BLUEFIN Acquires Professional Roof Services, Inc.

BLUEFIN, LLC announced it acquired Professional Roof Services, Inc. (PRSI), a Delaware-based roof consulting company. BLUEFIN, the first roof consulting company to provide mobile assessment, and online analytics and data management to customers, further strengthens its ability to provide quality consulting services to Mid-Atlantic clients. The move reinforces BLUEFIN’s position as the largest, leading consulting group in the industry.

“We’re pleased to welcome PRSI’s exceptional team of experienced roof consultants with an outstanding technical ability to BLUEFIN, and for the opportunity to serve PRSI’s customers and communities,” said Richard Rast, president of BLUEFIN. “We’re committed to PRSI’s growth through expanded service offerings, and we are expecting powerful synergy between our teams to greatly benefit clients.”

Blaine Chipola, PRSI president, founded the company in 1993. Dedicating his career to the highest integrity in roof consulting, Chipola carefully searched to combine PRSI with a company that will continue PRSI’s history of technical excellence and objectivity, while adding resources and capabilities to provide growth opportunities for PRSI’s people and expanded service offerings for customers.

PRSI serves dozens of Mid-Atlantic clients in healthcare, government, education, pharmaceuticals and commercial property management. BLUEFIN’s extensive experience with similar clients across North America and its Maryland office makes this a pertinent transaction.

“This is a great fit for PRSI as we looked for a company that values our employees and customers and provides strong support,” said Chipola. “BLUEFIN’s large support group allows our team to expand our presence and service offerings in roofing, pavement, and building envelope and continue delivering quality projects to new and existing clients.”

This marks BLUEFIN’s second acquisition since it closed on CyberCon Consulting last year. The purchase follows BLUEFIN’s office expansion in Dallas-Fort Worth and growing presence in the Pacific Northwest.

For more information, visit bluefinllc.com.

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.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Acquires the Assets of G & F Roof Supply, Inc.

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has acquired the assets of G & F Roof Supply, Inc., a distributor of roofing products, which is located in California. The company will continue to serve customers out of its three locations at 1225 E. Cerritos Ave. in Anaheim, 13555 Imperial Highway in Whittier, and 521 W. 182nd St. in Gardena.

The acquisition will increase ABC Supply’s footprint in the largest metropolitan market on the West Coast and allow the company to build stronger relationships with local contractors. Current G & F Roof Supply associates will continue to work at the locations, providing a seamless transition for customers.

“The G & F Roof Supply team has built a great reputation among Los Angeles and Orange County area contractors,” said Matt Cooper, vice president of ABC Supply’s West Region. “We look forward to welcoming contractors who have been working with G & F Roof Supply and providing them the products and service they need to get their jobs done.”

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

Rheinzink Names Canadian Sales Manager

RHEINZINK America has appointed Richard Strickland as Regional Sales Manager, Canada. Strickland will be headquartered in Toronto.

Strickland has extensive experience with construction products and was previously technical sales manager with iSPAN Systems, L.P. in Princeton, ON.

“Canada continues to be an extremely important market for us,” said Chip McGowan, president of RHEINZINK America. “We’re delighted to have Richard onboard to assist and support our distributors and systems partners. And his hands-on experience with metal products makes him a real asset in working with architects and installers.”

Strickland has a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Fanshawe College.  “The opportunity to work with a natural, living metal is particularly exciting to me,” Strickland said. “The longevity and sustainability of RHEINZINK really make the material a desirable option for designers.”

RHEINZINK America, Inc. led the introduction of architectural zinc in North America and continues to offer one of the industry’s most reliable, trusted brands. Architects and contractors are supported by unparalleled customer service and technical assistance.  RHEINZINK is readily available through an established network of qualified distributors and systems partners across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Ideal for roofing, façade, gutter and interior applications, RHEINZINK is environmentally friendly, 100 percent recyclable and offers a potential lifespan of 100 years or more.

For more information, visit www.rheinzink.us.

Zinc Roof and Wall Panels Add Sense of Movement to Chicago Boathouse Project

The Eleanor Boathouse at Park 571 is the last of four new boathouses and river launches created by the Chicago Park District to reclaim the Chicago River for water-based recreation. Photos: Courtesy Studio Gang, © Tom Harris

The new Eleanor Boathouse at Park 571 in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood creates the opportunity for greater community recreation and environmental stewardship of the Chicago River. Designed by Studio Gang Architects, the 19,000 square-foot facility is the last of four new boathouses and river launches created by the Chicago Park District to reclaim the Chicago River as a major system of parks and water-based recreation.

The unique form of the two-building boathouse reflects the movement of rowing, according to Studio Gang’s founding principal Jeanne Gang. The design, incorporating alternating roof trusses, was influenced by studying the rhythm and motion of rowing. “The Chicago River boathouses are part of a new environmentally friendly vision for the city’s river,” says Gang. “By making the riverfront a destination for recreation, anchored by dynamic sustainable architecture, we hope to catalyze long-term stewardship and support of the river’s remediation.”

The striking design incorporates zinc panels from Rheinzink in both roof and facade applications. Approximately 23,000 square feet of Rheinzink prePATINA blue-grey Double Lock Standing Seam Panels cover the roof of both buildings. An additional 10,000 square feet of the company’s Flat Lock Tiles clad the facade in a diagonal installation.

Zinc panels were also used to clad one of the other four boathouses completed earlier and also designed by Studio Gang Architects. The WMS Boathouse at Clark Park on the northwest side of the city was the second of the new boathouses to open and utilized 7,000 square feet of vertically-oriented Rheinzink Flat-Lock Tiles for the facade.

The unique form of the 19,000 square-foot facility was designed to reflect the movement of rowing. Photos: Courtesy Studio Gang, © Tom Harris

The panels for both projects were fabricated by Rheinzink systems partner Sheet Metal Supply Ltd. (SMS), Mundelein, Illinois. Installation of the panels on the Eleanor Boathouse was done by Bennett & Brosseau, Inc., Romeoville, Illinois.

The panels chosen for the project were the result of an exhaustive search that ruled out more expensive alternatives. “Rheinzink reduced the cost and provided the great diagonal look that Studio Gang wanted,” says Bennett & Brosseau project manager Ryan Broom. “It’s a ‘full zinc’ job with both the facade and the roof and really turned out nice.”

SMS vice president Ben Kweton credits Broom with providing the invitation to become involved in the project. “When Bennett & Brosseau approached us with the value engineering opportunity, we jumped at the chance to provide pricing and to remind the design team of the success of Rheinzink on the earlier boathouse project,” Kweton says.

The design team also opted for a slightly hybrid version of traditional flat lock panels. “The tiles we fabricated had a slight offset at the top to bring the panel overlaps more into plane and to create a slight reveal,” Kweton says.

Broom finds working with zinc rewarding, noting, “It provides a great quality look and allows more architectural detailing than can be done with many other metals.”

TEAM

Architect: Studio Gang Architects, Chicago, www.studiogang.com
Metal Fabricator: Sheet Metal Supply Ltd. (SMS), Mundelein, Illinois, www.sheetmetalsupplyltd.com
Installer: Bennett & Brosseau, Inc., Romeoville, Illinois, www.bennettandbrosseau.com

MATERIALS

Roof Panels: prePATINA blue-grey Double Lock Standing Seam Panels, Rheinzink, www.rheinzink.us
Wall Panels: Flat Lock Tiles, Rheinzink