Malarkey Roofing Products Introduces Regional Manager

Malarkey Roofing Products has announced Glenn North as South Central Regional Manager.
 
“We are excited to have Glenn join our team,” says Rich Robbins, vice president of sales & marketing at Malarkey. “His skills and decades of experience in the roofing industry will help our team continue to grow in this part of the country,” adds Robbins. 
 
Mr. North’s responsibilities will include sales management in the South Central region of the U.S.  A Texas native, Glenn joins Malarkey with a background of roofing construction, distribution, and manufacturing in the region. Most recently, he served as vice president and general manager of Lon Smith Roofing in Austin. Prior, Glenn worked in sales for another roofing products manufacturer for more than a decade in Dallas and Sarasota, Fla.
 
Mr. North is fulfilling the position previously held by Craig Lott, who is now national accounts manager for Malarkey.

FlashCo Acquires All Fab, LLC, Creator of the Easy Flapper

FlashCo has announced the acquisition of All Fab, maker of the patent pending Easy Flapper and a variety of TPO and PVC pipe and vent flashings. FlashCo is working with all of All Fab’s customers in their transition to FlashCo.

“We are excited to add All Fab products to our Northwest and nationwide operations,” says FlashCo President, Greg Morrow. “We have known Roger and Melissa Allestad for many years and we have respect for their designs and ability to develop parts.”

All Fab began operations in 2011, starting in a basement shop and growing to over 15 products including cones, breather vents, scuppers and corners. In 2015, All Fab product designer Roger Allestad developed the Easy Flapper to solve a HVAC issue on flat roofs. The Easy Flapper is an exhaust vent for commercial and residential roofs that prevents backdrafts and similar issues for dryers, bathrooms and kitchen hoods. The Easy Flapper offers installation and maintenance ease, and allows simple application designs. In addition, the Easy Flapper has patents pending.

“Melissa and I are excited to have this opportunity with FlashCo,” says Mr. Allestad. “I will
be returning full-time to Loberg Roofing and it gives me the chance to do what I enjoy, developing new products. It has been a blast building a local accessories company. FlashCo has acquired All Fab LLC, but FlashCo has the national reach to develop and grow the market, especially for the Easy Flapper. FlashCo is the right company to take it forward.”

Melissa Allestad has been a driver in developing a loyal customer base for All Fab in the Northwest. Ms. Allestad will be working closely with FlashCo Regional Sales Manager, Rick Morrow and his team to help customers transition to FlashCo. Over the next several weeks FlashCo and all Fab will be visiting customers together.

“It’s a natural fit,” says Mr. Morrow. “Both companies are dedicated to saving the contractor time and All Fab, just like FlashCo, has focused on customer satisfaction. We are
confident that All Fab’s customers will appreciate FlashCo’s service level and capabilities with our Washington plant, and the ability to deliver most orders is one to three days.”

“For us it’s a little bittersweet,” says Mr Allestad. “We have a hardworking team and we enjoyed growing the company, but the opportunity with Loberg is really too good to pass up. We are fortunate to be able to transition All Fab to FlashCo who can take the products to the next level. Plus, we will continue to consult with FlashCo on product development.”

The full transition of All Fab customers to FlashCo will be completed by the end of May.

PPG Celebrates Anniversary of PVDF Coatings

PPG has announced that it is celebrating the 50th anniversary of DURANAR coatings throughout 2017, commemorating the introduction in 1967 of the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings for metal building components.

Over the past half-century, Duranar coatings have been specified by architects to protect and enhance architectural landmarks, such as the Empire State Building in New York, the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, Shanghai World Financial Center in China, Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

PPG has refined Duranar coatings since its introduction to meet evolving aesthetic, performance and sustainability demands of architects and building owners. Advances have included adding metallic flakes and other effects for appearance options; incorporating ULTRA-COOL infrared-reflective pigments to help reduce building-cooling loads; and formulating Duranar powder coatings, which earned PPG a R&D 100 Award recognizing the coatings’ ability to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and economize production of custom-colored powder coatings.

Brian Knapp, PPG director, coil and building products, said Duranar coatings have been popular with architects and building owners for their blend of aesthetics, reliability and performance. “Duranar coatings can be formulated to provide a range of colors and effects, giving architects an unlimited design palette,” he says. “They also feature a chemistry developed and refined by PPG that has delivered decades of color retention and chalk and chemical resistance, even in seacoast and industrial environments.”

Duranar coatings are formulated with PPG resins and pigments in combination with standard KYNAR 500 or HYLAR 5000 PVDF resins. In fact, PPG helped popularize and improve PVDF coatings technology by licensing Kynar 500 resin, which was originally commercialized by Pennwalt Corp. in the mid-1960s. PPG remains the original and continuous licensee of this PVDF resin, which has become an industry standard.

PPG’s formulation for Duranar coatings creates molecular bonds that render the material almost impervious to the effects of continuous ultraviolet (UV) exposure, as well as other environmental and atmospheric hazards such as salt air, humidity, high temperatures and acid rain. In fact, many of the original trial panels coated with Duranar products PPG developed 50 years ago are still enduring exposure testing in South Florida.

As part of the anniversary celebration, PPG will highlight Duranar coatings in trade-show displays throughout the year, offering customer promotions and giveaways. PPG also will introduce a web portal featuring images and descriptions of buildings finished with Duranar coatings, as well as articles, white papers and other educational materials.

To learn more about the 50th anniversary of Duranar coatings, visit here or call (800) 258-6398.

Duro-Last Oregon Plant Receives Safety Certification

Duro-Last Inc. has announced a local award and national safety certification received by its Grants Pass, Ore., manufacturing facility.

In late January 2017, Duro-Last received the 2016 Business Excellence Award from the Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Organization (OSHA) presented the Oregon facility with the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Site certification in November 2016.

According to Colene Martin, president/CEO of the Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce, “The Business Excellence Award is given to a chamber member who has a record of dependability, success and leadership. The criteria for selection include business character, business excellence, customer relations and community service. Duro-Last not only excels in these areas but also is known for their employee safety standards and the number of awards they have received for it over the years.”

The most recent safety award for the Duro-Last facility is OSHA’s VPP Star Site certification, which is the highest of three designations offered by the VPP.

The VPP promotes effective worksite-based safety and health, according to OSHA. This is for OSHA’s official recognition of efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health. The goal is to encourage private industry and federal agencies to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses through hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis, training and cooperation between management and workers. The VPP enlists worker involvement to achieve injury and illness rates that are below the National Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

Oregon OSHA Director Michael Wood presented the award at the Grants Pass facility.

“We are proud of the work we have done with OSHA, which has allowed us to learn the best practices of other VPP companies and has helped us understand the importance of continuous improvement in safety programs,” says Tim Hart, vice president of Western Operations for Duro-Last Inc. “We thank Oregon OSHA for recognizing the dedication our Grants Pass employees have to safety. Without our employees’ safety mindset, this recognition would not have been possible. We would also like to thank the Oregon VPP team for their encouragement and mentoring.”

This OSHA honor is not a one-time award, however. Retaining VPP Star Site status is an ongoing process, and continuous improvement is expected.

“Duro-Last was the first company in Oregon OSHA history to be awarded the VPP Star level on the first try. This is a milestone,” says Hart. “Usually a company gets the Merit status first, and then needs several more years to complete the application process for Star status. Our team decided to apply for the Star status directly. Our efforts took a little under two years because we had the cooperation and enthusiasm of the entire Duro-Last team.”

The Grants Pass facility will serve as a mentor to other organizations applying for OSHA VPP status. In 2016, Duro-Last was appointed to the Governor’s Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Panel. A graduate of OSHA’s Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), Duro-Last is part of the Southern Oregon SHARP Alliance. Duro-Last also belongs to the Redwood Safety Committee, Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc. (SOREDI), and the Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce.

“Since the first Duro-Last roof was installed in the 1970s, the company has been on a growth path,” says Hart. “In 1985, Duro-Last expanded into Grants Pass, Ore. In 1987, we purchased 47,000-square-feet of manufacturing and 7,500-square-feet of office space at the North Valley Industrial Park. In 1996, we completed and opened a 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. We expanded again in 2006, adding 35,000 more square feet of manufacturing space to accommodate EXCEPTIONAL Metals, a division of Duro-Last. Throughout it all, we’ve remained committed to safety, to quality and to being good neighbors to our communities.”

Firestone Showcases New Polyiso Insulation at AIA

Firestone Building Products Company LLC is featuring its newest formulation of polyiso insulation at the American Institute of Architects Conference on Architecture (AIA) April 27-29, 2017 in Orlando, Fla.

According to the company, the new formulation is equipped with the highest R-value per-inch in cold temperatures. The Firestone polyiso offering includes ISO 95+ GL Insulation, RESISTA Insulation and ISOGARD HD Cover Board.
 
“As a company, we’ve always been committed to manufacturing products that help ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations, and our newest polyiso formulation contributes to that vision,” says Ed Klonowski, ISO product manager at Firestone Building Products. “Architects can depend on our polyiso to provide their clients with a high-performing product that works to minimize energy use and reduce waste.”

Show attendees can learn about the new insulation at Firestone Building Products booth 1613, and can also see the company’s self-adhered offering, Secure Bond Technology. 

Secure Bond Technology is a factory-applied, pressure-sensitive adhesive that ensures coverage across the membrane and establishes one of the strongest bonds possible. According to the company, it significantly outperforms liquid LVOC adhesives and has no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), making it safer for building occupants and the environment. The Secure Bond Technology liner is also non-hazardous and 100 percent recyclable. Firestone Building Products currently offers UltraPly TPO SA and RubberGard EPDM SA with Secure Bond Technology.

AIA attendees will also have a chance to take home a Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II at the Firestone Building Products booth. 

Solar Roof Dynamics Announces Management Additions

Solar Roof Dynamics (SRD) of Davis, Calif., has announced two new additions to their executive management team, Debbie Schrider as its new vice president of sales and Nick Lowrie as its director of operations.

Schrider joins SRD bringing with her 25 years of sales and management experience, most of which was based in residential new construction and the solar industry. With almost 10 years of experience in solar, she had held leadership positions at SolarCity and SunEdison, where she focused on customer acquisition, and One Block Off the Grid, where she helped pioneer remote-based solar sales.

Lowrie comes to SRD with solar operations and design experience and a track record of building high performance operations teams. Most notably, Lowrie spent eight years building the Northern California operations for SolarCity.

“I am elated to bring Debbie Schrider and Nick Lowrie onto our team during a time of growth,” CEO Aaron Nitzkin states. “Their wealth of experience and innovative spirit will bring great results for Solar Roof Dynamics and our Signature Dealer Network.”

2017 Master Contractor Award Winners Honored by Firestone Building Products

Firestone Building Products Company, LLC, announced the company’s top firms that earned the 2017 Master Contractor award. This highly regarded award program recognizes the most outstanding contractors in the commercial roofing industry. These top-tier companies are among the top 5 percent of Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors and were selected for their exemplary installation, quality of work, and customer service.
 
This year holds a special distinction, as 2017 commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Master Contractor Program. For its 30th year, Firestone Building Products announced new specifications for achieving Master Contractor status and qualifying for the various levels within the Master Contractor program.
 
The Master Contractor Program recognizes three levels of achievement: Silver Master Contractor, Gold Master Contractor, and Platinum Master Contractor. Firestone Building Products offers these three categories to recognize increasingly-difficult levels of accomplishment. In addition to these three levels, Firestone Building Products also recognizes Master Contractors with the highest level of quality installations with the Inner Circle of Quality award.
 
“For 30 years, our contractors continue to prove they’re among the best in the industry. The Master Contractor award reflects their hard work and attention to detail,” said Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products. “This esteemed Master Contractor distinction is among the longest running and most desirable recognition in the commercial roofing industry, and we’re honored to be partnered with these reputable firms.”
 
All Master Contractor award recipients were selected based on total square footage installed and quality points accumulated for outstanding inspection ratings on systems covered by the Firestone Building Products Red Shield Warranty. Those include: RubberGard EPDM, UltraPly TPO, asphalt and metal roofing systems. In the sustainability category, the program recognizes Firestone Building Products SkyScape Vegetative Roof Systems and SunWave Daylighting System.
 
Requirements include completing a minimum of eight Red Shield warranted jobs during the 2016 calendar year, being in good financial standing with Firestone Building Products, and having a Preferred Quality Incidence Rating (QIR) that does not exceed 2.5 times the average QIR for Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors. QIR is determined by the annual number of quality incidents per million square feet of roofing under warranty.
 
The Master Contractor 2017 award categories and qualifications include:
 
Silver Master Contractor
This highly regarded award represents the top 5 percent of Firestone Building Products contractors who have mastered quality commercial roofing solutions and who exemplify the hard work, determination and entrepreneurial leadership that defines Firestone Building Products.
 
Gold Master Contractor
In order to earn Gold Master Contractor status, the contractor must be in the top 2 percent of Firestone Building Products Master Contractors who accrued the highest number of quality points for superior inspection ratings and total square footage of Firestone Building Products Red Shield warranted roofing system installations.
 
Platinum Master Contractor
Platinum Master Contractor award winners include the top 1 percent of members who accrued the highest number of quality points for superior inspection ratings and total square footage of Firestone Building Products Red Shield warranted roofing system installations completed during the past year.
 
Inner Circle of Quality
Master Contractors were eligible for the Inner Circle of Quality award by maintaining at least 2 million square feet of Firestone Building Products roofs under warranty and achieve an annual Quality Incidence Rating (QIR) of 1.0 or less.
 
This year’s Master Contractor award presentation was held Feb. 19-22 at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, Hawaii.

Please visit the Firestone Building Products website for a complete listing of Master Contractors.

 

OMG Ships FM-Approved Edge Fascia System Within Three Business Days

OMG EdgeSystems FM-approved TerminEdgeOMG EdgeSystems has updated and expanded it’s Express Edge Program. Standard FM-approved TerminEdge Fascia in the most popular nine colors and finishes will now ship within three business days.

“We believe contractors will like the speed and convenience of getting fascia products, including Factory Mutual-approved products, quickly and also the speed and potential labor savings benefits associated with installing factory engineered edge products,” said Web Shaffer, vice president of marketing for OMG Roofing Products.

TerminEdge is an easy-to-install edge fascia system designed for use with most commercial roofing assemblies. The system includes a Kynar-coated, snap-on, fascia cover and matching splice plates, and either an extruded aluminum or formed galvanized steel rail, depending on the specific product selected. The retainer is self-locating and made with pre-punched slotted holes 12-inches on center for installation efficiency. All TerminEdge Fascia is supplied with OMG Universal Fasteners, which can be used in wood, steel or concrete.

All TerminEdge Fascia is FM-approved, supplied in convenient 10-foot lengths, and available in sizes ranging from 3.5- and 13-inches to accommodate most building requirements. The program includes a full assortment of accessories including metal-lock miters, offset miters, end-caps, end-terms, sumps and spill-outs.

Under the ExpressEdge program, contractors have a choice of OMG’s nine most popular colors and finishes, as well as a choice of .040- or .050-in. aluminum or 24-gauge galvanized steel. Colors and finishes include Bone White, Statuary Bronze, Shale Gray, Medium Bronze, Dove Gray, Sandstone, Concord Cream, Sierra Tan as well as a mill finish. Orders must be received complete in Asheville, N.C., by 1 p.m.

Contractors interested in obtaining a written estimate for TerminEdge Fascia should contact their local OMG EdgeSystems sales representative, call OMG EdgeSystems customer service at (800) 892-9173, or visit www.OMGEdgeSystems.com.

DaVinci Roofscapes Recycles 1.2 Million Pounds of Polymer Scrap

DaVinci Roofscapes has kept more than 1.2 million pounds of polymer scrap out of landfills in 2016. The recycling effort includes the remolding of more than 696,000 pounds of grinded scrap into starter tiles and the transfer of 567,000 pounds of scrap to an end-user who makes pallets, crates and totes.

“Our goal is zero percentage of scrap going into a landfill,” says Bryan Ward, vice president of operations at DaVinci Roofscapes in Lenexa, Kan. “We are always looking for ways to recycle and reuse every piece of waste in our plant.”

“We made a capital investment in regrind machinery in recent years that’s paying off. Over the past two years we’ve decreased our trash generation by more than 50 percent annually. That’s a number we’re proud of and hope to improve upon even more in the future.”

DaVinci Roofscapes produces polymer slate and shake roofing tiles in 50 standard colors, plus custom colors. Each time the manufacturing operation changes color runs, there is a transitioning between colors. Those transition tiles are off spec and are recycled. The tiles, which are 100 percent recyclable, are segregated by color and then ground up and molded into starter shingles, which are generally unseen on the roof.

“We view Earth Day as a time to evaluate the progress of our recycling operations and share the good news about our efforts,” says Ward. “Our operation is efficient. Between reusing the regrind polymer and selling off additional scrap, we’re excited to prevent more than 1.2 million pounds of scrap from sitting in a landfill this year.”

The team members at DaVinci Roofscapes develop and manufacture polymer slate and shake roofing systems. DaVinci leads the industry in the selection of colors, tile thickness and tile width variety. The company’s products have a limited lifetime warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. All DaVinci roofing products are made in America where the company is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Roofing Contractors, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council.

McNichols to Host Open House at New Chicago Metals Service Center

The McNichols Co. will offer tours of its Chicago Metals Service Center—a 112,000-square-foot warehouse and office facility—during a two-day open house event held April 26-27.
 
The Metals Service Center began operating at 2200 Arthur Avenue in Elk Grove Village in July, 2016 after relocating from Des Plaines, where it had operated for 10 years. About 75 associates serve customers from the new, expanded location that serves the Chicago region and Midwest marketplace.
 
McNichols invites customers and the community to the facility to experience the company’s “Hole Service” capabilities and to join the McNichols team as it celebrates continued success. 
 
On both April 26 and 27, the company will host customers during four set times, allowing customers to choose from a breakfast and tour from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. or a lunch and tour from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on either day. They are also welcome to visit at other times throughout the two-day event at their convenience.
 
On April 26, beginning at 4 p.m., the company will welcome company associates and their families to a fun-filled evening including BBQ and entertainment. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled April 26 at 5:30 p.m., with city officials and other community members in attendance. Members of the media are invited. RSVPs requested at openhouse@mcnichols.com.
 
The event also commemorates 65 years in business for the company, which provides perforated and expanded metals, wire mesh and designer metals, as well as a complete line of metal and fiberglass grating and flooring products.
 
“Forty-two years ago, my grandfather and father put down stakes in Elk Grove Village,” says McNichols President Scott McNichols. “We have seen tremendous growth over that period of time and are extremely blessed to be back in the Village serving customers.”
 
McNichols said the company is grateful to the community for the welcome “home” after a successful 10-year run in Des Plaines. “This new facility will help us serve customers like never before,” he says. “It is difficult to describe how encouraged we are about the future. I cannot think of a better city to operate from than this one.”
 
The company has had a presence in the Chicago region since 1975, when it opened its third Metals Service Center at the corner of Pratt and Lively Boulevards in Elk Grove Village. The company expanded the office and warehouse multiple times before relocating to a 78,000-square-foot space in Des Plaines in 2006 prior to returning to Elk Grove Village in 2016.
 
Chicago is an important part of the company’s “Hole Network” of 18 Metals Service Centers across the country, and a market in which the company has experienced tremendous growth. With its ability to expand up to 142,000 square feet, the new site will support the company’s growth for years to come. McNICHOLS Chicago Metals Service Center