GA Global Partners to Conduct Auction of DC Solar Solutions’ Assets

GA Global Partners, an asset disposition solutions provider and subsidiary of B. Riley Financial, Inc. and an affiliate of Great American Group, LLC, announced that it has been appointed to conduct a public auction of the assets of DC Solar Solutions (“DC Solar”) by order of US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada.

Online bidding will be via a live hybrid auction to be held on June 12 and 13 via a real-time online webcast. Bidders must be pre-registered, and only online bids will be accepted. Physical inspections will be held on June 10 and 11 from 10 AM to 4 PM at 4901 Park Road in Benicia, California.

Featured items include:

Solar Related:

  • Solar Panels by Talesun & ReneSola (250/275W) (Over 16,000 panels)
  • SMA Sunny Island 6048 US-10 Inverters (approx. 2,000 available)
  • Midnite Classic MPPT-250 Controllers (for wind, solar & hydro)
  • Midnite Solar Combiner Boxes
  • ChargePoint Dual EV Charging Stations
  • Alpha Series LED Lights, 3/4000K, 120W & more
  • Large Quantity of Electrical Supplies to include:
  • Cables, Switches, Routers, Romex Connectors

Spare Parts for Mobile Solar Generators (in addition to the above)

  • Fabricated Inverter Boxes
  • Light Towers & LED Lights
  • Trailer Frames for Panel Support

General Shop Related:

  • Kubota Generators (new on pallets)
  • Millermatic 252 Welders (3 available)
  • Bridgeport Vertical Milling Machine
  • HydraMech Horizontal Band Saw w/ feed table
  • Teardrop Pallet Racking w/ Wire decking
  • MQ Multiquip Water Trailers
  • Saws, grinders, sanders, square tubing

“The sheer quality and quantity of inventory makes this a unique buying opportunity for businesses and individuals. ‘Top of the line’ solar industry products will be available for purchase, such as SMA and Midnite Sun,” said Adam Alexander, CEO of GA Global. “The sale includes thousands of unopened solar panels, inverters, controllers, LED lights, generators, and other components used in the production of DC Solar’s mobile product lines.”

The court-ordered auction is being conducted in connection with the Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing of DC Solar, a clean energy company which manufactured and leased renewable energy products, including solar-powered mobile generators, light towers, telecommunications equipment and specialty electric vehicle charging stations. The assets available at auction represent a value of over $50 million at original cost.

The sale also includes company vehicles, warehouse equipment, forklifts, machine shop equipment and high-end office furnishings.

For more information, visit  www.gaauction.com.

Metal-Era Awarded Patent for Wood Nailer Alternative

Metal-Era announced the company has been granted the patent for their innovative wood nailer alternative solution, Eliminailer. Eliminailer is designed to provide an effective and simple method to eliminate the use of wood nailers, an outdated industry practice. The roof perimeter and corners serve as the first line of defense against various weather conditions such as severe winds, rain, hail, storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. If the edge fails, the entire roof system is in jeopardy. Building envelope advancement demands a new way to ensure roof and wall protection is integrated in the design and construction process. 

“Constructing an envelope detail that meets design needs, building code for wind uplift, and delivers lasting performance is critical to reducing risk of failure and safeguarding the building and its contents,” said Tony Mallinger, President and CEO of Metal-Era. “Wood nailers deteriorate and create weaknesses along the building perimeter and corners, leaving the roof system vulnerable to a failure. Eliminailer helps solve common challenges with wood nailers to provide a superior, long-term solution.” 

The Eliminailer system has several primary applications. For example, Eliminailer is a solution for metal roof retrofits up to a 4/12 pitch, or for standard low slope roofs with consistent, non-tapered perimeter heights. Eliminailer makes flute fill installations fast and easy by eliminating wood blocking assemblies. In addition, insulation can extend to the roof edge, improving thermal performance and reducing energy loss and condensation (initial testing shows up to a 47 percent improvement in R-value at the edge). 

Wood nailers take significantly more time to install and offer no warranty protection or performance guarantee. Promising superior edge securement, Eliminailer is backed by Metal-Era’s 215 MPH Lifetime Wind Warranty. For more information on Metal-Era’s wood nailer alternative, including sell sheets, specifications, and print approvals, visit http://www.metalera.com/Wood-Nailer-Alternative.aspx.

For more information, visit www.metalera.com

TAMKO Donates $100,000 to Red Cross for Southwest Missouri Disaster Efforts

TAMKO Building Products LLC is donating $100,000 to the Ozark Chapter of the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in three Southwest Missouri counties – Jasper, Newton and Barton. David Humphreys, TAMKO’s President and CEO, presented the check to the Red Cross Ozark Chapter this morning.

The gift comes just a week after damaging tornadoes hit a large swath of the Midwest, including the Southwest Missouri towns of Carl Junction, Oronogo and Golden City. The tornado outbreak occurred on the eight-year anniversary of the May 22, 2011 EF5 Joplin tornado, one of the deadliest and most damaging in recent history.

“We know firsthand the devastation these storms can bring, but we also know the difference that the Red Cross can make in helping people recover,” Humphreys said. “It’s not so distant a memory – we remember the outpouring of support after the Joplin tornado and we make this donation in the same spirit of kindness that our neighbors need so desperately right now.”

The Southwest Missouri towns affected by the May 22, 2019 tornadoes are near Joplin, where TAMKO was founded in 1944 and continues to operate numerous facilities. The Carl Junction tornado damaged an estimated 200 homes, 21 of them completely destroyed. Three people were killed and one seriously injured in the Golden City tornado later that same night.  Both the Carl Junction and Golden City tornadoes have been rated EF3, and the Oronogo tornado is thought to have been an EF0.

While no TAMKO employees were injured or TAMKO facilities hit by these tornadoes, several employees did suffer significant damage to their homes and properties. Teams of TAMKO employees were in Carl Junction the day after the storm, helping co-workers and other neighbors with clean-up efforts. Those volunteer efforts continued through this week.

“We can’t say enough about the generosity of TAMKO and the Humphreys in this community, not just today, but in the past,” said Stacy Burks, executive director of the American Red Cross of Southern Missouri, who accepted the donation check today. “We’re so thankful for this gift – it’s going to help many people in their recovery and future disaster relief efforts.”

TAMKO has donated to the Red Cross in the past for disaster recovery efforts, including $1 million in 2011 for Joplin tornado recovery; $100,000 in 2011 for Alabama tornado recovery; $100,000 following the 2014 tornadoes in Baxter Springs, Kansas and Quapaw, Oklahoma; and $200,000 in 2017 for hurricanes Harvey and Maria relief efforts. 

For more information on TAMKO’s charitable giving and community support efforts, visit WWW.TAMKO.com/CharitableGiving.

Atlas Roofing Kicks Off 2019 Roof It Right Sweepstakes

Atlas Roofing announced the launch of its 2019 Roof It Right sweepstakes. This year, contractors can earn points by employing Atlas marketing tools and resources and engaging in the Asphalt Life community. The more they participate, the more chances they’ll have to win the grand prize — an all-expense-paid trip to Canada to indulge in an ultimate Asphalt Life weekend. While there, they’ll get to meet with professional contractor and TV host Mike Holmes, as well as his children, Mike Jr. and Sherry, who are also professional contractors and TV hosts.

“We had a blast last year giving away our Asphalt Life classic pickup truck, but we upped our game for 2019,” said Stan Bastek, national sales director for Atlas. “Not only will the winning contractors score a weekend in Toronto, they will also get exclusive access to the knowledge and experience of the Holmes team, which can help them elevate their brand and business.”

Atlas has made it easy for contractors to accrue points. Ways to earn include becoming a Scotchgard Protector Shingle Sales Specialist, installing an Atlas Signature Select Roofing System and attending Atlas events, to name a few. They’re also eligible to win bi-annual prizes, including Apple iPads and watches, Asphalt Life hats, Mike Holmes cornhole sets and a YETI Roadie 20 cooler.

At the end of the year, five eligible contractors will be randomly selected to travel to beautiful Toronto — home to the Holmes family — where they’ll get to film a 30-second video with Mike Holmes to promote their business. They’ll also visit the Holmes headquarters, tour the facilities and have a roundtable discussion with the HGTV and DIY Network star.

“Mike Jr., Sherry and I look forward to meeting the five finalists and sharing our business philosophies and strategies,” Holmes said. “My dad instilled in me the idea that if you’re going to do something, do it right the first time. My passion is to ‘Make It Right’ on all my jobsites, which is how I’ve gained the confidence of countless homeowners.”

Atlas Roofing is a trusted manufacturer of shingles with Scotchgard Protector by 3M, which are a HOLMES Approved Product. In fact, shingles with Scotchgard Protector are the only HOLMES Approved roofing solution for algae protection. Copper-containing granules on the shingles help prevent the ugly black streaks caused by algae, allowing roofs to look newer longer. Scotchgard Protector is available in Atlas StormMaster Shake, StormMaster Slate, Pinnacle Pristine and Legend shingles. 

“I only partner with companies that share my philosophy,” Holmes said. “It’s always been about the whywith me. Nowadays, homeowners are more interested in learning about better products and building techniques, and I like working with professionals who take the time to educate their customers. I love working with Atlas Roofing and I love the ‘Life, Roof, Play’ philosophy. When you have a team of professionals who are dedicated to their work, believe in the products they are selling and are passionate about teamwork, you are really making a difference in the industry.”

For all of the details and official rules of the Roof It Right sweepstakes, contractors should log into their Atlas Pro account at www.AtlasRoofing.com/Pro.

Garland Industries Acquires Merchant & Evans, Expands Building Materials Portfolio

Garland Industries Inc. has acquired Merchant & Evans, Inc., a metal roof systems manufacturer, adding the company to its growing portfolio of building materials manufacturers and distributors. Garland Industries is a family of 18 vertically integrated companies with the majority of them specializing in developing and manufacturing waterproofing solutions for the industrial, commercial and residential markets.

According to the company, the addition of Merchant & Evans into the Garland Industries family will bolster product offerings and manufacturing capabilities of Garland’s existing metal business while also promoting the sharing of resources and collaboration on future product development.

Merchant & Evans has an expansive and diverse line of products, including metal roof systems; wall, fascia and soffit profiles; perimeter edge metal; and accessories. Merchant & Evans and its flagship ZIP-RIB product have strong, well-established reputations in the industry for performance and excellence. The company has a longstanding history of providing customers with a highly diversified line of products with numerous profiles, materials and finishes that allow them to accommodate the widest range of architectural aesthetics. Its tradition of excellence dates back to 1866. 

“This merger will not only allow us to better serve our customers by providing them with a wider array of product and service options, but it will also allow us to combine our expertise and resources to continue developing innovative and market-changing technology,” explained Joe Orlando, vice president of Garland Industries.

CertainTeed Showcasing Innovative Solar Systems and Exterior Products at PCBC

CertainTeed will be showcasing exterior offerings at Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) 2019, May 30-31 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. CertainTeed will highlight a selection of siding and trim products, as well as top-tier, sustainability-focused roofing and solar solutions that can be used to comply with California’s updated Title 24 solar mandate, which takes effect in 2020. Title 24 standards in California are designed to ensure new and existing buildings achieve energy efficiency and preserve indoor environmental quality. 

“With the upcoming changes to California Title 24, and other state and local governments eyeing adoption of similar building codes in the coming years, PCBC is the perfect opportunity to show builders some of the CertainTeed products that are helping drive a more sustainable future,” said Matt Gibson, vice president, corporate marketing. “We continue to focus on occupant comfort as well as energy efficiency, and our efforts towards product development, like our innovative solar solutions, speak to that.”

Attendees are invited to visit CertainTeed at booth #1635 to learn more about the following products:

Apollo II/Apollo Tile II Solar Roofing – Engineered for seamless integration with new or existing asphalt shingle or concrete tile roofs, Apollo II solar roofing provides a sleek, low-profile aesthetic. Additional installer-friendly features include simple flashing, plug-and-play connectors and built-in wire management.

Landmark Solaris Shingles – The cool roof version of CertainTeed’s best-selling asphalt shingle, Landmark Solaris is a wood shake-inspired shingle that utilizes advanced roofing granules to reflect solar energy and radiant heat.

Bufftech Fence: Allegheny and Sherwood Collections – Allegheny and Sherwood are CertainTeed’s Bufftech rotationally-molded fence profiles. These durable options provide long-lasting, beautiful outdoor living spaces.

Cedar Impressions Polymer Shakes and Shingles Siding – Designed for whole house applications or accents, Cedar Impressions Polymer Shakes and Shingles siding offers authentic cedar style siding without the expense and heavy maintenance of wood.

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com

TAMKO Wins Best Employer Awards

TAMKO Building Products is again overwhelmed by the support from the four-states community it’s called home for over 75 years. The community recently voted TAMKO “Best Industrial Employer” for the second year in a row, and for the first time ever, “Best Employer” overall, in The Joplin Globe newspaper’s “2019 Readers’ Choice Favorites of the Four States” contest. The four-states refers to a region where Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas, Northeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas connect and this is the area where TAMKO was founded in 1944.

These honors are particularly special this year as the company achieves a significant milestone: its 75th anniversary. Over 75 years, TAMKO has grown from just one location with 35 employees to multiple locations nationwide with more than 600 employees in the four-states area alone. 

TAMKO has worked hard to provide good jobs for its employees, and as a result, the company has become a preferred employer in the four-states area offering top of the scale salaries, wages and benefits. Production hourly employees at TAMKO’s four-states facilities average a gross annual income of more than $65,000.

TAMKO’s core values of honesty, integrity and compliance have attracted top talent and long-term employees with outstanding character, many of whom choose to stay at the company for 20 plus years. In fact, nearly 16% of current employees have been with the company more than 25 years and many choose to remain at TAMKO until retirement.

TAMKO is well known for its community stewardship, giving more than $3.2 million of charitable donations in recent years. The company’s good corporate citizenship extends through its employees as well. In a recent company survey, TAMKO employees reported volunteering more than 26,000 hours in the last year.

The public acknowledgement of TAMKO as “Best Employer” and “Best Industrial Employer” in the four-states is evidence of the company’s positive workplace reputation and quality work environment. 

“We’re immensely proud of this recognition, which is a testament to our strong company culture,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys. “We are grateful for this community endorsement and the support of everyone who helped make this possible.”

For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com.

Owens Corning Roofing’s Imagine.Style.Win. Contest Helps Consumers Get Inspired With Shingle Color

Some roofing conversations are more challenging than others. Color is a good example. While roof warranties, wind resistance and ventilation are topics most contractors can talk about with ease, few roofing contractors look forward to venturing into the color selection discussion. After all, color is personal. Thus, it can become easy for roofing contractors to “play it safe” and suggest a neutral shingle color when a homeowner asks for a color recommendation, missing out on the opportunity to utilize shingle color as a design element.

In 2016, Owens Corning Roofing launched the Shingle Color of the Year initiative, highlighting shingle color as a way to express a homeowner’s personal style. The Toledo-based manufacturer also introduced online inspiration and visualization tools to help homeowners virtually experiment with different colors on their home’s roof. 

Now, Owens Corning Roofing is encouraging homeowners to share their color inspirations in the Imagine.Style.Win. contest. Through August 15, 2019, consumers can submit a mood board and enter to win an all-expense paid trip for two to Indianapolis that includes a color consultation with home renovation and design experts, Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak of the HGTV series, “Good Bones” and owners of Two Chicks and a Hammer. Along with the color consultation, the grand prize winner will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Indianapolis Bates-Hendricks neighborhood conducted by a member of the Two Chicks and a Hammer team. The neighborhood is featured in many of the Good Bones episodes. Karen and Mina previously teamed up with Owens Corning Roofing to help promote roofing color and developed an online videooffering practical tips for building mood boards.

As contest entrants create their exterior mood boards, they can use the Owens Corning Roofing online inspiration and visualization toolsto explore shingle colors, coordinate shingles with other exterior accents and express their personal style. In addition to the Grand Prize trip to Indianapolis, Owens Corning Roofing will award one First Prize package that includes a $500 cash prize and an exclusive Owens Corning tote bag filled with Two Chicks and a Hammer swag. Owens Corning Roofing will award 100 Second Prizewinners an exclusive tote filled with Two Chicks and a Hammer swag. 

Owens Corning online design tools help consumers coordinate their home’s exteriors.

“We developed the Shingle Color of the Year initiative to inspire homeowners to think about roof color as way to tie a home’s exterior together,” said Sue Burkett, strategic marketing manager at Owens Corning. She notes the initiative is particularly targeted toward women. “We know that women are key influencers when it comes to color and style inside and outside the home,” says Burkett. “We are particularly honored to have received the Women’s Choice Award for Most Recommended Roofing Products for the second consecutive year. We are the #1 choice in America for roofing products by women—and that’s really saying something with a design savvy audience.”

The Imagine. Style. Win. Competition is open through August 15. Contest details and information on entering are available at www.imaginestylewin.com.

The Garland Company Inc. Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced The Garland Company Inc., Cleveland, has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, joining NRCA as a partner member.

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success. To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

Joe Mellott, director of business development for The Garland Company, has joined NRCA’s Industry Executives Committee and will serve as a member of NRCA’s Government Relations Committee.

“It is critically important for roofing manufacturers like Garland to not only share their experience and expertise within the industry but also to have the ability to help create change,” said Mellott. “We are looking forward to joining NRCA’s One Voice initiative and witnessing the progress firsthand.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to www.nrca.net/onevoice.

For more information about The Garland Company, visit www.garlandco.com

Carlisle Coatings & Waterproofing Names New General Manager

Brett Steinberg was promoted to General Manager of Carlisle Coatings & Waterproofing Inc. (CCW). He is responsible for the CCW brand strategy as well as the development of sales and marketing channels for CCW’s traditional waterproofing products, including the rapidly expanding below-grade market, along with both air & vapor barriers and other Building Envelope solutions. In his new position, Steinberg also oversees sales, marketing, technical services and customer service. 

Based in Wylie, Texas, Steinberg joined CCW as Eastern States Sales Manager in July 2018, managing CCW’s Northeast and Southeast regions. Previously, he was with Kemper System America for 10 years, where he served as National Sales Manager since 2012. 

“Brett’s leadership and experience in the high-end waterproofing market in North America and Europe will be invaluable to our growth as we move ahead,” said Mike McAuley, Carlisle Construction Materials, Executive Vice President, Diversified Products.

Steinberg earned a B.A. in Communications from Richard Stockton College in Pomona, New Jersey. 

For more information, visit www.carlisleccw.com