Samco Machinery Aligns with Bulgarian Firm for Efficiency

Recognizing the business synergies both companies share, Samco Machinery Ltd., Toronto, has formed an alliance with VAPTECH, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Together, these companies have plans to foster a culture of advanced technological exchange and quicker product development to each other’s geographic areas.

VAPTECH is a worldwide supplier of system solutions for the metal-forming industry specifically designing and manufacturing mechanical and hydraulic presses, biomass processing equipment and complete manufacturing lines with automation. For more 40 years, Samco Machinery has provided its global customers across varied industries cost-effective rollforming equipment and metal-processing solutions, including uncoilers, roll formers, material handling solutions and presses.

“Our history with VAPTECH goes beyond 10 years, integrating their quality press systems. We also realize there is hidden and untapped roll forming technology available for the European and surrounding markets and we also wanted to offer our customers more value and opportunity concerning their press solution applications,” says Bob Repovs, president & CEO of Samco. “Aligning with VAPTECH allows us to do this effectively.”

“The aim of this strategic alliance is to unite VAPTECH and Samco Machinery’s more than 140 years combined history of industrial and engineering excellence to the benefit of their esteemed clientele worldwide,” adds Vasil Vlaychev, general manager of VAPTECH. Vlaychev also acknowledged Samco’s strong background in engineered solutions for metal rollforming could be utilized to provide solutions for VAPTECH¹S own global customer base.

IB Roof Systems Donates to RCI Foundation

IB Roof Systems donated $2,000 to the Lewis W. Newlan Educational Fund at the annual RCI Foundation Auction during its annual auction recently held in Anaheim, Calif.

The donation was given in an effort to support the RCI Foundation. IB Roof Systems based its donation on the number of attendees who visited its booth at the 19th Annual RCI Conference and Trade Show held prior to the auction.

“We enjoyed visiting with various members of RCI,” states Brad Egan, marketing communications manager for IB. “Being able to showcase our roofing systems while supporting a great cause makes it a win-win for everyone.”

Show attendees answered a few simple questions within 60-seconds at the IB booth on the “IB-IQ” questionnaire, an iPAD-based set of questions about IB, their products and the roofing systems they offer. For each submission, $20 was donated to the foundation to help provide scholarships for students in the field of building study.

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, which was held at the Anaheim Hilton and Anaheim Convention Center March 20 to March 25.

IB’s Phillip David, director of technical services and RCI member, presented the donation to the RCI Foundation at the auction.

LINE-X Will Be a Partner of the 2014 Nascar Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500

LINE-X Protective Coatings, a provider of high-performance protective coatings, has announced it will be a Proud Partner of the upcoming 2014 Nascar Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 in partnership with Duck Commander on April 6, 2014, at the Texas Motor Speedway. LINE-X will also be announcing the new Commander Series Truck developed with Truck Gear by LINE-X accessories and first launched at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show. LINE-X has teamed with Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander for the upcoming Commander Series Truck and Duck Commander 500 race.

“With the growing need for customization, LINE-X continues to expand and meet consumer demand with aftermarket accessories and full truck customization options. Being a part of the Duck Commander 500 is a great opportunity to continue our growing relationship with Willie and Duck Commander as well as reach our customers in a fun and thrilling environment,” said Kevin Heronimus, CEO of LINE-X Protective Coatings. “We are excited to bring the Commander Series Truck to our consumers and offer the same quality they have come to expect from LINE-X.”

GAF Receives Seven Emmy Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 57th Annual New York Emmy Awards have been announced, and GAF is proud to have received an impressive seven nominations for its series of commercials starring Jesse the Jack Russell Terrier. John Rathjen, director of media productions for GAF’s internal ad agency, produced the 30-second spots, which were nominated in several categories.

GAF secured three nominations in the category of “TV Commercial: Single Spot/Campaign”, two nominations for “Director: Short Form (Promos, PSAs, TV Commercials, Opens, etc.)”, and two nominations for “Editor: Short Form”.

View the trilogy of videos.

“Last year we were truly honored to receive an Emmy nomination for our first ‘Jesse’ TV commercial, which was released in 2012. You can imagine how excited we were this year to receive seven nominations for the ‘Jesse’ trilogy!” stated Ted Marcopolus, vice president of marketing services at GAF. “We have an incredibly talented production and creative team working to build the GAF brand, and we are thrilled to have our work recognized by such a prestigious organization.”

The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is the preeminent membership organization serving all media professionals in the television industry. It fosters creativity and inspires artistic and technical excellence through the renowned Emmy Award, the most prestigious honor and most coveted peer-recognition symbol of distinction in television.

Birdair Launches a New Website

Birdair, a specialty contractor for custom tensile membrane structures throughout the world, has launched a new website. Designed to educate and inform architects, engineers, general contractors, and building owners and operators, the site details the overall benefits of tensile architectural systems for use in a variety of markets.

“For more than half a century, Birdair has worked collaboratively with every member of the build team to conceptualize, design and construct some the world’s most innovative roofing systems, canopies and skylights,” says David Capezzuto, director of Business Development, North America. “Our project portfolio spans the healthcare, retail, transportation, entertainment and commercial markets and this new site showcases these jobs of all sizes and scopes.”

One of the more dynamic features on the website is the company’s project gallery. Users will be able to view all of Birdair’s projects or filter their selections by market sector, region, completion date, project size or type of tensile membrane material used. A brief description along with photos of the finished product showcase Birdair’s wide range of product applications.

Two particular sections of the website pay particular attention to educating the marketplace on the tensile architecture category. The ‘Why Tensile Architecture?’ section goes into detail about the functional benefits of these structures, the various types of fabric membranes available and the history of the category.

The Resources section contains an information packed library of brochures, technical data, design details and product specifications.

“Our goal in creating this new web destination was to share with our customers that we are an all-in-one solution for them when it comes to anything related to tensile architecture,” added Capezzuto. “No matter what size the project is, architects and engineers can add our eye-catching structures to enhance their overall design.”

As a full-service specialty contractor, Birdair offers complete design build assistance and solutions throughout the design-build process, and has completed more than 1,300 tensile architecture installations worldwide.

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.