GAF Timberline HDZ and Timberline CS Roofing Shingles Earn NSF International Environmental Product Declarations

GAF announced two new Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its Timberline HDZ and Timberline CS Shingles. NSF International recognized both residential roofing solutions for cradle-to-grave excellence, underscoring GAF’s growing commitment to transparency and sustainability in its products that support green building.

“Product transparency is a key factor in delivering new and innovative building materials with a focus on sustainability, and we’re proud to see our GAF Timberline HDZ and CS shingles receive these environmental product declarations from NSF,” said Jeff Terry, Vice President of CSR and Sustainability at GAF. “Helping build a more sustainable world begins with greener building, and we’re committed to supporting the building and design community with innovative and more sustainable products.”

GAF holds a combined 45 environmental product declarations/certifications across its portfolio of residential and commercial roofing solutions from NSF International and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The lifecycle assessment process for EPD certifications plays a key role in helping GAF better understand the environmental impact of its products, and inform new approaches in manufacturing green building solutions.

Visit Sustainable Minds’ Transparency Catalog to view the portfolio of GAF EPD certifications, and to learn more about GAF’s growing focus on sustainability, please visit www.GAF.com/sustainability

For more information about the company, visit www.gaf.com.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens New Location in Massachusetts

ABC Supply Co. Inc. has opened a new location at 115 East Howard St. in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Joe Camara manages the new location. Camara began his career with ABC Supply in 2007 as an outside sales representative for the Fall River, Massachusetts, location, helping contractors expand and grow their businesses. 

“We’re excited about the opening of our Quincy branch, which will allow us to meet the growing demands for building products and support in the Greater Boston area,” said Tom Kuchan, vice president of ABC Supply’s Northeast Region. “Joe and his team will do a great job of ensuring that area contractors get the support they need to make their jobs easier.”

Branch hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday, and 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. The phone number is (617) 691-1345. Contractors can also place and review orders and track deliveries online using myABCsupply.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

Garland Donates School Supplies and Backpacks to Local School in Celebration of 125th Anniversary

The Garland Company, Inc., located in Cleveland’s historic Union Miles neighborhood, is celebrating its 125th year in business by giving back in various ways, most recently to the community it calls home. Garland reached out to Miles Park School, an elementary school located just one street away from its corporate headquarters, to see how to best support the school’s needs, especially as students navigate virtual learning and varying access to resources amid the pandemic.

Garland employees then helped fill 125 backpacks with the necessary supplies for Miles Park’s kindergarten through eighth grade students. From pencils and crayons for kindergarteners to calculators and pocket dictionaries for eighth graders, employees enjoyed lending a hand and seeing the difference these supplies could make in the lives of the local students.

The students will be continuing online learning for the rest of the semester and will receive the backpacks, supplies and uniforms upon their return to the classroom. Miles Park principal Tamika Taylor-Ivory and assistant principal Christine Wade accepted the backpacks on the students’ behalf with sentiments of gratitude.

“Even though we are in another nine weeks of remote learning, the students will definitely need the supplies. Based on social distancing and protocols that limit the students’ use of lockers, these backpacks will be a great help when they return to the school. And of course, they will need the supplies of paper, pencils and everything else for all their studies. We are so appreciative of all the donations that will help our students here at Miles Park School,” said Taylor-Ivory.

The Miles Park School follows a profound motto: “Learners Today…Leaders Tomorrow.” With these backpacks of new school supplies, Garland believes these driven and talented students will be better equipped to prioritize their schoolwork to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Garland’s focus throughout its 125th anniversary year has been the slogan “Employee Built, Employee Owned.” A strong regard for ownership, cemented by Garland’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), is the cornerstone of Garland’s success and a driving principle for these charitable initiatives.

“This neighborhood has been our proud home for 125 years and it is such an honor to maintain our traditional values by continuing our long history of taking care of our communities. Even in these tough times, we are committed to finding new ways to give back and keep our neighbors and the great city of Cleveland thriving,” said Garland president David Sokol.

Garland’s charitable initiatives will not end here. In continued celebration of 125 years, Garland donated $15,000 as an exclusive sponsor for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank weekly distribution event Nov. 12, employees have donated over $7,000 to their favorite charities, an employee’s son was awarded a $12,500 scholarship for his college career, and additional initiatives are planned throughout the rest of this historic year.

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com.

S-5! Names Canadian Business Development Manager

S-5! announced a new addition to its growing team. The company named Brandon Kilpatrick as S-5!’s Canadian business development manager, and he is responsible for developing distributor partnerships, contractor pull through, EPC, OEM and industry relationships to increase sales, market share and revenue within the Canadian market. 

 “While some companies are pulling in the reins in a hiring freeze and/or furloughing employees, S-5! continues to hire,” said S-5! CEO and Founder Rob Haddock. “The duration of this pandemic is uncertain and casualties dear but, it will be over and S-5! remains future-forward thinking focused on constant development and growth.”

“And, it was only months ago that we were talking about the number one issue facing the construction industry being the labor shortage and how hard it was to find good people,” continued Haddock. “In fact, one of the silver linings of this crisis could be helping to solve the labor shortage issue that has existed for the past couple of years.”

Kilpatrick joins S-5! from D.I. Roof Seamers ― a manufacturer of roof seamer machinery ― where he served as the Canadian national manager and established, managed and promoted the company’s business in Canada, including building its clientele base.

According to the company, Kilpatrick has a deep understanding of all aspects of the business and understands how to establish strong and trusting relationships with key industry leaders. He brings an array of technical skills, including machining and metal roof installation along with metal roofing industry knowledge and access to major companies in the Canadian and U.S. market gained over the past 10 years.

Kilpatrick attended university in Canada, earning a bachelor’s degree in history at Wilfred Laurier University, a bachelor of applied business at George Brown College and an advanced diploma in environmental science lab/field technician honors at Niagara College Canada. In 2017, Kilpatrick was awarded the Metal Construction Association Triumph Award for “Industry Young Movers and Shakers.”

For more information, visit www.S-5.com.

Sheet Metal Supply Purchases New Equipment to Expand Production

Sheet Metal Supply has purchased two machines that will provide the capability to produce heavier, longer and more precise product for the glazing industry as well as more precise custom substructural components for the façade products it already produces.

Sheet Metal Supply has purchased a Safan Darley E-Brake 130T-4100 and an AccurShear 625020 to add to its fleet of machinery at the new Grayslake, Ill., facility.

The new E-brake allows for servo-electronic bending with an E for even bending and offers 30 percent higher productivity and up to 50 percent energy savings with lower CO2 emissions. The AccurShear features a 20-foot blade and can shear metal up to .25 inches thick.

“We’re always seeking ways to better provide our customers with the highest quality products we can, including new offerings that make sense for their business,” says Ben Kweton, vice president of Sheet Metal Supply. “The acquisition of the Safan Darley brake and the AccurShear expands our capabilities and complements our current offering.”

For more information, visit www.SheetMetalSupplyLtd.com.

Boral Roofing Introduces Virtual Design Center

Boral Roofing LLC has just launched an all-new Virtual Design Center. The online offering allows visitors to enter through the Boral Roofing website and take a self-guided journey through a showroom designed to visually mimic the company’s popular physical design centers. Available now to explore, the Virtual Design Center showcases Boral Roofing’s complete suite of roofing solutions in the categories of Clay, Concrete, Steel, Composite and Components within a virtual reality setting.

“Our new Virtual Design Center is built to provide architects, builders, remodelers, contractors and consumers a self-guided experience through our complete roofing systems and solutions,” says Ann Iten, director of marketing for Boral Roofing. “With so much of our lives changed by current events, including many face-to-face events being cancelled, we believe this offering is a natural solution for our customers who are still actively researching roofing options for their homes and current projects.”

The Virtual Design Center acts as a visual exploration tool, giving site visitors an immersive experience at their fingertips. Available online 24-7, the virtual reality tool offers a meaningful alternative to in-person Design Center visits. It also provides an engagement alternative to replace currently cancelled face-to-face events and meetings, as well as an online tool to augment them once they are again scheduled and attended.

“A lot of new construction and remodeling activity continues despite the current pandemic,” adds Iten. “Our customers still need a way to see and experience our offerings. The Virtual Design Center is a perfect solution which allows them to explore our products from the comfort of their homes.”

Boral Roofing’s Virtual Design Center includes a number of clickable features including roofing product walls, company and product installation videos, the custom Design-A-Blend app, brochures, blogs, news and resource links. Additional offerings for architects and specifiers include access to Boral Roofing CEU courses at Hanley Wood University, Boral product information for specification on ARCAT, and BIM files for architects in BIMSmith.

For more information, visit www.BoralRoof.com.

IMETCO Receives ICC Approvals on Rainscreen Wall Panel Systems

IMETCO (Innovative Metals Company, Inc.) is now among a short list of metal manufacturers to carry ICC approvals for its metal wall cladding systems. The company announced it recently received ICC approvals for its Latitude and Element architectural wall panels used as a part of its rainscreen systems.

ICC-ES, a subsidiary of the International Code Council (ICC), provides evaluation reports aimed at making it easier for those charged with enforcing code to determine the compliance of products with the building code. With ICC reports, government agencies such as the California DSA, Florida Building Products, TX TDI, etc. provide quick and easy permit approvals.

 “ICC approvals are only granted after extensive vetting of exceptionally tested products by reputable manufacturers. As such, IMETCO has been recognized as a premier supplier of high quality engineered rainscreen metal cladding systems and one of only few with such approvals in the industry,” said Jonnie Hasan, P.E., IMETCO’s director of engineering and sales support.

Specific panel approval reports are now available for review online at www.imetco.com.

Firestone Building Products Plant in Prescott, Arkansas Celebrates 50 Years of Operations

Firestone Building Products, LLC, announced its manufacturing plant in Prescott, Arkansas, recently celebrated 50 years of operations. The plant manufactures roofing membrane, flashing and seam tape, and is the largest employer in Nevada County with 654 employees.

Originally constructed by Robbin’s Floor Products in 1964, the Prescott plant was purchased by Firestone Industrial Products in 1970 to house manufacturing of automotive radiators and train brake hoses. In 1983, it was converted to manufacture RubberGard EPDM roofing materials under Firestone Building Products and has since undergone expansions each decade, growing from its original 142,000 square feet to 710,000 square feet today. 

“The Prescott Firestone Building Products Plant has been a fixture in the Southwest Arkansas community since its establishment, and we are proud of our dedicated team who work hard every day to provide quality products for our customers,” said Kevin Ward, Prescott plant manager. “This historic milestone would not be possible without the commitment to excellence of our employees, as well as the ongoing support of our customers, the local community and state of Arkansas.” 

Over its 50-year history, the plant has received numerous awards for safety performance and achieved over 1 million man-hours without a lost-time accident on several occasions from the Arkansas Department of Labor (ADOL). Also, the Prescott plant achieved 1 million hours without an OSHA recordable injury in 2014. The Firestone Building Products team is an active part of the local Prescott community, including organizing coordinated efforts to support the regional food bank, FoodShare Arkansas, and local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops, among other community programs.

“I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to current and former employees at the Firestone Building Products plant in Prescott, Arkansas for their ongoing contributions in service to our customers in the roofing industry,” said Taylor Cole, president of Firestone Building Products. “Firestone Building Products is recognized as a leading source for contractors and roofing professionals, and this is in part a testament to the quality and excellence in manufacturing exemplified by teams like the one at Prescott.”

For more information, visit www.FirestoneBPCo.com.

ICP Acquires Leeson Polyurethanes

Innovative Chemical Products (the ICP Group) announced the acquisition of Leeson Polyurethanes, a U.K.-based manufacturer of polyurethane adhesives and coatings used in a variety of sectors and markets.

Founded by the Leeson family in 1986, the company has experienced growth throughout its history by offering its customers high-quality, durable, protective, and flexible polyurethane products. ICP will incorporate Leeson’s offerings into its ICP Building Solutions Group (ICP BSG).

The company’s diverse portfolio of solutions for building and construction, insulation, sports surfaces, waterproofing and beyond will be highly complementary to the ICP BSG portfolio, and helps the organization extend its reach throughout the European market and around the world.

 “We are pleased to welcome Leeson to the ICP BSG family of professional solutions. The acquisition will enable us to strengthen and broaden our extensive suite of professional solutions for our customers everywhere,” said Doug Mattscheck, CEO, ICP Group. “Leeson is a recognized leader in the U.K. and beyond, with a variety of innovative, high-quality solutions for professionals, making them a natural fit for ICP BSG.”

According to the company, the acquisition allows ICP BSG to bring a range of Leeson solutions to new and existing customers, broadening the opportunities for ICP to deliver professionals everywhere quality, high-performance solutions.

For more information, visit www.icpgroup.com.

Mid-West Steel Building Company Aligns Under Metallic Building Systems

Metallic Building Company, a supplier of custom-engineered metal buildings across North America, announced its incorporation of Mid-West Steel Building Company, a provider of metal building systems in Texas and New Mexico. The new company name is Metallic Building Systems.

“Metallic will celebrate its 75th anniversary next year and Mid-West has been in business for 50 years, which totals 125 years of expertise and relationships that leading builders and contractors have trusted for generations,” said Trey Ohl, district manager, who has been with the company more than 15 years. “We’re excited to welcome Mid-West customers to Metallic Building Systems and continue building our national reputation for delivering high-quality products and personalized service our customers can count on.”

According to Ohl, builders can trust Metallic Building Systems to consistently manufacture proven, high-quality products that are easy to erect, delivered on time and within budget. “We’re committed to providing the highest level of service before, during and post purchase—and reliably delivering a complete building solution when and where customers need it,” said Ohl. 

Former Mid-West customers will notice changes in the form of improved efficiency and growth opportunities, according to the company. “Over time, they should expect shorter lead times and faster project completion due to our streamlined operations and expansive national manufacturing and distribution footprint,” said Ohl. “Plus, they’ll gain access to the Metallic Authorized Builder network, which offers unlimited solutions to help grow their business.”

The network provides access to the Builder’s Gateway, which provides builders with real-time account information and business leads, as well as estimating tools, a design library, marketing resources, training opportunities and more.

“We believe success is a team effort,” said Ohl. “That means we’re going to support you from the moment a project comes in the door to final delivery.”

Ensuring customers’ continued success is critical to Metallic Building Systems and its parent company, Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc.

“Over the last several decades, Cornerstone Building Brands has expanded our footprint across the communities we serve,” explained Jessica Navascues, president, engineered building systems, Cornerstone Building Brands. “The integration of the Mid-West and Metallic brands will strengthen our ability to deliver building solutions that will further enable communities to grow and thrive. We believe every building we create, and every part of that building, positively contributes to communities where people live, work and play.”

For more information, visit Metallic.com and CornerstoneBuildingBrands.com.