S-5! and LM Curbs Celebrate 20 Years of Collaboration

S-5!, a provider of attachment technology for the metal roofing industry, celebrates its 20-year association with LMCurbs, a single-source supplier of metal roofing accessories. Impressively, LMCurbs has sold more than 8 million S-5! product components during that time.

According to S-5! CEO, Rob Haddock, when it comes to attaching metal roof applications, “S-5! and LMCurbs have maintained a successful relationship because of our mutual commitment to genuine innovation and the highest quality standards.”

VP of Marketing at LMCurbs, Clint Funderburk, agreed wholeheartedly, saying: “Partnering with S-5! has really proven to be a jointly-profitable business venture. Each member on our carefully selected team represents the highest level of expertise in their respective skill. So what we’re finding at LMCurbs is that architects and contractors look to us for answers when it comes to finding solutions for the most challenging aspects of metal roofing applications. We, in turn, are able to provide them with truly innovative and unique attachment solutions by S-5!”

LMCurbs was the first distributor to carry the world-renown S-5! ColorGard bar snow-retention system and was also the first to carry the globally popular S-5-PV Kit for mounting solar. LMCurbs distributes the full line of S-5! products, including the two newest S-5! innovations, the X-Gard pipe snow retention system and the Utility System.

Atlas Roofing Offers Express Service for Greater Chicago Area

Atlas Roofing Corp. now offers Atlas Express Service for LTL (less than truckload) product pickups at its new regional distribution center in the greater Chicago area.

Distributors can order Atlas Commercial Roofing products to be picked up the very next day, Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Orders can be placed by calling (800) 677-1476.

“This new service is a prime example of how Atlas Roofing is committed to serving Chicago-area distributors,” says Tim Milroy, Atlas Midwest regional sales manager. “The ability to order today and pickup tomorrow gives our customers a solid edge over competitors.”

Atlas Express product pickups are available at the Axis Logistics Management warehouse, 1099 Pratt Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. The warehouse is conveniently located with quick access to Interstate Highways 90, 290 and 294. Detailed directions to the warehouse are available by calling (224) 222-0010.

To get complete details about Atlas Express Service, contact Atlas Chicago Sales Manager Paul Mullins at (630) 885-5447 or email him.

Ultra HT Wind & Water Seal Underlayment Formally Approved by Miami-Dade

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, has announced that its Ultra HT Wind & Water Seal high temperature roofing underlayment has been formally approved by Miami-Dade to comply with the Florida Building Code including the High Velocity Hurricane Zone. A copy of the NOA No. 13-1125.06 can be found on Miami-Dade’s website.

This self-adhering “self-stick” roofing underlayment is composed of a cool white, non-slip, cross-laminated, high density polyethylene film laminated to a high temperature rubberized asphalt adhesive system. This premium product is extremely tough and durable, and offers a 90-day UV exposure rating.

Ultra HT is engineered as a whole roof underlayment for use under asphalt shingle and metal roofing systems. Product rolls out smooth and lays flat while offering the contractor excellent foot traction. Ultra HT comes with a split release liner for use in valleys, ridges, around chimneys and at eaves for protection against ice dams, wind-driven rain and water penetration. Ultra HT aggressively adheres directly to the roof deck and self-seals around roofing fasteners. Product is rated to 250°F maximum.

Ultra HT has a thickness of 45 mils nominal and is available in a 36-inch width by 67-foot length (2 square) roll. Product meets ASTM D 1970, Florida Building Code FL16562, Miami-Dade County NOA 13-1125.06 and comes with a 10-Year Limited Warranty.

Gibraltar Industries Acquires U.S. Sunlight Corp.

Gibraltar Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of products for building and industrial markets, has acquired U.S. Sunlight Corp., a supplier of solar-powered ventilation products. The acquisition complements Gibraltar’s Air Vent Inc. product offering and customer base in the residential new construction and home-remodeling markets. The addition also brings innovative, energy-saving solar technology.

“We are excited about the addition of U.S. Sunlight to our family of businesses,” says Chuck Jerasa, president of Gibraltar’s Storage and Ventilation business unit. “U.S. Sunlight brings a robust pipeline of cutting edge solar-powered ventilation, lighting and air quality products which will enhance our Air Vent product line and bring immediate value to our customers.”

“Adding this solar ventilation product line will strengthen our position within the growing energy conservation segment of the building materials market space,” adds Gibraltar Chairman and CEO Brian Lipke. “It provides us with access to innovative technology for future product designs and opportunities to grow the business through marketing of additional products to current and prospective Gibraltar customers.”

To ensure a smooth transition and the same outstanding service, the existing management team of U.S. Sunlight will be staying on with the company post acquisition.

BASF Program Brings a Holistic Approach to Acrylics Used in Roof Coatings

BASF recently introduced the new BASF Brilliance program. The program is part of BASF Dispersions & Pigments’ Construction and Fiber Bonding group’s new and innovative roof coating program that brings to the roofing market a holistic approach to acrylics used in roof coatings. Brilliance also brings BASF’s broad portfolio of formulation additives to roof coating manufacturers to meet market demands.

During 2014, Brilliance will launch eight new and innovative products including Acronal 4333 X Quick-Trigger, which allows the roof coating manufacturers enhanced early rain resistance following application, the ability to apply two coats in a single day and extension of their roofing season through a wider range of temperatures where the coating can be applied.

“We are very excited about launching the Brilliance campaign where we will showcase ‘the brightest roofs under the sun’ given our goal to bring innovation and sustainable solutions to the flexible roof coating market,” says Michael Guibault, industry manager, Construction & Fiber Bonding, for BASF in North America. “Our roofing products are engineered based on industry input, focused on customer needs and provide value added solutions. These products allow our customers a competitive edge, and therefore, help our customers be more successful.”

The Dispersions & Pigments Division in North America offers a comprehensive portfolio of resins, binders, latex, pigments and effect pigments, colorants and systems to meet specific application needs for the coatings, construction, and printing and packaging markets. The products also help manufacturers in the adhesives, nonwovens and fiber bonding industries meet functional and performance demands. The addition of key product areas such as formulation additives, rheology modifiers, light stabilizers, photoinitiators, and antioxidants significantly enhances the existing BASF product portfolio for these markets.

MetalPro Program Sees Record Number of New Members

Union Corrugating’s MetalPro program saw a record number of new members in 2013. MetalPro helps new and experienced metal roofing contractors refine their skills and stay up to date on the latest installation procedures.

“Contractors are on the front lines of the metal roofing market, and they are seeing an increased interest and popularity of residential metal roofing,” says Jason Thornton, Union’s vice president of Sales and Marketing. “As a result, we decided to look at how we could add training sessions to the MetalPro program to assure our contractors stay ahead of this increasing market.”

The MetalPro program provides training on the latest products and installation processes and techniques with a focus on residential applications. It also provides members with sales and marketing information they can use when talking with homeowners. Thornton adds, “In 2014, we will be conducting a minimum of one MetalPro session each week for the entire year. We’ve also added more advanced training so that existing members can continue to learn.”

The Basic MetalPro training class is required for all new members. In addition, Union has added new classes to the 2014 schedule, including:

    MetalPro Standing Seam Installation – Session focuses on all three types of our standing seam products — screw-flange, clipped, and mechanically seamed.
    MetalPro StoneShield Installation – Session focuses on installation of our StoneShield stone coated shingle products.
    MetalPro Sales Training – Session covers product features and benefits as well as best practice sales techniques for selling to homeowners.

For information on the Union Corrugating MetalPro Program, email Thornton.

FlashCo Hires Sales and Marketing Director for Eastern Region

FlashCo is pleased to announce the recent hire of Bill Bartell, director of Sales and Marketing for the Eastern Region. Bill is responsible for the growth of this region’s sales and overseeing its operations. Additionally, Bill will develop the team, reps, and the territory until branch manager(s) are hired after achieving sales objectives. Bill will be working closely with Greg Morrow, the president, to realize and further develop a strategic sales and marketing plan for this new region. The eastern region includes all states east of the Mississippi River, as well as Eastern Canada.

Bill comes to FlashCo with an impressive resume and more than 25 years of sales/marketing experience. During the last 22 years, Bill has held various positions in sales, marketing, and management with Sealed Air Corporation; most recently as director of Sales and Marketing, Systems and Integration. Bill holds a BA degree in Speech Communication from Gonzaga University. Bill will be based out of greater Greenville, S.C., which will be very close to FlashCo’s new facility in South Carolina.

FlashCo is a manufacturer of roof flashings and accessories primarily fabricating parts out of TPO, PVC, Lead, Zinc, and Copper. Established in 2000 in Sonoma County California FlashCo has grown to 6 locations with Piedmont being its 7th. FlashCo’s mission is to “Save the Contractor Time”. FlashCo primarily comes to market via roofing wholesale distribution and private labeling with major single-ply manufacturers.

GAF Offers Roofing Contractors ‘Life Experiences’ with Celebrities

GAF has announced its 2014 Enter for an Experience sweepstakes, giving roofing contractors the chance to win one of three unique “life experiences” with major celebrities.

The first life experience that contractors can enter to win is through the “Get Biking” promotion. The grand prize is a ride-along with Paul Teutal Sr., star of the television series American Chopper and Orange County Choppers. The winner will receive round-trip airfare and ground transportation for two people, a hotel room for two nights, a ride-along and lunch with Paul Sr., as well as a bike shop tour at the world-famous Orange County Chopper location in Newburgh, N.Y.

The Get Biking promotion began on April 1 and runs through April 30. The grand prize winner and guest will ride with Paul Sr. in the Hope for Heroes ride on June 29th in Newburgh. Five runners-up will win $500 gift cards. Learn more and enter the sweepstakes.

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.

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.