Johns Manville recently announced that Tommy Knappich, Vice President of Sales for Roofing Systems, has been promoted to General Manager of Building Insulation in JM’s Insulation Systems business. The company named Jennifer Ford-Smith as its new Director of Sales for Roofing Systems.
“While Tommy’s contributions to Roofing Systems are too numerous to list, and he will be missed, I think we all agree that his promotion is a great and well-deserved opportunity,” says Joe Smith, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Roofing Systems. “In that same spirit, I am pleased to announce that Jennifer Ford-Smith is our new Director of Sales, Roofing Systems. Jennifer will lead the Contractor and Distributor channels for the business. The National Account and Specifier Services organization will continue to be led by Brad Burdic.”
According to the company, Ford-Smith joined JM 13 years ago, and she became Director of Marketing and Single Ply Product Management for Roofing Systems in 2012. Prior to joining JM, she held various marketing positions with Hunter Douglas. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Regis University in Marketing and Communications.
“We look forward to her continued contributions to the roofing business,” Smith notes. “Jennifer and I worked closely together for many years in Roofing Systems before 2012 to strengthen our single-ply offering while protecting our bituminous heritage. We expect to build on the current momentum and look forward to a great 2017.”
Johns Manville (JM), a global building and specialty products manufacturer and a Berkshire Hathaway company, announced plans to build a second production line at the company’s Scottsboro, Ala., manufacturing facility. The new line will increase production capacity for JM TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin).
“This significant investment continues JM’s long-standing commitment to our customers, the industry, our employees and the communities in which we serve,” says Mary Rhinehart, JM’s president and CEO.
State and local officials in Alabama welcomed the announcement. “Alabama workers make all kinds of great products, and I am honored that Johns Manville has decided to expand its plant in Scottsboro with new capital investment that means more jobs for Alabama residents,” Gov. Robert Bentley says. “Creating jobs and opportunity in the state is my No. 1 priority, and we are committed to helping Johns Manville achieve success with this project in Jackson County.”
“JM has been an important member of our community for eight years,” says Scottsboro Mayor Melton Potter. “Their recent capacity expansion and the announcement of adding a second line shows JM’s confidence in our workforce to produce the best TPO in the industry. I thank JM for choosing to make this investment in Scottsboro and Jackson County.”
In October 2008, JM’s commitment to single ply manufacturing was solidified with the opening of a state-of-the-art TPO facility in Scottsboro. JM furthered its investment in single ply in 2012 with the opening of an EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) manufacturing plant in Milan, Ohio.
The new TPO production line will bring JM’s total investment in commercial roofing over the past eight years to approximately $200 million. Together with putting money back in the American economy and bringing more than 175 jobs to the manufacturing sector, JM’s continued investments allow growth in the industry and extend JM’s areas of roofing expertise and available products.
To meet recent demand for JM TPO, JM began a capacity expansion project in March 2015 at the Scottsboro plant. Construction was completed in May, and now work will begin to construct the second production line.
“The plant expansion was a huge success and made our Scottsboro facility what is, in our view, the most productive and efficient TPO facility in the U.S., enabling us to meet our customers’ needs for the foreseeable future,” says Jennifer Ford-Smith, JM’s director of Marketing and Single Ply. “This new line will give JM the ability to supply our customers with even more JM TPO than was previously available.”
Senior vice president and general manager Robert Wamboldt says, “We’re proud to be a part of the commercial roofing industry, and we believe our 157-year history demonstrates that we are here to stay. This new production line will help JM meet customer demand and remain a supplier of choice in our industry.”
The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association announced that SOPREMA has joined the group as a manufacturing member.
“The addition of SOPREMA to the polyiso industry and the PIMA family reflects the continuing growth of polyiso as North America’s insulation product of choice,” says Jared Blum, president PIMA. “SOPREMA’s construction industry leadership role is well acknowledged, and the PIMA Board of Directors looks forward to the active involvement of the company.”
SOPREMA is an international manufacturer specializing in the development and production of innovative products for waterproofing, insulation, soundproofing and vegetated solutions for the roofing, building envelope and civil engineering sectors. Founded in 1908 in Strasbourg, France, SOPREMA now operates in more than 90 countries.
With its first polyisocyanurate insulation plant in North America, SOPREMA will expand its presence in the construction market by offering complete roofing solutions to its clients, while managing all production phases.
“SOPREMA is proud to join PIMA and contribute to the energy performance of buildings and the reduction of greenhouse gases as a manufacturer of high-performance insulation boards,” says Richard Voyer, executive vice president and CEO of SOPREMA North America.
Roofs are one of the most important parts of our homes, schools and businesses. But they’re often ignored until in need of repair or replacement. During National Roofing Week, July 5-11, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) aims to increase awareness about the importance of hiring professional roofing contractors and making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system.
“National Roofing Week is about raising the public’s awareness about not only how vital a roof is, but also the importance of professional roof installation and maintenance to ensure safe, long lasting roof systems,” says Bill Good, CEO of NRCA. “Professional roofing contractors raise the bar for quality roof system work, and National Roofing Week helps homeowners and business owners make educated decisions when choosing a roofing professional.”
In honor of National Roofing Week, NRCA and King of Texas Roofing (Dallas) hosted a community service project, replacing the roof of Momentous Institute, owned and operated by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Momentous Institute is a nationally acclaimed lab school that provides therapeutic services to children and families in need in the Dallas area.
NRCA manufacturer members RMax (Dallas) OMG Roofing Supplies (Agawam, Mass.), Johns Manville (Denver), H&E Equipment Services (Dallas), Roofing Supply Group (Dallas) and Jim Whitten Roof Consultants (Austin, Texas) donated materials and labor for the project.
King of Texas Roofing re-covered 26,000 square feet of the nearly 20-year-old roof with 1-inch polyiso insulation and a 60-mil, white thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roof system. To celebrate National Roofing Week, NRCA is encouraging professional roofing contractors to participate in roofing or non-roofing related community service projects.
“In honor of National Roofing Week, we want to promote the good deeds of the roofing industry and emphasize the value of professional roofing contractors to the communities where they live and work,” says Good. “The best way to do that is through community service projects. We encourage all professional roofing contractors to engage with their communities and help in any way they can.”
During National Roofing Week, NRCA will recognize the winners of its annual Children’s Art Contest that was open to children in grades one through eight who are relatives of NRCA members and their employees. Contest winners will have their artwork featured on all 2015 National Roofing Week materials and displayed at industry events throughout the year.
Johns Manville (JM), a global manufacturer of energy-efficient building products and engineered specialty materials and a Berkshire Hathaway company, released its 2014 Sustainability Report. The fourth annual report highlights significant accomplishments and initiatives tied to the economic, environmental, and social impacts of sustainability and is available on the company’s website.
“This report ties closely to JM’s four core values—people, passion, protection and performance—and focuses on the innovative approaches the company is taking to infuse sustainability into every aspect of our business,” says Mary Rhinehart, president and CEO. “We are pleased with the results and will continue looking for opportunities to improve and perform in a way that ultimately delivers even greater value to our customers.”
The report also incorporates a new feature—the JM Product Landscape—that highlights the sustainable attributes of many JM products used within a multitude of industries. Users can click on various locations within the landscape for specific product application and sustainability information.
“JM’s approach to sustainability continuously evolves as we balance the needs of our customers, employees and the environment,” says Tim Swales, vice president of research and development and chief sustainability officer. “Our greatest achievements in 2014 were in the areas of waste reduction, energy efficiency and community investment, thanks to a variety of programs and practices. We also identified opportunities for improvement, most notably in the area of greater alignment around our safety program.”
Significant accomplishments outlined in the 2014 report include:
- Reducing waste by 11.5 percent since 2010 by implementing waste-saving programs across global operations.
- Decreasing energy usage by more than 5 percent since 2010, despite increasing production.
- Achieving goals for volunteerism by doubling the number of employee volunteers since 2011.
- Increasing employee training hours by 30 percent in 2014 with a focus on leadership, management, compliance, language and technology.
- Recognition from key industry organizations, including a SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Voluntary Protection Program Star status from OSHA for 10 JM manufacturing facilities.
The report is divided into sections that reflect JM’s core values of people, passion, performance and protection. These values guide the company and its employees to be a leader in each of the global markets JM serves. These values also differentiate JM from its competition and make the company an employer of choice and a supplier of choice.
The 2014 publication marks the fourth year that JM has published a sustainability report detailing enterprise-wide sustainability initiatives. The report received a B-Level Application Level Check by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and includes 24 fully reported performance indicators applying the GRI 3.1 guidelines.
Johns Manville has debuted the DynaFast product series, developed from its first-generation ASTM D6164 DynaLastic platforms. DynaFast SBS modified bitumen membranes are designed to be mechanically fastened. Together, DynaFast 180 S, DynaFast 180 HW and the DynaFast250 HW provide a vast assortment of options to customize any commercial roofing job. The system requires fewer fasteners for the same wind-uplift rating as traditional system fastening and gives you the choice of fasteners. DynaFast may be used in high and low wind zones. There’s an application for every job, including hot, cold and heat-weld applications. Roll lengths of 1 square or 1 1/2 square with varied thicknesses mean faster installation.
Johns Manville (JM), a global materials manufacturer and Berkshire Hathaway company, announced a significant upgrade to its nonwoven glass mat production plant in Waterville, Ohio. Beginning in late 2015, JM will upgrade an existing nonwoven mat line with advanced manufacturing technology that will allow the company to better serve customers in growing segments of the global specialty glass mat market. JM anticipates the upgraded production line will be fully operational in early 2016.
JM is a producer of specialty glass mat in North America and is an internationally recognized technology and quality leader. The company’s glass nonwoven products are used in a wide range of residential and commercial building as well as specialty industrial applications, including roofing shingles, carpet tile, vinyl flooring, office panels, ceiling tile, duct liner, exterior sheathing and energy storage.
In addition to providing strength and reinforcement, JM’s customers use specialty glass mat to support surface aesthetics, acoustical performance, mold and mildew resistance, and sustainability performance of end-use products.
“This investment positions JM for business in new and evolving markets,” says Enno Henze, senior vice president and general manager for JM Engineered Products. “For example, in the energy storage space, fuel economy standards are driving new battery technologies. Additionally, as a leading supplier of glass mat nonwovens to the European vinyl flooring industry, this upgrade allows us to support the domestic growth of vinyl flooring companies as they continue to ‘on-shore’ their manufacturing to the U.S.”
“Our upgraded Waterville plant will enable JM to provide global product capability between Europe and the Americas and to deliver global product consistency with regional availability,” says Tanya Bradby, portfolio leader, Nonwovens America. “JM has a 157-year history of building science and product innovation, and this investment represents our latest commitment to the future of the industries we serve.”
Last year, JM announced the merger of its Engineered Products divisions in America, Europe and Asia into one global business unit. The company’s investment in its Waterville manufacturing plant supports this reorganization and bolsters the company’s global manufacturing footprint. In addition to its Waterville plant, JM operates Engineered Products production facilities in China, Germany, Slovakia and in other areas of the U.S.
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.