ATAS International Receives Fifth Consecutive Top Workplace Award

ATAS International Inc. received a prestigious Top Workplace award from The Morning Call. This is the fifth consecutive year that the company has been honored with the award, and ATAS is one of only four manufacturing firms in the Lehigh Valley to receive this 2020 honor. 

The organizations that receive a Top Workplace award are determined solely on the results of an employee engagement survey consisting of 24 questions, administered by Energage, a research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including employee engagement, leadership, alignment, connection, coaching, performance, and “the basics” (which include pay, benefits, flexibility, training, and expectations). Companies that participated in the survey could be public, private, non-profit, or governmental, and had at least 35 employees in the region. There is no cost to enter the Top Workplaces program.

“Recruitment and retention are a key focus for every organization today. The employee engagement survey at the heart of the Top Workplaces program provides the foundation for unearthing unique culture differentiators to recruit and retain the right talent,” said Bob Helbig, CEO of Energage, The Morning Call’s research partner for Top Workplaces of the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. This year, 81 organizations agreed to take the employee survey. Combined, they employ 26,284 people. 

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:

  • Good work environment that feels like we all have the same goals in mind
  • I love my job because I work with great co-workers and team players
  • The company is always planning for the future
  • Management listens to all opinions and concerns 
  • The company consistently works toward making improvements for customers and staff
  • My manager allows me to be a decision maker, values my opinion, and treats me with respect
  • I have been given the ability to shape my future within the organization; hard work and determination are acknowledged

As the ATAS point of contact for the Top Workplaces survey, Anne Hicks, Executive Assistant, stated, “People have to feel good about what they do to be successful at it. Top Workplace is a tool that can identify a company’s weaknesses, so improving can be achieved. Both employer and staff benefit.”

Jim Bus, Executive Vice President at ATAS International, said, “ATAS is thankful for our employees and their efforts, which are what truly makes ATAS a Top Workplace. 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.” 

This year, ATAS is celebrating their 57th year in business, and the last 36 years have been in the Lehigh Valley. They will soon be breaking ground on a new world headquarters and expanded manufacturing facility in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania, which will enhance their continued growth in production, building materials innovation, and overall employment of additional team members. 

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

Atlas Roofing Corporation Names New Director of Marketing

Atlas Roofing Corporation announced Jeff Key has joined the company as the new Director of Marketing. In this position, Key will guide the marketing strategy across both the Shingles & Underlayment and Roof & Wall Insulation Divisions, as well as the company’s overall corporate marketing strategy across all divisions — Shingles & Underlayment, Roof & Wall Insulation, Molded Products and Web Technologies. Key will provide strategic guidance and insight on all marketing efforts, ensuring brand consistency across all customer touchpoints, and develop new marketing opportunities and strategic partnerships to further the company’s continued growth.

“We are very excited to welcome Jeff to the Atlas family,” said Steve Heaton, Vice President, Roof & Wall Insulation Division. “We’ve made great progress with both our internal and external marketing efforts and believe Jeff will be a strategic addition and resource to guide our team.”  

Key joins Atlas with more than 20 years of experience and expertise in marketing communications strategy, specifically within the building products industry. Prior to joining Atlas, Key spent the majority of his career rising from mid- to senior-level marketing positions at Georgia-Pacific Wood Products and Georgia-Pacific Building Products & Distribution. He was instrumental in introducing several new products and initiatives across traditional and digital marketing platforms. Jeff obtained his B.A. in public relations from the University of South Carolina and resides in metro Atlanta.

“Atlas is already a growing company and has the potential to continue expanding in this industry,” Key said. “I’m excited to be part of the continued growth at Atlas and to bring new ideas to the table so we can take better advantage of the strength of our brand.” 

According to the company, this new appointment is part of Atlas’ continued investment in its corporate sales and marketing team in Atlanta and the company’s commitment to innovation. In addition to its robust product portfolio, Atlas has several key product launches and initiatives planned for 2020.

For more insformation, visit https://www.atlasroofing.com/.

Benjamin Obdyke Names New District Sales Manager for New England

Benjamin Obdyke Inc. recently introduced Bill Warfield as District Sales Manager for New England. In his new role, Warfield will be responsible for increasing sales and market exposure to architects, builders, distribution accounts and dealers in this territory across the company’s product portfolio. 

 “Bill has an extensive background in strategic sales planning, building science and territory management, so we knew he was a perfect fit for our growing team of industry professionals,” said Joe Holcombe, director of sales of Benjamin Obdyke. “He is passionate about helping customers and clients integrate the best building solutions available, utilizing Benjamin Obdyke’s extensive portfolio of roof and wall products. Our team and customers will benefit extensively from his experience and leadership.” 

Bringing more than a decade of industry involvement in building materials with a specific focus in exterior cladding, Warfield boasts firsthand experience with all levels of customers, from contractors and end users to distributors and dealers. Throughout his extensive career in sales, Warfield has successfully implemented best practices, resulting in significant company sales growth. He has utilized value-based sales techniques to quickly connect with customers and identify needs while building long-lasting relationships. 

In his most recent role, Warfield served as the territory sales manager for Boral Building Products, where he was responsible for overall New England territory management focusing on architects, contractors, dealers and distribution networks. 

A Connecticut native, Warfield graduated from The University of Connecticut with a degree in Economics. He will be based in Shelton, Connecticut. 

Benjamin Obdyke Inc. recently introduced Bill Warfield as District Sales Manager for New England. In his new role, Warfield will be responsible for increasing sales and market exposure to architects, builders, distribution accounts and dealers in this territory across the company’s product portfolio. 

 “Bill has an extensive background in strategic sales planning, building science and territory management, so we knew he was a perfect fit for our growing team of industry professionals,” said Joe Holcombe, director of sales of Benjamin Obdyke. “He is passionate about helping customers and clients integrate the best building solutions available, utilizing Benjamin Obdyke’s extensive portfolio of roof and wall products. Our team and customers will benefit extensively from his experience and leadership.” 

Bringing more than a decade of industry involvement in building materials with a specific focus in exterior cladding, Warfield boasts firsthand experience with all levels of customers, from contractors and end users to distributors and dealers. Throughout his extensive career in sales, Warfield has successfully implemented best practices, resulting in significant company sales growth. He has utilized value-based sales techniques to quickly connect with customers and identify needs while building long-lasting relationships. 

In his most recent role, Warfield served as the territory sales manager for Boral Building Products, where he was responsible for overall New England territory management focusing on architects, contractors, dealers and distribution networks. 

A Connecticut native, Warfield graduated from The University of Connecticut with a degree in Economics. He will be based in Shelton, Connecticut. 

Benjamin Obdyke Inc. recently introduced Bill Warfield as District Sales Manager for New England. In his new role, Warfield will be responsible for increasing sales and market exposure to architects, builders, distribution accounts and dealers in this territory across the company’s product portfolio. 

 “Bill has an extensive background in strategic sales planning, building science and territory management, so we knew he was a perfect fit for our growing team of industry professionals,” said Joe Holcombe, director of sales of Benjamin Obdyke. “He is passionate about helping customers and clients integrate the best building solutions available, utilizing Benjamin Obdyke’s extensive portfolio of roof and wall products. Our team and customers will benefit extensively from his experience and leadership.” 

Bringing more than a decade of industry involvement in building materials with a specific focus in exterior cladding, Warfield boasts firsthand experience with all levels of customers, from contractors and end users to distributors and dealers. Throughout his extensive career in sales, Warfield has successfully implemented best practices, resulting in significant company sales growth. He has utilized value-based sales techniques to quickly connect with customers and identify needs while building long-lasting relationships. 

In his most recent role, Warfield served as the territory sales manager for Boral Building Products, where he was responsible for overall New England territory management focusing on architects, contractors, dealers and distribution networks. 

A Connecticut native, Warfield graduated from The University of Connecticut with a degree in Economics. He will be based in Shelton, Connecticut. 

For more information, visit www.benjaminobdyke.com.

Kemper System Names City Skyline ‘Contractor Of The Year’

City Skyline Inc. of Wallington, New Jersey, was named “Contractor of the Year” for 2019 by Kemper System America, Inc. for outstanding performance in installing liquid-applied waterproofing systems. 

City Skyline is one of the fastest growing companies in the waterproofing industry in the New York tri-state area. Its expertise includes servicing residential, commercial and educational institutions, churches, plazas, submerged structures, and also special projects — shower pans, fountain waterproofing, planters, foundations, and confined spaces such as detention tanks.

“City Skyline was selected because of their continued, high-value partnership with us,” said Kemper System Director of Sales Joe Hoekzema. “Year after year City Skyline, under the guidance of Arek Kwapinski, has been among the best in contractor sales for all of Kemper System, recommending our cold liquid-applied roofing and waterproofing products for many types of projects. Last year that included work across all five New York City boroughs and Long Island — everything from mega-projects like Gotham Center in Long Island City to terraces for luxury apartments in Midtown to loading docks in lower Manhattan,” he said. 

City Skyline is a certified installer of Kemper System products. “Our clients rely on us for long-lasting waterproofing applications and expect outstanding results,” Kwapinski said. “It all begins with quality workmanship and materials that can be backed by an extended warranty to ensure performance and reliability over 25 to 30 years.” For more information, visit www.kempersystem.net

Duro-Last Produces Medical Personal Protection Equipment in Fight Against COVID-19

Hospitals across the globe are experiencing critical PPE supply shortages. Team members at Duro-Last, Inc., found a way to help. Duro-Last engineers, product development and manufacturing staff united to fabricate and manufacture isolation gowns and face masks. Utilizing expertise in manufacturing flexible PVC and fabrics, the team went from prototype to production to delivery in one week. 

The gowns are made from flexible PVC, making them water- and fluid-repellant. The masks are washable and reusable, made from polyester and PVC. Duro-Last reformulated products and retooled processes to manufacture these supplies. 

“This is about helping health care professionals in any way we can and at the same time keeping people employed,” said Tom Saeli, Duro-Last CEO. “I am very proud of and impressed by the people in our company who quickly developed these products. Our country is full of tremendously smart, entrepreneurial people who can bring timely solutions to this unprecedented need. The need is real and I believe it’s our obligation to act now. If the efforts of our team inspire just one other company to join this fight, it will be worth it.”

For more information about Duro-Last, visit www.duro-last.com.

S-5! Offers Three Webinars on Solar and Snow Retention Topics

As part of the company’s mission to provide its customers with the highest level of service and customer care, S-5! is providing a series of informative webinars on a variety of solar and snow retention topics in March.

The S-5! webinars include: 

Rieles vs Fijación Directa Techos Metálicos – Spanish Only, Jueves 26 de marzo de 2020 a las 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. MST. Presentador: Juan Carlos Fuentes, Director Internacional de Ventas, S-5! Te invitamos a nuestro Webinar exclusivo por primera vez en Español. En estos complicados tiempos, S-5! Metal Roof Innovations está comprometido con nuestros clientes en el mercado Latinoamericano. Register Now

Best Practices to Install Solar on Metal Roofs, Thursday March 26, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. MST. Presenter: Mark Gies, Northeast Sales Representative, S-5! NABCEP Approved Earn 1.5 JTA hrs. With the demand for sustainable power on the rise, building owners and homeowners alike are turning to solar power as a supplemental power generator. Choosing the right platform for solar panels is critical to the design process and can significantly impact both initial and long-term costs. This course will cover the various types of metal roofs, how they are constructed and their numerous advantages for solar installations. Various solar mounting systems and the myriad of roof attachments will be presented along with performance and cost comparisons. Finally, other fundamental aspects of solar installation on metal roofs are discussed. Register Now

Use of Snow Guard Devices: Science or Science Fiction, Friday March 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MST. Presenter: Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder, S-5! The force of snow and ice on rooftops can be significant, wreaking havoc on valleys, eaves, flashings and gutters. Slippery roof surfaces can result in the sudden release of snow buildup, dumping tons of the white stuff below. Snow guard devices of every description proliferate the marketplace. Misconceptions are promulgated through “technical” articles and sales claims that espouse conjecture and mythology in place of prudent science and logic when it comes to the control of snow and its effects on-and off-rooftops. Register Now

For more information, visit https://s-5.com

IKO Postpones Upcoming Profit Power Workshops

To prioritize the safety of employees and attendees, IKO has decided to postpone its upcoming Profit Power workshops originally scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • March 27: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • April 7: Dallas, Texas
  • April 21: Detroit, Michigan

IKO will be rescheduling these events for later dates in 2020. The rescheduled dates will be announced later in the year.

ROOFPRO Profit Power Workshops were established as a means for roofers to glean expert knowledge from industry and business leaders. In addition to technical roofing resources, contractors learn the ins and outs of running a financially successful business. 

For more information, visit www.iko.com

IMETCO Introduces an Innovative Approach to Re-Cladding Aging Facilities

IMETCO (Innovative Metals Company, Inc.) is offering a refined solution for re-cladding aging facades. R2 (Revive & Reclad) is a customized inclusive engineering services package designed to help building owners, architects or any other decision maker choose the proper re-cladding solution for their specific building based on existing conditions.

This service is designed for buildings with metal, brick, concrete or EIFS facades that are deteriorating or in need of aesthetic improvement. Re-cladding options may include an entire rainscreen application or be as simple as new metal wall panels retrofitted over the existing. R2 is a four-phased approach that includes value-added services combining project renderings, material selections and engineering assessments.

“Revive and Reclad efficiently opens the door for facility owners to consider the truly sustainable option of resurfacing and protecting their existing facility, while incorporating state-of-the art air, moisture, and thermal management. And along with that, it’s aesthetically pleasing,” said Joe Mellott, IMETCO vice president. 

IMETCO is a manufacturer of premier metal products for the building envelope, delivering performance-inspired systems tailored to every project. IMETCO offers a full range of high-performance metal roofing, metal wall, and metal deck systems and accessories that provide a virtually limitless realm of aesthetic possibilities. Additionally, IMETCO provides high-quality custom metal solutions for designers whose visions extend beyond the standard product offering. IMETCO is also the exclusive supplier of the IntelliScreen complete rainscreen wall system, delivering high-performance energy efficiency, sustainability and longevity under a single-source warranty. IMETCO is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia.

For more information, visit www.imetco.com.

Mule-Hide Products Co. Launches Redesigned, Enhanced Website

Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. has redesigned its mulehide.com website, making it faster and easier for contractors, specifiers and property managers to access the information they need when designing, installing, maintaining or repairing Mule-Hide low-slope roofing systems.

The home page gives visitors several user-friendly avenues for getting product information. Simply scroll down to see the latest additions to the Mule-Hide Products catalog, investigate individual product categories or explore by roofing system type. Each route leads to a wealth of information, including brochures, product data sheets, safety data sheets, technical bulletins, detail drawings, installation guides, training videos, design guides, answers to frequently asked questions, and warranty-related information. 

An improved search function combs all product information and documents with one click and divides the results into three categories – Products, Documents and Videos – to help users quickly find the desired information or materials. Users can then add multiple documents to a cart for quick downloading.

An enhanced submittal builder tool streamlines the process of requesting customized submittal packages containing all necessary documents and drawings.

Recent blog posts, a calendar of upcoming trade shows and a link to Mule-Hide Products’ monthly newsletter for contractors also are featured on the home page.

The new site was designed by Iowa Computer Gurus of Ankeny, Iowa.

For more information, visit www.mulehide.com.

Ventco Names New Vice President of Manufacturing/Product Development

Ventco, the manufacturer of ProfileVent, announced the hiring of Wylie Prescott to fill the position of Vice President of Manufacturing/Product Development. Prescott brings more than 40 years of experience in business, operations, sales and marketing in the air-lay non-woven industry to include abrasives, machinery, chemicals, textiles, paper and related items sold to the janitorial/sanitation, food service, retail, industrial, building products, erosion control specialty and world markets, with extensive knowledge of customers, suppliers, distributors and wholesalers. He is recognized throughout the industry as a strong operations professional with a Six Sigma Green Belt certified from Notre Dame.

For more information, visit www.profilevent.com.