RCI Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

RCI has announced that applications for the RCI Foundations’ Robert W. Lyons and Lewis W. Newlan scholarships are now being accepted. The application window runs through February 28, 2018.

According to the organization, up to two scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded in honor of Robert W. Lyons. As many as ten scholarships of $2,500 each will be given through The Lewis W. Newlan Award.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for the scholarships:

  • Be a current undergraduate or graduate student who has completed a minimum of 24 credit hours and is planning to enroll full-time at an accredited college, university, or vocational/technical school for the entire 2018-19 academic year in an accredited program of architecture, engineering, construction, or building sciences leading to a career in the construction or building envelope industry.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).
  • Be a citizen of the United States or Canada.

For more information and to apply, go to https://www.scholarsapply.org/rcif.

OSHA Extends Deadline for Electronically Submitted Injury, Illness Reports

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will continue accepting 2016 OSHA Form 300A data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) until midnight on Dec. 31, 2017. OSHA will not take enforcement action against those employers who submit their reports after the Dec. 15, 2017, deadline but before Dec. 31, 2017, final entry date. Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the ITA will no longer accept the 2016 data.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Johns Manville Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative, Becomes NRCA Partner Member

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Johns Manville, Denver, has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

In early 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. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“There is 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.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

“Johns Manville is proud to have been part of the roofing community for more than 160 years. We are always looking for ways to invest further to help move the industry forward,” says Joe Smith, president of Roofing Systems at Johns Manville. “Joining NRCA’s Once Voice initiative gives us a chance to be a part of something that helps our industry overcome challenges and make an impact where we think it matters most.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, visit www.nrca.net/onevoice.

NRCA Invites Industry Stakeholders to Participate in Roofing Day in D.C. 2018

NRCA is inviting all roofing industry professionals to come together in Washington, D.C., in an unprecedented effort to elevate the image of the industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 will take place March 6-7. All NRCA members are urged to participate and consider bringing one or more employees.

“To effect change in Washington and elevate the image of the roofing industry, we must speak with one voice: contractors, distributors, manufacturers, designers, labor and management together,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “When we are united and organized, we present our industry as a united voting body.”

Roofing Day in D.C. will bring together roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and other industry professionals from across the United States, with a goal of having every state represented in Washington. It will be the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry.

NRCA asks all industry stakeholders to help identify the top two or three issues that unite the roofing industry so the group can go to D.C. and present a united front. For more information about Roofing Day in D.C. 2018, contact Duane Musser, NRCA’s vice president of government affairs, at (202) 400-2592 or dmusser@nrca.net.

ARMA Launches New Website

Homeowners and professionals seeking asphalt roofing help can find guidance and technical information easier now that the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has launched its revamped website.

Asphaltroofing.org has many new design features, including improved functionality and enhanced content that boosts usability and user-friendliness. ARMA’s sleek, new modern website provides:

  • Improvements to navigation and ease of searching
  • A simplified front page to better direct visitors to relevant information
  • Two main entry points for homeowners and professionals
  • A redesigned contractor awards submissions page that saves when visitors exit out
  • A more streamlined bookstore, which is categorized by eBook, Print-On-Demand and Print
  • Enhanced ease of mobile viewing
  • An updated photo gallery that provides entry point into ARMA member company websites
  • The consolidation of informational roofing resources, videos and materials

“The ARMA website is popular with both homeowners and roofing professionals because we are able to provide them with guidance and education on asphalt roofing systems in one easy-to-use place,” said Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of ARMA. “Whether it’s homeowner tips for choosing the right type of asphalt shingle for their home or providing resource materials to commercial building owners or professionals on installing and maintaining their commercial roofing system, ARMA is the industry authority.”

The website’s main page will primarily feature three main points of entry, the Guide for ProfessionalsGuide for Homeownersand the Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Studies (QARC) awards, making navigation to points of interest and relevant information easier and faster.

Visitors to the ARMA website can also find educational resources and publications for installation, application and other technical matters. In addition, links to ARMA’s LinkedInYouTube and Facebook pages provide visitors additional resources to stay up-to-date on news regarding asphalt roofing.

For more information visit www.asphaltroofing.org

 

OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports to Dec. 15

To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on Aug. 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to Dec. 15, 2017.

OSHA’s final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses sets Dec. 15, 2017, as the date for compliance (a two-week extension from the Dec. 1, 2017, compliance date in the proposed rule). The rule requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information they are already required to keep under existing OSHA regulations.

Unless an employer is under federal jurisdiction, the following OSHA-approved State Plans have not yet adopted the requirement to submit injury and illness reports electronically: California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Establishments in these states are not currently required to submit their summary data through the ITA. Similarly, state and local government establishments in Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, and New York are not currently required to submit their data through the ITA.

OSHA is currently reviewing the other provisions of its final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, and intends to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to reconsider, revise, or remove portions of that rule in 2018.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Seven Teams to Compete in the Alliance’s Construction Management Student Competition

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress will host seven teams from undergraduate universities across the United States to compete in its fourth annual Construction Management Student Competition. This is the largest group to compete in the hallmark competition that promotes careers in construction management and will culminate with presentations at NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention and the 2018 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in New Orleans.

The competition is part of an educational partnership with schools of construction management: McWhorter School of Building Sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama; Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado; M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, Gainesville., Florida; Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama; Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia; and University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.

In addition to providing a significant learning opportunity, the Alliance’s 2018 Construction Management Student Competition fosters an environment that is meant to bring out the best in each team; encourage dialogue among the students; and foster team spirit as students rise to meet the challenge.

Teams participating in the competition have been presented with a problem statement: Create a company to bid on installing a roof system on the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Each team is required to research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. All teams must strive to find a competitive edge in their estimate to beat their competition while still maintaining a reasonable margin. For this project, it is important to decide on the correct application methods, show overall roofing knowledge and illustrate a company team is prepared to undertake the project.

Oral presentations will take place Feb. 7 from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m. during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention and the 2018 International Roofing Expo at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The winning teams will be announced during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception Feb. 7.

For more information about the Alliance student competition, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513, or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net

GAF Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative, Becomes NRCA Partner Member

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced GAF, Parsippany, N.J., has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

In early 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. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“There is 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.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

“GAF is proud to the join NRCA’s One Voice initiative to increase awareness of the issues affecting the roofing industry, and to drive for sustainable change,” said GAF President Jim Schnepper.

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, visit www.nrca.net/onevoice.

National Women in Roofing Announces Association Staff

National Women in Roofing (NWIR), a national organization focused on the empowerment of women within the roofing industry, announced that is now fully staffed to handle all management functions of the organization.

“This is a significant milestone for our organization,” stated Heidi J. Ellsworth, NWIR chair. “It’s only been 18 months since the organization began, and we’ve grown to over 600 members and now have the support of a team of contracted staffers to ensure the success of the organization.”

NWIR has put together a talented team of consulting contractors that includes:
• Ellen Thorp, principal of Meridian Consulting, as executive director
• Sarah Harwerth‐De Marco, owner of 6 Sides Marketing, as graphic designer and
communications consultant
• Julie Massaro, owner of JBM Business Solutions, as member services consultant
• Michelle Schulp, owner of Marktime Media, as web designer
• Jessica Schaller, principal, The Accounting Resource, LLC, as bookkeeper
• Barb Ilyes, president, Go Figure Inc., as accountant
• Hilary Morgan, senior associate, Trent Cotney Construction Law Group, as general counsel

“We’ve been successful getting started because of the amazing support provided by our volunteer members, who serve on various committees and give their time to keep the organization moving and growing,” explained Ellsworth. “We will continue to have working committees who contribute to the growth and success of NWIR and should see even more positive traction now that we have this strong team of staff members to support us.”

For more information, visit www.nationalwomeninroofing.com.

METALCON 2017 Wraps Up Successful Show in Las Vegas

METALCON 2017 was held in Las Vegas Oct. 18-20, and according to show management, exhibitors at the largest international event for the metal construction industry networked with more than 5,000 attendees, including designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries.

“This is one of the unique venues in the world where we have access to our entire value chain,” said Mark MacDonald of Valspar. “We see everyone from coil coaters all the way down to building product suppliers, regional roll formers and even roofing contractors. It gives us an opportunity to network with our current customers, talk about new business opportunities, as well as meet our future customers. There really isn’t another venue quite like this, and we are happy to be here.”

“It’s been an incredible attendee show,” said Scott Cosens of Samco Machinery, manufacturers of custom metal roll-forming equipment. “We have never seen this type of volume of people. We were running out of paper on our leads. All I can tell you is, if you are not coming to METALCON, you are missing out, and what’s even more amazing, I am finding that still again, all of these suppliers and providers are coming from all over the world, not just the U.S. and Canada. We are never not going to be here. We have been here for well over two decades, and we are already back for next year.”

A newcomer to METALCON this year was DuPont Tyvek Protec, a synthetic roofing underlayment product. “We couldn’t be more excited to be here,” said Roofing Segment Leader Susan Homan. “Honestly, after the first day, our expectations have been exceeded. The quality of the crowd here is really great. We have had really great engagement with contractors and other professionals alike, so we are really glad to be at METALCON.”

Another new exhibitor was Stubai, an Austrian manufacturer of roofing and metalworking tools. “We decided to come to METALCON because we can meet our final customers who actually work with our tools,” said Sites Manager Lukas Braun. “It is interesting for us to get to know how they use the products, but we can also get in touch with decision makers, new retailers, and existing retailers. For us, the U.S. is a very big country so it is more convenient for us to meet all of our customers here.”

Geoff Stone with MetalForming Inc., a provider of high-tech sheet metal component manufacturing machines, has attended all 27 METALCON shows. “This was an absolutely terrific show,” said Stone. “The marketplace is in great condition. There’s lots of folks spending money. I think we probably did somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 or $4 million dollars’ worth of business as a result. As usual, METALCON is our most important show, and we’ve really enjoyed being here.”

Lee Ann Slattery, sales support manager for ATAS International Inc., manufacturers of metal panels, has also attended METALCON for many years. “This year, especially, seems to be a very busy show for us,” said Slattery. “We’ve had a lot of attendees come by our booth, a lot of questions being asked and a lot of different types of people attending. We have talked to contractors, building owners, international folks and facility mangers, so it really has drawn a wide variety of people, and that’s one of the reasons we like doing this show.”

Ken Buchinger of MBCI, manufacturers of metal roofing and wall panels, has been in the industry for more than 40 years and has attended every METALCON. “I have seen this industry grow over the years,” said Buchinger. “I have also seen it become much more complex from the standpoint of product offerings, product installation and the details on roofs, so installers need good information and training. The Metal Construction Association (MCA) and METALCON provide quite a few training programs to help contractors, both with installation and how to run their businesses.”

“The show itself is great because you have the opportunity to meet different manufacturers and contractors, learn from each other and learn about ancillary products available to integrate into your offerings,” said Buchinger. “Its’s a great opportunity for contractors, whether you have been one for just a few years or for many years; there is always something to learn at METALCON.”

“2017 has been an incredible year for METALCON,” said Jonathan Rider, an MCA Board Member and Chief Administrative Officer with D. I. Roof Seamers, manufacturers of roof seaming tools. “This year we broke all kinds of records with attendance and pre-registration, with booth sales and even with on-site sales. It also offered a whole new take on our education track with incredible success and amazing new topics such as drone services for roof inspections, marijuana laws and new litigation affecting the work force. We are going to continue developing the education track in conjunction with the AIA to adapt to the industry’s needs and the way our needs are changing in the field.”

“This year’s attendees were from all over the world,” said Rider. “We are really branching out as METALCON is becoming truly an international show, and we had a lot of incredible feedback from our exhibitors on how great the international attendance was. In addition, local attendance was fantastic. So many local erectors and builders left their job sites and came out on to the show floor to join us. They were elated with the technology and new innovations offered on the show floor by exhibitors.”

“2018 promises to be the biggest year in recent history for METALCON,” said Rider. “Charlotte is an amazing city. You can expect a bigger show, more attendees and the newest technology available.”

This year’s metal roofing games, another sold-out event, awarded a total of $8,500 to its winners. Six teams of two competed in five “competitions,” inspired by this year’s theme “Aces of Las Vegas.” Each competition paid $500 to the winning team. Top awards each day included a Daily Points Award of $750. The winner on Wednesday was Joe Arnold and Paul Kulb of Thomas Phoenix International. On Thursday, Matt Cox and Justin Hopta, also of Thomas Phoenix International, were the winners. On Friday, both teams came together in a face-off where Cox and Hopta were victorious in taking home the MCA METALCON National Metal Roofing Championship and $2,000. Next year’s teams will be able to pre-register for the Charlotte games beginning in February 2018.

“Las Vegas was the best show for us in years,” said Claire Kilcoyne, METALCON Show Director. “Business is back! The aisles were packed, and exhibitors were thrilled with the traffic, leads and sales. We saw an increase in international attendance, successfully raised $4,000 for the America’s Fund and once again, enjoyed a full house for the MCA Triumph Awards. We are already gearing up for Charlotte, which promises to be another great show.”

METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources Inc. and sponsored by The Metal Construction Association. For more information, visit www.metalcon.com.