Antis Roofing & Waterproofing Receives Community Involvement Award

In recognition of its continuous efforts to help the people of Orange County by keeping roofs over their heads and helping dozens of local charitable organizations, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif., has been presented with the fifth annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award co-sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and CNA.

The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

Antis Roofing & Waterproofing was selected for its nonprofit organization The Antis Foundation. Founded in 2016, the Antis Foundation actively supports many local charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Orange County Ronald McDonald House, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and Alzheimer’s Orange County.

The Antis Foundation helps these organizations through its employee volunteer program, charitable grants, corporate and nonprofit collaborations, and pro-bono roofing work.

CNA awarded Antis Roofing & Waterproofing with $7,500 to be used in support of The Antis Foundation.

Additionally, second-place winner Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will receive $5,000 for its ongoing support of the Sonrise Mission, a faith-based rehabilitation program for adults with life-controlling dependency issues.

Third-place winner, Academy Roofing, Aurora, Colo., will receive $2,500 for its work with the Rose Andom Center, which assists victims of domestic violence.

The awards were presented March 2 during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

To view CNA’s video featuring Antis Roofing & Waterproofing and its work with its nonprofit organization The Antis Foundation, click here.

Kirberg Co. Receives BBB TORCH Award

Kirberg Co. receives the 2016 BBB TORCH Award from the Better Business Bureau.

Kirberg Co. receives the 2016 BBB TORCH Award from the Better Business Bureau.

Kirberg Co., St. Louis, has received the 2016 BBB TORCH Award from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving eastern Missouri and southern Illinois. The award recognizes the company’s commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices.

Laura Toledo, executive director of the Center for Women in Transition, St. Louis, nominated Kirberg Co. for the TORCH Award. In 2015, Kirberg Co. donated $36,000 in labor and materials to install a new roof at the Baker House, one of two transitional living facilities operated by the center.

“We are all extremely grateful for the generous donation of a complete roof replacement from Kirberg in 2015,” Toledo states. “They also coordinated with other contractors to make sure the job was done well and at no cost to the agency. Kirberg has continued to support the mission of the Center for Women in Transition in numerous ways since then. Kirberg is an excellent company that is dedicated to its community.”

Through practicing and promoting restorative justice, the Center for Women in Transition assists women in the criminal justice system to successfully transition back to their families and communities. The women are offered safe, stable housing through the center, as well as case management; life-skills instruction; guidance from volunteer mentors; and assistance with locating jobs and accessing other resources, such as substance-abuse treatment, medical and mental health care.

Eric Kirberg, president of Kirberg Co., accepted the TORCH Award and says: “We were delighted to be able to help our friends at the Center for Women in Transition. The center provides a wonderful service here in town, and a new roof was badly needed. Now the apartment building will remain open to help hundreds of women for years to come.”

Having provided nearly 100 years of service to the St. Louis community, Kirberg Co. installs nearly every type of roof system from slate and tile to flat-roof applications, vegetated and solar-power systems. With 90 field employees in St. Louis and approximately 50 in its branches, Kirberg Co. is committed to exceeding customer expectations.

“Getting roofs done right the first time, that’s always been our motto,” Kirberg notes. “When our roofers are as good as they are, it’s easy to have good customer service when the work is almost perfect.”

“BBB’s TORCH Awards celebrate exceptional companies with great customer service and ethics,” adds Scott Mosby, BBB board chair and chief executive of Mosby Building Arts, St. Louis. “Start with trust, honor the exceptional and learn from the best is our practice within St. Louis BBB. These companies and charities are examples to emulate for anyone who wants to be trusted in the marketplace.”

Learn more about Kirberg Co. at the website; visit the BBB’s website.

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ATAS International Receives Top Workplaces Award

ATAS International Inc. has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor for the second 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 WorkplaceDynamics LLC, a 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.
 
“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And often times, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “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 important to them is a 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 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:

  • “Employees are kept informed on how well the company is performing.”
  • “There is a high level of commitment and respect that each employee shows to one another.”
  • “ATAS is fully invested in our training and personal growth.”
  • “I appreciate the honesty and integrity of the company and the employees.”
  • “ATAS values all of their employees, and it shows.”

Along with the positive feedback were suggestions on areas for improvement, which will be reviewed and considered for implementation.
 
Anne Hicks, executive assistant at ATAS International, who facilitated ATAS’ involvement in the Top Workplaces employee survey says, “I’m excited that ATAS has earned this award again in 2017.  Our company is growing and we are always evaluating how we can continue to meet and exceed the needs of our customers.  Without our dynamic team of engaged employees, we would not be able to achieve our goals.  We are excited about the future of ATAS as we continue to expand and develop, and I am proud to be part of this team.”

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.

Duro-Last Announces Contractor of the Year

Duro-Last Inc. held its 33rd annual National Sales Seminar in Palm Desert, Calif., earlier this year. During Duro-Last’s annual awards night reception, it honored Duro-Last Platinum Contractor Parsons Commercial Roofing Inc. of Waco, Texas, as Contractor of the Year for 2015.

This year marks the 10th consecutive year Parsons has earned the Contractor of the Year Award—a record for a Duro-Last contractor. In 2015, Parsons surpassed $6.9 million in Duro-Last sales. This level of sales also earned Parsons the John R. Burt Award, which honors contractors who achieve more than $4 million in sales.

For the first time, Duro-Last Project Awards were awarded. This category-specific competition honored Duro-Last contractors who completed outstanding projects in the below categories. Award winners and categories include:

  • Project of the Year
    • Contractor: Gage Roofing & Constructors of S. Houston, Texas
    • Project: Alvin Junior High School, Alvin, Texas
  • Custom Prefabrication
    • Contractor: Harrison Roofing Co. Inc. of San Angelo, Texas
    • Project: City of San Angelo Foster Communications Coliseum, San Angelo, Texas
  • Edge-to-Edge & Deck-to-Sky
    • Contractor: Nasi Roofing LLC of Minocqua, Wis.
    • Project: Rapid River Public Schools, Rapid River, Mich.
  • Metal Roofing
    • Contractor: CustomCraft Roofing of Cedar Grove, Wis.
    • Project: Detached Garage, Cedar Grove, Wis.
  • Sustainability
    • Contractor: Texas Roof Systems of Odessa, Texas
    • Project: Hobby Lobby, Waco, Texas
  • Specialty Roofing
    • Contractor: Overhead Inc. Toledo, Ohio
    • Project: Betco Inc., Bowling Green, Ohio

This year’s Sales Seminar’s theme was “Best in Class,” so there was a big focus on education and providing Duro-Last contractors the tools they need to succeed. Breakout sessions hosted by Duro-Last employees and industry experts discussed topics such as Sales 101, Sustainability, Installation Tips and Financial Planning. Introductory courses on Duro-Last’s new Corporate App and Digital Storefront were also available. Fun was had at the annual Awards Banquet and finale party, which had a superhero or “Duro-Con” theme.

Another fun event, the annual Dick Jozwiak Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted 104 players and 28 teams this year. Winners were Wendell Olson, Jeff Strain, Zach Cross and Rodney Castilleja.

“Every year we work hard to fill the Duro-Last Sales Seminar with as much relevant and helpful information as we can while also making it fun,” says Duro-Last Chairman of the Board Jack Burt. “We know it is something our contractors look forward to and we never let them down.”

RCI Mourns the Death of Its Founder, Robert ‘Bob’ Lyons

RCI’s founder, Robert “Bob” Lyons passed away March 16, 2016. It was Lyons’ vision, dedication and drive that brought RCI into existence. RCI was founded in 1983 by Lyons after spending three years of forging his concept into reality. From that initial charter membership of 30, the association has grown to more than 3,000 members today.

We have been informed by his family that in keeping with Lyons’ wishes, there will be no funeral service. Lyons’ wife, Norma, shared that a memorial service will be held in the future, but currently no date has been set. Those members wishing to email Norma may contact RCI for additional information.

As those who attended the recent RCI convention are aware, RCI declared Sunday, March 13 to be Robert Lyons Day to honor Lyons. During the awards ceremony, several members recounted the influence that Lyons had over their careers. Following their comments, Lyons was awarded the RCI Lifetime Achievement Award. As Lyons was not in attendance, his son Jason accepted the award on his behalf and spoke a few words about his father. We understand that prior to his passing, Jason was able to convey what had transpired at the convention and shared that Lyons acknowledged his understanding with a smile.

Lyons’ family also suggested that those who would like to consider a gift of remembrance are encouraged to do so through the RCI Foundation. The foundation recently established the Robert Lyons Scholarship to aid college students in the engineering, architecture and construction science fields of study.

MCA Presents Awards to Three Outstanding Achievers in the Metal Construction Industry

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) presented awards to three outstanding achievers in the metal construction industry at its winter meeting held in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

Mark James of Roof Hugger Inc. and Randy Allen from Triangle Fastener Corp. were honored with MCA’s Patrick R. Bush Volunteer Service Award, and Ken Buchinger of NCI Building Systems was honored with MCA’s Larry A. Swaney Award.

With 38 years in the metal construction industry, Allen was acknowledged for championing the creation of the MCA Accessories Council, which he is now serving as chair. He was also recognized for his involvement in numerous other MCA committees, councils and initiatives including assisting with the demo area at METALCON, helping to facilitate the Metal Roofing Championship Games, and coordinating MCA’s golf outings.

Credited with completing more than 30 million square feet of retrofit roof projects in his career, Mark James was appreciated for his work in planning, constructing and operating the MCA demo area at METALCON. He was also recognized for being the primary individual responsible for the Metal Roofing Championship Games for the past two years, as well as actively volunteering on the council level.

With more than 40 years in the metal construction industry, Ken Buchinger was honored for serving on the MCA Board from 2006-14, as well as his contributions in technical research for the association. Buchinger’s work led to many key initiatives that benefited the metal construction industry, including MCA’s Metal Roof Service Life Project and its Spray Foam Research Project. He has been an ambassador for education and training and a primary contributor to MCA’s Roofing Installation Manual.

MBCI’s General Manager Wins MCA’s Larry A. Swaney Award

MBCI General Manager of Technical Services Ken Buchinger was named the recipient of the Metal Construction Association’s (MCA) Larry A. Swaney Award during its annual winter meeting.

Named after the founding president of the association, this prestigious award honors an individual who selflessly and determinedly works for the success of MCA and the advancement of the metal construction industry at large. The recipient is driven by the same intentions as Swaney: To advocate for the betterment of metal construction through research, education and collaboration that transcends personal or company gains.

Buchinger began working at MBCI in 1988, and throughout his tenure he has been responsible for product development, field services, research and development, claims, warranties, and the creation and management of installation manuals and catalogs.

MBCI President Bill Coleman says, “Ken has been an invaluable member of our family for 28 years, and I am overjoyed that the industry is recognizing him for his many contributions to the research and technical advancement of metal construction.”

Buchinger is actively involved in several trade associations and has written numerous articles for various industry publications and delivers presentations for various organizations. Prior to working at MBCI, Buchinger was part owner of Whitehouse Construction Co. and erected metal buildings, architectural roofing systems and structural steel for 13 years.

CertainTeed Gypsum Receives Award for Customer Service from Do it Best Corp.

CertainTeed Gypsum was rewarded for its perpetual commitment to excellence in customer service by Do it Best Corp., a home improvement industry co-op. Do it Best Corp. named the Gypsum division the 2015 Building Materials Vendor of the Year at its annual Member and Vendor Excellence Awards in Indianapolis. The ceremony recognizes outstanding performance among Do it Best vendors based on four criteria: product quality, service level, sales growth and sales/customer service.

CertainTeed Gypsum stood out this year for the high level of support it gives Do it Best member-owners through competitive pricing, enhanced programming and improved market specials offered throughout the year.

“At Do it Best Corp., our number one goal is helping our members grow and achieve their dreams,” says Joe Corah, divisional manager for building materials sales at Do it Best Corp. “CertainTeed Gypsum has been a highly effective partner in pursuing that goal as we work together to strengthen independent dealers across the country with top-notch programs and services.”

CertainTeed Corp.’s gypsum product division was first awarded Vendor of the Year in 2013 when its scored high marks in the areas of inside and field sales staff support, quality products and accurate invoicing. The product division has continued to excel in these areas, proving its commitment to Do it Best Corp. and its members.

“We are honored to receive our second Vendor of the Year award from Do it Best Corp., especially because of what it represents,” says Dave Engelhardt, president of CertainTeed Gypsum. “Maintaining strong customer relationships is just as vital to us as manufacturing innovative, high-quality products, and this award is evidence of our commitment to our valued distribution partners.”

GAF Awarded ‘Brand Leader’ Title for Ridge Vent Systems

GAF was awarded the title of “Brand Leader” by the 2015 Remodeling Brand Use Study in all four categories for ridge vent systems.

Readers were asked to rank the industry’s foremost material suppliers to determine who is a true “Brand Leader” and GAF ranked No. 1 for ridge vent systems in the categories of:

  • Brand Familiarity
  • Brand Used in the Past Two Years
  • Brand Used the Most
  • Highest Quality Brand

“We are thrilled to be recognized as a ‘Brand Leader’ in all categories for our ridge vent systems. We focus on the importance of ventilation and always strive to make high-quality products, so this honor serves as support for our efforts,” states Ted Marcopolus, vice president of marketing services at GAF.

The 2015 Remodeling Brand Use Study was conducted by the Farnsworth Group to profile brands used by remodelers in specific areas. Readers were asked about their familiarity, use and opinions about brands in 58 product categories, as well as the importance of factors influencing brand selection within each product category. Seven hundred and twenty-one surveys were completed online with professionals classified as “Remodelers, General Contractors, or Replacement Contractors” whose work consists of at least 50 percent repair/remodel. Another 274 professionals answered at least some of the questions.