OSHA Seeks Members to Serve on Committee for Improving Construction Workers’ Safety and Health

OSHA is accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. The group advises the Secretary of Labor on developing standards and policies affecting the construction industry. OSHA is seeking employee, employer, state safety and health agency, and public representatives with experience and expertise in construction-related safety and health issues to fill 14 vacancies. Nominations must be submitted to www.regulations.gov or by mail or facsimile before November 16. For more information, read the Federal Register notice.

Steel Industry Icon to Deliver Keynote Address at METALCON 2018

Dan DiMicco, former CEO of Nucor Corporation and senior trade adviser to President Trump’s Campaign, will present “The Economic Plan for Growth and Global Competitiveness in the United States―Implications for Steel”in a keynote address at METALCON 2018 on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 11.00 a.m., in Charlotte, N.C.

DiMicco will provide an overview of the 30-year trade war, review section 232 of the U.S. Trade Expansion Act of 1962, examine the impact of tariffs on the metal construction industry and explain why Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs make sense.  He will also discuss the long-term sustainability of the steel industry.   Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in this informative Q & A session.

For former steel executive DiMicco, there’s no risk of the President’s tariffs sparking a trade war.  “We’ve already been in one for years,” said DiMicco.  “The only difference now is that we’re deciding to fight back.”

Trump’s proposal to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent tariff on imports of aluminum has been met with opposition, but DiMicco is among those who think they’re putting the United States back on track.

DiMicco spent most of his career in steel and manufacturing.  He served as a senior trade and economic adviser to President Trump’s campaign and was the lead on the U.S. trade representative transition team.  He joined Nucor in 1982 and worked his way up to president and CEO in 2000.  Under his leadership, Nucor delivered dramatic growth in profits and shareholder returns. Today, Nucor is the United States’ largest producer of steel and also considered North America’s largest recycler.

Additionally, DiMicco proved himself an effective champion for domestic manufacturing and rules-based, rules-enforced free trade.  He has served on the board of the U.S. Manufacturing Council, the National Association of Manufacturers and the World Steel Association. Currently, DiMicco serves on the board for Duke Energy Corporation and continues to represent Nucor as chairman emeritus.

“Dan not only revived a major U.S. manufacturing firm during a recession, but helped galvanize the flagging domestic steel industry when many of his competitors were in bankruptcy or headed overseas,” said METALCON Show Director, Claire Kilcoyne.

DiMicco, author of American Made: Why Making Things Will Return Us to Greatness will be available for a book signing following his keynote addressIn his book,he tackles the false promise of green jobs and the hidden costs of outsourcing.  He shares lessons learned about good leadership, crisis management, the true meaning of innovation, and he paves a path forward to robust economic growth, middle-class prosperity and American competitiveness. 

“Given the controversy over this hot topic right now, Dan’s extensive knowledge and expertise in this area couldn’t come at a better time,” said Kilcoyne.  “We look forward to hearing his take on how tariffs are impacting the metal construction industry and our overall economy.”

For more information, visit www.metalcon.com.

 

BLUEFIN Acquires Professional Roof Services, Inc.

BLUEFIN, LLC announced it acquired Professional Roof Services, Inc. (PRSI), a Delaware-based roof consulting company. BLUEFIN, the first roof consulting company to provide mobile assessment, and online analytics and data management to customers, further strengthens its ability to provide quality consulting services to Mid-Atlantic clients. The move reinforces BLUEFIN’s position as the largest, leading consulting group in the industry.

“We’re pleased to welcome PRSI’s exceptional team of experienced roof consultants with an outstanding technical ability to BLUEFIN, and for the opportunity to serve PRSI’s customers and communities,” said Richard Rast, president of BLUEFIN. “We’re committed to PRSI’s growth through expanded service offerings, and we are expecting powerful synergy between our teams to greatly benefit clients.”

Blaine Chipola, PRSI president, founded the company in 1993. Dedicating his career to the highest integrity in roof consulting, Chipola carefully searched to combine PRSI with a company that will continue PRSI’s history of technical excellence and objectivity, while adding resources and capabilities to provide growth opportunities for PRSI’s people and expanded service offerings for customers.

PRSI serves dozens of Mid-Atlantic clients in healthcare, government, education, pharmaceuticals and commercial property management. BLUEFIN’s extensive experience with similar clients across North America and its Maryland office makes this a pertinent transaction.

“This is a great fit for PRSI as we looked for a company that values our employees and customers and provides strong support,” said Chipola. “BLUEFIN’s large support group allows our team to expand our presence and service offerings in roofing, pavement, and building envelope and continue delivering quality projects to new and existing clients.”

This marks BLUEFIN’s second acquisition since it closed on CyberCon Consulting last year. The purchase follows BLUEFIN’s office expansion in Dallas-Fort Worth and growing presence in the Pacific Northwest.

For more information, visit bluefinllc.com.

Former NFL Player to Deliver Keynote Address at METALCON 2018

Steve Smith Sr., a 16-year NFL veteran and former five-time pro bowl, three-time all-pro receiver for the Carolina Panthers, will present “Perseverance, Teamwork and Overcoming Obstacles” in a keynote address on October 10 at 11 a.m. during METALCON 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Smith will describe the many obstacles he had to face and overcome to make it to the NFL. From struggles in his personal life to overcoming injuries and facing adversities on and off the playing field, Smith’s recollections will ignite and motivate attendees to be the best they can be, both as individuals and as team players.

Considered one of the NFL’s most productive wide receivers of the 21st century, Smith is the Panthers’ all-time leader in total touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards. He was drafted from the University of Utah in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, where he spent 13 seasons before signing with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014, where he remained until his retirement in 2017.

Smith won the Ed Block Courage Award, was twice named NFL Man of the Year while with the Baltimore Ravens, and was nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Toward the close of his NFL career, Smith and his wife, Angie, founded the Steve Smith Family
Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping families impacted by domestic violence and to promoting child health and wellness. As a child, Smith was greatly affected by domestic violence. Sports became his escape and allowed him to start a new chapter in his life. Even with his new NFL fame and fortune, he never forgot where he came from.

Through the foundation, Smith is able to provide hope and inspiration to children by offering
sporting events such as summer camps, golf, bowling, running events and other programs that promote healthy living. Charlotte area families facing personal and family struggles and challenges can access medical and counseling services at the Smith Family Wellness Center, established together with Project 658 in 2016.

After 16 seasons in the NFL, Smith continues to pursue his love for football. He works as an analyst for the NFL Network and appears on numerous network shows including NFL GameDay First, which airs during the NFL season.

“Steve has had an incredible life journey, and we are delighted to have him join us in Charlotte to hear his story and how he overcame the hurdles he faced along the way,” said METALCON Show Director Claire Kilcoyne. “His success story is sure to motivate attendees to reach their professional and personal goals.”

METALCON 2018 will takes place from October 10-12 at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St, Charlotte, NC 28202. For more information or to register, visit www.metalcon.com.

NRCA Announces Polyglass Has Joined One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Polyglass U.S.A., Inc., Deerfield Beach, Fla. has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

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, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“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,” says 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.

“We are excited about the One Voice initiative, a great forum for enacting change in the roofing industry,” says Scott Lelling, director of strategic marketing for Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. “As industry leaders, our collective response can accelerate change and shape the future. We are committed to doing our part.”

For more information, visit www.nrca.net/onevoice.

NWIR Provides Sponsorship for The Women Roofers to Attend Girls Build Camp

National Women in Roofing (NWIR) announced that it provided funding for two members of the Women Roofers to attend a Girls Build camp this summer in Portland, Oregon.

The Women Roofers of Rutherford County, North Carolina are a local group of volunteers that works with the Rutherford Housing Partnership (RHP) and Habitat for Humanity to roof houses. The Girls Build program offers day camps for girls ages 8 – 14 to learn the basics of building, including carpentry, plumbing, electricity, concrete, sheet metal and much more. Both organizations recently gained national attention after being featured on separate episodes of Mike Rowe’s show, “Returning the Favor.”

“Members of the Women Roofers wanted to attend one of the camps, but being a volunteer organization, didn’t have the funding to travel across the country,” explained NWIR Chair Shari Carlozzi. “It just seemed like such a good fit with our recruitment pillar to support an initiative that promotes the trades as a viable career to young women. Our executive committee wholeheartedly agreed and we decided to provide scholarships to cover travel costs for two of the women to attend.”

The Women Roofers sent four members of their crew to the camp, with two covering their own costs and the other two using the funding provided by NWIR. “The goal of sending the two founders of the Women Roofers to one of the Girls Build camps is to share our roofing story and our roofing expertise with the young campers and their leaders,” said Nell Bovender of RHP. “The Women Roofers are contemplating replication of the idea in our rural, impoverished neck of the woods — maybe camps for both boys and girls — to encourage entry into construction trades, which are so desperately needed in this county.”

RHP is also hosting a field day for high school and college students on October 3 at the local community college where they will share what they have learned about the need for construction skills.

For more information, visit www.nationalwomeninroofing.com.

 

Ridgeworth Roofing Company Donates Services to Ronald McDonald House

Ridgeworth Roofing Company of Frankfort recently donated its services to help a nonprofit that welcomes families with a comfortable, friendly place to stay when their children have medical procedures.

In May, Ridgeworth partnered with Bennett & Brosseau Roofing in Romeoville to help the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center in Hines. Rod Petrick, Ridgeworth Roofing’s president and owner, explained that Bennett & Brosseau’s team worked on the steep slope repairs while his company handled the re-roofing of the house’s four-story flat roof section. Additionally, it also did a skylight restoration that included a cleaning, a replacement of edge sealant and a solvent-based silicone coating that resulted in a new weathering surface.

Petrick said that his company became involved with this project by being a member of the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress. This organization is a Rosemont, Illinois-based collective forum of roofing contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and industry professionals who select and provide oversight of programs and funding for progressive research that contributes to the ongoing advancement of the roofing industry.

Petrick, the Alliance’s president, is also the lead person for the Ronald McDonald House project. Through his work with alliance and non-alliance members, he reported that more than half of these houses have been sponsored by contractors who are willing to donate their work.

“There are 184 Ronald McDonald Houses in North America,” he said. “Moving forward, I, as the alliance president, put the challenge to our members that we get all 184 houses sponsored by the next alliance meeting coming up this November.”

Charles Antis, CEO and founder of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing in Irvine, Calif. and NCRA member, is the original founder of the Ronald McDonald House Charities initiative. He is proud and appreciative of Petrick’s work.

“I love Rod. He’s a strong leader, plus he’s got a big heart.” Antis said. “He envisions safe and dry Ronald McDonald House rooms available for all families with sick kids across this country. It’s an honor to sit with him, strategizing to lift our roofing industry, and all of our communities, coast to coast.”

Giving back to assist charities is an idea ingrained in Petrick by his late father Robert, Ridgeworth Roofing’s original president and owner.

“We have been giving back to nonprofit organizations for years,” Rod Petrick said. “Working on the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola was a very good opportunity to put our best foot forward and do something that will, in turn, help other families for many years. They will be able to utilize this facility and don’t have to worry about lodging. When our group of men worked on this project, I found out that one of my guys, before he worked for us, utilized a Ronald McDonald House when his child was sick.”

Kelly Evans, Director of Ronald McDonald House near Loyola, was thankful for the donated work to its roof and skylight.

“We are so appreciative of the work that Ridgeworth Roofing did for our House,” Evans said.  “Thank you for keeping our families safe and dry throughout their stay!”

For more information, visit http://ridgeworthroofing.com

New Technical Director Joins AAMA Staff

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announces the hiring of Steven Saffell as technical director effective Aug. 13. Saffell’s background is a tapestry of architectural firm work, modular home design, as well as manufactured housing, and residential and commercial fenestration experience. Saffell also spent three years teaching as an adjunct professor.

“I’m thrilled to accept this new role with an association that has been such an integral part of my work,” said Saffell. “I look forward to joining the staff I’ve already enjoyed working with.”

Saffell previously worked with Simonton Windows and Ply Gem.

“With 32 years of work experience, Steven’s broad history will be invaluable in his role overseeing our entire technical operation,” said Janice Yglesias, AAMA’s executive vice president. “Additionally, he brings crucial knowledge and technical expertise related to commercial fenestration systems to the association.”

AAMA’s technical operation includes standards, product certification and codes and regulatory affairs, and Saffell will oversee these aspects of the association as technical director. He is experienced in managing technical teams, including employee development, operational strategy and financial management.

As an active AAMA member participant since 2013 holding several leadership and Board committee positions, Saffell is familiar with the association and also has extensive experience with AAMA product certification programs, as well as code requirements and development.

For more information, visit aamanet.org.

MCA Adopts NASCAR Theme for Fifth Annual Roofing Games at METALCON

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) announces this year’s Fifth Annual Championship Roofing Games will be held at METALCON October 10-12, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Adopting a NASCAR theme, the event this year is named “The MCA Rev ’Em Up Championship Roofing Games.” The MCA invites METALCON attendees to come on down to the Charlotte Metal Speedway to see the non-stop action at Booth 118 in the exhibit hall.

Ten teams of two participants will compete in all. Contestants will test their metal roofing skills by competing in five challenges, which will be held on each of the first two days of the event. Each day, five pre-registered teams with two contestants each will compete for cash awards. On Friday, the third day, the teams from Wednesday and Thursday with the most collective points will compete for the Grand Cash Award and title of “MCA METALCON 2018 National Metal Roofing Champion.” In 2017, $8,500 cash was awarded over the three-day competition and the same amount will be awarded this year. The 2017 Championship Team was Matt Cox and Justin Hopta of Thomas Phoenix International out of Eastampton, New Jersey taking home an additional $2,000 Cash Award with the MCA National Championship Title. They will be returning this year to Charlotte.

The competition includes five challenges; the Retrofit Panel Installation Challenge, Screw Gun Challenge, Hug-A-Roof Challenge, Standing Seam Challenge and Let It Snow Challenge.

Primary material and equipment sponsors this year include: Drexel Metals, Logan Stampings Inc., Roof Hugger, MBCI, S-5!, New Tech Machinery, Triangle Fastener Corporation and Petersen Pac-Clad.

Several other MCA Member Companies support this event with their generous cash donations. Donations are used for the Cash Awards that are presented to the Teams that win each of the challenges, each day’s collective points winner and the Grand Cash Prize for the Championship Title. Donations have been provided by the following MCA Member Companies:

  • Accurate Perforating Co.
  • AKZO Nobel Coatings, Inc.
  • ATAS International, Inc.
  • Cidan Machinery, Inc.
  • D.I. Roof Seamers
  • Designandbuildwithmetal.com
  • Drexel Metals, Inc.
  • Excel Stampings & Mfg., Inc.
  • GSSI Sealants, Inc.
  • Logan Stampings, Inc.
  • McElroy Metal, Inc.
  • Modern Trade Communications
  • Petersen Aluminum Corp.
  • Roofing Magazine
  • S-5!
  • SFS Intec, Inc.
  • Sheffield Metals International
  • The Bradbury Co., Inc.
  • Sherwin Williams
  • For more information visit www.metalconstruction.org.

    SEIA Adds PetersenDean Roofing & Solar to Its Board of Directors

    The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, announced today that PetersenDean Roofing & Solar has joined SEIA’s board of directors. Gary Liardon, President of Consumer Group Nationwide at PetersenDean, will serve as a director.

    “We are thrilled to have the leadership of PetersenDean on our board of directors,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “The solar industry continues to grow amid intensifying competition, and PetersenDean’s guidance on our board will be critical as solar power becomes the single largest source of new electric generating capacity over the next decade.”

    Based in Fremont, Calif., PetersenDean is a full-service, privately-held roofing and solar company that has offered professional roofing and solar installation services nationwide for more than 30 years. PetersenDean has been a member of SEIA since 2008, playing a key role in guiding the solar industry through a number of federal and state policy battles in the last decade.

    “We are excited to take a more active role with SEIA,” said Gary Liardon. “At this critical juncture in the evolution of the space, we recognize the duty to adopt a hands-on approach that will bring decades of experience to the table and help shape policy that will ensure thoughtful and responsible growth going forward.”

    For more information, visit www.seia.org and www.petersendean.com.