METALCON Returns to Las Vegas for 30th Anniversary Show

METALCON 2020, the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions, returns to Las Vegas for its 30th-anniversary trade show and conference. 

METALCON 2020 is scheduled to take place from October 21-23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89109. 

According to show management, designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries attend this event each year. Industry experts from 275 leading companies exhibit the latest products and technology, while sharing their knowledge with attendees. Industry specialists present key topics in the show’s highly-rated, education program. Registration opens early this year beginning in mid-April, 2020.

Established in 1991, METALCON is the only annual tradeshow and conference devoted entirely to the application of metal in industrial, institutional, light commercial and residential projects. Its success is based on three key components: education, exhibits and interactive, learning opportunities. METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., and sponsored by the Metal Construction Association. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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MRA Issues 2020 Residential Metal Roofing Industry Outlook For United States and Canada

According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), the metal roofing business is predicted to have another strong year, holding steady and even trending up slightly in 2020. That assumption is based on FW Dodge market share data, which states that the 2018 U.S. metal re-roofing residential sector was 13 percent of the overall total (up from 11 percent in 2017), making it the second most preferred roofing material. 

“While it’s impossible to say exactly what this year may hold, based on what we’ve seen and the latest economic conditions, we are confident that residential metal roofing will continue to experience strong demand and gain in popularity as U.S. and Canadian homeowners become even more familiar with its many benefits,” said Renee Ramey, MRA Executive Director.

On the regional level, the U.S. Southern and Midwest regions are driving the most interest in metal roofing. The MRA fielded the most consumer inquiries and interest from states including Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, with Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and the Dakotas also leading the pack. Interest in metal roofing also continued to spike in Florida and Texas, two areas that suffered extreme weather events and subsequently had strong repair and remodeling activity in 2019.

In fact, the top reasons homeowners typically give for wanting a metal roof include the need for greater protection and reliability in extreme weather and climate conditions and longevity (long-term value for the dollar spent). They also increasingly appreciate the wide variety of styles and color options they can get with metal roofs as compared to the limited choices available with other materials, according to MRA consumer research studies. 

The MRA predicts that recent global events, such as the devastating wildfires in Australia, may have a spillover effect among homeowners in the states and Canadian provinces that are particularly susceptible to these types of dangers. That includes mountain states such as Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Arizona, which still lag behind other regions for metal roofing adoption but have high potential given the threat of wildfires. Indeed, interest in metal roofing has spiked recently in California and other areas where wildfire danger has already hit home.

“Durability is the biggest reason why so many homeowners are turning to metal roofing in Canada,” said Philippe LaPlante of Ideal Roofing Co., an MRA member based in Canada. “Customers are looking for a lifetime roof with less work and headaches as possible—something they can protect their house and family with by putting on just once, and having that security last for 40 to 50 years or more.”

Heightened environmental concerns among U.S. and Canadian citizens also may pique greater interest in metal roofing this year. With residential solar systems and net zero homes becoming increasingly common, the long term benefits derived from installing quality metal roofs are being recognized for lowering energy use, reducing a home’s carbon footprint and preventing waste, since metal roofs can be 100 percent recycled at the end of their long life. 

Yet even today, lingering misconceptions and issues remain somewhat of a barrier to residential metal roofing’s growth. The lack of qualified, experienced installers means homeowner demand is outpacing supply in certain regions. In some locations, outdated neighborhood rules and restrictions that don’t reflect today’s best practices for resilient home building can be an obstacle to getting more protective metal roofs installed. Some homeowners still falsely believe metal may be noisier than other types when in fact, properly installed metal roofs transmit no more sound than other types of roofs. As is the case for all roofing industries, a handful of disreputable fly-by-night manufacturers and/or installers can undercut the market by selling and installing inferior material and coatings, tarnishing the industry’s overall reputation.

For 2020, MRA’s top priority will include confronting these issues by increasing homeowner education and access to accurate, up-to-date information, generating awareness of the many benefits of quality metal roofing and emphasizing the quality standards set forth by its manufacturer, contractor and ancillary members. 

“MRA members represent the best in the business and it is through their efforts, their level of professionalism and commitment to support the overall industry that the entire market benefits,” said Ramey. “That’s why we’ve continued to see metal roofing continue to gain share and more homeowners choose a quality metal roof to help protect their home. Thanks to this dedication to the industry’s collective success, the future is bright for the metal roofing business”

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit organization to help educate consumers about the many benefits of metal roofs. The main objective of MRA is to increase awareness of the beauty, durability and money-saving advantages of quality metal roofs among homeowners, as well as to provide support for metal roofing businesses and contractors. 

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Antis Roofing Names Vice President of Finance

Antis Roofing & Waterproofing announced the promotion of Audrey Schneider to Vice President of Finance. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the finance organization as well as the strategic financial direction of the company.

As VP, Schneider’s focus will be on sustainable, healthy growth by expanding markets through a strategy of adding high quality and value to the customers served by Antis. According ot the company, she embraces Antis Roofing’s commitment to philanthropy and is a member of the Habitat for Humanity Leadership Build Committee. Last year the team raised more than $310,000 to support affordable housing for all families.

 “Audrey is full of wonderment and happy energy; it’s common to see her high-fiving co-workers after she’s discovered a better way to track data,” said Charles Antis, founder and CEO of Antis Roofing & Waterproofing. “We are fortunate to have her leading our finances here at Antis.”

Schneider joined Antis Roofing in 2017 and has over 20 years of experience as a finance professional.  She began her career at Price Waterhouse Coopers and has held several key financial positions in private, public and non-profit companies. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a member of Vistage CEO Leadership Group.  She and her husband John are parents of three adult sons. “I am excited to continue purposeful work at Antis at a pivotal time during the company’s growth,” Schneider says. 

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International Roofing Expo Invites Attendees to Participate in Community Service Day

The International Roofing Expo invites attendees to roll up their sleeves and give back to the local community at IRE by taking part in the 11th Annual Community Service Day. 

Make plans to join the team a day early to participate in the 11th Annual Community Service Day sponsored primarily by Sika Sarnafil in conjunction with: Carlisle Construction Materials, CentiMark, Innovative Roofing and Flooring Solutions, ICP Building Solutions Group, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing and OMG Roofing products. Volunteers of all skill levels are encouraged to sign up as well as all those looking for the opportunity to give back to the local community.

The International Roofing Expo will take place February 4-6, 2020 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. 

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2019-2020 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Winners Announced

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces the winners of the 2019-2020 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards. The winners are invited to the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, Texas, where they will be recognized at the NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception, February 5, 2019, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Celebrating its 20th year, the MVP Awards program honors leadership in the field. Contractors nominate field workers including roofing crew workers, foremen or superintendents.  Distributors and supplier firms may nominate warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Individuals can be nominated for their outstanding on-the-job performance and workmanship or their philanthropic contributions outside the workplace.   Since the program’s inception 20 years ago, 674 employees have been nominated and 255 winners and finalists have been recognized.

2019-2020 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Winners include:

Chris Bower – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Superintendent Exterior Solutions of Georgia, dba Bone Dry Roofing Company Bogart, GA

Jimmy “Lefty” Cobb – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Superintendent Graham Roofing Incorporated West Point, MS

Todd Dunlap – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Superintendent, Warehouse Foreman, Equipment Operator Frost Roofing, Inc. Wapakoneta, OH

Piotr Lis – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Superintendent KPost Company Dallas, TX

Corey Morris – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman Spann Roofing and Sheet Metal Conway, SC

Heriberto Rodriguez – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Superintendent Exterior Solutions of Georgia, dba Bone Dry Roofing Company Bogart, GA

Michael Ryan – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Equipment Operator OMG, Inc. Agawam, MA

On Wednesday, February 5, during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony, one winner will be announced as Professional Roofing‘s Best of the Best, a recognition co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. and Professional Roofing magazine.  Josh Kelly, Roofing Alliance President and Vice President of Product Development & Innovation at OMG stated, “The Roofing Alliance’s MVP Task Force determines the Best of the Best Award winner after a thorough evaluation of MVP winners using criteria such as on-the-job safety, on-the-job performance, recruiting new workers, community service and other noteworthy contributions to determine the Best of the Best.  We are very proud of all the winners and especially the past and future Best of the Best Award winners.”

Previous Best of the Best Award winners include:

2008: Rodney Griffith, foreman, Centimark Corp., Pelham, Ala., and Teri Stallion, field superintendent, Innovative Roofing Group, Atlanta, Ga.
2009: Eugena Madeley, yard/receiving/truck driver, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, Pa.
2010: Richard Heilinger, service specialist, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, Pa.
2011: George Denton, superintendent, Supreme Roofing Systems Inc., Dallas, Texas
2012: David Baytosh, superintendent, Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2013: Dan Pastore, superintendent, Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc., Rochester, N.Y.
2014: Ryan Watts, foreman for Jurin Roofing Services Inc., Quakertown, Pa.
2015: Scott Luck, foreman at CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa.
2016: Curtis Purvis, superintendent for Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Farmers Branch, Texas 2017: Narcisco Alarcon, superintendent, Antis Roofing + Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif. 2018: Alan Baird, foreman for Core Contractors Inc., Denver, Colo. 2019: Brandon Reese, foreman at Korellis Roofing, Hammond, Ind.

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IBHS Awards 15,000th FORTIFIED Home Designation

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) recently awarded the 15,000th designation in its FORTIFIED Home program for resilient living to a home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which has a new roof funded by Strengthen Alabama Homes and installed by Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa. FORTIFIED is the national standard for construction that is resilient to severe weather and is part of a rapidly growing trend to build stronger homes across the country. Alabama currently leads the nation in FORTIFIED designated buildings and is home to nearly 80 percent of all FORTIFIED Homes.

“As homeowners across Alabama are keenly aware, severe weather disrupts lives, displaces families and drives financial loss,” said IBHS President and CEO Roy Wright. “For nearly three decades we’ve worked to identify solutions to help property owners prevent avoidable losses. In recent years, we’ve seen our FORTIFIED program and resilient building, in general, pick up momentum. The number of FORTIFIED Homes has more than doubled in the past two years, and Alabama’s Gulf Coast has been at the center of adopting these construction methods. With FORTIFIED now taking hold across the State it is fitting that the 15,000th home be dedicated here today.”

The State of Alabama first recognized IBHS’s building standards in 2009 by passing legislation requiring insurers to provide discounts for homes with a FORTIFIED designation. In 2016, Strengthen Alabama Homes began issuing grants to help homeowners retrofit roofs to the FORTIFIED standard. On Jan. 1, 2020, new state legislation became law ensuring every homeowner in Alabama is offered a FORTIFIED endorsement. Homeowners with this extra protection can now have their roof upgraded to FORTIFIED standards if it is being replaced due to a claim.

“For every home that is FORTIFIED, a family is safer, their lives are less disrupted from the effects of a destructive storm, a damaged roof is not filling up a landfill and the cost of wind insurance is lower,” said Alabama Insurance Commissioner Jim Ridling.  “Fortification keeps workers in their homes and at their jobs, allowing employers to maintain their productivity, thus reducing the storm’s impact on the local economy. Our collaboration with IBHS makes Alabama a safer place to live and work.”

Understanding the importance of helping people make their homes more resilient against severe weather, during the event State Farm announced a $150,000 contribution to support the Strengthen Alabama Homes program. According to State Farm’s counsel for Alabama, Steve Simkins, the company is excited to help Alabama homeowners gain the peace of mind that comes with a FORTIFIED Roof, and they are hopeful the donation will encourage other companies to support the program.

“FORTIFIED provides achievable property protection for any family,” stated Julie Shiyou-Woodard, President and CEO of Smart Home America. “Dedicated public-private partnerships between IBHS, State Farm, Smart Home America, Habitat for Humanity, the Department of Insurance, and many others, have allowed FORTIFIED to take root here (Alabama). Across the nation, we are all working to grow and integrate FORTIFIED and resilient construction at the community and state levels.”

Using the FORTIFIED Home standards as a guide, Habitat for Humanity has created its own resilience program for new construction and also partners with Strengthen Alabama Homes to retrofit homes, like the one designated today, to the FORTIFIED standards.

 “All of us at Habitat Tuscaloosa are excited about the opportunity to offer FORTIFIED Roofs to our homeowners,” added Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa Executive Director Ellen Potts. “The additional safety and durability this adds to a home provides families with peace of mind. And, through discounts on their homeowners insurance, it will save them money over the long term.”

The 15,000th home in the FORTIFIED program was dedicated at a special ceremony held at the Tuscaloosa home. Jim Ridling, Commissioner, Alabama Department of Insurance; Brian Hastings, Director, Alabama Emergency Management Agency; Brian Powell, Director, Strengthen Alabama Homes; Steve Simkins, Counsel for Alabama, State Farm; Julie Shiyou-Woodard, President and CEO, Smart Home America; Ellen Potts, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa, were in attendance.

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