Owens Corning Roofing Introduces 2018 ACCELERATE Sweepstakes

The 2018 ACCELERATE Sweepstakes is rolling out to members of the Owens Corning Contractor Network, with new prizes and more than 425 chances to win. National prizes range from a 2018 Ford F150 Raptor to custom vacation packages. Regional prizes awarded each quarter include workspace storage solutions, coolers, and Bluetooth speakers. The breadth of prizes and quarterly drawings were selected to help fuel momentum for the Sweepstakes, which runs from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.

Through the ACCELERATE Sweepstakes, members of the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network are eligible for prize drawings based on their qualified purchases of Owens Corning Roofing products. As in 2017, the prizes align with products supporting Owens Corning’s Total Protection Roofing System and the Seal. Defend. Breathe. message.

Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network Leader Jason Lewinski said the Seal. Defend. Breathe. message has resonated well with roofing contractors and the homeowners they serve. “The Seal. Defend. Breathe. message helps them convey the rationale for a roofing system in a manner that is easily understood by any homeowner, regardless of their understanding of building science,” Lewinski said. He added that participation in the ACCELERATE Sweepstakes has been robust among members of the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network. “In developing the 2018 Sweepstakes prizes and quarterly drawings, we incorporated feedback from contractors in the field, including their interest in a variety of prizes awarded throughout the year,” he said.

For complete details, see the Official Rules available at www.acceleratepromo.com/rules2018.

For more information, please visit www.owenscorning.com/roofing.

Ford F150 Raptor

 

Atlas Roofing Announces Schedule for 2018 Roadshow and Truck Giveaway

Atlas Roofing announces the launch of its 2018 Asphalt Life Roadshow season, which kicks off January 17 in Omaha, Nebraska, and travels to nine major cities across the country, along with 15 mini events in targeted markets.

Highlights of this year’s Roadshow, themed “All Roads Lead To Atlas,” include the company’s newest product innovation — shingles built with HP42” Technology. Atlas invites roofing professionls to come to the show and learn how HP42” Technology saves contractors time and money, and makes installation more efficient. In addition, attendees can learn about the difference Atlas shingles featuring Scotchgard™ Protector can make for a company’s close rate, margins, and differentiation in the market.

“We’re excited to meet new contractors and show them how they can outshine their competition and close more sales with our great products and marketing partnerships,” said Stan Bastek, Director of Marketing and Sales Development for Atlas Roofing. “Come on out and experience one of our Roadshows for yourself!”

Roadshow events also feature these breakout sessions:

  • GreenSky Financing
  • Handling Nature’s Worst — Hail/Wind
  • Boost Your Website and Social Media Presence

At each event, Atlas is giving away more than $5,000 worth of prizes, including Yeti coolers, nail guns, Costa sunglasses, HD action cameras, Apple watches and Duckett rod and reel combos.

To top it off, Atlas Roofing is hosting a yearlong contest with a 1951 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck as the grand prize. This classic beauty is painted in factory Swift Red and features a five-window cab, whitewall tires with a side-mount spare, all of the optional chrome and stainless trim, and a solid steel frame — and its fully rebuilt engine purrs like new.

The contest, which is open exclusively to Atlas Pro Plus contractors, begins February 6 at the International Roofing Expo (IRE) in New Orleans and continues throughout 2018. To qualify for a chance to win the truck, Atlas Pro Plus contractors will earn points through a variety of ways including utilizing the tools available through the Atlas Pro Plus control panel and installing Atlas Signature Select Roofing Systems. As part of the promotion, 10 contractors will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the 2019 IRE in Nashville, where one lucky winner will drive off in style in the Asphalt Life truck.

Confirmed cities for the 2018 Asphalt Life Roadshow are:

  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • New York, New York
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Orlando, Florida

Dates and additional cities will be announced soon.

For more information, visit AtlasRoofing.com/Roadshow and AtlasRoofing.com/Pro.

 

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Branch in Valparaiso, Indiana

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has opened a new branch at 184 W. State Road 130 in Valparaiso, Indiana, that will benefit northwest Indiana contractors. The location will give local contractors access to roofing, siding and other exterior building products they need to run their businesses as well as business support and expertise from ABC Supply’s associates.

Jessie Vega will manage the new branch. Vega, who joined ABC Supply’s Tinley Park location in 1999, has worked as a delivery driver, inside sales associate and, most recently, a delivery service manager during his tenure with the company. He brings nearly two decades of experience and a passion for helping customers succeed to Valparaiso.

With the addition of the Valparaiso branch, ABC Supply now has 15 locations throughout Indiana. “The goal of every ABC Supply branch is to support contractors and make their jobs easier,” said Jim Welch, vice president of ABC Supply’s Midwest Region. “We’re looking forward to building relationships with customers in the area with our high-quality products and trusted expertise. Of course, we’re also excited to become part of the larger Valparaiso community.”

Branch hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday. The phone number is (219) 286-8200.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

Atlas Roofing Names New Midwest Regional Sales Manager, Roof & Wall Insulation Division

Atlas Roofing Corporation has promoted Jennifer Sansone to the Midwest Regional Sales Manager of the Roof & Wall Insulation Division. Since beginning her career with Atlas in 2008, Sansone has demonstrated tremendous aptitude in her role, both as an individual and, more recently, in a leadership capacity.

“For the past decade, Jennifer has excelled in her sales roles at Atlas, due to her customer-oriented and process-driven mentality,” said Steve Heaton, Vice President Sales & Marketing of Atlas Roof and Wall Insulation Division. “During her tenure with Atlas, Jennifer helped develop the customer quote tracking system and made significant strides across the 7-state midwest region. We couldn’t ask for a more talented leader to take on the role of Midwest Regional Sales Manager.”

When Sansone transitioned from Account Executive at the East Moline facility to a Territory Sales Representative, she grew sales in Iowa and Nebraska by nearly 15 percent. Her role was quickly expanded to District Sales Manager in February 2016. During this time, Sansone has demonstrated the ability to maximize the development and effectiveness of her sales team.

Sansone graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Communication Studies. She is currently active in two roofing industry associations, serving as a Board Member of the Iowa Roofing Contractors Association and Iowa chapter of Roof Consultants, Inc.

For more information, visit www.atlasrwi.com.

 

Beacon Roofing Supply Completes Acquisition of Allied Building Products

Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. announced the successful completion of its previously announced acquisition of Allied Building Products Corp. from global diversified building products group CRH plc. Completion of the Allied acquisition further strengthens Beacon’s position as one of the largest publicly traded wholesale building materials distributors in the United States and Canada, notes the company, with approximately $7 billion in revenue and 589 branches throughout all 50 states and 6 provinces in Canada.

According to the company, Beacon also becomes the fourth largest wallboard and acoustical ceiling tile wholesale distributor in the United States, with more than $1 billion of revenue in the interior market category. The Allied acquisition also significantly expands Beacon’s geographic footprint in New York, New Jersey, the Upper Midwest and other major U.S. markets.

Paul Isabella, president and CEO of Beacon, stated, “We are pleased to announce the completion of the Allied acquisition and we look forward to the successful integration of these two great companies. Beacon and Allied’s leadership have worked closely together on the integration planning to ensure a collaborative approach and an outcome that preserves the expertise and strengths of both organizations. I want to thank the Beacon and Allied teams for their tireless work and cooperation to successfully complete the financing and closing processes efficiently and on schedule. This combination is about driving growth through the expansion of our geographic footprint and range of products and creating increased value for our customers and shareholders. This is a milestone day in the long and successful histories of both companies and we are thrilled to start the new year as one company.”

In connection with the Allied acquisition, a fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), invested $400 million in Beacon and Nathan Sleeper, a CD&R partner, was appointed to Beacon’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Sleeper previously was a member of Beacon’s Board of Directors from October 2015 through May 2016 in connection with Beacon’s previous acquisition of Roofing Supply Group (RSG) from a fund managed by CD&R.

Robert R. Buck, chairman of Beacon’s Board of Directors, added, “Together, Beacon and Allied will have more than 150 years of combined experience providing service excellence in the building products industry. Having this unique opportunity to combine two great companies of this magnitude is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the people across both organizations. I also am pleased to welcome Nate Sleeper back to our Board of Directors. His deep industrial sector expertise and leadership will prove to be extremely valuable as we continue moving our growth strategy forward.”

According to the company, the Allied acquisition provides significant strategic and financial benefits:

  • Expanded exteriors geographic footprint:The expanded geographic footprint provides Beacon a presence in new markets — particularly inNew York, New Jersey and the Upper Midwest. With this transaction, Beacon will operate locations in all 50 states and will expand its presence in other key markets including Texas, Florida, Colorado and California.
  • Expansion into the interior business:The combination provides Beacon with entry into the adjacent interior business, including wallboard and suspended ceiling products, and strengthens the combined company’s competitive positioning through extended product offerings. The interior category shares many attractive investment qualities and characteristics with the roofing products distribution business.
  • Enhanced growth strategies:Beacon remains committed to increasing market share through organic growth focusing on a wide range of roofing and complementary products. Through the combination, Beacon will be well-positioned to leverage Allied’s various market advantages, including its established private-label business and robust e-commerce platform, to further Beacon’s organic growth strategies.
  • Significant cost synergies expected:The combined company is expected to realize$110 million in annual run-rate synergies within two years of closing.

For more information, visit www.beaconroofingsupply.com.

 

 

 

Maze Nails Celebrates 170 Years in Business

W. H. Maze Company in Peru, Illinois, is celebrating its 170th year of doing business as a nail manufacturer and retail lumberyard. In operation since 1848, Maze Company continues to supply customers in the United States and Canada with many millions of pounds of nails annually. The fifth and sixth generations of the founder, Samuel Maze, work at the manufacturing facility so there is a lot of heritage, tradition and pride in the company. All Maze Nails are 100 percent Made in the USA in Peru, Illinois. The Maze lumber operation is still thriving too – and is the oldest lumberyard in the state of Illinois, according to the company.

Maze Nails offers a full line of specialty nails in bulk for hand driving and in collated sticks and coils for popular pneumatic nailers. The company offers its exclusive STORMGUARD Double Hot-Dipped Galvanized coating to provide ultimate corrosion resistance. A full line of stainless steel nails is also available. Maze has been serving the building industry for many decades, providing nails for decking and trim, fiber cement, cedar and redwood sidings, fencing and many types of roofing. Maze eco-friendly nails are made from over 90 percent recycled re-melted steel to support sustainable building.

 

For more information, visit www.mazenails.com.

 

ATAS Hosts Mobile Manufacturing Lab

ATAS International, Inc. was proud to host Lehigh Carbon Community College’s (LCCC) Mobile Manufacturing Lab, in the parking lot of ATAS’ headquarters located in Allentown, Pa. Six students from four area companies earned certificates in the Industrial Automation training held Aug. 15 through Dec. 5, 2017.

The unique learning within this Mobile Manufacturing Lab targeted the mechanical/electrical maintenance needs of local manufacturers.  At the completion of the program, created by LCCC’s Center for Leadership and Workforce Development, students should qualify for an entry level maintenance technician position at most area manufacturers. The 200-hour Industrial Automation Technician course combined online coursework followed by hand-on training in the Mobile Lab. Course curriculum included AC/DC electrical systems, electrical motor control, electronic sensors, electrical systems control, mechanical drives, pneumatics, and programmable controllers.

Dick Bus, President of ATAS International, stated, “ATAS supports specialized training for our current and future employees. We understand that many Lehigh Valley manufacturers are experiencing the same challenges in accessing convenient training opportunities and talented personnel. In addition to the skills learned in this program, training such as this is helpful for students considering manufacturing.”

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

Hyload Adds to Product Portfolio

Hyload Inc., manufacturer and supplier of roofing and waterproofing solutions, announced the addition of a white, scrim re-enforced PVC membrane, as well as fleece-backed PVC membrane, to its product offering. Hyload is also offering three grades of modified bitumen roof membranes: fully adhered, torch grade, and an APP membrane.

Hyload’s current product offering includes through-wall flashing, membrane roofing, waterproofing and green roof systems. According to Dave Afanador, Business Development Manager at Hyload, “The additions round out our hugely successful offering of highly durable KEE membrane with other chemistries to assist in specifying roof membranes that are specific to the needs and price points of all of our current and future customers.”

For more information, visit www.Hyload.com.

Mule-Hide Products Co. Launches Redesigned Website 

Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. has redesigned its mulehide.com website, making it faster and easier for users to access the information they need when choosing, specifying, installing, maintaining or repairing Mule-Hide low-slope roofing systems.

The extensive and easily navigated product catalog can be searched by roofing system type (single-ply systems, coating systems, modified bitumen systems, vegetative roofing systems, systems for use in modular construction, and maintenance and repair products) or by specific product category (membranes, adhesives, insulation, coatings, accessories, etc.). Overviews of each roofing system type summarize their features and benefits, helping users choose the right system for a given job. Product-specific information includes charts of part numbers, sizes and packaging; detail drawings; installation instructions and videos; code approvals, certifications; specification manuals; estimating worksheets; warranty information and more.

The site was designed with mobile devices in mind, making it easy for users to access the information and services they need, no matter where they are and no matter what type of device they’re using – whether it’s a mobile phone on a rooftop, a tablet in a customer’s conference room or the computer on their own office desk.

The “Find-a-Rep” function enables users to pinpoint the nearest Mule-Hide Products distributor or Territory Manager.

The website also keeps users posted on the latest news from Mule-Hide Products, including product introductions, notable projects, technical updates and upcoming trade shows.

The site’s back-end architecture and content management system are the latest technologies, ensuring that the site and its services load quickly.

The new site design, architecture, security, database integrations and custom applications were provided by Iowa Computer Gurus of West Des Moines, Iowa.

For more information, visit www.mulehide.com.

Chem Link Opens New Training Center

Chem Link has opened a new training center at which the company will offer in-person and virtual contractor education.

Located in Schoolcraft, Mich., the new 3,200-square-foot facility with a 540-square-foot classroom can be utilized for groups of up to 20 contractors, training on both Chem Link and SOPREMA products. Training takes place in a classroom setting featuring stations set up to provide customers with hands-on experience using these products. This experience is designed to teach and engage using written, hands-on application combined with training videos through Chem Link’s interactive media classroom.

“We are pleased to be able to offer our customers the chance to receive this type of product training,” explained Rocky Stroud, National Sales Manager, Chem Link. “Our new education facility means we can give contractors the firsthand experience they need to feel confident using our products in the field, and we can also provide virtual training to contractors in remote locations. It is a great opportunity to ensure customers can learn in the manner that suits them best.”

For more information, visit www.chemlink.com.