ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Branch in Sharonville, Ohio

ABC Supply Co. Inc. announced the company has opened a branch at 2599 Commerce Blvd. in Sharonville, Ohio. Don Smith will manage the branch. Smith has more than 27 years in the building materials distribution industry, most recently in sales and management. In 2018, he joined ABC Supply’s Cincinnati, Ohio, location as an outside sales representative while attending the company’s Branch Management Training program. Smith graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a degree in business administration.

ABC Supply now has 20 locations throughout Ohio with the opening of the Sharonville location.  

“Don has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to steep- and low-slope roofing, siding and windows. He knows this industry and knows what contractors need from ABC Supply to run successful businesses,” said Tom Kuchan, vice president of ABC Supply’s Northeast Region. “Under Don’s leadership, our team in Sharonville is ready to build long-lasting relationships with area contractors and the community.”

Branch hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday, and 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. The phone number is (513) 975-5062.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com

Reed’s Metals LLC Makes Significant New Equipment Investment

Reed’s Metals LLC has made another significant investment to their business by installing two new pieces of equipment at their Brookhaven, MS facility.

Reed’s first new piece of equipment enables the production of an advanced state-of-the-art TS-324 Trapezoidal Standing Seam Roof System, licensed from BRS (Building Research Systems, Inc.). This “floating” system is superior in wind-uplift resistance, water tightness and thermal expansion and offers various seaming methods. These properties are required for large commercial buildings (200’ wide and over) and is designed and certified to meet the most stringent building codes. One of the seaming options available, called QuadLok seam, is specifically designed for extremely windy areas such as coastal regions.

The second piece of equipment will produce the M-Panel, a traditional commercial roofing and wall panel used in mini-storage units and other commercial buildings. This equipment also produces PBR Panels, an existing profile Reed’s supplies. The new equipment, therefore, doubles the capacity of these panels, providing our customers shorter lead-times.

“These installations are part of our continuing investment to help grow our business in key markets,” says Bernie Reed, Reed’s President, CEO and founder. “This new state-of-the-art equipment ensures fast production with quick order turn-around and gives us a high level of quality control. We can now go to market with 13 roofing panel profiles.”

The equipment is installed and fully operational.

For more information, visit www.reedsmetals.com.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Branch in La Mirada, California

ABC Supply Co. Inc. has opened a new branch at 14923 Desman Road in La Mirada, California.

The new branch is managed by Sean Cartwright. Cartwright joined ABC Supply as a manager candidate in training at the company’s Orange, California, location in 2018. Prior to his time with ABC Supply, he worked in the tech industry as a systems administrator and program manager. He is a graduate of the University of La Verne in California, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“Sean and his team are committed to making area contractors’ jobs easier and helping them grow their businesses,” said Matt Cooper, vice president of ABC Supply’s West Region. “By providing the high-quality products, resources and expertise they need to run successful businesses, the La Mirada team will be a strong partner to residential roofing contractors, general contractors, remodelers and specialty contractors in and around La Mirada.”

The new La Mirada branch joins 44 other ABC Supply locations in California.

Branch hours are 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PDT, Monday through Friday, and 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays. The phone number is (714) 562-8006.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

TAMKO Celebrates 75 Years in the Roofing Industry

TAMKO Building Products LLC is celebrating 75 years in business with a historic anniversary and employee events, including a picnic at its Downtown Operations facility in Joplin, Missouri. 

On September 5, 1944, TAMKO was officially born when founders E.L. and Mary Ethel Craig named their new roofing company “TAMKO” as an acronym of the first letters of the states they believed would be their sales territory — Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. 

Over the next 75 years, TAMKO grew from one small location in an old streetcar barn in southwest Missouri to one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of roofing with more than 20 facilities across the United States, a host of building products and nationwide distribution. The company expanded into a variety of building products, including new styles of asphalt shingles, steel shingles, roofing underlayments, waterproofing products and cements and coatings. 

“We will continue to adapt the world to ourselves — as change is inevitable — but how we adapt; how we evolve; who we hire to join our team: all of these will determine our future,” said David Humphreys, TAMKO President and CEO at an anniversary gathering. “Things will change; we will make strategic choices; and, as we celebrate 75 years, we will be focused on positioning TAMKO for even faster growth and greater success.”

According to the company, the TAMKO story is one of perseverance, entrepreneurialism and the American dream. Founder E.L. Craig was a self-made man who started working at age 12 and went on to start a series of successful businesses. He was 69 years old when he started his final business venture — a small roofing manufacturer in Joplin, Missouri that his wife named TAMKO. 

Craig was a deeply-principled man and TAMKO continues to be guided by those same core values, under the leadership of the third generation of its founding family. TAMKO is privately owned and operated and has a commitment to “stay in business for the long-haul” as late TAMKO President J.P. Humphreys often said.

According to the company, J.P. was the one who introduced TAMKO to the principles of Continuous Improvement and the work of famed statistician Dr. W. Edwards Deming in 1981, a defining moment for the company, driving much of TAMKO’s progress since then in vertical integration, product development and manufacturing processes. 

TAMKO Chairman Ethelmae Humphreys, 92, daughter of the company’s founders and a TAMKO employee for more than 70 years, graciously led the company in a variety of leadership positions, acting as a steadying influence during times of transition. J.P. and Ethelmae’s eldest son, David Craig Humphreys, has led the company as President and CEO since 1994, expanding both the company’s geographic and product footprint since then.

“Over time, we’ve seen great business growth and we’ve built upon our character without sacrificing who we are,” Ethelmae said. “It’s special for me to think about TAMKO — a company initiated by my father, named by my mother and run by my husband and children.” 

“However, we never would’ve made it without our people,” she continued. “For 75 years, TAMKO expected hard work, honesty and integrity from its employees, and just as my father did from day one, our employees have demonstrated a work ethic and level of dedication that no one ever had to ask for.”

For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com.

Shelly’s Building Supply and Universal Supply Team up to add Roofing and Siding at Pennsylvania Location

Shelly’s Building Supply and Universal Supply, divisions of national building products distributor US LBM, have partnered to co-brand the company’s Kimberton, Pa. location and expand its selection to include roofing and siding products.

At the Kimberton location, Shelly’s will continue to provide lumber, windows, doors, millwork, decking and specialty building products to customers in Chester and Montgomery Counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania. With the addition of Universal Supply, Kimberton will now offer roofing and siding products to area building professionals.

“Universal Supply is a known leader for roofing and siding products in the Mid-Atlantic,” said Shelly’s President Tim Krall. “We’re excited to welcome them to Kimberton, which provides opportunities for both divisions to grow our customer bases.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with our great team at Shelly’s on this unique opportunity and bring Universal’s selection of the best brands of roofing and siding to Southeastern Pennsylvania,” said US LBM Chief Development Officer and Universal Supply President Jeff Umosella. “This co-branding is a US LBM first and demonstrates our strategy of bringing market leaders together and leveraging the knowledge, experience and customer relationships of our local teams.”

Located at 629 Pike Springs Rd, the Kimberton location is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be contacted at 610-933-1116 for building products and 610-482-4685 for roofing and siding.

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

Garland’s New Brochure Highlights Building Envelope Offerings

Garland recently released a new brochure highlighting its building envelope capabilities and outlining the variety of problems the company’s representatives can help solve. Garland is known in the industry for its roofing products, but its offerings extend far beyond that to include solutions for windows, walls, parking structures and more. 

According to the company, the centerfold opens to a beautiful illustration that includes product call outs, showing all the areas of a building Garland’s products touch. The services Garland offers, including design assistance, capital planning, budgeting and more are also covered.

“Garland has a strong reputation in the industry for its innovative roofing products, which is understandable since roofing is the company’s core business,” said Tom Diamond, Garland’s director of product and systems. “But we want those customers to also understand that our capabilities are not limited to roofs. We have solutions designed for almost any condition related to the exterior of a building. We’ll look at your roof, but we can also recommend solutions for your cracked walls or leaky windows.”

The brochure is available on Garland’s website or from your local representative. An interactive version will be live soon. 

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com

Petersen Adds Reps to Meet Demand for Metal Cladding in Western U.S.

Petersen is meeting the growing demand in the Western United States for its PAC-CLAD metal roof and wall products by hiring several representatives in the area. The manufacturer representatives will support architects, installing contractors and others involved in the specification and installation of exterior metal cladding products in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Horner and Associates in Sandy, Utah, hornerassocd7.com, will represent Petersen’s PAC-CLAD products in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Representatives include Gary Horner, Tom Horner and Keith Van Ness. Contact information is as follows:

Gary Horner      801-712-0326     gary@hornerassocd7.com

Tom Horner       801-842-8305     tom@hornerassocd7.com

Keith Van Ness 801-520-5624     keith@hornerassocd7.com

 Harper Winn Inc. in Seattle, harperwinn.com, will support PAC-CLAD customers in Washington, Oregon and Alaska beginning in October. Representatives include Charlie Soffel, Steve Silcock and Paul Amos. Contact information is as follows:

Charlie Soffel    206-619-0163     charlie@harperwinn.com

Steve Silcock    425-220-1190     steve@harperwinn.com

Paul Amos        503-481-5867     paul@harperwinn.com

“Hiring these firms to represent Petersen is one way we’re addressing the growing demand for PAC-CLAD products in the Western United States. We know these reps will satisfy the architectural metal needs of Petersen’s many existing and new customers in the area,” said David Hedrick, regional manager of Petersen’s Phoenix location.

For more information, visit www.pac-clad.com.

GMC Roofing & Building Products and G.A.P. Roofing Announce New Executive Hire

GMC Roofing & Building Paper Products, Inc. and G.A.P Roofing, Inc. announced that Todd Homa has joined both companies as Vice President of Sales to further develop and build their growing customer portfolio. Homa is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of roofing material sales leadership expertise.

Prior to joining the leadership teams with both companies, Homa held senior-level sales roles at high-profile companies such as Polyglass U.S.A, Inc., GAF and Elk. He has most recently been Director of Sales, Technical & Customer Service at Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. for the North American market. In addition to driving sales, Homa will be instrumental in working with the companies’ founders to evangelize existing customer success and expand market share.

“We’re thrilled to have Todd onboard as the newest member of our leadership team,” says Vice President of G.A.P. Roofing, Inc., Christi Passmore. “His seasoned leadership skills and deep knowledge of the roofing industry makes him an incredibly valuable asset to our organization.”

“Todd has the leadership experience and proven track record in transitioning fast-growing companies to full-scale enterprises, which is exactly what we need as we take our business to the next level,” commented General Manager of GMC Roofing & Building Paper Products, Inc., Dave Swaroop.

“Both GMC and G.A.P. manufacture quality roofing products that serve a growing need in the American market,” says Homa. “By leveraging our vertically integrated manufacturing and strong service-focused culture, I firmly believe that we are positioned for rapid growth. I’m unbelievably excited to be joining Christi, Dave and the team.”

For more information, visit www.gmcpaper.us.

Alpine SnowGuards Offers AIA/CES Course on Snow Management Systems

Alpine SnowGuards, a designer and manufacturer of rooftop snow management systems, has become a registered provider with the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education Systems (AIA/CES). Being an approved AIA/CES provider allows Alpine SnowGuards to serve the global specifying community with practical information on increasingly complex snow management issues. Alpine SnowGuards offers an AIA/CES course titled “Snow Management Systems: Form Follows Function” that qualifies for 1.5 Learning Units (LU’s) upon completion. The course is available on demand. For more information or to register for the course, click here or visit www.alpinesnowguards.com.

The Roofers Show Podcast Talks Leads, Conversions and Margins With Owens Corning Roofing

Owens Corning Roofing stepped into the podcast-space on August 23, as National Training Leader Jon Gardner joined Dave Sullivan, host of The Roofer Show, for a podcast conversation about critical challenges contractors face, including generating more leads, converting leads into sales, and achieving margins.

In Edpisode 125 of The Roofer Show, “Why You Should Develop Strategic Partnerships With Your Suppliers,” Sullivan discuss topics includingdifferentiate their business in a highly competitive marketplace through on-demand education, field training and networking with other contractors across the country. 

For more information or to listen to the episode, click here