Matt Martino Joins Morin as Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Matt Martino is joining Morin, a Kingspan Group company, in the role of vice president of Sales and Marketing effective June 1. Martino will oversee and manage six Morin regional sales managers and five independent representative groups across the U.S.

“Matt’s most recent experience with Kingspan Benchmark is both strategic and advantageous, bringing with him his keen technical knowledge of our industry and in particular our metal panel systems; the key players and challenges facing the architectural and design communities,” says Ilhan Eser, CEO of Morin.

“As a leader in architectural single component products, we need to make it a priority to support the architectural community,” Martino adds. “That means being a partner with our customers as opposed to simply a supplier. It also means that, with the advent of systems like Karrier Panel, we need to be a design-stage resource for questions regarding not just aesthetics but also things like proper air, water, thermal and vapor barrier design. If we want to be more than just a cladding element, it will be our job to educate and assist the market as such.”

Morin is a versatile manufacturers of single-element metal wall and roof panel systems. With production facilities in Bristol, Conn.; Deland, Fla.; and Fontana, Calif., MORIN has a combined production capacity of over 50 million square feet, fabricating metal panels in more than 75 different profiles. MORIN Single Element panels are 100 percent recyclable and meet the requirements for the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. Morin’s nationwide sales network and in-house technical service teams are dedicated to providing innovative solutions for today’s progressive architecture. Access profiles, specifications, CAD details, load span charts and technical manuals.

Metalforming Names David Prokop Executive Vice President

MetalForming Inc. (MFI) has named David Prokop its new executive vice president.

Prokop brings more than 25 years of experience as a sales, marketing and operations executive in the sheet metal machine industry. For the past 10 years, he has been a co-owner of International Technologies Inc., Schaumburg, Ill., which imports metal folding, forming and welding equipment.

“David will be running both our hardware and business services side,” says MetalForming CEO Geoff Stone. “I’ve known him for 30 years, and without question he is one of the single best machine tool salesmen in North America. He has an enormous amount of expertise. He has broad experience selling European-made high-tech machine tools. He knows everything about our business on the technical side, and he actually began his career as a high precision sheet metal service technician. We’re fortunate to have him.”

MetalForming Inc. is the largest supplier of high-end architectural sheet metal machines in North America. In recent years, the company has also been developing software, communications, training and consulting services that enable customers in the metal roofing industry to network their machines on a factory floor and/or at the job site to reduce waste, increase productivity and respond to “just-in-time” needs of the construction business.

MetalForming’s advancements in lean manufacturing and factory automation are key reasons Prokop was eager to join the MetalForming team.

“What really excites me is the explosion about to take place in this industry to harness technology to combat market pressures and competition,” he says. “Particularly on the software end of the spectrum. Shop floor control, production control, call it what you will, similar software has been around for a long time in other industries. Those industries today could not function without it. But this is just starting to be adopted in our manufacturing world.

“At the same time, I have always been a huge advocate of lean manufacturing. To now be part of bringing these new technologies and solutions to the metal fabrication industry, I don’t know what can be more exciting than that.”

Prokop has been working in the machine tool and metal fabrication industry since 1986, shortly after getting his bachelor’s degree from the College of Industrial Technologies and Engineering at Southern Illinois University.

He says that given the huge opportunities that metal companies have to increase profit and efficiency by embracing new technologies and processes, he expects the adoption rate for new machine technology to pick up a lot of speed.

“Investment will become a natural component of increasing margins, not a cost,” he adds. “I mean, if it costs a billion dollars, but you save $500 million every year, who wouldn’t go out and borrow a billion to invest?”

Prokop says he has long admired what MetalForming has brought to the industry. “I’ve always had great respect for the team that they had built here. But until I became a part of it, I never knew the extent to which each and every person here truly does everything in their power to make things better for each customer they take care of. No one here really talks about this, or has procedures or processes that say ‘take care of our customers,’ they just do it. It is part of MFI DNA. It is commonly referred to here as the MFI family, and this extended family includes, first and foremost, all of the customers we are employed to take care of. That focus is very special.”

OGi Architectural Metal Solutions Catalog Features Sunshade, Louver and Screen Systems

OGi Architectural Metal Solutions an Ohio Gratings company has introduced the new Architectural Catalog featuring the newest and latest architectural solutions for screening, fencing, railing and shading requirements.

This new catalog includes the SUNSHADE+ lightweight walking surface and shading system, TornadoGuard steel louver system designed and tested to FEMA 361 for tornado shelters and the new DG Series screens for applications requiring visual screening, enhanced security and architectural accents. Also new for 2014, you will find the EG Series grilles and the VG Series grilles.

Since 1970, Ohio Gratings Inc. has been a leader in the aluminum and steel bar grating market. With headquarters in Canton, Ohio, and additional facilities in South Carolina, Texas and Utah, Ohio Gratings is committed to providing quality products and quality service.

Free Metal Education and Technical Resources Available on MCA’s Website

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) offers several new technical bulletins and white papers on its website. MCA continues to update its Education/Technical Resources section on the website, addressing practical and educational topics related to the metal construction industry, including working with metal roofing, insulated metal panels, metal composite materials, fasteners, fabricating, machinery operation and many others. All technical resources are available for download as a pdf document at no charge.

New resources include:

    The technical bulletin “Roof Covering Repair Requirements and the International Code” offers input on what types of metal roof repair materials are required on an existing roof and what code supporting language exists. The two-page document briefly outlines the relevant portions of the 2012 International Existing Building Code for those who have questions about repairing a roof within code.

    “Choosing Between Fire Retardant and Standard Core Metal Composite Material” is a six-page white paper that clarifies the allowable uses for standard and fire retardant MCM in accordance with the 2006-2012 editions of the International Building Code. Developed by MCA’s MCM Fabricator Council, the paper includes detailed diagrams on several standard MCM core installation options.

    The six-page technical white paper “Insulated Metal Panels and NFPA 285” provides information on testing IMPs in accordance with NFPA 285. Specific IMPs have been tested and meet the conditions of acceptance of NFPA 285. This paper provides background on how when the “basic” IMP panel system meets NFPA 285, minor variations in items can be allowed without retesting or an analysis.

    “Proper Tools for Fastening Metal Panels” is a two-page technical bulletin that is intended to be a guide to proper fastening of metal panels to wood or metal frame buildings. Several illustrations indicate how to properly tighten fasteners and recommended tools are discussed.

Arkema Presents Technical Paper about Environmentally Safer Coating Systems

Arkema Inc. presented a technical paper on a high-performance, environmentally safer coating system for optimizing the protection of artistic and historic metalwork at the SSPC 2014 Conference on Feb. 11. SSPC 2014, held in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., serves as an international forum at which contractors, consultants, inspectors, engineers, paint/equipment manufacturers, and structure/facility owners exchange the latest research and technologies in the coatings industry. The event’s GreenCOAT technical program emphasizes innovations, the latest advances in eco-conscious coating technology, and developments for complying with green regulations.

With decreasing maintenance budgets, caretakers of our outdoor monuments, sculptures, and high-value architectural metalwork face formidable preservation challenges. In response to this urgent issue, the conservation community is continuously searching for more durable, low-maintenance coatings that provide longer-lasting protection against corrosion and degradation. Equally important, these new coating systems need to be environmentally safe, as increasingly stringent restrictions on volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and solvent use are limiting available materials that can be used.

In his presentation on the restoration of historical architectural tiffany metalwork at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dr. Kurt Wood, a principal scientist in Arkema’s Fluoropolymers R&D Division, explained how Kynar Aquatec PVDF emulsion technology meets the critical needs of the conservation and architectural communities for durable, low maintenance coatings that are safer for the environment. His presentation reviewed the results from accelerated and natural weathering studies, historic architectural metalwork applications at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum, and a study of the candidate coatings by a group of experienced metal conservators from across the country.

“Researchers at Arkema Inc. continually strive to optimize PVDF-acrylic hybrid materials for different protective coating applications,” says Dr. Wood. “Ultimately, it is hoped that this collaborative work will serve as a guide to conservators, caretakers, and preservation professionals in implementing new strategies for optimizing the protection of high-value artistic and historic metalwork.”

Metal Roof Tile Eliminates Additional Battens, Purlins or Decking

The Platinum 78 metal roof tile system

The Platinum 78 metal roof tile system

Patented in more than 50 countries, the Platinum 78 metal roof tile system now is available in the U.S. The line eliminates the need for additional battens, purlins or decking. The product can span rafters or trusses at significantly greater spacing without additional support. In new construction applications, a 34-truss structural design can be reduced to nine trusses. The product weighs 2 pounds per square foot and can be installed on slopes as low as 2:12. The product offers aesthetics, energy savings and acoustic performance.