Dodge Momentum Index Shows Steady Improvement as 2013 Ends

The Dodge Momentum Index rose 1.2 percent in December compared to the previous month, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. December’s increase brought the Momentum Index to 118.3 (2000=100), the highest reading since February 2009. During the course of 2013, the Momentum Index showed steady improvement, with December up 32 percent compared to the same month a year ago. Despite the strong percentage growth during 2013, the Momentum Index remains significantly below its December 2007 pre-recession peak of 191.3.

The latest month’s increase for the Momentum Index was driven by both its commercial and institutional components. On the commercial side, the 1.5 percent gain was largely the result of greater planning activity for office and hotel development. Among the larger office projects to enter the planning pipeline in December were the $350 million Moffat Place Office Campus in Sunnyvale, Calif.; the $300 million Boston Garden Office Tower in Boston; and the $95 million expansion of a Microsoft data center in Quincy, Wash. The 0.8 percent gain for the institutional component was due primarily to a pickup in plans for education-related buildings, the largest of which were a $120 million renovation/addition to the University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor; a $100 million Nuclear Power Training Facility in Charleston, S.C.; and a $90 million renovation to the University of Dearborn’s Engineering Laboratory in Dearborn, Mich.

Dodge Momentum Index

IRE to Hold ‘Community Service Day’ Feb. 25 in Las Vegas

Roofing professionals participating in the 2014 International Roofing Expo (IRE) are encouraged to arrive in Las Vegas a day early and roll up their sleeves to give back to the Las Vegas community.

Taking place on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Community Service Day is a home renovation and revitalization project that will be performed on homes of families that are elderly, disabled or financially unable to support the renovation.

“Helping make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate is such a rewarding experience,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, Director of the IRE. “The International Roofing Expo is pleased to once again partner with Rebuilding Together in the spirit of community service.”

The International Roofing Expo has partnered with Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada, a non-profit, volunteer-based program that repairs and rehabilitates homes and non-profit community facilities, as well as NRCA’s Disaster Relief Committee.

Community Service Day is sponsored by Canton, Mass.-based Sika Corp. – Roofing, a leading manufacturer of single-ply vinyl roofing and waterproofing systems known for superior performance with minimal environmental impact, who will be exhibiting in booth #1721.

Skilled and unskilled volunteers are needed to help with the renovations. Skilled volunteers will perform a variety of construction disciplines including roofing, interior/exterior painting, flooring and minor carpentry. Unskilled volunteers will help with set up, cleanup and other miscellaneous projects. Working under the direction of a crew chief, all volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and will be asked to sign a Waiver of Liability Form.

“This is a great opportunity to support the roofing industry, while giving back to the Las Vegas community,” says Bill Good, executive vice president of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “I hope to see many of our members participating in this great cause.”

Show participants can register for this event at the same time they register to attend the show. Tax-deductible monetary donations can also be made during registration. There is a $25 fee that includes transportation, beverages and snacks. Lunch is provided by Agawam, Mass.-based OMG Roofing Products.

The 2014 International Roofing Expo will be held Feb. 26-28, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

BRS Signs Distributor Agreement with Portable Rollforming Equipment Manufacturer, New Tech Machinery

Building Research Systems (BRS), Edmond, Okla., has recently entered into a full service distributor agreement with New Tech Machinery, manufacturers of portable rollforming equipment. This unique position allows BRS to provide a single source for the sale of machines, the trade in of old equipment and the ability to service all types of field rollformers. In addition to the sale and servicing of machines, BRS is able to share their knowledge and expertise of standing-seam products, as well as their extensive experience in the rollforming of metal with their extensive customer base.

With over 20 years of experience and knowledge gained from developing, testing, integrating and installing standing-seam roof systems, BRS became aware of the vast market for these roofing systems to be manufactured in the field. BRS examined various manufacturers and believes that New Tech Machinery offers the best equipment for the field manufacturing of roof panels and guttering.

“We are excited about our new distributorship with New Tech Machinery and believe that it is important to be able to offer full service options to the field manufactured roof market,” states Leo Neyer, president.

BRS feels that by offering their years of expertise and knowledge to the field rollforming industry along with the best equipment, they can greatly increase the efficiency and versatility of their customers.

Illumate Elevated Areas with Trailer-mounted Light Tower

The PLM-30-TLR Trailer Mounted Pneumatic Light Tower from Larson Electronics

The PLM-30-TLR Trailer Mounted Pneumatic Light Tower from Larson Electronics

The PLM-30-TLR Trailer Mounted Pneumatic Light Tower from Larson Electronics is a 30-foot extendable pneumatic light tower that can be equipped with high output LED, HID, Halogen or Metal Halide light fixtures.

Magnalight’s PLM-30-TLR trailer mounted telescoping light tower allows operators to quickly and safely deploy illumination in locations where elevated illumination is needed for maximum area coverage. This five section aluminum pneumatic light boom can be extended to 30 feet for maximum area coverage and collapsed to 8.25 feet and folded over for transport or when not in use. The mast is elevated from the fold down position using an included 1,000-pound hand winch with 3/16-inch aircraft cable and extended to its full height using the equipped 240V AC air compressor.

This light mast is mounted to a 25 foot, single axle steel trailer with removable tongue for longer deployments and theft deterrent. Constructed of 2 inch by 3 inch square tubing, this trailer can be mounted on any 2-inch ball type receiver hitch. This trailer is equipped with a 4-pin flat plug for the tail lights and four corner leveling stabilizer jacks. This light mast trailer also features a receiving bracket to secure the folded light mast during transit.

This light tower can withstand winds up to 125 mph when lowered to 10 feet. Larson Electronics can equip the mast with 1000W or 1500W Metal Halide lights or a wide variety of high powered LED lights with comparable power. The trailer includes a choice of either the manual 1,000 lbs hand winches, included standard, or optional electric winches. Either 120VAC or 12/24VDC compressors are both available during the customization process.

Winners of RoofPoint Excellence in Design Awards Selected

The Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 RoofPoint Excellence in Design Awards. This year’s award-winning projects were selected among all projects submitted in 2013 and were evaluated based on the mission and criteria of RoofPoint. There are now more than 275 projects that have earn the RoofPoint Recognized Project designation.

RoofPoint is a voluntary, consensus-based green rating system developed by the center to provide a means for building owners, roofing contractors, and designers to select roof systems based on long-term energy and environmental benefits.

The 2013 RoofPoint Excellence in Design Award contest recognizes design excellence in eight categories. Award recipients best exemplify the requirements of specific RoofPoint credits, and demonstrate significant leadership in advancing the awareness and application of sustainable roofing. The 2013 award winners are listed below:

Excellence in Energy Management
Sika Sarnafil
Project: George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas

Excellence in Materials Management
F.A. Taylor & Son Inc.
Project: 6940 Columbia Gateway, Columbia, Md.

Excellence in Water Management
GSM Roofing
Project: GSM Headquarters Garden Roof, Ephrata, Pa.

Excellence in Life Cycle Management
Hutchinson Design Group Ltd.
Projects: Abbott Lab AP 6D & 32 Roof Recovers, Abbott Park, Ill.

Excellence in Innovation
ADC Engineering Inc.
Project: Immaculate Conception Church, Goose Creek, S.C.

Excellence in Reroofing
United Materials LLC
Project: Byron White U.S. Courthouse, Denver

Private Sector Leadership
Sika Sarnafil
Project: SuperTarget Retail Store, Olathe, Kan.

Public Sector Leadership
Sika Sarnafil
Project: San Diego County Operations Center, San Diego

A complete list of award winners and honorable mentions along with project descriptions are available on the RoofPoint website. If you are interested in participating in the RoofPoint program, please contact RoofPoint through the program website or by telephone at (202) 380-3371.

Rigid Global Components Updates Website

Rigid Global Components, a manufacturer of metal roof and metal wall panels and componentized metal buildings, recently launched its new website, which features a complete listing of the company’s metal roof and metal wall profiles, including soffit panels. It also offers an interactive building color selector to allow customers the opportunity to try out different Energy Star-rated roof and wall colors before ordering.

Keeping up with today’s technological advances, the decision was made for the new site to be built on a new responsive platform allowing all users regardless of media platform—computer, tablet or mobile device—to see the same information on the website.

In addition, the site links to Rigid’s social marketing tools, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus. Rigid Global Components uses social media as another tool to keep engaged with customers and inform them about new products, specials or changes in building codes.

Rigid Global Components General Manager Royce Schneider says: “It is important to have a website that our customers can go to for information. Our website is another extension of our sales team that works 365 days a year.”

LINE-X Now Offers Truck Accessories

Truck Gear by LINE-X Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover

Truck Gear by LINE-X Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover

LINE-X Protective Coatings, a developer and provider of protective coatings, has announced its new custom truck division, Truck Gear by LINE-X. Truck Gear by LINE-X is the newest must-have accessory line for trucks that is being offered as private-labeled accessories from LINE-X and sold exclusively through LINE-X franchises. The all-new division will enable franchise locations to become one-stop-shop truck upfit and customization centers. Franchisees will now be able to offer customers the already impressive LINE-X bedliners with the addition of a full line of customized accessories.

Truck Gear by LINE-X will be the next phase of the continued expansion of the LINE-X Network to go beyond traditional bedliners. Truck Gear by LINE-X will feature several accessory options, including round step bars, bull bars, grill guards, oval step bars, tri-fold tonneau covers, roll-up tonneau covers and hard rolling tonneau covers. With Truck Gear by LINE-X franchisees will have direct access to the new line of truck accessories tailored specifically for LINE-X customers that will only be available at over 400 LINE-X franchise locations in North America.

The following is a full list and description of the all-new accessories being offered with Truck Gear by LINE-X:

Truck Gear by LINE-X 3.5² Round Step Bar
Truck Gear by LINE-X Step Bars will be available in 3.5² round high quality stainless tubing. Available for GMC, Chevy, Dodge, Ford and Toyota trucks, these step bars feature an increased surface area for safer stepping. Easy, no drill installation is made possible with custom mounting brackets. Available in stainless steel, black or can be sprayed with customizable LINE-X coating.

Truck Gear by LINE-X Bull Bar
Truck Gear by LINE-X Bull Bars will be available in high quality 3² diameter tubing with an integrated and removable skid plate to offer additional style and protection. Made from heavy duty one-piece construction, Truck Gear by LINE-X Bull Bars come with pre-drilled holes for auxiliary lights. Easy, no drill installation is made possible with bolt on brackets. Available in stainless steel, black or can be sprayed with customizable LINE-X coating.

Truck Gear by LINE-X Grill Guard
Truck Gear by LINE-X Grill Guards offer protective rubber stripping and removable headlight covers. Made from heavy duty one-piece construction, Truck Gear by LINE-X Grill Guards will come with pre-drilled holes for auxiliary lights. Easy, no drill installation is made possible with bolt on brackets. Available in stainless steel, black or can be sprayed with customizable LINE-X coating.

Truck Gear by LINE-X 5² Oval Step Bar
Truck Gear by LINE-X step bars offer a bold, stylish look with large step pads for easier vehicle entry. Easy, no drill installation is made possible with unique heavy duty brackets. Available in stainless steel or can be sprayed with customizable LINE-X coating.

Truck Gear by LINE-X Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover
Truck Gear by LINE-X Tri-fold Tonneau Covers come fully assembled, ready to mount right from the box. With simple installation, each Truck Gear by LINE-X Tri-fold Tonneau Cover is equipped with a unique clamp closure system, so strong that a vehicle can be driven with the tonneau cover folded open ­ perfect for hauling oversized loads. Custom made for each installation, the Truck Gear by LINE-X Tri-fold Tonneau Cover showcases a luxurious look for truck beds, cuts vehicle drag for improved miles per gallon and protects the truck bed and cargo from outside elements.

Truck Gear by LINE-X Roll-Up Tonneau Cover
Truck Gear by LINE-X Roll-Up Tonneau Covers are an easy to install, soft cover with a low profile design, sitting only 1² above the truck bed. This roll-up cover offers easy operation, premium nylon straps for secure storage and a patented auto latch, dual locking system. Designed to protect from water, snow and dust, the Truck Gear by LINE-X Roll-Up Tonneau Cover is made from heavy duty materials for long lasting durability.

Truck Gear by LINE-X Hard Rolling Tonneau Cover
Truck Gear by LINE-X Tonneau Hard Rolling Tonneau Cover gives full unobstructed use of the entire truck bed. Hard Rolling Tonneau Covers are tough, all-season covers that fit Chevy, GMC, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, Isuzu, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen trucks. Offering fully unobstructed use of the entire truck bed, it combines the best of the market¹s offerings of tonneau covers, with all the advantages of a soft cover in a hard exterior.

GAF Wins Mobile Marketing Awards

GAF is honored to have won two awards in The MobileWebAward Competition. The awards are given by the Web Marketing Association to honor excellence in mobile websites and apps, recognize the individuals and organizations responsible, and showcase the best in award-winning mobile development.

Awarded “Best Manufacturing Mobile Application” was GAF Colors, an application that provides the user with easy navigation of the GAF residential-shingle portfolio by grouping residential shingles by color. The app provides stunning images of the shingles and allows the user to see all of the shingle-color options that are available to help beautify their home, all at the touch of a finger.

GAF Roofing Wizard received the award for “Outstanding Mobile Application.” GAF designed its Roofing Wizard app to simplify the often-confusing process of selecting the right roofing system for one’s home. The platform walks customers through the selection of shingle color, style, roofing system components, and warranty options, which helps roofing contractors more easily close sales with homeowners.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized as a leader in the newly emerging space of mobile platforms,” stated Ted Marcopolus, Vice President of Marketing Services at GAF. “As a company, we focus on providing innovative solutions to our customers, and we are proud to contribute to that core-company value through our marketing efforts.”

For 15 years, The Web Marketing Association has produced the annual WebAward Competition, the premier annual website-award competition that names the best websites in 96 industries, setting the standard of excellence for all website development. The organization is made up of Internet marketing, online advertising, PR, and top website design professionals who share an interest in improving the quality of online advertising, internet marketing, and website promotion.

Dave Harrison to Speak at 2014 FutureView Conference

EagleView Technologies Inc., a provider of aerial imagery, data analytics and GIS solutions, announced that home improvement industry expert Dave Harrison will present at the company’s 2014 FutureView Conference, Feb. 9-12, 2014, in San Antonio, at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel.

The FutureView conference began in 2006 as an event for customers of Pictometry International Corp. to network and learn. It has since evolved into a full user conference offering educational tracks for all industries served by EagleView Technologies, including GIS, Insurance, Construction, Assessment, Infrastructure and Public Safety. Topics include cross-market discussion panels, disaster relief solutions, property valuation trends, analytical tools for businesses and more.

Having spent the past year working as chief marketing officer for a nationally known leader in windows, sunrooms, siding and roofing allowed Harrison to research, validate and gain insight into the latest trends and consumer buying habits. Well known throughout the industry, Harrison has conducted educational events for contractors, consultants and property owners across North America and has published articles in Roofing Contractor and RCI Interface. His “Day with Dave” seminars have helped thousands of contractors grow their business. He is the founder of CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, and responsible for the development and expansion of the most well instituted and established contractor program in the roofing industry: the “GAF Master Elite and Certified Contractor program.”

Now in a new evolution of “Day with Dave” and his sought after consulting, Harrison will share his tremendous insights and strategies for achieving success through diversification, technology and leading marketing and sales strategy at FutureView.

Contractors will benefit from Harrison’s presentation titled Surviving the Future – New Challenges for Sales, Marketing and Production. This intensive, two-hour session is critical for owners, sales leaders and production managers who understand they must change now in order to prosper in the future. Attendees will learn how technology, the web and social media are rapidly impacting lead generation, sales close rates, profit margins and future client referrals.

Harrison’s workshop will provide a new understanding on integrating technology and show contractors how to expand service offerings to survive. During this session each person will develop a personalized checklist for their business that will help them make more money, attract and keep the best employees and deliver superior customer satisfaction. Register to attend the FutureView Conference.

IKO Changes Packaging on Its Goldshield Ice & Water Protector

IKO has announced packaging changes to its GoldShield Ice & Water Protector.

IKO has announced packaging changes to its GoldShield Ice & Water Protector.

IKO has announced packaging changes to its GoldShield Ice & Water Protector to provide added user friendliness to roofers and product dealers.

The new GoldShield Ice & Water Protector will be available in the form of a fully enclosed, shrink wrapped film on individual rolls replacing the previous boxed roll format that was shrink wrapped by the pallet. The new film packaging is water resistant and treated for enhanced UV resistance improving the ability to store it outdoors. The packaging is also smaller in size allowing for an increased number of rolls per pallet and reducing the inventory space required for storage purposes.

Because there is no change to the product itself suppliers will be able to mix the new packaging and their existing supply. The products are totally compatible.