Highland Roofing Company Names Raleigh Account Manager

Highland Roofing Company has named Gary Awroski Raleigh Account Manager. Awroski will manage Highland’s repair, maintenance and re-roof services to industrial, corporate campus, multi-tenant retail, education, government, healthcare and multi-family clients in Raleigh and surrounding markets.

Awroski brings to Highland 30 years of commercial roofing experience, having worked for Centimark, Tecta America and Benton Roofing.

“Gary comes to us with decades of strong commercial roofing service work, including both sales and management,” said Iain Fergusson, President and Owner of Highland Roofing Company. “Adding him to our Raleigh team further solidifies our commitment to providing our customers with exceptional service.”

Prior to joining Highland, Awroski served as Field Supervisor for Benton Roofing in Flat Rock, North Carolina and as an Account Manager for TECTA America in Indian Land, North Carolina. Prior to that, he worked for over eight years as a Service Manager/Service Sales Associate for Centimark Roofing in Charlotte, North Carolina, and for over 10 years as Territory Manager for Pegnato & Pegnato Building Maintenance in North Ridgeville, Ohio.

 “I am pleased to join the Highland team and provide our clients with an exceptional experience,” said Gary Awroski.  “I look forward to enhancing Highland’s efforts in the Triangle region.”

For more information, visit highlandroofingcompany.com.

Vent Caps for Liquid Propane and Gas-Fired Appliances

Air Vent now offers “Type B” gas vent caps, which are available in three different sizes to fit pipes from 3 to 9 inches. Each one is adjustable within its size range: 3-5 inches, 5-7 inches, and 7-9 inches. The vent caps are exclusively for liquid propane and gas-fired appliances. They are not for wood-burning appliances. Heavy-duty aluminum construction resists rust and corrosion, and the unique design helps prevent Mother Nature, debris, and birds from entering the vent.

The vent caps are fast and easy to install; a wrench and screwdriver are the only tools needed. Vent caps are packaged 12 in a carton. They are ETL certified. 

For more information, visit http://airvent.com.

MFM Building Products Announces Expansion Project

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, has recently announced a substantial Expansion Project for 2021. This coincides with the company’s 60th Anniversary being celebrated in 2021. The company hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony for local dignitaries and media in Coshocton, Ohio, on March 19.

The thrust of the Expansion Project is adding close to 50,000 square feet to the production area and the acquisition of new production equipment to meet the rising demand for orders. MFM has been acquiring additional raw materials to ensure product availability for their customer base and this new facility will accommodate this additional inventory. The building is planned to be completed by the fall of 2021, and the new production equipment to be installed and operational by early 2022.

Other aspects of the Expansion Project include razing a building on the company property, constructing new offices in the main headquarters building, and the addition of a new, state-of-the-art Research & Development laboratory for increased quality control and new product development. In total, the company expects to hire an additional 20 full-time employees as part of the Expansion Project.

According to Tony Reis, President, “The Expansion Project is the result of continued company growth and the company’s commitment to meeting the needs of our customers today and in the future. With this investment, we hope to introduce new waterproofing projects to our portfolio of existing waterproofing membranes. As an ESOP company, there is a lot of excitement among our employees as MFM continues to grow.”

For more information concerning MFM Building Products, visit www.mfmbp.com

S-5! Launches Spanish Company Facebook Page Amidst Growth in Latin America

S-5! announces its new Spanish company Facebook page dedicated to the Latin American market. Building owners, design professionals, solar installers and S-5! distributors can stay up-to-date with S-5!’s product offerings, training videos and educational webinars―all in Spanish. S-5! will share its Latin American case studies, featuring a variety of residential and commercial projects with its rail-less, direct-attach solar mounting solutions.

 “S-5! continues to experience growth throughout Latin America and has recently onboarded a number of new distributors in the region with an uptick in business since February, especially in the exposed-fastener roofing market since the launch of our new product RibBracket V,” said Juan Carlos Fuentes, S-5! International Director of Sales and Business Development for Latin America.

And soon, S-5! will announce its upcoming tradeshow participation and speaking engagements at shows like Solartec Americas, Costa Rica; ExpoSolar Columbia; The Green Expo, Mexico; SolarExpo Chile; Solar Power Mexico; GENERA, Spain; and Energy 2021, Puerto Rico.

“New customers and distributors are reaching out to us from all markets to learn about our engineered mounting technologies, extensive load testing and expertise with metal roofs,” continued Carlos Fuentes. “We look forward to expanding our outreach through our new Spanish company Facebook page. This new communication channel will help us to directly reach our target audience.” 

For more information about S-5!’s work in Latin America, contact paulao@s-5.com.

For more information about the company, visit www.S-5.com

PIMA Applauds Introduction of E-QUIP Act

The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) welcomes the reintroduction of the Energy Efficient Qualified Improvement Property Act (the “E-QUIP Act”) by Representatives Schneider (D-IL) and Rice (R-SC). 

The E-QUIP Act proposes to simplify the tax code’s complex cost-recovery schedule for energy-efficient building improvements that meet stringent performance standards for energy savings. This bipartisan legislation would remove barriers that discourage businesses from making investments in existing buildings to improve energy efficiency. According to estimates provided by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the E-QUIP Act would reduce energy costs by $15 billion, reduce COemissions by 100 million tons and increase employment by 130,000 job-years over a five-year period.

“By including energy-efficient roof replacements as qualifying improvements, the E-QUIP Act offers building owners the opportunity to depreciate that investment over a 10-year period versus the traditional 39-year period that applies under today’s tax code,” said PIMA President Justin Koscher. “We know that replacing an outdated commercial roof to current standards can reduce whole building energy use by an average 5.7% and the E-QUIP Act provides a strong incentive for building owners to act.”

For more information, visit www.polyiso.org.

LafargeHolcim Successfully Closes Firestone Building Products Acquisition

LafargeHolcim announced that its Holcim Participations (US) Inc. subsidiary has successfully completed the acquisition of Firestone Building Products, following all regulatory approvals. The transaction closed earlier than expected due to smooth collaboration with Bridgestone, and all 1,900 employees will be joining LafargeHolcim. 

Jan Jenisch, LafargeHolcim CEO, said, “I warmly welcome the Firestone Building Products team into the LafargeHolcim family. Together, we will lead this iconic company’s next era of growth to become the global leader in flat roofing systems. As we expand its leadership in the US to Europe and Latin America, I want the world to know that “NOBODY COVERS YOU BETTER” than Firestone. I am excited about the strong growth prospects, accelerated by the many opportunities from President Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ plan. With its leading roofing systems, Firestone Building Products makes us a partner of choice from rooftop to foundation. This truly is a milestone for LafargeHolcim as we become the global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions.” 

Taylor Cole, Firestone Building Products President, stated, “Today opens an exciting new era in Firestone Building Products’ rich history. The Firestone Building Products team is thrilled to join the LafargeHolcim family. Together, we are in a prime position to accelerate our growth by combining Firestone Building Products’ advanced technologies and know-how with LafargeHolcim’s global scale and reach.” 

Firestone Building Products will remain headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.For more information, visit www.lafargeholcim.com.

All-Aluminum Retrofit Roof Drain With Removable Lid

Marathon Roofing introduces the all-new Aluminator Pro. Building on the success of the company’s Aluminator all-aluminum retrofit drains, the newest model includes a Pro dome that features an aluminum security strainer with a removable lid for easy cleaning. The drains feature heavy-duty spun aluminum construction for quick and easy installation and a heavy-duty coated aluminum clamping ring designed with 12 scallops to maximize drainage. 

The ProSeal rubber seal provides a strong mechanical seal to prevent water back-up issues, and the drains have a larger stud diameter for increased strength. The Aluminator Pro is available for 3-inch, 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch drain sizes. 

For more information, visit https://marathondrains.com.

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

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

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

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

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

For more, visit www.OMGInc.com.

Lifetime Tool Names New Territory Sales Manager

Lifetime Tool, an award-winning manufacturer of roof system components, announced that Richard Mason has joined the Lifetime Tool Team as its new Territory Sales Manager for Connecticut, Hudson Valley and Northern New Jersey. 

Mason brings more than 20 years of experience in sales having worked with and for several international manufactures, including Ashley Norton, Inc., a high-end architectural hardware manufacturer. “We are extremely pleased to have Rich join us, his skill set and ability to grasp the nuances of selling high value products is exactly what Lifetime Tool was looking for in that area,” said Ben Weber, Vice President of Lifetime Tool.

Mason has an MBA from Rutgers University along with training from Dale Carnegie, Covey Leadership and Spectrum Training. He and his wife Ann will be based in Northern New Jersey. 

For more information, visit www.LifeTimetool.com.

New Truss/Rafter Screws

Altenloh, Brinck & Co. US, Inc. announces a new addition to the line of SPAX POWERLAGS Engineered Fasteners. SPAX POWERLAGS truss screws are designed for use in attaching truss/rafters to wall plates for ensuring a building code required continuous attachment method from floor to roof

The new product is a #14 x 6-1/4-inch fastener that offers patented SPAX features including T-STAR plusdrive within a cylindric head, patented thread serrations, and a UNIQUE 4CUT point for quick and easy installation with no pre-drilling required.

“Our new construction fastener is made of carbon steel with SPAX exclusive WIROX coating, which is ideal for interior framing use. The truss/rafter fasteners will be packaged in a Contractor Pax 50-count carton ready for retail shelves and will include a 2-inch long T-30 plus bit. POWERLAGS truss screws are manufactured in our German facility, but will be packaged and stocked in the Bryan, Ohio, warehouse,” said Eric Ashack, SPAX® Product Manager.

For more information, visit https://www.altenloh.us.