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,

Laminators Inc. Honored at SmartCEO Family Business Awards Ceremony

Laminators Inc. manufactures decorative metal wall systems for commercial construction building exteriors, and rigid panel substrates for sign makers.

Laminators Inc. manufactures decorative metal wall systems for commercial construction building exteriors, and rigid panel substrates for sign makers.

Laminators Inc. President and CEO David J. Thompson, as well as his brothers and fellow owners, Garrett and Scott Thompson, were honored at the 2015 SmartCEO Family Business Awards ceremony in Philadelphia, Pa. Each year, SmartCEO honors successful family businesses that continue to grow and move the country forward.

Located in Hatfield, Pa., Laminators Inc. is a family-owned and operated business now in its third generation. For more than 50 years, the Thompson family and the Laminators Inc. team have been building a company that is known for its ACM products and turnkey services.

According to SmartCEO: “More than two-thirds of privately held businesses in the U.S. are family-owned firms. They are driving the local and national economy and fueling job growth.” Laminators Inc. is committed to providing value through high-quality products, innovative application solutions and superior customer service.

Read SmartCEO’s full article on Laminators Inc. and CEO, David Thompson. Thompson was also featured in a video created by SmartCEO.

SmartCEO’s article on Laminators Inc./David J. Thompson:

  • The American Dream: Laminators Inc. manufactures decorative metal wall systems for commercial construction building exteriors, and rigid panel substrates for sign makers. President and CEO David J. Thompson says an entrepreneurial mindset and a willingness to reinvent the company has kept his firm thriving for more than half a century. “Each new product offering was developed because a market dried up or major customers went out of business,” he says. “We’re focused on recognizing opportunities and overcoming adversity.”
  • Passing the Torch: After leaving school with a 10th-grade education to support his family during the Great Depression, David Thompson’s grandfather started a handyman business that evolved into Laminators Inc. When David Thompson became president, he transitioned the company from an entrepreneurial leadership focus to a professional management team. David’s three brothers also joined the company, each finding a niche that fueled the firm’s growth.
  • Quick Tip: “You can’t hold others accountable unless they have clear, written, mutually set expectations with regular, consistent feedback. Too many employees think they are doing a good job because they haven’t been yelled at lately. We think that’s just wrong.”
  • Perfecting Processes: At Laminators, every potential hire, including family members, must go through the interview process. “We want our family members to be qualified and bring skills and education they learn outside our business to create ‘lift’ for the organization,” Thompson says. “It also helps each of us earn the respect of the rest of the employees.”
  • Building a Legacy: Thompson believes you build a strong reputation by doing the right things the right way. “It almost always comes back to us later in repeat business and new projects,” he says.