Georgia-Pacific Gypsum Redesigns DensDeck Website

With the goal of providing more information and resources, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum has redesigned its website dedicated to its favorite roof board—DensDeck.

The new DensDeck website has targeted information that lets busy professional fine just what they need to know, quickly and effortlessly. Roofing consultants, Architects, Specifiers, Building Owners/Facility Managers or Roofing Contractors can click unto their specific section to find relevant content targeted to the interests and needs of those construction professionals.

The site was also designed to provide the best visual content for tablets and smart phones, making it much more accessible for highly-mobile design and construction personnel.

Visitors can also now sign up for eBlasts, with the option of providing a profile which will allowing Georgia-Pacific Gypsum to provide just that eBlast content which they would be interested in to make their roofing related tasks easier.

DensDeck.com also offers videos, case studies, technical resources and more on topics made to facilitate the roofing process for professionals.

Owens Corning Releases Eighth Annual Sustainability Report

Owens Corning announced significant progress toward achieving its 2020 environmental footprint goals and declared its intentions to expand its handprint beyond the walls of its facilities. The company released those results recently in its eighth annual Sustainability Report. The company defines its handprint as the net-positive effects of its products, market-leading work to drive energy efficiency and climate-impact improvements across the built environment, and improving the lives of employees, their families and their communities.

“Dedicating time and energy to achieving our sustainability goals, expanding our handprint, is one way we are striving to be better, every day, as a company,” said Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Frank O’Brien-Bernini. “This effort includes the products we offer, collaborating with customers to increase the positive impact of those products in the world and productively engaging in our communities.”

The report also highlights Owens Corning’s distinction as the winner of the exclusive Green Cross for Safety medal from the National Safety Council for leadership and progress in safety. In 2013, the company extended its industry-leading track record of safety achievement with performance comparable to 2012.

Building on the successes of its first 10-year sustainability goals, this is the third year the company is reporting against its 2020 goals. Introduced in 2011, the company’s 2020 goals were designed to expand the scope and further raise the bar on its commitment to sustainability.

“Our footprint reduction accomplishments are representative of the progress we have made this past year,” O’Brien-Bernini said. “We’ve received growing interest and support for our net-positive handprint accounting . It has led us to consider new business models and new ways of serving our customers that we hadn’t considered before.”

Highlights of 2013 include:

    · Commissioned the largest on-site solar PV system in the state of New York at the Delmar EcoTouch™ Insulation plant.

    · Recycled one million tons of asphalt shingles in North America, representing approximately 10 percent of the market.

    · Doubled our freight miles driven on natural gas (converted from diesel), paving the way to run 15 percent Natural Gas Miles in 2014; the goal is 50 percent by 2020.

    · Signed the Climate Declaration calling on the U.S. policymakers to address climate change and joined the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) advocacy organization.

    · Assisted nearly 4,000 families through the donation of insulation and roofing materials for their homes.

    · Impacted the lives of more than 5,500 children in China by constructing nutritional food kitchens in rural schools.

Owens Corning’s 2013 Sustainability Report is consistent with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines known as GRI-G3.1. GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines set a globally applicable framework for reporting the economic, environmental and social dimensions of an organization’s activities, products and services.

Louisville Ladder Acquires Lite Products

Louisville Ladder has acquired 100 percent of the assets of Lite Products Inc., a unit of Supplierpipeline. This acquisition wraps up the Strategic Alliance formed between the companies at the end of 2013.

Lite Products, located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, has been a manufacturer and marketer of climbing products in Canada with strong brand recognition in the consumer channel. The Lite Products operations will boost Louisville’s resources in Canada and will compound benefits for both their customers.

Customers will benefit from a strong portfolio of products and brands targeting specific needs and segments. Louisville, a widely renowned brand in the Professional Channel, is an innovator of Climbing Products promoting Safety and Productivity for all ladder users.

Full incorporation of both companies will materialize over a period of three months, during which Louisville Ladder will continuously communicate with customers, suppliers and employees, as needed, to facilitate a smooth transition.

Louisville and Lite employees are excited and looking forward to the possibilities this operation will generate and sure that it will certainly yield advantages for the Canadian Ladder Market and for their loyal customers.

Ply Gem Partners with Parksite to Distribute Engineered Slate Roofing

Ply Gem, a manufacturer of exterior building products, announced a partnership with distribution company Parksite Inc. to supply Ply Gem’s new Engineered Slate Roofing. The product will be available by mid-July to building material dealers through three Parksite distribution facilities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets, covering 16 states from Maine to North Carolina. Locations include:

    · South Windsor, Conn., servicing the New England market.
    · North Brunswick, N.J., servicing Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York’s Lower Hudson Valley and Long Island.
    · Baltimore, Md. location, servicing Delaware, Maryland, Central Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia.

Additional locations will be added as the markets demand.

“Parksite’s broad distribution network and proven service reputation, paired with Ply Gem’s high-performance, low maintenance Engineered Slate Roofing are sure to bring the spotlight onto this emerging building materials product category,” said Dave DeRogatis, director of composites, Ply Gem.

Introduced in early 2014, roofing is a new category among Ply Gem’s extensive lineup of more than 20 exterior home product categories. In addition to roofing, Ply Gem offers the complete exterior solution from a single manufacturer – a concept called The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem – including windows, siding, stone veneer, trim and mouldings, fence, railing, accents and accessories.

“This partnership is a win-win for Parksite and Ply Gem,” said Ron Heitzman, president, Parksite. “At Parksite, we only represent quality building products and progressive manufacturers, so we welcome the addition of Ply Gem to our portfolio. As a superior roofing product for builders and contractors, we are positioned to seamlessly deliver the new Ply Gem Engineered Slate Roofing to building material dealers along the east coast.”

In every critical performance category – appearance, durability, ease of installation, water management, cost of ownership and sustainability – Ply Gem Engineered Slate Roofing outperforms other roofing materials such as asphalt, wood, synthetic slate and real slate.

Molded from nearly 100 percent recycled materials, and formulated with real slate, the engineered slate shingles feature deep shadow lines and chiseled edges. Builders and contractors can choose from four color schemes – Sagebrush, Brownstone, Pewter and Charcoal – all pre-blended at the factory to produce the most authentic coloring.

To ease installation, Ply Gem’s engineered slate shingles are lighter weight and manufactured with recessed nail flanges, eliminating the need for additional framing support or any special tools. Additionally, the shingles are designed to resist impact and damage, tested to withstand windloads of up to 110 mph, as well as golf ball-sized hailstones. Also earning one of the industry’s highest fire ratings, the shingles are virtually indestructible.

Agreement to Produce Ultra-premium Concrete Roof Tile that Enhances Thermal Insulation

Industrial Nanotech Inc., a provider of nanotechnology-based energy-saving solutions, has entered into an exclusive agreement with Eagle Roofing Products, a division of Burlingame Industries and a U.S. manufacturer of quality concrete roof tiles. Under the agreement, Eagle Roofing Products will produce an ultra-premium concrete roof tile with the company’s patented penetrating roof coating applied during the manufacturing process. This ultra-premium product will be marketed under the trade name Eagle Platinum.

This new premium tile, protected by patents and patents pending, provides enhanced thermal insulation and energy saving performance qualities, stays clean and resists growth of unsightly mold/mildew/bacteria, and incorporates UV protection to keep colors vibrant and beautiful longer even when subjected to the harshest of sunlight environments.

Eagle Roofing Products operates manufacturing facilities throughout the United States, strategically located in the southeast, southwest, and west coast markets. The plant in Rialto, Calif., is the largest concrete roof tile manufacturing facility in the world.

Industrial Nanotech, Inc. CEO/CTO Stuart Burchill stated, “I firmly believe that concrete roof tiles, an environmentally responsible and recyclable product with a long history of proven performance dating back to the 19th century, will continue to grow market share in the building industry as more and more consumers become aware of the exceptional aesthetics and long term durability that concrete roof tile offers. Our objective over the past 5 years was to establish a relationship with the best of the best in the roof tile manufacturing industry and combine our technology with their great product to produce an ultra-premium roof tile with exceptional performance qualities. I have no doubt that we have accomplished that objective and appreciate the opportunity to work with Eagle Roofing Products and their team of professionals.”

The coatings are low VOC, water-based, and sustainable.

DaVinci Roofscapes Celebrates 15 Years in Business

DaVinci Roofscapes is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

“We’ve grown a good deal since our beginnings 15 years ago and we realized that our leased facility would not support our future growth,” says Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. “We recently relocated to a much larger owned facility in Lenexa, Kansas. Our new facility has enabled us to add much-needed capacity and will assure that we can meet the ongoing increases in demand for our impact- and fire-resistant roofing products.”

Started in 1999, DaVinci Roofscapes manufactures award-winning synthetic slate and shake roofing products that are installed on residential and commercial projects. The company offers a wide spectrum of 49 colors in shake and slate roofing tiles along with a variety of unique roofing color blends. Each roofing tile resists insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading and curling.

“We’re extremely proud that all of our products are made in the United States and that we support our economy by providing jobs for hard working folks around the country,” says Rosewall. “We’re part of the multiplier effect because our ‘Made in America’ commitment also means we purchase from suppliers located only in the United States. So, with every roofing tile we sell we’re helping our economy to expand in many, many ways.”

Rosewall relates that the company feels especially patriotic this year because of the company’s anniversary and the use of DaVinci products on several noteworthy American projects.

“Our roofs can be found on thousands of American homes from coast-to-coast along with structures at the University of Notre Dame, at DuSable Museum and on historic St. Patrick’s Church,” says Rosewall. “DaVinci roofs are on the Dayton Veteran’s Administration Chapel, several college campuses, in theme parks and even on the William Penn home. The successful reach of our products into the daily lives of Americans makes all of us at DaVinci extremely proud.”

The experienced team members at DaVinci Roofscapes develop and manufacture industry-leading polymer slate and shake roofing systems with an authentic look and superior performance. DaVinci leads the industry in the greatest selection of colors, tile thickness and tile width variety. The company’s reliable products have a 50-year limited warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. All DaVinci high-performing roofing products are proudly made in America where the company is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Roofing Contractors, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council.

AceClamp/PMC Industries Can Apply the UL Mark to Roof Fasteners and Solar Kits

AceClamp/PMC Industries has received authorization to apply the UL Mark to its AceClamp non-penetrating, standing-seam metal roof fasteners and solar kits. This stamp of approval indicates a product has passed stringent testing for code requirements and performance.

The AceClamp A2 and Solar Kit and AceCamp ML and Solar Kit were tested for Mechanical Loading and Bonding Evaluation in accordance with UL 2703. The AceClamp A2 and Solar Kit was also evaluated to UL 467 for its integral ground-lug function.

UL 2703 covers rack mounting systems, mounting grounding/bonding components, and clamping/retention devices for specific flat-plate photovoltaic modules and panels. UL 467 applies to grounding and bonding equipment in accordance with national electrical codes.

To meet UL 2703 requirements, mounting and clamping devices are submitted to rigorous testing methods to confirm the products will withstand most any environment and maintain electrical conductivity.

A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply Opens Albany, N.Y., Distribution Center

Metal deck distributor, A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply, announces the Grand Opening of its 13th distribution center in Albany, N.Y. to better serve the Northeast construction industry.

“Our distribution centers allow our company to meet customers’ needs with lower costs, tighter turnaround times and better overall service,” 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 it now.”

A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply has over 42 years of experience in the industry and a complete inventory of metal roof deck, form deck and composite floor decks in stock now at 13 locations including: Chicago; Indianapolis; St. Louis; Kansas City, Mo.; Fort Worth, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Lenoir City (Knoxville), Tenn.; Greensboro, N.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Columbus, Ohio; Atlanta; and Houston.

It is a full service supplier also providing specialty stainless steel, cellular and acoustic decks, construction drawings and handle projects of any size throughout the U.S. and abroad.

ALL Crane Holds Safety Summit

In late May, ALL Crane safety managers from across the country came together in Cleveland to attend a week-long summit on safety. This forum consisted of classes, meetings and hands-on training focused on comprehensive preparation, planning, sharing of best practices and skills improvement across a variety of safety-related areas. The seminar was well attended, with approximately 15 safety mangers from different branches in attendance, and an array of impressive presenters offering interactive training and classroom-style lectures, with active Q&A.

The seminar’s agenda included the following sessions and presenters:

  • Mobile Crane Inspection/Rigging Inspection – presented by the Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Fundamentals – presented by Zurich Insurance Group
  • Environmental Compliance and Waste Stream Management – presented by EnviroServe
  • Drug-Free Workplace Training and DOT Substance Abuse Training – presented by Marty Herf of Herf & Associates/Drug-Free Solutions
  • Fall Protection: Demonstrations and Product Review – presented by Capital Safety’s DBI Sala Fall Protection Products

“Investment like this into regular training of managers and employees can translate into lives saved,” explains Kirk Ward, safety director of the ALL Family of Companies, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. “By asking our safety managers to take a break from their daily interactions with the men and women at our yards, we do more than sharpen their focus and enhance their skills – we create ambassadors for a corporate commitment to safety that runs throughout the entire ALL Family.”

LINE-X Protective Coatings Sponsors Tuff Stuff Off Road Racing Team

LINE-X Protective Coatings has sponsored the Tuff Stuff Off Road Racing Team and supported them in the recent 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in Baja, Mexico for the four day event. As part of the sponsorship, LINE-X coated the roof, fender flares, interior cab, rocker panels and rear cab of the race truck with LINE-X PREMIUM to enhance the quality and durability of the race truck during the course of the event to protect it from the various high intensity elements that occurred.

“LINE-X enjoys showcasing the ruggedness of our product applications and the LINE-X coated truck in the Baja 500 was a great opportunity for us to highlight the durability of the bedliner in a truly rough environment,” said Kevin Heronimus, CEO of LINE-X Protective Coatings. “As with all LINE-X spray-on coatings, the LINE-X PREMIUM application on the truck is a top quality bedliner that is dependable in the most extreme conditions and will be ideal for the remaining race schedule this summer.”

“LINE-X was chosen by the race team for its ability to outperform any other protection coating on the market. LINE-X managed to protect the race truck from the extremely harsh conditions of Baja California where the truck was abused by all of the silt, rocks and deep crevices that beat the truck up,” said Brett Maister, Managing Partner. “The use of LINE-X completely stopped this from happening and allowed the truck to be washed down and race ready in about one day. The LINE-X coating is now officially Baja tested and approved by the Tuff Stuff Team and you cannot get any more extreme than Baja California”

LINE-X is honored to partner with the Tuff Stuff Off Road Racing team to have the opportunity to help enhance their race vehicle to provide a more durable and protected vehicle that can withstand the wear and tear of the event. The truck had the roof, fender flares, interior cab, rocker panels and rear cab coated with LINE-X PREMIUM as part of its preparation for the Baja 500 and remaining racing season. LINE-X PREMIUM is a high quality, fade, rust and impact resistant bedliner coating with an ultra-violet (UV) element to keep the bedliner looking new with a long-lasting luster, even in harsh environments.