Owens Corning Roofing Announces Accelerate Sweepstakes Winner

Chris Amiot (left) of Advantage Construction Inc. was awarded the grand prize of a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe in Owens Corning’s 2017 Accelerate Sweepstakes.

Chris Amiot (left) of Advantage Construction Inc. was awarded the Grand Prize of a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe in Owens Corning’s 2017 Accelerate Sweepstakes.

Owens Corning Roofing announced the Grand Prize winner of the Accelerate Sweepstakes during the International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Las Vegas. Chris Amiot, owner of Advantage Construction Inc. in East Bethel, Minn., was awarded the grand prize of a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe, a trip for two to IRE and a $25,000 cash prize. The grand prize package is valued at $84,700.

Launched in April 2016, the Accelerate Sweepstakes was created by Owens Corning as a platform to rally Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network members around a year-long initiative designed to increase awareness of the company’s roofing products while boosting contractor network momentum, optimizing efficiency and leveraging distribution channels.

Throughout the Sweepstakes, Owens Corning ran monthly promotions featuring discounts and rebates tied to various roofing products. Contractors submitted invoices to enter for a chance to win quarterly prizes as well as the grand prize. Prizes reflected a racing theme and included racing sunglasses, coolers, tablets, a racing-themed office chair and passes to attend a one-day racing school. The Corvette was parked in the Owens Corning booth during IRE along with signage congratulating Amiot on taking home the Grand Prize.

“As the Accelerate Sweepstakes rallied contractors throughout the U.S., their enthusiasm became contagious,” says Jason Lewinski, Owens Corning Roofing Contract Network Leader. “The 2016 Accelerate Sweepstakes finished with more than 146,000 entries submitted by our contractor members. We are excited to see how the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network will respond to this year’s Accelerate Sweepstakes with new and exciting changes and prizes.”

While 2017 marks the first time Owens Corning has awarded a Corvette at IRE, it is not the first time the Toledo-based roofing manufacturer has used the iconic American car in its marketing and sponsorship activities. In 1968, Owens Corning sponsored two racing Corvettes in the Sports Car Club of America events. After winning the Central Division Championship, Owens Corning leveraged the sponsorship to promote its fiberglass-reinforced composite materials that offered the automotive market the strength of steel without the weight.

“We were thrilled with the participation that Chris Amiot and contractors have demonstrated for the Accelerate Sweepstakes,” said Lewinski. “And we congratulate Chris on winning the 2017 Accelerate Sweepstakes.”

GE Performance Coatings Adds Wolfe to Increase Support for Roofing Industry

GE Performance Coatings recently welcomed Fred Wolfe as Applications Development Engineer, Commercial Roofing. This new position renews the commitment and level of service GE offers the roofing industry.

With GE, Wolfe will support the GE Enduris 100 percent silicone roof coating product line
while collaborating with the contractor base in North America and providing on-site project and technical assistance. His role represents an increased investment in this segment of
GE solutions.

Wolfe brings more than 20 years of experience in roof coating, manufacturing, installation and consultation. A NACE certified Coating Inspector, he has overseen the specification, development and application of millions of square feet of acrylic, urethane, silicone and other roofing solutions.

“Wolfe is a nationally-recognized roof and protective coating expert, with extensive knowledge of the application and quality control processes,” says Peter Friedli, Marketing Manager at GE. “His invaluable perspective and technical experience will push our products and business further.”

“My career has centered around developing innovative answers that help organizations protect the beauty and performance of their buildings,” says Wolfe. “GE is a proven leader
in this space, and I am eager to begin partnering with our customers. Please get
in touch—I’m here to help you succeed.”

Wolfe’s previous experience includes growing an organization’s roof coating division into
a multimillion dollar business, and principal ownership of a roofing consultancy and installation company.

Wolfe can be reached vie email at Fred.Wolfe@momentive.com or by calling 919-428-8823.

Fred Wolfe

Fred Wolfe

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Invites Contractors to Advisory Board

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt LLC has invited five contractors to join its Platinum Advisory Board. The honor is awarded to contractors who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in all aspects of their business.

The newly announced Platinum Advisory Board members are Will Jones of Yellow Hammer Roofing (Athens, Ala.); Shannon Alberts of Security-Luebke Roofing Inc. (Kaukauna, Wis.); Jack Borba of Straight Line Construction (Shingle Springs, Calif.); Mark Franzoso of Franzoso Contracting Inc. (Corton on Hudson, N.Y.); and Clint Vaughn of Roofscapes Exteriors (Bixby, Okla). With the addition of these new members, the Board is comprised of 14 leading contractors from across the U.S.

The Owens Corning Platinum Advisory Board represents a group of contractors who share their market, product and technical expertise with the roofing manufacturer. Members bring a contractor’s perspective to studying and evaluating products and offering suggestions that support continuous improvement.

“We are excited to have these leaders’ voices and experience on our Advisory Board and we are honored they’ve committed to represent their fellow Owens Corning Platinum Contractors,” says Jason Lewinski, Owens Corning contractor network leader. “Every Platinum Advisory Board member has demonstrated market leadership and a commitment to achieving and sustaining high levels of customer loyalty and satisfaction. There is no substitute for the perspective and insights of our contractors.”

Johns Manville Announces Leadership Changes

Johns Manville recently announced that Tommy Knappich, Vice President of Sales for Roofing Systems, has been promoted to General Manager of Building Insulation in JM’s Insulation Systems business. The company named Jennifer Ford-Smith as its new Director of Sales for Roofing Systems.
 
“While Tommy’s contributions to Roofing Systems are too numerous to list, and he will be missed, I think we all agree that his promotion is a great and well-deserved opportunity,” says Joe Smith, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Roofing Systems. “In that same spirit, I am pleased to announce that Jennifer Ford-Smith is our new Director of Sales, Roofing Systems. Jennifer will lead the Contractor and Distributor channels for the business. The National Account and Specifier Services organization will continue to be led by Brad Burdic.”
 
According to the company, Ford-Smith joined JM 13 years ago, and she became Director of Marketing and Single Ply Product Management for Roofing Systems in 2012. Prior to joining JM, she held various marketing positions with Hunter Douglas. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Regis University in Marketing and Communications.

“We look forward to her continued contributions to the roofing business,” Smith notes. “Jennifer and I worked closely together for many years in Roofing Systems before 2012 to strengthen our single-ply offering while protecting our bituminous heritage. We expect to build on the current momentum and look forward to a great 2017.”

ATAS International Receives Top Workplaces Award

ATAS International Inc. has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor for the second consecutive year by The Morning Call. The organizations who receive a Top Workplaces award are determined solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics LLC, a research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including employee engagement, leadership, alignment, and connection, just to name a few. Engaged employees are known to drive productivity and results at work, which benefit the organization’s own team members, as well as their customers.
 
“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And often times, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s important to them is a belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together”. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”
 
ATAS International is honored to once again receive this award.  Comments made by ATAS employees while completing the survey were not only shared with the owners and managers at ATAS, but with all the employees.  Some of the survey comments made anonymously by the ATAS team members include:

  • “Employees are kept informed on how well the company is performing.”
  • “There is a high level of commitment and respect that each employee shows to one another.”
  • “ATAS is fully invested in our training and personal growth.”
  • “I appreciate the honesty and integrity of the company and the employees.”
  • “ATAS values all of their employees, and it shows.”

Along with the positive feedback were suggestions on areas for improvement, which will be reviewed and considered for implementation.
 
Anne Hicks, executive assistant at ATAS International, who facilitated ATAS’ involvement in the Top Workplaces employee survey says, “I’m excited that ATAS has earned this award again in 2017.  Our company is growing and we are always evaluating how we can continue to meet and exceed the needs of our customers.  Without our dynamic team of engaged employees, we would not be able to achieve our goals.  We are excited about the future of ATAS as we continue to expand and develop, and I am proud to be part of this team.”

Morin Names Schumacher to Serve Mid-Atlantic Region

Morin, A Kingspan Group Company, has hired Alec Schumacher as the Regional Sales Manager of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Based in Baltimore, Schumacher will be responsible for covering Washington D.C., Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia.

Schumacher brings experience working with architectural firms in the region, representing commercial window and door manufacturers. He can be reached at alecs@morincorp.com.

Morin manufactures single-element metal wall and roof panel systems in its production facilities in Bristol, Conn.; Deland, Fla.; and Fontana, Calif. According to the company, Morin has a combined production capacity of over 50 million square feet, fabricating metal panels in more than 75 different profiles. MORIN Single Element panels are 100 percent recyclable and meet the requirements for the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

Morin hires Alec Schumacher

Alec Schumacher

DECRA Roofing Systems Celebrates 60 Years

DECRA Roofing Systems Inc., the company that invented the stone-coated steel roofing category, is celebrating 60 years of protecting residential and light commercial projects.

Since 1957, DECRA roofing products have combined durability with classic style and design versatility to withstand some of the harshest climates worldwide. DECRA panels feature an interlocking design to withstand high winds and to add strength.

“We’re proud to celebrate six decades since the first DECRA panel was installed on a roof,” says Bobby Bloom, president of DECRA Roofing Systems Americas. “In those 60 years, DECRA has delivered advancements in manufacturing and production to provide a product that meets the standard for sustainability, quality and innovative product design.”

2017 Brings Slew of Programs and Promotions

DECRA kicked off its 60th year with a focus on the roofing contractor. For example, the company’s JUMPSTART program gives contractors who are new to using DECRA up to $5,000 over three installations, just for trying the product.

DECRA recently hosted a group of contractors and distributors at the company’s Corona-based manufacturing facility to gather feedback directly from those on the front line.

“Customers are very clear with the subjects that concern them for the future and we want to provide solutions that sell more DECRA products, help them create more brand equity in the market and give them training for their crews,” says Chad Colton, vice president of Sales. “While the DECRA sales team has doubled in the past year, we wouldn’t have the growth we are experiencing without the assistance of distribution partners. We intend to provide them with better service, marketing and solutions.”

DECRA Roofing Systems is owned by Fletcher Building Products. DECRA products are manufactured in Corona “by a dedicated team of workers who take pride in their quality and know that each panel manufactured is being installed to protect homes and buildings of customers throughout North and South America,” Bloom states.

IKO Launches Redesigned Commercial Roofing Website

IKO recently launched a redesigned commercial website to provide digital access to its full suite of commercial roofing, building envelope, and bridge, deck and waterproofing systems. The site, hosted at www.iko.com/comm, is specifically designed around the needs of architects, specifiers and roofing consultants. To learn what these industry professionals desired in a site layout, IKO surveyed them about website usability and accessibility. Participants shared that they wanted product and technical information that could easily be found in just a few clicks. They also wanted the ability to access the site across multiple devices, including desktop, tablet or mobile.

“Commercial roofing professionals and consultants need to be able to find information on roofing systems quickly — whether on the job site or at the office,” says Jeff Williams, brand director, IKO North America. “We know their time is valuable, and we wanted to create a design that would not only be visually appealing, but also easy to navigate and function to fit their needs.”

The revamped commercial website serves as a hub for all of IKO’s asphalt low slope roofing systems and accessories, including built-up roofing (BUR), cold applied, heat welded, self adhered and more. Users can also find information on IKO’s building envelope and bridge deck and waterproofing membrane systems and accessories, along with wall insulation and air/vapour barrier systems.

“One of the differentiating qualities of IKO’s commercial roofing program is that we provide a systems solution with a full suite of roofing and building envelope products engineered to work together, not just individual components,” says Akif Amin, VP of Commercial Division, IKO North America. “We have architects, consultants and specifiers covered with site design that makes it easy to find, navigate and spec commercial roof system and building envelope solutions.”

In addition to details on all IKO commercial systems, website visitors can also access technical information like application guides, draft specifications and product data sheets, as well as training and education opportunities, among others.

For more information and to see the new commercial website, visit www.iko.com/comm.

OMG Roofing Products Hires Staff in Europe

Michael “Mick” Steeples of Oxford, England is responsible for sales activities for OMG Roofing Products in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia.

Michael “Mick” Steeples of Oxford, England is responsible for sales activities for OMG Roofing Products in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia.

To support its growing international business, OMG Roofing Products has hired Michael Steeples in Europe.

In the newly created position, Michael “Mick” Steeples of Oxford, England is responsible for all sales activities for OMG Roofing in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. He will report to Lennard Spirig, Europe market manager.

Michael comes to OMG with nearly 20 years of relevant experience in the construction and commercial roofing industries. Most recently he was a key account manager with SFS Intec. Earlier he held various sales and technical positions with Solartec Ireland, SFS Intec as well as Profile Cladding Systems. He holds a degree in Supervisory Studies from Leicester Polytechnic.

“As OMG continues to grow and expand outside of North America, it is important that we add the resources necessary to serve our customers in local markets,” says Web Shaffer, vice president of marketing for the company. “OMG’s goal is to deliver sales support, and it’s important that we invest in this area as we expand into new geographies. This new position will help us to meet that goal.”

Headquartered in Agawam, Mass., OMG Roofing Products is a global supplier of commercial roofing products including specialty fasteners, insulation adhesives, roof drains, pipe supports, roof repair tape as well as productivity tools such as RhinoBond. The company’s focus is delivering products and services that improve contractor productivity and enhance roof system performance.

DEWALT Manufacturing Plant Produces 10-Millionth Tool

DEWALT Charlotte, N.C. manufacturing plant has celebrated a milestone, as the professional tool brand’s 10-millionth tool rolled off the production line. Company executives were on hand to build the 10-millionth tool, a 20V MAX XR Lithium Ion Brushless 3-Speed Hammer Drill (DCD996P2).

Across its seven U.S. manufacturing plants, the brand produced more than 90 million individual products made in the USA with global materials in 2016, an almost 50 percent increase from the 62 million individual products in 2015, just one year earlier. This is an accomplishment towards the brand’s effort to expand its domestic manufacturing using global materials, an effort that began in 2013. In addition to Charlotte, DEWALT operates manufacturing facilities in New Britain, Conn.; Greenfield, Ind.; Hampstead, Md.; Shelbyville, Ky.; Cheraw, S.C.; and Jackson, Tenn.

Frank Mannarino, president of DEWALT Professional Products Group says, “Year after year, DEWALT has increased its production of tools made in the U.S. with global materials. We have worked hard to drive productivity and efficiency at our manufacturing facilities, delivering products with the same guaranteed quality customers have come to know and expect from the brand. We are a global brand proud to have been founded in the U.S. and proud to continue to manufacture in the U.S.”

DEWALT understands that buying American products and building the American economy are important to its customers. Connie Grant, an employee at the Charlotte plant states, “It makes me proud to work for a company that values the American workforce.”

DEWALT is committed to crafting tools as strong as its American pride. Visit the website to learn more about DEWALT products.