PPG Brochure Highlights 50 Years of Duranar Coatings for Metal Building Components

PPG has published “The Gold Standard in Architectural Metal Coatings: Celebrating 50 Years of DURANAR Coatings,” a 16-page brochure commemorating the 1967 introduction of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings for metal building components.
 
According to Brian Knapp, PPG director, coil and building products, the booklet illustrates the historical significance of Duranar coatings.
 
“Our PVDF coating was a product that enabled architects to design metal components and facades with color,” he explains. “Until we introduced Duranar coatings, anodized aluminum was virtually the only metallic option to provide long-term performance on monumental buildings. It wasn’t until Duranar coatings were specified for several major projects that architects and building owners felt comfortable considering color finishes as a design option for metal.”
 
Over the past half-century, Duranar coatings have been specified by architects to protect and enhance some of the world’s most recognized architectural landmarks. Buildings profiled in the brochure include the Empire State Building in New York, Shanghai Tower in China, The Louvre Pyramid in Paris, and Centre Videotron in Quebec City.
 
Other prominent landmarks finished with Duranar coatings include One World Trade Center in New York; Shanghai World Financial Center in China; Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
 
The brochure is organized by building type—skyscrapers, landmarks, convention centers, transportation facilities, libraries and sports venues. Each building profile includes photographs, location, approximate opening date, the selected Duranar coatings color and the architect’s name.
 
In addition to publishing the brochure, PPG will highlight Duranar coatings in trade-show displays throughout the year and offer special customer promotions and giveaways. A dedicated web portal, duranar50.com, features images and descriptions of other landmark buildings finished with Duranar coatings, as well as articles, white papers and additional educational materials.
 
To learn more about the 50th anniversary of Duranar coatings or to download a copy of the 50th anniversary brochure, visit here or call (800) 258-6398.
 

Soprema to Host Building Envelope Clinic

Soprema Inc. will be hosting a regional Building Envelope Clinic in the Dallas area on Aug. 8, 2017, for architects, consultants and contractors looking to further their knowledge, network and earn continuing education units. The clinic will be held at the AT&T Stadium located at One AT&T Way in Arlington, Texas.

The Building Envelope Clinic will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and prize raffle.

“We’re proud to be offering these clinics regionally to help support our consultants, contractors and architects,” said Sara Jonas of Soprema. “These courses continue to bring education to the forefront for our current partners, as well as those new to Soprema, while helping them to achieve credits to keep their accreditations.”

Topics covered during the Building Envelope Clinic include: “SBS-Modified Bitumen Technology,” “SOPREMA PVC Roof Membrane Overview,” “SOPREMA Wall Systems and Design,” “PMMA/PMA Liquid Applied Membranes,” and “Below Grade Waterproofing Systems and Design.”

For more information and to RSVP, visit the website.

MBCI Launches Online Ordering Website

MBCI launched its online ordering tool accessible via shop.MBCI.com. Developed with a focus on mobile-first design, this platform allows customers to order products online 24 hours a day, seven days a week via their desktop computers, tablets and mobile devices

Designed to simplify the ordering process, the website makes MBCI’s entire suite of metal roof and wall panels and components available to order online at the click of a button. According to the company, customers can use the tool to find products, quickly create quotes with accurate pricing and order what they need anytime, anywhere, using any device. In addition, the site offers a variety of convenient shipping methods and payment options designed to ensure a seamless and efficient purchasing experience. 

Through the account management and dashboard features, users can see at-a-glance overviews of quotes and order status, and can also easily share this information with colleagues, providing increased visibility of the process every step of the way. These enhanced, around-the-clock online services reduce paperwork and wait times.

“I am very excited that MBCI has launched this online ordering site for our customers—an initiative that is in alignment with our commitment to continually improve overall sales service and create exceptional customer experiences,” said MBCI President, Joel Viechnicki. “This tool will streamline the way our metal roof and wall products are ordered, enabling us to deliver increased transparency and convenience to our customers every day.” 

For more information about MBCI’s online ordering tool, visit the website.

DaVinci Roofscapes Offers Free Online Tool for Exterior Design

The new Top Down Color visualizer from DaVinci Roofscapes is designed to make it easy for homeowners, builders, remodelers, contractors and architects to quickly see how the exterior of a home can be changed. The free online tool offers a fast way to visualize how different colors and products can enhance a home’s curb appeal.

The Top Down Color visualizer starts by offering the option of uploading your own home exterior image or using one of 10 home styles supplied in the gallery of images. After selecting the desired home exterior, there are five options for making changes to the home exterior, from the roof down to the front door. Steps for the options include:

Step 1: Select a roof style and color from synthetic slate and shake tile options available from DaVinci Roofscapes.
Step 2: Select different exterior options, such as siding, brick, stone or a painted finish to the home.
Step 3: Select a color for the house trim, including brackets, millwork and shutters.
Step 4: Select a color for the front door.
Step 5: Select a color for the trim on the windows.

According to the company, thousands of paint color choices from Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore are available on the visualizer. The multitude of colors can be found in the categories related to selecting the home exterior, house trim, front door and window trim. Images can be saved to an online account, posted on Facebook or Pinterest or easily shared in a tweet.

ABC Supply Opens New Branch in Illinois 

ABC Supply Co. Inc. announced that the company will open a new location in Elgin, Ill. The branch will be managed by Rocco Ranallo. Ranallo began his career in the industry as a contractor in 2001. In 2013, he joined ABC Supply as an outside sales associate at the company’s Crystal Lake, Ill., location. After excelling in that position, Ranallo was promoted to manager of the Niles, Ill., branch. 

With his construction background, Ranallo has experienced firsthand the challenges that contractors face each day, and he aims to provide the product and industry knowledge they need to build thriving businesses and achieve their goals, noted the company. 

“Elgin is one of the largest cities in Illinois and continues to grow,” said Jim Welch, vice president of ABC Supply’s Midwest Region. “By opening this location, we are bringing the ABC Supply brand of superior service to contractors northwest of Chicago and making it easier for them to access the high-quality products and professional expertise they need to tackle their projects.” 

The address for the new location is 1147 Timber Drive, Elgin, IL. The phone number is (847) 628-6048. For more information, visit the company’s website.

Roofinox Displays Stainless Steel Roofing Products at ATAS Product Expo

Roofinox America recently joined with ATAS International to educate more than 125 contractors, architects, engineers, distributors and building owners about the latest advances in building materials at the ATAS Product & Education Expo. Held at the ATAS headquarters in Allentown, Pa., the event included the display of Roofinox’s full line of stainless steel roofing products designed to offer long-term sustainability and corrosion resistance for virtually all forms of roofing applications. 

“ATAS International was pleased to once again host our annual product expo,” stated Lee Ann M. Slattery, sales support manager for ATAS International.  “In addition to the vendor displays and plant tours, we also offered three AIA continuing education seminars throughout the day.  These seminars were highlighted by numerous topics related to metal roofing, rain screen systems, and sustainable building envelopes applications. It is our goal to increase awareness and knowledge throughout the AEC community for the proper and growing use of metal building components.”

“We were happy to join ATAS in this educational forum,” said Dave Rowe, vice president at Roofinox America. “Architects and engineers are continually searching for the latest ways to enhance the longevity and sustainability of their design projects. Stainless steel is ideal for applications ranging from rural, urban and light industrial sites to locations based in extreme coastal environments.”

The Roofinox product line consists of Roofinox Classic brush-rolled stainless steel, Roofinox Pearl bead-blasted stainless steel, Roofinox Plus ribbed stainless steel, Roofinox Chroma mirror-rolled stainless steel and Roofinox Tin-plated (Terne), the only tin-plated stainless steel product specifically developed and manufactured for roll forming and fabricating, according to the manufacturer. Designed to offer long-term sustainability and corrosion-resistance for wall-cladding, flashing, rainware, interior design and virtually all forms of roofing applications, each Roofinox product is also designed to be very easy to seam, while offering superior aesthetics and reducing machine and tool wear.

ATAS International manufactures metal roofing, metal wall cladding, metal ceiling panels and metal accessories, produces systems for commercial and residential buildings. The ATAS metal roofing and metal wall product line offers more than 20 profiles available in stainless steel, aluminum, steel, zinc and copper.

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.”