ABC Supply Co. Inc. Acquires the Assets of Alliance Wholesale Supply

ABC Supply Co. Inc. has acquired the assets of Alliance Wholesale Supply, a distributor of roofing and other exterior building materials, which was founded in 2000. The company has one location at 1581 Solomon Run Road in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Current Alliance Wholesale Supply associates will continue to work at the location, providing an easy transition for its current customers.

“Alliance Wholesale has an experienced team that shares our commitment to building trust with contractors and to making it easy for them to do their jobs,” said Tom Kuchan, vice president of ABC Supply’s Northeast Region. “We’re confident that current Alliance Wholesale associates and customers will quickly feel at home with ABC Supply and receive the ongoing support they need to succeed.”

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

SPFA Elects and Announces New Board of Directors for 2018-2020

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice of the spray polyurethane foam industry, announced its newly elected Board of Directors for 2018 to 2020. Encompassing industry leaders from both the contractor and manufacturer sides of the business, the 16-member Board includes an Executive Committee and 12 additional voting members.

“Our newly elected Board of Directors includes returning experienced members, new individuals offering fresh energy and ideas, as well as the necessary diversity spanning insulation and roofing contracting, SPF materials manufacturing and equipment, and companies of varying size and geographic location, in alignment with our broader SPFA membership priorities,” said Kurt Riesenberg, Executive Director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA). “I welcome each of these leaders and look forward to serving with them over the next two years as we work to continue the growth in the industry.”

The SPFA Executive Committee includes: Tiffiny Flaim, President of SPFA and President of BIOFOAM; Bryan Heldreth, Vice President of SPFA and Vice President of RPC Industries; Richard Spiess, Treasurer of SPFA and President of Innovative Insulation Solutions Ltd.; John Achille, Past President of SPFA and Vice President of Coastal Insulation.

Incoming voting members of the SPFA Board of Directors include: John Cunningham, Owner of AGL Sprayfoam; Nick Laudenbach, Vice President of Fencil Urethane Systems;  Bonnie Strickler, President & Owner of PUFF Inc.; Ron Winkle, President of Roof Asset Management; Teri England, Vice President of SmartChoice Insulation & Roofing; Jack Moore, President & CEO of West Roofing Systems; Joe Stockdale, Industry Relations, Spray Foam of Accella Polyurethane Systems (Carlisle); Todd Wishneski, Technical Service Manager of BASF; Will Lorenz, Vice President of Sales of General Coatings;  Nick Pagano, Business Development Manager of Graco; Tyler Fiske, Territory Manager of Icynene-Lapolla; Mitch Clifton, Director of Sales & Marketing of NCFI Polyurethanes.

“Our new Board of Directors enters at a pivotal time for our industry. Construction sectors continue to grow at a strong pace,” said incoming SPFA President, Tiffiny Flaim. “As the use of spray foam expands to meet consumer energy goals, we are faced with challenges including ongoing labor shortages, increasing regulatory actions and intense competition. I am confident that our new board members are the right team to help our membership navigate today’s marketplace with greater ease. I look forward to the time I serve as President and look forward to highlighting the positive attributes of this great industry.”

Notably Ms. Flaim, President of BIOFOAM, Inc., a Chicago based SPF contractor, is the first female to hold the title of Board President for SPFA. The organization is proud of reflecting the construction industry trends benefitting from womens’ leadership and ownership in the industry.

“I know Tiffiny is going to be great, and we have a great overall management team,” added Riesenberg. “Everything SPFA and this board are working on eventually impacts most sprayfoam companies whether they realize it or not, as well as the industry and ultimately the customer. This board takes the reigns in a strong position to continue efforts that improve the lives and work of our members. The representation on this board includes just about every perspective of the various industry sectors and they’re having the discussions that need to be had. That should excite people as we prepare to take new strides to get our members ready for fast-paced growth.”

The current SPFA Board of Directors will be active from July 2018 through June 2020.

For more information, visit www.sprayfoam.org.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Names Chief Operating Officer

ABC Supply Co. Inc. has appointed Mike Jost, vice president of operations as chief operating officer. In his new role, Jost will be responsible for the performance of ABC Supply branches across the country. His operations teams will also support L&W Supply branches, which were acquired by ABC Supply in 2016.

Jost will continue to oversee ABC Supply’s marketing and merchandising groups, as well as its real estate, education, fleet and safety, and national business development teams.

Jost started in the industry in 1998 as a salesperson for Washington Roofing Products in Alexandria, Virginia. He joined ABC Supply in 2002, when it purchased Washington Roofing as part of the Cameron Ashley acquisition. Jost spent several years as a branch manager and managing partner, three years on ABC’s northeast regional team and was the district manager for ABC’s Mid-Atlantic District prior to his promotion to vice president of operations in November of 2013.

“Mike has been an integral part of ABC’s growth over the last several years. He and his teams have worked on initiatives that have further strengthened our position as the distributor of choice in our industry,” said CEO Keith Rozolis. “Mike’s field perspective, marketing and merchandising acumen, and passion for our business, combined with his high energy and ‘people first’ focus, will serve him well in his new role.”

Jost has a master’s degree from the George Washington University School of Business and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

OMG Roofing Products Opens a New Warehouse in Charlotte

To accommodate continued market growth and expansion, OMG Roofing Products has moved to a new larger facility in Charlotte, N.C. The new facility is located at 10616 A Granite Street in Charlotte, and just a short distance from the old location.

“Demand for OMG Roofing Products has continued to grow during the past few years,” said Web Shaffer, vice president of marketing. “We moved to the new larger facility not only to accommodate this rapid growth, but also to ensure that, once fully stocked, we have sufficient local inventory to better serve our customers throughout the Southeast.”

The new 61,000 square foot facility in Charlotte includes office, warehouse and light assembly space, and is approximately 2/3 larger than the old facility. In addition to being able to accommodate OMG’s expanding product lines, the facility has 15 shipping and receiving docks, three times more than the previous location, for improved traffic efficiency.

For more information, visit OMGRoofing.com.

FlashCo Hires New Plant Managers for Downey and Mt. Prospect Locations

FlashCo Manufacturing, Inc. recently hired Nicolas Valdez for the position of Plant Manager for their Downey facility and Scott Fleming for the position of Plant Manager for their Mt. Prospect facility. Nicolas joins FlashCo with over 17 years of leadership and over 13 years of operational experience. He brings to FlashCo an innovative and knowledgeable approach to analytical problem solving, decision making and team management. Scott joins FlashCo with over 14 years of operations and production management experience. He brings to FlashCo a focus on increasing operational efficiencies related to safety, product quality and production.

Nicolas has a varied background in aerospace, defense and commercial manufacturing through Production Manager positions with Tower Semiconductor, Boeing/Spectrolab and Maneri Sign Company. In addition to his production expertise, Nicolas has extensive experience in cost management, Lean Best Practices, employee engagement and leadership. His manufacturing teams have been highly recognized throughout his career.

“Nicolas experience in manufacturing management will allow him to make an immediate impact at our Downey facility,” says Eric Compton, FlashCo Director of Operations. “His professionalism will be well received by internal and external stakeholders alike. In his short time here he has already shown himself to not only embrace but personify the FlashCo culture.”

Scott has a strong background in plant and manufacturing management gained at operations and production positions with Horizon Steel and ITW Shakeproof. In addition to his plant management expertise, Scott has extensive experience in strategic leadership, Lean Project Management, training development and continuous improvement. Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and he holds a certification as a Six Sigma Lean Green Belt. In addition, he has certifications in Project Management, Internal Auditing and Corrective Action.

“We’ve been experiencing booming growth at our Mt. Prospect location, and this position was newly created to keep up with the market demand,” says Eric Compton, FlashCo Director of Operations. “Scott comes to FlashCo with a wealth of related experience and we are excited to have him on board. His experience and aptitude will help him lead the location in what we expect to be continually increasing levels of growth and expansion.”

For more information, visit www.flashcomfg.com.

Tecta America Arizona Lends a Helping Hand at Teen Challenge of Arizona Facility

Tecta America Arizona recently donated its time to repair the roof on the Teen Challenge of Arizona at Home of Hope (TCAZ) facility in Casa Grande, Arizona. A home of recovery for women and children, the building that provides a safe haven for its residents was in dire need of help after sustaining weather-related damage in 2016. Damage to the roof prevented the use of several rooms within the structure, thus reducing the support TCAZ could provide.

The project was presented by the National Women in Roofing – Arizona (NWiRAZ) chapter as part of its mission of giving back to the local community. National Women in Roofing is a volunteer-based organization that supports and advances the careers of women roofing professionals. Its core values are mentoring, education, networking and recruitment. In keeping with those goals, the Arizona chapter supports those in the local community that are in need of assistance. Rebecca Clements, member of NWiRAZ and Service Manager for Tecta America Arizona, gladly stepped in to help the TCAZ while working with roofing industry affiliates to make it happen. The team at Tecta volunteered their skill and time to repair the 30,000-square-foot roof and the needed material was generously donated by Glendale-based Elite Roofing Supply.

“We are proud to have been part of this project,” commented Clements. “Tecta is committed to playing an active role in supporting the community and when I was made aware of the need, we immediately jumped in to help.”

Since opening its doors in 2003, the Teen Challenge’s center in Casa Grande has helped over 1,100 women lead a life of sobriety and faith. To commemorate 50 years in 2008, Teen Challenge USA produced a book that details the decades of history of the program sharing many success stories of those that have graduated and moved on to better lives.
Center Director of TCAZ, Reverend Teresa Logue, dedicated a copy of that book to the team at Tecta America Arizona saying, “Thank you for the roof repair. I’m sure your team understood how desperate the repairs were needed. Because of you, we can open up another room helping two more moms and their children.”

For more information about Teen Challenge of Arizona’s Home of Hope, visit www.tcaz.org or www.tcazhomeofhope.org.

For more information about Tecta America Arizona, visit http://www.tectaamerica.com/commercial-roofing-phoenix-arizona.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Branch in Port Orchard Washington

ABC Supply Co. Inc. announced the opening of its newest branch in the Seattle area, located at 1501 SE Piperberry Way in Port Orchard, Washington.

Branch Manager Ian Kaplan joined ABC Supply’s Durham, North Carolina, location in 2013 as a warehouse material handler. In 2016, he enrolled in the company’s Manager in Training program. Throughout his training, Kaplan held many positions, including delivery services manager back-up, and inside and outside sales reps.

As manager of the new Port Orchard branch, Kaplan looks forward to introducing ABC Supply’s superior customer service to area contractors and helping them grow their businesses and meet customers’ needs.

“We are excited about the addition of the new Port Orchard branch to our six other locations in Washington. The new location allows ABC Supply to provide more support to our western Washington contractors,” said Matt Cooper, regional vice president of ABC Supply’s West Region. “Ian and his team will be a great asset to our customers, helping them make their projects a success.”

Branch hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PDT, Monday through Friday. The phone number is (360) 876-1906.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

SOPREMA Hosts Construction Industry Job Fair for Veterans

SOPREMA Inc. recently hosted a construction industry job fair for veterans in Pompano Beach, Florida, to raise money for the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) chapter and to help local veterans find employment. Eighteen employers attended the event, which was held at SOPREMA’s Pompano Beach facility on May 24.

“A challenge was issued during the SOPREMA National Sales Meeting to find ways to help solve the labor shortage in the construction industry, so we organized this job fair in response,” explained Jeanette Alston-Watkins, a customer relations specialist for SOPREMA. “We have a variety of products that are labor saving, but we also know that part of the solution to this industry problem is funneling more qualified workers into great jobs. Veterans have a proven sense of responsibility, discipline and reliability, making them ideal employees.”

SOPREMA advertised seven open positions at the job fair, including sales representative and shipping manager positions across the country. “The quality of applicants at the veterans’ job fair was impressive; many had interviews scheduled for the next day,” Alston-Watkins commented. “We hope to emulate the success of this event at SOPREMA locations elsewhere in the country soon.”

For more information, visit www.soprema.us.

New Electric Hoist Moves Operator Away From the Load

Safety HoistSafety Hoist Company launches its new electric material hoist, which moves the operator a safe distance away from the hoist and its load. According to the manufacturer, its unique pendant control makes this one of the safest hoists available today. The hoist runs on 110-volt electric household current, and its controlled descent enables safe, smooth transport both up and down. The electric hoist is quiet, environmentally-friendly, and free from harmful emissions, so it can be used both indoors and outdoors. It can handle up to 500 pounds without sacrificing speed or efficiency.

For more information, visit www.safetyhoistcompany.com.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Acquires the Assets of G & F Roof Supply, Inc.

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has acquired the assets of G & F Roof Supply, Inc., a distributor of roofing products, which is located in California. The company will continue to serve customers out of its three locations at 1225 E. Cerritos Ave. in Anaheim, 13555 Imperial Highway in Whittier, and 521 W. 182nd St. in Gardena.

The acquisition will increase ABC Supply’s footprint in the largest metropolitan market on the West Coast and allow the company to build stronger relationships with local contractors. Current G & F Roof Supply associates will continue to work at the locations, providing a seamless transition for customers.

“The G & F Roof Supply team has built a great reputation among Los Angeles and Orange County area contractors,” said Matt Cooper, vice president of ABC Supply’s West Region. “We look forward to welcoming contractors who have been working with G & F Roof Supply and providing them the products and service they need to get their jobs done.”

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.