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.

MCA Celebrates 25th Anniversary of METALCON

As part of the 25th anniversary celebration of METALCON, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) is reinvigorating its presence on the show floor, including a new educational theater and displays at the association’s newly designed booth (#1831), as well as the annual Chairman’s Awards presentation, and expanded Metal Roofing Championship Games.

This year, MCA’s councils, which serve various segments of the metal construction industry, are represented through informative displays and educational sessions held daily in a theater at the booth. The 20-minute sessions will highlight the advancements that MCA and its members are making together to benefit the industry. Sessions include:

  • Benefits of Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) Council – Understand how getting involved with the IMP Council helps members grow their business.
  • Industry Case Studies on Retrofit – Explore the advantages of installing new metal roofs over old roofs, and learn how the Retrofit Council works to grow market share in commercial, industrial and residential renovation construction.
  • Service Life Study – Learn about the groundbreaking study conducted by MCA and the ZAC Association that shows that some metal roofs can last as long as the buildings they cover: typically 60 years or more.
  • Seaming Guide – Hear first-hand from industry leaders about best practices for metal roof seaming, and other initiatives that the Accessories Council has under way
  • Value of MCA Meetings and Membership Benefits – Discover the benefits from MCA membership. The association is offering 50 percent off membership dues for the remainder of 2015. Learn about networking opportunities available with industry leaders at MCA’s Winter and Summer Meetings.
  • Growth and Trends in Metal Construction – Get a sneak-peak at market analytics, typically only available to members, and learn about trends and growth opportunities for metal roof and wall panels.
  • Fastener Selection Guide – Find out how to choose the correct fastener from experts from MCA’s Accessories Council.
  • Benefits of Exhibiting at METALCON – Learn how to take full advantage of all the opportunities available when your company exhibits at METALCON.
  • Metal Roofing Contractor Benefits – Discover how metal roofing contractors can get to the next level through the MCA.
  • Roofing Installation Manual and White Papers – Get the edge by learning new techniques from the installation manual and white papers put together by industry experts from MCA’s Roofing Council.

These projects and others will be brought to life by new displays, highlighting the many ways that MCA is advocating and supporting the metal building industry. Actual mock-ups illustrating best practices will be on display, as will case studies, white papers and technical bulletins highlighting the latest industry trends.

A schedule of presentations at the booth is as follows:

    Wednesday, Oct. 14

    • 12:30 p.m. Benefits of the IMP Council
    • 1:30 p.m. Industry Case Studies on Retrofit
    • 2:30 p.m. Service Life Study (1 hour presentation)
    • 4 p.m. Seaming Guide
    • 4:45 p.m. Value of MCA Meetings and Member Benefits
    • 5:30 p.m. Chairman’s Awards Presentation

    Thursday, Oct. 15

    • 12:30 p.m. Growth and Trends in Metal Construction
    • 1:30 p.m. Fastener Selection Guide
    • 2:30 p.m. Service Life Study (1-hour presentation)
    • 4 p.m. Benefits of Exhibiting at METALCON
    • 4:45 p.m. Value of MCA Meetings and Member Benefits

    Friday, Oct. 16

    • 10:30 a.m. Metal Roofing Contractor Benefits
    • 11:30 a.m. Roofing Installation Manual and White Papers

MCA will also unveil the 2015 prestigious Chairman’s Awards at METALCON on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 5:30 p.m.

The Chairman’s Awards are an annual designation given to outstanding building projects involving MCA member companies. Recipients for these awards are selected each year from projects submitted to Metal Architecture Magazine’s annual Design Awards Program. The honorees are chosen by a panel of professional architects, which included Elaine Tisovec Fitzgerald, AIA, CCS, ArchiTech Consulting Inc., Mount Prospect, Ill.; Michael Fitzgerald, AIA, Principal, OKW Architects, Chicago; and Ted Haug, AIA, LEED AP, Legat Architects, Chicago.

The MCA Chairman’s Awards are given in nine categories: commercial/industrial; education, colleges and universities; education, primary and secondary schools; institutional; metal roofing; municipal; and residential. The judges also recognize projects with an award for overall excellence.

Award recipients are determined based on overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project objectives. Photos and descriptions highlighting the winning projects will be on display in the MCA booth after the awards ceremony.

In addition, MCA has added a new challenge to the MCA/METALCON Metal Roofing Championship Games, which will take place in booth #109. This year’s theme is ‘Battle by the Bay’ and will include five different competitions where contractors can compete to win cash prizes in challenges that include the proper use of screw guns and seamers, as well as installing retrofit sub-framing, standing seam roof panels, snow retention and other common rooftop accessories.

The games will be held on each of the three days of the show, during exhibit hall hours, and each of the challenges has a $100 cash prize for the winner or winning team.

METALCON will be held Oct. 14-16, 2015 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.

FRSA Achieves Highest Attendance in 10 Years

The Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association Inc.’s 93rd Annual Convention and expo welcomed the highest attendance in 10 years during its July exhibition in Orlando.

“This FRSA event was well timed and well organized to facilitate the education and training of roofing professionals in Florida,” says Lisa Pate, FRSA’s executive director. “I believe our expo numbers grew this year due to the overall increase in construction activity in Florida, as well as the demand for roofing professionals at a time when design and construction firms are facing a shortage of skilled labor.”

There were 25 continuing-education sessions and 350 booths to accommodate more than 200 exhibitors of roofing products and vendor services. Advanced registration numbers totaled 2,100 and more than 3,000 people attended the two-day expo. In addition, spouse and children programs were held at the convention hotel, the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Off-site events included golf, fishing and clay-shooting tournaments. The expo also contained a silent auction and an FRSA Affiliates high striker competition.

Keith Swope, CPRC, of Tampa Roofing Co. Inc. was presented with the FRSA’s prestigious Campanella Award, which recognizes a professional who has served the interests of Florida’s roofing industry in an exemplary manner throughout his or her career. Eighteen of Florida’s best roofing projects were recognized during FRSA’s S.T.A.R. Awards. The top “Shining Star Award” was presented to representatives of Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, for the Frost School of Music project at the University of Miami, Coral Gables campus.

“Due to the remarkable increase in booth sales at this year’s event, we anticipate more than 350 booth spaces will be sold for the 2016 expo,” notes Cheryl Sulock, FRSA’s convention and expo director. “Well over 75 percent of the booths have already been reserved for next year.” The 94th annual event is set for June 16-18 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando

For further information about the FRSA Convention and the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo, email Sulock or call (407) 671-3772, Ext. 177.

Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

The Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau announced the recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Awards. This distinguished group of people has shown outstanding dedication to the Certi-label brand, association goal achievement, innovation and field services. The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award honor provides industry-wide recognition to the recipients and ensures that their decades of hard work and volunteerism are formally recognized.

Lifetime Achievement Award winners (some posthumous awards are included):

  • Fred Amundson
  • Fred Monte
  • John Coker
  • Kirk Nagy
  • John Dziedzic
  • Marty Obando
  • Homer Earll
  • Virgil Peterson
  • Dean Hurn
  • Darrell Trask
  • Eleanor Lobb
  • Leonard Watkins Sr.
  • Jack MacMillan
  • Frank Welch
  • Clay Meeker
  • Patty Wood-Shields
  • Toke Meeker
  • William Woodbridge

In 2015, the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau celebrates its 1OOth anniversary. On Sept. 12, 2015, a Cedar Shake and Shingle Packing Contest will be held in Whistler, British Columbia, continuing a tradition that started more than a century ago with skilled industry craftsmen. Later that day, a networking gala dinner will take place and Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented on stage to those in attendance. Chairman Kent Gibson states: “It is a true honor to bestow Lifetime Achievement Awards on such worthy recipients. Their commitment and foresight were large factors in helping our association reach its 100th anniversary.”

ABC Supply Names Recipient of Ken Hendricks Award

ABC Supply Co. Inc. has named Tom Wills the recipient of this year’s Ken Hendricks Award. Wills is the managing partner for the building products distributor’s branch at 40 Conyngham Ave., Wilkes-Barre, PA.

The Ken Hendricks Award was created to honor the memory of ABC Supply’s co-founder, Ken Hendricks, and to highlight the values that he and co-founder Diane Hendricks championed and that have driven ABC Supply since its establishment in 1982.

“Tom Wills embodies the spirit that the Ken Hendricks Award is intended to recognize,” says ABC Supply’s president and CEO Keith Rozolis. “Tom’s hard work, along with his willingness to help others succeed, has made him a role model who perpetuates the values on which our company was founded.”

A 30-year veteran of ABC Supply, Wills is respected for his business acumen and his ability to develop young associates who go on to be successful managers at other branches. With a low-key managerial style, he has earned the loyalty of his branch associates, most of whom have been with the company for a decade or more.

Wills has earned accolades for management of his branch and also for his contribution to the success of the company’s Northeast region. In 2000, he took a sabbatical from the branch to serve as regional operations manager. For several years, he put his expertise and coaching skills to work at numerous branches to turn an underperforming region into one of the most successful within the company.

Wills received his award during the company’s annual Founders’ Celebration event at ABC Supply’s National Support Center in Beloit, Wis.

ABC Supply Receives Gallup Great Workplace Award for the Ninth Time

For the ninth time, building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has been honored with the Gallup Great Workplace Award, which recognizes the best-performing workplaces worldwide. The company is one of only 40 in the world to receive the 2015 award. It also is one of only three nine-time winners, having received the honor every year since its inception.

The award was created to recognize organizations with the highest levels of associate engagement—organizations described by Gallup as having associates who “are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace.” That focus makes receiving the award a tremendous source of pride for ABC Supply, according to chairman and co-founder Diane Hendricks and CEO and president Keith Rozolis.

“Our people are what make ABC Supply special,” Hendricks says. “They embrace our core values and live them in their work and personal lives. They are passionate about providing exceptional customer service and strive every day to do something better than they did the day before.”

Rozolis adds: “Our people are responsible for all of our accomplishments. We will continue to put them first—listening to and learning from them, giving them the tools they need to succeed, giving them the freedom to get the job done, and providing them with opportunities to grow.”

The Gallup Great Workplace Award is based on rigorous statistical research. Companies considered for the honor were evaluated by a panel of workplace experts who compared each company’s results to those of other companies all over the world. The award is based upon multiple criteria, including response rates, overall engagement levels and evidence of engagement’s impact on performance.

GAF Receives Awards for High-quality Products

GAF announces that it was voted No. 1 in “Quality Ratings” and as the “Brand Used the Most” in the 2015 BUILDER Brand Use Study in the category of “Roofing: Asphalt/Fiberglass Shingles.” This marks the 9th year out of the past 10 that the company has topped the rankings for highest quality.

“The Builder Brand Use Survey is an annual benchmark that provides extensive insight across the largest spectrum of products used by today’s builders,” notes Paul Tourbaf, group president of Hanley Wood‘s Residential New Construction division. In addition to providing brand familiarity and product use data, the study also captures the market sentiment when it comes to what’s driving product consideration and buying decisions. “There is a clear connection in the 2014 results that highlights a potent combination of product performance and features ahead of cost which drove decisions in the past,” adds Tourbaf. “Innovative brands like GAF that are committed to demonstrating continual advances in design and durability while they communicate unique attributes of their brand will continue gain builder attention and market share.”

“With our continued focus on producing high quality products at GAF, it is a true honor to rank highest in quality with builders yet again, and to know that GAF is the brand used by them most often,” states Paul Bromfield, senior vice president of marketing and business development at GAF.

GAF maintains a focus on quality in all of its products, and incorporates its proprietary Advanced Protection Technology into all its laminated roofing shingles. This results in improved performance, including superior durability and wind resistance, while reducing the use of precious natural resources. All GAF Lifetime Shingles also pass ASTM’s two toughest wind tests—ASTM D3161 Class F 110 mph and ASTM D7158 Class H 150 mph—and carry GAF’s Lifetime limited warranty.

For more than 20 years, the BUILDER Brand Use Study has proved to be an industry resource for trends and information. This year’s study was conducted in collaboration with Farnsworth Research and represents a survey response of 1,128 builders, builder/developers and general contractors.