NRCA Comments on President’s Immigration Plan

Reid Ribble, CEO of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), issued the following statement with respect to President Trump’s remarks on a new administration immigration proposal Thursday, May 16:

“NRCA welcomes President Trump’s effort to put forward a new plan to reform our badly outdated immigration system,” Ribble said. “We agree the security and economic needs of U.S. citizens should be paramount in immigration policy and that moving toward a merit-based system makes sense given the demands of our economy.

“Although the new plan moves in the right direction and we look forward to seeing more details, the proposal apparently only deals with the high-tech sector of the economy and individuals with advanced degrees. It is imperative our immigration system recognizes the need for legal immigration to address the chronic workforce shortages in the roofing industry, which are reaching crisis proportions and severely limiting economic growth,” Ribble noted. “Our immigration system must recognize the value of critical skills needed to work in industries such as roofing as embodied in the bipartisan Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act (H.R. 1740).”

“Additionally, we need to provide immediate relief to qualifying individuals working legally in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS); failing to do so will only further destabilize our workforce,” Ribble concluded. “NRCA looks forward to working with the administration and Congress to move forward on a bipartisan basis with immigration reform that fully addresses our security and economic needs.”

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

Asphalt Roofing Facilities Across North America Earn Workplace Safety Awards

More than 50 asphalt roofing manufacturing facilities have been recognized for workplace safety by the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA). ARMA’s annual Accident Prevention Contest honors individual roofing manufacturing facilities across North America for their low incident rates among workers.

The winners of the 2018 Accident Prevention Contest were selected based on their exemplary quarterly safety data reports from this past calendar year. The facilities were judged on the number of hours completed and an ARMA INDEX derived from the criteria and standards set by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“ARMA and its member companies are committed to providing a safe work environment across the industry,” said ARMA’s Executive Vice President Reed Hitchcock. “Year after year, asphalt roofing manufacturers continue to demonstrate the high quality and safety of their work environments.”

ARMA’s Accident Prevention Contest is open to all manufacturer members. They can submit data from their entire company, a specific division, or an individual plant or mill in North America. The winners are honored in four different categories: the President’s Award, the Award of Excellence, the Perfect Employee Safety Certificate and the Certificate of Improvement.

President’s Award: Presented to the plant in each contest category that has the lowest combined ARMA INDEX over a two-year period.

  • Owens Corning, Irving, TX
  • GAF, Shafter, CA (Shingle)
  • Owens Corning, Portland, OR
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Summit, IL 

Award of Excellence: Presented to those plants that have recorded a score of 0.00 in the ARMA INDEX for three consecutive years and are not President’s Award winners.

  • Owens Corning, Irving, TX
  • GAF, Minneapolis, MN
  • GAF, Mobile, AL
  • GAF, Stockton, CA
  • Johns Manville, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Atlanta, GA
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Compton, CA
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Denver, CO
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Kearny, NJ
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Medina, OH
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Memphis, TN
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Minneapolis, MN
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Oklahoma City, OK
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Portland, OR

Perfect Safety Award: Presented to those plants that have recorded a score of 0.00 in the ARMA INDEX for the reporting year and are not President’s Award winners.

  • CertainTeed Corporation, Milan, OH
  • GAF, Myerstown, PA
  • Owens Corning, Irving, TX
  • Atlas Roofing Corporation, Hampton, GA
  • CertainTeed Corporation, Fremont, CA
  • CertainTeed Corporation, Jonesburg, MO
  • GAF, Minneapolis, MN
  • GAF, Shafter, CA (Shingle)
  • GAF, Tampa, FL
  • Owens Corning, Atlanta, GA
  • CertainTeed Corporation, Peachtree City, GA
  • GAF, Mobile, AL
  • Johns Manville, Macon, GA
  • Owens Corning, Brookville, IN
  • Owens Corning, Houston, TX
  • Owens Corning, Kearny, NJ
  • Owens Corning, Portland, OR
  • GAF, Shafter, CA
  • GAF, Stockton, CA
  • Johns Manville, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Johns Manville, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Atlanta, GA
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Compton, CA
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Denver, CO
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Houston, TX
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Jacksonville, FL
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Kearny, NJ
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Medina, OH
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Memphis, TN
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Minneapolis, MN
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Oklahoma City, OK
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Portland, OR
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Summit, IL
  • Siplast, Arkadelphia, AR
  • SOPREMA, Inc., Chilliwack, British Columbia
  • SOPREMA, Inc., Gulfport, MS
  • TAMKO Building Products, Ennis, TX

For more information visit www.asphaltroofing.org.

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Issues Rule to Revise Requirements in Safety and Health Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that revises 14 provisions in the recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards that may be confusing, outdated, or unnecessary. The revisions are expected to increase understanding and compliance with the provisions, improve employee safety and health, and save employers an estimated $6.1 million per year.

OSHA proposed the changes in October 2016. This is the fourth final rule under OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project, which began in 1995 in response to a Presidential memorandum to improve government regulations. Other revisions were issued in 1998, 2005, and 2011.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

NRCA Partners with SkillsUSA, Becomes Official Business Partner

The National Roofing Contractors Association has partnered with SkillsUSA and now is a SkillsUSA Official Business Partner.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure the U.S. has a skilled workforce. It provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in U.S. classrooms.

“NRCA looks forward to engaging with SkillsUSA and expanding NRCA’s outreach and footprint in the career and technical fields to establish roofing as a core curriculum in schools and help NRCA members address workforce shortages,” says Nick Sabino, founder and president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati, and NRCA chairman of the board-elect.

NRCA will attend the annual National Leadership & Skills Conference the week of June 24 in Louisville, Ky., and participate in the Meet the Employer event June 28. It also will serve as a co-sponsor of SkillsUSA’s State Directors Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., Aug. 12-17.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

MBMA Celebrates 2019 Metal Construction Hall of Fame Inductees

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) is pleased to announce that five industry leaders with MBMA ties have been introduced as part of the 2019 Metal Construction Hall of Fame class. Charles “Chuck” Praeger, retired assistant general manager for MBMA, has been inducted as a Friend of the Industry. Jack Sturdivant of Whirlwind Steel, Robert Carr, formerly of Robertson CECO/NCI, Bill Lowery of All Weather Insulated Panels and Dale Nelson of Roof Hugger, LLC have also been introduced as Hall of Fame members in the Manufacturer/Supplier category.

“The Metal Building Manufacturers Association would like to congratulate all of the members of this year’s Hall of Fame class. We are particularly proud of those with MBMA ties, including one of my predecessors, Chuck Praeger. Chuck worked in the industry for 47 years and led our association for 19 years until his retirement in 2014,” notes Tony Bouquot, current MBMA general manager. “His leadership was instrumental in shaping the industry and bringing together manufacturers, suppliers, code officials and the design community to help lead us to where we are today.”

“Chuck was vital in instituting the AC 472 accreditation program for metal building manufacturers,” adds W. Lee Shoemaker, Ph.D., PE, director of research and engineering for MBMA and Thomas Associates and a member of the Metal Construction Hall of Fame, class of 2017. “This transformative program elevated metal building manufacturers by creating a standard of excellence that recognizes accredited manufacturers. His work for the industry will be long remembered.”

As day-to-day manager of MBMA for 19 years, Chuck Praeger spent countless hours working with committees comprised of the industry’s biggest leaders, who also happened to be direct competitors. He helped these leaders work together for the greater good of the entire industry through cooperative educational, research and promotional programs, cultivating a spirit of innovation and building a sense of community throughout the MBMA membership. In addition to the AC 472 accreditation program, Chuck helped MBMA institute a thriving Associate member program, which now numbers over 70 participants. He also was responsible for creating MBMA’s Energy Committee and the Sustainability Committee. Other work includes: writing dozens of articles promoting the metal building systems industry across a variety of publications and websites; serving as chairman of the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition; planning and executing seminars for code and standards awareness; instituting a manufacturer and supplier safety program for MBMA members; overseeing joint university and association research projects; and developing strategic planning exercises that have helped to shape the industry. Combined, all of these efforts helped to bring metal buildings into the 21st century and broadened market share growth and acceptance of the industry.

Jack Sturdivant is CEO and chairman of the board of directors for Whirlwind Steel, located in Houston, TX. Upon the death of his father in 1972, Jack took over as president and CEO and led the company for 40 years. He retired from his role as president in 2012, when his son Ty Sturdivant took the reins.

Robert Carr is a longtime metal building industry leader. He was vice president of technical services for NCI Building Systems, Inc., headquartered in Houston, TX, from 2006 through 2017. Prior to that he worked for Robertson CECO II Corporation of Oklahoma City, OK, from 1992 until 2002 as vice president of technical services/CIO and director of engineering systems development.

Bill Lowery is president of All Weather Insulated Panels, located in Vacaville, CA. Bill founded the company in 2004 to meet the challenges of today’s stringent environmental and structural building regulations. Before that, he served as president for API, a national manufacturer of composite insulated panels.

Dale Nelson is a co-founder and president of Roof Hugger, LLC, headquartered in Lutz, FL. Dale helped found the company in 1991 and he has led Roof Hugger, an innovator in metal roofing retrofit solutions, since then.

For more information, visit www.mbma.com.

Trent Cotney Named General Counsel to National Slate Association

Trent Cotney of Cotney Construction Law, LLP was recently named General Counsel of the National Slate Association (NSA). As General Counsel, Cotney will provide legal assistance to the association’s board of directors with regard to the organizational structure, bylaws, operations, and governance policies.

The National Slate Association is a non-profit organization that promotes excellence through the development and dissemination of technical information, standards, and educational resources for the slate industry. “Working with NSA is a great opportunity for our firm to collaborate with a group of individuals who are dedicated to improving and promoting their work,” said Trent Cotney.

Cotney’s practice area encompass both commercial and construction litigation in addition to various transactional matters. Specifically, Trent works on contract review and drafting, contract negotiation, lien law, bond law, building code violation defense, construction defect litigation, OSHA defense, bid protest litigation, employment claim defense and contractor licensing defense.

For more information, visit www.cotneycl.com.

NRCA CEO Reid Ribble Testifies Before the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

NRCA CEO Reid Ribble testified before the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress today during its hearing, “Speaking from Experience: Former Members on Congressional Reform.”

Ribble was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and served Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District for six years. The committee heard from a bipartisan panel of six former members of Congress who shared their congressional experiences and offered potential areas for reform.

Ribble; former Reps. Tom Davis (R-Va.), Vic Fazio (D-Calif.), Martin Frost (D-Texas) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.); and former ambassador Tim Roemer (D-Ind.) spoke regarding a broad range of issues, including staff recruitment, transparency, technology, building civility and trust, and improving the quality of life for those working in the legislative branch.

To view Ribble’s testimony, click here.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

MRCA Safety Directors Meeting Live Seminar/Webinar Set for May 31

Gary Auman of Auman, Mahan & Furry concentrates his practice in OSHA defense nationally. He has 40 years of experience in OSHA compliance and litigation matters. Gary serves as General Counsel for many State, Regional and National Associations. During this Safety Directors Meeting, Gary will speak on the following topics:

  • Important updates to the Rules of Practice that impact all employers
  • Current OSHA enforcement activities
  • Emergency Action Plans

Live Seminar/Webinar

Friday May 31, 2019

11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST Lunch Buffet

The Engineers Club of Dayton

110 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, OH

You can attend this session live or participate via webinar, instructions will be emailed after receipt of registration. Register here to attend the webinar.

For more information, visit www.mrca.org.

National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down Scheduled for May 6-10

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is joining with occupational safety organizations for the 6th annual National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, May 6-10, 2019. The week-long event will focus attention on preventing falls in construction, the leading cause of fatalities in the industry.

The national stand-down encourages employers and workers to pause voluntarily during the workday for safety demonstrations, training in hazard recognition and fall prevention, and talks about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations.

“Falls can be prevented when employers train and educate workers about these hazards properly and provide appropriate protection,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. “This should be a priority during the first week of May and must be a priority every day. OSHA has tools readily available for employers and workers to address the prevention of fall hazards.”

OSHA anticipates thousands of work sites and millions of workers to observe the stand down worldwide in 2019. To help guide their efforts, the Agency’s fall prevention webpage provides information on how to conduct a successful event, and educational resources in English and Spanish, including:

  • A series of fall safety videos that demonstrate how to prevent fall hazards from floor openings, skylights, fixed scaffolds, bridge decking, reroofing, and leading edge work.
  • OSHA’s Fall Prevention Training Guide that provides a lesson plan for employers, including several Toolbox Talks.
  • Fact sheets on ladders and scaffolding that describe the safe use of these types of equipment while performing construction activities.
  • A brief video, 5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls, encourages employers to develop a fall prevention plan, and to provide workers with fall protection and training.

Employers are encouraged to provide feedback after their events, and to obtain a personalized certificate of participation. The national safety stand-down is part of OSHA’s fall prevention campaign, and was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Occupational Research Agenda, and The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). To learn more about preventing falls in construction, visit OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign page.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

SPFA Announces 2019 National Road Show for Professional Certification Program

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice of the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, has announced a 2019 Road Show for the association’s Professional Certification Program (PCP). Designed by the industry to promote safety and the highest standards in the installation of spray polyurethane foam, the internationally recognized certification program will be brought to various locations across the country in partnership with industry-leading companies, to ensure its availability to participants in key regions nationally. 

The 2019 Road Show will stop at various locations across the U.S. to provide added ease and program access to certification participants. Exam Preparatory Courses and testing will be provided at each location along the way. The Road Show made its first stop on March 22-24, 2019 with Service Partners in Milpitas, California.

“This Road Show increases the Professional Certification Program’s accessibility to contractors,” said John Trace, spray foam territory manager with Service Partners. “Not only do these trainings make contractors more marketable, but they will also give owners and customers confidence that they are working with a skilled and certified workforce. It is a win-win for everyone.”  

Additional stops will be made at the locations of key industry partners who stand behind the value of the PCP and encompass some of the most influential players in the industry. In addition to Service Partners, SPFA PCP 2019 Road Show partners include: BASF, Carlisle, Demilec, Gaco/Firestone, Icynene-Lapolla, Profoam, Spray Foam Systems and TruTeam.

The next scheduled Road Show dates include: May 20-24, 2019 in Rutledge, Georgia (hosted by Profoam), June 18-20, 2019 in Duluth, Georgia (hosted by Service Partners), and August 19-23, 2019 in Rutledge, Georgia (hosted by Profoam). Additional dates will be announced soon and posted at sprayfoam.org in the Calendar of Events.

Established in 2013, the PCP program is standards driven and ISO 17024 compliant. Safety and product performance are the centerpiece of the program, which establishes a set of criteria through which individuals can demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities in working safely, efficiently and professionally. 

“The inherent value in being certified through the SPFA PCP is proof of passing a program which promotes the highest level of product performance as well as the health and safety of the contractor, occupants and other trades on the job,” says Kelly Marcavage, certification director with the SPFA. “Certification program participation continues to climb as members of the industry realize it is critical to be able to prove to customers that you adhere to the highest of professional industry standards.”

The PCP offers certification opportunities at various levels to accommodate and serve all insulation and roofing industry participants involved in the installation of the product. Certification testing levels include those for Assistant, Installer, Master Installer, Project Manager and Field Examiner. Additionally, company-wide accreditation opportunities are available through the program in the Contractor Company and Supplier Company categories. There is also a Supplier Representative certification that may be obtained for individual supplier and manufacturing professionals looking to demonstrate their understanding, experience and commitment to the industry in ways that relate directly to their contractor customers. 

For more information, visit www.sprayfoam.org.