ATAS International Recognized as Top Workplace for Third Consecutive Year

ATAS International, Inc. has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor for the third consecutive year by The Morning Call. The organizations who receive a Top Workplaces award are determined solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including employee engagement, leadership, alignment, and connection, just to name a few. Engaged employees are known to drive productivity and results at work, which benefit the organization’s own team members, as well as their customers.

“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy. It’s an achievement that organizations have to work for,” says Doug Claffey, CEO and Cofounder of Energage. “The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.  But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together”. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

ATAS International is honored to once again receive this prestigious award. Comments made by ATAS employees while completing the survey were not only shared with the owners and managers at ATAS, but with all the employees. Some of the survey comments made anonymously by the ATAS team members include:

  • I would recommend working at ATAS because coworkers, working conditions, benefits, and camaraderie are positive. There is always a product, process, or activity new and different on the horizon.
  • The leaders are dedicated to keeping the company growing by looking for new products, ideas, and investing in new equipment to keep the employees growing and secure in their jobs.
  • Different points of view are encouraged at ATAS during meetings and with the open-door policy of managers. We realize it’s important to hear how others view something which may result in a positive change in how something is being done.
  • They are very flexible with personal commitments and accommodate requests to work around our standard schedules when needed.
  • Leadership, sales, and business development courses and on-line training is formal training found to be most valuable.
  • My supervisor is excellent in his management style and training style.  Very understanding and tailors to each individual’s way of learning.
  • I am always challenged and love my job.  I am given decision making power.

Along with the positive feedback were suggestions on areas for improvement, which will be reviewed and considered for implementation.

Jim Bus, Executive Vice President at ATAS International, said “ATAS is very proud to once again receive this Top Workplaces award. We feel that supporting our employees with training opportunities, encouraging them to provide feedback and ideas, and being flexible to accommodate employee family needs as they arise are important in the continued growth of the company.  Along with our ‘March Forth on March Fourth’ annual goal achievement challenge, ATAS nurtures personal, as well as professional, development of our employees. Collectively, we reach toward continuous improvement which benefits our customers and our staff. This year marks ATAS’ 55th year in business, and I am very proud of all our employees, present and past, who helped us reach this milestone.”

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Standing Seam Metal Roof Crowns Jaindl Farms Office Addition

The Jaindl Farms office complex sits on an a 12,000-acre turkey farm complete with its own feed mill. Photo: Steve Wolfe Photography.

Jaindl Farms is a multigenerational family business that encompasses a land development company and a fully integrated turkey farm. Its headquarters sits on 12,000 acres of farmland in Orefield, Pennsylvania, where the company grows the crops to make the feed for its turkeys. When the owners contacted MKSD Architects in Allentown, Pennsylvania, about adding space to their offices, the goals were to provide room to expand and to honor the Jaindl family’s history and legacy.

“The owner has a deep appreciation for all things agrarian and for old barns,” recalls Todd Chambers, partner, MKSD Architects. “One day we were meeting about the project, and he said, ‘What do you think about reusing the timber frame of an old barn?’ A light bulb went off.”

A large barn in Northampton County was located and dismantled, and the frame was repurposed for the office addition. The new two-story stone structure connects to the existing one-story office building, which was roofed with natural cedar shakes. A standing seam metal roof was specified for the new structure in

The new two-story addition was constructed with wood repurposed from a barn built around 1900. It was topped with a new standing seam metal roof. Photo: Steve Wolfe Photography.

keeping with the traditional architecture of the area. “We were concerned about the aesthetics, so standing seam was an obvious choice,” Chambers says. “We tried to keep the penetrations to a minimum and keep them out of the view of the main facade.”

The roofing contractor on the project was The Gehringer Company, headquartered in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. The company was called in to handle the project by the general contractor, Allentown-based Bracy Contracting Inc. The Gehringer Company’s president, Tom Gehringer, recommended a Dutch Seam roof system manufactured by ATAS International because it had the durability and aesthetics the project required, but was also easy to install. “It’s less labor-intensive than other systems because it doesn’t require a mechanical seamer,” he notes.

A Turkey Shoot

The roofing installation went very smoothly, according to Gehringer and Chambers. The Gehringer Company crews installed 6,400 square feet of ATAS MRD-110 Dutch Seam panels on the roof. They also installed approximately 500 square feet of metal panels as siding on the dormers. “It’s a 12-inch-wide piece with a raised section at the lock,” notes Gehringer. “When it’s installed looks like board and batten siding.”

The roof features dormers to bring in natural light. The dormers are sided with metal panels to minimize roof maintenance. Photo: The Gehringer Corporation.

Installation began in January 2017, so the weather posed the biggest challenge. “We did it when the temperatures were pretty low. The highs were in the 20s,” Gehringer recalls. “The nice thing is you can install the system in almost any temperature.”

After ATA-Shield high temperature synthetic underlayment was applied to the entire surface of the plywood deck, the roof panels were installed. “We worked from our aerial lifts,” Gehringer explains. “We purchased two aerial lifts several years ago and now use them for almost all of our steep roofing installations.”

Details included SL-2 Snow Meister snow guards from Berger Brothers. “In this climate, one of the tricky pieces with standing seam is sliding snow, so we specified snow guards that clamp to the standing seams,” Chambers says. “The ones we used emulate the turkey tail feathers.”

Roofing crews also tied in a small section of new cedar shakes to extend the hallway of the existing structure and connect it to the new addition. “We installed the original cedar shakes on the adjacent section for Bracy Contracting almost 20 years ago,” notes Gehringer.

The project went off without a hitch. Gehringer credits his company’s experienced crews and field supervisors for its

The snow guards installed on the project were chosen in part because they reminded the business owners of a turkey’s tail feathers. Photo: The Gehringer Corporation.

excellent track record. “I believe we’re one of the larger architectural metal roofing installers in our area and have virtually no callbacks on roofs we install,” he says. “What it boils down to is having people that know how to do it right — and having people that are committed to doing it right. And with architectural metal work, you have to take your time and do it right. This metal roof is going to look exactly like it looks now for at least 30 years.”

Looking back, what strikes Chambers is how different this project was from his typical assignments. “We’re commercial architects. We do a lot of health care work,” he says. “The ability to design something that’s not done every day, and is different than your typical approach, is refreshing and fun.”


Architect: MKSD Architects, Allentown, Pennsylvania,
General Contractor: Bracy Construction Inc., Allentown, Pennsylvania,
Roofing Contractor: The Gehringer Corporation, Whitehall, Pennsylvania,


Metal Roof Panels: ATAS Dutch Seam MRD110, .032 aluminum, Medium Bronze, ATAS International Inc.,
Metal Siding Panels: ATAS Multi-Purpose Panels MPW120, .032 aluminum, Sierra Tan, ATAS International Inc.
Synthetic Underlayment: ATA-Shield, ATAS International Inc.
Snow Guards: SL-2 Snow Meister Snow Guards, Berger Building Products,

ATAS Hosts Mobile Manufacturing Lab

ATAS International, Inc. was proud to host Lehigh Carbon Community College’s (LCCC) Mobile Manufacturing Lab, in the parking lot of ATAS’ headquarters located in Allentown, Pa. Six students from four area companies earned certificates in the Industrial Automation training held Aug. 15 through Dec. 5, 2017.

The unique learning within this Mobile Manufacturing Lab targeted the mechanical/electrical maintenance needs of local manufacturers.  At the completion of the program, created by LCCC’s Center for Leadership and Workforce Development, students should qualify for an entry level maintenance technician position at most area manufacturers. The 200-hour Industrial Automation Technician course combined online coursework followed by hand-on training in the Mobile Lab. Course curriculum included AC/DC electrical systems, electrical motor control, electronic sensors, electrical systems control, mechanical drives, pneumatics, and programmable controllers.

Dick Bus, President of ATAS International, stated, “ATAS supports specialized training for our current and future employees. We understand that many Lehigh Valley manufacturers are experiencing the same challenges in accessing convenient training opportunities and talented personnel. In addition to the skills learned in this program, training such as this is helpful for students considering manufacturing.”

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Flagship Store Is Topped with Metal Roofing Panels

Made In America Store: Elma, N.Y.

Dutch Seam, continuous standing seam metal roof panels, eliminates the need for separate seam caps and field seaming.

Dutch Seam, continuous standing seam metal roof panels, eliminates the need for separate seam caps and field seaming.

Mark Andol is the owner and founder of General Welding and Fabricating, with locations in Elma and Rochester, N.Y. That business, which manufactured structural and decorative steel components for this store, has been operating since 1989. When the recession hit almost 10 years ago, Andol lost much of his business to companies located overseas, forcing him to cut his workforce to half its size. At that point, he began envisioning a store that would only carry products that are 100 percent American made, to help grow manufacturing within the United States. Andol’s vision became a reality in 2010 when he opened the doors to the first Made in America store in Elma.

Roof Report

The mission of the Made in America Store is to create and save jobs in the United States by increasing American manufacturing. By installing ATAS’ Dutch Seam metal roofing panels, which are made in America, on this new flagship store, it only further reinforced this mission. Dutch Seam, a continuous standing seam metal roof panel, features an integral lock and seam which prevents “blow-off” or “creeping” of the seam. It also eliminates the need for separate seam caps and field seaming.

When ATAS International announced the company’s 2016 Project of the Year winners at an awards banquet on May 8, the Made In America flagship store project took first place in the commercial roofs category.


Architect: Lydon Architectural Services, Buffalo, N.Y.
General Contractor: Kulback’s Construction Inc., Lancaster, N.Y.
Installing Contractor: Bayford Construction, Lancaster, N.Y.
Roof System Manufacturer: ATAS International, Allentown, Pa.

ATAS Products Are Found in BSD SpecLink-E Program

ATAS is pleased to announce that their products can be found in the BSD SpecLink-E program.  Sections include metal shingles, metal roof tiles, metal roof panels, metal wall panels, insulated metal wall panels and roof specialties, along with other sections.
BSD SpecLink-E combines the industry’s content with software. The master guide specification writing, management, and production system with built-in intelligence is designed to help specifiers speed up editing tasks and reduce specification production time while minimizing errors and omissions.
SpecLink-E is used to produce documentation for all types of projects and for all phases of a project, from programming all the way through construction administration. The database of over 783 sections can be expanded or collapsed to provide outline, short form, and full construction specs, without the need to start over at each phase of a project.

ATAS To Host Building Envelope Education Event

ATAS International Inc. will be hosting Designing with Metal – Building Envelope Education, an AIA/CES education event at the Building Envelope Design Center in Mesa, Ariz. on Thursday, Feb. 9th and Friday, Feb. 10th.
In addition to four presentations by ATAS, and a plant tour of the manufacturing facility, four additional presentations will be given by other individuals in the architectural building envelope industry.  Umicore Building Products USA/VMZINC, Lorin Industries, Hendrick Architectural Products, and Roofinox America will also be sharing knowledge about zinc, anodized aluminum, perforated metal, and stainless steel.
Architect members of the American Institute of Architects are required to complete 18 LUs from registered AIA/CES providers each year.  Of the 18 LUs, 12 must be in the topic areas of health, safety and welfare (HSW).  By attending this entire event, a total of 9.5 LUs can be earned; more than half of the annual AIA membership requirements.

Lee Ann M. Slattery, Sales Support Manager, states, “ATAS has always provided a variety of educational opportunities on a multitude of topics.  Many of our staff have a long history of working within the industry and have held active roles in several of the industry-related associations, so we are fortunate to have a wide pool of experienced and respected resources from which to build valuable educational content.  By hosting this education event at our Mesa, Ariz., location, we are able to provide a tour of our facility which manufactures building envelope components from metal.  And, by holding the event in February, it is an ideal reason to pair the event with a warm getaway from the cold weather that many are experiencing at that time of the year.”

Atas Receives Award at Canstruction Competition

The Monsters of Metal built a 1969 vintage race car for the canstruction competition, paying tribute to Nazareth Speedway.

The Monsters of Metal built a 1969 vintage race car for the canstruction competition, paying tribute to Nazareth Speedway.

The Monsters of Metal team, with members from ATAS International Inc. and the Architectural Studio, participated in the Canstruction competition recently held at the Lehigh Valley Mall.  They earned the Best Use of Labels award, utilizing a variety of canned vegetables, along with bags of white rice and black beans, to create their cansculpture.

For this year’s event, structures were built with a Lehigh Valley Heritage theme.  Eight teams competed using 38,000 cans of food (approximately 32,000 pounds). The Monsters of Metal built a 1969 vintage race car cansculpture, paying tribute to Nazareth Speedway and the drivers who raced on that local track.  All the food was donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank in the Lehigh Valley at the end of the competition.

MCA Announces Metal Roofing Championship Game Winners

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has sponsored its 3rd annual Metal Roofing Championship Games at the Metalcon International tradeshow in Baltimore, Md. The event was sponsored by Triangle Fastener Corp., Roof Hugger LLC, D.I. Roof Seamers, S-5!, Drexel Metals Inc. and New Tech Machinery. Award sponsors were Akzo Nobel Coatings Inc., ATAS International Inc., Atlas Bolt & Screw Co., The Bradbury Group, Chicago Metal Supply and Fabrication Inc.,, Englert Inc., Modern Trade Communications Inc., Novagard Solutions, PAC-CLAD Petersen Aluminum Corp., SFS intec and Valspar.

Each day had five battles, inspired by this year’s theme ‘Battle Stars Over Baltimore’ in honor of the birthplace of our star-spangled banner. The battles were appropriately named the Triangle Fastener “Screwgun Challenge”, Roof Hugger’s “Hug-A-Roof”, New Tech Machinery/Drexel Metals’ “Install-A-SSR Roof”, D.I. Roof Seamers’ “Seam-it-Up” and the S-5! “Let-It-Snow”.

Ten teams of two contestants each pre-registered to compete during the two-day event. The contestants represented construction companies; Thomas Phoenix International of Easthampton, N.J.; DYMI Construction Inc. of Morrisville, Pa.; Hardin Construction LLC of Union Bridge, Md.; Intermountain Roof Advisors of Salt Lake City, Utah; Rosselli Roofing and Siding of Wantage, N.J.; William Molnar Roofing Inc. of Riverview, Mich.; ARCON of Vanceboro, N.C.; Mad Metal LLC of Arden, N.C.

A total of $5,800 was awarded to the battle winners this year. The top awards for each day were a grand prize and a best quality. The first winner for both the grand prize and best quality awards was Joe Allen and Paul Kulb of Thomas Phoenix International and on the second day the same was awarded to Dennis Duce and Gonzolo Tellez of Intermountain Roof Advisors. Dennis Duce states “It was an honor to be part of this event and we are looking forward to competing next year again”.

Next year, the event will be held in Las Vegas on Oct. 18-20. The MCA Roofing Games Committee plans to make this event a hallmark to the Metalcon International Tradeshow by awarding a National Metal Roofing Championship. To present this award, the overall winner of each of the two days will return on the third day of the show for a competition to compete for the title of National Metal Roofing Champion. Next year’s teams will be able to pre-register for the event beginning in February 2017.

ATAS International Hosts Architects During Anniversary Conference

ATAS International hosted members of the Society of American Registered Architects during their 60th anniversary conference in Arizona.  Over 35 SARA members attended an educational presentation and toured ATAS’ manufacturing facility in Mesa, earning learning units for both activities.  David Srokose, architectural business development manager at ATAS, presented on sustainable building envelopes, and Dick Bus, president of ATAS, led the plant tour, which was followed by lunch for the guests.
During the educational presentation, attendees learned how metal cladding on roofs and walls can contribute to green building objectives, and how metal walls can use sunlight to provide a building with solar air heating.  Cool roof technologies, including UV reflective pigments and above sheathing ventilation, were discussed, as well as how metal roofing can provide a solar ready platform for photovoltaic systems.
Dick Bus states, “We were pleased to welcome the SARA members to our Mesa, Ariz., facility while they were in the area for their annual conference.  The plant tour allowed our guests to view the equipment and processes used to fabricate metal components for the building envelope.  All attendees were invited to visit our Allentown, Pa., headquarters, if they are ever in the area.”

ATAS National Sales Manager Receives Award

Mark Bus, national sales manager of ATAS International, received a Metal Construction Association Triumph Award at METALCON in Baltimore.  He was recognized as being someone who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in his or her business or profession.
Jim Bush, vice president of Sales and Marketing states, “I have had the pleasure of watching Mark mature over the years to a young and emerging professional; not only within ATAS but also in the industry.  He has earned the respect of the ATAS sales team, as well as peers and management, through hard work and a sound decision making process.  Mark is also aware of industry initiatives and association activities and brings those into daily communications with staff and customers.”
An ATAS distributor, Allan Brock of Brock Associates, says, “During my forty year tenure in the commercial metal roofing and siding industry, I have rarely crossed paths with a young professional like Mark Bus.  I have seen Mark evolve from an inside technical sales person, to a regional product representative, to management.  At each level, he radiated professionalism along with product and technical knowledge.  It’s been a pleasure dealing with an individual as capable as Mark.”
Robert J. Bailey, AIA, CSI, CCS, LEED AP, specifications and constructability specialist with IKM Inc., also recommended Mark Bus for this award.  “Mark makes it a point to understand the people who are specifying and purchasing ATAS products.  As a new product rep in western Pennsylvania, he became involved in various CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) chapters.  It was clear to me that Mark knew in order to be prepared for a leadership role in ATAS, he first needed to understand the industry itself and establish important contacts and relationships there.  Mark is an example for other young sales professionals.”