VaproShield Used on Housing Prototype Commissioned by New York’s Office of Emergency Management

VaproShield was honored to have WrapShield SA Self-Adhered Water Resistive Vapor Permeable Air Barrier Sheet selected for use on an experimental, post-disaster housing prototype located in Brooklyn, N.Y. In development since 2008, the prototype was commissioned by New York’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) with funding from FEMA. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was designated as project manager for the prototype’s construction. Designed by Garrison Architects, the “townhouse” style post-disaster housing consists of five modular units—fabricated by Mark Line Industries—which are stacked on top of each other.

“This is an exciting innovation,” comments Phil Johnson, VaproShield Managing Partner. “These [post-disaster housing] units have the potential to provide safe, reliable housing to the victims of natural disaster as they work to rebuild their communities. VaproShield is a proud contributor.”

While the post-disaster prototype will be on-site in Brooklyn for a year, the modular units are designed to be mobile. The modular units were constructed for easy installation, deconstruction and transport.

“The idea is that no matter where a disaster occurs, these modular units can be placed on a truck and taken there,” says Johnson. “The units need to perform well in every climate, as there is no telling where they may end up, and WrapShield SA Self-Adhered helps with that.”

WrapShield SA Self-Adhered Water Resistive Vapor Permeable Air Barrier Sheet helps to regulate air flow to keep units cool in the summer and warm in the winter, thus reducing energy costs. WrapShield SA Self-Adhered was selected for use on this initial prototype as it provides superior weather protection as well as the durability to withstand exposure in a wide variety of climates.

National Coatings Adds American Roofing Sales to Gulf States Regional Team

National Coatings Corp. (NCC), a manufacturer and supplier of durable, energy efficient, cool roof coatings, is pleased to announce the addition of American Roofing Sales Inc. (ARS) of Marietta, Ga., to National Coatings’ Gulf States Regional Team.

ARS will concentrate their efforts towards Architects and Roofing Contractors by providing dedicated client support and cultivating relationships with new and existing clients in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and the Western portion of the Florida Panhandle.

ARS comes to National Coatings with exceptional experience and knowledge in both sales and high-end commercial roofing products. Doug King, President at ARS, has over 38 years of roofing sales experience and has been working in the roofing community in the South since the inception of his firm in 1988. The ARS team is comprised of Doug King, as well as, Taylor King, Kirk Swor, and Brian Dickerson.

“We are excited to have Doug and his team represent us in the Gulf States market.” said Collin Qualls, CSI, National Coatings’ District Sales Manager – Gulf States. “They offer us a concerted effort in the expansion of the region and more importantly, the benefit of coupling the respect and reputation that both National Coatings and American Roofing Sales have earned over the years by providing their respective client’s only the highest of quality.”

Allied Steel Buildings Expands into Utah

Allied Steel Buildings recently opened an office in Utah. Conveniently located in Summit County, the branch expansion currently provides elite service for industrial projects in the planning phase that are central to the area.

At the new Allied Steel Buildings’ Utah Design Center, experienced and efficient Project Managers are teamed with high-level Estimators specializing in pre-engineered and structural steel building projects. The new location is complete with industry leading software and set to provide comprehensive building solutions for a variety of applications.

Allied Steel Buildings forecasts a 50 percent increase in local business for 2015. Vice President of the Western Region, Benjamin Meister noted, “We are looking forward to the convenience the expansion will add for our customers. The new facility features consulting and design space where clients can discuss building details and features while working on actual renderings of their building project.” Additionally Meister said, “Our expansion will allow for in-house design of projects from commercial to equestrian while providing additional space for Project Managers to service this clientele. In an industry where customer service sets you apart, we focus on assisting our clients from concept to completion, by providing the best service possible and this expansion will only better our efforts.”

The company selected the location in part due to the expansion of the Salt Lake International Airport. Logistically, the ease of travel to current Allied Steel Building projects in construction throughout the western United States and Canadian Provinces was a draw, but the reality of the Salt Lake City International Airport expansion signifies the economic growth and stability of the region. The 1.8 billion SLC terminal redevelopment program which broke ground July 2014, will bring an estimated 24,000 jobs and $1 billion in wages to the area over the next eight years. Meanwhile, throughout the region new construction in the industrial and commercial sectors are booming.

Allied Steel Buildings expects to generate three more positions before the end of 2014 and five new jobs during the first quarter of 2015. Industry specific Project Managers will oversee new building fabrications, focusing on the needs of the individual client while providing a wealth of knowledge for each building application.

Steelscape Now Offers Graffiti-resistant Coatings from PPG

PPG Industries’ building products group announced Steelscape is now offering metallic-coated and pre-painted steel with DURANAR GR (graffiti-resistant) and CORAFLON GR coatings.

Duranar GR and Coraflon GR three-coat systems feature a primer and color coat topped with a graffiti-resistant clearcoat that can be cleaned with DURAPREP Prep 400 graffiti remover by PPG. If the Steelscape steel is spray-painted, graffiti can be eliminated by applying the graffiti remover directly to the stain, allowing it to sit for 10 to 60 seconds, then wiping it with a clean cloth or scrubbing it with a nylon brush. Most stains can be removed in 10 minutes or less.

When applied on either Duranar GR or Coraflon GR clear coatings, Duraprep Prep 400 field-applied graffiti remover also can eradicate paint overspray, pen and marker ink, lipstick, scuff marks, tape residue, bugs, tar and many other substances that mar the appearance of steel building panels.

Duranar GR coatings are available in a variety of low and medium glosses; Coraflon GR coatings are for high-gloss finishes.

Quest Specialty Chemicals Implements ‘Buy and Build’ Strategy

If you own a coatings company with a recognizable brand, a leading market position and an entrepreneurial management team with a growth culture, Quest Specialty Chemicals’ CEO Doug Mattscheck wants to talk to you.

Quest has acquired 10 companies in the last 10 years—three since Mattscheck became CEO in 2012—and he wants to acquire more.

“Acquisitions are the catalyst of our growth and operating improvements augment our growth,” Mattscheck says. “The top 10 coatings companies control the lion’s share of the market, and another thousand companies battle for the balance of it. We want to acquire the best of those small- to medium-sized coatings companies.

“We have a buy-and-build strategy. We buy companies with solid management teams, strong brands and high-value products that have a high touch component in sales and technical support. Then we work hard at efficiently managing our brands, increasing market penetration, developing new products and making operational improvements.“

Quest is the 12th largest coatings company in the United States and one of the largest privately held coatings companies in the world. Last year’s sales were $239 million and are on the rise again in 2014.

The company operates three complementary divisions: Quest Automotive, Quest Industrial and Quest Construction. Each manufactures and markets some of the leading brands in the automotive aftermarket, industrial, transportation and construction industries.

“We serve large, multi-billion global markets that are fragmented. They are not economical for high-volume coatings companies and often too technical for smaller competitors. However, they offer significant growth opportunities for Quest and have allowed us to financially outpace, as a percentage of growth, the world’s largest coatings manufacturers,” Mattscheck adds.

“Our goal is to become a major global coatings company. We can do that by further diversifying our products, end markets, customers and geographies. We want leading positions in niche markets where we can obtain the highest margins and fastest growth.”

MBCI Launches New Website

MBCI recently launched its new website. The responsive site is designed with the contractor, architect and specification writing professionals in mind and showcases a number of innovative features. It is compatible and easily navigable via computer, tablet and mobile devices.

Bill Coleman, president of MBCI, said the organization wanted to improve this tool to better serve customers, architects and employees. “From improved aesthetics to increased functionality, the new website was designed to enhance the value of the site as a resource and to help our customers search, find and select MBCI products and services.”

Highlighted features of the site include a product finder to quickly search products in need, a sales representative locator, an enhanced project gallery with case studies and a comprehensive search engine tool. Each product page houses product specifications, CAD drawings, test standards, warranties, color charts, installation manuals and more. A search and filter-enabled document finder in the Resource Center contains all documents located throughout the site as well.

GAF Statesboro, Ga., Facility Now Producing Full Line of Roof Insulation Panels

GAF is pleased to announce that its Statesboro, Ga., manufacturing facility has begun producing the full line of GAF Cornell ThermaCal Nail Base Roof Insulation Panels. In December of 2013, GAF purchased the operating assets of Cornell Corporation, effectively launching GAF’s entry into the ventilated nail base business. The resulting GAF Cornell brand combines two companies with reputations for manufacturing innovative, high-quality, premium products.

Started in 1954, Cornell was an innovator in the insulated roof panel industry. In 1979, the company developed a new form of roof insulation called “nail base roof insulation” panels under the ThermaCal brand name. This development enabled insulating buildings and homes with cathedral ceilings, while providing a pre-attached substrate that overlying roof coverings could be fastened to, such as asphalt shingles, tile, metal, or slate.

Subsequently, Cornell developed a ventilated version of its ThermaCal nail base panels, which not only provides the benefits of insulation, but also ventilation. The ventilated system helps exhaust excess moisture before it can condense in the deck or the roofing system potentially causing damage. The ventilated ThermaCal product (now called ThermaCal 1 and ThermaCal 2 Ventilated Roof Insulation Panels) proved to be a great advancement in the steep-slope roofing industry and provided an energy-saving solution for popular roof designs.

Jeff Avitabile, senior product manager at GAF, says “Now, structures with cathedral ceilings, such as churches, institutions, schools, and other commercial properties with steep-slope roofs benefit from both the insulation and ventilation properties, while remaining aesthetically pleasing from an architectural and design standpoint. The Cornell ThermaCal® brand is well known in the industry as the premium nail base roof insulation product and we see the ThermaCal® products as a perfect fit in GAF’s line of premium steep-slope roofing products.”

LINE-X Named to ‘Best for Vets: Franchises 2014-15’ and ‘2014 Top Veteran-Friendly Franchises’ Lists

LINE-X Protective Coatings, a developer and provider of high performance protective coatings and aftermarket accessories, is honored to be named to the Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Franchises 2014-15” list and the U.S. Veteran’s Magazine’s “2014 Top Veteran-Friendly Franchises” list. LINE-X has a strong history of providing successful opportunities to active military duty members as well as American veterans who have honorably served. Both the Military Times and U.S. Veteran’s Magazine identify LINE-X among the top franchises who demonstrate the best outreach, accessibility, and accommodations for service members and veterans in the nation.

“As a growing company that has been around for over 20 years, LINE-X understands the importance of loyalty, hard work, and dedication. It’s these qualities that perpetuate our continued commitment to our United States Armed Forces with the ability to provide new opportunities for military and veteran-owned franchises. Our goal is to provide the resources, support, and proper tools to succeed with intensive business and product application training, ongoing internal communications support and an engineering staff committed to creating the industry’s best protective coatings,” said Kevin Heronimus, LINE-X CEO. “We encourage any interested entrepreneurs to contact the LINE-X team or visit their local franchises for more information.”

The 2014 Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Franchises 2014-15” list represents the nation’s top franchises that have created opportunities for veteran’s based on financial incentives and support offered to current and former service members and their families. Military Times is a trusted resource for service Members and their families as an independent source for news and information on the most important issues affecting their careers and personal lives. The rankings for the “Best for Vets: Franchises 2014-15” list were created based the answers provided to questions about the company culture, performance of franchise units, costs associated with franchising, and the financial and other support offered to current and former service members and their families.

The annual U.S. Veteran’s Magazine’s “2014 Top Veteran-Friendly Franchises” list serves as an opportunity to bring the latest information and guidance to its readers. U.S. Veterans Magazine’s goal is to open up immediate, lucrative employment, business and supplier opportunities for veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans and veteran business owners within the federal government as well as corporate America. The publication and annual list help to link companies to qualified career and business candidates from the ranks of the nation’s veterans.

DaVinci Roofscapes Updates Website

A comprehensive new homeowner section, step-by-step contractor support and detailed roofing product specifics are just a few highlights of the recently-updated DaVinci Roofscapes website. With a dynamic new design and fast access to roofing information, the site is a valuable resource for both industry professionals and homeowners needing information on polymer slate and shake roofing products.

Key areas of the site include an easy-to-navigate products section, toolboxes of helpful information designated for both professionals and homeowners, a color & inspiration section, and an extensive gallery of images that can be searched by either product or color.

“The updated DaVinci web site gives visitors a better overall user experience,” says Wendy Bruch, marketing manager for DaVinci Roofscapes. “The lighter color palette makes the site easier to read and the robust new design allows the site to adjust to any screen size.

“One example of the user-friendliness of the site comes in the updated project profile section offering ideas and inspiration. Visitors can now search for roofing stories by year or by category, including residential, commercial, educational, religious and historic.”

Bruch reports that the new Homeowner Toolbox was added based on increased interest from consumers in synthetic roofing products. “We offer a ‘how to select a contractor’ section and also information on our product warranty and a comparison chart. This one-stop area of the site allows someone to compare our DaVinci products to both real slate and natural cedar shake products plus other synthetic roofing in the marketplace for beauty, labor requirements and product performance.”

Other key elements of the easy-to-navigate web site include:

    Image Gallery that has been updated with new roofing photos that allows the user to search by product or color.

    Quote tool for contractors that provides steps of items to consider when developing roof quotes for their customers.

    The DaVinci Roofscapes web site also provides instant access to the company’s blog, along with a variety of social media tools.

PPG Industries Publishes ‘Building Products Coil Coatings Color Guide’

PPG Industries’ coil and building products group has published the “Building Products Coil Coatings Color Guide”, an eight-page brochure featuring 100 coatings color samples categorized according to eight product lines and five resin chemistries.

The booklet highlights 30 individual colors, ranging from regal and bright white to charcoal and solar-reflective black, for DURANAR ULTRA-COOL polyvinylidene fluoride(PVDF) coatings, DURASTAR polyester coatings and Durastar SMP (silicone-modified polyester) coatings. There are five color samples each for Duranar ULTRA-Cool SUNSTORM coatings and three-coat Duranar XL ULTRA-Cool coatings.

ULTRA-Cool coatings by PPG are formulated with proprietary infrared (IR)-reflective pigments and resin technologies that deflect solar heat from buildings, enabling them to stay cooler and consume less energy for air conditioning.

The guide features 10 Duranar VARI-COOL coatings, which combine ULTRA-Cool coatings technology with color-changing polychromatic pigments, along with 10 DURAFORM BP coatings, which are part of a new line of next-generation engineered polyester-resin-based products. Readers also will find five color swatches each for ENVIRON waterborne acrylic coatings and PLASTICRON plastisol-based coatings.

PPG coil coatings are designed to meet a wide range of building applications, from high-end roof and wall panels for monumental buildings to industrial plants, agricultural buildings, garages, warehouses and other utilitarian structures. With their broad color range, PPG coil coatings provide durable, colorfast protection to soffits, gutters, heating and air-conditioning ducts, trim coil and rainware due to their exceptional hardness and resistance to abrasion, chalking, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, moisture, corrosion and weather.