Metl-Span’s Franz Achieves Building Enclosure Certification

Kevin Franz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CSI, CDT, of Metl-Span, earned certification as an accredited Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider and Commissioning Authority+Building Enclosure with the designation of BECxP and CxA+BE from the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. The three-day course includes a two-part exam. Franz is the SE Business Development Manager at Metl-Span.

For more information, visit www.metlspan.com.

GAF Introduces Roofing Shingle Warranty With No Wind Limit

On January 10, GAF officially announced the nationwide launch of Timberline HDZ shingles featuring LayerLock technology, which mechanically fuses the common bond in to offer a larger nailing area. The company also announced that roofing contractors can now also offer homeowners a GAF WindProven limited wind warranty, the first wind warranty for roofing shingles with no maximum wind speed limit, when installing GAF shingles with LayerLock technology and four qualifying GAF accessories.

“Roofing contractors have been asking for new ways to help accelerate and grow their business, and we’re excited to introduce technology that can make their jobs faster and easier with Timberline HDZ shingles,” said Jim Schnepper, president of GAF. “This represents some of the most exciting innovation in the roofing industry today, backed by the quality and reliability homeowners have trusted for more than 130 years with GAF.” 

According to the company, LayerLock technology mechanically fuses the common bond to offer a new StrikeZone nailing area is up to 600 percent larger than that of Timberline HD shingles, resulting in increased nailing accuracy and faster installation versus Timberline HD. Timberline HDZ offersdual-phase shingle-to-shingle seal with Dura Grip sealant and an asphalt-to-asphalt monolithic bond for durability, strength and powerful wind uplift performance. The product is also fully compatible with Timberline HD roofing shingles.

According to David Ellis, Vice President of Residential at GAF, third-party time and motion studies comparing HD and HDZ installation show that HDZ installs 30 percent faster with up to 99.9 percent nailing accuracy. “The takeaways here are accuracy and productivity,” Ellis noted. “Those are the two things that contractors care about the most. With the WindProven warranty, it speaks to the homeowner about the things they care most about: strength, durability and wind performance. You put those things together and you have a great product that contractors and homeowners are going to love.”

According to Ellis, the product has been installed since March in a pilot market in the Southeast, and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. “HDZ and LayerLock are engineered for performance, and we have done it in a very elegant way,” Ellis said. “It makes sense to the contractors. They get it, and they now have a different value proposition in the home with LayerLock and the WindProven warranty that others can’t offer.”

GAF Timberline HDZ shingles will be on display for a national audience for the first time at the 2020 International Roofing Expo from February 4-6 in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.gaf.com/layerlock

OMG Roofing Products Football Pick Six Winner Announced

The top three winners of the OMG Roofing Products Fall Football Pick Six Promotion were announced.  Sean Dougherty, a manufacturer’s representative for Johns Manville based in North Carolina, finished in first place with a total of 922 points.  Katie Johnson, a representative for Gulfeagle Supply based in Wisconsin, finished in second place with 916 points. Roger Siewert, a roof consultant with ICE Roofing of Oregon, finished in third place with 910 points. Prizes were $3,000 for first place, $1,500 for second and $750 for third.

For the season, nearly 1,100 people from the commercial roofing industry participated in the Pick Six promotion. Participants earned points by correctly picking the winners of six NFL games each week during the regular 17-week season.  Players also earned weekly ‘bonus points’ for answering questions about several new products from OMG Roofing Products.

The competition was open to OMG’s commercial roofing customers, contacts and friends, including contractors, distributors, roof consultants, specifiers, sales representatives, manufacturers, and building owners. There was no cost to participate.

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

Atlas Roofing Product Receives Excellent Overall Rating for Hail Resistance From IBHS

Atlas Roofing announced that its StormMaster Shake shingles received an excellent overall rating from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). The performance rating is based on 2019 results from a new test standard for impact resistance developed by the IBHS.

Severe weather can displace families, disrupting their lives and impacting finances. To prevent these avoidable issues, IBHS conducts top-tier scientific research, the results of which help manufacturers engineer better materials, ultimately saving both the insurance industry and homeowners significant time and money.

The IBHS impact-resistance rating factors in how well shingles hold up to specific damage caused by hail. Out of the 10 products tested, Atlas StormMaster Shake shingles received a good rating for dents/ridges and an excellent rating for tears and granule loss. In addition, StormMaster Shake is the only product to receive an excellent overall rating.

“We’re thrilled that StormMaster Shake outranked the competition,” said Paul Casseri, product manager for Atlas Roofing. “The secret is in our Core4 Enhanced Polymer Technology — the most innovative development in asphalt shingle manufacturing today.”

IBHS tests are designed to replicate real-world conditions on a variety of widely purchased shingles labeled as “impact resistant.”

“Hail causes billions of dollars in property damage every year,” said Tanya Brown-Giammanco, managing director of research for IBHS. “Consumers deserve to have confidence that shingles labeled as impact resistant live up to expectations. Our research serves to empower manufacturers to develop better products.”

For more information about IBHS, visit www.IBHS.org. For more information about Atlas Roofing, visit www.AtlasRoofing.com.

S-5! Receives 2019 Industry Advocate Award From the Metal Building Manufacturers Association

S-5! announced it has been awarded the 2019 Gold Level Industry Advocate Award for outstanding service, participation and support of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA).

Accepting on behalf of the S-5! team was CEO and Founder Rob Haddockat the MBMA annual meeting and awards presentation, held December 3 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Haddock, a well-known metal roof consultant, author, speaker and inventor of the non-invasive clamps for fastening accessories to standing seam metal roofs, was awarded for his time, expertise and advocacy of MBMA and the entire metal building industry.

Among the seven companies who were presented with gold, silver and bronze level awards, S-5! Attachment Solutions earned gold recognition and was recognized for exceptional commitment to promoting and enhancing MBMA initiatives, including participation in MBMA committees, advocacy efforts to enhance the metal building systems industry, attendance at MBMA educational and promotional events, and safety program participation.

Haddock is no stranger to the metal construction industry. With now 48 years in the business, his unwavering confidence in metal roof superiority built S-5!’s strong foundation. His attachment solutions make metal the most user-friendly roof type on the market.

“I am honored to receive this award and to be part of such a great community of industry specialists and an organization that provides incredible resources to those who work in metal building systems,” said Haddock. “I am a big believer in participating in industry associations like MBMA where you can meet others who will mentor and encourage you along the way.”

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

A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply, Aurora, Illinois, has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative as a partner member. In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success.

To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry. Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

“A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply has always strived to be an advocate for the roofing industry,” says Nick V. Polizzi, president of A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply. “As a member of the One Voice initiative, we’re looking forward to partnering with NRCA for the opportunity to work with other like-minded companies to unite the roofing industry while tackling critical issues for the future of roofing.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, visit www.nrca.net/onevoice.

For more information about A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply, visit www.metaldecksupply.com.

CertainTeed Becomes Gold Sponsor for National Women in Roofing

CertainTeed announced its commitment as a Gold-level sponsor of National Women in Roofing (NWIR), a volunteer-based organization that supports the careers of women roofing professionals and focuses on connecting and empowering women so they can promote change and improve best practices within the roofing industry.

“Through recruiting, networking, educating and mentoring women in roofing, NWIR is making valuable strides to further strengthen our industry,” said Barb McDonough, general manager of CertainTeed’s commercial roofing division. “Not only does the organization shine visibility on new opportunities for women, it also champions the accomplishments and dedication of those already established in the industry. This is why CertainTeed is proud to support NWIR as a Gold-level sponsor.”

Sponsorships serve a critical role for NWIR, as they support the organization as a whole and fund critical program initiatives. In addition to its Gold-level sponsorship, CertainTeed also collaborated with NWIR to establish the Philadelphia chapter, which serves as a vehicle for members to connect regularly to exchange ideas, attend educational events and develop relationships to advance women within the roofing profession.

“We at NWIR are proud to be sponsored by CertainTeed,” said NWIR Immediate Past Chair Shari Carlozzi. “This sponsorship is so important for us because it allows women to network with others in the roofing profession while forming bonds that can lead to greater opportunities for women and the industry as a whole.”

For more information, visit https://nationalwomeninroofing.org/ or www.certainteed.com.

Huntsman Announces the Acquisition of Icynene-Lapolla

Huntsman Corporation announced its agreement to acquire Icynene-Lapolla, a North American manufacturer and distributor of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation systems for residential and commercial applications, from an affiliate of FFL Partners, LLC.

Icynene-Lapolla has annual revenues of approximately $230 million with two manufacturing facilities located in Houston, Texas, and Mississauga, Ontario. Under terms of the agreement, Huntsman will pay $350 million, subject to customary closing adjustments, in an all-cash transaction funded from available liquidity. Based on full year 2019 adjusted EBITDA estimates, the purchase price represents an adjusted EBITDA multiple of approximately 10 times, or approximately 7 times adjusted EBITDA pro forma for synergies. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2020.

Commenting on the acquisition, Tony Hankins, president of Huntsman’s Polyurethanes division, said, “I am delighted that Icynene-Lapolla is joining our downstream, high-growth MDI urethanes insulation business. Icynene-Lapolla is well recognized by architects, builders and contractors as a market leader in the manufacture and supply of high-performance, energy-efficient building envelope solutions. Almost half of all energy consumption is used in the heating and cooling of buildings, making the choice of insulation critical. SPF is the most effective insulant available in the market. The combination of Icynene-Lapolla, with its SPF product range and reflective roof coatings, with Demilec, the SPF business we acquired in 2018, will significantly strengthen our energy-saving insulation business and provide customers with an unmatched offering of choice while accelerating the globalization of our spray foam technology.” 

Peter Huntsman, chairman, president and CEO, commented, “As the demand for energy efficiency continues to grow, both in residential and commercial construction, this combination of companies will provide Huntsman with the largest global array of spray foam technology, integration of raw materials and associates. This is the size and type of downstream assets that we will continue to add to our Company as we strengthen margins, move downstream and be less reliant on a single product or application.”

Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and specialty chemicals with 2018 revenues of more than $9 billion. For more information about Huntsman, please visit www.huntsman.com.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wins Glassdoor’s 2020 Employees’ Choice Award

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. announced it has received the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, making the list of the Best Places to Work in 2020. This year marks the second time that ABC Supply has been honored with the award.

Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting websites, uses company reviews shared by current and former employees to determine which companies will be included on the list of Best Places to Work in 2020. Employees are asked to rate their overall satisfaction with the company and key workplace factors such as career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, and work-life balance. In addition, employees are asked to share what works well at their company as well as any areas for improvement.

“The belief that every person has within themselves the ability to do great things is part of our core purpose at ABC Supply. We want our associates to feel valued and empowered,” said Chief Operating Officer Mike Jost. “It’s an honor to receive this recognition, but it’s even more rewarding to have so many positive, dedicated people on our team.”

ABC Supply employs over 15,000 associates throughout the U.S., with its Core Values centered on providing and recognizing the right opportunities for its associates to grow and succeed. Learn about available job opportunities at careers.abcsupply.com

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

Ventco Updates ProfileVent.com Website for Easier Navigation

Ventco relaunched its website at www.ProfileVent.com with a fresh, uncluttered design, improved navigation and greater accessibility.

“Visitors to the new site will see our products better showcased with features and advantages highlighted in new ways,” said Martin Rotter, Ventco owner. “We will continue updating the content on a regular basis, so don’t forget to check in once in a while. We appreciate any feedback browsers may have as we look forward to making the site even more appealing.”

Rotter says the company is most proud of the following pages:

  • Products: Page contains up-to-date information about the wide range of equipment manufactured by Ventco. For more detailed information, visitors can check out separate pages created for each product. Section also features brochures, technical specifications and videos.
  • Blog/FAQs: Keep up with company news, latest industry happenings and useful information on the blog or get answers on the FAQs page.
  • Contacts: Visitors can now easily find all the contact information in one place. For convenience, the page has a contact form in case you have a question or want to leave a comment.

For more information, visit www.ProfileVent.com