ATAS Participates in Roofing Day in DC

ATAS International was proud to participate in the second annual Roofing Day event in Washington, DC on April 3rd and 4th. This event is organized by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) so that roofing industry professionals from across the country can meet with members of Congress about critical issues facing our industry. In addition to roofing material manufacturers, others in attendance included raw material suppliers, distributors, roof system designers, engineers, consultants, contractors and their employees. Many people from these companies, trade associations, and organizations visited their Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill to discuss concerns and request their support.

During Roofing Day, we advocated in support of the following issues:

  • Immigration reform that meets the roofing industry’s workforce needs
  • Expanded workforce training incentives
  • A robust buildings component for infrastructure legislation

While in DC, ATAS also attended the National Women in Roofing (NWiR) Luncheon and heard presentations by Congresswoman Angie Craig and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene. ATAS is a platinum sponsor of this association whose mission is to mentor and empower women in the roofing industry towards excellence in their chosen career. 

Dick Bus, President of ATAS International and Director on the Board of the NRCA, stated, “ATAS was pleased to attend NRCA’s Roofing Day event this year, and ask for support on many issues that are affecting the construction and manufacturing industries. It was also great to participate in the NWiR luncheon, and meet many women who are supporting other women working in roofing and related industry careers.”

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

Elite Roofing Supply Expands its Presence in Louisiana

Elite Roofing Supply, a locally owned, independent distributor of roofing materials and supplies, recently added a branch in Baton Rouge, LA, bringing the total number of Elite branches to 15 locations across Louisiana, California, Colorado and Arizona. Founded in 2013, Elite’s mission is to provide roofing contractors an independent distribution partner that is knowledgeable in both commercial and residential roofing, committed to being good stewards in the industry and serving the professional roofing contractor community.

The leadership team at Elite opened Baton Rouge in April, a year after opening the Monroe and Bossier City branches, because the Louisiana roofing market was needing more distribution options. The Baton Rouge branch is led by Managing Partner, Dave LaCouture, a seasoned professional who most recently served as a manager for another distributor. With a strong history of playing professional hockey, Dave brings the value of teamwork and leadership to the Elite organization. Dave oversees nine employees with a fleet of three trucks to serve the surrounding area. The branch carries a large variety of commercial and residential roofing products and is strategically located on Airline Highway, close to Interstate-10 to provide the needed access for contractors.

“Elite remains steadfast in partnering with roofing professionals that have strong ties to their communities,” commented Chief Operating Officer, Sarah Weiss. “Dave LaCouture and his team have long-lasting relationships in Baton Rouge and are committed to customers and vendors to create winning scenarios for all involved. Our continuing philosophy of being a locally-owned distributor that delivers a customized customer experience and comprehensive line of quality roofing materials is a constant the contractor community can count on.”

For more information, visit www.eliteroofingsupply.com.

Owens Corning Earns 2019 Women’s Choice Award For 2nd Consecutive Year

For the second consecutive year, Owens Corning is honored to receive the Women’s Choice Award. The honor recognizes the brand behind America’s Most Recommended Roofing Products and is awarded based on a national survey reflecting responses from thousands of women in the United States asked to select brands they would highly recommend to friends and family.    

“We are humbled to have been awarded the Women’s Choice Award for two consecutive years,” said Sue Burkett, marketing manager, accepting the award on behalf of Owens Corning. “Women are influencers when it comes to the elements that design and inspire their homes’ exteriors and Owens Corning is committed to addressing the factors that matter to women from both an aesthetic and a performance perspective.”

Owens Corning was first awarded the Women’s Choice Award in 2018. The Toledo-based company created its signature Color of the Year initiative with women in mind. Introduced in 2017, the Owens Corning® Shingle Color of the highlights the roof as a design element and offers free inspiration boards and visualization tools to help consumers express their personal style on their homes’ exteriors. The 2019 Shingle Color of the Year is Black Sable.  

Announcing Owens Corning’s receipt of the award, Delia Passi, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Women’s Choice Award stated, “By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, brands like Owens Corning signify their commitment to empower women to make smart buying choices, which is important because women’s spending power continues to grow. They currently control the majority of the purchasing decisions for consumer goods in the United States.”

“As we accept this award, we are honored that American women have expressed their trust in Owens Corning roofing products as evidenced by the Women’s Choice Award,” said Burkett.

For more information, visitwww.owenscorning.com.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Location in Mashpee, Massachusetts

ABC Supply Co. Inc.has opened a branch at 68 Echo Road in Mashpee, Massachusetts. Charles Howard will manage the branch. Howard started his career at ABC Supply in 2012 as an inside sales associate at the Baltimore, Maryland, location. In 2014, he relocated to the company’s Manchester, New Hampshire, location to take on a delivery services manager position.

“By locating our newest branch in Mashpee, we will be able to better serve roofing contractors and other construction industry professionals on Cape Cod,” said Tom Kuchan, vice president of ABC Supply’s Northeast Region. “Charles and his team share a commitment to helping customers find the high-quality products and expert services they need to get their jobs done easier and on time.”

Branch hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, and 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The phone number is (774) 228-6065.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com

New Tech Machinery Acquires Manufacturer Nasser Machines

New Tech Machinery (NTM) is pleased to announce its acquisition of Nasser Machines. Nasser Machines was established in 1992 by Nabeil Nasser and has since grown into a reputable gutter machine manufacturer in Western Canada. Nasser’s main product is its portable gutter machine that features a swinging miter saw, tooling system, and nine gutter profile options.

The acquisition, effective immediately, will allow New Tech Machinery to expand further into Western Canada and bring its innovative rollforming products and services to customers in the growing region. Additionally, Nasser products will be made available to the U.S. and international markets that NTM currently serves.

“We’ve always respected and admired the innovative gutter machine that Nasser Machines is known for,” said Clark Neft, Vice President of New Tech Machinery. “We’re looking forward to this opportunity to work together with the Nasser team to integrate their machine into our line-up of products.”

For more information, visit www.newtechmachinery.com.

Polyglass Helps Fight Cancer With the Dolphins Cancer Challenge Partnership

Polyglass U.S.A., Inc., announced that it will support the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) for the third consecutive year. The Challenge will take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on April 6. As a “Fighter Partner,” Polyglass helps the DCC raise funds for innovative cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Polyglass employees will walk, run, and bike as part of the charitable event.

“This opportunity to support the fight against cancer aligns perfectly with our values as a company,” said Scott Lelling, director of strategic marketing. “We are proud to support life-saving research that touches so many in our communities.”

The DCC is dedicated to improving lives by financially supporting cancer research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC) at the University of Miami. Since 2010, DCC participants have raised over 27.5 million dollars for the SCCC.

For more information on the DCC visit https://dolphinscancerchallenge.com/.

For more information about Polyglass, visit polyglass.us.

Owens Corning Roofing Introduces ‘Imagine.Style.Win.’ Contest

The Imagine.Style.Win. contest sponsored by Owens Corning Roofing is helping consumers reimagine how an Owens Corning Duration Seriesroof can inspire their home’s exterior. Through August 15, 2019, consumers can enter to win an all-expense paid trip for two to Indianapolis for a color consultation with home renovation and design experts, Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak of Two Chicks and a Hammer and HGTV design series, “Good Bones.”

Contest entrants must create and submit online mood boards expressing their personal style through their home’s exterior. One mood board will receive the Grand Prize package, including a one-hour exterior color consultation with Laine and Starsiak at their Indianapolis headquarters. The mother-daughterremodelers and owners of Two Chicks and a Hammer are renowned for their use of exterior color on HGTV’s “Good Bones.” Along with the color consultation, the grand prize includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Indianapolis Bates-Hendricks neighborhood, featured in many of the Good Bones remodels. 

As contest entrants develop their exterior mood boards, they can use the Owens Corning Roofing online inspiration and visualization tools to explore shingle colors, combine shingles with other exterior accents and express their personal styles. An online video featuring Laine and Starsiak offers practical tips consumers can use to build a mood board and inspire their homes’ exteriors.

In addition to the Grand Prize, Owens Corning 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. One hundred Second Prizewinners will receive an exclusive Owens Corning tote filled with Two Chicks and a Hammer swag.

According to Sue Burkett, strategic marketing manager at Owens Corning Roofing, the goal of the contest is to entice homeowners to complete a style board — an exercise that helps homeowners visualize their home’s exterior plan prior to a re-roofing project. “Since color is very personal, it’s difficult for a contractor to successfully dictate roofing colors to their clients.  Having the homeowner complete a style board is a useful tool — not so the contractor can judge it — but because it can help speed the color selection process along,” Burkett said. “This contest helps show homeowners how easy it is to create a style board, and they could win some cool prizes, too. Owens Corning feels this is yet another tool to help contractors sell,” Burkett said. 

Partnering with Two Chicks and a Hammer to offer the Grand Prize color consult was a natural choice, according to Burkett. “Karen and Mina use color as a defining element throughout the neighborhoods they remodel,” she said. Laine and Starsiak previously partnered with Owens Corning to announce the 2018 Shingle Color of the Year, Sand Dune, and the recently introduced 2019 Shingle Color of the Year, Black Sable. 

For more information about the contest, visit www.imaginestylewin.com

ATAS International Earns Top Workplace Award for Fourth Consecutive Year

ATAS International, Inc. has been awarded a 2019 Top Workplaces honor for the fourth consecutive year by The Morning Call. The organizations who receive a Top Workplaces award are determined solely on the results of an employee engagement survey administered by Energage, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including employee engagement, leadership, alignment, and connection, just to name a few. Engaged employees are known to drive productivity and results at work, which benefit the organization’s own team members, as well as their customers.  Based upon Energage’s research, the national average for employee engagement is 31%.  For culture-aware companies, that rose to 46%.  Companies that earned Top Workplace awards had a 58% employee engagement rate.  The top three culture drivers for Top Workplaces in the Lehigh Valley are potential, direction, and appreciation. 

“Top Workplaces put the employee at the center of things and focuses on creating the right environment to unleash potential and inspire performance, “said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage, The Morning Call’s research partner for Top Workplaces of the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania.  This year, 69 organizations agreed to take the employee survey.  Combined, they employ 28,844 people.  For this year’s winners list, 45 Lehigh Valley employers earned recognition as Top Workplaces based on the employee feedback.  

ATAS International is honored to once again earn this prestigious award.  Comments made by ATAS employees while completing the survey were not only shared with the owners and managers at ATAS, but with all the employees.  Along with the positive feedback were suggestions on areas for improvement, which will be reviewed and considered for implementation.  Some of the survey comments made anonymously by the ATAS team members include:

  • I enjoy being a part of the solution, not the problem. 
  • I like that there is a new challenge every day.
  • A nice work environment with good, hardworking coworkers and bosses that motivate me.
  • Professional, yet relaxed, friendly, and social working environment, with a sense of family. 
  • ATAS will move an employee into a different position if they find it is a better fit for that person’s strengths.
  • I feel there is a respect for all employees without micromanaging.
  • I love my job because I have a wide variety of different responsibilities every day.
  • My co-workers are kind, generous, caring, and fun.
  • ATAS is operated with strong family values and the owners and senior management have an open-door policy.

As the ATAS point of contact for the Top Workplaces survey, Anne Hicks, Executive Assistant, stated, “ATAS strives for consistent improvement which benefits customers and staff.  Everyone works hard to do their best and teamwork makes the job easier and fun.  We respect each other like family.  It’s great to see ATAS and their employees recognized with this award for the past four years.”

Jim Bus, Executive Vice President at ATAS International, said, “Our employees and their efforts are what truly makes ATAS a Top Workplace, and we are thankful to all of them.  This year we are celebrating 35 years in the Lehigh Valley, and it is also our 56th year in business.  Since moving to the Lehigh Valley, ATAS has seen tremendous growth of our product offering and geographic reach in the use of our products, which has in turn led to growth in staff members.  We are proud to support our employees with training and advancement opportunities and encourage them to provide us with feedback and ideas on a continuing basis.  Many of their suggestions have been implemented to improve our products and services, and our work environment.”

For more information,visit www.atas.com 

IKO Announces Atlantic Blue Is the Winner of 2019 Voter’s Choice Poll

IKO gave customers and contractors the power to voice their opinions in the 2019 IKO Voter’s Choice Poll for IKO’s shingle color of the year. Of the four color options, Atlantic Blue, Shadow Brown, Monaco Red and Emerald Green, Atlantic Blue was voted as the best shingle color for 2019 with 41.6 percent of votes. Shadow Brown landed in second place with almost 30 percent.

Roofing industry insiders and consumers had the opportunity to vote in IKO’s poll. The submissions were an accumulation of a weeklong poll on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Votes were also submitted on site at the International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee, this past February. 

“Increasingly, homeowners are becoming more involved in each aspect of their home’s design, and contractors are providing their customers with more options,” said Mark Okland, product development manager, North America. “IKO is committed to continually optimizing our product lines based on consumer demands and industry needs. With the addition of these four new colors, the Dynasty line now provides 15 color choices, and we’re excited to see how well received these new colors — particularly Atlantic Blue — are by our contractors and customers.” 

According to the manufacturer, Dynasty’s 15 high-definition color blends provide homeowners with superior shingle performance wrapped in a mainstream design. The full line features a tear-resistant band that helps resist nail heads from pulling through the shingle in high winds and Fastlock sealant strips formulated to create a strong bond to the shingles below. With concern over the rising frequency of severe weather, the importance placed on the home’s first line of defense, the roof, is growing. Shingles need to look good and stand up to the elements. 

As homeowners and future homeowners desire to increase curb appeal and stand out from their neighbors, contractors can never provide too many color options to choose from. Homeowners can sample these roofing colors using IKO’s RoofViewer online or by downloading the RoofViewer app. When it’s time for a roof upgrade or restoration, IKO’s contractor locator can be used to find a local certified roofing contractor. 

For more information, visit www.iko.com.

SFS Group Acquires Triangle Fastener Corporation

SFS Group announced it has acquired Triangle Fastener Corporation (TFC). TFC, with headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading provider of fasteners and other products for the commercial construction industry. TFC produced sales of more than $ 70 million in 2018 and has approximately 200 employees. Thanks to this acquisition, SFS will be able to expand access to the market and its customers in the American building sector. 

TFC was founded in 1977 and supplies end users in the commercial construction industry with a comprehensive assortment of customer-specific fasteners, as well as other application solutions. TFC sells its products to roughly 6,000 active customers through 23 separate branch locations in 15 states, and is one of the leading suppliers in the Eastern United States. 

According to SFS Group, TFC will operate as a part of the Construction division within the Fastening Systems segment. The company will be led by the existing management, thus ensuring its continuity.

SFS is a worldwide supplier of mechanical fastening systems and precision-molded parts. SFS Group AG comprises the three segments, Engineered Components, Fastening Systems and Distribution & Logistics, which represent the respective business models. In the Engineered Componentssegment, SFS acts as a development and manufacturing partner for customer-specific precision-molded parts, fastening solutions and assemblies. Engineered Components appears on the market with the four divisions of Automotive, Electronics, Industrial and Medical. TheFastening Systemssegment, made up of two divisions, Construction and Riveting, develops, produces and sells application-optimized, mechanical fastening systems. In the Distribution & Logisticssegment, SFS is a leading partner for fasteners, tools, fittings and innovative logistics solutions in Switzerland. With its more than 80 distribution and production facilities, the SFS Group is represented worldwide in 26 countries. 

For more information please visit www.sfs.biz