Pre-Notched Trims and Flashing Components Save Time at the Jobsite

ATAS pre-notched trims and flashing are consistent dimensionally and provide an aesthetically pleasing final installation.

ATAS pre-notched trims and flashing are consistent dimensionally and provide an aesthetically pleasing final installation.

ATAS International Inc. has expanded its line of pre-notched trims and flashing components.  Trims and flashing are often critical elements of metal roof, wall and soffit installations.  They provide weather resistance of the installed system, as well as aesthetic value of the finished building.  ATAS can provide solutions that address both of those elements which can help to control costs.  
 
Common problems that occur in metal panel trim and flashing installation include maintaining the correct overlap distances.  As well, heavier gauges and multiple bends or complex shapes may make field notching difficult.  The quality of workmanship in creating trims and flashings in the field are not as easily controlled compared to factory fabrication, and the time to perform this operation in the field is typically longer.
 
ATAS trims and flashing are consistent dimensionally and provide an aesthetically pleasing final installation.  The use of these components eliminates unknown field costs and results in an efficient installation, which saves the contractor time and money. 

MCA Reports Top Drivers in the Construction Industry

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has released a report identifying the top 11 drivers in the nonresidential construction industry. The report, based on data analysis, surveys, and interviews with industry leaders, was prepared by FMI, a management consulting and investment banking firm dedicated to engineering and construction, infrastructure, and the built environment. The top trends in the industry trends were identified as follows:

  • Talent Shortages and Management Succession Challenges
    At the height of the recession, 30 percent of the commercial construction industry lost their jobs causing a lack of skilled workers as business picks up. The need to recruit and retain employees is key to attract the next-generation of millennials to the construction business.
  • Use of New Technologies
    With more prefabrication and modularization, use of robotics and 3-D printing, construction is becoming more standardized and computerized. BIM models are playing a role in all aspects of the construction process.
  • Productivity Improvements Needed for Profitability
    While use of BIM, prefabrication, modularization and green construction are necessary in construction manufacturing, at the contractor level, technology and planning are paramount to being profitable.
  • Changes in Construction Delivery Systems
    A slow shift is being seen from the traditional design-bid-build or hard-bid approach to more collaborative or alternative delivery methods that were gaining popularity before the recession.
  • Owner Transition
    As baby boomer leaders are getting to retirement age, the industry is facing a change in ownership among 50 percent of construction firms.
  • International Debt Problems
    Although the U.S. has experienced a resurgent economy, European countries like Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal are struggling. After years of growth, China is also experiencing a slowdown in its economy, threatening the savings and investments made in the last few years.
  • Forming Partnerships with Customers
    A more customer-centric orientation is returning. Manufacturers and suppliers must match their marketing and delivery methods to the needs of the contractor and become partners in the process.
  • Healthier Companies
    In order to survive the recession, companies had to get to positive cash flow (or at least neutral) in the new demand reality of the 2009-2011 period. This focus on efficiency created reduced cost structures.
  • Growth Through Acquisition
    The demand for attractive building product companies to purchase is high. Industry stakeholders are looking to realize overhead efficiencies and maximize nontraditional margin enhancements (risk management, technology, self-perform). Those companies realizing profitability in this way are positioned to prosper as the construction market improves.
  • Consolidation
    On the manufacturing distribution side, 2015 was a year of company consolidation. Market conditions led to unprecedented merger activity among large players. Today, a seller can receive what the company deems a fair price, while a buyer feels there is still enough business ahead to make a return on the investment.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Activity Benefit Buyers & Sellers
    Pace and scale of activity are both up with both strategic and financial buyers. With demand high and the supply of attractive companies low, one would expect prices to increase, and they have.

These trends are expected to play a role in shaping the nonresidential construction industry in the coming years and are part of considerations as companies make their plans. The full report is available to MCA members at www.metalconstruction.org.

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) promotes and expands the use of metal in construction through marketing, research, technology and education. MCA members include metal roof and wall panel manufacturers. Trade associations serving the metal construction industry partnered with MCA in this study. The participants are The American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI), The Aluminum Association (AA), Metal Roofing Alliance, National Frame Builders Association (NFBA), and the National Coil Coaters Association (NCCA).

Sheffield Metals Launches New Website

The Sheffield Metals website now suits PC and mobile users with a reactive interface design.

The Sheffield Metals website now suits PC and mobile users with a reactive interface design.

The Sheffield Metals website now suits PC and mobile users with a reactive interface design. The new website contains valuable information and documentation for architects, contractors, builders and homeowners. It also features a more comprehensive product line, including Coils and Sheets (COOLR Metal Roofing), Engineered Standing Seam Metal Roof and Wall Systems, Specialty Coil and Sheet Products (Zinc, Copper, Weathered Series, WeatherXL SMP and Vintage), Valspar Products, Rollforming Machines, Sheet Metal Fabrication Equipment, Accessories and Components, and more.

Features:

  • Reactive interface design allows easy navigation for PC and mobile users.
  • Revamped Engineering section features access to all of the available engineering for Sheffield Metals Standing Seam Metal Roofing and Wall panel profiles without a login.
  • Paint warranty request form allows the user to easily submit warranty requests direct from the site or via PDF.
  • Roof Color Visualizer features Sheffield Metals’ 50-plus colors and finishes.
  • Brochure downloads throughout the site.
  • Enhanced Resources page with videos, color cards, profile cut sheets, calculators and more.
  • Social media connectivity with Sheffield Metals and the Mazzella Co. family on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
  • Careers page link featuring all the available positions at Sheffield Metals and the Mazzella Co.

CENTRIA Hires Profile Series and Metal Composite Material Product Manager

CENTRIA, a designer and manufacturer of architectural metal wall and roof systems, announces that Jeffrey Peskowitz has joined the team as the Profile Series and Metal Composite Material (MCM) product manager. Peskowitz brings an impressive history of marketing, sales and business development success in the commercial building product industry to his new role at CENTRIA.

“Jeff has accumulated 30 years of related industry experience throughout his career, and we are very excited to welcome him to CENTRIA,” says Greg Lusty, director of product management and research and development, CENTRIA. “Jeff’s knowledge and drive will be invaluable as we strive to continually improve and market our innovative, high-performance Profile Series and MCM product lines.”

Peskowitz will be responsible for collaborating with the company’s sales and marketing teams to maintain, promote and market the company’s rainscreen product offerings including the Profile Series line of single-skin metal panels, encompassing Concept Series and IW Series concealed fastener panels, exposed fastener single-skin panels, EcoScreen perforated screenwall, roofing and the Cascade metal panel system, as well as the FormaBond and FormaBond II MCM product lines.

Most recently, Peskowitz served as director of sales and marketing for SYNTHEON Inc., an integrated framing and insulation wall system company and former subsidiary of NOVA Chemicals Inc. Peskowitz also served as director of marketing with SYNTHEON, leading the development and marketing initiatives of the company brand. In addition, he spent 14 years with Alcoa Home Exteriors Inc. in various positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and sales, leading to the position of director of product marketing. Peskowitz spent his early career with Masonite Corp. in various market research and marketing positions.

Peskowitz received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) Potsdam and his master’s degree in business administration with concentrations in marketing and management information systems from SUNY Binghamton.

MCA Bestows Patrick R. Bush Award to Jeff Irwin of Metl-Span

Jeff Irwin, executive vice president and general manager of the Architectural Panel Division at Metl-Span, was the recipient of the 2015 Patrick R. Bush Award presented at the Metal Construction Association winter meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

The Patrick R. Bush Service Award recognizes one individual from a member company who has recently made significant volunteer contributions to the MCA.

Irwin is a 35-year veteran in the metal wall and roofing industry and has worked 24 years in the insulated metal panel industry. He currently serves as the chairman of the Insulated Metal Panel Council and has been deeply involved in MCA for two decades, serving on the board of directors and as president, vice president and secretary-treasurer. Irwin was cited for being “committed to the Insulated Metal Panel Council and a strong, consistent supporter of METALCON.”