GAF Energy Announces Head of Research and Development

GAF Energy, a Standard Industries company focused on transforming solar roofing, announced that Gabriela Bunea has joined the company as Head of Research and Development. In her new role based in the Bay Area, Dr. Bunea will lead development and innovation of solar technology at GAF Energy.

“Gabi is a world class leader in solar technology, and we are thrilled for her to direct our R&D efforts at GAF Energy,” said David Winter, co-CEO of Standard Industries. “Her technical expertise and creative approach to energy-efficient solutions will be central in driving innovation and helping us achieve our mission to generate energy from every roof.”

Led by Martin DeBono, GAF Energy is driving the next frontier of integrated solar technology directly into rooftop materials. Given the scale of investment and GAF’s broad customer base, GAF Energy is in a prime position to accelerate the adoption of affordable residential rooftop solar, delivering high quality products at scale. With Dr. Bunea at the helm, GAF Energy’s research and development team will design the solar roof of the future.

“Gabi has a proven track record in the solar industry, and she brings unparalleled technical expertise to GAF Energy,” added David Millstone, co-CEO of Standard Industries. “Combining our strategic focus and the scale of our roofing businesses with Gabi’s innovative leadership will pioneer new and affordable solar solutions for our customers around the world.”

Dr. Bunea brings 20 years of extensive technical experience and leadership in the solar and microelectronics industries to GAF Energy, most recently as Vice President of Research, Development and Deployment at SunPower Corporation. Prior to that, she held multiple roles managing Module Research, Development, Deployment and Product Design at SunPower, and previously worked as a Member of the Technical Staff in the Microelectronics Division at Lucent Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Boston University and is an active member in IEEE Women in Engineering.

For more information, visit www.gaf.energy.

Owens Corning Roofing Introduces ProSell App

Owens Corning Roofing introduces ProSell, a digital app that streamlines and expedites the residential roofing sales process from sales pitch to order processing. Available to all Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network (OCCN) members on the iOS App Store, the ProSell app is a seamless, step-by-step resource that spans every phase of the residential roof sales process.

ProSell was developed using Leap, a digital platform that simplifies and automates the home services sales process including estimating, financing, contracting and real-time communication. ProSell includes a digital pitch book along with comprehensive product data to support efficient and accurate estimating. Once a homeowner selects products, ProSell generates an on-site estimate supported by EagleView and Hover. ProSell can also support financing and execute the contract with credit card and eCheck processing. “Owens Corning Contractor Network members know that time is money and by allowing the roofing presentation to naturally flow into product selection, financing and ordering, the ProSellapp aims to help convert more leads into closed purchases without interruptions or delays,” says Tim Keefer, Owens Corning Roofing Digital Marketing Leader.

For companies signing up for the ProSell app by April 1, Owens Corning will waive the $500 one-time set-up fee and monthly $35-per user license fee for one year. An optional upgrade is available providing extended benefits. “By using the app and becoming familiar with ProSell in the winter months, roofing companies will be able to maximize its efficiency when the busiest spring and summer selling seasons arrive,” says Keefer.

The introduction of ProSellexpands Owens Corning’s portfolio of digital contractor tools. In 2018, Owens Corning introduced the OC ConnectTM Resource Center, a redesigned web portal and one-stop resource for OCCN members to access tools that help support and grow their business.

For more information, visit www.owenscorning.com.

Atlas Roofing to Host HGTV and DIY Network Star Mike Holmes at 2019 IRE

Mike Holmes, professional contractor and TV host on HGTV and DIY Network, will be at the Atlas Roofing booth during the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Holmes is scheduled to be at the Atlas Roofing booth (#1454) on February 11. He will be sharing his experiences in the construction industry, interacting with fans and doing interviews. 

Holmes’ daughter, Sherry, will also take part in the IRE festivities, serving as the keynote speaker for National Women in Roofing Day on February 9.

Recently the Holmes team named Atlas shingles with Scotchgard Protector as a HOLMES Approved product.The HOLMES Approved designation represents products that meet Holmes’ high-quality standards. Atlas, 3M and the Holmes team are determined to increase awareness with homeowners to help eliminate black streaks on roofs cause by algae. “I’m proud of this work,” Holmes says. “Together we’re going to continue to improve the quality of our homes and change our industry for the better.” 

For more information, visit www.atlasroofing.com.

PPG Honored With Three Chairman’s Awards From Metal Construction Association

PPG announced that it received three 2018 Chairman’s Awards – including the top honor – from the Metal Construction Association (MCA) during the organization’s winter meeting in Key Largo, Florida. PPG was the only coatings manufacturer recognized with awards.

PPG received the highest honor for the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech, which earned the Chairman’s Award for Overall Excellence. Located on New York City’s Roosevelt Island, the building features a metal-panel rainscreen finished with iridescent PPG Duranar VARI-COOL coatings. The rainscreen serves as a protective insulating barrier as well as a color-shifting wall of art for the 160,000-square-foot structure.

Fabricated by A. Zahner Company of Kansas City, Missouri, using the company’s proprietary louvered ZIRA system, the rainscreen features more than 335,000 perforated circular tabs, with each programmed to function as an individual pixel. Together with PPG Duranar VARI-Cool coatings, the tabs enable the rainscreen to depict the New York City skyline and the gorges of Ithaca, New York, which is home to Cornell University’s main campus.

MCA member Precoat Metals of St. Louis, Missouri, coated the metal along with W&W Glass and Island Exterior Fabricators of New York. Morphosis Architects of New York was the building’s designer. 

In the Education – Colleges and Universities category, PPG was recognized as the coating manufacturer for the Austin Community College Campus Center in Leander, Texas. Pittsburgh-based Centria, an MCA member, produced and coated the panels.  

PPG was also heralded as the coating manufacturer for the IBEW Local 134 Headquarters/Union Hall in Chicago, which earned the Chairman’s Award in the Commercial/Industrial category. The project’s wall panels were supplied by 3A Composites in Mooresville, North Carolina, and fabricated by Sobotec in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Both companies are MCA members. 

“The Chairman’s Awards reinforce PPG’s legacy of leadership and innovation in the architectural metal coatings industry,” said Rodolfo Ramirez, PPG director of sales and strategic segments for North America, industrial coatings. “All three of these projects highlight our ability to work with architects, specifiers, designers and applicators to create innovative metal coatings solutions for their projects. These awards are among the most coveted in our industry, and I am proud that PPG was the only coatings manufacturer recognized during this year’s ceremony.”

Introduced in 1967 as of one of the industry’s first high-performance polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings for metal building components, PPG Duranar coatings have provided color and protection for many of the world’s most recognized landmarks for more than 50 years.

PPG has continually refined the technology to meet evolving aesthetic, performance and sustainability demands of architects and building owners. PPG Duranar VARI-Cool coatings, which are featured on the Bloomberg Center, are a recent example. These coatings combine pearlescent color-changing pigments with proprietary PPG ULTRA-COOL® infrared coatings technology to deflect heat away from buildings to keep them cooler.

The annual Chairman’s Awards recognize exceptional building projects involving MCA members. The awards are based on overall appearance, the significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.

For more information, visit www.ppgmetalcoatings.com and www.ppg.com.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Names New Southeast and Southwest Region Vice Presidents

Building products distributor ABC Supply has announced new leadership for the company’s Southeast and Southwest Regions. Frank Marcoccio has been promoted to Southeast Region vice president, and Jonathan Shepard has been promoted to the role of Southwest Region vice president.

Marcoccio and Shepard are replacing two associates with a combined history of more than four decades at ABC Supply. Marcoccio replaces Jim Kaufmann, who is retiring after more than 15 years with the company and 40 years in the industry. Shepard replaces John Yonkin, who is retiring after more than 30 years with the company.

“We’re grateful to Jim and John for all they have done—they have been invaluable leaders in our company and under their leadership our Southeast and Southwest Regions have grown tremendously,” said Chief Operating Officer Mike Jost. “We’re looking forward to keeping the regions’ momentum going as Frank and Jonathan step into their roles.”

Marcoccio joined ABC Supply in 2010 when the company acquired Bradco Supply. Marcoccio began working in Bradco’s warehouse as a teenager and continued part-time throughout high school and college, joining full-time after graduating from the College of William and Mary. He worked his way up through various positions including inside sales, branch manager and district manager. Following ABC Supply’s acquisition of Bradco, he joined the Southeast Region team as a low-slope business manager. In 2014, he was promoted to Georgia district manager.

Shepard also joined ABC Supply when the company acquired Bradco in 2010 and has over 20 years of experience in the building products industry, beginning as a branch manager immediately after graduating from Texas A&M University. At Bradco, he was promoted to regional manager of Texas in 2005 and named regional manager of the Southwest Region in 2008. Shepard served on the ABC Supply Southwest Region team as a low-slope business manager before being promoted to president of Mule-Hide Products in 2014.

“Frank and Jonathan will undoubtedly be successful leaders in the Southeast and Southwest Regions,” said Jost. “Both have proven track records and are respected by associates and customers. Together with their teams, Frank and Jonathan will continue to focus on providing world-class customer service to all ABC customers.”

As Southeast Region vice president, Marcoccio will be responsible for the overall management of ABC Supply’s branches throughout Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida.

As Southwest Region vice president, Shepard will be responsible for the overall management of ABC Supply’s branches throughout Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and portions of Missouri. 

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

Sherwin-Williams to Highlight Solutions For Metal Building Industry at IRE

Tobetter serve the growing metal roofing and building materials segment, Sherwin-Williams is introducing a first-of-its kind integrated Building Solutions program for metal suppliers, manufacturers, and contractors. The paint and coatings company is exhibiting and highlighting their portfolio of products at this year’s International Roofing Expo (IRE) from February 11-13 in Nashville, Tennessee.

“This year’s IRE is the perfect opportunity for Sherwin-Williams to announce this comprehensive product offering,” said Mark MacDonald, Building Products Marketing Manager. “We look forward to demonstrating our commitment to the metal roofing industry and highlighting how our products can help roofing contractors deliver outstanding results for their customers.”

The Sherwin-Williams Building Solutions program offers a complete selection of high-performance metal coatings, roof sealants, touchup paint, and metal restoration coatings – including Fluropon coil coatings, Geocel roof sealants, Kool Seal roof coatings, Ready Match Touchup, and Uniflex restoration systems. 

“By working with Sherwin-Williams, customers in the metal roofing industry have access to all of our industry-leading products, from a supplier that is committed to helping them grow their business,” MacDonald said. “Sherwin-Williams will be a passionate champion of metal roofing in 2019 – recruiting and encouraging contractors and roofers to expand their businesses into the metal segment.” 

At IRE, Sherwin-Williams will also host a professional engagement for industry attendees as part of the commitment to promoting and expanding the residential roofing market. Led by Matt Risinger, CEO and Chief Builder of Risinger Homes in Austin, Texas, the event will be held in the Sherwin-Williams Expo Booth # 1109 on February 12. For more information and to reserve your spot at the booth event, visit MakeMoreWithMetal.com.

For more information, visit www.sherwin.com.

Update: U.S. District Court Finds for S-5! in Patent Infringement Case

The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut upheld the claims of S-5! in its patent infringement lawsuit against Ace Clamp/PMC. The court found that PMC directly infringed S-5!’s patent and the court orderedthat PMC be permanently enjoined from making, using, offering for sale, or selling in the United States the ColorSnap system and replacement parts until S-5!’s patent expires. 

For more details about this action and decision, visit www.S-5.comor https://www.s-5.com/news/s-5-prevails-over-ace-clamp-pmc-finding-of-infringement/.

CMG Expands into Nashville

Coated Metals Group (CMG) has expanded its operations by opening a new branch facility in the Nashville-Metro area. General Manager, Joe Ley, will lead the team at this new location. 

A CMG team member since 2015, Joe most-recently served as Production Manager for CMG’s Indianapolis production facility.  This experience, coupled with his previous account representative history, provides the leadership and background that a dynamic market demands. 

Joe feels the timing of opening the Nashville location is the right move for CMG.  He states, “Expansion into the Nashville market presents a remarkable opportunity for Coated Metals Group. We have already developed some great partnerships within the past couple of years.  Opening a location within a rapidly growing market like Nashville will allow us to service our existing customer base even better, develop new relationships within the market, and continue to expand our brand throughout the region.” 

Company President Gary Woodward adds, “We are thrilled to bring the CMG brand to the Tennessee market and are confident that we will earn the reputation for providing the same exceptional level of customer service to the region that has become our trademark.”

CMG’s new facility will be fully-stocked with both coil and sheet goods, thereby reducing lead times and allowing for quick turnaround of custom requests.  Route truck delivery is currently available to the greater Nashville metro area. 

For more information, visit www.cmgmetals.com.

TAMKO Roadshow Features Rick The Roofer at 2019 International Tradeshows

Roofing products expert Rick “the Roofer” Taylor is taking the TAMKO national roadshow to some of the building industry’s largest events this year. Attendees will get to meet Rick and gain firsthand product and industry knowledge from his years of experience.

In February, Rick the Roofer and the traveling roadshow will make appearances in the TAMKO booth at both the International Roofing Expo in Nashville, Tennessee and the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We are so excited to have Rick this year for his first official IRE and IBS appearances,” said Stephen McNally, TAMKO vice president of sales and marketing. “Rick will have his custom rig at one show, and an innovative interactive display at the other. Contractors won’t want to miss this.”         

Rick the Roofer is a roofing products expert with nearly 50 years of roofing industry experience as a contractor, salesman and trainer, including the past 24 years at TAMKO. He kicked off a nationwide tour in 2018 in his recognizable custom-built truck and trailer. Since last summer, Rick the Roofer has appeared at a variety of public and private industry events providing education, resources and hands-on installation demonstrations for roofing industry professionals.

People are encouraged to connect with Rick the Roofer on social media for the latest information on products, industry news and updates on his upcoming show appearances. Rick can be found on Facebook at Rick the Roofer Taylor, on Twitter, @Rick_theRoofer, and on Instagram, @Rick_theRoofer.

Tradeshow attendees can see Rick the Roofer at TAMKO’s International Roofing Expo booth #2645 February 11-13, and International Builders Show booth #N527 February 19-21.

For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com.

Standard Industries Launches GAF Energy to Focus on Rooftop Solar Industry

Standard Industries announced the launch of GAF Energy, a new company that aims to revolutionize the adoption of rooftop solar for everyday consumers.Working in partnership with GAF, a Standard Industries company and the largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer in North America, GAF Energy will drive scalable adoption of integrated and affordable rooftop solar solutions across GAF’s established distribution network. Customers will benefit from a streamlined, turnkey approach to going solar when selecting GAF Energy, from planning and financing, to installation and permitting with utilities.

“As the largest global player in roofing and waterproofing, we will reshape the way clean solar energy becomes a reality for everyone,” said David Millstone, co-CEO of Standard Industries. “We believe that roofing is real estate and we see a future with energy from every roof. GAF Energy’s offerings will empower people to put their roofs to work with technology that is attractive, accessible and affordable.”

GAF Energy empowers roofing contractors across the United States with a comprehensive and economical approach to solar installations, bypassing the high-cost of customer acquisition most pure solar technology companies face today. With dedicated support teams and training for project management, design, permitting and installation of GAF Energy’s integrated solar roofs, local and regional contractors can effectively grow their businesses while meeting demand for more clean and sustainable sources of energy.

“We are best positioned to accelerate the growth of residential solar with over a century of waterproofing experience and the largest network of roofing distributors and contractors in the world.  Our team is in the kitchen with the homeowner at the moment a new roof is required: the most perfect time to provide the opportunity to go green. We couldn’t be more excited to have Martin DeBono and a world class team lead the evolution of rooftop solar for years to come,” said David Winter, co-CEO of Standard Industries.

“GAF Energy capitalizes on the historic challenges facing the rooftop solar industry — acquisition and installation costs — and turns them into demonstrable strengths, making it easy for customers to say ‘yes’ to solar rooftops,” said Martin DeBono, President of GAF Energy. “Our product is smart, integrated and economical, and we hope it will mark a fundamental shift in rooftop solar adoption around the world.”

With offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York Metro Area, GAF Energy is building a world-class team to generate Energy From Every Roof. Learn more about some of the new opportunities at GAF Energy by visiting our careers page, and join us in forging the future of rooftop solar.

For more information, visit www.gaf.energy, www.standardindustries.com and www.gaf.com.