Firestone Acquires Provider of Waterproofing, Spray Foam Insulation Solutions

Firestone Building Products Company LLC (Firestone) has announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Gaco Western (Gaco), a provider of waterproofing and spray foam insulation solutions for a variety of commercial and residential applications. The acquisition strengthens Firestone’s leadership in commercial roofing and offers positions in residential and commercial building products, reinforcing its commitment to be a leader in the building envelope solution. Firestone Building Products is part of Bridgestone Americas, the largest subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp., a tire and rubber company.

“This acquisition supports our strategic plan to penetrate adjacent product segments,” says Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products. “Adding Gaco’s product portfolio will expand our offering, broaden our customer base, and reaffirm our commitment to being a total solutions provider. We are now also in a position to better capitalize on the demand for liquid coating products and are excited about the opportunity to unearth the value that exists in the combination of the two businesses.”

Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed. The acquisition is expected to be completed before the end of the first quarter 2017, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Founded in 1955, Gaco is privately-owned and headquartered in Seattle. With brands including GacoFlex, GacoRoofFoam and GacoWallFoam, the company produces silicone polyurethanes, epoxies and acrylic liquid coatings for roofs; decking and waterproofing products that protect pedestrian surfaces, concrete, metal and plywood; and open- and closed-cell foam products which protect and insulate buildings. All Gaco products are made at its manufacturing, research and development facility in Waukesha, Wis.

The combination will allow Firestone to provide customers with additional products for their roofing needs. By delivering a repair product at a competitive price point, Gaco’s portfolio of silicone and acrylic liquid coatings offers an alternative for situations when full roof tear-off and rebuild are not an available solution. For contractors, these products allow for less labor-intensive installation, reducing costs. Additionally, the transaction enables Firestone to offer its customers access to Gaco’s waterproofing solutions.

Firestone is a leader within the roofing industry and has a vision for the broader building envelope, combining service, product, and innovation, with a substantial distribution platform. We are excited at the prospects of joining Firestone as it allows us to continue to drive R&D, deliver products to our customers, and offer additional career opportunities to our employees,” says Peter Davis, Gaco chairman and CEO.

GE Performance Coatings & Sealants Roof Solutions Will Be Displayed at IRE

International Roofing Expo attendees will find roof solutions and product specialists at GE Performance Coatings & Sealants Booth 340. On display during the March 1-3 event in Las Vegas, the 100 percent silicone GE Enduris roof coating is a solution that provides durability.

“GE Enduris is an answer for roofing protection and restoration,” says Peter Friedli, marketing manager. “For over 50 years, contractors and building owners have trusted us to deliver building products. Our team is looking forward to helping attendees leverage our benefits for themselves.”

GE Performance Coatings experts will be on-site to consult about the components of GE Enduris, provide technical insight, and explore application possibilities.

GE Enduris high solids roof coating stops leaks, improves performance, and extends roof life with a single-coat, primerless application. Able to withstand fluctuating conditions and ponding water, GE Enduris can restore most every type of roof substrate.

For more information on GE Enduris, visit GE Performance Coatings & Sealants’ booth at IRE, or click on this link to visit the website.

Architecture Billings Index Moves Into Negative Territory

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped slightly into negative territory in January, after a strong showing in December. As an economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 49.5, down from a score of 55.6 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60, up from a reading of 57.6 the previous month.

“This decrease in activity, taking into consideration strong readings in project inquiries and new design contracts, isn’t exactly a cause for concern,” says AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The fundamentals of a sound nonresidential design and construction market persist.”

Key January ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: South (54.2), Northeast (53), Midwest (52.4), West (48.8)
  • Sector index breakdown: institutional (54.6), commercial / industrial (53.4), mixed practice (48.1), multi-family residential (48.1)
  • Project inquiries index: 60
  • Design contracts index: 52.1

ATAS Products Are Found in BSD SpecLink-E Program

ATAS is pleased to announce that their products can be found in the BSD SpecLink-E program.  Sections include metal shingles, metal roof tiles, metal roof panels, metal wall panels, insulated metal wall panels and roof specialties, along with other sections.
 
BSD SpecLink-E combines the industry’s content with software. The master guide specification writing, management, and production system with built-in intelligence is designed to help specifiers speed up editing tasks and reduce specification production time while minimizing errors and omissions.
 
SpecLink-E is used to produce documentation for all types of projects and for all phases of a project, from programming all the way through construction administration. The database of over 783 sections can be expanded or collapsed to provide outline, short form, and full construction specs, without the need to start over at each phase of a project.

Kemper System Will Showcase Liquid-Applied Protective Solutions at IRE

Kemper System America Inc. will showcase a range of cold liquid-applied protective solutions for the building envelope at the International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Las Vegas, March 1-3, and demonstrate product application at booth 217.

Kemper System protects surfaces across the globe. Solutions to be featured at IRE include:

  • Two fully reinforced membrane systems that can transform roof decks into reflective cool roofs, or provide monolithic protection for green roofs, blue roofs, and a range of other projects.
  • Two new coatings systems for protecting surfaces prone to heavy wear such as parking garages, balconies and walkways.

Waterproofing Membrane Systems

The two reinforced waterproofing membrane systems are cold liquid-applied and ideal for cool roof applications:

  • Kemperol AC Speed FR system is a Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)
  • Kemperol Reflect 2K FR is a low-VOC system

Both are fire rated for Class A assemblies and exceed LEED solar reflective requirements with SRI ratings of 108 and 110, respectively.

Durable Wear Coatings

For protecting parking garages, pedestrian decks, and loading docks, the COLEAN Parking System can withstand deterioration caused by natural elements and vehicular traffic. In addition, the COLEAN Balcony System, which is designed to expand and contract with normal structural movements, protects balconies, terraces, walkways, patios, sun decks, and machine rooms from freeze/thaw damage and chemical exposure.

Kemper System America also offers a way to prolong the life of existing roofs with elastomer-based coating systems, one of four technologies added through the acquisition of STS Coatings Inc. in December.

“Our building envelope solutions go beyond roof waterproofing to make the building specifier’s job easier. These solutions create opportunities for contractors and value for building owners,” says Richard Doornink, president and managing director of Kemper System America Inc.

For over 60 years, Kemper System has led in cold-liquid applied, reinforced roofing and waterproofing, having invented the technology and holding the first patents. Today the company offers a range of building envelope solutions to protect against weather, preserve the integrity of surfaces, and enhance the comfort and value of public buildings and commercial real estate.

Visit IRE booth 217 to learn more, or contact Kemper System at inquiry@kempersystem.net, or call 8(800)541-5455.

Metal Construction Association Honors Champions of the Metal Construction Industry

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to announce the winners for its 2016 Triumph Awards, an award created to honor the people and companies that champion the metal construction industry each year. The annual MCA Triumph Awards honors individuals and organizations throughout the metal construction industry in six categories.  The 2016 award winners are:

    Industry Champion of the Year Awards:
    Scott Kriner, MCA and Brian Partyka, Drexel Metals Inc.

    With 35 years experience in the metal construction industry, Scott Kriner’s career started with Bethlehem Steel and research on hot dip coatings, which then led to international licensing of Galvalume intellectual property, to pretreatments, to paints, and involvement in multiple trade associations, including MCA. He started his own consulting business in 2006 to catch the green wave, which according to him was the scariest thing he ever did.  For the past thirteen years he has served as technical director for MCA on staff and more recently as consultant.

    During this time he has led or participated on the development of industry papers and studies, including ones that have had an impact on the entire industry.

    Brian Partyka is a 21-year veteran of the metal construction industry, working with Drexel Metals Inc. from its early days. He is an elected member of the Executive Committee of MCA. He chairs the Market Development Committee, Statistics Committee, Co-chairs of the Codes and Standards Committee and sits on multiple task groups to help drive and advance growth for the metal construction industry. He is a board member of the Metal Roofing Alliance and sits on NRCA’s Industry Advisory Board (National Roofing Contractors Association) as well as the CEO Advisory Council for the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and multiple board seats for small local businesses. 

    Partyka has published and contributed to technical trade-articles and white papers relating to metal building products.  He teaches about sustainable design and the use of metal to reduce heat gain for industrial, commercial and residential structures. He is the inventor of the Drexmet Paint Pen in 2001, an air-dry Kynar touch up system.

    Media Executive / Journalist of the Year Award:
    Shawn Zuver, Bob Fittro, John Garvey of DesignandBuildwithMetal.com

    Recognizing both a need and an opportunity for the metal construction industry to increase its visibility to an online audience, three industry media veterans, Bob Fittro, Shawn Zuver and John Garvey, pooled their talents and resources in 2007 to launch a new company, Unlimited Reach Media Inc. , and a new website, DesignandBuildwithMetal.com.

    DesignandBuildwithMetal.com is updated daily to be a current source of metal construction industry news and information for the design community, contractors, metal construction industry professionals, and building owners. The website features over 1,500 projects, showcasing virtually every use for metal construction products, categorized by both building type and design application. Visitors will also find thousands of industry news items, hundreds of columns by leading market segment experts, and a wide range of related resources about metal products.

    In addition to the continually evolving website, DesignandBuildwithMetal.com is recognized for its weekly newsletter, delivered to nearly 28,000 email inboxes every week, and for its monthly e-zines, which were introduced in 2008.

    Corporate / Individual Citizen of the Year Award:
    PSMJ, Resources Inc.

    For the last 14 years PSMJ Resources Inc., producers of METALCON, has spent many hours coordinating fund raising before, during and after each METALCON show, as well as donating to local organizations on the behalf of the metal industry.

    Among those organizations:  Homes for Our Troops, Tampa, Baltimore and Las Vegas; Habitat for Humanity, Washington, DC and Chicago; The Journey, 2day Walk for Breast Cancer, Atlanta; Canstruction, Tampa; Carmen House, Foster Home for Kids, Rome, Ga.; The Spring, Tampa; Home for Battered Women in Indiana; and scholarships to  Purdue University, Chicago and Emily Griffith Vocational School, Denver.

    Each contribution allowed METALCON to leave behind an impact in each venue where METALCON was held.

    Young Movers and Shakers Awards:
    Jonathan Rider of D.I. Roof Seamers; Dustin Haddock of S-5!; Josey Parks of Metal Roofs of Texas; Mark Bus of ATAS International Inc.

    Jonathan Rider serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Developmental Industries, the parent company of D.I. Roof Seamers. The third generation of this family-owned business, he plays a role in the metal roofing industry by servicing clients in the areas of engineering, product development and component manufacturing. His experience, collaborative leadership style, and years of working closely within the industry have positioned him for this role.  Rider is active in community organizations and volunteer efforts and currently serves in various roles within the industry, including: MCA Accessories Council Co-Chairman and member of the MBMA Associate Member Advisory Council. He is also the author of multiple industrial publications and travels frequently speaking at events across the United States.

    At the age of 27, Josey Parks is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, owning several companies with different specialties including J Wales Enterprises, which includes Metal Roofs of Texas, J Wales Construction, Designer Glass Specialties, and Think Unlimited. He is one of the youngest recipients of the Inc. 5000 award. He also received an award for unprecedented nationwide sales of Interlock Roofing, a distributor within the state of Texas. Technology plays a role in his strategy. By developing and leveraging software to facilitate smart business growth, he has streamlined the value of his team’s sales efforts.

    Parks serves as an educator of business owners in the Dallas/Fort Worth and as a mentor to employees. He has been featured on television shows like CNBC’s “Blue Collar Millionaire”, and a guest speaker at national conferences like Corporate Millionaire Minds and Vistage Executive Summit, and is a recurring guest on “One Life Radio”.

    Mark Bus is the national sales manager for ATAS International Inc. Bus has earned the respect of his national sales team as well as his peers and management. He brings his knowledge of industry initiatives and association activities into his daily communication with staff and customers. His next phase of growth will be an increased presence in the industry associations on a national level. Bus’ customer base has realized his value and expertise as evident from the following statement from customer, Allan Brock, Brock Associates LLC: “During my forty year tenure in the commercial metal roofing and siding industry, I have rarely crossed paths with a young professional as competent as Mark Bus. As a long term ATAS distributor, I have seen Mark successfully evolve from an inside technical salesperson, to a regional product representative, to management. At each level, he radiated professionalism along with product and technical knowledge. He developed many exceptional relationships with architects leading to ATAS specifications generating increased sales for distributors such as myself.”

    Dustin Haddock was 8 years old when he worked his first job, packaging S-5! clamps, one of the few his age with 20 years of experience. During this time he has developed over 40 new products and has filed and secured numerous patents. Haddock has worked for the Metal Roof Innovations division of S-5! since 2006, where he has contributed to International Code and Standard groups to draft test methods to receive German code acceptance. He also has worked with the University of Adelaide in drafting performance test methods for use of standing seam clamps within cyclonic regions of Australia. Further, he has worked with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) Roofing Work Group in the United Kingdom to develop standards relating to rooftop mounted PV. Within the US he has worked with the ICC to develop an evaluation for standing seam-clamping systems. Haddock serves on the UL 2703 and 1703 Standard Technical Panels and has developed the first draft of the “PV Racking and Attachment Criteria for Effective Low Slope Metal Panel Roof System Integration”. Haddocks has also served on the Board of Directors 2013-2016, is currently the Chairman of the UL Non-Combustible Roof Group and the Chairman of the Mounting Systems Manufacturers Committee (MSMC) at SEIA.

    Sales Person of The Year Award:
    Donn Couch, SFS intec Inc.

    Donn Couch of SFS intec Inc. has been awarded the sales person of the year award. A seasoned veteran with SFS for 38 years, his customers know him to have a buyer focus, as he has developed personal relationships with many of his customers. Over his tenure with SFS, he has developed an extensive product and application knowledge. He has been the recipient of several awards within the SFS organization over the years, which has included highest sales volume, highest percent increase sales over prior year, and outstanding achievement award. He is respected amongst his peers as well as the metal building industry.
     
    Entrepreneur of The Year Award:
    Oded Shemla, iRoofing

    Oded Shemla  is CEO of Applosophy, the mobile app entrepreneurial enterprise that created iRoofing. iRoofing has developed an all-inclusive suite of technical tools for roofing and siding contractors designed to help increase efficiency, productivity and closing ratios, while reducing costs, and increasing profitability through the use of technology. iRoofing continues to develop tools and capabilities for manufacturers and contractors to grow their business. In the past five years iRoofing has grown from a concept to currently providing an evolving solution for thousands of contractor users and manufacturers of building products across the US, Canada and the Caribbean. Shemla has spent 6 years as CEO of Applosophy, located in New York.  Prior to this he was the president and owner of My Roof Tile, a roofing distribution business located in Florida. Shemla gained his technology expertise while serving in the Israeli Air Force.

Nominations for the 2017 MCA Triumph Awards are open to anyone in the metal construction, metal building, metal roofing and metal erection industry. Nominations can be made on the MCA or METALCON websites. Winners for 2017 will be voted on and selected by the MCA members and members of other metal construction related trade groups by popular vote.

The awards will be presented at a marquee event designed to celebrate honorees at METALCON 2017 in Las Vegas. The event will feature live entertainment and dinner at the Westgate Hotel on Oct. 18, the opening night of the show. Tickets will go on sale when registration opens. Sponsorships are available.

The idea for the commendation was initiated by Keith Lipps, Vice President of Marketing and Sales from MCA Member Company, S-5!.

“So many people do great things everyday at various levels in their career using many different skill sets, and it’s their achievements that make this industry thrive,” says Lipps. “We want to celebrate these contributions because it’s everyone working together that makes us strong.”

New Website Explains Moisture Management Techniques

Benjamin Obdyke Inc. has launched its multi-family focused website. The site explains moisture management techniques by cladding material, style, and incorporation of exterior insulation. Wrbpro.com allows the company to educate the design-build community on best practices in a variety of applications. The site also features a project gallery as well as a variety of technical resources and installation videos.

“At Benjamin Obdyke, we have 150 years of experience helping people build better,” says Tara Murray, marketing manager for Benjamin Obdyke Inc. “Multi-family continues to be a strong segment in the market. Unfortunately, proper moisture-management techniques are often overlooked, resulting in remediation costs and liability.  There are ways to avoid the risk of remediation and economically address this issue in the design-build phase. This website will help us engage with architects, engineers, and developers that are looking for solutions to protect their design or investment for the long term.”

Some of the key elements of the site include:

  • Details for Every Application – The site allows visitors to explore solutions by types and style of siding and use of exterior insulation or pre-weatherized sheathing. Technical drawings and support are included for each application.
  • Project Spotlight – The Project Spotlight section features completed projects that include a photo gallery and full installation details.
  • Build Better than Code – This section delves into the differences between drainage, drying and deflection and how to choose what’s best for the project.
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  • Consult with us – The site offers a contact form that allows visitors to get in touch and start a dialogue with one of their multi-family experts. A technical expert is standing by to offer guidance and assistance in every step of the project.

The website will be updated on a regular basis with project case studies, educational and technical content and installation videos.

NAWIC Will Celebrate Women In Construction Week in March

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 5-11, 2017. WIC Week is an important date on the NAWIC calendar. This week helps NAWIC advance its mission to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

“NAWIC has enhanced the success of women in the industry for more than 62 years. We are proud to highlight contributions of women to the industry during Women in Construction Week,” says NAWIC president Connie M. Leipard, CIT.

The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.

“Women work in every facet of construction in important roles,” states Leipard. “NAWIC’s goal during WIC week is to raise awareness and visibility of the women in these roles. This increased visibility will promote the recruitment of more women and encourage others to start careers in construction. This will ultimately ease the workforce shortage in the industry.”

NAWIC chapters across the nation will celebrate WIC Week with a variety of activities. Community service projects, jobsite tours, membership drives, children’s activities, hands-on workshops, fundraisers and school programs are some of the ways local chapters will observe WIC Week. Local chapters are also appealing to their local, state and national representatives to issue official WIC Week proclamations. Visit the website to locate a NAWIC chapter near you.

IRE Trade Show Floor Is Sold Out

The 2017 International Roofing Expo (IRE) trade show floor has completely sold out, topping out over 131,000 square feet and 465 exhibitors.
 
Taking place March 1-3, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, the International Roofing Expo is a roofing construction and maintenance event where roofing professionals gather to experience face-to-face interaction, product review, education and networking.
 
“The commitment from so many industry manufacturers and suppliers demonstrates trust in the International Roofing Expo brand and its ability to deliver qualified buyers from every segment of the industry,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE show director. “The IRE has experienced a 41.6 percent growth in net square feet since 2012.”
 
Exhibiting companies will feature products and services spanning 40 categories, including adhesives, built-up roofing, coatings, fasteners, gutters, metal roofing, modified bitumen, roof/ decking materials, roof pavers, shingles, skylights, slate, spray polyurethane foam, tile, vapor retarders, ventilation, walkways/ballast, waterproofing, and much more.
 
“The U.S. roofing industry is in a strong position this year, and that’s reflected in the banner support we see for the IRE in terms of attendance and exhibit space sold,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “NRCA is excited to again hold its annual convention in conjunction with the IRE.”
 
The trade show floor is just one aspect of the three-day event. Other highlights include an educational conference program consisting of 122 education hours and 44 sessions, a variety of special events and show floor education, as well as networking opportunities and more.
 
The show was founded in 1955 by the National Roofing Contractors Association as the NRCA Convention and Trade Show. On May 18, 2004, Hanley Wood Exhibitions acquired the show and rebranded it as the International Roofing Expo [IRE]. The IRE is now owned and produced by Informa Global Exhibitions, who acquired Hanley Wood Exhibitions in December 2014. 

Cap Sheet Reflects Ultraviolet Rays, Absorbs Less Heat

The RCap Plus cap sheet features reflective white granules embedded into the membrane to reflect ultraviolet rays and absorb less heat.

The RCap Plus cap sheet features reflective white granules embedded into the membrane to reflect ultraviolet rays and absorb less heat.

Malarkey Roofing Products has introduced the RCap Plus cap sheet for low slope, commercial roofing systems. It features reflective white granules embedded into the membrane to reflect ultraviolet rays and absorb less heat.

RCap Plus utilizes ground and packed granules, and these granules ensure more coverage in the membrane per square. Malarkey grinds the asphalt granules at its South Gate, Calif., manufacturing facility.

The solar reflectivity and limited heat absorption of the RCap Plus cap sheet are key design features of the product. RCap Plus meets CEC Title 24, Part 6 standards and has an initial Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) rating of 87. As part of a roof system, RCap Plus may help decrease energy costs used to cool the building and extend roof service life.