1971 following Hurricane Celia in August of 1970. The company provides essential insurance coverage to residential and commercial properties along designated portions of the Texas seacoast territory.

For more information, visit www.propertydrone.org.

Published at Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000


NRCA continues to push for reform of career and technical education federal policies


NRCA continues to push for reform of career and technical education federal policies

Professional Roofing’s August issue highlights NRCA’s continued efforts to reform career and technical education federal policies.

Roof Repair and Maintenance (5)In June, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), legislation that would reform and reauthorize CTE programs operated under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.

NRCA’s efforts to work with Congress to improve policy governing career and technical education (CTE) are highlighted in “Educating for the 21st Century,” an article published in Professional Roofing’s August issue.

The article states NRCA believes more effective CTE programs are vital to the long-term prosperity of the roofing industry. It is becoming increasingly difficult for contractors, manufacturers, distributors and other industry employers to find enough workers to fill job openings despite vigorous efforts to recruit new employees.

NRCA is urging Congress to improve and expand CTE programs to help meet the growing need for skilled applicants for well-paying roofing jobs. NRCA member companies provide career opportunities for those with the proper skills and work ethic. Reformed and expanded CTE programs can help provide students with the skills needed to pursue rewarding careers in the roofing industry.

In 2015, Congress began developing legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which authorizes and provides more than $1 billion in funding for CTE programs at secondary and post-secondary levels. Policies governing these programs have not been updated since 2006, and their effectiveness for meeting the current needs of employers is in question.

NRCA has worked with lawmakers to develop policies designed to improve and expand CTE opportunities to meet the challenging workforce development needs of our members. The goal is to provide new opportunities for employers to collaborate with educators at the state and local levels to develop CTE programs designed to achieve employers’ workforce objectives.

According the article, a reauthorized Perkins Act will provide maximum flexibility in the design of CTE programs to ensure they are truly effective for meeting rapidly changing economic demands. In addition, there is a need for expanded employer-sponsored internships, on-the-job training opportunities, new sector partnerships between employer and educational institutions, and more incentives for the development of industry recognized credentials.

In 2016, a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) introduced the first iteration of H.R. 2353 which included policy recommendations developed by NRCA and allied groups. After passing the House, the Senate failed to take action on the legislation before adjourning at the end of 2016.

In 2017, at NRCA’s urging, the House renewed its efforts, and a revised bill was approved with strong bipartisan support in June. However, bipartisan differences in the Senate over education policy present an obstacle to Senate passage.

It is critical all NRCA members support this effort by contacting their senators in support of the bill. NRCA recognizes the importance of workforce development to its members and will continue working with lawmakers to pass the legislation. When implemented in the coming years, programs developed under the reforms in H.R. 2353 could be critical to enabling roofing industry employers to meet their workforce needs.

To read this article in its entirety visit http://www.professionalroofing.net/Articles/Education-for-the-21st-century–08-01-2017/4065/.

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Published at Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:33:44 +0000


Peace of Mind: Lyons Roofing


Peace of Mind: Lyons Roofing

If there’s one unwavering lesson that roofing contractors learn along their business journey it’s that roofing is an industry that’s permanent, meaning, once you’re in — you’re all in. Even before his career in roofing began, Paul LaNue was no stranger to this mindset, having gathered with friends for weekly poker games. Paul’s friends, all of whom were already employed in the roofing industry, played a hand in convincing him to take the plunge and join them in the trade. It was 1997, and their timing couldn’t have been better since Paul had recently closed his carpet cleaning company. That coincidence marked just the beginning of Paul’s prosperous two-decade career in roofing.

After working in the industry for 14 years, Paul was recruited by the owner of a company who believed he was the right man to help grow his business.

Published at Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000


Life Interrupted: Houston Roofers After Hurricane Harvey


Life Interrupted: Houston Roofers After Hurricane Harvey

For the good people in Texas and Louisiana who were impacted by the onslaught of wind and water from Hurricane Harvey, their lives will never be the same. Even for those who have the will and the resources to rebuild and repair, they have lived through one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit this country, and will be changed just the same.

As I write this, the news channels are all filled around the clock with stories of the pain and struggle as well as the rescues and outreach of folks from all over the country to help our neighbors in distress. Social media is blowing up with requests for contributions to the many agencies on the scene taking care of the immediate needs of the victims. And the millions are pouring in.

Published at Tue, 05 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000


Kemper System Names Lynn Walters as West Coast Regional Sales Manager


Kemper System Names Lynn Walters as West Coast Regional Sales Manager

WEST SENECA, N.Y. – Lynn Walters was named West Coast regional sales manager of Kemper System America, Inc. with responsibility for expanding sales and educating architects, consultants and contractors across the region about the company’s range of barrier solutions for the building envelope.

Based in the San Francisco area, he joins the company from STS Coatings Inc., acquired by Kemper System last year, and brings more than two decades of sales and marketing experience to his new role.

Walters currently serves on the board of directors of the Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association (RIMA), and as committee chair for the Strategic Alliance for the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA). He is also a member of the Cool Roof Rating Council, RCI, and ASTM International.

At STS Coatings, Walters served nine years as national sales manager, and also as product manager representing HeatBloc-ULTRATM radiant heat barrier. Before this, he spent 12 years as West Coast sales manager for the OEM Building Products Division of BASF.

For more information, visit www.kempersystem.net.

Published at Tue, 05 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000