TPO Has Begun Shipping from GAF’s New Cedar City, Utah, Plant

GAF has started shipments from its new thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) and polyisocyanurate (ISO) plant in Cedar City, Utah. Construction of the state-of-the-art site was announced in spring of 2013; it houses GAF’s third TPO and third ISO production lines (and it’s the company’s second combined TPO/ISO facility). TPO began shipping from Cedar City on Aug. 1 and ISO products are expected to begin shipping in early 2015.

The 541,000-square-foot plant produces the full line of GAF TPO products, including EverGuard TPO and EverGuard Extreme TPO, and it will manufacture both ISO roof insulation and residential sheathing. In addition, the plant will include a new training center for CARE (the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence), to support the continued and growing demand for their training classes.

“Our venture in Cedar City is an example of GAF’s continued strategic investment in the commercial roofing industry,” stated Gerry Messina, GAF’s executive director of commercial marketing. “The facility will give us the ability to better service our customers throughout the country.”

An American-owned company with American-made products, GAF is proud to create additional jobs in the U.S. There are currently 40 employees at the plant, with an additional 10-15 expected. The company also produces TPO at its Mount Vernon, Ind., and Gainesville, Texas, facilities.

DST Inc. Recognized for Outstanding Safety Record

DST Inc. (Dawes Specialized Transportation), the nationwide trucking division of Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental Inc. (a member of the ALL Erection & Crane Rental family of companies), was recently honored for its outstanding safety record. The company received a “zero accidents” award at the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association’s (SC&RA) 2014 annual conference in April. The award reflects the association’s mission to safely, legally and profitably transport, lift and erect oversize and overweight items.

DST has received dozens of safety awards over the years from safety and crane industry organizations. “We’re pleased to be recognized by the SC&RA with this award, because it means lives are being saved,” says Wayne P. Kokta, transportation manager at Dawes/DST. “We work diligently to ensure proper procedures are followed every single day. This award is shared among all of our dedicated employees.”

To ensure continued focus on safety compliance and service procedures, Dawes’ parent company, ALL, invests more than 50,000 man-hours into employee training each year. Their corporate culture mandates that safety be the absolute top priority every day. This award reflects that company-wide commitment.

The SC&RA is a trade association of nearly 1,300 member companies from 43 nations. Members are involved in specialized transportation, machinery moving and erecting, industrial maintenance, millwrighting, crane and rigging operations, manufacturing and rental.

GAF Achieves David Weekley Homes’ Partners of Choice Award

GAF has received its eighth distinguished “Partners of Choice Award” from David Weekley Homes, the country’s largest privately held builder. GAF received an “A” in quality, and is one of only eight suppliers out of the 200 evaluated to be recognized with this honor. Winners compete against every sector of the building materials industry.

“We are so pleased to again receive this honor from a company whose survey measures world-class performance,” stated Paul Bromfield, senior vice president of marketing and business development at GAF. “As a company, we focus on producing the highest-quality product in the industry, and to be recognized specifically in that category is particularly gratifying.”

“With our heightened focus on advanced quality, industry expertise, and creating simple solutions, receiving an award for achieving world-class excellence in quality is especially satisfying,” Bromfield added.

Now in their 13th year, the Partners of Choice Awards are based on the David Weekley Homes’ National Trading Partner Survey, in which approximately 800 of its Team Members are surveyed and asked to rank trading partners in both quality and service with a score from one to ten. The scores for each company are averaged and an alpha ranking is assigned relative to its performance along with other suppliers. Alpha rankings range from an A to an F in increments of 20%.

“The pursuit of world-class excellence is a journey and not simply a point in time. It starts with commitment from a supplier’s leadership, and continues through the successful management of the distribution channel,” said Bill Justus, vice president of supply chain services for David Weekley Homes and chief architect of the home builders’ evaluation platform. “By winning our award for the eighth time in 10 years, GAF has proven they are a world-class provider in delivering quality products to David Weekley Homes.”

DaVinci Roofscapes Celebrates National Curb Appeal Month with Tips for an Impressive Roof

Can a roof affect the resale value and curb appeal of a home? Absolutely. That’s why DaVinci Roofscapes is celebrating National Curb Appeal Month in August by sharing information and tips on creating an impactful and impressive roof.

“The roof plays a major role in creating curb appeal because it can be up to 30 percent of what you see as you approach a home,” says Kate Smith, president of Sensational Color. “Homeowners should make a conscious effort to blend the color of their roofing material with other elements of the home exterior to create an overall cohesive look.”

Smith, who has authored the free online FRESH Home Exterior Colors and FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior guides, spends a good deal of her time advising homeowners, remodelers and builders on selecting the perfect colors for the exterior of the home.

“For curb appeal it’s all about creating ‘top down’ color by working from the roof down through the different elements of the exterior such as siding, windows, trim and doors,” says Smith. “For example, a colonial style home with a warm Autumn Blend polymer shake roof could be ideally matched with a home exterior in a neutral stone color. Then, for adding ‘pops of color’ for curb appeal, chocolate brown frames could be added on the vinyl windows, shutters and trim around the home. A stand-out color like pine green or marine blue could be added to the entry door to add personality to the exterior.

“However, it’s important to remember that it all starts on the roof. When you’re working ‘top down’ with unlimited color options from a company like DaVinci Roofscapes, a homeowner has an open palette for designing the perfect home exterior.”

How important is curb appeal to homeowners? More than three-quarters of U.S. homeowners* (78 percent) report that their home’s curb appeal is either “extremely” or “very” important to them.

According to the 2011 DaVinci Roofscapes’ Homeowners Exterior Preferences Study conducted online by Harris Interactive©, 61 percent of homeowners say that when house hunting or designing their home, the most attention-grabbing exterior feature was the style of the home, followed by how the house looked on the property (43 percent).

And, when it comes to adding curb appeal to a home, color counts. Fifty-nine percent of homeowners place a lot of emphasis on the role that color plays when they think about replacing major exterior home features. Color availability is so important to homeowners that a majority of them (54 percent) are influenced to buy a specific brand of product based on the color options available from that brand.

“This study shows us clearly that color influences homeowners’ buying patterns and decision processes when it comes to exterior home features,” says Smith. “People want their home to be appealing from the street and they’re looking for colorful key products — such as the roof, door, trim, siding and windows — that will help them create the impression they wish to convey on their home.”

While color is important to homeowners, don’t expect pink, orange or purple houses to pop up in neighborhoods anytime soon. According to the study, homeowners prefer neutral colors for their home’s exteriors.

“The majority of homeowners (67 percent) report that they prefer earthy, calm colors such as beige, tan, white, gray or brown as the dominant color on their home’s exteriors,” says Smith. “You’ll find these colors are very popular for sidings and in different combinations for roofs, while homeowners like to have ‘bursts of color’ on the outside of the home in smaller portions (such as on doors and trim) to add to the structure’s curb appeal.”

National Curb Appeal Month has been launched by Fypon® starting in August of 2014. The comprehensive and colorful online guides created by Smith are available for free download.

GAF Plant Achieves ‘Waste Diversion from Landfill’ Certification

GAF‘s Myerstown, Pa., plant is the first asphalt shingle plant in North America to achieve the Waste Diversion from Landfill certification. The industry-first certification was awarded by GreenCircle Certified LLC, the leading certifier of sustainability claims in products and operations. The Waste Diversion from Landfill certification demonstrates an organization’s commitment to the responsible management of end-of-life materials. Operating at a high rate of efficiency, GAF’s Myerstown shingle plant generates low levels of waste and makes an effort to recycle its waste streams.

GreenCircle’s Waste Diversion Certification is based on a comprehensive review of all the plant’s material flows and downstream waste management. GAF is pleased to have achieved a waste diversion rate of 83%, meaning that 83% of the plant’s waste material is recycled. The certification provides a meaningful benchmark that will be used to drive continuous improvement. It is expected that GAF’s waste diversion rate will increase as it identifies additional recycling opportunities for challenging materials, such as non-woven glass mat.

As concerns over end-of-life material management increase, manufacturers are being called upon to lead the way and find innovative solutions. “Waste Diversion from Landfill is becoming a critical sustainable performance measure for many organizations,” says Tad Radzinski, certification officer at GreenCircle. “GAF’s industry-first certification signifies its dedication to sustainability and continuous improvement.”

The growth in the green building market is fueling a demand for honesty and integrity from building product suppliers like GAF. Third-party certification of sustainability claims is essential in establishing credibility and gaining consumer confidence. “At GAF, we are committed to sustainability and transparency,” says Tim Machelski, GAF’s senior vice president of manufacturing operations. “Having our waste diversion rates reviewed and certified by a third party is a crucial part of our program, ensuring accuracy and reinforcing trust in our sustainability claims.”

Free Catalog about Natural Ventilation Products

The Bilco Co., a manufacturer of specialty access products, has released its new 2014 Colt Natural Ventilation Products Catalog, detailing Colt’s line of natural ventilation and smoke and fire control products for the commercial markets. The catalog is available free of charge by calling (800) 366-6530, emailing or downloading it.

Bilco partnered with Colt, a United Kingdom-based manufacturer of smoke and natural ventilation products, earlier this year and now serves as the company’s distributor of natural ventilation and smoke control products in North America. The Natural Ventilation Products Catalog features a user-friendly layout, complete with information on the benefits of and the products and options available.

Natural ventilation is becoming an increasingly important design strategy for commercial buildings, particularly in GREEN building design. With careful design, buildings can be cheaper to maintain and operate and the addition of fresh air and natural daylight creates a more pleasant and productive working environment for building occupants. Colt’s products provide an innovative and attractive solution for design professionals and building owners.

Palram Americas Announces New Website

Palram Americas, a manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC product lines, is pleased to announce a new website design. This new design, which is more closely aligned with the global corporate website, includes many new features. Users will experience new advanced product search tools, more streamlined product information, and may also delve deeper into technical information, including a new installation video for Palram’s corrugated DIY products.

“Palram is a diverse company with products in many different markets, creating a challenge to fully serve each of those markets within a single website,” stated Stan Schultz, Director of Marketing at Palram Americas. “This new design ensures a more user-friendly experience for all of our customers across all markets. Furthermore, our new development platform will allow us to more easily add new features and web-based tools in the future.”

Underlayment Co-Branding Program Gives Roofers Better Visibility

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, recently announced an Underlayment Co-Branding Program to help customers gain better market visibility. Customers who have helped launch the program have seen increased brand awareness with contractors, builders, sub-contractors and the general public.

The MFM Co-Branding Program includes the company’s two lines of High Temperature Underlayments: MFM Wind & Water Seal and Ultra HT Wind & Water Seal. The Program consists of a custom print die with the customer’s logo and contact information, customized Technical Data Sheet and special carton stickers. Since it is a Co-Branded Program, MFM carries the warranty and all product is shipped in MFM cartons.

MFM Wind & Water Seal and Ultra HT Wind & Water Seal are self-adhering, polymer film surface underlayments laminated to a high temperature adhesive system rated to 250°F. Each is designed for use under most roofing systems, including metal roofing panels where high heat is generated. Roll size is 36” x 67’ (2 Sq.). MFM Wind & Water Seal is 40 mils and Ultra HT is 45 mils thickness.

According to Tony Reis, MFM Sales & Marketing Director, “There is a commitment needed from the customer, but does not include a premium on the product price. This is a great opportunity for the distributor to explore a new marketing vehicle with their customers. We have been pleased with the response so far.”

Neff Rental Upgrades Website

Neff Rental, a provider of rental equipment in the U.S., announced the release of its new and improved website. The site focuses on the user experience, providing a faster, more efficient visitor experience, and an overall new look and feel for better accessibility to critical information.

“The new Neff Rental website is part of our on-going effort to make our company easier to find on the Internet and, once prospective customers arrive at the site, make it easier for them to find the information they need.” -Graham Hood, President and CEO at Neff Rental

The new includes the following site enhancements:

    ● Improved access to all equipment categories.
    ● Free Quote Request, Branch Locator, Equipment Category Listings, Services Listings, and Contact Options are immediately accessible via the homepage.
    ● Search functionality to enable users to look for specific equipment types or branch locations.
    ● Zip code location search functionality.
    ● Improved access to equipment availability and detailed specifications thanks to an enhanced equipment database.
    ● A new blog, which is the go-to resource for construction, industrial as well as oil and gas related contractors. This includes details on everything from safety to helping you choose the right equipment for your project needs.

The website’s new functionality allows users to easily request a free quote, find their closest branch, locate equipment, or contact Neff Rental directly. Neff Rental wanted to make the site as accessible as possible to garner potential customer business. With the new Neff Rental website, you have everything at your fingertips.

LINE-X Expands U.S. Locations for Protective Coatings Manufacturing

LINE-X Protective Coatings, a developer and provider of high-performance protective coatings, announces it’s continued efforts to support job creation and domestic manufacturing by developing products and expanding locations within the United States. Headquartered in Huntsville, Ala., LINE-X was the first nationwide spray-on truck bedliner and protective coatings franchise and remains the only franchised system to offer spray-on truck bedliners, truck accessories, automotive and protective coatings through a nationwide network of over 380 locations in 47 states. With a dedicated full-time Research & Development staff, LINE-X continues to bring new products to the U.S. market by consistently producing the highest quality and most reliable materials available

“We are very proud of LINE-X being a U.S. based company with the ability to develop and offer products that meet the needs and interests of our customers across the nation. We are dedicated to supporting our national community with manufacturing and franchise opportunities for hard-working Americans,” said Kevin Heronimus, CEO of LINE-X Protective Coatings. “With over 20 years of franchise experience, we are committed to continuing to offer successful opportunities to individuals wanting to join the LINE-X franchise family. We welcome team members that are interested in meeting the growing needs of consumers and promoting our continually expanding product lines.”

LINE-X Protective Coatings is the industry leader in truck bed protection, offering specially formulated polymers that permanently bond to the truck’s bed for unmatched durability under the most extreme use. This high-quality spray-on application contours to the shape of the truck bed to seal and protect it from weather, road grime, scratches, dents and most household chemicals, while adding an attractive finish that both protects and enhances the value of the vehicle.

LINE-X continues to lead the marketplace with innovative coatings made in the United States that provide unique solutions to customers in a variety of industries, including residential, commercial, light industrial and military applications. LINE-X Protective Coatings is committed to leading industries that utilize spray-on applications and expanding to additional locations across North America.