IRE Housing Is Open for Booking

Attendees and exhibitors of the 2016 International Roofing Expo (IRE) can now make housing and travel reservations through the official hotel vendor, IRE Housing, powered by onPeak. Offering hotel, airline and car rental discounts through a variety of companies, IRE Housing offers the biggest savings and most valuable perks.

Taking place Feb. 17-19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., the show will offer roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry.

“We negotiated the lowest rates at the most popular and convenient hotels to the convention center,” says Tracy Garcia, Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE show director. “Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to book early as rates will increase as the show approaches.”

The Rosen Centre will serve as the headquarter hotel and will host most NRCA meetings and events.

The 12 hotels within the International Roofing Expo block include:

  • Rosen Centre – Headquarter Hotel
  • Avanti Resort Orlando
  • Castle Hotel
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Sea World
  • Embassy Suites Orlando – I-Drive/Convention Center
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando I-Drive
  • Hyatt Place Orlando Convention Center
  • Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando
  • Rosen Plaza
  • Sonesta ES Suites Orlando
  • Vista Cay Orlando Resort by Millennium
  • Westin Orlando Universal Blvd

As the only official housing provider for the International Roofing Expo, onPeak (formerly known as Travel Planners) is the only company that can sell rooms in the official housing block. Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged not to use other housing providers to secure rooms.

To secure the best rates, show participants must book through onPeak’s IRE Housing online reservation system. Reservations may be made online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or by calling (855) 992-3353 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

“With the mix of convenience, accessibility and value, reserving rooms early is a breeze,” says Bill Good, executive vice president of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “Attendees and exhibitors will be pleased with the ease and simplicity of the online reservation system.”

IRE Draws Largest Crowd Since 2000

Industry professionals full of energy and excitement filled the halls of the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans to take part in three days of education, networking and a bustling trade-show floor at the 2015 International Roofing Expo. Taking place from Feb. 24-26, the annual trade show and conference drew a total attendance of 9,337 roofing construction professionals.

The International Roofing Expo, which took place in New Orleans in February, drew 9,337 roofing construction professionals.

The International Roofing Expo, which took place in New Orleans in February, drew 9,337 roofing construction professionals.

“The trade show floor was the largest since the 2000 show,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE show director. “Exhibitors enjoyed steady traffic as they introduced hundreds of new and innovative products to high-caliber decision-makers.”

Attendees represented all 50 states with the bulk of attendees from Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. The largest number of international attendees came from Canada; Mexico; and Seoul, Korea.

First-time registrants made up 42 percent of all attendees. “We had an awesome first year at the IRE. There were a lot of great vendors, great products and great people,” notes Cody Taylor of SupplyHog. “This is an exciting time to be in the industry, and we look forward to coming back next year!”

“This was my seventh year attending and I feel the IRE continues to improve yearly,” adds Robert Andreu of Hunter Warfield. “The location, vendors and show management each exceeded my expectations.”

EXHIBIT HALL

The trade-show floor was comprised of 1,178 booths, a 13 percent increase compared to the 2014 show. New, value-added services and innovative ideas in roofing materials and related products were displayed on the show floor, including metal, shingles, coatings/sealants/adhesives, flashing, waterproofing, underlayment, modified bitumen, bitumen/asphalt, gutters/roof drains and fasteners.

Exhibitors were pleased with the number of leads and inquiries generated during the show. “The IRE is the most important show of the year for us to engage our customers in person and showcase our new products and technologies,” observes Karen Edwards of EagleView Technologies. “We expect to see a great return on investment.”

Of the 465 exhibiting companies, 87 companies were first-time exhibitors. “We have attended many construction trade shows in the past and by far the IRE has been the most productive in terms of high attendance, which has generated a great source of leads to grow future business,” says Eric Velliquette of Lakeside Construction Fasteners. “If you haven’t attended or exhibited at the IRE, you should!”

“Business is strong within the roofing industry,” notes Bill Good, executive vice president of the Rosemont, Ill.-based National Roofing Contractors Association, the show’s official sponsor, which had an 800-square-foot booth at the event. “The enthusiasm was evident throughout the buying and selling activity on the show floor.”

EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE

In addition to the show floor’s buying and selling activity, the show’s educational conference offered 44 educational sessions addressing a variety of industry issues. Educational tracks included technical and workplace-safety classes, as well as business-related sessions, including leadership/management, green building, legal/HR, money matters, sales/service and general business.

“I come to the IRE each year to reconnect with friends in the industry while getting the best roofing-specific education from an extensive list of seminars offered each morning,” states Rob Therrien of The Melanson Co. “Each afternoon, I visit the show floor to see the latest new innovations to come into our industry, from materials to safety, to help our team and our customers.”

“The IRE show is extremely valuable to our company because the seminars are packed full of useful information that we can apply immediately and improve our bottom line in 2015,” adds Steve Pike of White Stone 1998. “We are very busy with our business, but this is time well spent; with what we learned, we are positioned to become a market leader.”

SPECIAL EVENTS

On the show floor, attendees found new products and ideas at the Metal Marketplace that featured 70 booths; the Business & Technology Pavilion with 49 booths; and Exhibitor Product Clinics from OMG, Equipter and Tremco.

Education was available on the show floor through The Roofing Institute. Sponsored by Johns Manville, these condensed classes covered topics from business strategies and leadership to increasing profits and more.

At the Product Showcase, attendees were able to see, try and compare the latest products in the following categories: new, sustainable and Made in the USA. Based on innovation, productivity and cost-effectiveness, a panel of industry experts awarded Leister Technologies’ UNIROOF E 40 MM – 120V/15A as “Best New Product,” while Tie Down Engineering’s Roof Zone – RZ Guardrail was awarded “Best Sustainable Product.”

Attendees had the opportunity to find new products and meet new exhibitors by playing the Treasure Quest game. Wesley Stienecker of Nitro Roofing & Construction was the winner of $2,000 after his name was drawn from a pool of attendees who visited each of the 10 participating Treasure Quest sponsors.

Giving back to the New Orleans community, a pre-show Community Service Day took place on Feb. 23, where 50 attendees and exhibitors enthusiastically volunteered to help renovate the homes of two families in need.

The show’s opening day featured a motivating Keynote Address by Ken Schmidt, the former brand visionary at Harley-Davidson, who shared his expertise on brand-building, corporate positioning and customer relations.

Attendees and exhibitors networked while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the opening night Welcome Party on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Generations Hall.

The 2016 International Roofing Expo will be held Feb. 17-19 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. Housing reservations can be made online beginning in May 2015 and online attendee registration will open in September. For more information, visit the expo’s website or call (800) 684-5761.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Secures the Future Excellence of the Roofing Industry

Maya Angelou once said, “To make a difference is not a matter of accident, a matter of casual occurrence of the tides. People choose to make a difference.” Since its inception, The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress, Rosemont, Ill., has not only made a difference within the roofing community, it has funded a number of critical industry initiatives, core programs and projects, and meaningful research that have contributed to securing the future excellence of the roofing industry.

At 144 members strong, the Alliance is a diverse and dedicated forum of roofing contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and industry professionals who have united to help preserve and enhance the performance of the U.S. roofing industry to support three primary objectives:

  • Supporting high-quality education programs.
  • Ensuring timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues.
  • Enhancing the long-term viability and attractiveness of the roofing industry to current and future workers.

More than 105 members of the Alliance are professional roofing contractors and, with the help of more than 35 manufacturers and suppliers, the Alliance members have raised more than $11.5 million for a unique industry endowment fund in support of programs and research in four key areas: education and training, technology, sustainability and philanthropy.

During the past year alone, The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress developed partnerships with three of the leading schools of construction management; embarked on an innovative workforce program to create cultural and leadership training programs to educate Latino workers; and continued work on important roofing industry research projects, including RoofPoint, the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing’s comprehensive roof rating system for the assessment and selection of sustainable roof systems, and air retarder testing.

MEET THE ALLIANCE

The The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress was established in 1996 by the National Roofing Contractors Association, Rosemont, under the operations of the National Roofing Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. A 16-member board of trustees manages the Alliance, overseeing existing projects and considering funding for projects addressing critical industry issues. The Alliance holds two member meetings each year, including its annual meeting, which will be held April 16-19 in San Francisco, and another held during NRCA’s Fall Committee Meetings.

Robert McNamara, president of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America company, Milwaukee, is the Alliance’s 2014-15 president; Ken Farrish, president of Atlas Roofing Corp., Atlanta, is vice president; and Jim Barr, president of Barr Roofing, Abilene, Texas, is secretary/treasurer.

Since June, the Alliance has welcomed eight new members: AAA Roofing Co. Inc., Indianapolis; Anderson and Shah Roofing Inc., Joliet, Ill.; Adler Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Joliet; Blue’s Roofing Co., Milpitas, Calif.; Bone Dry Roofing Co., Bogart, Ga.; EagleView Technologies, Bothell, Wash.; Polyglass U.S.A. Inc., Deerfield Beach, Fla.; and Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La. View a list of all Alliance members on the Alliance’s website.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress offers different levels of membership to encourage small-, medium- and large-sized firms to join and have a voice in determining the roofing industry’s future. Commitments to the Alliance can be pledged for three- to five-year periods. Public recognition is given in accordance with donors’ wishes and levels of commitment and include national public acknowledgement during NRCA’s annual convention and other special events and programs. Alliance members also are invited to participate in the project task forces established to guide the Alliance’s agenda and are invited to the semiannual meetings of the full Alliance.

“We decided to join the Alliance this year to support the industry at a higher level,” states Chad Collins, president of Bone Dry Roofing Co. “We have never measured the value of membership in dollars, so the financial commitment to support the Alliance was not perceived as an obstacle but rather as an opportunity. The enhanced avenues to further develop relationships and be a part of the advancements in this great industry moving forward are exciting.”

EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

In 2014, The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress formed educational partnerships with the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University, Fort Collins; McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; and M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, Gainesville. The partnerships enhance college students’ experiences by exposing them academically and experientially to roofing as a career choice.

Through the partnerships, the universities have agreed to a three-pronged approach that includes incorporating more roofing-specific information and case studies into existing curricula; providing scholarships for construction management students and faculty; and developing industry internship programs with roofing contracting companies, manufacturers and distributors.

Three faculty members received scholarships of $5,000 each and were asked to collaborate as they developed their recommendations; the outcomes will serve as a model that can be used in other construction management schools throughout the U.S. Ultimately, the plan is to have roofing-specific materials incorporated in the construction management departments beginning in the fall of 2015.

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The Honest Roofing Industry

I attended the recent International Roofing Expo where I was reminded of what I love about the roofing industry. The people are so real! Manufacturers and contractors alike shared with me how their businesses are doing, the mistakes they made this past year, their plans for the coming years and how they really feel about where business is headed. I must say this was one of the most optimistic shows I have attended in quite awhile. (Read a post-show wrap-up about IRE in “New & Notable”.) Everyone I spoke to during the show was positive and full of energy for what’s to come—a welcome change from previous years when the construction industry struggled.

Gaining perspectives like these is a huge reason we structured the magazine as we have. Our tagline, “The Industry’s Voice”, is meant to clarify what types of articles you’ll find within the issue: Our authors are part of this industry and are willing to be honest with you—their peers—about their successes and failures in the hopes that you’ll learn from them just as you would if you were networking at IRE or another industry event.

For example, in “Business Sense” you’ll hear from Iain Fergusson, owner of Highland Roofing Co., Wilmington, N.C., who recently purchased the assets of his competitor, a 133-year-old roofing contracting company with almost 30 full-time roofers. Fergusson admits he made some mistakes during the merger but, he says, “You will learn way more from one mistake than you will from 10 good decisions.”

Meanwhile, Kaney O’Neill, who overcame a spinal-cord injury that ended her military career but launched her roofing profession, shares how she perseveres in a tough business climate. In “Business Sense”, O’Neill describes how she embraces lifelong learning for herself and her employees. “No matter where you are in business, you have to keep learning and growing to persevere,” she says.

O’Neill notes her military training has helped her stay “mission focused” and committed to excellence. Seeking employees with that sort of work ethic drew Chad Muth, president of Muth & Co. Roofing, Westerville, Ohio, to the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program. The program, which is covered in “Special Report”, helps veterans, active service members and their spouses transition back into the workforce through nationwide hiring fairs and an online process. Muth successfully hired and has since promoted Grant Smith, a former Marine, and hopes to hire more veterans. “We’re hoping we can … showcase what we have to offer [veterans] for the long-term future,” Muth notes.

Helping prospective employees recognize there is a long-term future in roofing is one of many goals of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress, a 501(c)3 organization that was established by the National Roofing Contractors Association, Rosemont, Ill. In “Education”, Alison L. LaValley, CAE, NRCA’s associate executive director of Member Services, highlights the partnerships, training initiatives, technical and educational programs, and awards the Alliance funds as part of its mission. According to Tom Saeli, CEO of Duro-Last Roofing Inc., Saginaw, Mich., everyone should consider supporting the Alliance: “The organization funds important scholarships, sponsors innovative research to advance the roofing industry and partners with members from all walks of the industry who really care about what the future holds. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”

NRCA Announces Officers and Directors at IRE

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced its 2015-16 slate of officers and directors at its 128th annual convention held Feb. 24-26 in New Orleans.

Lindy Ryan, senior vice president of Tecta America Southeast LLC, Sanford, Fla., has been elected NRCA president, and Dennis Conway, principal and vice president of Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas, was elected senior vice president. Jim Barr, president of Barr Roofing Co., Abilene, Texas; Chad Collins, president of Bone Dry Roofing Co., Bogart, Ga.; and Robert Morgan, chief operating officer of Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc., Rochester, N.Y., were elected vice presidents.

Additionally, the following were elected NRCA directors:

All 2015-16 officers and directors will assume their roles on June 1, 2015.

IRE: Johns Manville Sponsors The Roofing Institute, Houzz Debuts as an Exhibitor

Adding another important component to the already strong line-up of show floor activities and educational offerings, Johns Manville will sponsor The Roofing Institute at the 2015 International Roofing Expo (IRE), Feb. 24 to 26, 2015, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Held on the show floor in booth No. 1217, The Roofing Institute curriculum is built around 10 condensed classes held on the show floor that provide roofing professionals with the knowledge to sharpen and hone their business acumen. Free with all registration packages, seating is available for up to 40 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to make our education program even more meaningful and rich,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, show director of the IRE. “These Business 101 classes will help attendees increase the effectiveness and productivity of their businesses.”

“Johns Manville is known for our quality and commitment to excellence with our products,” says Jennifer Ford-Smith, director of marketing and single-ply systems at Johns Manville. “We will offer the same level of quality to these educational sessions.”

Of the 10 classes offered in The Roofing Institute, four will be presented by Johns Manville, while the other six will be led by forward-thinking industry experts.

Beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 24, classes include “Show Me the Money!”, “Leadership For Business Owners, Managers & Supervisors!” and “Get Your Construction Business to Grow & Profit!”. Johns Manville will present “Adhesive Application Considerations.”

Classes on Wednesday, Feb. 25 include “Building Future Leaders: The Evolution of Construction Management Education”, “What it Takes to Provide Professional Service” and “The ACTS of Leadership”. Johns Manville will present “Best Practices for TPO and Rhino Bond Installations.”

Concluding on Thursday, Feb. 26, “New Installation Techniques from a Proven Membrane—JM EPDM” and “SeamFree PMMA—Liquid Applied Advantages” will be led by Johns Manville.

“We are confident attendees will find The Roofing Institute a great addition to the 2015 International Roofing Expo,” says Bill Good, executive vice president of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “I encourage our members to attend these free classes to gain knowledge and excel in their businesses.”

In other news, Houzz, an online platform for home remodeling and design, will debut as an exhibitor at IRE.

Houzz will be exhibiting in booth No. 2513 on the show floor in the Business & Technology Pavilion. Visitors to the Houzz booth will receive one-on-one training on how to use Houzz to showcase their work to the more than 25 million monthly users who visit Houzz looking for home professionals, including roofers, for their next project. Houzz experts will be on hand to set up free Houzz profiles and create free websites for IRE attendees.

In addition to exhibiting, Houzz will also present a session as part of the IRE conference program. Taking place on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 1 to 2 p.m., “Maximizing Your Exposure to Local Homeowners with Houzz” will teach roofing professionals the best practices for using Houzz to build their online presence.

“Houzz is a great addition to the 2015 International Roofing Expo as their platform offers business and networking opportunities that will benefit our attendees,” Garcia says. “In addition, their presence will bring a greater recognition to the growing roofing segments available through Houzz.”

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to promote Houzz to a worldwide audience of roofing professionals,” says David Mayer, director of industry marketing at Houzz. “By exhibiting, we hope to educate roofing pros on how to use Houzz to gain exposure for their business.”

The International Roofing Expo will offer roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry. The show brings all segments of the roofing construction and maintenance industry together for three days of face-to-face interaction, product review, education and networking.

Online registration is available on the IRE website, where information is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Registering in advance will save attendees not only money, but also time by not having to wait in long on-site registration lines.

IRE Boasts Multi-track Educational Program

Roofing professionals seeking a multi-track educational conference program to enrich their business development should register to attend the 2015 International Roofing Expo, Feb. 24-26, 2015, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Taking place Tuesday through Thursday, 44 in-depth sessions will cover topics designed especially for contractors, owners, CEOs, general managers, building owners, facility managers, foremen, superintendents, architects, engineers, consultants, estimators, salesmen, manufacturers and suppliers.

“Education is an essential component of the International Roofing Expo experience,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, Director of the IRE. “The conference program is specifically tailored to give roofing professionals the specialized knowledge and training to win more bids and work more profitably.”

With 90% new topics, sessions will cover code revisions, TPO membranes, OSHA updates, technology tools, sustainability requirements and ratings, successful leadership practices, marketing strategies, employee compensation plans, and much more. 40% of the sessions are applicable for spouses who help manage and grow their businesses.

Sessions are 90 minutes in length, allowing attendees to schedule their time to derive the most value from the event and ample time on the show floor to find new products, services, technologies and innovations.

Sessions cover eight educational tracks addressing key roofing segments including technical, workplace safety, leadership/management, green building, legal/HR, money matters, sales/service and general business.

All courses have been approved for RCI, Inc. [RCI] continuing education hours [CEHs] and 22 courses have been approved by Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Construction Industry Licensing Board [DBPR/CILB] [Education Provider No. 0003200].

“The International Roofing Expo’s idea-generating educational sessions cover all facets of the roofing construction and maintenance industry,” said Bill Good, Executive Vice President of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “I encourage all our members to register today to gain the knowledge that will help them advance their careers.”

All educational sessions are ticketed events and require registration. Advanced pricing of conference registration packages range from $370 to $410 for a Super Pass, $220 to $270 for a Day Pass and $270 for a Spouse Pass. All conference packages include free admission to the Expo, the Keynote by Ken Schmidt and the Welcome Party at Generations Hall. NRCA members receive a discount on all packages. Space in sessions is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

2015 IRE Attendees and Exhibitors Can Plan Show Experience with Mobile App

Attendees and exhibitors of the 2015 International Roofing Expo (IRE) are able to efficiently devise their trade show plan and schedule using the new IRE mobile app, available now for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry users.

Sponsored by SRS Distribution, the mobile app is available free of charge. The IRE mobile app can be found by searching “IRE” in the Apple App Store or Google Play. BlackBerry and all other web browser-enabled phone users should point your mobile browser here.

The IRE mobile app offers a variety of features to help users plan for the event, including registration and hotel reservations. The mobile app also allows users to easily navigate the show floor while attending the IRE, access exhibitor lists and profiles, the interactive show floor plan and conference level floor plan, the conference schedule, session details, and speaker profiles. It also offers a personalized planner that can help attendees organize their IRE schedule – all in a matter of minutes.

“By downloading the free mobile app, you can quickly view the IRE floor plan, exhibitor details, educational sessions and more from any web-enabled mobile device,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, Director of the IRE. “The easy-to-use interactive capabilities and real-time event communications will make your IRE experience more enjoyable than ever, so download as soon as you can.”

Users can also explore exciting New Orleans sights and dining options, as well as connect with other roofing professionals on social media by following conversations on the IRE Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

Users who have last year’s app already downloaded on their phones should receive a notification on your app store icon that an update is available. All users are reminded to sync when they open the app to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.

“Accessing critical show information while you’re on the go has never been easier,” said Bill Good, Executive Vice President of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “I encourage all of our members to download the IRE mobile app today.”

The 2015 International Roofing Expo will be held Feb. 24-26, 2015, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Former Harley-Davidson Communications Director to Deliver IRE Keynote

KEN SCHMIDT, former director of communications at Harley-Davidson Motor Co., will provide the keynote address for the International Roofing Expo, which will be held Feb. 24-26, 2015, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Held immediately prior to the opening of the show, the keynote address will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 9:45 to 10:50 a.m. in The Great Hall at the Morial Convention Center. The keynote is sponsored by Portland, Ore.-based Malarkey Roofing Products, which will exhibit in booth no. 1133.

During the address—“Make Some Noise: Open the Throttle and Dominate Your Marketplace”—Schmidt will share his expertise on brand building, corporate positioning and customer relations.

“Ken Schmidt played a pivotal role in the famous turnaround of Harley-Davidson from the brink of bankruptcy,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, IRE’s director. “Our attendees and exhibitors will love hearing his inspirational and motivating presentation.”

Schmidt will share his insight about how businesses of any size and scope can, like Harley-Davidson, create meaningful differentiation from competitors; maintain veteran customer relationships while innovatively pursuing new ones; improve sales through customer referrals; attract and retain employees; and revitalize corporate culture.

“Ken Schmidt is a brand visionary with proven ideas and concepts that can easily be applied to the roofing industry,” adds Bill Good, executive vice president of the Rosemont, Ill.-based NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “By attending, our members will learn innovative ideas on how to grow their businesses.”

The keynote is included free of charge in all registration packages, but advance registration is required. Online registration will be available beginning in late September.

Participate in Community Service Day During 2015 International Roofing Expo

Roofing professionals participating in the 2015 International Roofing Expo (IRE) are encouraged to give back to the New Orleans community by participating in Community Service Day, the show’s home repair and revitalization project.

Now in its fifth consecutive year, Community Service Day will take place on Monday, February 23, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, with volunteers helping rebuild the homes of families that are elderly, disabled or financially unable to support the renovation.

“This is a great opportunity for the roofing industry to give back to the New Orleans community,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, Director of the IRE. “The success of this project is attributed to our wonderful volunteers and their dedication to helping those less fortunate.”

Skilled and unskilled volunteers are needed to help with the renovations. Skilled volunteers will perform a variety of construction disciplines including roofing, interior/exterior painting, flooring and minor carpentry. Unskilled volunteers will help with set up, cleanup and other miscellaneous projects.

The International Roofing Expo will partner with Rebuilding Together New Orleans, a non-profit, volunteer-based program that repairs and rehabilitates homes and non-profit community facilities, as well as NRCA’s Disaster Relief Committee.

Community Service Day is sponsored by Canton, Mass.-based Sika Corporation – Roofing, a leading manufacturer of single-ply vinyl roofing and waterproofing systems known for superior performance with minimal environmental impact, who will be exhibiting in booth #2233.

“The International Roofing Expo and NRCA are pleased to once again offer this opportunity to help families in need,” said Bill Good, Executive Vice President of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “I hope to see many of our members participating in this worthwhile cause.”

When registration opens in late September, participants can register for this event at the same time they register to attend the show. There is a $25 fee that includes transportation, beverages and snacks. Tax deductible monetary donations can also be made during registration.

The 2015 International Roofing Expo will be held February 24-26, 2015, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana USA, offering roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties a comprehensive preview of the entire roofing construction and maintenance industry.