U.S. Department of Labor Announces Annual Adjustments to OSHA Civil Penalties

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced adjustments to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) civil penalty amounts based on cost-of-living adjustments for 2021.

In 2015, Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act to advance the effectiveness of civil monetary penalties and to maintain their deterrent effect. Under the Act, agencies are required to publish “catch-up” rules that adjust the level of civil monetary penalties, and make subsequent annual adjustments for inflation no later than January 15 of each year.

OSHA’s maximum penalties for serious and other-than-serious violations will increase from $13,494 per violation to $13,653 per violation. The maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations will increase from $134,937 per violation to $136,532 per violation.

Visit the OSHA Penalties page for more information. The Department of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2021 final rule is effective January 15, 2021, and the increased penalty levels apply to any penalties assessed after January 15, 2021.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

IKO Releases Upgraded ROOFViewer Tool for Virtual Roof Shopping

IKO has announced the release of an updated and upgraded version of their ROOFViewer tool. ROOFViewer is an intuitive software that utilizes artificial intelligence technology to show users a vividly realistic rendering of how any given house would look complemented with the IKO roof of their choice. The robust software enables users to upload an image of their home or to choose from over three-dozen stock house photos available on the ROOFViewer site. ROOFViewer includes 18 color options throughout seven different IKO shingle styles. The featured shingle styles include Dynasty and Nordic from the popular Performance line, and the suite of IKO Designer shingles, which mimic the look of natural slate tiles or cedar shakes.

ROOFViewer, which first launched in 2003, has earned its reputation as a vital tool for both homeowners and roofing contractors during the shingle style-and-color decision-making process. The ROOFViewer user experience has been redesigned for homebuyers in the 2020s. “The new ROOFViewer proudly boasts several innovative personalization features,” said Jeff Williams, brand director at IKO. “One of those highlights is the comparison tool, which utilizes a split screen to show varying colors and/or styles side by side on one roof.”

ROOFViewer can be found on IKO’s North American residential website and is easily accessible via a standard web browser on a desktop computer or smartphone. The featured homes offer a wide variety of styles that include colonial, ranch, Victorian and more. Once a house is selected, home-exterior details, such as colors for window and door trim, can be selected to reflect the user’s home or personal preference.

“This software is designed to provide both homeowners and contractors with a seamless and enjoyable experience that helps ease, what is for some, a difficult decision,” Williams continued. “We celebrate this milestone along with all of the people who will be utilizing ROOFViewer on their purchase journey, which will result in a beautiful new IKO roof.”

For more information, visit www.iko.com.

RIMA International Welcomes New Board Members for 2021

The Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association International (RIMA-I) held their annual elections in the fourth quarter of 2020 with the following Directors being elected to serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2021:

Directors:

Mark Lovan, Echo Tape www.echotape.com

Mike Boulding, Resisto (Division of Soprema) www.ayr-foil.com

These new Directors will join the current Board including:

President: Sergio Luconi, Prodex www.prodex.com

Vice President: Bill Lippy, Fi-Foil; Company www.fifoil.com

Secretary/Treasurer: Ralph Dale, Dunmore Corporation www.dunmore.com

Director: Dan Russell, Innovative Insulation www.radiantbarrier.com

Director: Monty Millspaugh, Reflectix, Inc. www.reflectixinc.com

Director Bobby Byrd, RoyOMartin www.royomartin.com

Past President: Doug Kinninger, Fi-Foil Company www.fifoil.com .

For more information, visit  www.rimainternational.org.  

MRA Revamps Contractor Membership Program, Strengthening Local Market Support and Benefits

As the metal roofing market in the U.S. and Canada continues to grow, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has revamped its contractor membership program to provide more member support and greater benefit for its participating metal roofing contractors.

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the MRA will offer a new co-op marketing program for its Silver and Gold level contractor members, giving them the opportunity to earn up to 100 percent of their annual membership dues by pursuing a wide variety of qualified marketing and promotional options in their local market.

“Our efforts to educate and inform homeowners about the many advantages of quality metal roofing have helped grow the overall market,” said Renee Ramey, MRA Executive Director. “However, for our contractors, it’s clear that the biggest impact we can have is to help support them right in their own local market. Our new membership program is designed to do just that, while also allowing them to tap into the power and leading industry resources available through the MRA.”

In addition to new co-op opportunities available for Silver and Gold contractor members, MRA will eliminate its Bronze level membership option beginning Jan. 31, 2021. Current Bronze level contractor members can upgrade to a Silver or Gold membership immediately or take advantage of a free six-month Silver-level trial option. More details and information can be found by contacting the MRA at support@metalroofing.com.

The latest changes to MRA’s contractor membership program come on the heels of other benefits announced earlier in the fall, which include greater digital exposure, lead and prospect support and expanded promotional opportunities for Silver and Gold contractor members.

“From our manufacturer members to our contractors, the MRA represents and stands for quality residential metal roofing,” said Ramey. “We believe these new membership benefits are a win-win to help our dedicated contractors build their business locally, while also collectively contributing to the industry’s overall growth and future success.”

For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.

Mule-Hide Products Announces New National Business Development Manager

Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. promoted Dan Conley to national business development manager. He will lead the business development team for Mule-Hide Products, which is responsible for strengthening the company’s relationships with building owners, developers, general contractors, design professionals and roofing consultants. Conley will serve as the key contact for national and strategic accounts.

Conley has served as business development manager for the Midwest region since joining Mule-Hide Products in 2014. During that time, he established national partnerships with key accounts and directed the creation of AIA CES (American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Services) Provider content, tools for communicating with property owners, and the Mule-Hide Legacy Contractor program. 

“Dan has been instrumental in laying the foundation for a national business development effort for Mule-Hide,” said Managing Director Dan Williams. “His group will continue to have a regional focus, but establishing a national team will help them harmonize their efforts. That will create new opportunities for us and help us better serve contractors, specifiers, and the end-users of our roofing systems and products.”

Before joining Mule-Hide Products, Conley had an accomplished 20-year career in the hospitality industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

For more information, visit www.mulehide.com

Garland Concludes 125th Anniversary Initiatives with Donation to Neighborhood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Facility

The Garland Company, Inc. rounds off its 125th year anniversary charitable initiatives with a donation to Cityview Healthcare & Rehabilitation in its Cleveland neighborhood. The recipients of Garland’s multiple charitable initiatives throughout the historic year were chosen based on unique needs and community impact, and Cityview exhibited many qualities that made it the well-deserved bookend to these initiatives.

Cityview, located a few miles away from the Garland headquarters and in view of the Cleveland cityscape, serves around 125 residents, which seemed perfectly fitting to commemorate Garland’s 125th anniversary! Cityview serves as both short-term rehabilitation and long-term care for their residents ranging in age anywhere from their 20s to their 90s.

Due to the pandemic, Garland knew healthcare facilities such as Cityview would be experiencing a drastic shift in need. In addition to the healthcare items that are always appreciated, Cityview became in desperate need of devices to conduct telehealth appointments. With this in mind, Garland donated 25 iPads which residents can now utilize for telehealth appointments, and of course to play games for entertainment! 

On Dec. 18, 2020, a team of volunteers from Garland brought the iPads to Cityview along with nearly 100 pairs of gloves, hats and scarves, and 90 winter jackets to keep the residents warm in time for the approaching Cleveland winter. And the iPads won’t be the only things keeping the residents of Cityview entertained; close to 100 playing cards, colored pencils and activity books were donated as well. Without forgetting the immediate needs of the facility, Garland also donated 120 pre-packaged bags of toiletries containing shampoo, razors, toothbrushes and more.

The administrative team at Cityview invited the Garland employees to drop off the donations and receive their immense gratitude, noting that this donation was a true “Christmas miracle” for their facility. Anna Moehnert, Cityview’s corporate clinical liaison, thanked the Garland team: “We thank you and our residents definitely thank you, we really appreciate this nice gesture right now.”

For Garland, this year was categorized by both historic celebration and historic change throughout the world. Among the global hardships of the pandemic, there was no better year than this to fund these charitable initiatives. Throughout this unforgettable year, Garland was able to provide these supplies to Cityview as well as 125 backpacks of supplies to the local Miles Park School, a $15,000 donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, a $12,500 scholarship to an employee’s child and more than $9,500 in donations to the favorite charities of Garland’s employees.

“As we head into our now 126th year in business, we all feel a greater regard and responsibility to our community that we intend to build upon every year. This community has built and shaped us over our history and it is such an honor to be able to give back in these unique ways. We cannot celebrate our successes without recognizing the factors that got us to this place,” said Garland President David Sokol.

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com.

myABCsupply Now Available in Spanish and Polish

ABC Supply Co. Inc. is always looking to make its customers’ jobs easier, including evaluating the need for additional language offerings for its tools. With an increasing number of Spanish speakers in its customer base as well as a large contingent of Polish-speaking contractors in several metropolitan areas, ABC Supply has made myABCsupply, the company’s order management tool, available in Spanish and Polish in addition to English.

“At ABC Supply, we strive to make doing business with us as easy as possible,” said Mike Jost, chief operating officer of ABC Supply. “Offering more of our customers the ability to purchase materials online and manage their orders in their primary language is one way we’re making that happen.”

The easy-to-use tool offers the following features to make managing orders from a desktop or mobile device simple and convenient.

  • Place Orders Online 24/7
    • Conveniently order materials from your mobile device or log in to myabcsupply.com
  • Access Order and Delivery Details
    • View order details
    • Check the status of upcoming deliveries with a map of the day’s delivery locations
    • Retrieve delivery photos when you need them
  • Simplify Your Billing
    • View statements and pay invoices
    • Download account activity directly into your existing accounting software
  • Manage Users
    • Add additional users to your account
    • Decide each team member’s level of access

Sign up for myABCsupply at myABCsupply.com or by downloading the ABC Supply app from the App Store or Google Play

Polyglass Releases Time-Trial Videos Demonstrating Time and Labor Savings with Polyglass Products

Polyglass U.S.A., Inc., recently conducted a series of time-trials comparing the installation times for various configurations of the company’s products. These four time-trial videos demonstrate that by using either a full or hybrid self-adhered system, contractors can save time and money on the labor costs of installation. Self-adhered technology is not only a safer and cleaner installation but there are significant benefits for contractors and their team, according to the company.

To conduct the time trials, Polyglass set up identical conditions for the roofing teams to apply a roofing system to a 1000-square-foot panel. The videos show the step-by-step process for each roofing installation in the time trial and offer side-by-side comparisons of the results. 

Trial 1: Two-ply torch (with FASTLap) vs. 2-ply ADESO self-adhered membranes

The first time-trial involved applying a 2-ply torch-applied roofing system compared with a similar roofing system using ADESO self-adhered technology. At the conclusion of the trial, the ADESO self-adhered system required one less crew member and was installed in almost 2 hours less time than the torch-applied system, amounting to a labor savings of 50 percent. Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF8cCS3AOug  

Trial 2: Two-ply torch (with FASTLap) vs. Stick 1 Torch 1 

The second time-trial compared a 2-ply torch-applied roofing system with a Stick 1 Torch 1 roofing system—a hybrid application of ADESO self-adhered underlayment followed by a torch-applied top layer. The trial determined the Stick 1 Torch 1 system saved the five-person crew one hour and ten minutes of time, for a total labor savings of 30 percent.Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2CjNNEbomk  

Trial 3: Stick 1 Torch 1 vs. 2-ply ADESO self-adhered membranes 

For the third trial, Polyglass pitted its hybrid Stick 1 Torch 1 application against a 2-ply ADESO self-adhered roofing system. In this comparison, the fully self-adhered system required one less crew member and saved the team a total of 47 minutes in installation time. Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ0YlVS_0xM  

Trial 4: Two-ply torch (with FASTLap) vs. Velociflex System 

The fourth time trial compared the 2-ply torch-applied system with the Polyglass Velociflex roofing system—a high wind resistant system combining mechanical fastening and torch application. The Velociflex system gives you a high-performance system in high wind zones while saving the contractor time and money. In the end, the Velociflex system saved the 5-member team about 30 percent in labor costs. Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDSNitUUWJw  

Throughout all trials it was identified that the ADESO self-adhered systems, whether it involved a hybrid system or a full SA System, saved time in installation, which will save money for the contractor in labor cost.

To view the time trial videos, visit https://polyglass.us/videos/low-slope/.  

For more information, visit https://polyglass.us.

U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Members to Serve on Committee For Improving Construction Workers’ Safety and Health

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. The 15-member group advises the Secretary of Labor and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health on developing standards and policies affecting the construction industry.

OSHA is seeking nominations for 14 members with experience and expertise in construction-related safety and health issues to fill five employee, five employer, two state safety and health agency, and two public representative vacancies. The members generally serve two-year staggered terms, except the representative designated by the Department of Health and Human Services and appointed by the Secretary of Labor, who serves indefinitely.

Nominations may be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal, by mail, or facsimile. Read the Federal Register notice for submission details. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 8, 2021.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Metal Nailers Offer Alternative in Wake of Lumber Shortage

OMG Roofing Products offers EdgeBox RI, an engineered metal alternative to traditional wood nailers, to provide roofing contractors with an alternative to wood nailers during an unprecedented lumber shortage and related price increase. According to the company, EdgeBox RI is a more economical option that can help improve rooftop productivity and roof performance. 

The EdgeBox RI system is made of heavy-duty 20-gauge galvanized steel with reinforcing spines that will not rot, twist, or split like traditional lumber. The product is ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1 tested and Factory Mutual approved with an FM 1-540 perimeter rating and FM 1-360 corner rating. In addition, EdgeBox RI is compatible with most commercial roofing systems, and available in any size to match existing nailers, up to 16-inches square.

“We are seeing lots of interest and increased sales of EdgeBox RI, due to the national lumber shortage,” said Karan Patel, product manager for OMG EdgeSystems. “Lumber prices have increased by nearly 50 percent in some areas since the beginning of the year. During the same time, EdgeBox pricing has remained steady, and offers a better performing solution to contractors and building owners alike.”

Not only does EdgeBox RI provide a solid substrate onto which finished edge metal such as fascia systems can be attached, but each 10-foot section can be filled with insulation to provide a higher R-value than traditional wood nailers.  As such, EdgeBox RI enables contractors to offer building owners the same R-Value on the perimeter of the roof as in the field without compromising the integrity of the edge condition.

Factory Mutual Loss Prevention Data Sheet 1-49 provides specific requirements for securing multiple layers of wood nailers, which can add time and labor to the installation process. By comparison, EdgeBox RI is custom made to the required size, so there is nothing to build-up or stagger, and comes with pre-punched holes for easy installation to the substrate. EdgeBox RI is also fully compatible with OMG fascia, coping, and gutter assemblies. 

For more information, visit www.OMGRoofing.com