Hanley Wood Names Best Products from 2014 IRE

Hanley Wood Exhibitions has announced the selection of six products receiving recognition based on innovation, productivity and cost-effectiveness during the 2014 International Roofing Expo (IRE), held Feb. 26-28 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. A panel of industry experts selected the “Best New Product” and “Best Sustainable Product” from selections found in the Product Showcase at the show.

The IRE Product Showcase, a 2,500-square-foot pavilion, featured 28 displays of the latest products focusing on safety and sustainability – as well as products made in the USA – in a direct, non-selling environment. Judges selected first, second and third place winners in each category.

Carlisle SynTec Systems of Carlisle, Pa., was awarded Best New Product for its Sure-Flex KEE HP PVC Membrane. ERSystems & Elastek of Irving, Texas, was awarded Best Sustainable Product for its ER One Step.

“The 2014 IRE was successful,” said Ryan Blad, Technical Service & Support for ERSystems & Elastek. “The biggest highlight would be OneStep winning the Best Sustainable Product Award.”

Second place in the Best New Product category was awarded to Galaxy Energy Americas of Aurora, Ontario, for its G7 universal standing-seam clamp, while third place was awarded to Metal Plus LLC of Winsted, Conn., for its Roofer’s Helper bracket.

Second place in the Best Sustainable Product category was awarded to Polyglass USA of Deerfield Beach, Fla., for its Polyfresko G SA, while third place was awarded to Freedom Supply of Wendell, N.C., for its Roofer’s and Paver’s Edge.

“We congratulate all six award winners,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE Show Director. “These companies deserve recognition for the innovative products they created and the significant impact each will have on the roofing industry.”

Other companies competing for the Best New Product award included AVM Industries, Benjamin Obdyke, DI Roof Seamers, Eco Chief Products, Epilay, ERSystems & Elastek, Insulation Solutions, Leister USA, Lifetime Tool and Building Products, MetalSafe Coatings, Polyglass USA, SafePro Guard, Tramex, Vector Mapping / IR Analyzers.

Competing for the Best Sustainable Product award were AVM Industries, Carlisle SynTec Systems, DaVinci Roofscapes, Eco Chief Products, Lifetime Tool & Building Products, Metal Plus and MetalSafe Coatings.

The 2015 International Roofing Expo will be held Feb. 24-26, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Online housing reservations can be made immediately and online registration will open in September.

MetalPro Program Sees Record Number of New Members

Union Corrugating’s MetalPro program saw a record number of new members in 2013. MetalPro helps new and experienced metal roofing contractors refine their skills and stay up to date on the latest installation procedures.

“Contractors are on the front lines of the metal roofing market, and they are seeing an increased interest and popularity of residential metal roofing,” says Jason Thornton, Union’s vice president of Sales and Marketing. “As a result, we decided to look at how we could add training sessions to the MetalPro program to assure our contractors stay ahead of this increasing market.”

The MetalPro program provides training on the latest products and installation processes and techniques with a focus on residential applications. It also provides members with sales and marketing information they can use when talking with homeowners. Thornton adds, “In 2014, we will be conducting a minimum of one MetalPro session each week for the entire year. We’ve also added more advanced training so that existing members can continue to learn.”

The Basic MetalPro training class is required for all new members. In addition, Union has added new classes to the 2014 schedule, including:

    MetalPro Standing Seam Installation – Session focuses on all three types of our standing seam products — screw-flange, clipped, and mechanically seamed.
    MetalPro StoneShield Installation – Session focuses on installation of our StoneShield stone coated shingle products.
    MetalPro Sales Training – Session covers product features and benefits as well as best practice sales techniques for selling to homeowners.

For information on the Union Corrugating MetalPro Program, email Thornton.

Commander Series Coming to Chevrolet Dealership Near You

LINE-X Protective Coatings has announced the arrival of its all-new Commander Series Truck developed by Truck Gear by LINE-X.

LINE-X Protective Coatings has announced the arrival of its all-new Commander Series Truck developed by Truck Gear by LINE-X.

LINE-X Protective Coatings, a developer and provider of high performance protective coatings, has announced the arrival of its all-new Commander Series Truck developed by Truck Gear by LINE-X. Inspired by Duck Commander’s Willie Robertson and launched at the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500, the all-new Commander Series Truck will be available at participating Chevrolet Dealerships nationwide and will feature a variety of aftermarket accessories that will appeal to Duck Commander fans and outdoor enthusiasts.

The Commander Series Truck includes a variety of features that make it a standout. With exclusive aftermarket accessories from Truck Gear by LINE-X, the Commander Series features 3.5 inch round step bars and bedrails, each with a LINE-X finish, a performance efficient tonneau cover, custom floor liners with the Duck Commander logo and a polished SS exhaust tip. Inspired by the great outdoors, the Commander Series truck also includes Realtree MAX-5 Camo fender flares, exterior graphics and interior accents. Custom headrests and badging with the Duck Commander logo complete the package.

The Commander Series Truck package is available on 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab models and at participating Chevrolet dealerships in the United States. The theme for the all-new Commander Series Truck will resonate with LINE-X’s product application expansion and the diversification of the LINE-X Network outside of the traditional truck bedliner industry. The initial look of the exterior will set the truck apart from other vehicles on the road with graphics exclusive to the Duck Commander brand with camouflage and duck silhouettes.

Register Now for International Roof Coatings Conference

Industry professionals can now register for the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) 2014 International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC), to take place at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel Baltimore, July 14-17. Offered in partnership with nine industry organizations, the conference will highlight the latest technological advancements and emerging issues of relevance to the roof coating, building envelope, green building, cool roofing, research, and architectural communities.

The second biennial IRCC is back by popular demand following the well-received inaugural 2012 IRCC, which was attended by over 120 industry representatives. This year, RCMA has partnered with nine US and international organizations to bring you the 2014 IRCC. These conference partners include:

    · Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
    · Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
    · National Research Council Canada (NRC)
    · Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA)
    · Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA)
    · Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA)
    · European Cool Roofs Council (ECRC)
    · American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
    · Alliance to Save Energy (ASE)

“We are thrilled to partner with such an outstanding group of organizations, each sharing RCMA’s vision to deliver excellent educational content and programming,” said John Ferraro, RCMA executive director. “The conference will feature presentations on topics covering everything from roof coatings to cool roofing to sustainability,” adds Ferraro, “and promises to be highly valuable to both member and non-member attendees.”

The conference will begin with an opening reception on the evening of Monday, July 14 and will continue through noon on Wednesday, July 16. The following speakers will be delivering presentations on a range of timely topics, sharing their research papers with meeting attendees, and participating in dialogues about the future of the coatings industry:

    · Dr. Karma Sawyer, United States Department of Energy
    “The Building Envelope Emerging Technologies Portfolio in DOE’s Building Technologies Office”

    · Alice Kennedy, Baltimore Office of Sustainability
    “Advancing Installation of Reflective Roofing Systems through Community-Based Social Marketing and the Baltimore Energy Challenge”

    · Dr. James L. Hoff, Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing
    “Introducing the RoofPoint Energy and Carbon Calculator: Measuring the Energy and Environmental Contributions of Roofing Systems”

    · Jeffrey Steuben, Cool Roof Rating Council
    “When the Going Gets Rough: The Impact of Substrate Texture on Solar Reflectance Ratings”

    · Dr. Hashem Akbari, Concordia University
    “Advances in Developing Standards for Accelerated Aging of Cool Roofing Materials”

    · Michael D. Fischer, Kellen Company
    “Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Codes and Standards: Impact on the Roof Coatings Industry”

    · Dr. Justin Jitao Chen, Dr. Steven Jiguang Zhang, Dr. Joseph Rokowski, and Loganathan Ravisanker, Dow Chemical Company
    “Novel PUA Hybrid Chemistry for Elastomeric Roof Coatings”

    · Joe Mellott and Tom Diamond, The Garland Company
    “Overcoming Vapor Drive Issues in Cool Roofing”

    · Kurt Shickman, Global Cool Cities Alliance
    “Cool Surfaces: An International Opportunity”

    · Dr. Michael R. Van De Mark, Missouri S&T Coatings Institute
    “Solvent Reduction Technology – What are the Rules?”

    · Dr. Kaushik Biswas, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    “Impact of Dynamic Insulation Technologies on Steep-Slope Roof Assemblies”

    · Steve Heinje, Quest Construction Products
    “The Roots and Future of Sustainability”

The RCMA Summer Meeting, open to both RCMA members and non-member guests, will follow the conclusion of the IRCC programming and will continue through the morning of Thursday, July 17. Highlights of the RCMA portion of the event will include guest speakers from Health Product Declarations Collaborative and the American Trucking Association, detailed reports on the activities of each of the Association’s committees, and industry updates on the latest regulatory and technical news.

Discounted “early bird” registration will run from April 8 through May 16, 2014. For more information on the International Roof Coatings Conference, including a complete schedule of events, registration information, and details on hotel accommodations, please visit the association website. Email RCMA Staff Associate Laura Dwulet with any conference questions or to be added to the mailing list to receive conference and registration updates.

Tubular Skylight Distributes Ambient Light Evenly

Solatube M74 DS Core

Solatube M74 DS Core

The Solatube M74 DS Core combines advanced dome and tube optics with a Prismatic Diffuser. It distributes ambient light evenly throughout an area, increases illumination on high wall and ceiling planes, and is ideal for floor to diffuser heights of 18 to 26 feet. The Solatube M74 DS with Amplifier pairs the core unit with the SkyVault Series Amplifier and Prismatic Diffuser. It delivers focused light across greater distances to visual task plane, reduces light high on walls and loss at the ceiling plane, and is ideal for floor to diffuser heights of 26 feet and up.

FlashCo Hires Sales and Marketing Director for Eastern Region

FlashCo is pleased to announce the recent hire of Bill Bartell, director of Sales and Marketing for the Eastern Region. Bill is responsible for the growth of this region’s sales and overseeing its operations. Additionally, Bill will develop the team, reps, and the territory until branch manager(s) are hired after achieving sales objectives. Bill will be working closely with Greg Morrow, the president, to realize and further develop a strategic sales and marketing plan for this new region. The eastern region includes all states east of the Mississippi River, as well as Eastern Canada.

Bill comes to FlashCo with an impressive resume and more than 25 years of sales/marketing experience. During the last 22 years, Bill has held various positions in sales, marketing, and management with Sealed Air Corporation; most recently as director of Sales and Marketing, Systems and Integration. Bill holds a BA degree in Speech Communication from Gonzaga University. Bill will be based out of greater Greenville, S.C., which will be very close to FlashCo’s new facility in South Carolina.

FlashCo is a manufacturer of roof flashings and accessories primarily fabricating parts out of TPO, PVC, Lead, Zinc, and Copper. Established in 2000 in Sonoma County California FlashCo has grown to 6 locations with Piedmont being its 7th. FlashCo’s mission is to “Save the Contractor Time”. FlashCo primarily comes to market via roofing wholesale distribution and private labeling with major single-ply manufacturers.

Presentation Proposals Sought for 2015 IRE

Hanley Wood Exhibitions has issued a call for presentation proposals for the 2015 International Roofing Expo (IRE). Researchers, educators, consultants, technical experts and industry leaders are encouraged to share their knowledge and business expertise as presenters for IRE the educational conference program.

The International Roofing Expo is the must-attend event for commercial and residential roofing professionals to stay abreast of market directions, trends and cutting-edge technology. Formerly owned by NRCA, the show was sold to Hanley Wood Exhibitions in May 2004. The official show sponsor is NRCA; the official show publication is Roofing Contractor; and the digital destination and official residential publication is Replacement Contractor.

The 2015 event will take place Feb. 24-26 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The educational conference historically presents the latest trends in the roofing industry to help attendees expand their technical knowledge and grow their businesses.

“We are seeking top-tier industry innovators well-versed in the most relevant topics and issues facing roofing professionals today,” says Brandi McElhaney, Senior Conference Manager. “To make a significant contribution to the industry, we encourage you to submit a proposal.”

Experienced speakers with proven, dynamic presentation skills and in-depth knowledge are encouraged to submit proposals. Sessions are 90 minutes in length and should contain timely, practical information that can be immediately utilized in the workplace. Submissions should focus on applications-oriented, real world, problem-solving content, and must not include commercial or promotional messages or content.

    The multi-track educational program includes:
    • technical training
    • workplace safety training
    • leadership and management strategies
    • green building trends
    • legal and human resources issues
    • financial management training
    • sales and service best practices

    The primary audience of the educational conference includes:
    • commercial and residential roofing contractors
    • architects and designers
    • building owners and facility managers
    • manufacturers and suppliers
    • owners, general managers, and CEOs of roofing businesses
    • sales professionals and estimators
    • superintendents and foremen
    • industry consultants

“The conference offers speakers the opportunity to establish their position as industry experts to a broad range of roofing professionals,” said Bill Good, Executive Vice President of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “We encourage members, associate members and others involved with the industry to submit their proposals as soon as possible.”

The deadline for submitting Call for Presentations proposals is April 15, 2014. Session proposals should be submitted via the automated submission form. Questions should be directed to Brandi McElhaney, Senior Conference Manager, via email or by calling (972) 536-6392.

Jump 12-volt Batteries without Another Vehicle

CAT 2000 Peak Amp Professional Jump Starter

CAT 2000 Peak Amp Professional Jump Starter

The new CAT 2000 Peak Amp Professional Jump Starter delivers more power to start even the largest 12-volt vehicles. A hard-working tool for the hard-working professional, the CAT Jump Starter delivers 1000 instant starting amps to quickly power most 12-volt batteries –without the need for another vehicle.

The jump starter will start multiple vehicles on one charge and can recharge the internal battery up to four-times faster with the built-in 2-amp, high-frequency charger. The high-density 21aH AGM sealed non-spillable battery delivers professional grade power and allows you to safely store in any position.

No need to worry about using on the job site, the Cat Professional Jump Starter has tough plastic and rubber housing for ultimate durability.

GAF Offers Roofing Contractors ‘Life Experiences’ with Celebrities

GAF has announced its 2014 Enter for an Experience sweepstakes, giving roofing contractors the chance to win one of three unique “life experiences” with major celebrities.

The first life experience that contractors can enter to win is through the “Get Biking” promotion. The grand prize is a ride-along with Paul Teutal Sr., star of the television series American Chopper and Orange County Choppers. The winner will receive round-trip airfare and ground transportation for two people, a hotel room for two nights, a ride-along and lunch with Paul Sr., as well as a bike shop tour at the world-famous Orange County Chopper location in Newburgh, N.Y.

The Get Biking promotion began on April 1 and runs through April 30. The grand prize winner and guest will ride with Paul Sr. in the Hope for Heroes ride on June 29th in Newburgh. Five runners-up will win $500 gift cards. Learn more and enter the sweepstakes.

As in 2012 and 2013, GAF will be sponsoring events at select distributor locations across the country to support the promotion. Contractors who attend these events will be treated to a lunch from GAF and be eligible to win lots of local prizes, including gift cards, hats and t-shirts.

Participating distributors will reach out to invite local contractors and feature signage announcing the events. Contractors should also check the GAF Facebook page to find out when events are coming to their area.

GAF is proud to support Operation Finally Home with a donation in conjunction with our Enter for An Experience sweepstakes.

Tampa Bay Chapter of Construction Angels to Hold First Fundraiser

The public is invited to the inaugural fundraiser in Plant City, Fla., May 1 for the Tampa Bay Chapter of Construction Angels, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps with financial support for families of construction-industry employees killed on the job.

Dean Sims II, vice president at Sims Crane & Equipment Co. in Tampa, is the founder of the Tampa Bay Chapter of Construction Angels, which originally was begun in Broward County.

According to the Florida Department of Labor, fatalities on construction jobs in Florida increased from 41 in 2011 to 55 in 2012 – a 26 percent jump. Numbers for 2013 are not final yet.

“With all of the industry’s dedication to safety education and safety on the job, the fact that on-site deaths in the construction industry are on the rise is of major concern to everyone involved,” said Sims. “And the reality is, in most cases, the families of loved ones killed on the job need all the financial help they can get. That’s where Construction Angels comes in.”

The fundraiser, hosted by Sims Crane and open to the public, will be held at Keel & Curley Winery, 5210 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City, FL 33565, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 1. Festivities include live music, silent auction, raffle, commemorative photos and locally grown and distilled strawberry and blueberry wine. Registration/donation is $25 online and $30 at the door.

Register on the Sims Crane or Construction Angels websites.