FlashCo Promotes Compton to Director of Operations

FlashCo has promoted Eric Compton to the position of Director of Operations. Mr. Compton has been serving in the role as interim Director of Operations for the past several months. Mr. Compton will be responsible for managing the operations at FlashCo’s five manufacturing plants throughout the U.S.

“Eric has done a great job as the interim Director of Operations and he has shown himself to
be a leader. He helped guide FlashCo’s operations through a transition last year as we moved two plants to metropolitan areas,” says Greg Morrow, FlashCo president. “Eric is a member of our management team and his abilities will be a part of our continued growth and expansion.”

Mr. Compton originally joined FlashCo in 2015 as the plant manager for the Piedmont, S.C. location. His experience in technical operations, Lean Manufacturing and employee development has been an asset for FlashCo.

“I have enjoyed my time with FlashCo,” says Mr. Compton. “We have a foundation for producing growth and I am excited to lead a team of people that I respect. I have been focused on building production capabilities with safety at each of our plants.”

“Our East Coast operations are growing,” adds Mr. Morrow. “It’s an asset for FlashCo to have leadership in South Carolina and in Chicago as we deliver on our brand promise throughout the country to save the contractor time.”

Mr. Compton is a Six Sigma Green Belt and has a Bachelor of Business Administration and Operations Management from the University of Michigan-Flint. He is currently finishing work on a
Master’s Degree in Business at Clemson University.

OSB Manufacturing Plant Construction Continues

Work continues in Corrigan on an oriented strand board (OSB) manufacturing plant, the first such facility in the Lone Star State for RoyOMartin. Due to open in fall 2017, the plant represents a $280 million investment, is situated on 158 acres, and adds 165 direct jobs. The Corrigan OSB LLC greenfield OSB plant will ship products throughout the U.S. OSB is primarily used for roof and wall sheathing in construction.

Company officials and the East Texas community celebrated the grand opening of the plant’s administration building, which marked the beginning of the transition from a construction site to a fully operational facility. Construction began in July 2015 and is nearly halfway complete. About 30 employees have been hired to date. Corrigan OSB LLC will complement RoyOMartin’s other OSB mill in Oakdale, La., in manufacturing RoyOMartin-branded OSB products that include Eclipse OSB Radiant Barrier, Eclipse OSB Wall System, TuffStrand, WindBrace, and Structwall.

“We believe East Texans share our passion for excellence and experience,” says Roy O. Martin III, president, CEO, and CFO of RoyOMartin. “We have sold into the Texas market for a long time, and now we look forward to becoming a proactive partner in the community.”

Named a 2016 Manufacturer of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, RoyOMartin brings more than jobs to the region. The company has also earned accolades for safety and employee development programs, including WoodWorks and RoyOMartin University. The former is a program in local high schools that trains students for careers in the wood products industry. The latter is an on-site training program that provides employees a perspective on the business and prepares them for advancement within the company. It also aims to teach behaviors and instill principles that make graduates valued participants in the communities in which they live.

“We’ll extend our philosophy of being ‘employer of choice’ and ‘vendor of choice’ to the region, while maintaining the stability of a company committed to its stakeholders,” Martin adds.

RM Lucas Establishes New Headquarters and Manufacturing Plant

RM Lucas announces the new Lucas headquarters and manufacturing plant.

RM Lucas moved into a new Lucas headquarters and manufacturing plant.

RM Lucas moved into a new Lucas headquarters and manufacturing plant. The facility is located at 12400 S. Laramie Ave. in Alsip, Ill. The location has frontage on Interstate 294 that circles Chicago and provides easy access for shipping and receiving to all points in North America.

The 92,000-square-foot facility features 12,000 square feet of offices, 5,000 square feet of research and development space and 75,000 square feet of warehouse and manufacturing. New mixing, filling and laboratory testing equipment will be installed in the new facility. Production is scheduled to start in late 2015. This facility will replace a smaller sealants plant opened in 2013. The Chicago plant will continue operations with expanded capacity for asphalt products.

McElroy Metal Moves into Manufacturing Plant and Service Center in Southeast Texas

McElroy Metal operations in Houston moved into a manufacturing plant and attached service center to better serve its large customer base in southeast Texas.

McElroy Metal operations in Houston moved into a manufacturing plant and attached service center to better serve its large customer base in southeast Texas.

McElroy Metal operations in Houston moved into a new manufacturing plant and attached service center to better serve its large customer base in Southeast Texas.

“We were able to improve efficiencies and increase capacity with the layout in the new manufacturing facility,” says Matthew Edwards, plant manager. “Ultimately, we’re able to turn around orders substantially quicker.”

The new manufacturing plant is 30,000 square feet and the service center is a 9,000-square-foot facility. The move was completed in early 2015 and the company celebrated with an open house.

Edwards says McElroy Metal customers doing business at the Houston Service Center are installing residential and architectural roofing as well as working on commercial projects. To serve these customers, the new service center, managed by Bill Harris, features most McElroy Metal profiles, including the 138T and 238T symmetrical standing seam profiles. The service center stocks large quantities of 24-gauge flat sheets in 29 colors, hardware and accessories and is set up to service walk-in customers of small, medium and large operations. With the convenience of being attached to the plant, large orders can be produced and delivered quickly.

The Houston facility also offers onsite roll forming with its purpose-built, fully self-contained truck, “Straight Shooter.” Designed to site form panels directly onto the roof, Straight Shooter can reach eave heights upwards of 30 feet and run continuous length panels up to 200 feet long. This unique service offers the 138T and 238T symmetrical standing seam panels, as well as 2-inch Maxima standing seam panels, a wide service area and the additional option of onsite curving.