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.

NCI Metal Depots Opens Raleigh, N.C., Location, Grand Opening Wednesday, Feb. 12

NCI Metal Depots, a national network of retail outlets providing metal buildings and roofing to everyone from homeowners to contractors, recently opened a store in Raleigh, N.C., at 5115 New Bern Ave.

Metal Depots offers a wide range of products ideally suited for residential, commercial and agricultural applications. The showroom offers consumers an opportunity to browse its many offerings as well as work in the design center to create the perfect roof for their home or a new building for their property.

Chris Pettis, vice president of Metal Depots, says, “Raleigh was the perfect site for us to open a new store. The market is here, and the people that we’ve worked with thus far have been fantastic, which gives us a positive outlook. We’re really looking forward to providing a unique shopping and buying experience for our customers, something that is not typical in our industry.”

Metal Depots is currently open to the public and will be having its Grand Opening on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Stop by during the hours of noon to 2 p.m. EST for a chance to win some great prizes.

NCI Metal Depots is an NCI Group Inc. company, which has headquarters in Houston. With 37 manufacturing facilities located throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, NCI is one of the largest designers, manufacturers and vendors of metal coatings, components and buildings in North America.

S-5 Announces Metal Plus as New Distributor

S-5!, a manufacturer of ancillary attachment technology for the metal roofing industry, has announced its most recent full-line distributor, Metal Plus LLC.

Metal Plus produces a line of standing-seam brackets designed to simplify temporary staging or scaffolding for metal roofing projects. Because the Metal Plus brackets allow contractors to get to work quickly and safely, they make an excellent platform for installing S-5! products. Pairing these two product lines, roofers, contractors and solar integrators can quickly and cost-effectively attach solar arrays, snow retention systems and other ancillaries to metal roofs without damaging the roof.

Rob Haddock, CEO at S-5!, feels confident the relationship is a good fit for both companies and states: “At S-5! we take innovation, development, thorough testing, and proper market introduction very seriously. We pride ourselves in providing only the best solutions in the metal roofing industry, and I have been impressed with Metal Plus’s commitment to the same.”

According to Mario Lallier, owner of Metal Plus: “We realize that becoming a distributor for S-5! marries two great products, destined to make life for metal roofing installers and contractors much easier. The synergy between metal roofs, S-5! clamps, and Metal Plus brackets equals cost and labor savings upwards of 15 to 25 percent.”

Englert Introduces Metal Roofing App

Englert Inc. has introduced its iRoofing app, which can be used on mobile devices to remotely order metal roofing plans. It also contains a roof visualizer that lets users photograph any structure with their mobile device and add an Englert metal roof with a wide choice of roofing profiles and colors. Brochures and catalogs can be reviewed; materials can be ordered; and technical information, like building approval forms and installation guides, can be accessed. In addition, the app includes other building materials that can assist in designing, specifying and pricing a project.

Gulf Coast Supply and Manufacturing Opens South Florida Facility

Gulf Coast Supply and Manufacturing has announced the grand opening of its 110,000-square-foot South Florida metal roofing manufacturing facility at 8200 Haywood Taylor Boulevard in Sebring, Fla. The opening comes a little more than two years after the company’s expansions to Alachua in North Central Florida and Stuart along the Southeast Coast.

The new centrally located South Florida Metal Roofing facility should prove to bring advantages to Gulf Coast Supply and Manufacturing’s strong Florida presence, especially as it relates to immediate product availability and improved delivery options. “Shipping from the middle of the state puts us in a position to be under two hours from either coastline, greatly enhancing our routes and flexibility,” says Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ray Bowen.

Gulf Coast Supply and Manufacturing will offer same-day pick up for metal roof panel orders in its 2-foot-wide traditional 5V Crimp and 3-foot-wide Gulf Rib Strong Panel. Metal roof trims, fasteners and accessories will also be available for all of its metal roof systems, just as they are in the company’s other locations.

Additionally, the company will now be able to offer its Gulf Coast Certified Hands-On-Training seminars for South Florida metal roofing contractors in a dedicated classroom on site at the new facility.

Brightsmith Coil Coaters Celebrates Anniversary, Advancements

Brightsmith Coil Coaters recently celebrated its fifth year in delivering high standards in coil coating. From its acquisition in 2008, the facility has continued to raise the bar in the industry, paying close attention to quality control to maximize customer satisfaction.

During the past five years, Brightsmith has taken large strides in improving operations, from adding high-tech equipment to mastering customer relations. “Our customers are incredibly valued, so we’ll stop at nothing to ensure they walk away with a product that they can trust,” says Frank Coffey, general manager of Brightsmith.

Upgrades in equipment have provided ample value to, not only the company, but most importantly, customers. A splicing unit for laminates was added to the production line in 2012. It replaces splicing that was done by hand and accommodates polypropylene and polyester films that are 0.5- to 8-mils thick. This process has significantly decreased material waste and improved timing and efficiency.

“Under Brightsmith’s lead as an energy-efficient manufacturer, we are always looking for ways to think green,” Coffey adds. “The new splicer creates less scrap waste, and that is a great thing for our customers and the environment.”

Sustainable advancements at Brightsmith also have included recycling solvents and water used in the coating process, as well as paint drums; reusing plastic ID rings that come off the ID of coils from steel mills for the packaging of painted coils being shipped out of Brightsmith; and using sponges for cleanup and changeovers at the coaters instead of rags. Sustainability at the facility even includes managing energy efficiency of machinery and lighting. As repairs are addressed, 480-volt motors on the process lines are replaced with energy-efficient motors rated at 98 percent efficient energy rather than the standard motor at 88 percent, and fluorescent lighting ballasts are replaced with energy-efficient ballasts instead of the old magnetic ones.

The capabilities of Brightsmith are diverse. Various materials can be run with thicknesses ranging from 0.008 to 0.10 and widths from 18 inches to more than 61 inches, depending on the substrate. Specializations in two- and three-color print systems, embossed plastisol, laminating, and two and three coat paint systems are readily available. Slitting, blanking, stucco, diamond and rough sawn cedar embossing are all obtainable options at Brightsmith. Additionally, Brightsmith utilizes the Henkel wet chemistry cleaning and pretreatments and single-coat dry-in-place treatments to ensure durability.

The introduction of BRIGHTSITE, a new tool that facilitates customers’ experiences with Brightsmith, has been useful in gauging company performance. The interactive website, controlled with a username and password, allows customers to access inventory and production reports at any time. The site is accessible through the Brightsmith homepage.

Efficiency improvements are steadfast at the Brightsmith facility with the addition of rail service in 2013. With each rail car holding 220,000 pounds of material, four tractor trailers are removed from the road. Increasing the company’s yields and widening customer options, the choice can now be made between truck or rail shipping based on an individual’s specific costs and timeframes.

With five years under its belt, Brightsmith’s vision remains unwavering with quality awareness at the forefront of its focus. The company will be offering increased cross training for its employees so they can discover the roles, technology and advancements. “Our staff has more than 400 combined years of coil coating experience,” Coffey notes. “We are taking these abilities and fostering growth to ensure our employees recognize Brightsmith’s uniqueness. In the end, our employees’ knowledge and skills ensure quality, on-time coated products for our customers.”

McElroy Metal Updates Product Brochure

McElroy Metal has just released its updated company product brochure. The 36-page brochure features the entire McElroy line of construction products and components for the architectural metal construction industry, including up-to-date information on its most recent product addition, the 138T and 238T standing seam systems. These symmetrical standing seam systems offer many advantages including unsurpassed strength, individual panel replacement capabilities and reduced installation/labor costs.

“For more than 50 years, McElroy Metal has worked hard to provide its customers with the most innovative building products,” says Ian McElroy, the company’s third-generation president. “We believe our continuing growth is a reflection of the success of our customers who take advantage of our ever-growing line of top quality products.”

The new brochure also includes information on retrofit options. McElroy Metal offers a variety of engineered systems to adapt to an existing roof’s structural support system, whether constructed of steel, concrete or wood. Among the other newer company offerings featured include insulated metal panels under the name of Green Span Profiles, a joint venture IMP manufacturing company.

The brochure highlights the company’s proven standing seam systems, concealed fastener wall panels, exposed fastener roof and wall panels as well as soffit and fascia offerings.

To have a hard copy of the brochure mailed to you, email a request to info@mcelroymetal.com.

BRS Signs Distributor Agreement with Portable Rollforming Equipment Manufacturer, New Tech Machinery

Building Research Systems (BRS), Edmond, Okla., has recently entered into a full service distributor agreement with New Tech Machinery, manufacturers of portable rollforming equipment. This unique position allows BRS to provide a single source for the sale of machines, the trade in of old equipment and the ability to service all types of field rollformers. In addition to the sale and servicing of machines, BRS is able to share their knowledge and expertise of standing-seam products, as well as their extensive experience in the rollforming of metal with their extensive customer base.

With over 20 years of experience and knowledge gained from developing, testing, integrating and installing standing-seam roof systems, BRS became aware of the vast market for these roofing systems to be manufactured in the field. BRS examined various manufacturers and believes that New Tech Machinery offers the best equipment for the field manufacturing of roof panels and guttering.

“We are excited about our new distributorship with New Tech Machinery and believe that it is important to be able to offer full service options to the field manufactured roof market,” states Leo Neyer, president.

BRS feels that by offering their years of expertise and knowledge to the field rollforming industry along with the best equipment, they can greatly increase the efficiency and versatility of their customers.

McElroy Metal Celebrates 50th Anniversary with New Logo

McElroy Metal's logo evolution

McElroy Metal’s logo evolution

McElroy Metal, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, has released a new logo.

“Our old logo served us well but was outdated,” says President Ian McElroy. “Our new logo design gives us a fresher look, plus the artwork adds an element that showcases our business.”

Three generations of the McElroy family have guided the company through periods of growth. In 1963, Thomas E. McElroy Sr., known as Mr. Mac, founded McElroy Metal Mill in Shreveport, La. Four years later, the company moved into a new industrial park across the river in Bossier City, a location that still serves as the corporate headquarters as well as the Southwestern Division of McElroy Metal.

In 1970, Mr. Mac’s son, Tem McElroy, joined McElroy Metal Mill after working as a consultant in the computer industry. One of Tem’s earliest initiatives was implementing the company’s first computer system, interestingly enough, while the senior McElroy was on vacation. Staff members thought computerization was an awful idea and begged Tem to remove the system. He held firm and McElroy Metal Mill entered the computer age.

Mr. Mac retired in 1975 and Tem McElroy took over the reins of president. He soon implemented his vision to turn McElroy Metal into a national company. The company’s first satellite manufacturing facility was built and opened in Clinton, Ill., just a year later.

Since then, McElroy Metal has expanded to a total of 12 manufacturing facilities via green field or acquisition. Through the years, McElroy added facilities in Peachtree City, Ga. (1979); Marshall, Mich. (1983); Winchester, Va. (1985); Adelanto, Calif. (1990); Lewisport, Ky. (1995); Merkel, Texas (2000); Mauston, Wis. (2003); Ashburn, Ga. (2006); Sunnyvale, Texas (2006); and Houston (2012).

In 1999, Ian McElroy, Tem’s son, became the third-generation McElroy to join the company, bringing experience from Wall Street and an MBA from the University of Texas. Ian McElroy moved into the position of company president in 2007 as Tem became the company chairman. Under Ian’s leadership, the company has bolstered its position in the marketplace via acquisitions and joint ventures, including the following:

  • 2009 – Asset purchase of Components Plus Inc. (CPi)
    2010 – Asset purchase of Met-Tile
    2011 – Entered into a joint venture with Green Span Profiles to manufacture insulated metal panels (IMPs)
    2012 – Acquired Houston-based Architectural Building Components

While McElroy Metal has grown dramatically during the past 50 years, the company’s family culture has remained constant and McElroy Metal continues to have the feel of a small company. All three generations of the McElroy family value relationships with customers, vendors and employees. Tem McElroy, chairman of McElroy Metal, states: “While it was exciting when I took over from my father, it was more enjoyable to pass the torch to Ian. The industry is so much more diverse and complicated than it was in the 1970s and 1980s. It has been fun to watch Ian guide the company in new directions as we position ourselves for future growth.”

Ian McElroy adds: “We will continue to look for opportunities that meet our core business model while providing additional value to our customers and employees. Although McElroy Metal is a national company today, we want to remain true to the values my grandfather first cultivated back in 1963.”

Best Roofing Projects of the Carolinas

We celebrate the best roofs installed in North and South Carolina with our final issue of Carolinas Roofing. From metal to shingles to single ply and coatings, these roof coverings protect newly built and reroofed schools, homes, manufacturing facilities, city-service buildings and more.

Judy W. Rose Football Center-Fieldhouse and the McColl-Richardson Field Press Box, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Judy W. Rose Football Center-Fieldhouse and the McColl-Richardson Field Press Box, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Judy W. Rose Football Center-Fieldhouse and the McColl-Richardson Field Press Box, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Team

Roofing contractor: Baker Roofing Co., Charlotte, www.bakerroofing.com
Designers: Jenkins-Peer Architects, Charlotte, www.jenkinspeer.com, and DLR Group, www.dlrgroup.com
Construction manager: Rogers PCL Russell, a joint venture of Rodgers Builders Inc., Charlotte, www.rodgersbuilders.com; PCL Constructors Inc., Charlotte, www.pcl.com; and H.J. Russell & Co., Atlanta, www.hjrussell.com
Metal roofing manufacturer: McElroy Metal, Bossier City, La., www.mcelroymetal.com

Roof Materials

New metal roofing matches the campus scheme on many other buildings. It also offers overall longevity, durability and low-maintenance features.

The field house and press box are covered with 11,000 square feet of Maxima 216, 24-gauge Kynar in Slate Gray and 4,000 square feet of 24-gauge flat stock metal roofing and low-slope roofing trim.

Roof Report

2013-14 is the first year for Charlotte 49ers football. This new 15,000-seat stadium was built for the new team and is designed to be expanded to 40,000 seats. The main building, the Judy W. Rose Football Center-Fieldhouse, located in the south end zone, has been named after the university’s longtime athletic director.

The stadium includes several other buildings, including the McColl-Richardson Field Press Box, named in honor of Hugh McColl, former Bank of America CEO, and Jerry Richardson, owner of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

Photo courtesy of McElroy Metal, Bossier City, La.

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