Coated Metals Group Expands Operation Facility

Coated Metals Group has expanded its Indianapolis location with an addition to its operation facility. The expansion has increased the building’s square footage by over 50 percent, allowing CMG to ramp up their on-hand inventory and production.

Company President, Gary Woodward states, “Expansion in our Indianapolis plant was overdue. Our growth in this region had been outpacing our capacity for some time. The capacity we have added will allow us to maintain more on-hand inventories and meet customer needs with enhanced efficiency.”

Doug Riley, Indianapolis’ sales representative, believes this expansion demonstrates CMG’s focus on improving the customer experience. “I believe our addition demonstrates to both our current and prospective customers our level of commitment to providing them with quality customer service and materials.”

Pro Guard Coatings Receives FM Approval

Pro Guard Coatings has received FM Approval on the Proflex Primer F1524 & 9101 Moisture Cure Liquid Rubber products. Pro Guard Coatings engineers a broad line of coatings for a variety of surfaces.

FM Approvals is an international leader in third-party testing and certification services. By employing a worldwide certification process that’s backed by scientific research and testing, FM Approval recognizes quality products in both technical integrity and performance.

Firestone Acquires Silicone Roofing Systems Provider

Firestone Building Products Company LLC has announced its acquisition of Gaco Western, a provider of silicone roofing systems, waterproofing systems and spray foam insulation. The deal, which includes all assets and operations held by Gaco, closed April 3, after a definitive agreement was signed and announced earlier this year.

The acquisition allows Firestone to introduce even more options to customers with Gaco’s silicone and acrylic liquid coatings. The enhanced portfolio creates alternative solutions when full roof tear-offs and rebuilds are not feasible, and it presents contractors with products requiring less labor-intensive installation.

“Combining the best of two brands, Firestone and Gaco, represents an opportunity for growth and long-term value as we aim to create new levels of service and innovation in our industries,” says Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products, Bridgestone Americas Inc. “Operations will conduct business as usual across all teams as we begin bringing our portfolios, employees, best practices and distribution platforms together to continue serving as a total solutions provider for our collective customers.”

In addition to expanding Firestone’s roofing product portfolio with silicone polyurethanes, epoxies and acrylic liquid coatings, the deal offers new positions in commercial and residential sectors with decking and waterproofing products that protect pedestrian surfaces, concrete, metal and plywood, and open- and closed-cell foam products which protect and insulate buildings.

Gaco products will continue to be sold under the Gaco brand and will continue to be made at a state-of-the-art manufacturing, research and development facility in Waukesha, Wis.

Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed.

DRG and GAF Launch App to Manage Reviews

Diversity Resources Group (DRG) and GAF have launched pulseM, an app that allows contractors to obtain and manage reviews from customers and employees. It is available to GAF Master Elite, Certified, Master, Master Select, and Premium Coating System Contractors across the U.S. and Canada. The technology allows customers to leave reviews via speech or text in a 30- to 45-second mobile phone survey. Positive reviews can be posted to social media channels while negative reviews are sent directly to owners. Additionally, pulseM offers a gamified employee accountability solution, providing companies a real-time window into employee performance. For more information about DRG, visit here. GAF factory-certified contractors can contact their local territory manager for information on accessing pulseM. Is Redesigned, Provides Product Photos

TAMKO Building Products Inc. has redesigned to provide easy access to visualization tools, product photos and useful information. With bold imagery, the site accentuates product charm and appeal for homeowners along with features that enable them to choose roofing shingles by color or style and easily locate a TAMKO Pro Certified Roofing Contractor. The responsive design optimizes the experience on popular devices and platforms, as well as enables visitors to share items across multiple social media channels. The site also includes a space for Team TAMKO, which is dedicated to professionals and builders and contains access to business-building tools. Additionally, application instructions, data sheets and literature are available directly from product pages.

Owens Corning Roofing Announces Accelerate Sweepstakes Winner

Chris Amiot (left) of Advantage Construction Inc. was awarded the grand prize of a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe in Owens Corning’s 2017 Accelerate Sweepstakes.

Chris Amiot (left) of Advantage Construction Inc. was awarded the Grand Prize of a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe in Owens Corning’s 2017 Accelerate Sweepstakes.

Owens Corning Roofing announced the Grand Prize winner of the Accelerate Sweepstakes during the International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Las Vegas. Chris Amiot, owner of Advantage Construction Inc. in East Bethel, Minn., was awarded the grand prize of a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe, a trip for two to IRE and a $25,000 cash prize. The grand prize package is valued at $84,700.

Launched in April 2016, the Accelerate Sweepstakes was created by Owens Corning as a platform to rally Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network members around a year-long initiative designed to increase awareness of the company’s roofing products while boosting contractor network momentum, optimizing efficiency and leveraging distribution channels.

Throughout the Sweepstakes, Owens Corning ran monthly promotions featuring discounts and rebates tied to various roofing products. Contractors submitted invoices to enter for a chance to win quarterly prizes as well as the grand prize. Prizes reflected a racing theme and included racing sunglasses, coolers, tablets, a racing-themed office chair and passes to attend a one-day racing school. The Corvette was parked in the Owens Corning booth during IRE along with signage congratulating Amiot on taking home the Grand Prize.

“As the Accelerate Sweepstakes rallied contractors throughout the U.S., their enthusiasm became contagious,” says Jason Lewinski, Owens Corning Roofing Contract Network Leader. “The 2016 Accelerate Sweepstakes finished with more than 146,000 entries submitted by our contractor members. We are excited to see how the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network will respond to this year’s Accelerate Sweepstakes with new and exciting changes and prizes.”

While 2017 marks the first time Owens Corning has awarded a Corvette at IRE, it is not the first time the Toledo-based roofing manufacturer has used the iconic American car in its marketing and sponsorship activities. In 1968, Owens Corning sponsored two racing Corvettes in the Sports Car Club of America events. After winning the Central Division Championship, Owens Corning leveraged the sponsorship to promote its fiberglass-reinforced composite materials that offered the automotive market the strength of steel without the weight.

“We were thrilled with the participation that Chris Amiot and contractors have demonstrated for the Accelerate Sweepstakes,” said Lewinski. “And we congratulate Chris on winning the 2017 Accelerate Sweepstakes.”

GE Performance Coatings Adds Wolfe to Increase Support for Roofing Industry

GE Performance Coatings recently welcomed Fred Wolfe as Applications Development Engineer, Commercial Roofing. This new position renews the commitment and level of service GE offers the roofing industry.

With GE, Wolfe will support the GE Enduris 100 percent silicone roof coating product line
while collaborating with the contractor base in North America and providing on-site project and technical assistance. His role represents an increased investment in this segment of
GE solutions.

Wolfe brings more than 20 years of experience in roof coating, manufacturing, installation and consultation. A NACE certified Coating Inspector, he has overseen the specification, development and application of millions of square feet of acrylic, urethane, silicone and other roofing solutions.

“Wolfe is a nationally-recognized roof and protective coating expert, with extensive knowledge of the application and quality control processes,” says Peter Friedli, Marketing Manager at GE. “His invaluable perspective and technical experience will push our products and business further.”

“My career has centered around developing innovative answers that help organizations protect the beauty and performance of their buildings,” says Wolfe. “GE is a proven leader
in this space, and I am eager to begin partnering with our customers. Please get
in touch—I’m here to help you succeed.”

Wolfe’s previous experience includes growing an organization’s roof coating division into
a multimillion dollar business, and principal ownership of a roofing consultancy and installation company.

Wolfe can be reached vie email at or by calling 919-428-8823.

Fred Wolfe

Fred Wolfe

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Invites Contractors to Advisory Board

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt LLC has invited five contractors to join its Platinum Advisory Board. The honor is awarded to contractors who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in all aspects of their business.

The newly announced Platinum Advisory Board members are Will Jones of Yellow Hammer Roofing (Athens, Ala.); Shannon Alberts of Security-Luebke Roofing Inc. (Kaukauna, Wis.); Jack Borba of Straight Line Construction (Shingle Springs, Calif.); Mark Franzoso of Franzoso Contracting Inc. (Corton on Hudson, N.Y.); and Clint Vaughn of Roofscapes Exteriors (Bixby, Okla). With the addition of these new members, the Board is comprised of 14 leading contractors from across the U.S.

The Owens Corning Platinum Advisory Board represents a group of contractors who share their market, product and technical expertise with the roofing manufacturer. Members bring a contractor’s perspective to studying and evaluating products and offering suggestions that support continuous improvement.

“We are excited to have these leaders’ voices and experience on our Advisory Board and we are honored they’ve committed to represent their fellow Owens Corning Platinum Contractors,” says Jason Lewinski, Owens Corning contractor network leader. “Every Platinum Advisory Board member has demonstrated market leadership and a commitment to achieving and sustaining high levels of customer loyalty and satisfaction. There is no substitute for the perspective and insights of our contractors.”

Johns Manville Announces Leadership Changes

Johns Manville recently announced that Tommy Knappich, Vice President of Sales for Roofing Systems, has been promoted to General Manager of Building Insulation in JM’s Insulation Systems business. The company named Jennifer Ford-Smith as its new Director of Sales for Roofing Systems.
“While Tommy’s contributions to Roofing Systems are too numerous to list, and he will be missed, I think we all agree that his promotion is a great and well-deserved opportunity,” says Joe Smith, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Roofing Systems. “In that same spirit, I am pleased to announce that Jennifer Ford-Smith is our new Director of Sales, Roofing Systems. Jennifer will lead the Contractor and Distributor channels for the business. The National Account and Specifier Services organization will continue to be led by Brad Burdic.”
According to the company, Ford-Smith joined JM 13 years ago, and she became Director of Marketing and Single Ply Product Management for Roofing Systems in 2012. Prior to joining JM, she held various marketing positions with Hunter Douglas. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Regis University in Marketing and Communications.

“We look forward to her continued contributions to the roofing business,” Smith notes. “Jennifer and I worked closely together for many years in Roofing Systems before 2012 to strengthen our single-ply offering while protecting our bituminous heritage. We expect to build on the current momentum and look forward to a great 2017.”

ATAS International Receives Top Workplaces Award

ATAS International Inc. has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor for the second consecutive year by The Morning Call. The organizations who receive a Top Workplaces award are determined solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics LLC, a 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.
“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And often times, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s important to them is a belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together”. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”
ATAS International is honored to once again receive this 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.  Some of the survey comments made anonymously by the ATAS team members include:

  • “Employees are kept informed on how well the company is performing.”
  • “There is a high level of commitment and respect that each employee shows to one another.”
  • “ATAS is fully invested in our training and personal growth.”
  • “I appreciate the honesty and integrity of the company and the employees.”
  • “ATAS values all of their employees, and it shows.”

Along with the positive feedback were suggestions on areas for improvement, which will be reviewed and considered for implementation.
Anne Hicks, executive assistant at ATAS International, who facilitated ATAS’ involvement in the Top Workplaces employee survey says, “I’m excited that ATAS has earned this award again in 2017.  Our company is growing and we are always evaluating how we can continue to meet and exceed the needs of our customers.  Without our dynamic team of engaged employees, we would not be able to achieve our goals.  We are excited about the future of ATAS as we continue to expand and develop, and I am proud to be part of this team.”