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


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


Rooftop Solar or Solar Roof: What’s in Your Pitch?


Rooftop Solar or Solar Roof: What’s in Your Pitch?

I must begin by acknowledging that, for most of you, business is darn good right now. With a few more months left in the roofing season and a fair amount of optimism looking forward to 2018, this may not seem like a very good time to ramp up a new line of business.

Let me once again remind you of the wisdom of President John F. Kennedy, who said, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

Published at Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:00:00 +0000


GAF Receives Industry-Acclaimed Partners of Choice Award For Quality from David Weekley Homes


GAF Receives Industry-Acclaimed Partners of Choice Award For Quality from David Weekley Homes

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, has been awarded the Partners of Choice Award from David Weekley Homes, the country’s largest privately held builder. GAF received an “A” ranking for quality, one of only twenty-five suppliers to be recognized out of the 200 companies evaluated. This is the eighth time GAF has earned this symbol of excellence.

“We are excited to receive this award again and honored to be recognized for the focus GAF puts on quality across all aspects of the roofing system,” stated Paul Bromfield, chief marketing officer at GAF. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the David Weekley Homes team.”

Each year, David Weekley Homes challenges their trade partners to provide the highest level of quality products and superior service by ranking them with a proprietary scoring system. One thousand team members from every level of the company are surveyed on the homebuilder’s unique evaluation platform. Each supplier’s scores are averaged and an alpha ranking is assigned relative to other suppliers. Companies achieving a ranking in the top twenty percent are recognized with the nationally acclaimed Partners of Choice Award.

“To be world class, you must get up every day and perform at levels that exceed all others,” said Bill Justus, vice president of supply chain services for David Weekley Homes and chief architect behind the industry-leading supplier evaluation platform. “Our rigorous process allows us to measure each company’s performance and compare it across diverse industries. In essence, we have designed a practical way of measuring world-class excellence. Through their actions, our friends at GAF have proven to be the best of the breed in providing quality products to our team.”

For more information, visit www.gaf.com.

Published at Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000


Cool Roof Coatings and Urban Heat Islands


Cool Roof Coatings and Urban Heat Islands

As urban areas across the globe have grown in size and density, significant changes have taken place in their landscapes. Buildings, roads, parking lots and other infrastructure have replaced open land and vegetation. Surfaces that were once permeable and moist have become impermeable and dry. As a result, urban regions have become much warmer than their rural surroundings, forming a “heat island” of higher temperatures.

Elevated temperatures in urban heat islands, especially during the summer, may have numerous negative consequences for the environment and quality of life in urban areas. These adverse consequences include increased peak energy consumption, higher risk of brownouts/blackouts, adverse health consequences, and impaired air and water quality.

Published at Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000


Heightened Immigration Enforcement by the Trump Administration


Heightened Immigration Enforcement by the Trump Administration

Issues surrounding immigration have been a focal point for employers since the 1986 passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). The effects of that law and its requirements have made the hiring process a source of major concern for many employers — especially roofing contractors. It also created a risk of legal liability that didn’t previously exist. Those concerns and risks are even greater today given the highly publicized focus on  illegal immigration from the Trump administration.

One of President Donald Trump’s first executive orders echoed his campaign commentary related to increased “enforcement of the immigration laws of the United States.” As part of implementation of that executive order, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hired 10,000 agents to enforce existing immigration laws more effectively. In practical terms, this means that we’re likely to see a major increase in workplace audits (notices of inspection), something that was almost entirely eliminated during the Obama years. Unfortunately, that period of greatly diminished enforcement actions has, in many cases, led to reduced employer attention to I-9 compliance. The result has been a loss of focus on the necessity of fully complete and correct I-9s.  

Published at Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000


Retain Quality Employees: See What This Contractor is Doing About Employee Retention


Retain Quality Employees: See What This Contractor is Doing About Employee Retention

Karen L. Inman, President and COO at Antis Roofing & Waterproofing shares her company’s strategy to find and retain quality employees.

At RoofersCoffeeShop we hear from contractors every day who are challenged with finding skilled labor and retaining employees. The topic is so hot right now that we asked our RCS Influencers last month to share some of their employee retention practices. Their replies were diverse and full of good ideas.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for roofers is projected to grow 13 percent between 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Construction and roofing companies no longer fuss over finding work – instead they worry about finding people to do the work.

We recently came across this interview with Karen Inman, President and COO at Antis Roofing & Waterproofing that we felt had additional valuable information to share. While she mentions California specifically since that is where her company is located, the challenges apply throughout the U.S. and Canada. Read on to find out how Antis Roofing & Waterproofing plans to stay ahead of the curve.

Question: What, specifically, does Antis look for during its hiring process to attract employees that are looking for a career in roofing versus simply a job?

Karen Inman: I would say it’s about having aligned values and understanding how purpose and giving back fits with each candidate. We have a very prominent and consistent social media presence that starts the “hiring” process by sharing who we are as a company right from the beginning. Then in our conversations with candidates, we talk about how Antis fits with their aspirations while also discussing what charitable giving speaks to them. Knowing where someone spends time giving back gives us a greater understanding of who they are. It also allows us to reinforce the importance we place on being a company who cares and wants to make a difference and allows us to choose employees who have similar values.

Q: Roofing and other skilled labor jobs are learned through practice rather than simply education. Does Antis have any sort of apprenticeship or learning opportunities for employees who might have less experience?

KI: On the field side, Antis provides training to entry level technicians under an informal program of matching more experienced field leads with those who are new to roofing or just new to a specific type of installation (PVC versus tile, for example). The importance of a more formal training and certification program isn’t lost on Antis. We are actively involved with NRCA which is helping establish a certification program for roofing. This will help elevate the industry and provide a pipeline of technicians to help mitigate the growing labor shortage.

We also believe that working with the future generations of roofers to teach them about the industry and the options they have in their careers is another way we’re working to combat the labor shortage. During this past summer, we had a few interns help us with office operations. In fact, two of those internships were provided to local teens as part of their school’s graduation readiness for students who are underserved. This was truly inspiring to be able to offer young people an opportunity to contribute to the company while developing skills and understanding of what career options they may want to pursue – Human Resources, Marketing, Customer Service, or Accounting. In addition, I’d like to think that we set a standard for what these young people will expect in a company culture and hopefully when it comes time, they’ll consider Antis a promising option for their careers.

Q: Since there is a lot of mobility within the skilled-worker space due to supply and demand, it makes sense that companies who can retain quality workers fare better than those who can’t. Once these employees are hired, what are some specific retention strategies Antis has in place?

KI: New hires are welcomed with Antis branded gifts, given an employee orientation, and taken to a team lunch on the first day. They’re also announced in our weekly team huddle so that they feel a part of the Antis team from day one, as we want them to feel our excitement about them joining our team! Another specific strategy is a 90-day onboarding plan for new employees to establish expectations and create a foundation for open communication about their role and how it fits into the success of the organization. Tasks are divided into 30/60/90 day increments and focus on the core duties of their role but also on creating relationships with other team members and developing a basic understanding of all departments.

Q: In summary, how does Antis address the shortage of roofing professionals in California?

KI: It’s just like you all said – we aim to hire talent that is interested in growing their career with Antis and then work with them to ensure they have the skills and professional development to feel as invaluable to our team as they are. Our overall retention strategy for employees is to focus on employee engagement. The strategy approaches retention from the perspective of an employee’s job, their cause and purpose, their connection to each other and the company, and to sharing in the company’s success through a bonus program. Specifically, we ensure each employee gets a formal review as well as more frequent employee surveys where ongoing updates on the progress on initiatives are made and updated based on their input. We also like to hold weekly team huddle meetings where every Antis employee can voice their opinions and help improve processes. Antis adds a little bit of atypical fun into our retention strategy as well. At Antis, we hand out weekly giving cards where an individual who has gone above and beyond to help the team is recognized and then a donation is made to a cause of their choice. It’s a great way to see what is important to our team members and for them to share a little something about themselves that might not otherwise come up! Add that to our company picnics and holiday events, and we really believe Antis is doing what it can to make us a great place to work!

Published at Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:14:29 +0000


SRS Distribution Expands Hurricane Relief Fund to Include Victims of Irma


SRS Distribution Expands Hurricane Relief Fund to Include Victims of Irma

SRS Distribution recently annouced that they’re expanding the scope of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to include those who have been directly affected by Hurricane Irma in the past few days.   

As with Hurricane Harvey, the extent of the damage and destruction by Irma has yet to be seen, but it’s most certainly severe.  

To date — 323 individuals and organizations have contributed $174,077.00 to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. With the SRS match, the company has currently raised $348,154.00 for their relief fund. 

In expanding the scope of this fund, the company is also extending the SRS Distribution matching component to include all contributions received through Wednesday, Sept. 20.  By adding this third week of matched fundraising, the company believes it can reach the new goal of $250,000.00, for a total of 
$500,000.00 in funds raised for the victims of these two storms. 

To make a contribution directly to this fund that will be matched dollar for dollar by SRS Distribution, click here

Published at Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:35:00 +0000