A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply Opens Tennessee Location

A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply announced the grand opening of its newest location in Milan, Tennessee. This opening increases its network to 15 metal deck distribution centers to better serve the construction industry.

“This location will help us serve our customers in the region including Western Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi,” said Nick V. Polizzi, President of A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply. “When a customer has a short lead time or a roofing contractor runs into rusted deck while replacing a leaking roof, they need metal deck right now, and we have it in stock for immediate use.”

A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply has more than 48 years of experience in the industry and a complete inventory of metal roof deck, form deck and composite floor decks in stock now at 15 locations including Albany, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Aurora, Ilinois; Columbus, Ohio; Fort Worth, Texas; Greensboro, North Carolina; Hagerstown, Maryland; Houston, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Jacksonville, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; Knoxville, Tennessee; Milan, Tennessee; San Antonio, Texas; and St. Louis, Missouri.

For more information, visit www.metaldecksupply.com.

Alliance Awards $55,000 in Scholarships Through Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the recipients of its 2018 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, which include three new recipients and the renewal of eight scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year.

The Alliance awarded new general scholarships to Elaina Krumholz, daughter of Erik Krumholz, sales representative for Tremco Inc., Beachwood, Ohio’ and John Paynter, son of Bill Paynter, manufacturer representative for Duro-Last Roofing, Saginaw, Michigan.

A new Firestone Scholarship also was awarded to Cameron Tickerhoff, son of Joshua Tickerhoff, foreman for Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Wheeling, West Virginia.

The Alliance also renewed eight Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, including two general scholarships to Nicolas Calvert, who attends West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, and Jonah Manson, who attends Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

In addition, a Firestone Scholarship was renewed for Alyssa Merna, who attends Olivette Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois. A Beacon Roofing Supply Scholarship was renewed for Salvador Flores Garcia, who attends University of California Berkley, Berkley, California. An OMG Roofing Products Inc. Scholarship was renewed for Lillian McKenzie, who attends Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. A Dan Cohen Scholarship was renewed for Christian Cole, who attends Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia. A Fred Good Scholarship also was renewed for Ivy Rivas, who attends University of California Davis, Davis, California. A William A. Good Scholarship was renewed for Sophie McGuire, who attends University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Each recipient will receive a $5,000 award. Awards are renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided recipients renew annually and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).

A total of $55,000 in scholarships was awarded for the 2018-19 school year — $40,000 for renewals and $15,000 for new recipients. To date, 125 students have received $790,000 in scholarship awards.

For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

Atlas Roofing Corporation Announces Partnership With HOVER

Atlas Roofing Corporation has announced a new partnership with HOVER, the platform that generates accurate, interactive 3D models of any property. Atlas Roofing’s shingle product lines will now be available within the HOVER platform, allowing its customer base even more flexibility when it comes to customer engagement and project estimation.

Atlas will integrate multiple roofing products, featuring Scotchgard Protector from 3M, into the HOVER platform. These products include: Atlas Pinnacle Pristine with the all-new Natural Expressions color palette, StormMaster Shake, StormMaster Slate, Legend Designer 3-tab shingles and GlassMaster Shingles.

“We are excited to have our product offering represented within the HOVER platform, providing our contractors with a powerful interface to grow their businesses and engage homeowners,” says Stan Bastek, Director of Marketing and Sales Development at Atlas Roofing.

“HOVER allows contractors to use their time more strategically by eliminating the guesswork of visualizing different product options on the 3D model of a customer’s actual home,” explains Spencer Warden, Director of Partnerships at HOVER.

In addition to the interactive 3D model, HOVER also provides contractors with all of the detailed exterior measurements needed for an accurate estimate. This means time that was previously spent hand-measuring exterior projects can now be used to focus on the project details and establish greater relationships with customers.

HOVER is available in the App Store and Google Play. Users can try out their first property for free.

For more information, visit AtlasRoofing.com.

FlashCo Becomes Exclusive U.S. Partner for Thaler Roof Accessory Specialty Products

FlashCo Manufacturing, Inc. recently entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with Thaler Metal Industries Ltd. Canada. FlashCo will be marketing and selling the Thaler roof accessory specialty product lines including drains, flashings and vents to the United States market. FlashCo and Thaler offer a complementary set of roof flashing products for the

roofing industry. FlashCo is a market leader in low slope, single-ply flashings and steep slope lead flashings. Thaler has been an innovator and market leader in spun metals including the development of one of the first retrofit drain solutions, according to the company.

FlashCo will immediately begin marketing and selling Thaler products through its distribution and partner network in the United States. FlashCo is currently incorporating the Thaler roof drains, stack jack flashings, gravity vents and relief vents into its existing product lines. The addition of the Thaler products enhances FlashCo’s market leadership in the re-roof and new construction markets.

“We have been talking for several months now,” says Greg Morrow, FlashCo President. “The

synergies are tremendous, not just from a product standpoint, but also from a business standpoint. Thaler, like FlashCo, puts a strong emphasis on speed and customer satisfaction. We knew that it was a good fit on the product and people sides.”

“FlashCo is an ideal partner for us,” explained Joe Magistrale, Thaler General Manager. “We have straight-forward objectives to make and sell quality products, however we know we can’t do this alone. We’ve tried other US partnerships in the past, but working with FlashCo we can already tell will be different. FlashCo’s footprint throughout the entire US is very important to us, and we see action that tells us they are very serious about making this successful. We anticipate making a shockwave across the US with our new FlashCo partnership.”

Thaler holds numerous patents for its innovative products including its RDX30 retrofit drain.

According to the company, Thaler’s pioneering design enables the RDX30 to be installed 10 times faster than other drains without the need for tools, or cutting. The RDX30 features Thaler’s patented SuperSeal (expansion seal) technology that is critical in preventing leaks caused by backflow pressure. In addition, the SuperSeal keeps the Thaler drain clear of the obstructions found in mechanically sealed systems. Thaler’s SuperSeal design advantages enable the RDX30 to drain 30 percent faster than other drains in the market and also eliminates debris build-up in the drain body pipe.

“Our business philosophy focuses on researching market needs, designing innovative solutions and producing products that provide longer life than any others on the market,” adds Mr. Magistrale. “In FlashCo we have found a like-minded partner who delivers quality products and has an outstanding direct sales and support team. We are very excited about what this partnership will produce.”

“For FlashCo, it’s the opportunity to partner with another industry leader,” says Mr. Morrow. “Thaler is the original designer of numerous product innovations and their drains, flashings and vents adds complementary products to our existing lines. We expect the Thaler products to sell quite well here in the US and it’s a great honor for us to have the opportunity to be Thaler’s exclusive partner here in the States.”

For more information, visit www.FlashCoMfg.com or www.ThalerMetal.com.

Three More Companies Join NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced that three more companies have recently joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading their associate memberships to become “partner members” in the process.
The organizations are Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Herndon, Virginia; EagleView Technologies Inc., Bothell, Washington; and Malarkey Roofing Products, Portland, Oregon.
In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice Initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success. To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers, and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, granting them voting rights and eligibility for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved for contractor members only.
“NRCA’s One Voice Initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”
For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to www.nrca.net/onevoice.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens First Bronx, New York, Branch

To assist professional contractors in the Bronx, ABC Supply Co. Inc. has opened a branch at 3700 Dyre Ave.

The new branch’s manager, David Niedzwiecki, joined ABC Supply in 2012 and has served as a warehouseman, sales representative and delivery services manager over his tenure. Now as manager of the Bronx, New York, location, Niedzwiecki will manage daily operations, and focus on leading and developing branch associates to provide the superior customer service and high-quality products that contractors have come to expect from ABC Supply.

“David is a seasoned associate who knows the opportunities and challenges that area contractors face, and how ABC Supply can help,” said Tom Kuchan, vice president of ABC Supply’s Northeast Region. “He and his team are looking forward to building relationships with local customers and the greater Bronx community.” With the addition of the Bronx branch, ABC Supply now has 21 locations throughout New York state.

Branch hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday. The phone number is (718) 655-5290.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

National Roofing Partners Hires Rodney Shrader as President

National Roofing Partners (NRP) announced the appointment of Rodney Shrader as president of NRP.  With a twenty-year record of success in the facilities storage and rental space, Shrader brings a new level of leadership to the leading national network of tier-one roofing contractors.

Shrader’s strong background in sales and marketing positions him perfectly to lead NRP in not only offering top quality roofing services but also in the use of technology as the company expands its markets.  Having worked for Acton Mobile since 2004, Shrader was most recently executive vice president of sales and marketing where he was not only instrumental in growing the company but was also focused on mergers and acquisitions.  He has a demonstrated successful history of working in the construction industry focused on modular space rentals, services and sales.

“Rodney’s a natural leader from his U.S. Marine service to multiple private equity transactions over the past twenty years,” stated Steve Little, CEO of NRP.  “We are truly fortunate to have Rodney join the NRP family as we expand our national footprint and enter into the telecommunications service sector.”

Shrader graduated first-in-class from the Marine Corps Institute with a degree and dual certification in military police and K9.  He also holds an MBA focused in business administration and management from Texas Christian University in the M.J. Neeley School of Business.

For more information, visit www.nationalroofingpartners.com.

 

Improved PV Kit Offers Easier Installation

S-5! releases PV Kit 2.0 EdgeGrab and PV Kit 2.0 MidGrab, offering solar panel installers significant improvements and easier installation.

Among the improvements to the new PV Kit 2.0:

  • Only one tool needed for installation
  • Preassembled components save time and money
  • Installs with module, reducing lay-out time
  • Single-piece EdgeGrab installs with ease
  • Versatile: same kit for most modules
  • Creates a 1-inch gap between modules, allowing load reduction per ASCE-7
  • Improved disk design works with all S-5! clamps and exposed-fastened brackets
  • UL 2703 Listed (Pending)

S-5! introduced the original direct-attachment solar panel system 11 years ago. By listening to customer feedback, S-5! has created PV Kit 2.0 to solve installer bottlenecks, while improving installation time. These enhancements make the PV Kit 2.0 the most cost-effective PV mounting solution for installers, design professionals and building owners.

For more information, visit www.S-5.com.

Roofing Technology Think Tank Elects Board of Directors

Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), a group of progressive roofing professionals focused on technology solutions for the roofing industry, announced that it has elected six directors of the board at its May 9 virtual meetup.

RT3 was formed to act as a conduit for curating knowledge on technologies that can help roofing contractors and the roofing industry overall.  Formed in July of 2017, the group has grown from twenty founding members to over sixty.  The think tank was officially incorporated in 2018 and now is proud to announce its new board of directors.

Heidi J. Ellsworth, Partner, RoofersCoffeeShop.com and Karen Inman, Chief Operating Officer, Antis Roofing and Waterproofing, will serve three-year terms on the board. Steve Little, Head Coach at K-Post Roofing and Ken Kelly, President of Kelly Roofing will serve two-year terms while Trent Cotney, Cotney Construction Law and Tom Whitaker, President of Harness Software will serve one-year terms.

The board will support the RT3 mission statement and work to successfully accomplish its objectives to support and advance the adoption of technology within the roofing industry.  According to its mission statement, “Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), is a consortium of thought leaders exploring emerging technology solutions for the roofing industry, striving to inform contractors by bringing together progressive and disruptive solutions that help build the professionalism and appeal of the roofing industry,”

The think tank meets six times a year, four virtual and two live.  Past live meetings included tours of Georgia Tech, BuiltWorlds and the U.S. Capitol.  Future meetings will continue to be held at innovative locations that will help enlighten the group on progressive technologies that can make a difference in the roofing industry.

“It is about education and the initiative to understand and then disseminate innovative technologies into the roofing industry,” stated Heidi J. Ellsworth.  “One of the ways to attract the new generation and a diversified labor force is to incorporate the use of technology including robotics, drones, software, cloud solutions and cutting-edge technologies that we are not even aware of yet.”

For more information, visit www.rt3thinktank.com.

Atlas to Host Webinar on Exit and Succession Planning June 18

Atlas Roofing is hosting a free webinar on exit, succession and contingency planning Monday, June 18 at 10 a.m. Eastern. Learn why roofing contractors need an exit or succession plan, as well as common mistakes made during the process and the best strategies for success.

Hear from business-planning experts Kevin Kennedy and Joe Bazzano about how to get all of the proper financial and legal arrangements in place to preserve your business legacy and secure your financial future.

Kennedy, CEO of Beacon Exit Planning, specializes in exit and success planning for private business owners. He uses the experience of selling his 63-year-old roofing business — including the mistakes he made — to help others navigate the process more smoothly.

Bazzano, COO of Beacon, is a certified public accountant, certified valuation analyst and certified business exit consultant with more than 25 years of experience. He shows business owners how to increase the value of their companies and save on taxes.

With their knowledge and expertise, these professionals can guide contractors around the potential pitfalls of leaving a roofing business — either by choice or circumstance.

To register, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8050003304757158147