Samco Machinery Finds Rollforming and Metal Processing Representation in Australia

Samco Machinery, a global manufacturer of rollforming and metal processing solutions, has joined forces with Australian-based global company Metal Form Group, to provide representation for Samco in Australia and surrounding areas.

“For 42 years, Samco has managed growth internationally and strategically with our increasing customer base and diverse product line-up,” said Bob Repovs, Samco President and CEO. “Representation throughout the Australian market by Metal Form Group enables our existing customers and new prospects the convenience of local sales and service support.”

Metal Form Group (originally known as BMH Australia Pty Ltd) commenced operations in 1969 with drafting as its predominant business. In the 1980’s, the company expanded operations and a second company (Balmic International Pty Ltd) was born. That move saw increased focus in selling and servicing products used in supporting the metal stamping industry and in 2006 the business plan shifted from a local-based business to become a global company known as the Metal Form Group. The company has overseen steady growth progressing through various different sites in outer eastern Melbourne and now calls home a 10,000 square meter site located in Knoxfield, Victoria.

“Expertise in rollforming and metal forming processes in general comes from many years of experience and technical knowledge,” said Lindsay Izzard, Metal Form Group General Manager. “To join forces with a well-established, reputable company such as Samco brings exciting opportunities to the Australian roll forming market. As a team Samco and MFG have a vast knowledge of industry requirements and look forward to being able to offer the best quality and service to our customers.”

Like Samco, Metal Form Group is ISO 9001:2008 certified, and with both companies leveraging each other’s strengths, the prospect of offering Australian based customers “the total metal forming solution” is an exciting one.

“The Metal Form Group provides the channel to promote and deliver innovative technology and rollforming solutions to companies new to Samco within the Australian market. Having a great product is one thing; how to ensure a successful project and on-going partnership with a company on the other side of the world is another. This relationship bridges that concern,” said Repovs.

Malarkey Roofing Products Sponsors Nailing Competition at Inaugural WSRCA Roofing Games

The Western States Roofing Contractors Association introduced The Roofing Games at the Western Roofing Expo in June. Designed specifically for the roofing industry, The Roofing Games are the nation’s first official set of competitions sanctioned by a roofing association and are produced in conjunction with the Western Roofing Expo. Participants compete in a series of events that challenge their knowledge and skill set level pertaining to equipment, materials, and processes used in the roofing industry. The WSRCA believes this new addition to the Western Roofing Expo will bring out the competitive spirit in roofing contractors, technicians, and workers, while instilling confidence to excel in their trade, giving them a sense of pride and belonging in an industry that requires both brains and brawn.

This year WSRCA kicked off The Roofing Games with one main event: The Nailing Competition, which was sponsored by Malarkey Roofing Products. The competition was held on Tuesday, June 10th from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Six contestants were randomly chosen in a drawing during the Malarkey Roofing Products demo. With two decks on the stage, contestants battled in a timed event, showcasing their individual asphalt-shingle nailing skills. Contestants were judged on time and accurate shingle installation. The event was well received by attendees and exhibitors, not to mention the participants, who received cash prizes donated by Malarkey Roofing Products. Each participant had the chance of winning anywhere from $100 to $500, plus a Malarkey jacket. WSRCA plans to expand The Roofing Games to include additional events for the Western Roofing Expo 2015.

Metl-Span Participates in Health Product Declaration Collaborative

Metl-Span is participating in the voluntary Health Product Declaration Collaborative to provide accurate information to design professionals about the content of products.

The goal of the HPD Collaborative is to standardize the method in which building product manufacturers report contents, emissions, chemical hazards and the health effects of their products. According to the HPD Collaborative, the program “objectively defines the critical information needed to support accurate supply chain disclosure by manufacturers and suppliers, and informed decisions by building designers, specifiers, owners and users.”

“There is a global move toward complete transparency and openness from the product supply chain,” says Doug Pickens, vice president of marketing at Metl-Span. “Design professionals, architects, specifiers, builders as well as end users need and want to know what chemical exposure is associated with material choices. It’s a necessary step toward providing the best and healthiest building products.”

Completed HPDs provide manufacturer and product information, details of product testing and compliance and products ingredients, such as hazardous chemicals. HPDs can easily be updated as products evolve and improve, providing the most up to date information to consumers.

CENTRIA Releases Online Color Selector Tool

CENTRIA has made available an online color selector tool, featuring enhanced color images and information about the company’s innovative coatings.

CENTRIA has made available an online color selector tool, featuring enhanced color images and information about the company’s innovative coatings.

CENTRIA has made available an online color selector tool, featuring enhanced color images and information about the company’s innovative coatings. The tool informs and educates architects about CENTRIA’s vast selection of coatings while serving as inspiration to reimagine metal as a dynamic and colorful building-envelope choice. Architects can browse 43 solid colors, 34 effect coatings and 13 textured coatings with a scroll of the mouse. By hovering over a color, users can review the hue’s unique name and product number. Clicking on the color box enlarges it while producing an information window that details the various coating systems available—Fluorofinish, Duracast or Versacor Elite.

Steelscape Releases Specialty Finishes Brochure

Steelscape has released its Specialty Finishes brochure

Steelscape has released its Specialty Finishes brochure.

Steelscape has released its Specialty Finishes brochure, which highlights its complete product offering of durable architectural finishes that transform metallic-coated steel substrates into unique textures and finishes for use in a variety of applications. Included in the brochure are finishes, like RAWHIDE, which is a textured coating similar to stucco that is ideal for roofing, siding or custom applications. To request a copy of Steelscape’s Specialty Finishes brochure, call (360) 673-8660 or visit to download the brochure.

METALCON Welcome Party to Be Played by Beatles Tribute Band, Featuring New Tech Machinery Sales Manager

2014 marks the 50th anniversary that The Beatles played at the world-famous Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado so booking a Beatles tribute band seemed like a great idea for the METALCON Denver Welcome Party. Plus, George is played by New Tech Machinery Sales Manager, Tom Laird.

The Fab 4, not affiliated with the Fab Four out of Las Vegas, is a Denver-based Beatles tribute band comprised of talented musicians who even mimic accents and movements of the original Beatles. Their charm has landed them many gigs in their 15 plus years, including cruise ships, private parties, sponsored outdoor concerts and professional sporting events!

The Fab 4 is scheduled to rock from 6:30 to 8:30 at the METALCON Welcome Party on Oct. 1 at the Colorado Convention Party. The party will be hosted by the Colorado Coalition founding members S-5! and New Tech Machinery.

GAF Rolls Out ‘Get Cruising’ Contest

So far, the winners of this year’s GAF Enter for an Experience Contractor Sweepstakes have received once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, including a ride-along with Paul Teutul Sr. from Orange County Choppers and an all-expense paid trip to visit the set of a ratings-shattering reality TV show. Now roofing contractors can enter to win the third and final prize of the contest, a suite on Kid Rock’s amazing “Chillin’ the Most” cruise!

From July 15, 2014, through Sept. 15, 2014, roofing contractors can enter the GAF “Get Cruising” contest to win round-trip air and ground transportation and a suite on Kid Rock’s amazing “Chillin’ the Most” cruise. In its 5th year, the sold out cruise features two Kid Rock Pool Deck shows and a full lineup of bands & artists hand-picked by Bobby Rock himself, with concerts all day and night and a special party on a private island. All meals are covered along with the special celebrations and amenities on the cruise, and the Grand Prize Winner will also receive a $1,000 Visa® PrePaid card.

GAF will also give away five authentic autographed Kid Rock Stratocaster guitars to first prize winners and 50 jobsite boom boxes with a Kid Rock CD Collection to second prize winners.

As in 2012 and 2013, GAF will be sponsoring events at select distributor locations across the country to support the promotion. Contractors who attend these events will be treated to a lunch from GAF and be eligible to win lots of local prizes, including gift cards, hats, and t-shirts.

Participating distributors will reach out to invite local contractors and feature signage announcing the events. Contractors should also check the GAF Facebook page to find out when events are coming to their area.

GAF is proud to support Operation Finally Home with a donation in conjunction with our Enter for an Experience sweepstakes.

CertainTeed Makes Multi-year Commitment to Homes for Our Troops

CertainTeed Corp. has made a multi-year commitment to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans across the nation to enable them to rebuild their lives. The homes are provided mortgage-free to the veterans they serve. The company’s contribution of roofing, insulation and gypsum wallboard for 40 homes across the U.S. ensures that the homeowners will enjoy a lifetime of indoor comfort and sustainable performance.

“Having corporate partners like CertainTeed is essential to our mission of helping our nation’s most severely injured veterans regain their freedom and independence through the gift of a new home,” said Bill Ivey, Executive Director, at Homes for Our Troops. “It’s an honor to help these heroes rebuild their lives, and CertainTeed’s involvement ensures our homes are built using only the best materials and finest craftsmanship available, and will stand the test of time.”

The 1-story homes feature an open floor plan, going beyond ADA compliance, with roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. The homes may also include specialized items including lift systems, keyless door entry and voice activation controls. Each home is constructed by teams of skilled laborers on site to build, paint and landscape.

Each home will be outfitted with a complete CertainTeed Integrity Roof System, comprised of underlayments, shingles, accessory products and ventilation all working together to provide optimum performance. Asphalt shingle choices will include the durable Landmark 30-year color-blended line of shingles with the widest array of colors and backed by an industry-leading, limited lifetime warranty.

CertainTeed is also providing complete interior wall systems for the homes, including Sustainable Insulation fiberglass batts and a variety of high-performance wallboard. Sustainable Insulation is made from recycled and renewable content, including a plant-based binder, and contains no formaldehydes, dyes, acrylics or unnecessary fire-retardant chemicals. For areas of the home prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, the team will install M2Tech Moisture & Mold Resistant gypsum board and Diamondback GlasRoc tile backer. CertainTeed Type X gypsum board, which offers a one-hour fire rating, will be used in the garage and mechanical room, and each home¹s attic will be insulated with InsulSafe SP premium blowing wool.

A typical home takes five to seven months to build and costs an average of $430,000. The organization has built more than 166 such homes for wounded service members since 2004.

Congress Associates Offers International Leak Detection Services throughout New England

Congress Associates is the new Independent Sales Representative for International Leak Detection (ILD) covering all of New England and Connecticut. ILD leak verification services are now offered through Congress Associates as a complement to its roofing and waterproofing solutions.

Congress Associates is excited to represent ILD leak detection and integrity testing services,” said John Massengill, Congress Associates President. “Our mission is a strong commitment to provide a high level of service to our customers by offering truly innovative products and services in the industry. ILD is a great addition to our roofing and waterproofing service offerings, but more importantly an exceptional solution to offer our customers for the long-term protection and maintenance of their building assets.”

International Leak Detection (ILD) has been the leading provider of roofing and waterproofing integrity testing since 2001. The company success is based on 30 years of experience, the proprietary Electric Field Vector Mapping (EFVM) testing method, and a dedication to extraordinary service. The ILD leak-proof reputation has been attained with stringent quality assurance and training standards to ensure the highest caliber of service.

ELECTRIC FIELD VECTOR MAPPING (EFVM) is a low-voltage test method that creates an electrical potential difference between a non-conductive membrane surface and conductive structural deck or substrate, which is earthed or grounded. Developed by ILD Germany in the early 1990s, EFVM quickly became a valuable tool for leak investigations on existing systems. Introduced to North America in 2001, the EFVM testing procedure has become the standard for waterproofing verification.

Over time, small punctures, membrane splits or mechanical damage to waterproofing membrane result in wet insulation, mold, and costly interior damage. Previously, lengthy and costly leak investigations were necessary to locate a membrane breach, especially in protected roof membrane assemblies, garden roofs, or parking and plaza decks. Now the unique ability of EFVM® allows for testing the integrity of waterproofing membranes with a non-invasive method while reading through the system overburden and providing accurate results.

PPG Architectural Metal Coatings Binder Available in Downloadable Format

PPG Industries’ coil and building products coatings group announced that its Architectural Metal Coatings binder is now available online in a digital, downloadable format.

The digital binder features fully updated catalogs, product brochures and data sheets for PPG’s entire roster of PPG liquid coil coatings such as DURANAR and CORAFLON fluoropolymer and DURASTAR polyester coatings, and liquid and powder extrusion coatings such as Duranar and Coraflon fluoropolymer and ENVIROCRON polyester coatings.

The binder also contains PPG color guides, technical documents, white papers and case studies, along with sourcing information for PPG CAP CERTIFIED APPLICATOR PROGRAM group participants and PPG-approved extrusion applicators and coil coaters.

Sharon Bird, PPG marketing communications manager, industrial coatings, said that the new digital binder demonstrates PPG’s commitment to “green” building and design, and it will complement PPG’s growing array of online tools, including a newly enhanced searchable project gallery.

“PPG is committed to sustainable business practices. This new digital binder shows that commitment while giving architects, specifiers, coaters and applicators access to the latest product information from PPG, even when they are on the go,” she said. Visit to preview the digital PPG Architectural Metal Coatings Binder or call (888) PPG-IDEA (774-4332) for more information about PPG coil and building products coatings.