Jesse Itzler Will Deliver the Keynote Address at the 2019 IRE

Jesse Itzler will present the Keynote address at the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee, on February 11, 2019. Itzler is an entrepreneur and author who co-founded the largest private jet card company, Marquis Jet, and helped launch the coconut-water craze by partnering with Zico, which then sold to Coca-Cola. He is also the owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.

“Jesse is the real-life version of the ‘Dos Equis guy,’ one of the most interesting people in the world. He’s done so many different things,” said Lewis Howes, New York Times bestselling author and the host of “The School of Greatness” podcast.

Itzler will share life and business lessons he learned living with a Navy Seal, an experience that inspired his book Living with a Seal: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet, a New York Times Bestseller that demonstrates the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone. Itzler will urge attendees to learn how to get comfortable being uncomfortable — how to fight off complacency and dig deeper and go further than you ever thought possible. “Jesse Itzler is a renaissance man. He has done it all with a unique style all his own,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, director of the IRE. “Attendees and exhibitors will be entertained and inspired towards success in both personal and professional ventures.”

The keynote address will be held immediately prior to the opening of the show on February 11, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at the Music City Center. The keynote is sponsored by Malarkey Roofing Products.

The Keynote address is included in all registration packages; however, advance registration is required. Online registration is available at www.TheRoofingExpo.com/en/register.

For more information, visit www.TheRoofingExpo.com.

Metal Roofing Alliance Adds Two New Members

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) announced that two metal roofing companies, Reinke Shakes and ASC Profiles LLC, have recently joined as new members.

Reinke Shakes, based in Hebron, Nebraska, has joined the Metal Roofing Alliance as a manufacturer member. With a long history producing both aluminum and copper roofing shingles that have been installed throughout the United States and internationally, the company’s products have been used for both residential and commercial roofing projects.

ASC Profiles LLC, a manufacturer of steel roof and wall products, has joined the MRA as a manufacturer member. Headquartered in West Sacramento, California, the company operates manufacturing plants throughout the West, including California, Washington, Oregon, Utah and Alaska. It supplies metal roofing solutions for residential, agricultural and light commercial projects.

Since 1998, MRA has served as a leading voice in driving market adoption of metal roofing and raising awareness for its exceptional durability, environmental benefits and all-season protection in any climate. As a nonprofit organization, MRA members benefit from increased marketing support, online lead generation and increased awareness through consumer and contractor information and educational initiatives. MRA offers membership opportunities for manufacturers, material suppliers, accessory, ancillary and association companies.

“It’s a great time to be in the metal roofing business,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance. “More homeowners are realizing its many benefits and it is through the collective efforts of our members that we’ll continue to grow and increase opportunities to capture market share in both the United States and Canada.”

For more information, visit https://www.metalroofing.com, https://www.reinkeshakes.com, and https://www.ascbp.com.

RICOWI Releases Roofing Investigation Report on Hurricane Irma

The RICOWI Board of Directors announced the release of an investigation report on Hurricane Irma on September 23, 2018. The Wind Investigation Program (WIP) Committee deployed volunteer hurricane wind investigators after Hurricane Irma made landfall. Team members for the hurricane wind investigations were wind engineers, roofing material specialists, insurance analysts, structural engineers, and consultants. The report may be downloaded at: https://www.ricowi.com/reports/download/9

The WIP mission is to investigate the field performance of roof assemblies after major wind storm events, factually describe roof assembly performance and modes of damage, and formally report results of investigations and damage modes for substantiated wind speeds.

This Program places experts in the field that have the required product knowledge and program training to ensure that sound, scientific and unbiased reporting occurs. Buildings will be safer, property losses will be reduced and industry will meet the challenge with clear insight as to needed direction. The reports generated by RICOWI investigation teams are utilized to help educate, improve products, installation techniques, safety and reduce overall roofing and insurance costs for the industry. The results will also provide a valuable resource to FEMA and state emergency management agencies.

“This is an important undertaking by the report writers and team members,” said RICOWI chairman David Balistreri. “As always, the uniqueness of research reports from RICOWI is the ability to produce an unbiased factual report.”

RICOWI conducted five of the most comprehensive roofing investigations of hurricane stricken areas: Hurricanes Charley (Aug. 13/04), Ivan (Sept. 16/04), Katrina (Aug. 29/05) Ike (Sept. 13/08), and a smaller investigation for Hurricane Irma (Oct. 31/17). All research reports are available online as a download at www.ricowi.com.

 

 

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