Kemper System Names West Coast Regional Sales Manager

Kemper System America Inc. has named Lynn Walters as the company’s West Coast Regional Sales Manager. In the role, Walters will have responsibility for expanding sales and educating architects, consultants and contractors across the region about the company’s range of barrier solutions for the building envelope.

Based in the San Francisco area, he joins the company from STS Coatings Inc., acquired by Kemper System last year, and he brings more than two decades of sales and marketing experience to his new role.

Walters currently serves on the board of directors of the Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association (RIMA), and as committee chair for the Strategic Alliance for the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA). He is also a member of the Cool Roof Rating Council, RCI Inc. and ASTM International.

At STS Coatings, Walters served nine years as National Sales Manager, and also as Product Manager representing HeatBloc-ULTA radiant heat barrier. Previously, he spent 12 years as West Coast Sales Manager for the OEM Building Products Division of BASF.

ABC Supply Offers Building Products to Contractors at the Bowling Green Branch

ABC Supply Co. Inc. has opened a branch in Bowling Green, Ky., located at 125 Hunter Court. The location will offer steep-slope and low-slope roofing and other select building products that contractors need to run their businesses.

Jason Swigart will manage the branch. Prior to joining ABC Supply, Swigart worked for other building products distributors in the Louisville area in positions ranging from inside and outside sales to operations manager. In March 2016, he started at the Louisville branch located at 619 Industry Road as an outside sales associate. He graduated from the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing.

This is ABC Supply’s sixth location in Kentucky. “Our new location in Bowling Green will help contractors in south-central Kentucky have access to the products and services that they rely on for their businesses every day,” says Tom Kuchan, vice president of ABC Supply’s Northeast Region. “Whether it’s working with new or existing customers, Jason and his team look forward to continuing to build relationships with the area’s contractors.” 

Branch hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT, Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. CDT on Saturday. The phone number is (270) 782-8787. 

New Samco Website Highlights All of the Company’s Capabilities

Samco Machinery, a manufacturer of custom roll-forming and material handling equipment, has launched a new website to fully showcase the company’s capabilities.

“Our website had run its course,” said Steve Kagan, Marketing Specialist at Samco Machinery. “So, we’ve created a dynamic and professional user-friendly website that loads quicker and is easy to navigate with fewer drop-down menus. We’ve also upgraded the responsiveness of the site to be easier to use on a wide range of devices.”

Kagan noted the new Samco Machinery website places more emphasis on videos and imagery showcasing the company’s capabilities and the industries in which they serve. 

The site will be updated on a regular basis with company news, product activity, upcoming events, and latest articles. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up for direct emails from the company. 

For more information, please visit the new Samco Machinery website.

ABC Supply Names 25 Managing Partners in 2017

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has promoted 25 branch managers to managing partner status. The honor is the highest level of achievement among the company’s branch managers and gives them a more prominent leadership role within the company. As managing partners, they join ABC Supply’s National Branch Advisory Board, which advises senior management on a variety of topics. 

To be selected as a managing partner, managers must meet rigorous requirements in the areas of customer satisfaction, associate development, branch performance, safety compliance and excellence in overall business practices.

“We are proud to recognize these 25 managers as outstanding leaders who demonstrate dedication to their teams, customers and communities,” said Keith Rozolis, ABC Supply’s president and chief executive officer. “We encourage our branch managers to be innovative and entrepreneurial. Those who rise to the level of managing partner play an important part in shaping initiatives that help us improve our customers’ experiences and provide more opportunities for our associates.”

ABC Supply’s 2017 Managing Partner program inductees are: Darren Brennan of Topeka, Kan.; Patrick Bryan of Nolanville, Texas; Dan Carpenter of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Jeremy Crawford of Cheverly, Md.; Danny Duncan of Pineville, N.C.; Ken Dunn of Raleigh, N.C.; Paul Fields of Coal Valley, Ill.; Kyle Fisher of Huntington, W.V.; Bill Fleming of Fenton, Mo.; Gary Jenkins of Buffalo, N.Y.; Matt Kenney of Florence, S.C.; Eric Kuchan of Portland, Maine; Josh Landrum of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Holly Lockey of Fort Myers, Fla.; Jason McCulley of Syracuse, N.Y.; Martin Mejia of Houston; Matt Noury of Keene, N.H.; Donnie O’Sullivan of Pembroke Park, Fla.; Robert Olson of Hudson, Fla.; Scott Prentiss of Lewiston, Maine Scott Smith of Mansfield, Ohio; Ryan Stanton of St. Cloud, Minn.; Brad Stinson of Cincinnati; Paula Stumbo of Lexington, Ky.; and Rocky Yasko of Erie, Pa.

The new managing partners continue to oversee their respective branches while taking on the additional responsibilities that come with achieving managing partner status.

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.