Tropical Roofing Products Appoints Chief Operating Officer

Tropical Roofing Products announced the appointment of Richard Oliva as Chief Operating Officer. Oliva brings with him over 25 years of experience in distribution and manufacturing, operations management, including senior leadership positions as Vice President of Operations for the Brenntag Group and as Senior Vice President for Roofing Supply Group (RSG) in the chemical and commercial building materials industries, respectively.

Oliva will report to Richard Zegelbone, President & C.E.O., and serve on the company’s Executive Committee.

Richard Zegelbone, President of Tropical Roofing Products, said, “Richard Oliva’s leadership, industry experience and ability to build and foster strong relationships with internal and external customers already make him a key addition to the Tropical Roofing Products family. Richard is the right leader to help us realize our greatest ambitions. And he will play a key role in that capacity along with our accomplished team of senior leaders that reflect our commitment to the industry at large.”

Oliva added, “I am excited to start a new challenge with Tropical Roofing Products, a 60- year old company and a leader in Fluid Applied Roof Restoration Systems. My professional background combined with a personal knowledge of Tropical Roofing Products as a former customer has prepared me for this role where I can add my leadership and relationship building skills to an organization with a great brand identity, culture, history, customer base, and unlimited future potential.”

Richard Oliva will be based in the Tropical Roofing Products corporate headquarters in Hallandale, Florida starting on April 9th, 2018.

For more information, visit www.tropicalroofingproducts.com.

Roofinox Distributes Tin-Plated Roofing Products

Bonded Building Materials Inc. has partnered with Roofinox to distribute the company’s Tin-plated (Terne) roofing products throughout New York State and the surrounding area. Roofinox tin-plated (Terne) was designed to ensure long-term sustainability and corrosion-resistance for wall-cladding, flashing, rainware, interior design and virtually all forms of roofing applications. 

“As a supplier of window, roofing and building materials in New York, we are always on the outlook for products that meet our contracting customer’s best needs,” says Gary Curcio, Jr., general manager, Bonded Building Materials. “The products are durable and can be expected to turn a matte grey over time. It’s perfect for our architectural projects and our many institutional clients. With our sister company, Architectural Sheetmetal Products Inc., we can even roll form or create custom details to fit any client needs.”

“We are constantly looking to increase our national reach through partnerships with suppliers like Bonded Building Materials,” adds Dave Rowe, vice president at Roofinox America. “They’ve been serving the marketplace for nearly 40 years and understand the best interests of their customers. This is a relationship that will benefit both of our companies and contractors based throughout the State of New York.” 

The Roofinox product line consists of Roofinox Classic brush-rolled stainless steel, Roofinox Pearl bead-blasted stainless steel, Roofinox Plus ribbed stainless steel, Roofinox Chroma mirror-rolled stainless steel and Roofinox Tin-plated (Terne), a tin-plated stainless steel product specifically developed and manufactured for roll forming and fabricating. 

Originally developed to withstand the climatic conditions found in Central Europe, the Roofinox stainless steel product line is ideal for applications ranging from rural, urban and light industrial areas to historic and commercial sites and extreme coastal environments. Available in coil or sheet, materials can be ordered by themselves so customers can do their own forming or prefabricated by distributors. 

Based in Scotia, New York, Bonded Building Materials is a family-owned and operated business supporting contractors across the entire state of New York since 1980. The company can be contacted through the website or by phone (518)346-2395. 

For more information on Roofinox, Roofinox Tin-plated (Terne), Roofinox Classic, Roofinox Pearl, Roofinox Plus or Roofinox Chroma please call (732)440-8069, email sales@roofinox.com or visit the website

SOPREMA Expands Manufacturing Facility to Accelerate Services

SOPREMA expands its Gulfport, Mississippi manufacturing facility in an effort to increase product offerings and expedite production. The expansion comes as a solution to continued growth that the Gulfport operations team has experienced and will further accelerate service to the market.

The Gulfport facility completes a 21,250 square foot addition, with its location situated on SOPREMA’s campus which encompasses manufacturing, product testing, distribution and a training facility. The expansion is used for both additional product offering and warehouse of product and materials in various stages of the production process.

“The expansion is an opportunity to continue to support the SOPREMA growth initiatives as our business grows,” said Kent Furcron, Gulfport plant manager, SOPREMA. “We are proud that our facility is now able to produce more product and provide additional jobs in the region.”

Roofinox Expands Sales and Distribution of Products in the U.S.

Roofinox International, a European-based, 30-year-old manufacturer of metal roofing materials, has announced plans to expand sales and distribution of three key products in the U.S. through its subsidiary, Roofinox America Inc.

Products include Roofinox Classic, a brush-rolled material designed for roofing and wall cladding, Roofinox Plus .0157, a ribbed surface material for smoother roofing results and economy and Roofinox Terne-Coated with a tin-plated surface that develops a matt grey patina finish over time.

The announcement comes in response to an increasing demand for Roofinox products since 2012 when the only domestic manufacturer of terne-coated steel products went out of business.

“From then on we supplied to various projects all over the U.S. with increasing quantities every year,” notes Pascal Metzler, who with his brother, Marc, own the company. “In 2014 we decided to move to the U.S. by opening an office and warehouse from where we could service the increasing demand,” he notes. Meanwhile, sales in Europe were also continuing to grow with marketing and distribution to Poland, Russia, Slovenia and Sweden. The company also regularly supplied its unique products to various commercial projects in strong markets like Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore. Last year, the company started selling the Roofinox product range in Turkey as well. And while Roofinox is currently examining business relations in several more countries, Metzler emphasizes the main efforts are now to grow market share in the U.S.

He notes the technology for his products date back to 1995 with the development of inoxidable (stainless) steel as a roofing material. The idea behind the product was to create a stainless steel specifically designed for roofing and roll-forming. “We found two major features that made it ideal for the application—mechanical properties and surface design with an architecturally distinctive matt finish for rollformed roofing panels. The product features within these two areas differentiated Roofinox from any other product in the roofing market, he contends and the success of Roofinox Classic and Roofinox tin-plated led to the development of several more products available today.

Architectural demand for Roofinox as a natural metal is very high, notes Metzler. “Aging is no problem for Roofinox because the surface is all natural and typically does not change over time.” In addition, he notes that Roofinox products achieve superior results for LEED-related construction and the sustainability of building products. “More and more building owners are looking into long-lasting and environmentally friendly products,” he notes. And there’s the issue of durability.

“Increasing weather extremes require more durable solutions for roofing and Roofinox stainless steel is the best solution for these environments because it was originally developed for Switzerland and Austria in a region known for challenging weather conditions.”

The current goal is to develop nationwide relationships with metal fabricators and installers who need a reliable source for quality architectural grade stainless steel and tin-plated materials the company offers.

Roofinox materials also offer growth potential to contractors who can now differentiate through specializing into more sophisticated work. “Some of the largest institutional building owners, such as the armed forces, school and education authorities, hospitals and churches, are specifying stainless steel for these reasons—it simply is a very high-quality roofing material,” Metzler notes.

One of the brothers’ first steps toward expansion has been the recruitment of David Rowe, a 28-year veteran of the metal roofing and wall panel industry, who has been named vice president-sales of Roofinox America Inc. Rowe joined Roofinox from Englert Inc., an American manufacturer of metal and aluminum roofing and wall panel coil, where he was director of product management responsible for the planning, development and introduction of all new products.

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.