Frye Roofing Inc. Featured on Mike Rowe’s Returning the Favor

NRCA member Frye Roofing Inc., headquartered in Bluefield, West Virginia, recently appeared in the season finale of Mike Rowe’s Returning the Favor, a web-based television series that follows television personality Mike Rowe as he travels across the United States in search of people who are giving back to their communities. Each show concludes with those being profiled receiving surprise donations that enable them to continue their charitable works.

Frye Roofing was featured in “Standing With Coal Country,” an episode profiling the Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank Inc. in Welch, West Virginia. The Food Pantry serves 15,000 residents in McDowell County, a once thriving coal mining region. With most of the areas coal mines now closed, its remaining residents suffer from high unemployment and poverty.

Two years ago, Frye Roofing bid on a project to replace the Five Loaves & Two Fishes’ Food Bank’s failing roof system. The roof system had deteriorated so severely, the food pantry was in danger of closing.

When the Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank caught the attention of Mike Rowe and his production team, they stepped in and got the job moving. Frye Roofing donated the labor for the project, and NRCA members ABC Supply Co. Inc. and Carlisle Construction Materials donated materials. All were instrumental in completing what normally would have been a two-week project in just two days and providing the food pantry with a new $80,000 roof system at no charge.

To see “Standing With Coal Country” in its entirety view the link below.
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NRCA Seeking Submissions for CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

For the seventh year, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and CNA have partnered to co-sponsor the 2018 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. NRCA roofing contractor members are urged to submit any charitable project, activity or donation completed between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017, for consideration in the awards program, which shines a light on the roofing industry’s charitable works. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 22, 2017.

Winning charities will receive:

  • 1st Place — $7,500
  • 2nd Place — $5,000
  • 3rd Place — $2,500
  • People’s Choice — $1,500
  • Any charitable project undertaken by an NRCA contractor member is eligible to receive the award. Projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work.

    For more information and submission guidelines, visit www.nrca.net/CNA-NRCAaward.

    Duro-Last Inc. Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Duro-Last, Inc., Saginaw, Mich. has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “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. 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.

    “Duro-Last is committed to solving the challenges that face the roofing industry, but we recognize that it can’t be done alone,” says Tom Saeli, CEO of Duro-Last. “We are honored to join NRCA’s One Voice initiative and be a part of the solution that makes a lasting, positive impact on the future of the industry.”

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

     

    NRCA ProCertification Qualified Assessor Applications Now Being Accepted

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced it is now accepting applications for Qualified Assessors for its highly anticipated NRCA ProCertification initiative. Qualified Assessors will serve as performance exam proctors, responsible for evaluating and verifying hands-on skills for those seeking to be certified through NRCA ProCertification.

    Qualified Assessors are uniquely equipped by meeting eligibility requirements, completing two self-paced online training modules and passing a proctored online exam.

    NRCA ProCertification’s Qualified Assessor Program will teach candidates observation and assessment skills and the policies and procedures required to fulfill their roles in the NRCA ProCertification program. This role is ideal for Registered Roof Observers (RROs) and roofing manufacturer and distributor representatives.

    Benefits of being a QA include expanding current business offerings by assessing ProCertification candidates; generating additional revenue by charging ProCertification candidates an appropriate fee for conducting their performance exams; gaining access to NRCA ProCertification materials for specific roof system disciplines; and earning a digital badge and professional recognition as being one of the leaders in the roofing industry.

    NRCA ProCertification is designed to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. Experienced roofing workers can demonstrate their skills and knowledge to become certified roof system installers in specific roof system applications and disciplines.

    Application materials may be found at www.nrca.net/NRCA-ProCertification.

    NRCA Announces Polyglass Has Joined One Voice Initiative

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Polyglass U.S.A., Inc., Deerfield Beach, Fla. has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “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. 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 about the One Voice initiative, a great forum for enacting change in the roofing industry,” says Scott Lelling, director of strategic marketing for Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. “As industry leaders, our collective response can accelerate change and shape the future. We are committed to doing our part.”

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

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Now Accepting Nominations for MVP and Gold Circle Awards

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced it is accepting nominations for two major awards programs—the 2018-19 Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the 2019 Gold Circle Awards.

    MVP Awards

    In its 19th year, the MVP Program honors leadership in the field. Roofing contracting firms can nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. No more than three nominations per company branch will be accepted. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate up to five warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Self-nominations are not accepted.

    Individuals can be nominated for their outstanding on-the-job performance and/or workmanship, outstanding performance or other outstanding contributions outside the workplace.

    A maximum of 10 outstanding roofing professionals will be honored. One winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. The Best of the Best winner also is featured in an article in Professional Roofing.

    Entries may be submitted by completing an official entry form, providing detailed descriptions of specific attributes, activities and other factors that make individuals noteworthy or unique. All entries must be submitted by Nov. 16, 2018.

    Gold Circle Awards

    The prestigious Gold Circle Awards honor outstanding contributions and unique roofing-related jobs and services. National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) members are encouraged to submit their best work in the following categories: Outstanding Workmanship; Innovative Solutions; and Safety Preparedness and Performance.

    Entries should include detailed descriptions of the project and examples of what made it challenging, working conditions and materials used. See The Alliance website for complete rules and entry preparation details. Deadline for entries is Oct. 12, 2018.

    All entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges within the roofing industry. The highest-ranking entries will determine the winner.

    MVP and Gold Circle Award Winners will be honored during NRCA’s 132nd Annual Convention held Feb. 11-13, 2019, in Nashville.

    For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

    Second Annual Roofing Day in D.C. Is Set for April 3-4, 2019

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Roofing Day in D.C. 2019 will take place April 3-4. Roofing Day is a national legislative fly-in event to advocate for the roofing industry. Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 in its inaugural year saw more than 400 roofing industry stakeholders from 48 states and Puerto Rico taking part. Organizers are encouraging the industry to make 2019 an even larger turnout.

    Roofing Day in D.C. brings together roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and other industry professionals from throughout the United States, with a goal of having every state represented in Washington, D.C. It will be the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry.

    In preparation for Roofing Day in D.C. 2019, NRCA will ask all industry stakeholders to help identify the top two or three issues that unite the roofing industry, so the group can go to Washington and present a united front.

    For more information, contact Alison LaValley at (847) 493-7579 or alavalley@nrca.net.

    NRCA Names Chief Operating Officer

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announced McKay Daniels has joined its staff as chief operations officer. Daniels has nearly 20 years of management experience and most recently served in Washington, D.C., as chief of staff for two members of Congress before joining NRCA in June.

    Daniels has held a variety of management and consulting positions throughout his career, including as executive director for statewide political organizations in California and Nevada, and later serving as senior policy advisor to Nevada’s Lieutenant Governor.

    “McKay is an exceptional leader and is fully on board with NRCA’s mission to set the standard for professionalism in the roofing industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “His extensive management background will help us improve and expand the great work we do.”

    Daniels has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Despite being apprehensive about Chicago winters, Daniels, his wife, Rebecca, and their three children are looking forward to making it their home and joining the NRCA family.

    For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Is Advancing its Mission on Multiple Fronts

    As part of The Alliance’s partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Alliance and NRCA members adopt houses in their areas to ensure the roofs are properly maintained. Pictured here is the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress

    In 1970, the National Roofing Foundation (Foundation) was formed as the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA’s) educational and research foundation. In 1996 the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress (The Alliance) was created within the Foundation as a forum for leaders from all segments of the industry to address current and future issues and to create a permanent endowment fund. The Alliance continues to be a diverse, thoughtful and dedicated forum of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers and industry professionals united to shape, improve and advance the roofing industry.

    The Alliance meets twice a year to conduct member business; hear updates on current projects and programs; analyze and select new projects that are proposed for funding; hear speakers from within and outside the industry; and to network with fellow Alliance members.

    The Alliance currently has 165 members. This group of committed leaders has contributed over $13 million to the Alliance’s endowment fund to help preserve and enhance the U.S. roofing industry’s success by funding industry research, providing timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues, and helping to promote professionalism and increasing awareness about career opportunities within the roofing industry.

    To date, the Alliance has allocated a little over $5.3 million in funding to 46 different projects, programs and studies to help better the industry.

    The Alliance has four areas of focus: philanthropy; education; workforce and training; and technology and research.

    Philanthropy

    The Alliance’s philanthropic efforts include:

    • The Helping Our Own Program, which includes reaching out to the roofing community and its members and helping fund efforts dedicated to good works and charitable giving. Through a nomination process, The Alliance can recognize and

      The Most Valuable Player Awards (MVP) Program honors outstanding roofing field workers and warehouse workers who not only excel within their companies but go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities. This year’s nomination process begins in September. Photos: The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress

      identify the challenges associated with these life-changing events and help create sustainable solutions for individuals or families in need. Although The Alliance may not be able to solve all the problems rendered during a time of crisis, collectively, we can make a real difference in the lives of families who may fall victim to tragedy.

    • The Most Valuable Player Awards (MVP) Program provides an opportunity for companies to nominate their most outstanding roofing field workers or warehouse workers who not only excel within their companies but go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities. Since the program’s inception, 632 employees have been nominated and 234 winners and finalists have been selected. A maximum of 10 winners are selected by members of the Alliance’s MVP Task Force. The winners receive an expense-paid trip to NRCA’s annual convention and are recognized at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception. Details for the 2018-19 MVP Program will be available in September 2018.
    • The Gold Circle Awards program recognizes Alliance and NRCA member firms for their outstanding contributions to the roofing industry through outstanding workmanship, innovative solutions and safety preparedness and performance. Winners, selected by the Alliance’s Gold Circle Awards Committee, are also recognized at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony.
    • The Alliance’s newest initiative is a partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). RMHC is operated with the support of McDonald’s Corp., headquartered in Chicago. Each of their 165 stand-alone houses is independently owned and operated, and all are established as 501(c)(3) corporations. The core purpose of each house is to provide a home for family members of children who are being treated at a hospital. The houses provide private sleeping rooms, food and pride themselves on offering opportunities for families to interact as they go through their difficult times.

    In addition to providing roof and building maintenance, volunteers help Ronald McDonald House Charities in a variety of ways. Pictured here are volunteers at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, Mountain Center, California. Photos: The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress

    Alliance and NRCA members adopting houses in their areas are asked to conduct annual roof inspections, ensure the roofs are properly maintained and perform emergency roof repairs when needed. Roof replacements will be managed as individual projects, and, when appropriate, several contractors may be asked to participate. We’ll reach out to our manufacturer and distributor members to see if they can assist with donated products and materials. In addition to providing roof maintenance, there are a number of volunteer opportunities for the members’ employees. Volunteers are welcome to prepare meals, bake special treats, clean, paint, etc.

    Currently 90 out of the 165 stand-alone houses have been adopted. Alliance President Rod Petrick issued a challenge to Alliance and NRCA members that he would like to see all 165 houses adopted by the Fall, 2018 Alliance meeting.

    Education

    On the education front, the Alliance partners with Construction Management Schools, provides scholarships and is a Diamond sponsor of National Women in Roofing.

    We’re working with construction management schools across the country to (1) raise awareness of our industry among students and faculty; (2) encourage the schools to integrate more roofing-specific materials into their course curricula; and (3) encourage students to consider our industry as a viable career option.

    The Alliance sponsors design competitions for construction management students. Pictured here is the first-place team from Auburn University’s McWhorter School of Building Sciences at the. 2018 International Roofing Expo in New Orleans. Photos: The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress

    A great way to reach construction management students is through design competitions. We’ve had four so far and we’re currently working on our fifth. The competition challenges the students’ roofing knowledge, construction management skills, time management, organizational and presentation skills. The finalist teams and faculty come to the convention to give their oral presentations. While there, they also opportunities to meet members and to learn more about our industry by attending the educational sessions and the expo.

    The next step in our partnership with construction management schools is to find ways to connect with faculty. Our plan is to do this through a research project recently approved at the April, 2018 Alliance member meeting, “A Study of the U.S. Roofing Industry and Its Workforce.” This demographic study will quantify the economic impact of the roofing industry and measure the size, age, racial background and gender of the workforce. It also will identify the number of roof contracting, manufacturing and distribution companies that exist in the U.S. market and the type of work they do. This comprehensive study will provide real data for us as we plan our future.

    The Alliance awards $55,000 annually in scholarship funds through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program, which is open to employees and family members of NRCA member firms who are pursuing careers in the roofing or building construction industries. Since the program’s inception, a total of $790,000 has been awarded to 125 students.

    The Alliance is also a Diamond sponsor for National Women in Roofing, which is dedicated to educating, mentoring and supporting women in the various roles they fill within the roofing industry.

    Workforce and Training

    The Alliance continues its efforts to elevate the roofing industry under the current leadership team that includes (from left) Alliance Vice President Josh Kelly of OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Massachusetts; Alliance President Rod Petrick of Ridgeworth Roofing Co. Inc., Frankfort, Illinois; Immediate Former Alliance President Thomas Saeli of Duro-Last Inc., Saginaw, Michigan. Photos: The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress

    The Alliance supports several workforce and training initiatives. Previously the Alliance partnered with Bilingual America on a cultural and leadership training program for Alliance-member firms that employee Latino workers. And, more recently, the Alliance provided funding to help with the development of NRCA’s ProCertification Series.

    Technology and Research

    On the technology and research front, the Alliance funded:

    • NRCA’s EnergyWise online calculator. Originally funding was provided to help develop the program; later funding was approved to provide program updates.
    • A study to better understand the moisture release in concrete roof decks. A final report will be available this fall.
    • NRCA’s Silica Objective Data Collection Study.

    Over the next 12 months, The Alliance will be working with an outside marketing and communications firm to ramp up marketing efforts, making the sure the industry knows who The Alliance is and is aware of all that the Alliance is doing. Hopefully as we create more awareness, more project funding requests will be generated. And, of course, we work to continue to grow the Alliance with new members, but equally important — we want to make sure our current members stay actively engaged and involved.

    Member involvement is key. The Alliance can only continue in its efforts if members remain actively involved every step of the way. It will be exciting to see what the new year brings under the leadership of Alliance President Rod Petrick. Rod’s passion, energy and drive are contagious. As president, he will see to it that The Alliance continues to be imaginative, intelligent and bold so that working together we can help The Alliance reach its full potential!

    For more information on The Alliance, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.

    Alliance Awards $55,000 in Scholarships Through Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program

    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the recipients of its 2018 Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, which include three new recipients and the renewal of eight scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year.

    The Alliance awarded new general scholarships to Elaina Krumholz, daughter of Erik Krumholz, sales representative for Tremco Inc., Beachwood, Ohio’ and John Paynter, son of Bill Paynter, manufacturer representative for Duro-Last Roofing, Saginaw, Michigan.

    A new Firestone Scholarship also was awarded to Cameron Tickerhoff, son of Joshua Tickerhoff, foreman for Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Wheeling, West Virginia.

    The Alliance also renewed eight Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarships, including two general scholarships to Nicolas Calvert, who attends West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, and Jonah Manson, who attends Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

    In addition, a Firestone Scholarship was renewed for Alyssa Merna, who attends Olivette Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois. A Beacon Roofing Supply Scholarship was renewed for Salvador Flores Garcia, who attends University of California Berkley, Berkley, California. An OMG Roofing Products Inc. Scholarship was renewed for Lillian McKenzie, who attends Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. A Dan Cohen Scholarship was renewed for Christian Cole, who attends Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia. A Fred Good Scholarship also was renewed for Ivy Rivas, who attends University of California Davis, Davis, California. A William A. Good Scholarship was renewed for Sophie McGuire, who attends University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

    Each recipient will receive a $5,000 award. Awards are renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study or until a bachelor’s degree is earned provided recipients renew annually and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).

    A total of $55,000 in scholarships was awarded for the 2018-19 school year — $40,000 for renewals and $15,000 for new recipients. To date, 125 students have received $790,000 in scholarship awards.

    For more information, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net.