Congress Associates Announces Sales Representative Agreement with Karnak Corp.

Congress Associates announces a new independent sales representative agreement with Karnak Corp. Congress Associates will be responsible for product representation in all of the New England states including Connecticut and the Albany, N.Y., market. The company has represented coating and restoration systems for numerous years and is pleased to align itself with Karnak reflective and fire retardant coatings.

“Karnak has been long known for quality coating products and offers a line of high end restoration and waterproofing systems,” says John Massengill, Congress Associates president. “We are constantly looking to improve our service offerings by aligning ourselves with manufacturers at the forefront of product development. Karnak is the perfect addition to our roofing and waterproofing services offered. Our customers further benefit from innovative solutions provided by trusted sources in the industry to best protect their assets.”

Karnak manufactures a complete line of reflective coatings, cements and sealants for roofing, waterproofing and maintenance. Karnak is the premier manufacturer of Energy Star labeled coatings. All products are tested for fire resistance and wind uplift, approved by UL, FM, certified to comply with ASTM specifications and are CRRC listed. The company’s Energy Star labeled coatings qualify for LEED points as part of LEED Certified buildings.

Moisture, water intrusion and reducing energy consumption are a concern for all building owners and property managers. Karnak Kanopy reflective roof and maintenance coatings reduce roof surface temperature by preventing heat absorption, extend the life of the roof and reduce building operating costs. These coatings lessen the heat island effect, benefiting the environment.

AES Raptor and Premier Rail Systems Merge to Focus on Safety

Falling is easily one of the most dangerous aspects in the roofing and construction industry. When a fall occurs on a job site, it often results in serious injury or death. In the effort to prevent such hazards, AES Raptor LLC of North Kansas City, Mo., and Premier Rail Systems Inc. of Kansas City, Kan., have merged to create Leading Edge Safety LLC.

According to the The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), falls are the leading cause of fatal injury in the construction industry. In fact, half of all work-related fatal falls in the United States occur in the construction industry. NIOSH’s specific prevention recommendations have included site-specific evaluation of potential fall hazards; implementation of fall protection programs; proper erection, maintenance and use of access equipment; installation and maintenance of appropriate barriers (guard rails, such as the RaptorRail and/or covers, such as the Skynet, on floor openings); along with proper selection and use of fall restraint/fall arrest systems in situations where exposure to falls cannot be eliminated.

Leading Edge Safety LLC offers solutions for all your fall-protection needs. Expanding its lineup to include everything from mobile fall-protection anchor points (TriRex, Stinger and R2000 mobile fall protection carts) to temporary and permanent perimeter railing systems. By creating the Leading Edge LLC, the companies can now offer a one-stop solution to the products that allow you to continue a safe and productive work site. Leading Edge Safety LLC is led by Brent Smith, formerly of AES Raptor LLC, and Mike Budenbender, formerly of Premier Rail Systems Inc. Sales will be managed by Jeremy Martin and Matt Small, while operations will be managed by Travis Budenbender.

DCE Rooftop Solar Racking System Receives Class A Fire Rating

DCE, a sister company of Daetwyler, a globally recognized provider of industrial equipment and services, precision machinery, and mechanical and engineering consulting has announced the designation of Class A fire rating for its Eco-Top rooftop solar racking system. The company voluntarily submitted their assembly for testing through Underwriters Laboratory (UL) fire testing as part of the firm’s proactive approach to safety and quality. “Throughout its entire 40-year history in the US, the Daetwyler brand has been driven by a desire to be the best at what we do for our clients,” says Bill Taylor, President of DCE. “Our solar energy company has been committed to achieving the most stringent testing to now include UL classifications for fire safety and other compliance considerations from our very first day in business.”

The Eco-Top racking system was awarded the Class A distinction in accordance with various UL requirements. Specifically, the system meets the standards set forth in UL 1703 (2014) Section 31.2 and UL 2703 (2012) in compliance with UL 790 (2004) “Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Roof Covering” for low slope applications. These test results will be used to further certify the Eco-Top line as fully UL2703 compliant – a standard required in some States like California for 2015 but that will be nationwide requirements by 2016. “The UL-certification process is very detailed and takes time for testing and evaluation,” explains Taylor. “We firmly believed in obtaining this certification sooner, rather than later, so that our clients could move forward with new installations without worrying about compliance or reinstallation in the future. If we are really going to support the growth of solar in a meaningful way, the worry-free safety aspect simply must be in place for everyone we serve.”

The immediate benefit of the new UL Class A Fire Rating is that all contractors, developers, installers, and other solar industry stakeholders will have a clearly recognizable standard of quality to look for when choosing racking and mounting products. The Eco-Top line is one of the most rigorously tested and most reliable systems available, while still offering competitive up-front costs and long-term savings on installation and maintenance.

NCI Building Systems Acquires CENTRIA

NCI Building Systems Inc. (NCS), one of North America’s largest integrated manufacturers of metal products for the nonresidential building industry, has closed its previously announced acquisition of CENTRIA, a provider of architectural insulated metal panel (IMP) wall and roof systems and coil coating services, for a net cash price of $245 million. NCI intends to immediately begin cross-company integration.

Norman C. Chambers, NCI’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased and proud to welcome CENTRIA into the NCI family, and expect significant opportunities for growth and margin-expansion as insulated metal panels continue to gain share in the underpenetrated North American nonresidential construction market. The acquisition of CENTRIA underscores NCI’s long-standing commitment to strengthen its position as a leading manufacturer of insulated metal panel products for the cold storage, commercial and industrial and architectural metal panel markets. We see significant opportunities to leverage CENTRIA’s position in the architectural IMP segment of the nonresidential market for the benefit of our loyal customer base and all of our stakeholders.”

As previously disclosed CENTRIA is expected to be accretive to NCI’s earnings beginning in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, excluding transaction related charges and amortization of short-lived intangibles, and is expected to yield annualized run-rate synergies of approximately $7 million within 18 to 24 months of closing. In addition, as a result of the CENTRIA acquisition, NCI expects to receive incremental tax basis in the assets of CENTRIA estimated to be $200 million, expected to result in reductions to NCI’s cash payments for income taxes over the next several years. After adjusting for targeted annualized synergies and the tax cash flow benefit, the adjusted purchase price is approximately 7 times CENTRIA’s trailing twelve month EBITDA as of September 30, 2014.

ABC Supply Expands through Acquisitions

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has acquired the assets of Siding World, a distributor of siding and other exterior building products, including roofing, windows, doors, decking and gutters. The 40-year old company has locations in 17 markets in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

With the conclusion of the transaction, the Siding World stores have become the newest ABC Supply locations. The former Siding World stores join 15 existing ABC Supply branches in Michigan, 13 in Ohio and eight in Indiana.

“We are very happy to welcome the members of the Siding World team to our ABC family,” said Keith Rozolis, president and chief executive officer of ABC Supply. “Siding World’s strong position in the siding market complements the ABC Supply product offering and expands our ability to serve contractors in these markets.”

All of the Siding World branch associates are remaining with the organization. That means Siding World customers will continue to work with the people they have come to know and rely on.

Siding World’s Michigan stores are in Battle Creek, Chesterfield, Clio, Detroit, Fenton, Inkster, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Livonia, Madison Heights, Saginaw, Sanford, Waterford and Wyandotte. There are two locations in Indiana – South Bend and Goshen – and one in Toledo, Ohio.

In addition, ABC Supply Co. has acquired the assets of Wameling Drywall Corp. (doing business as Gilbert Supply Company), a single-location distributor of exterior building products, wallboard and insulation, in Marcy, N.Y.
The branch, located at 9206 River Road, becomes the newest ABC Supply store and is the company’s first in the Utica/Marcy, New York market.

“The Utica/Marcy area is poised for growth,” said Tom Kuchan, vice president of ABC Supply’s Northeast Region, citing the Nano Utica initiative, a public-private partnership that is expected to bring more than 1,000 high-tech jobs to the area and help create New York’s second major hub of nanotechnology research and development. “We look forward to being part of that growth by serving the area’s residential and commercial contractors.”

ABC Supply had been serving Utica/Marcy-area contractors from its branches in Syracuse, New York and Schenectady, New York. “With the addition of a branch in Marcy, we will be able to meet their needs more effectively and efficiently,” Kuchan said.

Customers will continue to work with the Gilbert Supply team they have come to know and rely on, he added. Anthony Wameling, president and co-owner of the former Gilbert Supply is joining ABC Supply. Vincent Conley, vice president and co-owner of the former Gilbert Supply, has retired.

National Coatings Corp. Expands in the Gulf States

National Coatings Corp., a manufacturer and supplier of durable, energy efficient, cool roof coatings, announces the addition of Pillar Building Solutions LLC, Memphis, to National Coatings’ Gulf States Regional Team.

Thomas Mayberry started Pillar Building Solutions in 1991 (formerly Pillar Sales Group). He has 35 years in the building industry, covering many facets of construction, including painting, glazing, remodeling, roofing, insulation, waterproofing, coatings and sealants. Mayberry along with his representatives, Josh Howard and Ryan Mayberry, are responsible for building off of National Coatings’ current customer relationships while growing opportunities with contractors, building owners, architects and consultants in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Pillar Building Solutions are participants in CSI and AIA. Mayberry has served on numerous committees, several as chairman, including the Memphis CSI Products Show.

“I am very excited to have Thomas and his team represent us in the Gulf States market.” says Collin Qualls, National Coatings’ District Sales Manager – Gulf States. “They bring a stellar reputation to National Coatings and will aid in our expansion of the region.”

ABC Supply Acquires New Jersey Distributor of Roofing Materials

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has acquired Standard Roofings Inc., dba The Standard Group, New Jersey’s largest independent distributor of roofing materials and other exterior building products. The distributor has stores in Trenton, Morristown, Toms River, Tinton Falls and Manahawkin.

The Standard Group, which was founded by Robert Higginson in 1933, has its roots in a company founded by Robert’s grandfather in the late 1800s in Long Branch, N.J. – Robert Higginson & Son Coal, Lumber and Building Materials.

“The Standard Group is a long-established and highly regarded distributor of building products in the New Jersey market,” said Keith Rozolis, president and chief executive officer of ABC Supply. “We are very excited to have this team, with their ‘Yes is our Standard answer’ attitude, join ABC Supply.”

The addition of The Standard Group locations enhances ABC Supply’s presence in New Jersey, where the company already operates 15 branches.

ABC Supply is the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the United States and one of the nation’s largest distributors of siding, windows and other select exterior building products. Since its founding by Ken and Diane Hendricks in 1982, ABC Supply’s sole focus has been serving professional contractors – taking care of them better than any other distributor and offering the products, services and support they need to build their businesses. It accomplishes this by being an “employee-first” company that treats its associates with respect and gives them the tools they need to succeed.

Headquartered in Beloit, Wis., ABC Supply has more than 460 branches nationwide. It is an eight-time winner of the Gallup Great Workplace Award.

Palram Americas Opens New Logistics Center in Pennsylvania

Palram Americas, a manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, has announced the completion of an 80,000-square-foot logistics center positioned directly next door to its Americas headquarters in Weisenberg Township, Kutztown, Pa.

“We did run into some issues due to the harsh winter of 2013, resulting in a delayed opening,” states John Seiffert, vice president of Business Development for Palram Americas. “However, now that the building is operational, we are confident this dedicated logistics center will greatly increase our delivery capabilities and result in greater customer satisfaction.”

The building is a $5 million dollar construction project with two phases. Phase one consisted of this logistics center and includes an additional 80,000 square feet of outside storage space. An additional 80,000-square-foot building will be constructed during phase two and will be built in the near future. The general contractor for the project was Serfass Construction of Allentown, Pa.

This new logistics center is just the latest building block of growth for the company. Palram opened its polycarbonate plant in Kutztown in 2000 and, over the ensuing years, built two large additions to this original plant. In 2007, Palram constructed an entire PVC manufacturing facility at the site. The logistics center, completed in November 2014, is now fully operational.

DaVinci Roofscapes’ Color Consultant Names Gray 2015 Color of the Year

Thanks to aging baby boomers and their complete comfort with growing older, gray is expected to be the rising color of choice for roofs across America in 2015.

According to national color expert Kate Smith, with the youngest baby boomers now in their 50s, the generation that redefined traditional values is now making new rules for how homeowners live during the second half of their lives. The boomers, always seen as different from those who had come before, appear very comfortable simply being themselves. More grounded and balanced than they were as teens, the boomers are embracing “going gray” and doing it differently than their parents and grandparents.

Owning the majority of homes in America and having the resources to remodel and redecorate means that boomers wield influence that has been unmatched by previous generations of seniors. Gravitating towards gray—in all of its many shades—combined with warm neutrals, sets the stage for people to personalize a home color scheme that is as unique as those who rocked the ’60’s.

“Refined and elegant gray is not only accepted in today’s society, but an extremely popular choice,” says Smith, president of Sensational Color. “From embracing natural graying hair to topping off the house with a gray slate roof, it’s hard to go wrong with gray.”

The color trends forecaster believes that the introspective side of soul searching by baby boomers is reflected in them placing more value on their time, relationships and privacy. “A simpler palette of colors—gray, beige, ethereal blue or green combined with deep brown or black—give us the foundation for exploring ourselves and the world around us from the sanctity of our home,” says Smith, who serves as a color consultant for DaVinci Roofscapes.

Smith, who authored the “FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home” and “FRESH Exterior Home Colors” e-books available free from DaVinci, sees today’s homeowners as having a “renewed sense of self” that instills a feeling of exuberance at living life.

“Whether close to home or around the world, a taste for the exotic and unknown captivates our imagination and design sense,” says Smith. “Complex patterns, intricate designs, mosaic tiles, embossed leather and decorated metals combined with weathered or toned down bright colors such as Frank Blue, Nifty Turquoise or Cranapple, visually help communicate our enthusiasm for life.

“These are expressive and playful colors, with a dash of bohemian and a pinch of sophistication. Adding one of these confident colors to a home exterior area, like the front door or trim, can update any home scheme and create a joyful feeling every time residents come home. The addition of a storm gray or classic gray polymer slate or shake roof overhead caps off this feeling of security and stability in the home by uniting the entire exterior.

“Bringing together many different textures and colors seamlessly—slate or shake-looking roof tiles, partial stone facades or perhaps copper accents—is one of the ways this trend is influencing the look of home exteriors. Mixing materials works best when homeowners and designers take into consideration the whole house exterior and its surroundings while they work out their color scheme.”

Heyco Metals Updates Website

Heyco Metals announces the launch of its updated website where visitors will find product information and documentation, description of services, links to industry resources and a U-Quote page for distributors.

“The updated Heyco Metals website will serve as a resource for current and prospective customers in the architectural and commercial communities,” says William Barry, vice president, Sales and Marketing for Heyco Metals. “It complements our CopperPlus microsite, which was launched in May to promote and educate on CopperPlus, our copper-clad roofing and architectural material.”

Headquartered in Reading, Pa., Heyco Metals produces precision-rolled stainless steel and copper coil for the architectural, automotive and electronics markets. The recent installation of more than 100,000 square feet of CopperPlus at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was widely covered in the roofing and architectural metal trade media.