GAF to Open New Asphalt Shingle Manufacturing Facility in Missouri

GAF has selected a 147-acre site in Missouri for the company’s newest asphalt roofing shingle manufacturing facility. This facility will be GAF’s 14th shingle plant and its eighth with a four-wide laminator. This new, state-of-the-art plant will significantly increase GAF’s industry-leading production capacity and enhance GAF’s customer service throughout North America and beyond.

With more than 320,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and office space, GAF’s new facility will have the highest production capacity of any shingle manufacturing plant in the industry and will be equipped with the most modern technology. This will allow GAF to continue to offer the highest quality and most consistent product utilizing its proprietary Advanced Protection Shingle Technology.

GAF continues to lead the industry by investing in new technology, and the Missouri facility represents another chapter in GAF’s rich heritage of innovation.

“Our newest plant demonstrates GAF’s commitment to expanding our business and to serving our customers with the most innovative technology by delivering quality product when and where our customers need it,” said Bob Tafaro, president and chief executive officer of GAF. “We’re proud to have a new home in Missouri. Building this plant is consistent with our desire to create quality manufacturing jobs right here in America and strengthen the U.S. manufacturing economy.”

The plant will directly employ about 125 people, and operations are expected to begin by the end of 2017. The plant will serve GAF’s Midwest markets and further enables the company to best serve all of its markets and customers.

“Missouri makes what the world wants, and manufacturing continues to be an important and growing sector of our economy,” Missouri Governor Jay Nixon stated. “In today’s global economy, companies like GAF have many options for where to take their jobs and investments. By choosing to build their new state-of-the-art plant here in Moberly, they are recognizing Missouri’s competitive business climate and highly skilled workforce. We are very proud to welcome GAF to the Show-Me State.”

“We are excited to welcome GAF to Moberly, and we understand that this manufacturing facility will have a significant impact on the economy in north-central Missouri,” said Mayor John Kimmons. “This new facility will be a great fit for our qualified workforce, which is armed with the skills for today’s high-tech manufacturing environment.” Mayor Kimmons added, “We are grateful that GAF’s ownership group chose to make this important investment in the Magic City, and we are confident that GAF will be a good corporate citizen and a great addition to our community.”

Acculynx Moves into a Redeveloped Office Space in Beloit, Wis.

Growing fast and strong, specialty trade business management software leader Acculynx has moved into a 21,000-square-foot newly redeveloped office space in Beloit, Wis., as it tries to keep pace with the company’s expanding customer base.

“The good part of success is that you outgrow your office,” says Richard Spanton Jr., president and CEO of AccuLynx. “We’re so excited about what this new space will mean for us in terms of future expansion and in continuing to acquire the best developers in the country.”

AccuLynx, in conjunction with Beloit-based Hendricks Commercial Properties, chose the Ironworks redevelopment site, transforming a previous manufacturing location into a fun, funky tech space designed, in part, to draw first-rate IT talent.

“The best developers mean the best software. The goal has always been to bring the very best product to the marketplace … to save time, money and headaches for specialty trade contractors. This new space gives us the room and resources to continue to do that as we grow,” says Spanton.

AccuLynx cloud-based business management software gives specialty trade contractors a faster and better way to run their small businesses, from lead development to customer relationship management, project management to production scheduling, financial tracking to business analysis.

A formal ribbon-cutting event will be held in May once all finishing touches on the space are complete. Spanton has a personal tie to the building itself, too. He says: “AccuLynx chose Beloit and the Ironworks location in particular because the vibe is the perfect fit for our fun, funky culture. I am also extremely proud that our new office is in one of the buildings my grandfather worked in for 40 years at the old Beloit Corp. It’s so exciting to be putting a new heartbeat in this unique historical building. I like to think the new voices and footsteps we bring will honor those of the men and women, like my grandfather, who worked here before us.”

The new space features the original exposed heavy steel structure, a masonry exterior with modern amenities, including high efficiency LED lights and HVAC. The space is designed to optimize natural light in an open, fun, and attractive floor plan that includes a full kitchen, outdoor patio, shower facilities, game rooms, and a slide for employees to take from the 2nd floor.

AccuLynx will relocate 30 employees from its current headquarters in Rockton, Ill. The new space can accommodate an additional 70 people to keep pace with anticipated growth over the next three years. AccuLynx received aid from the WEDC as an incentive to move to Wisconsin. Working in conjuction with Hendriks Commercial Properties, the space was designed by Excel Engineering (city) and built by Corporate Contractors Inc. (city)

“We are extremely pleased that AccuLynx selected Ironworks for their new headquarters. They are a progressive company with a proven track record of success and a limitless future. AccuLynx will bolster the IT cluster that is forming in Beloit and will bring much needed living wage jobs to this community. The new AccuLynx office space is just the next step in HCP’s plan to totally redevelop and transform the former Beloit Corp complex that was once an obsolete, blighted building into a state of the art facility that is the home to vibrant and growing manufacturing, engineering and IT companies,” notes Mark Membrino Vice President, Hendricks Commercial Properties.

Hendricks Commercial Properties currently manages and owns over 15 million square feet of real estate properties in 39 states. Property types include industrial, office, retail, multifamily and development land. From vision to reality, Hendricks Commercial Properties applies integrity, experience and teamwork to create value in real estate development and management.

IKO Announces Rebate Program on Its Pro4 Roofing System

IKO has announced a rebate program based on sales of the company’s Pro4 Roofing System.

“With the unusually severe weather conditions we’ve experienced across the United States this winter, it’s reasonable to expect a high volume of reroofing work once the warmer weather arrives,” says IKO’s Marketing Director Carol Perkins. “In anticipation of that, we’re offering rebates to professional roofing contractors who use IKO’s Pro4 Roofing System.”

She explains that the IKO Pro4 Roofing System is a multi-layered roofing system designed and engineered to work together with IKO’s laminated architectural shingles.

Perkins adds: “Our most popular line of shingles is our Cambridge Collection. These architectural laminated shingles are available in three different versions and a wide array of colors. Our IR (Impact Resistant) Shingle is suitable for regions where hail storms and other harsh weather conditions are a concern. Our HD, or High-Definition version, is our most recent offering available in color blends called the Nature’s Accents Collection. We’re offering a rebate of $4 per square on Cambridge Shingles used with any three of Pro4 Roofing System components.”

She says homeowners may also choose from IKO’s premium architectural laminated shingles: Royal Estate, Crowne Slate or Armourshake. Those will earn contractors a rebate of $6 per square with any three of Pro4 components purchased.

Qualifying accessory products include IKO’s Hip & Ridge 12, Hip and Ridge or Ultra HP ridge cap shingles, IKO GoldShield, Armourgard or StormShield ice and water protector, RoofGard-Cool Grey synthetic underlayment and IKO Leading Edge Plus starter strip shingles.

IKO is offering its rebates on qualifying purchases made between April 1 and Nov. 30, 2014. That’s a much larger than usual window of opportunity.

DaVinci Roofscapes Launches ‘Shake It Up’ Exterior Color Contest

DaVinci Roofscapes, a polymer roofing manufacturer, launched the 2014 “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest on March 21, 2014, in conjunction with International Colour Day. Open to all homeowners nationwide the contest includes a $5,000 cash grand prize to help the winner add color to the exterior of his or her home.

To enter the contest, homeowners should visit the DaVinci Facebook page. After “Liking” the page, a person can enter by submitting a digital photo of their home’s exterior along with up to a 250-word description stating how they wish to “shake up” the exterior of their home with color and colorful products.

National color expert Kate Smith will again help judge the contest to determine five finalists. She will then work with a professional artist to create renderings and product wish lists of how the five finalists can transform their home’s exteriors by adding color and colorful products manufactured by the contest sponsor and partners. The original photo submission and the artist’s renderings for the five finalists will be posted on the contest site for two weeks of online public voting from May 19, 2014, to June 1, 2014. The finalist with the most online votes will receive the $5,000 grand prize.

“This is the second year we’re doing this fun contest to showcase how easy it is to add ‘top down’ color to the home’s exterior,” says Smith, president and chief color maven of Sensational Color. “The timing is perfect to launch the contest on International Colour Day. Just as we did in 2013, we¹re going to help people turn ordinary home exteriors into extraordinary, color-coordinated showstoppers!”

The contest sponsor, DaVinci Roofscapes, offers polymer slate and shake roofing tiles in 49 standard colors with the option to custom create any color a homeowner desires. Contest partners Therma-Tru doors and Fypon urethane and PVC trim products also offer product options that allow homeowners to enhance their home’s exterior in colorful ways.

The “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest is open for online entries until April 13, 2014. After the selection of the five finalists, public online voting will take place from May 19, 2014 to June 1, 2014. The grand prize winner will be announced on June 10, 2014. Find more information, along with the entry form, complete rules and regulations regarding the contest.

More than 170 entries were received during the inaugural year of the 2013 “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest. Homeowners Dennis and Pat Hodkinson of Paris, Tenn., won the $5,000 grand prize for their “Facelift” submission. “The prize money allowed us to turn several home improvement dreams of ours into reality,” says Dennis Hodkinson. “We still have colorful house dreams and plan to add more color and enhancements to our home in the future!”

Homeowners looking for color exterior ideas and inspiration can download the free ebooks written by Smith, “FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior” and “5 Steps for Finding the Perfect Color Hues for Your Home” on DaVinci’s website.

Georgia-Pacific Completes Integration of Temple-Inland Building Products

Thanks to Georgia-Pacific LLC‘s acquisition of Temple-Inland Building Products, its Georgia-Pacific Gypsum division is bigger—but more importantly, better.

With integration of two of the industry’s most experienced building materials manufacturers now complete, a larger and even more experienced team of employees is offering customers a broader range of products, more convenient distribution and—soon—new systems designed to improve customer service.

Among the highlights of the “new” Georgia-Pacific Gypsum are:

  • More Products: The company’s enhanced portfolio of products offers customers more UL approved fire-rated assemblies; a growing family of lightweight products; the addition of paper-faced sheathing, shaftliner and soffit boards to the ToughRock family; and wider availability of the trusted Dens line of fiberglass mat gypsum panels.
  • More Convenient Distribution: With the addition of high-quality assets, we’ve added 40 percent more capacity and a wider geographic footprint, giving customers added peace of mind when placing an order for any of the numerous products in the Dens and ToughRock product families.
  • Improved Customer Service: By adding 350 talented employees, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum now has an experienced and trusted 2,000-person workforce determined to make doing business with the company easier than ever.

“Georgia-Pacific Gypsum is now bigger and better than ever, offering customers products, distribution and service unparalleled in the industry,” says Mike McCoy, vice president of marketing for Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. “We are delighted with the swift integration of Temple-Inland Building Products’ talented people, high-quality plants and products, allowing us to further optimize the customer experience.”

Georgia-Pacific completed its $710 million acquisition of Temple-Inland Building Products assets from International Paper Co. in July 2013. The purchase included facilities that manufacture the following building materials: fiberboard, gypsum products, lumber, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and particleboard.

FlashCo’s Website Now Is Mobile-friendly

FlashCo has made its website mobile-friendly. Users can build a quote from a job site via smartphone or tablet. They can view detailed product info, download drawings, request pricing quotes, view videos, and find a rep or distributor.

IB Roof Systems Commits to RCI Foundation Donation

Sixty seconds of an RCI Trade Show attendee’s time equals a donation to the RCI Foundation. IB Roof Systems has announced it will donate a minimum of $1,000 to the Lewis W. Newlan Educational Fund on Sunday, March 23, during the annual RCI Foundation Auction at the 19th Annual RCI Conference and Trade Show in Anaheim, Calif.

In an effort to educate RCI roofing consultants about IB’s PVC Single Ply Roofing Systems, the company has agreed to donate $20 per trade show attendee who visits the IB booth and answers a few simple questions that comprise the 60-second, “IB-IQ” questionnaire. The IB-IQ questionnaire is an iPAD-based set of questions about IB, their products and the roofing systems they offer.

In an effort to support the educational initiatives of the RCI Foundation, IB has pledged a donation of at least $1,000 and possibly more based on how many attendees answer the IB-IQ questionnaire. At $20 per attendee, the more attendees who complete the IB-IQ questionnaire the more money IB will give to the RCI Foundation up to $5,000.

“RCI is an invaluable organization that strives to continually improve our industry. Furthermore, RCI is aligned with our brand promise by recognizing and promoting time tested, high quality roofing products installed by well trained roofing contractors,” says a company executive. “IB Roof Systems is proud to support the educational efforts of the RCI Foundation.”

The RCI Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization that financially supports activities that advance the knowledge of the building envelope, including publications, educational programs and research. The Foundation is separate and independent from RCI, Inc., which is the organizer of the RCI Conference and Trade Show, to be held at the Anaheim Hilton and Anaheim Convention Center March 20-25.

IB’s Phillip David, director of Technical Services and RCI member, will present the check at the RCI Foundation auction to be held 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the Hilton.

GAF Roofs Recognized in ARMA’s 2014 Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study Program

Three GAF roofs were recognized in ARMA’s (the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association’s) 2014 Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study (QARC) program. The QARC program seeks to recognize industry professionals who use asphaltic roofing and to document successful projects that illustrate the benefits of asphalt roofing systems.

Winning the Gold award was Doral City Hall, submitted by Precision Roofing Corp. of Miami. The built-up roofing project tasked the contractor with performing a complex roofing job under tight government scrutiny while protecting the building’s assets, reducing costs, and assuring roof longevity. In addition, Precision Roofing was mandated to install an energy-efficient roof system using a cap sheet that exceeds the reflectance requirements of ENERGY STAR, Title 24 and the Miami 21 Initiative. The project featured multiple roof areas, including a portion over lightweight insulating concrete using the GAFGLAS Stratavent Eliminator Nailable Venting Base Sheet, three plies of premium glass ply, and the hot-mopped EnergyCap BUR cap sheet. This premium roof system features high reflectivity, meets the latest building code standards, and offers reliable and redundant protection for this important government facility.

This year’s Silver award-winning project was completed by Advanced Roofing Inc. of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on a high-profile Publix grocery store. As a Publix Corporate preferred roofing contractor, Advanced Roofing was chosen from more than 200 other bidders for this new construction roofing project. The 60,000-square-foot roof consists of three plies of Type 6 hot-mopped roofing felt followed by one ply of Ruberoid PRF modified bitumen fire-rated cap sheet, and then coated with a white/gray striped design. The coating added reflective performance and an aesthetic design, offering Publix the extra protection of a four-ply asphalt roofing system that features both durability and sustainability. In fact, Publix Corporate uses asphalt-based roofing for 90 percent of its properties, and this roof was the 70th new roof installed by Advanced Roofing Inc. for the grocery store chain since 1996.

Achieving Honorable Mention in the 2014 ARMA QARC contest was The Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., submitted by Mark J. Sobeck Roof Consulting Inc. The decision to go with GAF’s Monaco roofing shingles in Venetian Coral was based on the County’s desire to re-create the look of the original building’s European clay tile while saving up to 70 percent of the cost of the original roof. The asphalt roofing shingles were also chosen for their durability, impact resistance, and ability to hold up to roof traffic compared with the original barrel-shaped Spanish tile. Not only has this roof become the talk of the town of Wilkes-Barre, it also met the four key criteria specified by the County and the roof consultant: durability, aesthetics, reliability, and cost.

“These three award-winning projects are great examples of how asphalt-based roofing can do it all—on low- and steep-slope roofs for a variety of clients,” says Lynn Picone, director of inside sales at GAF. “The roofing industry is indebted to ARMA and its leadership for following through on yet another successful QARC program. This case study program provides all industry professionals the opportunity to share good roofing practices and have their efforts recognized by ARMA’s panel of judges.”

American WeatherStar Redesigns Website

American WeatherStar has redesigned its website.

The six-month project was an effort to improve navigation and drive more building owners and managers to the site. American WeatherStar believes the new site design will accomplish the goals with a more intuitive presentation based on presenting its three core product divisions—Coatings, Spray Foam and Single-Ply—within a clean, easy-to-use and search-engine friendly environment.

The site has also been relocated to a new server, which may require frequent site visitors to clear their browser’s cache and history before the new site is visible. Be sure to update your bookmarks, too.

As a work in progress, American WeatherStar constantly strives to improve upon how the organization is presented. The company requests you share suggestions about its site, services and products.

Metalforming Names David Prokop Executive Vice President

MetalForming Inc. (MFI) has named David Prokop its new executive vice president.

Prokop brings more than 25 years of experience as a sales, marketing and operations executive in the sheet metal machine industry. For the past 10 years, he has been a co-owner of International Technologies Inc., Schaumburg, Ill., which imports metal folding, forming and welding equipment.

“David will be running both our hardware and business services side,” says MetalForming CEO Geoff Stone. “I’ve known him for 30 years, and without question he is one of the single best machine tool salesmen in North America. He has an enormous amount of expertise. He has broad experience selling European-made high-tech machine tools. He knows everything about our business on the technical side, and he actually began his career as a high precision sheet metal service technician. We’re fortunate to have him.”

MetalForming Inc. is the largest supplier of high-end architectural sheet metal machines in North America. In recent years, the company has also been developing software, communications, training and consulting services that enable customers in the metal roofing industry to network their machines on a factory floor and/or at the job site to reduce waste, increase productivity and respond to “just-in-time” needs of the construction business.

MetalForming’s advancements in lean manufacturing and factory automation are key reasons Prokop was eager to join the MetalForming team.

“What really excites me is the explosion about to take place in this industry to harness technology to combat market pressures and competition,” he says. “Particularly on the software end of the spectrum. Shop floor control, production control, call it what you will, similar software has been around for a long time in other industries. Those industries today could not function without it. But this is just starting to be adopted in our manufacturing world.

“At the same time, I have always been a huge advocate of lean manufacturing. To now be part of bringing these new technologies and solutions to the metal fabrication industry, I don’t know what can be more exciting than that.”

Prokop has been working in the machine tool and metal fabrication industry since 1986, shortly after getting his bachelor’s degree from the College of Industrial Technologies and Engineering at Southern Illinois University.

He says that given the huge opportunities that metal companies have to increase profit and efficiency by embracing new technologies and processes, he expects the adoption rate for new machine technology to pick up a lot of speed.

“Investment will become a natural component of increasing margins, not a cost,” he adds. “I mean, if it costs a billion dollars, but you save $500 million every year, who wouldn’t go out and borrow a billion to invest?”

Prokop says he has long admired what MetalForming has brought to the industry. “I’ve always had great respect for the team that they had built here. But until I became a part of it, I never knew the extent to which each and every person here truly does everything in their power to make things better for each customer they take care of. No one here really talks about this, or has procedures or processes that say ‘take care of our customers,’ they just do it. It is part of MFI DNA. It is commonly referred to here as the MFI family, and this extended family includes, first and foremost, all of the customers we are employed to take care of. That focus is very special.”