GAF Names Senior Vice President, Commercial Roofing Sales

GAF announced the appointment of Alma Garnett as Senior Vice President, Commercial Roofing Sales. Reporting to John Altmeyer, Executive Chairman, GAF Commercial Roofing, Garnett will drive the strategic management and growth of the commercial sales organization. 

Prior to joining GAF, Garnett briefly served as Interim President of the Western Division of Bothwell-Accurate, a Canadian roofing and waterproofing company, and most notably as President of Convoy Supply from 2012 to 2020. With many achievements throughout her career, Garnett’s leadership as founder of Hunter Panels, a supplier of polyisocyanurate insulation, was instrumental in creating a brand known throughout the industry for its innovative products and excellence in customer service.

“I am thrilled to welcome Alma to the GAF Commercial team,” said John Altmeyer, Executive Chairman, GAF Commercial Roofing. “Her decades of experience as a customer, her deep and broad industry relationships, and her passion for helping shape the future ideally position Alma to help us establish GAF as the leader in the commercial roofing market.”

GAF also announced the appointment of Pete Vollmar to Senior Vice President, Sales Operations. Vollmar joined GAF in 1994 and will bring his wealth of experience to this newly created role. He will oversee the continued evolution of our customer support functions with the goal of delivering an unparalleled customer experience tailored to the specific needs of GAF’s Commercial and Residential customers. Vollmar will report to Altmeyer and Brian Kimber, Executive Vice President, Sales.  

“Pete has accumulated an unmatched understanding of our residential and commercial customers’ needs and expectations during his more than 27 years with GAF,” said Kimber. “Having held senior roles across sales, logistics, customer service, and warranty claims, Pete is perfectly suited to build out and lead our Sales Operations team squarely focused on providing the best possible customer experience in the roofing industry.”

For more information, visit www.GAF.com.

AccuLynx and SRS Distribution Announce Technology Partnership

AccuLynx announced a new technology partnership with SRS Distribution, one of the largest and fastest growing building products distributors in the United States. This new partnership integrates AccuLynx software with SRS Distribution’s Roof Hub order and materials management program, enabling roofing contractors to create faster, more accurate estimates and facilitate a more seamless material ordering process.

SRS Distribution customers who use AccuLynx will now be able to access SRS products, see their specific material pricing and place electronic orders for materials directly from AccuLynx. This convenient and streamlined workflow eliminates the need for AccuLynx users to log into another system to gather material costs or place orders.

“For over 10 years, AccuLynx’s mission has been to provide roofing contractors with innovative technology that helps them manage and grow their business while simplifying the way they work,” said Mike Stein, Chief Executive Officer of AccuLynx. “We are proud to integrate with companies like SRS Distribution to drive even greater efficiencies for our customers. This integration makes it easier than ever for roofing contractors to estimate job costs and place orders directly to their local SRS branch.”

“We are extremely excited about this new relationship between SRS & our family of brands, with AccuLynx as we continue expanding strategic partnerships with the roofing industry’s leading business management solutions,” said Dan Tinker, President & CEO of SRS.

AccuLynx is designed to help roofing contractors manage every aspect of their job from a single, cloud-based application. It combines customer relationship management and project management functionality with tools to support the roofing sales and production process, including estimating, photo-sharing, aerial measurements, material ordering, and labor scheduling.

AccuLynx and SRS Distribution will host an informational webinar on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10 a.m. Central | 11 a.m. Eastern to show contractors how the new integration can save them time, increase their productivity and improve their customer service. Contractors interested in learning more about how the technology works can register here: https://go.acculynx.com/webinar-grow-your-roofing-business-with-acculynx-srs-distribution.

For more information, visit https://acculynx.com

CertainTeed Supports Commercial Roofing Contractors With “Joe Knows” Educational Video Series

CertainTeed has launched “Joe Knows,” a new video series created to educate contractors on the installation and benefits of low-slope commercial roofing. The CertainTeed Contractor Support Network is deeply committed to listening to and responding to the needs of its customers, and the new video series is one of many elements designed to provide contractors with the tools they need to more effectively and efficiently install CertainTeed’s roofing products. 

Industry veteran and CertainTeed associate Joe Thompson hosts the Joe Knows series, which launched on the CertainTeed website on February 1. Thompson is a key member of the CertainTeed Commercial Roofing Technical Services team and serves as lead instructor for the Flintlastic SA commercial roofing installer training courses, which are held throughout the United States. He is also a member in good standing of The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC). 

Recognizing that a contractor’s time is precious, the video series is delivered in an easy-to-digest format detailing expert tips and tricks for swift and effective installation. 

New episodes will be available on a bi-weekly basis through May 2021 and will include the following topics:

  • February 01: Flashing a Pipe
  • February 15: Flashing a Pipe with Liquid-Applied Flashing
  • March 01: Flashing a Drain 
  • March 15: Flashing a Drain with Liquid-Applied Flashing 
  • March 29: Base Flashing on a Parapet Wall 
  • April 12: Base Flashing the Outside Corner of a Parapet Wall 
  • April 26: Base Flashing the Inside Corner of a Parapet Wall 
  • May 10: Installing Membrane End Laps

To view the Joe Knows video series, visit https://blog.certainteed.com/2021/01/commercial-roofing-construction-details-how-to-flash-a-pipe-ct-13/.

Polyglass to Showcase Innovative Roofing Technology at the 2021 Virtual IRE

Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. announced that it will be an exhibitor at the Virtual Edition of the International Roofing Expo (IRE) on March 2-4, 2021.

As one of the roofing industry’s most reputable and widely attended trade expos, this year’s IRE Virtual Edition will be available via a robust online platform, which attendees can access from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm ET daily.

Polyglass will be featuring a wide range of products and technologies this year in their virtual IRE booth, with plenty of information and educational opportunities for contractors to learn the features and benefits of these products.

The featured technologies and products that Polyglass will showcase at this year’s show include:

● ADESO Self-Adhered Technology – Polyglass’ patented dual-compound self-adhered (SA) membranes feature a true APP or SBS formulation on the top weathering side and an aggressive self-adhered formulation on the bottom side of the reinforcement. This technology provides easy and effective application, enhanced lap sealing and solutions for multiple surface types.

● Elastoflex SA Polar Cap and Base – Specially designed for cold weather applications, Polyglass’ low-temperature SBS membranes improve application speed and removes the need for torches, hot asphalt or bonding adhesives on the job site.

● Polyflash 1C – When combined with PolyBrite Reinforcing Polyester, this one-component, moisture-cure silane modified polyurethane flashing compound seals a wide range of roofing and waterproofing details, including walls, curbs, vents, roof drains, pitch pans and unusually shaped penetrations.

● Polystick XFR and Polystick P – Premier underlayment products specially formulated for high-temperature environments.

How to register for IRE 2021

During the virtual tradeshow, attendees will be able to access live and on-demand educational content, browse exhibitors and products, and schedule meetings with exhibitors.

Each day, the IRE will begin with a special “Ask the Experts Live” session covering a variety of topics that include business, technical, legal/HR, workplace safety, exhibitor seminars, and more.

Access passes for the International Roofing Expo — Virtual Edition are only $55 for registered attendees, which is a sharp discount from the cost for in-person events, which can run as high as $700. The virtual pass provides the following benefits:

  • Access to the IRE Virtual Edition online platform
  • Access to the IRE virtual conference live and on-demand sessions
  • Access to the virtual exhibitor profiles
  • Access to the virtual product directory
  • Access to the Matchmaking technology
  • Video chat meetings & business card drop options

In addition, virtual pass holders will continue to have access to the online platform for on-demand viewing until April 2, plus they will receive a free Expo Hall Pass to the next live IRE, scheduled for August 10-12 in Las Vegas.

Be sure to join Polyglass at this year’s International Roofing Expo – Virtual Edition.Register today or contact Polyglass to learn more about their innovative roofing and waterproofing products.

For more information, visit polyglass.us.

OMG Roofing Products Promotes New Regional Sales Manager

OMG Roofing Products has promoted Jon Surratt to the position of Northwest Regional Sales Manager.

In his new role, Jon will manage the day-to-day business activities for the region, including monthly planning, on-going customer support, revenue goals, as well as leading a team of territory managers and technical sales representatives. His region includes Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. He reports to Brian Wroblesky, National Sales Manager.

Jon started with OMG Roofing Products in 2015 as a field sales representative covering Northern California and Northern Nevada and was later assigned to Hawaii as well. Since then, he has demonstrated the ability to perform against targets, adjust sales strategies necessary to accomplish goals, maintain excellent customer service and support various product and customer initiatives. Prior to joining OMG Roofing Products, Jon was a foreman and assistant superintendent for Myers Plumbing and Engineering of Orangevale, Calif.  

Jon holds a degree in criminology and psychology from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

For more information, visit www.OMGRoofing.com.

Gulfeagle Supply Opens Two New Branches

Gulfeagle Supply adds two new branches to its growing footprint. Gulfeagle Supply, founded in 1973, is a full line distributor of residential and commercial roofing and building products. With these additions the company has grown to over 80 locations across the United States.

The San Antonio, Texas location is managed by Rick Zuniga who joins the Gulfeagle family with 16 years of experience in the industry and a legacy for treating his customers like family. A fiesta-themed grand opening was held in December, complete with mariachi music and new customer accolades. Inventory in stock includes Gulfeagle Supply Plastic Cement, Tropical Cements & Coatings, GAF Shingles, Gulfeagle Synthetic Felt, Atlas Shingles, Polyglass Waterproofing Membranes, Lomanco Ventilation and more.

Gulfeagle Supply also added a new South Florida branch in West Broward located just off Interstate 595. The West Broward location is fully stocked with residential and commercial roofing products. This branch is conveniently located with easy access for quick service and prompt pickup of material.

For more information, visit www.gulfeaglesupply.com/.

ProVia Introduces Pro Visualizer Virtual Measurement and Design Studio

ProVia announces the release of the Pro Visualizer Virtual Measurement and Design Studio, a new, 3D home exterior measurement, design and reporting tool that equips ProVia dealers with powerful in-home and remote selling capabilities. With Pro Visualizer, dealers can shorten turnaround times and obtain complete measurements for exterior walls, openings and roofing without setting foot on a homeowner’s property. 

The Pro Visualizer is easy to use with an intuitive design that eliminates the need to take photos or input measurements. To get started, the dealer simply enters the property address. When ordering full-property measurements, the dealer receives interactive 3D models and realistic visualizations of the property they can integrate with ProVia’s professional-class exterior building products. The tool’s ease of use, plus the speed of turnaround, creates significant efficiencies for product selection and job estimating. 

The design studio functionality allows dealers to explore a vast array of options from ProVia’s extensive line of exterior building products. Dealers can simplify and enhance the sales process by creating and saving customized exterior designs prior to meeting with homeowners. When dealers meet with the homeowner virtually or in person, they can collaborate and modify designs in real time. The ability for homeowners to explore customized options for their home increases customer satisfaction, and helps dealers increase the close ratio of sales. 

Key features of Provia’s Pro Visualizer Virtual Measurement and Design Studio include:

  • Accurate, full-property home measurements utilizing EagleView aerial photography 
  • Interactive 3D modeling design with the ability to save and share remotely
  • Realistic design visualizations featuring ProVia’s exterior building products including entry doors, custom replacement windows, Super Polymer vinyl siding, manufactured stone and ProVia’s new line of high-performance metal shake and slate roofing.
  • Comprehensive project reports including easy to understand property labeling and integrated waste estimates 

For more information, visit https://www.provia.com/design-it#3D.

Huntsman Building Solutions Launches New Website

Huntsman Building Solutions announced it has launched a new website combining all of the company’s building envelope and specialty application products into one intuitive online platform for all customers to easily explore. HuntsmanBuildingSolutions.com, the new website, provides an easy path for customers in the United States and Canada to explore the company’s offerings and is offered in both English and French.

“The launch of our new website combines, in an easily accessible way, product offers, skilled talent and deep resources of the two legacy spray foam companies Demilec and Icynene-Lapolla, which were acquired by Huntsman Corporation and combined to form Huntsman Building Solutions,” said Simon Baker, president of Huntsman Building Solutions. “Architects, builders, contractors, facility owners and homeowners are all now able to access all of our product solutions and resources in one easy-to-use site.”

Offering a simple, intuitive navigation, the website showcases all of Huntsman Building Solutions’ spray polyurethane foam insulation, spray polyurethane foam roofing, alternative spray foam and coatings solutions. The site’s Technical Library offers an easy search tool for finding all CC-ES evaluation reports, product data, technical data sheets, safety data sheets, application guidelines, warranties and installation statements. 

“Interested visitors may also learn about Huntsman Building Solutions’ proactive sustainability initiatives, including our conversion of plastic PET waste, which is diverted from landfill and prevented from entering the world’s oceans, into high performance spray polyurethane foam,” adds Baker. 

In addition to the new website, visitors are encouraged to join the Huntsman Building Solutions conversation on TwitterLinkedInFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

For more information, visit https://huntsmanbuildingsolutions.com/.

Stormseal Announces Affinity Program With Alacrity Solutions

Stormseal, the storm response solution that provides powerful protection to homes and buildings until permanent repairs can be made, announced that it is now part of the Affinity Program with Alacrity Contractor Network. 

“We are continuing to expand our relationships with organizations that serve the needs of insurance companies and their policyholders,” explained Matthew Lennox, CEO of Stormseal. “Alacrity’s network of contractors will now have access to exclusive discounts through this new Affinity Program.”

Alacrity Contractors are damage response specialists who will now be able to offer Stormseal protection to homes and buildings following severe weather events or other disasters. This solution will protect structures far better than tarps, which flap and blow away in the wind, resulting in additional damage and losses. By using Stormseal, Alacrity Contractors can now deliver the highest customer satisfaction following a damage claim on a property. 

Interested contractors can schedule their certification training either in-person at the Stormseal training centers in Mulberry, Florida; Mukwonago, Wisconsin; or Raleigh North Carolina; or they can take advantage of the new mobile training offered throughout the southeastern United States. The certification program is designed to educate workers, delivering the knowledge and skills needed to safely install Stormseal in any height situation on both commercial and residential structures. 

Once certified, contractors automatically receive 10 percent off their start-up kit, 10 percent off regular orders and a 15-percent discount when ordering a pallet of 25 rolls or more. 

Stormseal has protected more than 4,000 properties in the United States and over 9,000 internationally. Waterproof, able to withstand hail and 100 mile per hour winds, Stormseal is the smart choice for temporary protection.

Learn more about becoming certified and scheduling training at www.stormseal.com/us

Stormseal is a strong polyethylene film that heat-shrinks to cover a damaged structure and stays put until permanent repairs are made. When Stormseal is installed on a damaged roof or wall, the application of heat shrinks the film, enhancing its strength and ensuring a perfect fit to the structure, without damaging any underlying materials. 

For more information visit www.stormseal.com

TRUFAST Brand Celebrates 40 Years of ‘Trusted Connections’ in 2021

Altenloh, Brinck & Co. US, Inc. (ABC), manufacturer of SPAX engineered fasteners, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the TRUFAST brand in 2021. 

The story of TRUFAST’s early days can be found in founder Duane Spangler’s book, The Journey. Its pages make clear the rich community relationships and connections that contributed to TRUFAST’s initial successes and growth as a provider of high-quality fastening solutions for the commercial roofing industry. It’s not surprising that as the company grew, “Trusted Connections” became both its mantra and philosophy of doing business.

Even after TRUFAST’s 2005 acquisition by German-based Altenloh, Brinck & Co., that family-focused culture of trusted connections continues to be a hallmark of both the TRUFAST brand and parent company ABC — as well as its other, complementary brands, SPAX for the construction market and the TRUFAST WALLS brand for exterior building envelopes and facades.

The ABC acquisition of TRUFAST resulted in an immediate and ongoing infusion of capital and resources that boosted the company’s growth and expansion while leaving its family-owned, people-focused culture intact. ABC’s investments made possible a 33,000-square-foot expansion and modernization of the Bryan, Ohio, manufacturing facility in 2011 as well as a 50,000-square-foot expansion to its state-of-the-art heat treat facility in Pioneer, Ohio.

“From the beginning, TRUFAST was an excellent fit for our company because of similar brand traits: customer focus, persistence, high quality and reliability of both our products and people,” said Nikolas Dicke, CEO of ABC and a leader at the parent company, Altenloh, Brinck & Co. Group. 

Jim Winn, president of the SPAX brand, shared his take on how the TRUFAST brand origins led to the current successes of the ABC family of brands, including SPAX: “TRUFAST is the foundation that the SPAX brand was built on. The family environment at our Bryan, Ohio, manufacturing and office facility mean that we all take care of each other — and never has that been more evident than during the global pandemic of 2020. We make high-quality, highly engineered products, but the quality and longevity of our people are what set this company and its brands apart the most.”

The future is bright for ABC and its family of brands. In the words of Jason Beals, president of the TRUFAST brand, “The growth of TRUFAST, ABC and the SPAX brand is tremendous. We have tripled in size, added more than 200 jobs, acquired additional brands such as RODENHOUSE and others, and significantly expanded our square footage. We will make and sell more than one billion screws this year. At TRUFAST in our early days, $10 million would have been a great year. Today, ABC U.S. sees $10 million in a month! Even during the current global health crisis, we keep growing. While commercial roofing slowed down, the SPAX construction and DIY markets kept us growing.”

The TRUFAST brand has accomplished a lot in 40 years, from its origins in the farm fields of rural Ohio to its acquisition by the ABC Group in Germany. Even while tripling in size, the company has stayed true to its mission: to grow lasting relationships through innovative fastening solutions. 

For more information, visit Altenloh.us and https://trufast.com