FlashCo Manufacturing Inc. Hires Green as Territory Sales Manager

FlashCo Manufacturing Inc. has hired Matt Green as territory sales manager for their Southeast Region. Matt brings to FlashCo over nine years of experience in sales and business development in the roofing industry. Matt will be responsible for managing the growth and expansion of the Southeast market for FlashCo.

Matt joins FlashCo with experience in all areas of the roofing industry having worked for a roofing contractor, a roofing materials manufacturer and with a roofing supplies distributor. Matt brings hands-on experience in roofing as well as experience in sales, territory management and relationship building. Most recently, Matt was territory sales representative for Dealer’s Choice Distribution, a division of Beacon Roofing Supply, in Atlanta. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from the University of Georgia.

“We are excited to have Matt on board in our Southeast Region,” says Bill Bartell, FlashCo director of sales. “Matt has a background in all aspects of the business working for a manufacturer, distributor and a roofing contractor. His skill set and experience will be an asset as we continue to expand the FlashCo brand in this market.”

“I’m really excited to be part of the FlashCo team,” says Matt. “This is an opportunity to spread the FlashCo products throughout the region, especially the single-ply line. Having worked in all aspects of the business, I know how FlashCo can add value and deliver on the brand promise of speed for both the distributors and roofing contractors.”

Carlisle Acquires Drexel Metals

Carlisle Companies Inc. announced the acquisition of Drexel Metals Inc., a provider of architectural standing seam metal roofing systems for commercial, institutional and residential applications.
With annual sales of approximately $50 million and 65 employees, Drexel Metals is headquartered in Louisville, Ky., and has facilities in Maryland, Pa., Colorado and Florida from which it serves more than 700 customers. Drexel designs and fabricates metal roofing systems for both residential and non-residential applications. Drexel both fabricates its products in its facilities and offers distributors and installers a field fabrication program backed by the company’s premium brand, marketing support, training, testing and warranties.
The business will operate as a unit within Carlisle Construction Materials (CCM), a manufacturer of a complete range of roofing and waterproofing products for commercial and industrial buildings, including single-ply roofing, rigid foam insulations, below-grade waterproofing and air/vapor barrier systems.
“Drexel Metals provides Carlisle Construction Materials a complementary addition to its range of roofing products and systems as well as access to new end markets and sales channels, said D. Christian “Chris” Koch, Carlisle’s president and chief executive officer. “Drexel provides an excellent foundation for additional growth investment in a growing roofing products sector. This acquisition is consistent with CCM’s strategy of expanding into premium products for the building envelope in attractive growth sectors. We are very pleased to welcome the Drexel Metals team to Carlisle.”

Soprema Names Seven Scholarship Winners

Soprema Inc. has awarded seven scholarships to current and committed college students pursuing degrees in architecture, engineering, construction management or a similar field.

“In the second year of our scholarship program, we’re proud to award seven scholarships to these deserving students,” said Sara Jonas, marketing manager, Soprema. “By awarding these scholarships, we’re investing in the next generation and pledging our commitment to the continued success and growth of the industry.”

This year’s scholarship winners come from all over the country. They include:

  • Molly Nelson, of Dalles, Ore., will be a freshman at the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities studying chemical engineering in the 2017-2018 school year. In 2017, Nelson was named valedictorian of her high school class. In addition, she was on her varsity cross country, swimming and track and field teams.
  • Kevin Ballentine, of Carlisle, Pa., will be a freshman at Grove City College studying electrical engineering this fall. While Ballentine was a student at Boiling Springs High School, he participated in pole vaulting and soccer, as well as being named a Kiwanis Honor Student and Technology Student Association Outstanding Student.
  • Thomas King, of Chattanooga, Tenn., will be a senior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the 2017-2018 school year. He is a 2017 recipient of the G.T. Ward Scholarship in Architecture and an Honors Academic Grant recipient. He also enjoys learning to watercolor in his free time.
  • Nick Mecklenburg, of Roseville, Calif., will be a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley this fall. While a student at Oakmont High School, he was named a National Merit Finalist and was a member of the computer and internet clubs.
  • Katherine Young, of Clermont, Fla., will be a sophomore at California Polytechnic State University: San Luis Obispo in the 2017-2018 school year. This summer, she is going to Thailand to build structures in small villages and help with abused elephants. She enjoys attending Hearst Lectures by worldwide architects and attending watercolor workshops sponsored by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).
  • Emily Waldinger, of Springfield, Ill., will be a senior at Miami University this fall. While a student at Miami University, she has been named to the Miami University President’s list, has been the AIAS Freedom by Design Director and the Social Enterprise Alliance Officer. Recently, she served as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Conference press room intern.
  • Chandler Householder, of McKinney, Texas, will be a sophomore studying architecture at the University of Texas at Austin this fall and has been awarded this scholarship for the second year in a row. She has participated in the Landmarks Docent Program at the University of Texas, is a member of Alpha Rho Chi and a student mentor with ACE mentor program. In the fall of 2016, she received University Honors.
  • In its second year, the scholarship program continues its support of Soprema’s commitment to educating and advancing the building envelope community through promoting continuing education and aiding the next generation in attending college.

    Johns Manville Roofing Innovations to Be Featured on Episode of TV Show

    Johns Manville (JM) will be featured in an episode of “Office Spaces” during its third season. “Office Spaces” reports on innovations in commercial construction and design spaces to explore cutting-edge products and technologies that impact the way we live, work and play. The segment featuring JM, titled “Meet the Innovators behind Johns Manville Commercial Roofing: Innovations for Efficiency & Longevity,” will air July 9 at 5 p.m. ET on FOX Business Network.

    Aside from its initial broadcast on FOX Business, the footage and reporting from JM manufacturing plants will be made available for syndication to more than 100 stations across the country.

    “Johns Manville started as a roofing company nearly 160 years ago and has a long history of innovation,” said Joe Smith, SVP and GM of Roofing Systems. “We look forward to highlighting our products and the people who make them on ‘Office Spaces.’ This is a great opportunity to tell our story and to showcase why Johns Manville is a leader in the markets we serve.”
     

    CoreLogic Launches Storm Damage Identification Service

    CoreLogic announced the launch of a new service, Roof IQ, that pinpoints specific homes damaged by storms so roofing professionals can more effectively identify prospects and manage lead-generation activities. According to the company, the service uses advanced geocoding technology from CoreLogic, as well as its comprehensive property-level database, to target individual homes within a storm’s path that have suffered significant damage from wind or hail. As such, it enhances efficiency and increases productivity, allowing roofing professionals to increase their response to a catastrophe and quickly offer assistance to individual homeowners following a storm.

    Roof IQ is designed to provide unique interactive maps that define the scope and extent of damage within 24 hours of a weather event. Real-time email alerts track every step of the process from storm awareness to prospect identification to the repair stage. In addition to identifying specific damaged homes and accompanying property and homeowner information, Roof IQ enables more accurate repair cost estimates by incorporating aerial roof measurements produced by the SkyMeasure™ by CoreLogic service. 

    “Roof IQ is a game changer for the roofing industry, allowing for more precise targeting of areas impacted and homes requiring repair,” said Andrew Zickell, senior leader, business development for CoreLogic. “Roof IQ eliminates the inefficiency of randomly canvassing an area following a storm by combining immediate prospect identification with full property-level data and imagery.” 

    Users can select to monitor the entire United States or receive storm alerts by region, city or state, and can purchase prospective customer leads based on targeted geographic areas. Storms are ranked by severity so that resources and priorities can be determined based on actual damage to homes.

    GAF to Open New Manufacturing Facility in Pennsylvania 

    GAF’s facility in New Columbia, Pa., is latest in the more than $2 billion investment GAF has contributed to the roofing industry over the last 10 years. Photo: GAF.

    GAF’s facility in New Columbia, Pa., is latest in the more than $2 billion investment GAF has contributed to the roofing industry over the last 10 years. Photo: GAF.

    GAF announced that it will open a manufacturing plant in New Columbia, Pa., about 20 miles south of Williamsport. Set to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, the new 34-acre facility will create more than 40 skilled manufacturing and office jobs in Pennsylvania and will serve as a regional training facility for contractors and roofing industry professionals. The plant will manufacture thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) single-ply membrane for commercial roofing applications and Cobra brand injection molding components for residential roofing systems. 

    “We are proud to further our commitment to the roofing industry through this investment in New Columbia and to create new, skilled manufacturing jobs right here in the U.S.,” said Jim Schnepper, president of GAF. 

    “This new plant will expand our production capabilities, allowing us to meet the needs of our customers with best-in-class solutions. Our innovative training programs will help new employees build critical competencies,” said Dick Nowak, chief operating officer of GAF.
     
    The opening of the New Columbia plant will mark an expansion of the GAF footprint, which currently includes a network of 30 manufacturing facilities and more than 3,400 total employees nationwide. GAF already has a presence in Pennsylvania through its Myerstown asphaltic shingle plant. 

    “The New Columbia plant opening will provide high-quality job opportunities to dozens of Pennsylvanians,” said Carroll Diefenbach, chairman of the board of supervisors for White Deer Township. “We are thankful that GAF is committed to supporting our community and strengthening the manufacturing industry in The Keystone State.” 

    The New Columbia plant will create more than 40 jobs, adding to the GAF U.S. manufacturing base of more than 2,300 people.

    The New Columbia plant will create more than 40 jobs, adding to the GAF U.S. manufacturing base of more than 2,300 people.

    GAF will produce EverGuard TPO products for commercial roofing at the new location. In addition to TPO products, the plant will manufacture injection molding components for residential roofing systems, including Cobra Rigid Vent 3, Cobra Snow Country, and Cobra Snow Country Advanced Attic Exhaust Vents. 

    As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to offering professional education programs to the roofing industry, the plant will be designated as a GAF Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence (CARE) regional training facility. Through its CARE program, GAF offers hands-on training to contractors and other roofing industry professionals in the region, equipping them with the latest skills and installation techniques. To date, more than 230,000 roofing professionals have participated in CARE training programs. 

    Atlas Bolt & Screw Names Bratcher New President

    Don Bratcher has been promoted to the position of president of Atlas Bolt and Screw. He will have complete responsibility for all Atlas’s North American activities, including the branches in Ashland, Ohio,  Flat Rock, N.C., Salem, Ore., and Houston, as well as the company’s manufacturing plant and corporate offices in Ashland.  Bratcher joined Atlas in April of 2015 as the business unit manager for the Wood Segment, and he has overseen many programs to drive significant improvements in both operations and customer service.
     
    Bratcher’s career spans more than 25 years, including service with Butler Manufacturing, a designer and manufacturer of metal buildings. At Butler, he successfully managed commercial activities for 16 years and then transitioned to a general manager’s role with full P&L and operational responsibility for the company’s Western region.
     
    Mike Hartley, president, Construction Fasteners Group, a Marmon Engineered Components Company, believes Bratcher’s longstanding experience in the markets served by Atlas positions him well to lead Atlas as President. “There are many exciting projects underway at Atlas that are planned to position the business for continued growth and success for years to come,” he commented. “Executing these projects properly will require strong leadership and the attention and talents of the many people in the Atlas organization. I am personally excited about the opportunities for Atlas with the support of Don’s leadership. Please join me in wishing Don every success in his new role.”

    S-5! Relaunches Website With Calculator, Expanded List of Metal Roof Systems

    S-5! has relaunched its website to provide an easy-to-navigate center showcasing the increasing applications of its products. The updated site (S-5.com) contains S-5!’s new Master Snow Retention Calculator, used to help architects, specifiers, contractors, roofers and building owners determine what snow retention system works best for each roof. More than 150 metal roofing manufacturers are listed on the site as compatible components with S-5! systems. Projects also may obtain an Engineered Stamp on the site for ColorGard certifications run through the calculator. Other features available on the website include new product pages, new brackets pages, new Global Distribution pages, load tests and lab reports. It also offers a Resource Center and a Clamp-to-Seam tool to match profiles with the clamp needed.

    McElroy Metal Announces Release of Updated Product Catalog

    McElroy Metal has announced the download availability of its updated company product catalog.

    The 36-page catalog features the McElroy Metal line of construction products and components for the architectural metal construction industry. The catalog includes detailed information on the 138T and 238T symmetrical standing seam roof recover systems as well as engineered retrofit systems that adapt an existing roof’s structural support system, whether constructed of steel, concrete or wood. Among the other company offerings featured are insulated metal panels under the name of Green Span Profiles, a joint venture IMP manufacturing company.

    Furthermore, the catalog highlights the company’s standing seam systems, concealed fastener wall panels, exposed fastener roof and wall panels as well as soffit and fascia offerings.

    To have a hard copy of the catalog mailed to you, email a request to info@mcelroymetal.com. To download a PDF, visit this website.

    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