TAMKO Donates Roof System for Operation Finally Home Project

Wounded Texas veteran Charlotte Ferris and her four children have a new reason to be thankful this holiday season.

Ferris is one of the latest Dallas-Fort Worth area veterans to receive a custom-built, mortgage-free house through nonprofit organization Operation FINALLY HOME, and the generosity of builders and manufacturers including McBee Homes and TAMKO Building Products, Inc.

Last week, Ferris was surprised with a groundbreaking at the site of her new home. Believing they were going for a preliminary interview with Operation FINALLY HOME, Ferris and her family were greeted with a cheering crowd, an American flag flying high over the site and plenty of tears.

This is the first time TAMKO has participated in an Operation FINALLY HOME project, and is donating the roof for Specialist Ferris’ new home. TAMKO has a long history of supporting veterans – veterans make up 15 percent of the company’s workforce, and TAMKO has provided financial and flight support for both the Hero Flights and Honor Flights organizations. TAMKO has a manufacturing facility in Dallas, and a growing corporate extension office in Irving, Texas.

“Specialist Ferris, and others like her, are American heroes, and it’s our great honor to say ‘Thank You’ in this way,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys. “This is especially meaningful to us because it’s in the Dallas-area that we’ve called home for more than 30 years.”

Operation FINALLY HOME has completed 151 mortgage­free homes and 18 home modifications, and has an additional 50 projects either under construction or in planning.  The nonprofit partners with builder associations, builders, developers, corporate sponsors and volunteers to raise the funds, provide materials and complete the planning and labor for each project. Each home is custom-built to accommodate the physical needs of wounded veterans, and then provided mortgage-free to veterans and widows of the fallen. In addition to TAMKO, this project was made possible through the generosity of several businesses in the region, including McBee Homes, the lead builder on the project, and financial contributors Heritage Real Estate and Roger Williams Automall.

“We are so blessed to work with great builders, builders associations and manufacturers such as TAMKO to lift the burden of a mortgage off the shoulders of our wounded veterans,” said Dan Wallrath, founder of Operation FINALLY HOME. “While Specialist Ferris will not have a mortgage, she has certainly paid a price for this home.”

While deployed in Iraq, Specialist Ferris was driving an armored truck that was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Ferris searched for her crew, who all survived, before realizing her ankle was broken and her ear drum ruptured. She was medically evacuated and underwent surgery.

Ferris was recalled to active duty but was deemed medically unfit due to her injuries. She suffers from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, post-concussive headaches, an ankle fracture and tinnitus. For her service and bravery, Ferris was awarded the Purple Heart, as well as the Army Commendation Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Ferris and her four children currently live in White Settlement, Texas. Together they enjoy playing musical instruments and having tea parties.

Operation FINALLY HOME and McBee Homes expect Ferris’ new home to be completed in 2019.

“We are deeply honored to have been asked to build a dream home for an American Hero, and even more humbled by the love and generosity shown by all of our employees, sub-contractors and vendors,” said Mearl McBee, founder/owner of McBee Homes. “We had 100 percent participation by every trade in our system in creating a home that Charlotte Ferris and her children will enjoy for many years to come.”

Click here to download photos from the surprise groundbreaking for the Ferris Family.

 For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com.

 

PAC-CLAD Metal Roof Products Receive ICC-ES Code Compliance Verification

Four of Petersen’s PAC-CLAD metal standing seam roof systems are included in a new ICC Evaluation Service report. The ICC-ES Evaluation Report ESR-4173 provides independent verification that Snap-Clad, Tite-Loc, Tite-Loc Plus and PAC-150 180-degree double-lock standing seam roof panels meet the fire classification and wind uplift resistance requirements of the International Building Code, International Residential Code, California Building Code and California Residential Code.

ICC-ES Evaluation Reports are used by building officials, architects and contractors as a basis for specifying or approving PAC-CLAD metal standing seam roof systems in construction projects that conform to the IBC, IRC, CBC and CRC. The report proves that ICC-ES thoroughly examined Petersen’s PAC-CLAD roof panels to ensure the products are code-compliant.

“The ICC-ES report provides specifiers, architects and contractors with a broader scope of projects they can specify or bid utilizing Petersen’s PAC-CLAD standing seam roof panels,” said Josh Jacobi, national manager, technical services for Petersen. “With the opening of the PAC-CLAD facility in Phoenix and our desire to increase our presence in the Western United States, the ICC-ES Evaluation Report is critical to securing architectural specification of our roof panels in California and other Western states. Without this report, the amount of projects we could pursue is dramatically reduced, which would have placed limitations on our growth in this region of the United States.”

An ICC-ES Evaluation Report provides information about which code requirements or acceptance criteria were used to evaluate the product, how the product should be installed to meet the requirements, how to identify the product, and more. The reports are intended to safeguard the built environment and make the building official’s job easier when approving products for installation.

ICC-ES evaluates building products per various code requirements through ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria and code-referenced consensus standards. Evaluations address performance characteristics such as structural, seismic and fire resistance. Holding an ICC-ES Evaluation Report proves a manufacturer’s building product or system has undergone a rigorous technical and manufacturing quality evaluation conducted by ICC-ES staff. The ICC Evaluation Service is a member of the ICC family of companies and is a nonprofit, limited liability company.

Petersen manufactures PAC-CLAD architectural metal cladding products in multiple gauges of steel and aluminum. PAC-CLAD products include standing seam roof panels, hidden- and exposed-fastener wall panels, flush- and reveal-joint panels, vented or solid soffit panels, perforated metal, coil and flat sheet, composite panels, column covers, plus fascia and coping. All are available in Kynar 70 percent PVDF finish in 45 standard colors that include a 30-year finish warranty. Most colors meet LEED and Energy Star requirements, and are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council. Custom colors and weather-tightness warranties are offered.

For more information, visit www.pac-clad.com.

Metal-Era Announces New Vice President of Marketing

Metal-Era, Inc.announced the appointment of Richard L. Hein as Vice President of Marketing. Richard joined Metal-Era on October 15 and will lead Metal-Era’s strategic marketing activities including brand development, product management, product development and all promotional activities.

Richard comes to Metal-Era with more than 20 years of product strategy, product management and product marketing experience. Richard most recently led global product management for Adient, the world’s leading automotive seating supplier. He has extensive experience developing and implementing product strategies and has a proven track record of success across multiple different industries including automotive, building automation, electrical distribution and electronic materials. Throughout his career, Richard has worked for top companies such as Johnson Controls, General Electric, Cooper Power Systems and Honeywell.

“We are excited to have Richard on board,” says Tony Mallinger, President of Metal-Era, Inc. “Richard brings a wealth of experience in working with customers to identify needs and when we look to the future we know that our ability to deliver new and innovative products will be critical to ensure our customers success. Richard has the ideal background and experience to lead Metal-Era’s efforts in this area.”

For more information, visit www.metalera.com

IKO Acquires Roof Tile Group

IKO Industries Ltd. announced that it has concluded a deal that will see it acquire the operations of the Roof Tile Group from New Zealand-based manufacturer and builder Fletcher Building. Roof Tile Group manufactures metal roofing tiles for global sales and distribution under a number of brand names, including Decra and Gerard. The purchase will expand IKO’s global manufacturing and operations footprint to include production sites in New Zealand, Hungary, Malaysia, and the United States; and more than 500 employees to IKO’s worldwide team.

“We are pleased to welcome RTG and its employees to the IKO family,” stated Hartley Koschitzky, IKO’s co-chairman. “This acquisition represents an excellent opportunity to continue with our global growth strategy, and to expand our metal roofing business beyond our partnership with Metrotile NV, particularly in the North American market. We are looking forward to growing and building RTG’s business and learning from the knowledge and experience of our new team members in the metal roofing industry.”

IKO did not disclose the financial terms of the acquisition. The company indicated that the immediate future will see RTG continue to run its operations on a “business as usual” basis, while the company focuses on onboarding its new employees and gaining familiarity with RTG’s operations.

For more information, visit www.iko.com.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Branch in Alpharetta Georgia

ABC Supply Co. Inc., opened a branch at 6180 Shiloh Crossing, Suite B in Alpharetta, Georgia. In addition to the roofing and siding products and tools available, the branch offers services including customizable marketing materials, covered ground drops and warranty claims assistance to contractors.

Grant Truex will manage the branch. Truex joined ABC Supply in 2009. He was named manager of the Johnson City, Tennessee, location in 2011 and went on to manage the Conley, Georgia, branch in 2015.

ABC Supply now has 15 locations throughout Georgia with the opening of the Alpharetta branch.

“Grant is an experienced leader who will work hard to make sure his team has the support and knowledge they need to serve local contractors,” said Jim Kaufmann, vice president of ABC Supply’s Southeast Region. “At every ABC Supply location our goal is to provide solutions that make our customers’ jobs easier.”

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

 

TAMKO Donates Roof For Patriot PAWS Service Dogs Project

Patriot PAWS Service Dogs, a Texas-based nonprofit organization that trains and provides service dogs to disabled American veterans at no cost, will open a new guest home to accommodate traveling veterans from across the country while they’re paired with a new service dog – all thanks to generous donations from a group of manufacturers and contractors, including The Dallas Builders Association and TAMKO Building Products Inc.

The new Patriot PAWS guest home is scheduled to be completed in late 2018. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is ADA compliant and can host veterans as they go through the two-week process of being paired with a service dog. During this period, veterans live and train with their dogs at the guest house, before returning home. The service dogs and use of the new guest home are provided at no cost to the veterans.

This project was made possible through donations from multiple manufacturers, distributors and contractors, and through a partnership with the Dallas Builders Association. Builder Captains for this project were Donnie Evans and Gregg McGriff of Altura Homes and Mike Mishler of Mishler Builders.

“Although Patriot PAWS is located in Texas, their impact is felt nationwide, and we are proud to have members who generously help when called upon,” said Sheena Beaver, education director and executive administrator for the Dallas Builders Association. “Without TAMKO’s donation, this project would have been financially burdensome and this beacon of hope would still be just a dream.”

This is the first Patriot PAWS project for TAMKO, but support for veterans is a longtime focus of the Missouri-based building products manufacturer, which donated the roof system for the new facility.“Between Hero Flights, Honor Flights and roof donations for wounded vets, TAMKO has a long history of supporting our heroes,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys. “And we appreciate what veterans bring to the job – more than 15 percent of our employees have a military background. When we heard about the Patriot PAWS organization, we knew that we wanted to find a way to support them in the important work that they’re doing for veterans.”

Patriot PAWS provides a crucial and much-needed service. Patriot PAWS receives around 400 requests for service dogs every month from people across the nation. The process to raise and train a service dog takes approximately two years and can cost up to $34,000. Since its start in 2006, Patriot PAWS has placed 187 service dogs and has 92 veterans on a waiting list.

“We owe veterans far more than we can ever repay, but we’re doing what we can, four paws at a time,” said Lori Stevens, founder and executive director of Patriot PAWS Service Dogs. “We admire companies like TAMKO that realize and appreciate the true value of veterans.”

The service dogs are trained by volunteers, other veterans, inmates in the Texas Corrections System, and students from the University of North Texas. Patriot PAWS’ 3-acre location includes a 25-run kennel facility and a dedicated training facility. Between the training facility and the Prison Training Program, the organization can train about 60 dogs at a time, and places 10 to 15 service dogs with veterans every year.

For more information about Patriot PAWS, visit http://patriotpaws.org/.

For more information about TAMKO, visit www.TAMKO.com.

Beacon Roofing Supply Enhances the Customer Experience with Expanded Digital Capabilities

Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc.introduced enhancements to its ecommerce platform, Beacon Pro+. New features include automated order workflows, Beacon Track delivery notifications and a strategic integration with project management software, JobNimbus.

“We are dedicated to helping our customers save time, managing their work more efficiently and enhancing their business,” said Eric Swank, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Beacon Roofing Supply. “Beacon Pro+ is the industry’s most robust online platform tailored to the needs of the professional contractor.  These enhancements help Beacon’s hardworking customers gain a competitive edge by providing 24/7 access to the functionality and information that enables them to work smarter and faster in today’s competitive environment.”

Beacon Pro+new enhancements include:

  • Automated order workflow: This functionality enables customers to create a customized process for ordering and approvals. This streamlines the ordering process and allows contractors and their sales teams to purchase with confidence.
  • JobNimbus partnership: This integration will provide customers access to live pricing and the ability to send material orders directly to their Beacon Roofing Supply location from theJobNimbus Launching in Q1 FY19, this partnership combines the project management capabilities of JobNimbusand Beacon’s robust set of digital tools.
  • Beacon Track: This functionality allows customers to track deliveries from their smartphone or computer. Launching in Q1 FY19, customers of Beacon Roofing Supply will be able to request text or email alerts when their project is scheduled or delivered. Detailed pictures of the delivery will also be provided to validate that everything has arrived accurately and on time.

For more information visit www.beaconroofingsupply.com/BeaconPro.html.

Trufast Launches New Website with Enhanced Features

Trufast, a division of Altenloh, Brinck & Co. U.S., Inc., recently launched its new website platform. The improved website provides an easy-to-use resource to access product information quickly in a mobile-friendly environment. Users can find the most current technical information and a robust library of product documentation within two clicks from the home page.

“When developing the new website, we really focused on our customers’ needs,” commented Trufast Marketing Manager, Kara Roth. “Trufast is known for its continued focus on the customer experience and we were committed in developing a website with that same focus.”

In addition to an enhanced website, Trufast can now be found online on social channels Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube with the handle @TrufastUSA. Followers of Trufast’s social channels will have access to installation videos, product promotions and other company news and events. The latest Trufast information will be found on their social channels.

For more information, visit www.trufast.com.

ATAS International Hosts International Melting Pot Event

On September 19th, ATAS International welcomed guests from several countries to the ATAS headquarters in Allentown, PA for the biennial International Melting Pot event. The guests, all of whom are ATAS product distributors, gathered for education sessions, plant tours, and information exchanges. ATAS continues to grow their export business and develop relationships with distributors throughout the world.

Joao DaCosta, Director of International Business Development for ATAS, stated, “We were pleased to receive our international distributors for this third biennial meeting. The four-day event was full of collaborative ideas and enthusiastic networking. Our guests shared their business experience with ATAS and each other, and all left with many new and renewed global relationships.” The event wrapped up with a trip to New York City, where guests were treated to a matinee showing of the musical, Aladdin, followed by dinner.

DaCosta, who is also a professor of international business and global supply chain at Baruch College of The City University of New York (CUNY) in New York City, sees the Greater Lehigh Valley area as a strategic location for the manufacturing industry and for continued growth in the exporting of products.

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

 

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Branch in Waxahachie, Texas

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has opened its newest branch at 201 Butcher Road in Waxahachie, Texas. The location offers steep- and low-slope roofing, roofing insulation, siding, windows, doors, and other select exterior building products and materials.

David Wassermann will manage the branch. Wassermann joined ABC Supply in 2015 as an outside sales associate at the company’s Carrollton, Texas, location. As the Waxahachie branch manager, Wassermann will build relationships with the area’s contractors, helping them find solutions for their business challenges and achieve their goals.

ABC Supply now has 40 locations throughout Texas with the opening of the Waxahachie branch.

“David and his team are ready to hit the ground running with the area’s contractors, making sure they receive the personalized support they need to make their jobs easier and help their businesses succeed,” said John Yonkin, vice president of ABC Supply’s Southwest Region. “We’re also looking forward to becoming members of the Waxahachie community.”

Branch hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, and Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The phone number is (972) 937-1052.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.