GAF Moves Corporate Headquarters to Parsippany, N.J., to Consolidate Operations

GAF announces the move of its corporate headquarters from Wayne, N.J., to 1 Campus Drive in Parsippany, N.J. The 128-year-old company has spent more than 40 years located on an 11-building campus in Wayne and is making the move to consolidate its operations into a single building.

GAF's new location is a single, 330,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that will house all of the company’s operations on three floors.

GAF’s new location is a single, 330,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that will house all of the company’s operations on three floors.

After extensive consideration and research into relocation possibilities, Bob Tafaro, GAF’s president and CEO, felt confident that remaining in New Jersey was the right decision. “There are a tremendous number of talented, educated and experienced people right here in New Jersey,” Tafaro says. “Whether we’re looking for scientists, business people or IT technicians, the talent pool and range of skills available in this state is second to none.”

The refurbished building brings the company’s departments and functions together under one roof.

The refurbished building brings the company’s departments and functions together under one roof.

GAF has made a significant investment in upgrading the building, using its own energy-efficient TPO roofing for the roof. The refurbished building brings the company’s departments and functions together under one roof to foster even greater collaboration and teamwork while improving the company’s overall operating efficiency. The current location in Wayne has 11 buildings spread over a sprawling 99-acre campus. The new location is a single, 330,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that will house all of the company’s operations on three floors. “We’re all looking forward to the many advantages that our new facility will provide,” says Tafaro. “We’re a very customer-focused company, and the new facility will only enhance our ability to create value for our customers.” The architecture, layout and furniture for the new building were selected to facilitate effective communication, quick decision-making and improved efficiencies.

Over the past few years, GAF has invested $350 million in capital improvements, including several new manufacturing plants for its commercial roofing products.

Over the past few years, GAF has invested $350 million in capital improvements, including several new manufacturing plants for its commercial roofing products.

This isn’t the only new investment GAF has made in its business. During the past few years, GAF has invested $350 million in capital improvements, including several new manufacturing plants for its commercial roofing products. “We are aggressively investing in our business,” states Tafaro, “because it’s a good long-term bet that homeowners and businesses will continue to need new roofs.” The company is also investing in its people and their development and strongly encourages promoting from within. “We believe that we have some of the most talented people anywhere, not just in the building products industry, but in business in general—and continuing to develop that talent pool will be critical to our future success.”

Western Colloid Donates All-Terrain Wheelchair to Veteran

Western Colloid, a West Coast-based coatings manufacturer, donated a very special kind of wheelchair to a deserving veteran during the 2014 holiday.

“We became aware of an organization called the Independence Fund, which brings the generous support of Americans directly to the wounded war veterans that need it the most,” says Western Colloid President Gary Scholten. “The Independence Fund, among other charitable endeavors, helps distribute a very unique piece of equipment which gives those in wheelchairs the ability to climb a mountain. It’s called a Trackchair, which is like an all-terrain vehicle.”

Action Trackchair, based in Minnesota, has been making these specialized vehicles since 2008 to allow people to have the freedom to get off the normal path. These all-terrain wheelchairs allow the mobility to go to the beach, hunt, hike and fish.

“We are really proud of our employees’ participation with this donation. It’s because of their dedication and hard work that we can provide this Trackchair to a real hero. We are all excited that we found out about this special organization and wheelchair. We are honored for the opportunity to make someone’s life a little easier and maybe allow them to participate in the activities they once enjoyed.”

Roof Hugger Updates Library of Literature and Technical Tools

Roof Hugger Inc. of Lutz, Fla., has updated its library of literature and technical tools. Included are Roof Hugger’s 12-page “Proven Solutions for Re-Roofing Metal Roofs” brochure; its 108-page “Design and Installation Solutions” manual; and a new CD-ROM that includes an animated installation video, editable performance specifications, ASTM testing results, 65 AutoCAD installation details, various PowerPoint presentations and much more.

All three are now available to anyone interested by contacting Roof Hugger at (800) 771-1711 or by email. The brochure and manual, as well as much of the CD-ROM contents, are also available for download on the Roof Hugger website.

GAF Featured on DIY Network Television Show Rev Run’s Renovation

GAF has announced its participation in two episodes of the popular DIY Network television show, Rev Run’s Renovation. The Jan. 10 episode featured the installation of GAF Camelot Lifetime Designer Shingles on Rev Run’s family home, while the Jan. 24 episode showed them being installed on the pool house.

Rev Run’s Renovation follows Joseph Ward Simmons, aka Rev Run from the successful music group, Run DMC, as he and his entire family work together to completely renovate their 9,000-square-foot New Jersey home. The show averaged more than 2.2 million viewers in its premier season last year and kicked off a new season Saturday, Jan. 3.

GAF’s inclusion within the show displays its continued support of GAF factory-certified contractors with the Master Elite Contractor logo featured throughout the episode, verbal mentions of the importance of using a Master Elite Contractor and the company’s Emmy-nominated commercials highlighting Master Elite Contractors airing during the episode.

Heaton to Oversee Atlas Roofing’s Polyiso Division

Atlas Roofing Corp. has announced Steve Heaton will oversee product sales and marketing for the polyiso division, including Atlas Roof Insulation and the Wall CI Board. He will succeed Tom Rowe, vice president—Polyiso Division—who will retire from Atlas Roofing in early 2015 after spending more than 21 years with the company.

“We are pleased to welcome Steve back to the Atlas organization as his expertise in branding and sales management will help further our momentum leading into 2015,” says Ken Farrish, president of Atlas. “We know he will be a great addition to our company with his more than twenty five years in the building products industry, his exceptional leadership and history of working with the Atlas team.”

Heaton has been in the building products and materials industry since 1986. He studied Business & Marketing at USC’s Marshall School of Business and Management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has served in a number of sales, marketing and management roles, including working for James Hardie Building Products for 15 years. Most recently he served as the vice president of Sales at Parex USA. Heaton spent five years at Atlas Roofing when he served as the director of Sales & Marketing for the Atlas EPS division.

EagleView Technology Helps Form the Property Drone Consortium

EagleView Technology Corp. is leading the formation of the Property Drone Consortium. Chaired by EagleView CEO Chris Barrow, the consortium represents a collaboration among insurance carriers, construction industry leaders and supporting enterprises that have agreed to work together to promote research, development, and the establishment of regulations for the use of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology across the insurance and construction industries. EagleView has agreed to provide its research and development into aerial image capture utilizing UAS hardware and software, as well as its patented technologies, to the consortium.

CertainTeed-credentialed Roofing Contractors Now Can Quickly Locate Homes Damaged by Hailstorms

A partnership between CertainTeed Corp. and advanced weather forensics company HailStrike aims to help CertainTeed-credentialed roofing contractors quickly and accurately locate homes damaged by hailstorms so they can connect with homeowners in need of roof repairs. Three services are available: HailStrike tracking, OneSite reports and AniSwath hail map. Roofers with HailStrike tracking have access to radar-based storm-tracking software that trails the heart of the storm and provides the size of hail. The OneSite tool provides site-specific information for hail activity at exact locations. The AniSwath service gives direct access to a colorized, fully animated hail swath map. Contractors interested in learning more about HailStrike can contact their local CertainTeed territory manager.

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.