FlashCo Hires New Plant Managers for Downey and Mt. Prospect Locations

FlashCo Manufacturing, Inc. recently hired Nicolas Valdez for the position of Plant Manager for their Downey facility and Scott Fleming for the position of Plant Manager for their Mt. Prospect facility. Nicolas joins FlashCo with over 17 years of leadership and over 13 years of operational experience. He brings to FlashCo an innovative and knowledgeable approach to analytical problem solving, decision making and team management. Scott joins FlashCo with over 14 years of operations and production management experience. He brings to FlashCo a focus on increasing operational efficiencies related to safety, product quality and production.

Nicolas has a varied background in aerospace, defense and commercial manufacturing through Production Manager positions with Tower Semiconductor, Boeing/Spectrolab and Maneri Sign Company. In addition to his production expertise, Nicolas has extensive experience in cost management, Lean Best Practices, employee engagement and leadership. His manufacturing teams have been highly recognized throughout his career.

“Nicolas experience in manufacturing management will allow him to make an immediate impact at our Downey facility,” says Eric Compton, FlashCo Director of Operations. “His professionalism will be well received by internal and external stakeholders alike. In his short time here he has already shown himself to not only embrace but personify the FlashCo culture.”

Scott has a strong background in plant and manufacturing management gained at operations and production positions with Horizon Steel and ITW Shakeproof. In addition to his plant management expertise, Scott has extensive experience in strategic leadership, Lean Project Management, training development and continuous improvement. Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and he holds a certification as a Six Sigma Lean Green Belt. In addition, he has certifications in Project Management, Internal Auditing and Corrective Action.

“We’ve been experiencing booming growth at our Mt. Prospect location, and this position was newly created to keep up with the market demand,” says Eric Compton, FlashCo Director of Operations. “Scott comes to FlashCo with a wealth of related experience and we are excited to have him on board. His experience and aptitude will help him lead the location in what we expect to be continually increasing levels of growth and expansion.”

For more information, visit www.flashcomfg.com.

FlashCo Becomes Exclusive U.S. Partner for Thaler Roof Accessory Specialty Products

FlashCo Manufacturing, Inc. recently entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with Thaler Metal Industries Ltd. Canada. FlashCo will be marketing and selling the Thaler roof accessory specialty product lines including drains, flashings and vents to the United States market. FlashCo and Thaler offer a complementary set of roof flashing products for the

roofing industry. FlashCo is a market leader in low slope, single-ply flashings and steep slope lead flashings. Thaler has been an innovator and market leader in spun metals including the development of one of the first retrofit drain solutions, according to the company.

FlashCo will immediately begin marketing and selling Thaler products through its distribution and partner network in the United States. FlashCo is currently incorporating the Thaler roof drains, stack jack flashings, gravity vents and relief vents into its existing product lines. The addition of the Thaler products enhances FlashCo’s market leadership in the re-roof and new construction markets.

“We have been talking for several months now,” says Greg Morrow, FlashCo President. “The

synergies are tremendous, not just from a product standpoint, but also from a business standpoint. Thaler, like FlashCo, puts a strong emphasis on speed and customer satisfaction. We knew that it was a good fit on the product and people sides.”

“FlashCo is an ideal partner for us,” explained Joe Magistrale, Thaler General Manager. “We have straight-forward objectives to make and sell quality products, however we know we can’t do this alone. We’ve tried other US partnerships in the past, but working with FlashCo we can already tell will be different. FlashCo’s footprint throughout the entire US is very important to us, and we see action that tells us they are very serious about making this successful. We anticipate making a shockwave across the US with our new FlashCo partnership.”

Thaler holds numerous patents for its innovative products including its RDX30 retrofit drain.

According to the company, Thaler’s pioneering design enables the RDX30 to be installed 10 times faster than other drains without the need for tools, or cutting. The RDX30 features Thaler’s patented SuperSeal (expansion seal) technology that is critical in preventing leaks caused by backflow pressure. In addition, the SuperSeal keeps the Thaler drain clear of the obstructions found in mechanically sealed systems. Thaler’s SuperSeal design advantages enable the RDX30 to drain 30 percent faster than other drains in the market and also eliminates debris build-up in the drain body pipe.

“Our business philosophy focuses on researching market needs, designing innovative solutions and producing products that provide longer life than any others on the market,” adds Mr. Magistrale. “In FlashCo we have found a like-minded partner who delivers quality products and has an outstanding direct sales and support team. We are very excited about what this partnership will produce.”

“For FlashCo, it’s the opportunity to partner with another industry leader,” says Mr. Morrow. “Thaler is the original designer of numerous product innovations and their drains, flashings and vents adds complementary products to our existing lines. We expect the Thaler products to sell quite well here in the US and it’s a great honor for us to have the opportunity to be Thaler’s exclusive partner here in the States.”

For more information, visit www.FlashCoMfg.com or www.ThalerMetal.com.

FlashCo Adds New Regional Sales Representative

FlashCo Manufacturing, Inc. recently hired Justin Erickson for the position of Sales Representative for their Southeast region. Justin joins FlashCo with over 15 years of sales experience in a variety of manufacturing companies including over 10 years in the roofing industry.

Most recently, Justin was National Sales Manager for Sievert Industries, Inc. in charge of outside sales of professional heating tools and equipment throughout North America. Justin was responsible for managing sales and service for Sievert’s business unit including 25 independent sales agencies. During Justin’s tenure, the unit averaged 10 percent annual growth. Justin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Eastern Illinois University and a Masters in Business Administration from Rockford University.

“We are very excited to add Justin to our sales team,” says Rick Santolaya, FlashCo Territory Sales Manager. “Justin has a great sales background and he’s been in the roofing industry for over a decade. He’s worked with a number of our same customers and distributors, so he’s going to be able to hit the ground running.”

“Justin is the perfect addition to help us continue to grow the Southeast region,” says Bill Bartell, FlashCo Director of Sales. “FlashCo is in the midst of a major expansion and it’s the people in the company like Justin who have a major impact in helping our contractor customers to save time, get off the roof sooner and reduce their installed costs.”

For more information, visit www.FlashCoMfg.com.

FlashCo Recognized as One of the Best Places to Work in North Bay Area

FlashCo Manufacturing Inc., headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., was recently named one of the 100 best places to work in the North Bay by the North Bay Business Journal. FlashCo was recognized as an exceptional employer with excellent workplace practices.

“FlashCo has been growing at a steady pace,” said FlashCo President Greg Morrow. “That growth and success can be directly attributed to our employees. We’re a team, spread out throughout the country dedicated to the principle that we can save the contractor time. We’ve worked hard to develop a company culture around our core values of integrity, respect, customer satisfaction and can-do attitude.”

The North Bay Business Journal makes its best places to work selections based on employer nominations and employee surveys. The employee surveys include questions related to employer credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. The 100 winners were chosen from over 8,100 employee surveys submitted. FlashCo is one of 21 first-time winners in the annual survey.

“Our employees and their success are the backbone of our company,” said Morrow. “While
some employees come here with experience, others receive training on the job, giving them a
marketable, in-demand skill that can lead to a lifelong career supporting the roofing industry.”

FlashCo Acquires Dick’s Lead Shop

FlashCo Manufacturing Inc. completed the acquisition of Dick’s Lead Shop from owner Dick Stolz. The acquisition expands FlashCo’s footprint in the Northwest that is served by their Woodland, Wash., location. After 40 years of building and selling lead flashings to roofers in Washington and other western states, Stolz decided it was the right time to retire and FlashCo was the right organization to purchase his business.

“I have known Dick for 25 years,” says FlashCo CEO Greg Morrow. “I originally sold him sheet lead when I was working in the Washington area and I kept in touch with him as I started and grew FlashCo. We’ve always had a mutual respect for one another and this was a good fit with Dick’s passion for his customers.”

“I started the business in 1976 and I have enjoyed building flashings since then,” says Stolz. “I built the business on hard work, a good product and good service, all the things that my customers will enjoy with FlashCo. I’m happy for FlashCo to carry on the business while I’ll have more time for fishing, golfing and traveling with my wife.”

FlashCo completed the acquisition on Oct. 21, 2015. Stolz began notifying his customers and FlashCo is transitioning them to its full product lineup of standard and custom flashings for commercial and residential roofers.

“We are excited to have completed this acquisition,” says FlashCo Director of Sales Bill Bartell. “Our business is built on saving the contractor time. We do that through our commitment to customer satisfaction, respect, integrity and a can-do attitude. These are core values that Dick’s customers have come to expect from him and they will find the same core values with FlashCo.”

FlashCo Hires Director of Operations

FlashCo Manufacturing Inc. has hired Jonna Greene as director of operations. Jonna will work out of the corporate office in Santa Rosa, Calif., and will be responsible for leading and directing the operations of FlashCo’s seven branch and warehouse sites. She will be part of FlashCo’s executive team and will focus on strategic planning initiatives, improving manufacturing strategies and helping FlashCo maintain its high customer satisfaction rate.

Jonna comes to FlashCo with an impressive track-record and more than 20 years of operations and human resources experience. During the last nine years, Jonna has held executive positions in operations, human resources and management with La Tortilla Factory; most recently as vice president of operations. During her time with La Tortilla Factory, Jonna was responsible for strategic planning, operations management and profit and loss for a $60+ million company with more than 350 employees. Jonna holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Union College and a master’s degree in human resources and organizational development from the University of San Francisco.

“We feel fortunate to add Jonna to our executive team,” says FlashCo President Greg Morrow. “She is in perfect alignment with our core values and we feel strongly that Jonna has the experience and competencies to help us achieve our strategic plans. She will be a key leader in helping all of our employees reach their full potential.”