Morin Partners with D.I. Roof Seamers

Morin, a Kingspan Group company, announces a partnership with D.I. Roof Seamers to provide customers with seamers for MORIN roofing products.

“The partnership with D.I. Roof Seamers will contribute to two key factors in the growth of MORIN,” said Scott Evans, operations director at MORIN. “First, it will allow MORIN to focus on its core business, which is Single Element Panels. Second, it provides a better avenue for our customers. D.I. offers training classes, online ordering, an impressive seamer maintenance program as well as new and innovative seamers to better support our customers’ needs. In short, the partnership benefits our customers through continued quality and improved customer service.”

MORIN installers needing seamers for MorZip, SRR and SLR (2-inch 90 degrees and 180 degrees) metal roofs can find them at a website created by D.I. Roof Seamers.

“We provide seamers for 35 roof panel manufacturers in the United States and Canada and we do it well,” said Kevin Thomas, director of sales at D.I. Seamers. “When we met with the management team of MORIN, we saw the same kind of commitment to excellence for providing quality products and customer service. The partnership was a natural fit.”

D.I. Roof Seamers calls the site a one-stop experience to secure the rental of seaming tools, review manuals on equipment, view videos, peruse the FAQs section and learn more about D.I. Roof Seamers. Access the D.I. Roof Seamers/Morin Rental Request Form.

Georgia-Pacific Gypsum Expands Canadian Sales

Georgia-Pacific Canada LP, an affiliate of Georgia-Pacific Gypsum, a manufacturer of gypsum products, has expanded its coast-to-coast sales presence in the country.

Three independent sales representative firms, all based in Canada, cover specific territories.
· Div7 Building Systems, based in Surrey, BC, will cover British Columbia
· North 49 Sales Agency Inc., based in Toronto will service Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
· Pilot Group Inc., based in Calgary, AB, will operate in The Prairie Provinces.

According to Leo Bissonnette, regional business manager – Canada & Northeast US, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum, the companies represent all gypsum products, including innovative Dens Brand fiberglass mat panels. This team will focus on building owners, architects and roofing contractors, complementing the work of the company’s internal field sales managers, who focus on drywall contractors and distributors.

Div7 Building Systems is a manufacturers’ representative agency whose prime focus is the promotion of premium manufacturers outlined in Division 7 of the construction specification category. Its principals are Enzo Saponaro, P. Eng., who has more than 16 years of experience in the construction industry, and Robert Jahnsen, who has more than 19 years of sales experience in the construction industry.
Contact information:
Enzo Saponaro
Email: enzo@DIV7.ca
Phone: (604) 644-5934

Robert Jahnsen
Email: robert@DIV7.ca
Phone: (604) 657-5886

North 49 Sales Agency Inc. is a building products sales agency owned and operated by Marc G. Allaire, who has been involved in the building science and roofing industries since 1980 in the areas of engineering, sales, marketing, building science and project management. Allaire and his team bring a wealth of experience in distribution to the table.
Contact information:
Marc G. Allaire
Email: Mallaire@north49sa.com
Phone: (416) 996-6164

Pilot Group Inc., under the direction of its president, Larry Shoesmith, has operated as a sales agency since 2002. Pilot Group represents manufacturers of quality products to cover a wide range of building envelope solutions for building owners, architects, consultants and contractors.
Contact information:
Larry Shoesmith, CTR
Email: larry@pilotgroup.ca
Phone: (403) 560-2107

CertainTeed Launches Second Webisode Featuring Facebook Home Makeover Contest Winner

CertainTeed launched its second webisode in the 2013 Living Spaces Facebook Home Makeover Video Contest featuring the Bielfelt family of Mentor, Ohio. In this webisode, the family is empowered by CertainTeed’s digital design and color tools, allowing them to take a more active role in designing their home’s exterior makeover.

Using the CurbAppeal iPad app, ColorCoach virtual swatch book and ColorView home visualization design tool, the family takes you along as they view and try on roofing, siding and trim color and profile options, and see them applied to a photo of their own home before installation. This, along with guidance from their 5-Star Green and Master Shingle Applicator contractor, RJK Construction Co., of Willoughby, Ohio, helped them choose a winning combination of products to create a vibrant exterior.

Grand prize winner of the $75,000 exterior makeover contest, the Bielfelts are the subject of a series of CertainTeed Living Spaces webisodes documenting the renovation of their 100-year-old home. The series follows the family, along with CertainTeed 5-Star Green, 5-Star Fence and Master Shingle Applicator contractors, from the planning stages of the renovation through its completion. In the first two webisodes, the homeowner selected multiple products, including Cedar Impressions and Monogram siding, Restoration Millwork trim, EverNew decking and railing, Bufftech fence and Landmark Pro roofing.

This summer, yet another lucky homeowner will be eligible to receive $75,000 worth of exterior building products, including installation. To enter the contest, homeowners need to round up their cast of kin, show off their acting talents and upload their most entertaining 30- to 90-second video to the CertainTeed Living Spaces Facebook page. Videos should creatively explain why the home needs a makeover using CertainTeed¹s expansive selection of polymer, insulated and vinyl siding, roofing, housewrap, decking, railing, fence and trim. Find more information and complete contest details.

CertainTeed offers Freedom of Choice through its portfolio of roofing, long-lasting polymer, insulated and vinyl siding as well as fence, railing, decking and exterior trim. CertainTeed offers the advantage of using exterior products from a single source that are designed to mix-and-match with each other and feature authentic textures, versatile styles and rich color combinations, for a beautifully coordinated look. As the result of a strong commitment to environmental responsibility, CertainTeed is the first manufacturer to issue and publish third-party validated life cycle assessments (LCA) for its vinyl and trim product lines.

Firestone Building Products Recognizes 189 Partner in Quality Award Winners

Firestone Building Products Co. LLC recognized 189 firms across the United States, Canada and Mexico with the 2014 Partner in Quality Award. The annual award honors an elite group of Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors for a high level of craftsmanship and the skillset required for superior roofing installations.

Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors are required to complete extensive product installation training. As a testament to their expertise, projects are backed by the Firestone Building Products Red Shield Warranty. Depending on the commercial roofing system, terms of the warranty can range from five years to 30 years.

To qualify, winners had to:

· Install four warranted Firestone Building Products roofs in each of the past five years.
· Maintain at least 1 million square feet of Firestone Building Products roofs under warranty.
· Achieve an annual Quality Incidence Rating (QIR) of 1.5 or less (QIR measures each contractor¹s performance based on warranty repair incidences per million square feet under warranty).

As part of the program, winners are able to participate in the Firestone Building Products Community Service Program which makes them eligible for a $1,000 annual credit to donate labor and materials for community roofing projects.

“At Firestone Building Products, we are committed to working with the best contractors in the industry to ensure the success of every Firestone roofing project,” said Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products. “The Partner in Quality Award honors the expertise, skill and craftsmanship of our hard-working contractors.”

View a complete list of Partner in Quality Award Winners on Firestone Building Products’ website.

AccuTrac Helps Ohio Roofing Contracting Firm Achieve Safety Innovation Award

OMG Roofing Products has announced Advanced Industrial Roofing of Massillon, Ohio, has won the Judge’s Choice OSC Safety Innovation Award from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation by demonstrating the benefits of using the AccuTrac System versus the traditional roofing fastener application method.

AccuTrac from OMG Roofing Products is an ergonomically correct stand-up tool that aligns and installs the insulation fastener in one motion. The system eliminates the need for continuous bending, twisting or kneeling often required in mechanically fastening roof insulation. AccuTrac also keeps workers safer by keeping their hands and face further away from the installation point.

“We have used the AccuTrac System for three years and it has enabled us to increase productivity by 52 percent while keeping our employees safer while they work,” says Fred Horner, president and CEO of Advanced Industrial Roofing. “AccuTrac has given our workers the ability to perform their duties more effectively and enables them to work later in life.”

Sims Crane Earns Insurance-premium Reduction

Because of its superior on-the-job safety score, Sims Crane & Equipment Co. has again earned a significant reduction in its insurance premium. The firm’s Experience Modification Rate (EMR) is 0.68, meaning its insurance premiums will be 68 percent of the premiums required from less safe companies.

“The EMR is a rigorous standard set by insurance companies and the state, so having those outside third parties attest to our superior workplace safety practices and our culture of safety at Sims is a credit to everyone who works here,” declared Dean Sims II, vice president of Marketing at Sims Crane & Equipment.

The EMR is a gauge of past cost of injuries and future probability of injuries. An EMR of 1.0 is considered industry average. The lower the EMR, the lower the firm’s worker compensation insurance premiums will be. The EMR is designed to measure whether a company’s workers’ compensation losses are better or worse than expected. If the experience is worse than expected, a company is punished with a high EMR greater than 1.0. If the experience is better than expected, a company is rewarded with a low EMR below 1.0, paying less for workers compensation premium than a company with a high EMR.

“In Florida, Workers Compensation rates are ultimately determined by the Florida State Department of Insurance. The only real mechanism to apply either good or bad loss experience to the premium calculation is through the experience modifier,” adds Randy Proos, with USI Insurance Services in Coral Gables.

The EMR is calculated by a rating bureau, the National Council on Compensation Insurance, using three years of past loss history, excluding the immediate past year. The 2014 EMR is calculated using the 2012, 2011, 2010 loss experience.

With 325 employees and 381 cranes, lifting devices and associated support equipment operating out of 11 regional offices in Florida, Tampa-based Sims Crane & Equipment Co. is ranked No. 1 in Florida and No. 14 in the nation by American Crane and Transport magazine. Since its founding in Tampa 54 years ago, Sims has been known for its safe, cost-effective, creative and on-time customer service, offering the latest in 3-D lift planning, total transport capabilities, a fully trained service department, and a team of onsite consultants and application specialists.

Matt Martino Joins Morin as Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Matt Martino is joining Morin, a Kingspan Group company, in the role of vice president of Sales and Marketing effective June 1. Martino will oversee and manage six Morin regional sales managers and five independent representative groups across the U.S.

“Matt’s most recent experience with Kingspan Benchmark is both strategic and advantageous, bringing with him his keen technical knowledge of our industry and in particular our metal panel systems; the key players and challenges facing the architectural and design communities,” says Ilhan Eser, CEO of Morin.

“As a leader in architectural single component products, we need to make it a priority to support the architectural community,” Martino adds. “That means being a partner with our customers as opposed to simply a supplier. It also means that, with the advent of systems like Karrier Panel, we need to be a design-stage resource for questions regarding not just aesthetics but also things like proper air, water, thermal and vapor barrier design. If we want to be more than just a cladding element, it will be our job to educate and assist the market as such.”

Morin is a versatile manufacturers of single-element metal wall and roof panel systems. With production facilities in Bristol, Conn.; Deland, Fla.; and Fontana, Calif., MORIN has a combined production capacity of over 50 million square feet, fabricating metal panels in more than 75 different profiles. MORIN Single Element panels are 100 percent recyclable and meet the requirements for the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. Morin’s nationwide sales network and in-house technical service teams are dedicated to providing innovative solutions for today’s progressive architecture. Access profiles, specifications, CAD details, load span charts and technical manuals.

S-5! and LM Curbs Celebrate 20 Years of Collaboration

S-5!, a provider of attachment technology for the metal roofing industry, celebrates its 20-year association with LMCurbs, a single-source supplier of metal roofing accessories. Impressively, LMCurbs has sold more than 8 million S-5! product components during that time.

According to S-5! CEO, Rob Haddock, when it comes to attaching metal roof applications, “S-5! and LMCurbs have maintained a successful relationship because of our mutual commitment to genuine innovation and the highest quality standards.”

VP of Marketing at LMCurbs, Clint Funderburk, agreed wholeheartedly, saying: “Partnering with S-5! has really proven to be a jointly-profitable business venture. Each member on our carefully selected team represents the highest level of expertise in their respective skill. So what we’re finding at LMCurbs is that architects and contractors look to us for answers when it comes to finding solutions for the most challenging aspects of metal roofing applications. We, in turn, are able to provide them with truly innovative and unique attachment solutions by S-5!”

LMCurbs was the first distributor to carry the world-renown S-5! ColorGard bar snow-retention system and was also the first to carry the globally popular S-5-PV Kit for mounting solar. LMCurbs distributes the full line of S-5! products, including the two newest S-5! innovations, the X-Gard pipe snow retention system and the Utility System.

Atlas Roofing Offers Express Service for Greater Chicago Area

Atlas Roofing Corp. now offers Atlas Express Service for LTL (less than truckload) product pickups at its new regional distribution center in the greater Chicago area.

Distributors can order Atlas Commercial Roofing products to be picked up the very next day, Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Orders can be placed by calling (800) 677-1476.

“This new service is a prime example of how Atlas Roofing is committed to serving Chicago-area distributors,” says Tim Milroy, Atlas Midwest regional sales manager. “The ability to order today and pickup tomorrow gives our customers a solid edge over competitors.”

Atlas Express product pickups are available at the Axis Logistics Management warehouse, 1099 Pratt Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. The warehouse is conveniently located with quick access to Interstate Highways 90, 290 and 294. Detailed directions to the warehouse are available by calling (224) 222-0010.

To get complete details about Atlas Express Service, contact Atlas Chicago Sales Manager Paul Mullins at (630) 885-5447 or email him.

Ultra HT Wind & Water Seal Underlayment Formally Approved by Miami-Dade

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, has announced that its Ultra HT Wind & Water Seal high temperature roofing underlayment has been formally approved by Miami-Dade to comply with the Florida Building Code including the High Velocity Hurricane Zone. A copy of the NOA No. 13-1125.06 can be found on Miami-Dade’s website.

This self-adhering “self-stick” roofing underlayment is composed of a cool white, non-slip, cross-laminated, high density polyethylene film laminated to a high temperature rubberized asphalt adhesive system. This premium product is extremely tough and durable, and offers a 90-day UV exposure rating.

Ultra HT is engineered as a whole roof underlayment for use under asphalt shingle and metal roofing systems. Product rolls out smooth and lays flat while offering the contractor excellent foot traction. Ultra HT comes with a split release liner for use in valleys, ridges, around chimneys and at eaves for protection against ice dams, wind-driven rain and water penetration. Ultra HT aggressively adheres directly to the roof deck and self-seals around roofing fasteners. Product is rated to 250°F maximum.

Ultra HT has a thickness of 45 mils nominal and is available in a 36-inch width by 67-foot length (2 square) roll. Product meets ASTM D 1970, Florida Building Code FL16562, Miami-Dade County NOA 13-1125.06 and comes with a 10-Year Limited Warranty.