FlashCo Hires New Plant Managers for Downey and Mt. Prospect Locations

FlashCo Manufacturing, Inc. recently hired Nicolas Valdez for the position of Plant Manager for their Downey facility and Scott Fleming for the position of Plant Manager for their Mt. Prospect facility. Nicolas joins FlashCo with over 17 years of leadership and over 13 years of operational experience. He brings to FlashCo an innovative and knowledgeable approach to analytical problem solving, decision making and team management. Scott joins FlashCo with over 14 years of operations and production management experience. He brings to FlashCo a focus on increasing operational efficiencies related to safety, product quality and production.

Nicolas has a varied background in aerospace, defense and commercial manufacturing through Production Manager positions with Tower Semiconductor, Boeing/Spectrolab and Maneri Sign Company. In addition to his production expertise, Nicolas has extensive experience in cost management, Lean Best Practices, employee engagement and leadership. His manufacturing teams have been highly recognized throughout his career.

“Nicolas experience in manufacturing management will allow him to make an immediate impact at our Downey facility,” says Eric Compton, FlashCo Director of Operations. “His professionalism will be well received by internal and external stakeholders alike. In his short time here he has already shown himself to not only embrace but personify the FlashCo culture.”

Scott has a strong background in plant and manufacturing management gained at operations and production positions with Horizon Steel and ITW Shakeproof. In addition to his plant management expertise, Scott has extensive experience in strategic leadership, Lean Project Management, training development and continuous improvement. Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and he holds a certification as a Six Sigma Lean Green Belt. In addition, he has certifications in Project Management, Internal Auditing and Corrective Action.

“We’ve been experiencing booming growth at our Mt. Prospect location, and this position was newly created to keep up with the market demand,” says Eric Compton, FlashCo Director of Operations. “Scott comes to FlashCo with a wealth of related experience and we are excited to have him on board. His experience and aptitude will help him lead the location in what we expect to be continually increasing levels of growth and expansion.”

For more information, visit www.flashcomfg.com.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Branch in Port Orchard Washington

ABC Supply Co. Inc. announced the opening of its newest branch in the Seattle area, located at 1501 SE Piperberry Way in Port Orchard, Washington.

Branch Manager Ian Kaplan joined ABC Supply’s Durham, North Carolina, location in 2013 as a warehouse material handler. In 2016, he enrolled in the company’s Manager in Training program. Throughout his training, Kaplan held many positions, including delivery services manager back-up, and inside and outside sales reps.

As manager of the new Port Orchard branch, Kaplan looks forward to introducing ABC Supply’s superior customer service to area contractors and helping them grow their businesses and meet customers’ needs.

“We are excited about the addition of the new Port Orchard branch to our six other locations in Washington. The new location allows ABC Supply to provide more support to our western Washington contractors,” said Matt Cooper, regional vice president of ABC Supply’s West Region. “Ian and his team will be a great asset to our customers, helping them make their projects a success.”

Branch hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PDT, Monday through Friday. The phone number is (360) 876-1906.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

SOPREMA Hosts Construction Industry Job Fair for Veterans

SOPREMA Inc. recently hosted a construction industry job fair for veterans in Pompano Beach, Florida, to raise money for the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) chapter and to help local veterans find employment. Eighteen employers attended the event, which was held at SOPREMA’s Pompano Beach facility on May 24.

“A challenge was issued during the SOPREMA National Sales Meeting to find ways to help solve the labor shortage in the construction industry, so we organized this job fair in response,” explained Jeanette Alston-Watkins, a customer relations specialist for SOPREMA. “We have a variety of products that are labor saving, but we also know that part of the solution to this industry problem is funneling more qualified workers into great jobs. Veterans have a proven sense of responsibility, discipline and reliability, making them ideal employees.”

SOPREMA advertised seven open positions at the job fair, including sales representative and shipping manager positions across the country. “The quality of applicants at the veterans’ job fair was impressive; many had interviews scheduled for the next day,” Alston-Watkins commented. “We hope to emulate the success of this event at SOPREMA locations elsewhere in the country soon.”

For more information, visit www.soprema.us.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Acquires the Assets of G & F Roof Supply, Inc.

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has acquired the assets of G & F Roof Supply, Inc., a distributor of roofing products, which is located in California. The company will continue to serve customers out of its three locations at 1225 E. Cerritos Ave. in Anaheim, 13555 Imperial Highway in Whittier, and 521 W. 182nd St. in Gardena.

The acquisition will increase ABC Supply’s footprint in the largest metropolitan market on the West Coast and allow the company to build stronger relationships with local contractors. Current G & F Roof Supply associates will continue to work at the locations, providing a seamless transition for customers.

“The G & F Roof Supply team has built a great reputation among Los Angeles and Orange County area contractors,” said Matt Cooper, vice president of ABC Supply’s West Region. “We look forward to welcoming contractors who have been working with G & F Roof Supply and providing them the products and service they need to get their jobs done.”

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply Opens Tennessee Location

A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply announced the grand opening of its newest location in Milan, Tennessee. This opening increases its network to 15 metal deck distribution centers to better serve the construction industry.

“This location will help us serve our customers in the region including Western Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi,” said Nick V. Polizzi, President of A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply. “When a customer has a short lead time or a roofing contractor runs into rusted deck while replacing a leaking roof, they need metal deck right now, and we have it in stock for immediate use.”

A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply has more than 48 years of experience in the industry and a complete inventory of metal roof deck, form deck and composite floor decks in stock now at 15 locations including Albany, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Aurora, Ilinois; Columbus, Ohio; Fort Worth, Texas; Greensboro, North Carolina; Hagerstown, Maryland; Houston, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Jacksonville, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; Knoxville, Tennessee; Milan, Tennessee; San Antonio, Texas; and St. Louis, Missouri.

For more information, visit www.metaldecksupply.com.

Atlas Roofing Corporation Announces Partnership With HOVER

Atlas Roofing Corporation has announced a new partnership with HOVER, the platform that generates accurate, interactive 3D models of any property. Atlas Roofing’s shingle product lines will now be available within the HOVER platform, allowing its customer base even more flexibility when it comes to customer engagement and project estimation.

Atlas will integrate multiple roofing products, featuring Scotchgard Protector from 3M, into the HOVER platform. These products include: Atlas Pinnacle Pristine with the all-new Natural Expressions color palette, StormMaster Shake, StormMaster Slate, Legend Designer 3-tab shingles and GlassMaster Shingles.

“We are excited to have our product offering represented within the HOVER platform, providing our contractors with a powerful interface to grow their businesses and engage homeowners,” says Stan Bastek, Director of Marketing and Sales Development at Atlas Roofing.

“HOVER allows contractors to use their time more strategically by eliminating the guesswork of visualizing different product options on the 3D model of a customer’s actual home,” explains Spencer Warden, Director of Partnerships at HOVER.

In addition to the interactive 3D model, HOVER also provides contractors with all of the detailed exterior measurements needed for an accurate estimate. This means time that was previously spent hand-measuring exterior projects can now be used to focus on the project details and establish greater relationships with customers.

HOVER is available in the App Store and Google Play. Users can try out their first property for free.

For more information, visit AtlasRoofing.com.

FlashCo Becomes Exclusive U.S. Partner for Thaler Roof Accessory Specialty Products

FlashCo Manufacturing, Inc. recently entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with Thaler Metal Industries Ltd. Canada. FlashCo will be marketing and selling the Thaler roof accessory specialty product lines including drains, flashings and vents to the United States market. FlashCo and Thaler offer a complementary set of roof flashing products for the

roofing industry. FlashCo is a market leader in low slope, single-ply flashings and steep slope lead flashings. Thaler has been an innovator and market leader in spun metals including the development of one of the first retrofit drain solutions, according to the company.

FlashCo will immediately begin marketing and selling Thaler products through its distribution and partner network in the United States. FlashCo is currently incorporating the Thaler roof drains, stack jack flashings, gravity vents and relief vents into its existing product lines. The addition of the Thaler products enhances FlashCo’s market leadership in the re-roof and new construction markets.

“We have been talking for several months now,” says Greg Morrow, FlashCo President. “The

synergies are tremendous, not just from a product standpoint, but also from a business standpoint. Thaler, like FlashCo, puts a strong emphasis on speed and customer satisfaction. We knew that it was a good fit on the product and people sides.”

“FlashCo is an ideal partner for us,” explained Joe Magistrale, Thaler General Manager. “We have straight-forward objectives to make and sell quality products, however we know we can’t do this alone. We’ve tried other US partnerships in the past, but working with FlashCo we can already tell will be different. FlashCo’s footprint throughout the entire US is very important to us, and we see action that tells us they are very serious about making this successful. We anticipate making a shockwave across the US with our new FlashCo partnership.”

Thaler holds numerous patents for its innovative products including its RDX30 retrofit drain.

According to the company, Thaler’s pioneering design enables the RDX30 to be installed 10 times faster than other drains without the need for tools, or cutting. The RDX30 features Thaler’s patented SuperSeal (expansion seal) technology that is critical in preventing leaks caused by backflow pressure. In addition, the SuperSeal keeps the Thaler drain clear of the obstructions found in mechanically sealed systems. Thaler’s SuperSeal design advantages enable the RDX30 to drain 30 percent faster than other drains in the market and also eliminates debris build-up in the drain body pipe.

“Our business philosophy focuses on researching market needs, designing innovative solutions and producing products that provide longer life than any others on the market,” adds Mr. Magistrale. “In FlashCo we have found a like-minded partner who delivers quality products and has an outstanding direct sales and support team. We are very excited about what this partnership will produce.”

“For FlashCo, it’s the opportunity to partner with another industry leader,” says Mr. Morrow. “Thaler is the original designer of numerous product innovations and their drains, flashings and vents adds complementary products to our existing lines. We expect the Thaler products to sell quite well here in the US and it’s a great honor for us to have the opportunity to be Thaler’s exclusive partner here in the States.”

For more information, visit www.FlashCoMfg.com or www.ThalerMetal.com.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens First Bronx, New York, Branch

To assist professional contractors in the Bronx, ABC Supply Co. Inc. has opened a branch at 3700 Dyre Ave.

The new branch’s manager, David Niedzwiecki, joined ABC Supply in 2012 and has served as a warehouseman, sales representative and delivery services manager over his tenure. Now as manager of the Bronx, New York, location, Niedzwiecki will manage daily operations, and focus on leading and developing branch associates to provide the superior customer service and high-quality products that contractors have come to expect from ABC Supply.

“David is a seasoned associate who knows the opportunities and challenges that area contractors face, and how ABC Supply can help,” said Tom Kuchan, vice president of ABC Supply’s Northeast Region. “He and his team are looking forward to building relationships with local customers and the greater Bronx community.” With the addition of the Bronx branch, ABC Supply now has 21 locations throughout New York state.

Branch hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday. The phone number is (718) 655-5290.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

Atlas to Host Webinar on Exit and Succession Planning June 18

Atlas Roofing is hosting a free webinar on exit, succession and contingency planning Monday, June 18 at 10 a.m. Eastern. Learn why roofing contractors need an exit or succession plan, as well as common mistakes made during the process and the best strategies for success.

Hear from business-planning experts Kevin Kennedy and Joe Bazzano about how to get all of the proper financial and legal arrangements in place to preserve your business legacy and secure your financial future.

Kennedy, CEO of Beacon Exit Planning, specializes in exit and success planning for private business owners. He uses the experience of selling his 63-year-old roofing business — including the mistakes he made — to help others navigate the process more smoothly.

Bazzano, COO of Beacon, is a certified public accountant, certified valuation analyst and certified business exit consultant with more than 25 years of experience. He shows business owners how to increase the value of their companies and save on taxes.

With their knowledge and expertise, these professionals can guide contractors around the potential pitfalls of leaving a roofing business — either by choice or circumstance.

To register, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8050003304757158147

Owens Corning Earns 2018 Women’s Choice Award

Owens Corning announced that it earned the 2018 Women’s Choice Award, which recognizes the brand behind America’s Most Recommended Roofing Products. This designation is based on a national survey reflecting responses from thousands of women in the United States who were asked to select brands they would highly recommend to friends and family. The announcement coincides with National Roofing Week, June 3 through June 9.

“We are honored that women have expressed their confidence in Owens Corning Roofing with the Women’s Choice Award. Women have long driven design and style decisions inside and outside the home, including the roof,” says Sue Burkett, marketing manager, Owens Corning Roofing. “Women consider the functional features of a home’s roofing system that help seal and defend a home from the elements, as well as the aesthetic aspects of the roof.”

A new roof consistently ranks among the top home improvements that achieves a strong return on investment. As a home’s roof typically represents about 40 percent of a home’s exterior, the roof can play a significant role in boosting curb appeal. The summer provides an opportunity for consumers considering home improvements to view their roof as both functional and stylish.

The annual Owens Corning Shingle Color of the Year initiative, which highlights the roof as a design element, is informed by women’s influence in coordinating a home’s external color schemes. The company developed color tools, such as online style boards and visualization resources, to help consumers consider the important aesthetic aspect of a new roof.

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.”

This award can serve as a competitive differentiator in the marketplace.  “When a woman is willing to recommend a brand or service to others, it means that business has earned her loyalty. We are pleased to salute Owens Corning Roofing for its focus on excellence, a commitment that is recognized by women consumers nationwide,” Passi continued.

For more information, visit www.owenscorning.com.