Karnak Names Huettig National Director of Technical Sales

Karnak Corp. announced that Chris Huettig has rejoined the company as its National Director of Technical Sales. Huettig previously spent 13 years in technical positions at Karnak.

“We are excited to welcome Chris back to the team,” stated Karnak Chief Operating Officer Chris Salazar. “His technical expertise is unsurpassed, and his 13-year history in various technical roles at Karnak brings tremendous value to our contractors and customers.”

As National Director of Technical Sales for Karnak, Huettig will oversee all technical support roles internally and in the field to ensure contractors, designers, architects and building owners have the necessary information to properly evaluate coating projects and install their products.

Huettig joined Karnak in 1999 as a technical sales representative and within a year had taken on the position of National Technical Sales Manager, which he held for 13 years. He spent the next five years in technical and quality roles at Firestone Building Products before returning to Karnak. Huettig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University. He currently resides in Indianapolis with his wife Sue and their two sons.

Chris Huettig

Chris Huettig

FlashCo Promotes Compton to Director of Operations

FlashCo has promoted Eric Compton to the position of Director of Operations. Mr. Compton has been serving in the role as interim Director of Operations for the past several months. Mr. Compton will be responsible for managing the operations at FlashCo’s five manufacturing plants throughout the U.S.

“Eric has done a great job as the interim Director of Operations and he has shown himself to
be a leader. He helped guide FlashCo’s operations through a transition last year as we moved two plants to metropolitan areas,” says Greg Morrow, FlashCo president. “Eric is a member of our management team and his abilities will be a part of our continued growth and expansion.”

Mr. Compton originally joined FlashCo in 2015 as the plant manager for the Piedmont, S.C. location. His experience in technical operations, Lean Manufacturing and employee development has been an asset for FlashCo.

“I have enjoyed my time with FlashCo,” says Mr. Compton. “We have a foundation for producing growth and I am excited to lead a team of people that I respect. I have been focused on building production capabilities with safety at each of our plants.”

“Our East Coast operations are growing,” adds Mr. Morrow. “It’s an asset for FlashCo to have leadership in South Carolina and in Chicago as we deliver on our brand promise throughout the country to save the contractor time.”

Mr. Compton is a Six Sigma Green Belt and has a Bachelor of Business Administration and Operations Management from the University of Michigan-Flint. He is currently finishing work on a
Master’s Degree in Business at Clemson University.

New Tech Machinery Unveils New Website

New Tech Machinery (NTM) announced the launch of the company’s redesigned website. The revamped NTM website features a clean professional design with an emphasis on improved navigation and a friendlier user experience with improved access to technical resources. The website also features an extensive collection of technical resources for its portable roll-forming machines, including:

Revamped product pages, which now include access to standard features, product specifications, updated profile information for panels, online product registration.

Downloadable literature and brochures for contractors and installers. Updated profile Drawings can also be downloaded as PDFs for roof and wall panels and gutter details. 

Details on the company’s new product line: the portable WAV Wall Panel Machine.

Informational and how-to videos for most products. 

Product and technical resources available include machine training; machine manuals and machine footprints; interactive coil calculator; UL testing information; and additional information for those interested in leasing or financing machinery. Multilingual functionality allows the website to be read in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.

http://www.newtechmachinery.com

ATAS Names the Winners of its Project of the Year Awards

ATAS International Inc. honored its 2016 Project of the Year winners at a recent awards banquet. This annual competition recognizes projects in which ATAS products have been incorporated into the design of the building.

An independent panel of judges reviewed photos of all the projects submitted throughout the year and chose several winners for each of the four categories: commercial roofs, commercial walls, residential roofs and residential walls.

Receiving first-place honors for commercial roofs was the Made in America flagship retail store in Elma, N.Y. Black Dutch Seam panels were used on this building, which was designed by Lydon Architectural Services. Panels were purchased and installed by Bayford Construction.

In the commercial walls category, the Cedar Point Valravn Roller Coaster project in Sandusky, Ohio, took first place. CastleTop panels in Charcoal Grey, Slate Grey and Champagne were installed, as well as Belvedere Wave Panel and Belvedere 7.2-inch Rib in Charcoal Grey, and Opaline in Champagne. The panels were installed by Lews Construction and purchased through Gordon Lumber. The building was designed by TRA.

Taking the first-place award in the residential roofs category was a private residence located in Fletcher, N.C. Classic Bronze PC System was used on the roof of this home, designed by Platt Architecture. The panels were purchased through ABC Supply and were installed by Joe Chapman Roofing.

The residential walls category first place winner was a private residence located in Pikeville, Ky. Designed by Hubbard Architecture, Rigid Wall panels in Silversmith were installed on the walls by JBK. The panels were purchased through Roofing Supply Group.

Jim Bush, vice president of sales and marketing for ATAS, stated, “We had a record number of entries submitted for the 2016 project of the year competition. The design creativity and aesthetics achieved through an architect’s vision, as well as the quality installation by the contractors, resulted in many showcase structures. Each year we look forward to honoring the architects, contractors and distributors who were involved in the award-winning projects.”

ATAS project of the year in the commercial roof category.

The Made in America flagship retail store in Elma, N.Y., won top honors in the commercial roof category. Photo: ATAS International.

Boral Finalizes Acquisition of Headwaters Inc.

Boral Limited announced that it has completed its acquisition of Headwaters Inc., a building products manufacturer and fly ash marketer in North America. The closing of the transaction follows approval by Headwaters’ shareholders and receipt of all required regulatory approvals.

With the closing of the acquisition, effective May 8 in the United States, Headwaters becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Boral Limited and no longer a publicly traded company. Boral’s CEO and managing director, Mike Kane, said the acquisition was a transformative step for Boral, its employees, customers and for shareholders, positioning the Group to deliver more sustainable growth through the market cycles.

“To ensure that we seamlessly realize the benefits of this strategic acquisition for all of our stakeholders, teams from Boral and Headwaters are coming together to implement integration plans that leverage the talents and expertise of both companies,” said Kane.

“I would like to recognize the hard work undertaken over the past year or so by so many people from both Boral and Headwaters and our advisers. Reaching this significant milestone demonstrates the commitment and belief we all have in this value-creating merger of two great businesses.  We are ready and well-positioned to deliver on our promises.”

Boral USA and Headwaters combined will form a new division to be named Boral North America — a $1.8 billion revenue business — which will be headquartered in Atlanta, the location of Boral’s current US headquarters. Boral Limited is an international building and construction materials group headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

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.