Firestone Acquires Silicone Roofing Systems Provider

Firestone Building Products Company LLC has announced its acquisition of Gaco Western, a provider of silicone roofing systems, waterproofing systems and spray foam insulation. The deal, which includes all assets and operations held by Gaco, closed April 3, after a definitive agreement was signed and announced earlier this year.

The acquisition allows Firestone to introduce even more options to customers with Gaco’s silicone and acrylic liquid coatings. The enhanced portfolio creates alternative solutions when full roof tear-offs and rebuilds are not feasible, and it presents contractors with products requiring less labor-intensive installation.

“Combining the best of two brands, Firestone and Gaco, represents an opportunity for growth and long-term value as we aim to create new levels of service and innovation in our industries,” says Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products, Bridgestone Americas Inc. “Operations will conduct business as usual across all teams as we begin bringing our portfolios, employees, best practices and distribution platforms together to continue serving as a total solutions provider for our collective customers.”

In addition to expanding Firestone’s roofing product portfolio with silicone polyurethanes, epoxies and acrylic liquid coatings, the deal offers new positions in commercial and residential sectors with decking and waterproofing products that protect pedestrian surfaces, concrete, metal and plywood, and open- and closed-cell foam products which protect and insulate buildings.

Gaco products will continue to be sold under the Gaco brand and will continue to be made at a state-of-the-art manufacturing, research and development facility in Waukesha, Wis.

Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed.

Firestone Acquires Provider of Waterproofing, Spray Foam Insulation Solutions

Firestone Building Products Company LLC (Firestone) has announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Gaco Western (Gaco), a provider of waterproofing and spray foam insulation solutions for a variety of commercial and residential applications. The acquisition strengthens Firestone’s leadership in commercial roofing and offers positions in residential and commercial building products, reinforcing its commitment to be a leader in the building envelope solution. Firestone Building Products is part of Bridgestone Americas, the largest subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp., a tire and rubber company.

“This acquisition supports our strategic plan to penetrate adjacent product segments,” says Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products. “Adding Gaco’s product portfolio will expand our offering, broaden our customer base, and reaffirm our commitment to being a total solutions provider. We are now also in a position to better capitalize on the demand for liquid coating products and are excited about the opportunity to unearth the value that exists in the combination of the two businesses.”

Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed. The acquisition is expected to be completed before the end of the first quarter 2017, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Founded in 1955, Gaco is privately-owned and headquartered in Seattle. With brands including GacoFlex, GacoRoofFoam and GacoWallFoam, the company produces silicone polyurethanes, epoxies and acrylic liquid coatings for roofs; decking and waterproofing products that protect pedestrian surfaces, concrete, metal and plywood; and open- and closed-cell foam products which protect and insulate buildings. All Gaco products are made at its manufacturing, research and development facility in Waukesha, Wis.

The combination will allow Firestone to provide customers with additional products for their roofing needs. By delivering a repair product at a competitive price point, Gaco’s portfolio of silicone and acrylic liquid coatings offers an alternative for situations when full roof tear-off and rebuild are not an available solution. For contractors, these products allow for less labor-intensive installation, reducing costs. Additionally, the transaction enables Firestone to offer its customers access to Gaco’s waterproofing solutions.

Firestone is a leader within the roofing industry and has a vision for the broader building envelope, combining service, product, and innovation, with a substantial distribution platform. We are excited at the prospects of joining Firestone as it allows us to continue to drive R&D, deliver products to our customers, and offer additional career opportunities to our employees,” says Peter Davis, Gaco chairman and CEO.

Gaco Western Promotes Jason Loftus to Director of Sales

Gaco Western promotes Jason Loftus to director of GacoFlex sales.

Gaco Western promotes Jason Loftus to director of GacoFlex sales.

Gaco Western is pleased to announce the promotion of Jason Loftus to director of GacoFlex Sales. Jason came to Gaco in 2011 as a distribution manager and later became the national distribution manager leading the distribution sales team. Jason will now provide leadership over the entire GacoFlex Sales organization.
 
Chuck Skalski, president of Gaco Western, is excited about Jason’s new role. “Gaco Western is pleased to elevate Jason to the director of GacoFlex Sales position. Since Jason began his tenure at our company, he has displayed industry knowledge and relationships that have been a major benefit to Gaco Western. Jason has also shown leadership qualities that will help guide the GacoFlex Division to the next level of excellence.”
 
“I am honored to continue my career with Gaco Western as director of GacoFlex Sales,” says Jason. “I look forward to the years ahead, working alongside our group of talented Gaco family members.”

Sprayfoam Event Features Steve Thomas as Keynote Speaker

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) has announced that author and Emmy Award-winning television personality Steve Thomas, from PBS’s This Old House, will be the keynote speaker for the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention and Expo. Being held now through Feb. 1, in Palm Springs, Calif., the official national convention of the Spray Polyurethane Foam industry features three days of educational sessions, an 35,000-square-foot exhibit hall, an industry awards ceremony, professional certification programs, an annual golf tournament, and other special events and features.
 
Steve Thomas will deliver the official Sprayfoam 2017 keynote address on January 31st at 9 a.m. He is currently spokesman for Habitat for Humanity International, with an emphasis on Builders Blitz and the ReStore. Steve Thomas completed three seasons hosting Planet Green’s Renovation Nation, a sustainable building show. During his 14 years as the host of a home improvement series, This Old House, he became known as a home enthusiast and helped catapult the show to the top of PBS’s most-watched ongoing series list. He also contributed to the debut of Ask This Old House, the series in which viewer questions are addressed on-air, as host during its first year. Steve was honored with a 1997 – 1998 Daytime Emmy Award and a total of nine nominations for Outstanding Service Show Host. He is a speaker, video producer, blogger, photographer, renovator and branding consultant. He also consults on sustainable building and renovation for clients across the U.S. and is currently writing a book.
 
“As a longtime sustainable building and renovation expert, Steve Thomas is a major coup for our annual event,” says Kurt Riesenberg, executive director of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the official organizer of the show. “His enthusiasm for quality craftsmanship in the built environment, as demonstrated in his hosting This Old House, and his high profile role with Habitat for Humanity, align with the Sprayfoam Convention & Expo’s goal of providing education and business insight to the industry.”
 
During his keynote, Steve Thomas will likely speak about his various experiences working with spray foam, both personally and professionally, as well as his current renovation efforts, while providing attendees a great perspective on the business that they will be able to bring back to their customers. He will utilize any remaining time to answer audience questions about his life-long passion for building, his time spent on This Old House and his upcoming book.
 
Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo’s event agenda includes a 35,000-square-foot exhibit hall showcasing booth displays from over 80 industry organizations, manufacturers, contractors, equipment providers, and many others; a three-day educational program including more than 30 break-out sessions; a general session with Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect, Building Technologies Office highlighting the Department of Energy’s Net Zero Initiatives; the 12th Annual Industry Excellence Awards Ceremony highlighting innovation, best practices and excellence in SPF projects; SPFA Annual Member Awards, honoring members who have demonstrated dedication to the betterment of the organization and industry at-large; the Annual Golf Tournament; VIP events; member and contractor-only events; a entertaining Close-Out Reception and Networking Party.
 
The SPFA offers Professional Certification Program testing onsite. Testing is administered to individuals active in the installation of SPF in roofing and insulation, as well as to contractor and supplier companies, with the ability to gain professional accreditation on-site. Testing is offered as part of the internationally recognized program built to advocate best practices and safety in the installation of SPF. The standards-driven program is ISO 17024 compliant, was developed by committees of industry stakeholders in collaboration with OSHA, NIOSH and the EPA. Due to an abundance of PCP scholarship sponsors the Field Exams needed to obtain the Master Installer certification will be offered for free to candidates at the show for the second year in a row.
 
“Sprayfoam 2017 is the spray foam event of the year,” says John Achille, president of the SPFA. “As an annual event serving our industry with education, onsite certification, networking opportunities and more, it is the place to be if you are part of the spray polyurethane foam marketplace.”
 
Attendance for the Sprayfoam 2017 Convention & Expo is expected to exceed 1,200 individuals representing the complete Spray Polyurethane Foam industry and value chain, as well as the general public.
 
Premier sponsors of Sprayfoam 2017 include: Accella Polyurethane Systems, CertainTeed, Chemours, Covestro, Gaco Western, Honeywell, Icynene, Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, and Polyurethane Machinery Corp. Premier Media Sponsors include “Sprayfoam Professional” (the official publication of the Sprayfoam 2017 event), “Building Enclosure”, “Roofing Contractor”, and “Walls & Ceilings” magazines.  

Silicone Roof Patch Repairs Roof Leaks With One-Step Application

GacoPatch creates a seal within 30 minutes of application.

GacoPatch creates a seal within 30 minutes of application.

Gaco Western has developed GacoPatch, a fiber reinforced silicone roof patch designed for repairing roof leaks in a one-step application. Primers, seam tapes and top coats are not required.

A waterproof seal is created within 30 minutes of applying GacoPatch, protecting roofs from leaks. GacoPatch is suitable as a standalone roof patch and will not degrade under UV, temperature extremes or ponded water. The 2.5-gallon wide top pail makes GacoPatch application easy to do with a trowel or a brush.
 
GacoPatch comes with a 25-year limited material warranty.
 
GacoPatch is available through your local Gaco dealer. MSRP is $98.97. Visit here to find product locally.

Gaco Western Appoints Employee as President

Gaco Western is pleased to announce the appointment of Chuck Skalski as president of the company after over 25 years of dedication and leadership.
 
Chuck joined Gaco Western in 1991 as an Area Manager to develop the Ontario Canada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Western New York markets. In 1993 he spearheaded the launch of Gaco Silicone coatings into the specification market, and was subsequently promoted to District Sales Manager for the Eastern US in 1995. In 2001 Chuck was named as the sales lead for the Leadership team at Gaco Western and assumed National Sales responsibilities. 

While on the Executive Leadership Team at Gaco, Chuck was promoted to VP of Sales in 2003 and worked to promote coating sales as well as GacoWallFoam insulation awareness throughout the US and Canada. Chuck became VP of Sales for the GacoFlex division in 2008, and in 2013 he launched the joint GacoFlex/Distribution model that is currently in place today. 
“This is really exciting and a quite humbling point in my career at Gaco Western. I’m looking forward to building Gaco to be even bigger and better than what it is today.”  – Chuck Skalski
 
Chuck is a 6 year US Navy Veteran who served during the Lebanon Conflict as well as recovery efforts of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. While in the US Navy he attended Golden Gate University via satellite location. 

Project Profiles: Education Facilities

Maury Hall, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.

TEAM

Roofing Contractor: Wagner Roofing, Hyattsville, Md.
General Contractor: C.E.R. Inc., Baltimore, (410) 247-9096

The project included 34 dormers that feature double-lock standing-seam copper and fascia metal.

The project included 34 dormers that feature double-lock standing-seam copper and fascia metal.

ROOF MATERIALS

Wagner Roofing was awarded the complete replacement of all roof systems. These included an upper double-lock standing-seam copper roof system, a bullnose copper cornice transition, slate mansard, 34 dormers with double-lock standing-seam copper and fascia metal, eight copper hip metal caps and a continuous built-in gutter with decorative copper fascia. Each of the dormers also had a copper window well.

The upper standing-seam roof was removed and replaced with 24-inch-wide, 20-ounce copper coil rollformed into 1-inch-high by 21-inch-wide continuous standing-seam panels that matched the original profile. The eave bullnose, which also served as the mansard flashing, was removed and returned to Wagner Roofing’s shop where it was replicated to match the exact size and profile.

The 34 dormer roofs were replaced with 20-inch-wide, 20-ounce copper coil formed into 1-inch-high by 17-inch- wide continuous standing-seam panels. The decorative ornate fascia of the dormers was carefully removed and Wagner’s skilled craftsmen used it as a template to develop the new two-piece copper cornice to which the roof panels locked. The cheeks and face of the dormers were also re-clad with custom-fabricated 20-ounce copper.

The oversized built-in-gutter at the base of the slate mansard was removed and replaced with a new 20-ounce copper liner custom-formed and soldered onsite. The replacement included a specialty “bull-nosed” drip edge at the base of the slate and an ornate, custom-formed fascia on the exterior of the built-in gutter. The decorative copper fascia included 85 “hubcaps”, 152 “half wheels” and 14 decorative pressed-copper miters. The original hubcap and half-wheel ornaments were broken down and patterns were replicated. Each ornamental piece was hand assembled from a pattern of 14 individual pieces of 20-ounce copper before being installed at their precise original location on the new fascia. The miters were made by six different molds, taken from the original worn pieces, to stamp the design into 20-ounce sheet copper.

In all, more than 43,000 pounds of 20-ounce copper was used on the project.

Copper Manufacturer: Revere Copper Products

ROOF REPORT

Maury Hall was built in 1907 and was designed by Ernest Flagg. Flagg designed many of the buildings at the U.S. Naval Academy, including the Chapel, Bancroft Hall, Mahan Hall, the superintendent’s residence and Sampson Hall. His career was largely influenced by his studies at École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Examples of Flagg’s Beaux-Arts influence can be found in the decorative copper adorning the built-in gutter on building designs.

Maury Hall currently houses the departments of Weapons and Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering. The building sits in a courtyard connected to Mahan Hall and across from its design twin, Sampson Hall.

PHOTO: Joe Guido

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Roof Assembly Passes Severe Hail Classification

Gaco Western announces their roof assembly passes Severe Hail classification by FM Approvals. The GacoRoofFoam F2733 spray applied polyurethane foam coated with GacoFlex S2100 Cleanable Solvent-free Silicone Coating assembly was tested to meet: hail, wind uplift, corrosion, foot traffic, leakage resistance and accelerated weathering performance. Gaco’s is the only reflective silicone assembly to receive the Severe Hail classification. In addition, this assembly has the highest recycled content in the industry.

Building owners and design professionals are looking for a durable roofing solution. Gaco Western’s R & D team rose to the challenge to develop a system that stands alone and achieves a durability and toughness rating that eclipses other offerings in the reflective silicone coating market. The cleanability factor of GacoFlex S2100 adds to the longevity of this system as it maintains higher whiteness and solar reflectivity than other silicones.

FM Approvals certification is valuable to consumers because it means they can be confident they are getting a tested roof assembly, not a collection of products and parts that may or may not perform to expected levels. Severe Hail classification takes it a step further to give you confidence that Gaco Western offers a solution with strength and endurance.

Chuck Skalski, VP of Sales, GacoFlex commented, “Gaco is pleased to be providing our industry an FM Approved assembly that has been proven to withstand the most hail episodes. This is another testament to our commitment to innovation and providing solutions that last for many years.”

Silicone Roof Coating Fixes Roof Leaks

Gaco Western's GacoElastomeric Silicone Roof Coating

Gaco Western’s GacoElastomeric Silicone Roof Coating

Gaco Western‘s GacoElastomeric Silicone Roof Coating offers customers a better choice for fixing roof leaks. Because acrylic elastomerics have issues with ponded water and UV degradation, they do not provide a lasting solution.

Not only does GacoElastomeric withstand ponded water, it remains flexible over time whereas acrylics become hard and brittle. It has higher solids than acrylics so more coating stays on the roof to provide better coverage and because of the unique chemistry it can be rained on after just two hours and won’t wash off the roof.