Mark Gaulin Receives Prestigious NRCA J.A. Piper Award

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced Mark Gaulin, founder of MAGCO Inc., Jessup, Maryland, and founding member of Tecta America Corp., Rosemont, Illinois, is the 73rd recipient of its annual J.A. Piper Award. The award was presented at NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention held in Dallas. The J.A. Piper award is the industry’s most prestigious honor, recognizing roofing professionals who have devoted constant outstanding service to NRCA and the roofing industry.

Gaulin was elected to NRCA’s board of directors in 1993 and served three terms, including two terms as vice president from 1998-2000 and 2003-05. He also served as NRCA senior vice president from 2005-06 and NRCA president from 2006-07. During his time at the helm of NRCA, his entrepreneurial spirit guided him in the promotion and advancement of green and vegetative roof systems in the United States. He dedicated his time to visiting contractor groups across the country to educate them about vegetative roof systems. Gaulin also served as president of the Associated Roofing Contractors of Maryland in the early 1990s.

Gaulin has been in the roofing industry for more than four decades. Starting his career in 1978 at Barra Inc., a German manufacturer of single-ply roofing materials, he soon became a minority partner with SCF Decks in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. In 1987, he decided to start his own business, MAGCO. Under his leadership, MAGCO grew to about 60 employees with additional branches in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Petersburg, Virginia.

In 1993, Gaulin founded Metal Fab Manufacturing, a producer of architectural metal roofing and accessories, and in 2000 he was a key leader in the consolidation and formation of Tecta America Corp., one of the nation’s largest commercial roofing contractors. He served as COO of Tecta America from 2007-10 and interim CEO from 2013-14. He currently serves on the board of directors for Tecta America.

Gaulin has been involved with many NRCA committees, including chairing the Architectural Sheet Metal Committee, Internet/Electronic Communications Committee and NRCA Retirement Committee.

“During his more than three decades in the industry, he has been a passionate advocate for NRCA and the industry, including testifying in Congress on behalf of small businesses and small-business concerns,” said Helene Hardy Pierce, vice president of technical services, codes and industry relations at GAF, when presenting the award. “His focus on green roofing, solar initiatives and sustainable construction has led to best practices in the roofing industry. He is an honest worker, trustworthy colleague, tireless volunteer and is consistently innovative.”

“I am truly flattered and honored to be recognized by my peers and the industry with this award, and I am proud to be a part of this great industry,” Gaulin said when accepting the award.

First presented in 1948, the J.A. Piper Award is named for former NRCA President Joseph A. Piper, whose extraordinary efforts kept the association alive during the Great Depression.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

Artisan Construction Co. Inc. Honored With 2020 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

In recognition of its generosity and service, Artisan Construction Co. Inc., Centennial, Colorado, has been presented with the eighth annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association and CNA, one of the largest U.S. commercial property and casualty insurance companies. The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

Artisan Construction staff volunteered to play baseball with the children at Miracle League of Metro Denver — an organization that provides children and adults who are living with various mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. Artisan Construction also donates $250 to the Miracle League of Metro Denver for every reroof completed in Colorado. To date, $18,000 has been donated from roofing. Artisan Construction also recently replaced a lock with a more secure locking mechanism on an equipment trailer that had been vandalized.

CNA awarded Artisan Construction with $7,500 to be presented to Miracle League of Metro Denver. In addition, NRCA dedicated the proceeds of its Cyber Monday sale in November 2019 to Miracle League of Metro Denver.

Additionally, second-place winner Weatherproofing Technologies Inc., Beachwood, Ohio, received $5,000 for its charitable efforts regarding WomenSafe Inc. Weatherproofing Technologies, a subsidiary of Tremco Inc., has supported WomenSafe, a domestic violence shelter serving northeastern Ohio, for more than a decade by offering financial support, sponsorships and in-kind donations (food, clothing, hygiene products, household items, etc.). During 2019, Weatherproofing Technologies sponsored WomenSafe by donating $5,000, several meals as part of annual year-end celebrations and $400 to the organization’s annual fall luncheon fundraiser. The contractor also held a toilet paper drive and adopted a WomenSafe family in need for the holidays by fulfilling the family’s wish list.

The third-place winner was KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, The Official Roofing & Waterproofing Company of the Dallas Cowboys, for its work with the Salvation Army. KPost held a school supply drive and donated 1,050 fully loaded backpacks to the Salvation Army to distribute to local children. In addition to the backpacks, KPost hosted a canned food drive on behalf of the Salvation Army. CNA awarded KPost with $2,500 for its charity.

In addition, Locklear Roofing Inc., Holly Springs, North Carolina, was the winner of the People’s Choice Award, which was selected by public online voting on NRCA’s website. Locklear Roofing received $1,500 for its work with Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center.

The awards were presented Feb. 5 at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention in Dallas.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Announces 2020-21 Officers and Directors

The National Roofing Contractors Association announced its 2020-21 slate of officers and directors at its 133rd Annual Convention. All 2020-21 officers and directors will assume their roles June 1.

Rod Petrick, president of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Illinois, has been elected NRCA chairman of the board; Kyle Thomas, vice president of Thomas Roofing, Mobile, Alabama, was elected chairman of the board-elect; Bryan Karel, vice president of operations, Garlock-French Corp., Minneapolis, Minnesota; Sherri Miles, vice president of J.D. Miles & Sons Inc., Chesapeake, Virginia; and Lisa Sprick, president of Sprick Roofing Co. Inc., Corvallis, Oregon, were elected vice chairmen.

Additionally, the following were elected as new NRCA directors:

  • Cheryl Chapman, general manager of Empire Roofing Inc., Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jennifer Ford-Smith, director of sales for Johns Manville, Denver, Colorado
  • Scott D. Gipson, vice president and general manager of FiberTite Roofing Systems, Wooster, Ohio
  • Kevin Gwaltney, president of Diamond Roofing, Dodge City, Kansas
  • Tammy Hall, director of marketing/service manager for CFS Roofing Services LLC, Fort Myers, Florida
  • Paige Harvill, president of Nations Roof Gulf Coast LLC, Mobile, Alabama
  • Peter Horch, owner/CEO of Horch Roofing, Warren, Maine
  • Josh Kelly, vice president of product development and innovation for OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Massachusetts
  • Ken Kelly, president of Kelly Roofing, Bonita Springs, Florida
  • Daniel Kennedy, commercial division manager for Don Kennedy Roofing Co. Inc., Nashville, Tennessee
  • C.J. Martin, president/CEO of Showalter Roofing Service Inc., Naperville, Illinois
  • Geoff Mitchell, CEO of Mid-South Roof Systems, Forest Park, Georgia
  • Jack Moore, president/CEO of West Roofing Systems Inc., LaGrange, Ohio
  • Curtis Sutton, president of Rackley Roofing Co. Inc., Carthage, Tennessee

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

Thomas Roofing’s Kyle Thomas Named NRCA Chairman of the Board-Elect

Kyle Thomas, vice president of Thomas Roofing, Mobile, Alabama, has been named the next chairman of the board-elect for the National Roofing Contractors Association. Thomas was elected during NRCA’s 133rd Annual Convention, which was held February 2-6 in Dallas. He will serve during the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Thomas previously served as an NRCA director from 2005-08 and 2011-14 and officer from 2016-18. He has served on many NRCA committees, including the Education Resource Committee, Education Resource Oversight Committee, Future Executives Institute Committee, Health and Safety Committee, Manual Update Committee, Manufacturers Spec Review Task Force, PAC Advisory Committee, QC Guidelines Task Force, Repair Manual Task Force, Technical Operations Committee and Vegetative Roof Manual Task Force. 

Thomas has been in the roofing industry since 1993. He will begin his one-year term as the second highest-ranking officer of one of the oldest construction trade associations in the United States on June 1.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

Is There Ambiguity About Regulatory Compliance With Edge Metal Systems?

This photo shows a gravel stop failure during roof inspections after Hurricane Ike in Sept. 2008. Photos: ATAS International

Recently while preparing training for our team on how to ensure that the edge metals that we install comply with building code, inconsistencies and confusion about regulatory compliance caused me to dig deeper. Specifically, my questions related to ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1 2017. The requirements of section 3.0 (shown below) caused the greatest concerns:

3.0 Membrane Termination

Two types of membrane termination are industry accepted: dependently and independently terminated systems.

3.1 Dependently Terminated Systems

Ballasted systems, ribbon/spot adhered systems, or systems in which the mechanically attached roof over is secured to the substrate at a distance greater than 12 in (300 mm) from the roof edge are considered dependently terminated by the roof edge system. For these systems the RE-1 and RE-2 tests are required.

3.2 Independently Terminated Systems

Systems in which the roof cover is fully adhered to the substrate or a mechanically attached roof cover is secured to the substrate at a distance less than or equal to 12 in (300 mm) from the roof edge are considered independently terminated. For these systems the RE-2 test or RE-3 test is required.

A graphic depicting the RE-1 test from standard ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1.

Many installed roof systems are mechanically fastened thermoplastic with fastener row spacing that exceeds the 12-inch requirement, and often snap-on fascia systems are utilized to meet the owner/designer’s price concerns. The product data sheets for most of prefabricated snap-fascia cover systems frequently contain the following statement(s):

ANSI/SPRI/FM-4435 ES-1 Tested and Certified.

Quality Assurance: The fascia product shall be listed in the current Factory Mutual Research Corporation Approval Guide approved by ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1 SPRI Test Method RE-2 Pull-Off test for fascia. Fascia shall be certified by the manufacturer to design pressures as indicated in current edition of Wind Resistance Standard for Edge Systems Used with Low Slope Roofing Systems.

It was the last few sentences which concerned me as a roofer. If the systems are only tested for RE-2, then it is likely that ballasted systems, ribbon/spot adhered systems, or systems in which the mechanically attached roof cover is secured to the substrate at a distance greater than 12 inches (300 mm) from the roof edge that incorporate this edge flashing may not comply with building codes.

RE-2 testing being conducted on fascia.

In hopes of finding an edge metal detail that was tested for RE-1 per ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1, the NRCA Technical Services was contacted. This resulted in the revelation that RE-1 testing cannot be performed for generic membrane types. Rather, the testing would have to be performed on each type of membrane for each manufacturer. This is due to many factors related to the typical properties of each membrane type and manufacturer. These factors can include type of reinforcement (if any), mixture components, type of manufacturing process, etc. Therefore, the testing data can be proprietary.

Now, as a roofing contractor, I am really confused.

1. The building code tells me that the edge metals we install must:

1504.5 Edge securement for low-slope roofs.

Low-slope built-up, modified bitumen and single-ply-roof system metal edge securement, except gutters, shall be designed and installed for wind loads in accordance with Chapter 16 and tested for resistance in accordance with Test Methods RE-1, RE-2 and RE-3 of ANSI/SPRI ES-1, except Vult wind speed shall be determined from Figure 1609A, 1609B, or 1609C as applicable.

2. ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1 states:

Membrane Termination

Two types of membrane termination are industry accepted: dependently and independently terminated systems.

3.1 Dependently Terminated Systems

Ballasted systems, ribbon/spot adhered systems, or systems in which the mechanically attached roof cover is secured to the substrate at a distance greater than 12 in (300 mm) from the roof edge are considered dependently terminated by the roof edge system. For these systems the RE-1 and RE-2 tests are required.

3.2 Independently Terminated Systems

Systems in which the roof cover is fully adhered to the substrate or a mechanically attached roof cover is secured to the substrate at a distance less than or equal to 12 in (300 mm) from the roof edge are considered independently terminated. For these systems the RE-2 test or RE-3 test is required.

RE-3 testing being conducted on coping.

3. We now know that RE-1 testing cannot be uniformly tested for each type of roof membrane. Therefore, it is not always readily available.

4. Of the pre-manufactured edge metal suppliers that were contacted, some indicated they tested per RE-1, while others agreed that they only tested to the RE-2 standard, and some went so far as to say that RE-1 test does not relate to their product. However, ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1 2017 states otherwise.

Ongoing Questions

Should all roofing contractors go ahead and install the securement within 12 inches of the roof edge to ensure that all non-adhered roof systems are independently terminated, avoiding the need for RE-1 testing? Worse yet, should we install fasteners in ballasted roof systems since passing RE-1 test data is not readily available? Fasteners in the field of a ballasted roof can be a disaster. (One option that contractors can use to avoid the need for RE-1 testing is by installing a peel stop.) The question remains: Is confusion about RE-1 and ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1 driving contractors to install independently terminated roof membrane systems?

When all is said and done, it is the roof installer that is ultimately responsible for proper application of the product to meet the legal requirements. It appears that there is ambiguity and confusion concerning ANSI/SPRI/FM 4435/ES-1 and code compliance. We can only hope that this will be clarified by building professionals, rather than lawyers. In the interim, we are now aware of the potential issues and can react as we deem necessary to mitigate our liability.

About the author: Andy Baker is vice president of Baker Roofing, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has 40 years of experience in the construction industry, 33 of which have been exclusively related to roofing, from roofer to vice president. For more information, visit www.bakerroofing.com.

2019-2020 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Winners Announced

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces the winners of the 2019-2020 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards. The winners are invited to the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, Texas, where they will be recognized at the NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception, February 5, 2019, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Celebrating its 20th year, the MVP Awards program honors leadership in the field. Contractors nominate field workers including roofing crew workers, foremen or superintendents.  Distributors and supplier firms may nominate warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Individuals can be nominated for their outstanding on-the-job performance and workmanship or their philanthropic contributions outside the workplace.   Since the program’s inception 20 years ago, 674 employees have been nominated and 255 winners and finalists have been recognized.

2019-2020 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award Winners include:

Chris Bower – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Superintendent Exterior Solutions of Georgia, dba Bone Dry Roofing Company Bogart, GA

Jimmy “Lefty” Cobb – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Superintendent Graham Roofing Incorporated West Point, MS

Todd Dunlap – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship; Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace Superintendent, Warehouse Foreman, Equipment Operator Frost Roofing, Inc. Wapakoneta, OH

Piotr Lis – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Superintendent KPost Company Dallas, TX

Corey Morris – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Foreman Spann Roofing and Sheet Metal Conway, SC

Heriberto Rodriguez – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Superintendent Exterior Solutions of Georgia, dba Bone Dry Roofing Company Bogart, GA

Michael Ryan – Outstanding On-the-Job Performance and Workmanship Equipment Operator OMG, Inc. Agawam, MA

On Wednesday, February 5, during NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony, one winner will be announced as Professional Roofing‘s Best of the Best, a recognition co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. and Professional Roofing magazine.  Josh Kelly, Roofing Alliance President and Vice President of Product Development & Innovation at OMG stated, “The Roofing Alliance’s MVP Task Force determines the Best of the Best Award winner after a thorough evaluation of MVP winners using criteria such as on-the-job safety, on-the-job performance, recruiting new workers, community service and other noteworthy contributions to determine the Best of the Best.  We are very proud of all the winners and especially the past and future Best of the Best Award winners.”

Previous Best of the Best Award winners include:

2008: Rodney Griffith, foreman, Centimark Corp., Pelham, Ala., and Teri Stallion, field superintendent, Innovative Roofing Group, Atlanta, Ga.
2009: Eugena Madeley, yard/receiving/truck driver, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, Pa.
2010: Richard Heilinger, service specialist, Gooding, Simpson & Mackes Inc., Ephrata, Pa.
2011: George Denton, superintendent, Supreme Roofing Systems Inc., Dallas, Texas
2012: David Baytosh, superintendent, Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
2013: Dan Pastore, superintendent, Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc., Rochester, N.Y.
2014: Ryan Watts, foreman for Jurin Roofing Services Inc., Quakertown, Pa.
2015: Scott Luck, foreman at CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa.
2016: Curtis Purvis, superintendent for Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Farmers Branch, Texas 2017: Narcisco Alarcon, superintendent, Antis Roofing + Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif. 2018: Alan Baird, foreman for Core Contractors Inc., Denver, Colo. 2019: Brandon Reese, foreman at Korellis Roofing, Hammond, Ind.

For more information, visit www.theroofingexpo.com.

Don’t Miss the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition at the 2020 IRE

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly announced its 2020 Construction Management Student Competition participating schools. Celebrating its sixth year, the competition had nine schools submit their intent to participate. The finalist teams will be selected and announced in January and will give their oral presentations (the final component in the competition) on February 5 at the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, Texas. The winning team will be recognized on February 5 at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception.

The student competition is part of the overall Roofing Alliance Construction Management Schools Initiative, which is focused on the mentorship of young construction management students, sharing with them the opportunities and challenges of a roofing career.

A tremendous amount of planning goes into the competition with the selection of the project, and then working with the universities, students, mentors and judges. The competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. For 2020, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for a new roof system on the Ford Center, the indoor practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys. The Ford Center is part of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters in Frisco, Texas. The project was originally roofed by KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas, who has been working with the Roofing Alliance to prepare documents for the competition.

The teams must research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package. They submit proposal packages which in turn are reviewed by the team of judges. The finalist teams then travel to the IRE, where they will present their proposals as if they were presenting to the general contractor for the project.

The construction management initiative was the brainchild of Dennis Conway, Commercial Roofers Inc. in Las Vegas. Now under the leadership of Kyle Thomas of Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., in Mobile, Alabama, and Rod Petrick, Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Illinois, the current co-chairmen of the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Schools Initiative Committee, the competition is more visible than ever before among construction management students and faculty. Understanding the long-term goal to expose construction management students and faculty to the roofing industry, Roofing Alliance members work to enhance the overall roofing knowledge of faculty and students in hopes of encouraging students to consider the roofing industry as a viable career option.

Thomas sees the competition as an open door to introduce roofing to a new generation. “We’ve known for years that the students graduating out of these construction management programs often have limited exposure and education related to roofing,” he explained. “This program provides an opportunity for these students to learn about the many facets of the roofing business. We certainly hope that some of the students become interested enough to pursue a career in the roofing industry. But even for those that go the more traditional route and go to work for a general contractor, they will have a much better understanding of the roofing portion of the projects that they will be working on.”

According to Nick Rubino, faculty coach for the Colorado State University team, “We have been involved with the Roofing Alliance Student Competition from the beginning and it is a very popular construction management competition amongst our students. Every year, the students come back from the competition very happy they participated. They love the focus on roofing in the competition and the fact that they get to attend the convention and see what the industry is like up close. The opportunity to interact with senior management level people in the roofing industry is a great benefit.”

The schools who have indicated their intent to participate are:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama, with Rachel Nemecek (team captain), Samuel Short, Oliver Reinwald, Davis Hambrick and Walker Lott (alternate). Faculty advisor is Lauren Redden. Team Mentor is Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Alabama.
  • Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, with Jacob Settles (team captain), Chance Emanuels, Benjamim Maust and Caden Lansford. Faculty advisor is Dr. Souhail Elhour. Team mentor is Laurie Moore, Kreiling Roofing Co., Peoria, Illinois.
  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, with Brad Smith (team captain), David Compton, Patrick McLeod (alternate), Hallie Bowers and Hendrix Smith. Faculty advisor is Dr. Dhaval Gajjar. Team mentor is Nicholas Hotze, Guy Roofing Inc., Spartanburg, South Carolina.
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction Management, Fort Collins, Colorado, with Brendan Phelan (team captain), Paul Cheever, Christopher Vargas, Jake Peckham and Mahoney Bajwa (alternate). Faculty advisor is Nick Rubino. Team mentor is Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, Greeley, Colorado.
  • Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Georgia, with Jazzmin Evans (team captain), Maxim Downs, Cynia Gardner and Biancha Clarritt. Faculty advisor is Ali Keyvanfar. Team mentor is Candace Klein, Klein Contracting Corp., Doraville, Georgia.
  • Minnesota State University – Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minnesota, with Hunter Koesters (team captain), Seth Hander, Dylan Keck (alternate), Benjamin Meyer and Cory Erickson. Faculty advisor is Brian Wasserman. Team Mentor is Kevin Palmer, Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minnesota.
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, with David Swain (team captain), Mackenzie Langer, Brady Jackson (alternate), Matt Korzenko and Kin Sanders-Evans. Faculty advisor is Michael Brown. Team mentor is Joseph Sanderlin, Chemcote, Inc., Dublin, Ohio.
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas with Tyler Stivers (team captain), Austin Davis (alternate), Erbey Hernandez, Collin Rosser and Kyler Hardison. Faculty advisor is Lance Simms. Team Mentor is Mark Standifer, King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, Gainesville, Florida, with Tony Centro (team captain), Ricardo Madero, Eric Biggs, Palmer Collins and Collin Galinas (alternate). Faculty advisor is Jim Sullivan. Team Mentor is Rob Springer of Springer-Peterson Roofing + Sheet Metal Inc., Eaton Park, Florida.

The Roofing Alliance invites you to attend these exciting events and support the future workforce of our industry.

Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 7:45 am – 11:15 am – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

To learn more about the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition and how to attend, visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net. To register for the 2020 International Roofing Expo visit www.theroofingexpo.com.

NRCA Opens Registration for Diversity + Inclusion Forum 2020

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and National Women in Roofing (NWIR) announce the inaugural Diversity + Inclusion Forum 2020. Diversity + Inclusion Forum 2020 will be held in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, April 21, preceding Roofing Day in D.C. 2020, which will be held April 21-22. The forum will help attendees identify ways to engage underrepresented groups, develop resources to increase cultural competency, and explore why supporting diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion is a business imperative to strengthen the workforce. 

During the event, dynamic industry leaders and stakeholders will discuss sustainable strategies for advancing diversity and inclusion. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and network with fellow roofing and industry professionals from across the U.S. who are striving to achieve inclusive, culturally diverse and competent workforces.

To view the schedule and register for Diversity + Inclusion Forum 2020, visit http://nrca.net/diversity-inclusion.

NRCA Releases Training for Roof Application Careers

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has released Training for Roof Application Careers. TRAC blends online and hands-on training companies can use to equip new field workers with information and skills to help them become quality roof system installers. TRAC, which includes English and Spanish content, is designed to provide inexperienced employees with “conversational competence.” 

NRCA currently offers the TRAC Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation Package and TRAC Asphalt Shingle Installation Package. The TRAC Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation package consists of Essentials: Onboarding for Roof System Installers; Low-slope Core; and Thermoplastic Roof Membrane Installation and includes online content and activities that provide hands-on experience.

The TRAC Asphalt Shingle Installation package consists of Essentials: Onboarding for Roof System Installers; Steep-slope Core; and Asphalt Shingle Installation and includes online content and activities that provide hands-on experience.

A one-time TRAC purchase includes unlimited use of the training materials so employers can train an unlimited number of employees all at a pace and time that works for them.For more information about TRAC, visit www.nrca.net/trac.

A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply, Aurora, Illinois, has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative 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 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,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry. 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.

“A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply has always strived to be an advocate for the roofing industry,” says Nick V. Polizzi, president of A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply. “As a member of the One Voice initiative, we’re looking forward to partnering with NRCA for the opportunity to work with other like-minded companies to unite the roofing industry while tackling critical issues for the future of roofing.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, visit www.nrca.net/onevoice.

For more information about A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply, visit www.metaldecksupply.com.