NRCA Comments on President’s Immigration Plan

Reid Ribble, CEO of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), issued the following statement with respect to President Trump’s remarks on a new administration immigration proposal Thursday, May 16:

“NRCA welcomes President Trump’s effort to put forward a new plan to reform our badly outdated immigration system,” Ribble said. “We agree the security and economic needs of U.S. citizens should be paramount in immigration policy and that moving toward a merit-based system makes sense given the demands of our economy.

“Although the new plan moves in the right direction and we look forward to seeing more details, the proposal apparently only deals with the high-tech sector of the economy and individuals with advanced degrees. It is imperative our immigration system recognizes the need for legal immigration to address the chronic workforce shortages in the roofing industry, which are reaching crisis proportions and severely limiting economic growth,” Ribble noted. “Our immigration system must recognize the value of critical skills needed to work in industries such as roofing as embodied in the bipartisan Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act (H.R. 1740).”

“Additionally, we need to provide immediate relief to qualifying individuals working legally in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS); failing to do so will only further destabilize our workforce,” Ribble concluded. “NRCA looks forward to working with the administration and Congress to move forward on a bipartisan basis with immigration reform that fully addresses our security and economic needs.”

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Partners with SkillsUSA, Becomes Official Business Partner

The National Roofing Contractors Association has partnered with SkillsUSA and now is a SkillsUSA Official Business Partner.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure the U.S. has a skilled workforce. It provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in U.S. classrooms.

“NRCA looks forward to engaging with SkillsUSA and expanding NRCA’s outreach and footprint in the career and technical fields to establish roofing as a core curriculum in schools and help NRCA members address workforce shortages,” says Nick Sabino, founder and president of Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati, and NRCA chairman of the board-elect.

NRCA will attend the annual National Leadership & Skills Conference the week of June 24 in Louisville, Ky., and participate in the Meet the Employer event June 28. It also will serve as a co-sponsor of SkillsUSA’s State Directors Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., Aug. 12-17.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA CEO Reid Ribble Testifies Before the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

NRCA CEO Reid Ribble testified before the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress today during its hearing, “Speaking from Experience: Former Members on Congressional Reform.”

Ribble was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and served Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District for six years. The committee heard from a bipartisan panel of six former members of Congress who shared their congressional experiences and offered potential areas for reform.

Ribble; former Reps. Tom Davis (R-Va.), Vic Fazio (D-Calif.), Martin Frost (D-Texas) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.); and former ambassador Tim Roemer (D-Ind.) spoke regarding a broad range of issues, including staff recruitment, transparency, technology, building civility and trust, and improving the quality of life for those working in the legislative branch.

To view Ribble’s testimony, click here.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

ATAS Participates in Roofing Day in DC

ATAS International was proud to participate in the second annual Roofing Day event in Washington, DC on April 3rd and 4th. This event is organized by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) so that roofing industry professionals from across the country can meet with members of Congress about critical issues facing our industry. In addition to roofing material manufacturers, others in attendance included raw material suppliers, distributors, roof system designers, engineers, consultants, contractors and their employees. Many people from these companies, trade associations, and organizations visited their Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill to discuss concerns and request their support.

During Roofing Day, we advocated in support of the following issues:

  • Immigration reform that meets the roofing industry’s workforce needs
  • Expanded workforce training incentives
  • A robust buildings component for infrastructure legislation

While in DC, ATAS also attended the National Women in Roofing (NWiR) Luncheon and heard presentations by Congresswoman Angie Craig and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene. ATAS is a platinum sponsor of this association whose mission is to mentor and empower women in the roofing industry towards excellence in their chosen career. 

Dick Bus, President of ATAS International and Director on the Board of the NRCA, stated, “ATAS was pleased to attend NRCA’s Roofing Day event this year, and ask for support on many issues that are affecting the construction and manufacturing industries. It was also great to participate in the NWiR luncheon, and meet many women who are supporting other women working in roofing and related industry careers.”

For more information, visit www.atas.com.

NRCA Brings Workforce Issues to the White House

National Roofing Contractors Association Chairman of the Board Kent Schwickert, NRCA Chairman of the Board-Elect Nick Sabino and NRCA CEO Reid Ribble met with White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney April 3 during Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 to discuss the roofing industry’s workforce needs, including immigration reform and worker training incentives.

During the West Wing meeting—a first for the roofing industry—NRCA leadership explained a chronic shortage of qualified workers is the most significant limitation on the ability of roofing industry employers to grow their businesses. This problem will become even more acute in the future because of an aging workforce, educational trends and ongoing rebuilding efforts resulting from recent hurricanes and other natural disasters throughout the U.S.

Although NRCA is pursuing numerous initiatives designed to attract more U.S.-based workers to the roofing industry, providing for sufficient levels of legal immigration to meet economic demand remains vital to addressing the industry’s long-term workforce needs.

NRCA believes the security and economic needs of U.S. citizens should be paramount in immigration policy. NRCA is asking Congress to establish a visa system, such as the system proposed in the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act, that meets the workforce needs of roofing and similar industries. This system should be governed by market forces, ensure employers undertake vigorous recruitment to hire U.S. workers first, and enable job creators to obtain the workers needed to meet demand and grow their businesses.

NRCA supports legislation that allows Temporary Protected Status workers who have a demonstrated track record of working legally in the U.S. with the opportunity to apply for permanent legal resident status. This would allow eligible TPS workers to continue contributing to their communities and increased economic growth.

“I appreciate that the president’s chief of staff took the time to meet with us and am pleased with our conversation,” Schwickert says. “It’s important to discuss these vital issues for our industry, and he was attentive and asked insightful questions as we discussed the roofing industry and our concerns. Although the political environment in Washington, D.C., remains challenging for solving the workforce issues facing our nation, we will continue working to solve them.”

NRCA looks forward to working with the Trump administration and Congress regarding bipartisan legislation to address visa reform such as that contained in the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act and the need to retain the valuable contributions of TPS workers.

Roofing Day in D.C. is the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry. More than 400 roofing industry stakeholders from throughout the U.S. are in Washington, D.C., to meet with their elected officials.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

Industry Gathers in Washington for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019

Roofing industry stakeholders from every region throughout the United States participated in Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 April 3-4 in Washington, D.C. Led by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and partner organizations, the event is an unprecedented effort to elevate the image of the roofing industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

“For the second year in a row, more than 400 roofing professionals gathered in Washington, D.C.,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “No one is better equipped than them to communicate how federal policy affects their businesses and families. Democracy requires participation. I appreciate all who attended this important event.”

Since Roofing Day in D.C. launched in 2018, it is among the top industry fly-in advocacy events nationwide. This year, Roofing Day in D.C. participants made more than 250 visits to offices in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Attendees also were addressed by Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) and Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.), who shared their perspectives regarding the latest political and policy developments on Capitol Hill.

Roofing Day in D.C. is the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry. Stakeholders in attendance visited with members of Congress to advocate for the roofing industry regarding issues on which there is broad consensus: immigration reform that meets the roofing industry’s workforce needs; expanded workforce training incentives; and a robust buildings component for infrastructure legislation currently being debated by lawmakers.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Announces June 2-8 is National Roofing Week

To raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business, the National Roofing Contractors Association has announced National Roofing Week will take place June 2-8.

Celebrated each year during the first full week of June, National Roofing Week serves as a reminder that the roof is one of the most important components of every structure. It is the first line of defense against natural elements, such as rain, snow or wind, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair.

In celebration of National Roofing Week, NRCA will host the We are Family Raffle, sponsored by A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply. Open to all NRCA member companies, the raffle involves companies taking a group photo of all employees—their “roofing family”—and submitting it to NRCA for a chance to win a prize.

National Roofing Week also promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and stresses the value of professional roofing contractors and the importance of making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

Additionally, in the spirit of the industry’s generosity, the first NRCA Giving Day will be held June 7 to raise funds to benefit the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program and help shape the future of the roofing industry. NRCA’s goal is to raise $100,000 in gifts to provide additional scholarships to college and vocational-technical school students who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or building construction industries.

NRCA also will be sharing its members’ stories through its various social media outlets and Professional Roofing magazine. Members throughout the U.S. are encouraged to share their stories of charitable giving, crew and staff appreciation, and signature roofing projects with NRCA.

National Roofing Week 2019 is sponsored by National Women in Roofing (title sponsor); ABC Supply Co. Inc.; A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply; Carlisle SynTec; FlashCo; GAF; Polyglass U.S.A., Inc.; and Sherwin-Williams.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net/National-Roofing-Week.

NRCA Recognizes the First ProCertified Professionals

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recognized the first ProCertified installers and ProCertified foreman at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception during the 2019 International Roofing Expo and NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

NRCA ProCertification, NRCA’s national certification initiative, launched in 2018 to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. Experienced installers and foremen who demonstrate substantial roofing skills and knowledge now can become certified by NRCA in specific roof system applications.

The following individuals were recognized:

  • ProCertified Asphalt Shingles Installer: Juan Segura, Raincoat Roofing Co., Broadview, Illinois
  • ProCertified Thermoplastic Systems Installer: Rhyan McKinney, Nations Roof, LLC, Villa Park, Illinois
  • ProCertified Roofing Foreman: Nick Zwart, Korellis Roofing, Hammond, Indiana

For more information about NRCA ProCertification, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Announces 2019 Future Executives Institute Graduates

The National Roofing Contractors Association’s Future Executives Institute has announced its graduates for 2019. Graduates were recognized Feb. 12 during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention in Nashville.

FEI is a three-year educational program designed to develop the management and leadership skills of future and current roofing company leaders. The participants gathered in Chicago at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and at NRCA conventions for the past three years.

Following are FEI’s Class 8 graduates:

Donald Bergamy, president of Nations Roof Mid Atlantic, Baltimore

Daniel Boatwright, vice president/general manager of Springer Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Lakeland, Fla.

Rodney Cadorette, vice president and COO of Porter Roofing Contractors Inc., Martinez, Ga.

Ryan Dill, senior project manager for NorthStar Construction Services Corp., Shirley, Mass.

Dominic Dunlap, president of DCG Roofing Solutions Inc., Des Plaines, Ill.

David Elizalde II, project manager for Competition Roofing Inc., Houston

Mike Godfrey, vice president of Godfrey Roofing Inc., Ottawa, Ontario

Joseph Guido, operations manager for Wagner Roofing, Hyattsville, Md.

Ronald Heath, vice president of The Roof Depot Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.

Will Jawish, director of construction for Gordian Energy Systems, Baltimore

Ileana Kilfian, preconstruction manager for Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La.

Michelle Martel, CFO of Function Enterprises Inc., Springfield, Va.

J. David Maxwell, vice president of services, Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Nashville, Tenn.

Patrick McGlynn, project manager for Lakeside Roofing Co. Inc., Collinsville, Ill.

Jeffrey Money Jr., project manager for Ruff Roofers Inc., Baltimore

Kellie Paasch, general manager for Independent Roofing Co., Omaha, Neb.

Matthew Pauley, vice president of Superior Roofing & Construction, San Antonio

Stefan Peters, project manager for Preferred Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind.

Kevin Petersen, service manager for Carlson Racine Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Racine, Wis.

Daniel Ritter, commercial division manager for Academy Roofing Inc., Aurora, Colo.

Ken Schmidt, senior project manager/estimator for Wayne’s Roofing Inc., Sumner, Wash.

Lacey Trokey, vice president of Black Roofing Inc., Boulder, Colo.

Michael Vodika, director of operations for Damschroder Roofing Inc., Fremont, Ohio

Michaelene Winters, RoofGuard manager for United Materials, Denver

John Ziolkowski, vice president of roofing operations for Korellis Roofing Inc., Hammond, Ind.

Additionally, Mickey Childress, president of Triad Roofing Co. Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C., was recognized for graduating from FEI Class 7.

For more information about FEI or to apply for the program, visit www.nrca.net/fei.

Eagle Roofing Products Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced that Eagle Roofing Products, Rialto, Calif., has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, joining NRCA as a “partner member.”

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success.

To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and be eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

“We are excited to join NRCA and its One Voice initiative,” said John J. Campbell, Eagle Roofing Products’ vice president of sales and marketing. “We began our support of NRCA through our company’s involvement with the tile roofing industry’s trade association, The Tile Roofing Industry Alliance (previously known as the Tile Roofing Institute). Our commitment to align Eagle Roofing Products with NRCA as a partner member further strengthens our commitment to the roofing industry as a whole by engaging all of our team members and working collectively to drive awareness and assist with solutions while fully supporting the continued success of the association.”

For more information visit, www.nrca.net/onevoice.