Mark Gaulin Receives Prestigious NRCA J.A. Piper Award

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced Mark Gaulin, founder of MAGCO Inc., Jessup, Maryland, and founding member of Tecta America Corp., Rosemont, Illinois, is the 73rd recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention held in Dallas. The J.A. Piper award is the industry’s most prestigious honor, recognizing roofing professionals who have devoted constant outstanding service to NRCA and the roofing industry.

Gaulin was elected to NRCA’s board of directors in 1993 and served three terms, including two terms as vice president from 1998-2000 and 2003-05. He also served as NRCA senior vice president from 2005-06 and NRCA president from 2006-07. During his time at the helm of NRCA, his entrepreneurial spirit guided him in the promotion and advancement of green and vegetative roof systems in the United States. He dedicated his time to visiting contractor groups across the country to educate them about vegetative roof systems. Gaulin also served as president of the Associated Roofing Contractors of Maryland in the early 1990s.

Gaulin has been in the roofing industry for more than four decades. Starting his career in 1978 at Barra Inc., a German manufacturer of single-ply roofing materials, he soon became a minority partner with SCF Decks in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. In 1987, he decided to start his own business, MAGCO. Under his leadership, MAGCO grew to about 60 employees with additional branches in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Petersburg, Virginia.

In 1993, Gaulin founded Metal Fab Manufacturing, a producer of architectural metal roofing and accessories, and in 2000 he was a key leader in the consolidation and formation of Tecta America Corp., one of the nation’s largest commercial roofing contractors. He served as COO of Tecta America from 2007-10 and interim CEO from 2013-14. He currently serves on the board of directors for Tecta America.

Gaulin has been involved with many NRCA committees, including chairing the Architectural Sheet Metal Committee, Internet/Electronic Communications Committee and NRCA Retirement Committee.

“During his more than three decades in the industry, he has been a passionate advocate for NRCA and the industry, including testifying in Congress on behalf of small businesses and small-business concerns,” said Helene Hardy Pierce, vice president of technical services, codes and industry relations at GAF, when presenting the award. “His focus on green roofing, solar initiatives and sustainable construction has led to best practices in the roofing industry. He is an honest worker, trustworthy colleague, tireless volunteer and is consistently innovative.”

“I am truly flattered and honored to be recognized by my peers and the industry with this award, and I am proud to be a part of this great industry,” Gaulin said when accepting the award.

First presented in 1948, the J.A. Piper Award is named for former NRCA President Joseph A. Piper, whose extraordinary efforts kept the association alive during the Great Depression.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

OMG Roofing Products Names Vice President of Sales & Marketing

As part of the previously announced organizational changes by OMG, Inc. to accelerate growth, the company has named Geoff Medeiros as vice president of sales and marketing for the Roofing Products Division. 

In this role, Medeiros is responsible for developing and executing the division’s overall sales and marketing strategy to support its three business units – Fasteners, Adhesives & Solar, and Metal Accessories, which includes Edge Metal. In addition, Medeiros is responsible for overseeing the company’s marketing communications, and customer service departments. He reports to Peter Coyne, senior vice president and general manager of OMG Roofing Products.

“Geoff is a great fit for the company and this position,” said Coyne. “He is a strong leader with a proven track-record of helping companies create long-term customer value.” 

Medeiros joins OMG from Welch’s, where he was general manager, responsible for strategic growth and marketing for the company’s core product lines. Prior to joining Welch’s, Geoff was vice president of brand management and product development with the Yankee Candle Company. He started his career at Nestle, before becoming a brand manager for Hasbro. 

Geoff holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Providence College and an MBA in international business from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.  

For more information, visit www.OMGInc.com.

Artisan Construction Co. Inc. Honored With 2020 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

In recognition of its generosity and service, Artisan Construction Co. Inc., Centennial, Colorado, has been presented with the eighth annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association and CNA, one of the largest U.S. commercial property and casualty insurance companies. The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

Artisan Construction staff volunteered to play baseball with the children at Miracle League of Metro Denver — an organization that provides children and adults who are living with various mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. Artisan Construction also donates $250 to the Miracle League of Metro Denver for every reroof completed in Colorado. To date, $18,000 has been donated from roofing. Artisan Construction also recently replaced a lock with a more secure locking mechanism on an equipment trailer that had been vandalized.

CNA awarded Artisan Construction with $7,500 to be presented to Miracle League of Metro Denver. In addition, NRCA dedicated the proceeds of its Cyber Monday sale in November 2019 to Miracle League of Metro Denver.

Additionally, second-place winner Weatherproofing Technologies Inc., Beachwood, Ohio, received $5,000 for its charitable efforts regarding WomenSafe Inc. Weatherproofing Technologies, a subsidiary of Tremco Inc., has supported WomenSafe, a domestic violence shelter serving northeastern Ohio, for more than a decade by offering financial support, sponsorships and in-kind donations (food, clothing, hygiene products, household items, etc.). During 2019, Weatherproofing Technologies sponsored WomenSafe by donating $5,000, several meals as part of annual year-end celebrations and $400 to the organization’s annual fall luncheon fundraiser. The contractor also held a toilet paper drive and adopted a WomenSafe family in need for the holidays by fulfilling the family’s wish list.

The third-place winner was KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, The Official Roofing & Waterproofing Company of the Dallas Cowboys, for its work with the Salvation Army. KPost held a school supply drive and donated 1,050 fully loaded backpacks to the Salvation Army to distribute to local children. In addition to the backpacks, KPost hosted a canned food drive on behalf of the Salvation Army. CNA awarded KPost with $2,500 for its charity.

In addition, Locklear Roofing Inc., Holly Springs, North Carolina, was the winner of the People’s Choice Award, which was selected by public online voting on NRCA’s website. Locklear Roofing received $1,500 for its work with Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center.

The awards were presented Feb. 5 at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention in Dallas.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

Polyisocyanurate Foam Insulation Board

IKO offers Ener-Air, an energy efficient, vapor-permeable, noise-reducing wall insulation board with outstanding R-value. Ener-Air is constructed from closed cell polyisocyanurate foam core bonded on each side to coated fiberglass facers during the manufacturing process. The product is lightweight and easy to cut, thus reducing labor costs on site. Plus, stud and fastener line indicators improve accuracy of installation. Ener-Air serves as a superior building envelope insulation product to meet a wide variety of commercial building needs. IKO Ener-Air has a high thermal R-value of R6 per inch (RSI 1.05 per 25 mm), providing superior insulation protection, which helps to reduce energy costs and increase efficiency.

For more information, visit www.iko.com.

GAF Introduces Community Matters Social Impact Initiative

GAF launched a new social impact initiative called GAF Community Matters to strengthen and support the communities it serves. GAF has renewed its partnerships with several non-profit organizations as a part of this effort, committing more than $6 million in financial and in-kind donations in 2020 to help neighbors, create disaster resiliency and build community — including materials to roof over 1,500 homes.

“GAF is committed to protecting what matters most, not only through our products, but as neighbors and partners in the communities where we live and work,” said Jim Schnepper, President of GAF. “Our partners within GAF’s new Community Matters initiative will help us amplify our collective impact together; bringing meaningful change to our communities in new and exciting ways.”

GAF is committing its expertise, products and financial resources to help power the potential of the communities in which it operates, and to aid people that are in need every day and during critical times of disaster. GAF is working in partnership with leading organizations, including the following:

  • Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries around the world. GAF has established a unique Community Contractor Program with Habitat that donates roofing materials and connects local Habitat organizations with independent contractors enrolled in GAF’s certified contractor program to address a critical need for safe, decent and affordable housing. Today, GAF is proud to be among Habitat’s generous partners, supporting the installation of over 2,000 roofs since 2011.
  • Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service, leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises. GAF aims to shorten the road to recovery for communities hit by disasters, particularly for low-attention disasters that do not receive significant resources, and will help train at least 100 GAF employees as volunteers for Team Rubicon deployment in 2020. To date, GAF has helped support nearly 4,000 volunteer disaster response deployments with Team Rubicon.
  • Good360 is a global leader in product philanthropy, and partners with socially responsible companies to source highly needed goods and distribute them through its network of diverse nonprofits that support people in need. GAF will donate roofing materials and other supplies to help Good360 address the long-term needs of communities recovering from disasters. In 2019, GAF provided 56 truckloads of roofing materials to Good360, which were distributed to approximately 20 non-profit partners nationwide to roof more than 600 properties.
  • Project for Public Spaces is dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build strong communities. GAF is investing in the development of physical spaces where community members can come together in areas that are home to GAF manufacturing operations. GAF will also continue working with Project for Public Spaces, GAF employees, service organizations and local governments to address the distinctive needs in communities where GAF’s plants and headquarters are located.

Further expanding its commitment to these partners through the GAF Community Matters initiative builds on existing efforts to improve communities and connect experts with nonprofits who need their skills. As part of these efforts, employees will also have expanded opportunities to get involved from volunteer time off to connecting them with causes that are close to them, including an employee relief fund. For more information about GAF’s social impact efforts, please visit www.gaf.com/communitymatters.

NRCA Announces 2020-21 Officers and Directors

The National Roofing Contractors Association announced its 2020-21 slate of officers and directors at its 133rd Annual Convention. All 2020-21 officers and directors will assume their roles June 1.

Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Illinois, has been elected NRCA chairman of the board; Kyle Thomas, vice president of Thomas Roofing, Mobile, Alabama, was elected chairman of the board-elect; Bryan Karel, vice president of operations, Garlock-French Corp., Minneapolis, Minnesota; Sherri Miles, vice president of J.D. Miles & Sons Inc., Chesapeake, Virginia; and Lisa Sprick, president of Sprick Roofing Co. Inc., Corvallis, Oregon, were elected vice chairmen.

Additionally, the following were elected as new NRCA directors:

  • Cheryl Chapman, general manager of Empire Roofing Inc., Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jennifer Ford-Smith, director of sales for Johns Manville, Denver, Colorado
  • Scott D. Gipson, vice president and general manager of FiberTite Roofing Systems, Wooster, Ohio
  • Kevin Gwaltney, president of Diamond Roofing, Dodge City, Kansas
  • Tammy Hall, director of marketing/service manager for CFS Roofing Services LLC, Fort Myers, Florida
  • Paige Harvill, president of Nations Roof Gulf Coast LLC, Mobile, Alabama
  • Peter Horch, owner/CEO of Horch Roofing, Warren, Maine
  • Josh Kelly, vice president of product development and innovation for OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Massachusetts
  • Ken Kelly, president of Kelly Roofing, Bonita Springs, Florida
  • Daniel Kennedy, commercial division manager for Don Kennedy Roofing Co. Inc., Nashville, Tennessee
  • C.J. Martin, president/CEO of Showalter Roofing Service Inc., Naperville, Illinois
  • Geoff Mitchell, CEO of Mid-South Roof Systems, Forest Park, Georgia
  • Jack Moore, president/CEO of West Roofing Systems Inc., LaGrange, Ohio
  • Curtis Sutton, president of Rackley Roofing Co. Inc., Carthage, Tennessee

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

Refillable System for Commercial Roofing Adhesives

ICP Building Solutions Group’s latest low-slope commercial roofing solution is a refillable system and is intended to pair with the company’s Polyset CR-20 and Board-Max adhesives. Polyset CR-20 is a low-rise, two-component polyurethane foam adhesive engineered for speed and simplicity. According to the company, it’s ideal for adhering fleece back membranes in both new and re-roof applications. Polyset Board-Max adhesive is specifically engineered to secure insulation and cover boards to various roof decks, cover boards and substrates. 

The new refillable cylinder options provide the same quality adhesives and a lower applied cost per square foot, with the same Handi-Gun dispensing unit and ColorWise Temperature Warning Nozzles, making it easy to access hard-to-reach areas and provide faster application on open roofs. According to the manufacturer, the system offers a higher coverage rate than disposable tanks, and low cost to entry makes this system ideal for high-volume and high-efficiency roofing contractors. 

“As part of our mission as an organization to innovate with contractors’ needs in mind, we’re pleased to bring refillable systems to the market, paired with our leading Polyset CR-20 and Board-Max adhesives,” said Dave Spaulding, director of sales, ICP BSG Low Slope Roofing Products. “This offering reduces equipment and applied costs while reducing the environmental impact of work, both on and off the job site, by eliminating landfill waste.” 

After the completion of the job, returning the cylinders is easy. When the tanks are empty, contractors simply return them to the pallet, wrap the pallet, and call the 800 number that comes with the cylinders on the Bill of Lading. There is no return freight for the contractor because the return freight is built into the total cost of the product, making this a greener solution with fewer steps for the contractor. 

For more information, visit www.icpgroup.com

Demilec Product Takes Top Honors as NAHB’s Leading Suppliers Council Spark Award Winner

When the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Leading Suppliers Council (LSC) chooses its annual Spark Award recipient, the organization looks for a product or service that provides impactful solutions to modern building-industry challenges. The 2020 award winner — Demilec’s Heatlok HFO Pro — demonstrates those ideals, delivering high-performance spray-foam insulating technology with a reduced environmental impact. 

Demilec’s Heatlok HFO Pro, designed to protect against air, water and vapor intrusion, acts as an ultra-low global warming potential (GWP) insulation with superior sprayability, adhesion and compressive strength. Heatlok HFO Pro, and the entire family of Heatlok HFO products, utilizes Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent technology.

In winning the coveted award, Doug Brady, vice president of global innovation and product management, said Heatlok HFO Pro delivers critical innovation for environmentally conscious building design. The award underscores Demilec’s commitment to eco-friendly building with an eye on sustainability. “We’re very honored to be recognized with this award for product innovation,” Brady said. “Heatlok HFO Pro truly stands out as a high-performing solution within this segment of the industry. Contractors love the product with its superior yield and ease of spray.”

Heatlok HFO Pro provides numerous benefits, including:

  • Achieves an R-11 insulation value, exceeding the ASHRAE 90.1 continuous insulation requirements at 1.5 inches
  • Provides Class II vapor retarder at 1-inch thick
  • Is certified by the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) for adhesion to a majority of air-barrier materials
  • Is NFPA 285 certified for use with brick, stone and masonry exteriors

Demilec’s Heatlok HFO Pro joins previous Spark Award winners — including the LG Styler clothing steam-cleaner appliance and the Panasonic WhisperGreen Select ventilation fan — that are redesigning home-building technology with climate-conscious benefits. 

Spark Award recipients (whether products or services) are chosen by NAHB Leading Suppliers Council members, who represent more than 80 companies nationwide. Award winners are selected based on several factors, including providing a recognizable benefit to the building industry and improvement to industry efficiency or effectiveness. 

For more information, visit www.demilec.com

Thomas Roofing’s Kyle Thomas Named NRCA Chairman of the Board-Elect

Kyle Thomas, vice president of Thomas Roofing, Mobile, Alabama, has been named the next chairman of the board-elect for the National Roofing Contractors Association. Thomas was elected during NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention, which was held February 2-6 in Dallas. He will serve during the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Thomas previously served as an NRCA director from 2005-08 and 2011-14 and officer from 2016-18. He has served on many NRCA committees, including the Education Resource Committee, Education Resource Oversight Committee, Future Executives Institute Committee, Health and Safety Committee, Manual Update Committee, Manufacturers Spec Review Task Force, PAC Advisory Committee, QC Guidelines Task Force, Repair Manual Task Force, Technical Operations Committee and Vegetative Roof Manual Task Force. 

Thomas has been in the roofing industry since 1993. He will begin his one-year term as the second highest-ranking officer of one of the oldest construction trade associations in the United States on June 1.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

Fastener Designed for Use With Oriented Strand Board

Triangle Fastener Corporation announces the addition of a #10 CONCEALOR with the patent-pending BURR BUSTER technology, specifically developed for use in oriented strand board. This new fastener offers the latest thread technology designed to produce superior performance.

According to the manufacturer, it provides up to 80 percent more pullout load on OSB compared to other screws, and the single lead, low-angle thread helps reduce problems associated over-driving the fastener. The fasteners offer more resistance to loosening due to more consistent tightening 

Triangle Fastener Corporation provides standard and specialty fastener, sealants, tools, and accessories to the commercial roofing and siding industries. They have 23 locations and provide engineering support from the TFC Tech Center. 

For more information, visit www.trianglefastener.com