N.B. Handy Showcases Sheet Metal Machinery During ‘Spring Fling 2014’

The N.B. Handy Company held its “Spring Fling 2014” Machinery Show on April 28-30 in Lynchburg, Va. Top roofing vendors brought their machines and worked with Paul Seufer, general manager at N.B. Handy, to showcase profitability through productivity.

The “Spring Fling” is the largest architectural sheet metal show under one roof in the Mid Atlantic Region. Attendees saw live demonstrations of the full suite of machinery products, including Quadro pan former, Lockformer CNC plasma cutter, Norlok metal fastening machine, Flagler Offset Snaplock machine and an ironworker to manufacture gutter brackets and punch holes.

Participating vendors were excited to travel from all over the country to meet with N.B. Handy customers and engage and share in the concepts and technologies being highlighted. The crowd saw lots of machines, asked questions and observed demonstrations with their own spec parts. Several customers took advantage of show specials to help them get the best machines into their shops now, at the beginning of the construction season.

Seufer took the opportunity of having the show serve a dual purpose; he held a roofing hands-on training session for the N.B. Handy roofing staff members and the employees at their subsidiary company, Morris Ginsberg. To qualify for participation, each person had to pass a pre-test to prove they were prepared to build a roof. The group worked as a cohesive crew to build a mock-up of a roof, incorporating ANSI and SPRI National Standards. This invaluable exercise showed the team what their contractors do on a daily basis.

“The Spring Fling was a place for everyone to bring their curiosity about the roofing industry and see for themselves, through a working exhibition, the incredible array of machines available today that keep us productive and profitable,” Seufer says.

N.B. Handy, headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., has 14 strategically located, full-service sales and distribution facilities in Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

During the Spring Fling, a hands-on training session took place for the N.B. Handy roofing staff and the employees of N.B. Handy's subsidiary company Morris Ginsberg

During the Spring Fling, a hands-on training session took place for the N.B. Handy roofing staff and the employees of N.B. Handy’s subsidiary company Morris Ginsberg.

CertainTeed Opens Warehouse in First Phase of Midwest Production and Distribution Site

CertainTeed Corp. has commemorated the opening of a new state-of-the-art 150,000 square-foot roofing product warehouse, located 60 miles west of St. Louis in Jonesburg, Mo. The warehouse is the first phase of a planned $100 million complex set to open in 2016, which will serve as the Midwestern production and distribution site for all of the company’s high-performance roofing products, optimally servicing Central U.S. customers.

The baseball-themed open house event, “Rounding Third and Heading for Home,” allowed guests, including contractors, architects, distributors and local dignitaries, an opportunity to participate in educational seminars, product demonstrations and tours of the new facility.

“Opening this spectacular new warehouse on schedule is a testament to our firm commitment to the St. Louis community, as well as the graciousness of state and local officials,: says Tom Smith, president of CertainTeed Roofing. “Our company was founded over a century ago in St. Louis, and we’re proud to say we’re well on our way to having another home base in the area, which will guarantee efficient, local order delivery.”

Construction is already underway for the 60,000 square-foot manufacturing facility that will produce CertainTeed’s highly popular Landmark roofing shingles. When complete, the facility will serve as the production and distribution site for residential roofing shingles, bringing approximately 100 new permanent, local jobs to the community over the next few years, along with an estimated 400 ancillary local jobs in trucking, welding and maintenance services.

In addition to the Jonesburg facility, CertainTeed operates 10 asphalt shingle plants, one low-slope commercial roofing facility and three stand-alone granule production plants throughout the U.S. ‹ which includes the world’s largest roofing plant in Oxford, N.C.

Isaiah Industries Acquires RoofAquaGuard Underlayment Distribution

Effective May 14, 2014, Isaiah Industries Inc., has acquired the North American distribution of the RoofAquaGuard line of roofing underlayments. Based in Piqua, Ohio, Isaiah Industries has formerly served as a re-seller of the products through Nordic Waterproofing of Finland.

According to Isaiah president Todd Miller, “We are very excited to expand our involvement with roofing underlayments. We were one of the first companies to import synthetic underlayments into the United States many years ago. We see the value of these products and remain committed to providing our customers with high quality products and caring customer service.”

Assisting Isaiah in its efforts will be David Nemes of Vancouver, British Columbia. David has long been involved in the underlayment industry and will serve as a consultant to Isaiah, helping them achieve wider distribution.

The primary products included in this transaction are RoofAquaGuard UDLX which is a 5-foot-wide synthetic underlayment with a slip-resistant top surface. The RoofAquaGuard MT product is a self-adhering ice and watershield product with a slip-resistant and non-asphaltic top surface. The company also offers a breathable roofing and siding underlayment as well as a mesh product for ventilation, sound-deadening, and energy efficiency beneath roofing and siding products. Currently being introduced is RoofAquaGuard ECO which is a product designed for the metal, SBS, asphalt, and fiberglass shingle industries at a very competitive cost.

The company is currently aggressively working to develop new products and expand its involvement with products for waterproofing as well as vapor and moisture transmission control in the building envelope. Products are distributed from warehouses in Piqua, Ohio and Kent, Wash.

New Tech Machinery Sells Roof Panel and Gutter Machine Accessories Online

New Tech Machinery now offers an online Estore that sells roof panel and gutter machine accessories and parts. The introduction of the online Estore means that with the few clicks of a mouse, parts and machine accessories can be ordered from anywhere at any time.

The Estore offers New Tech Machinery’s most popular parts and accessories for roof and gutter machines as well as products that can be used to clean and maintain the machines. New Tech Machinery has the largest parts department in the industry and most parts can ship within one day.

Shoppers can access the Estore on the website through the yellow “Visit Estore” button located on the left-hand side of the screen. The store accepts major credit cards. Any customers using the Estore for the first time are welcome to call New Tech Machinery at (800) 574-1717 for help completing an order. Watch for future coupons for use in the Estore.

Global Cranes Launches Lease-to-own Program

Global Cranes, the exclusive distributor of the Zoomlion RT and Crawler crane lines, has just created a one-of-a-kind lease to own program where 100 percent of the payments made go toward the purchase of one of its world-class cranes.

With special financing from Zoomlion Capital, Global Cranes is now leasing its cranes on three- to six-month plans to its U.S. clients, starting at just $5,000 a month for the RT40, a 40-US ton capacity rough terrain crane.

The RT40 is only one of a complete line of cranes loaded with features and a best-in-class chart for lifts at radius. Five models, all ANSI certified, with lifting capacities ranging from 40 to 110 US tons are available. Designed in the U.S. and built by Zoomlion, the entire line has equal or superior construction, features and equipment compared to competing cranes at a fraction of the cost. Now with its new lease-to-own program, Global is making its cranes even more affordable.

“We’ve been flooded with inquiries since we started our revolutionary lease to own program,” said Ed Gibson, Global Sales Manager. “I’m proud of our line and our clients are thrilled with being able to get into a Zoomlion RT so affordably.”

Every crane leased through this program comes with a one-year, 2,000-hour warranty. Based on the popularity of its cranes, Global has recently and dramatically ramped up its parts and service centers, increasing the size and staff to help streamline inquiries. All cranes are available for immediate delivery anywhere in the U.S.

IMT Hydraulic Loader Sales, Parts and Service Now Available in Florida

Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announces the addition of Equipment Repair Solutions Inc., of Tampa, Fla., to its distributor network. Equipment Repair Solutions now offers IMT hydraulic loader sales, parts and service to customers throughout Florida.

Equipment Repair Solutions brings decades of individual experience servicing boom trucks and cranes, including IMT hydraulic loaders. The company has extended its product offering to include the IMT 16000, 24562 and 28562 hydraulic loaders, which are ideal for handling stacked or palletized material in the building supply and construction industries.

“We’re pleased to welcome Equipment Repair Solutions as our newest distributor partner,” said John Field, product manager of material handling at IMT. “The company is well-respected in the local hydraulic loader market, and their staff shares our commitment to customer success. With high-quality loader sales and service, Equipment Repair Solutions can help our Florida customers increase productivity and profitability.”

In addition to IMT hydraulic loaders, Equipment Repair Solutions offers a complete range of on-site and in-shop maintenance and repair services, along with OSHA crane inspections and fabrication.

“We take pride in providing our customers the highest-quality products and service,” said Anthony Stanonis, president of Equipment Repair Solutions. “We’re proud to be a distributor of IMT hydraulic loaders, and we look forward to building existing customer relationships and starting new ones.”

GAF Sponsors Certified Green Distributor Program

GAF is sponsoring the new Certified Green Distributor Program, an extension of the highly successful Certified Green Dealer Program. The Certified Green Distributor Program now offers online, on-demand training, green certification and marketing support to the nation’s one-step distributors.

The training is web-based and covers five topics that are central to one-step distributors: Air Sealing, Cladding, Roofing, Insulation, and Roof Shingle Recycling. Each course module is accompanied by a downloadable study guide.

GAF’s sponsorship is just one of the many steps that the company has taken to support green-building training and roof recycling initiatives. In addition to sponsoring the Certified Green Distributor Program, GAF has instituted highly regarded internal sustainability efforts. GAF has also launched the Certified Green Roofer Program, which includes a multiyear sponsorship of ShingleRecycling.org, a site that helps contractors and distributors connect with qualified shingle recyclers across the U.S. and Canada. Its dedicated webpage for green building, offers a wide range of related resources, including tools and information to educate and inform roofers and contractors about the importance of cool roofs, roof ventilation, and green codes and rating systems.

CSI Specifications Available for Colt Natural Ventilation Products

New Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) three-part specifications have been developed for Colt natural ventilation products and are currently available online, making it much easier for building design professionals to specify these new products.

CSI is an organization that keeps and changes the standardization of construction language as it pertains to building specifications. CSI provides structured guidelines for specification writing and its MasterFormat serves as the organizational structure for building products in the construction to help architects, engineers, owners, contractors, and manufacturers classify how products are typically used.

CSI 3-Part Specifications are available for Colt natural ventilation products and can be found and downloaded from the Download Center on the Bilco/Colt website.

VELUX America Study Finds Skylights Offer Energy Efficiency to Single-family Homes

Homes that depend more on skylights in combination with vertical windows to provide adequate levels of daylight tend to be more energy efficient, according to a study commissioned by VELUX America.

“A Study of the Energy Impacts of Residential Skylights in Different Climates,” prepared by Group14 Engineering, used computer models based on a 1-story, open plan, single-family home modeled under code-compliant conditions of California’s Title 24 regulations (California Energy Commission, 2008), Residential Package D. The baseline-modeled home has a maximum 20 percent window-to-floor area (with no skylights) with windows evenly distributed on all facades to achieve an average daylight factor of 5 percent.

Researchers added skylights and adjusted the amount and configuration of vertical windows to test how the model would perform in different climate zones, while giving the living space sufficient daylight to allow lights to be switched off. The study explored the effects of these configurations on the utility bills generated by the model homes in Los Angeles and Napa, California, and then expanded the models to Boston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Minneapolis, Orlando and Seattle, using their specific code requirements.

It found that by providing daylight from above via skylights, the total fenestration area could be reduced from a maximum 20 percent of floor area to as low as 12 percent of floor area while achieving the same baseline average of daylight factor target of five percent.

This was found to reduce annual heating and cooling energy use and costs in all but two of the 108 models with skylights that the group analyzed. Lighting savings, shading efficiencies, and increased natural ventilation attributable to skylights were not evaluated for simplicity. Further studies are planned to look into quantifying these additional efficiency contributions.
“While we have always known the intangible benefits of adding daylighting from above to homes, this study provides empirical evidence that natural light from skylights can contribute to the home’s overall energy efficiency,” said Stephan Moyon, direct of sales for VELUX America.

An in-depth discussion of the study, as part of a GreenExpo365 webinar titled “How To Reduce Energy Use By Improving Daylighting,” is available online. The full study report is available from VELUX upon request. VELUX continues to study and document the role and effectiveness of skylights in providing daylighting and passive ventilation.

Ceiling Finishing System Meets Florida Building Code

Zip-UP Ceiling finishing system is designed for finishing the underside of exterior soffits at schools, hospitals, airports, and commercial facilities. Testing for wind pressure, under both static load and cyclic load, was performed in accordance with the requirements of the Florida Building Code (High Velocity Hurricane Zone) and the product meets every Florida standard for static and cyclic load tests of hurricane strength winds. The Static Load Test (TAS 202) is performed, in several ascending stages, under test conditions that eventually meet -110 psf design pressure for a prescribed length of time. The Cyclic Load Test (TAS 203) tests under various alternating positive/negative pressures for 631 cycles.

Made from durable interlocking PVC components engineered to fit together easily, Zip-UP Ceiling provides a flat, clean, grid-free washable mildew and mold resistant paintable ceiling surface. The panels unzip for quick access to mechanical and electrical services in the soffit. Unlike steel finishing systems which rust and require pressure washing, Zip-UP Ceiling is rust-free and can be cleaned with a garden hose.

The manufacturer warrants that the system is free from defects, materials and workmanship for 25 years from the date of purchase and that the components will continue to zip together for that time.