OMG Roofing Products to Host NRCA Qualified Trainer Conference

OMG Roofing Products will host a two-day NRCA Qualified Trainer Conference on December 10-11, 2019. This ‘train the trainer’ conference is designed to develop NRCA Qualified Trainers to help new roofing contractor employees to become productive and contributing members of the team as quickly as possible.

It’s clear that there is a huge need in the market for roofing contractors to attract new workers into the industry. However, many coming into the industry have little skill or knowledge about roofing or roof installation. At the Qualified Trainer Conference, NRCA will offer a variety of training techniques, and provide participants with a variety of training tools they can take back to their company and use whenever a new hire walks through the door. 

“OMG Roofing Products is honored to be hosting this important industry conference,” said Josh Kelly, vice president of product development & innovation for OMG, and current president of the Roofing Alliance. “Finding and retaining quality workers continues to be a significant issue for our industry, so we are very pleased that NRCA is driving this important industry initiative.” 

The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on both December 10 and December 11 in Agawam, Massachusetts. Participants will learn how to:

  • Give interesting and engaging presentations
  • Ask the right type of questions to foster learning
  • Create a simple and effective hands-on training environment on jobsites
  • Conduct positive one-on-one training sessions
  • Implement NRCA’s Training for Roof Application Careers program for onboarding new hires
  • Write training objectives and stick to them
  • Keep trainees engaged
  • Conduct practical training exercises to get a new hire productive quickly

For additional information and to register, please visit: http://nrca.net/education/course-calendar/qt-conference-agawam.

For more information about OMG Roofing Products, visit https://omgroofing.com/.

OMG Roofing Products Names New Director for Key Accounts and International Sales

OMG Roofing Products announced that Kingbill Zhao has been promoted to Director of Key Accounts and International Sales. Kingbill replaces Web Shaffer who was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of the company’s FastenMaster Division.

In his new role, Kingbill will manage all sales and marketing activities of the company’s three Key Account Managers, as well as the company’s international sales and its European and Asia Market Managers. He reports to Peter Coyne, senior vice president and general manager.

Kingbill joined OMG Roofing Products in January 2010 as the company’s first employee in Asia, and was instrumental in not only building our presence in China, but also in hiring the team in place now in China. Prior to joining OMG, Kingbill worked for the Chinese National Building Waterproof Association as the Manager of the International Liaison Department. Earlier, he worked for North China Power Engineering Company in Nigeria as the Commercial Manager on a sub-station expansion project.

Kingbill holds a bachelor’s degree from Beijing International Study University and is pursuing his MBA from Washington State University. As part of this transition, he has relocated with his wife and daughter to the United States and is based at the company’s Agawam headquarters.

Headquartered in Agawam, Massachusetts, U.S.A., OMG Roofing Products is a leading global supplier of commercial roofing products including specialty fasteners, insulation adhesives, engineered edge metal systems, roof drains, solar anchors as well as productivity tools such as RhinoBond. The company’s focus is delivering products and services that improve contractor productivity and enhance roof system performance.

For more information, visit https://omgroofing.com/.

OMG Roofing Products Names Solar Business Manager

OMG Roofing Products has hired Kevin Kervick as solar products business manager, reporting to Adam Cincotta, director of the company’s Adhesives/Solar Business Unit.

In his new role, Kevin is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan for the company’s solar business, as well as for managing solar sales, product development and profitability.

For the past four years, Kevin has been a sales and marketing consultant, most recently working with the Spencer Brewery, a start-up venture. Earlier he was owner and chief marketing officer for the Bassette Company, a commercial printing and marketing company based in Springfield, Mass. 

Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Babson College.

For more information, visit OMGRoofing.com.

Josh Kelly of OMG Named New President of the Roofing Alliance

Josh Kelly, vice president of new product development and innovation at OMG Roofing Products in Agawam, Mass., has been named as the 2019-20 president of the Roofing Alliance (formerly the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress).

Established in 1996 under the National Roofing Foundation, the Roofing Alliance is a not-for-profit group of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers and industry professionals working to shape, improve and advance the roofing industry. Through its programs, the Roofing Alliance has committed more than $13 million to help preserve and advance the U.S. roofing industry, and more than $5.5 million for research, education and technical programs and projects.

In his full-time position at OMG, Josh is responsible for leading product innovation and for managing OMG’s team of project managers, product engineers, and testing technicians.

Josh has over 25 years of experience in the commercial roofing industry, and was instrumental in commercializing the RhinoBond induction welding system. He has held several positions at OMG including marketing director, vice president of marketing and vice president/general manager.

In addition to being president of the Roofing Alliance, Josh is a member of the Single Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI) and the National Roofing Contractors Assn (NRCA).

For more information, visit https://omgroofing.com.

Enhanced Adhesive Dispenser Helps Increase Rooftop Productivity

OMG’s PaceCart 3, the exclusive equipment for dispensing OlyBond500 Insulation Adhesives, can help enhance rooftop productivity with the capacity to dispense enough OlyBond500 to apply up to 120 squares of insulation per hour – twice as fast as before.  

“Time studies have shown that the PaceCart 3’s dispensing capacity is among the best in the roofing industry.  We designed the PaceCart with the contractor’s time and resource constraints in mind, and since upgrading the equipment with more robust and faster pumps, we’ve seen great productivity improvements,” said Adam Cincotta, business unit leader of OMG’s adhesive business.

PaceCart 3s feature two highly-reliable and robust pumps specifically designed for use with high viscosity liquid such as OlyBond500, which has had a positive impact on the dispensing capacity. In addition, the PaceCart 3 includes several other features that help improve jobsite productivity including an easy-to-use, ergonomically designed, manifold, which is easy to maintain and does not require greasing, so it simplifies start-up and shut-down procedures for additional time savings.

Other PaceCart 3 enhancements include a simplified electrical system with an easy-to-read voltage meter so contractors know when power is insufficient, color-coded adhesive trays to help prevent cross contamination of Part 1 and Part 2 components, and a built-in generator shelf for improved cord-free mobility on large projects (generator not included). 

“The product upgrades, combined with 120 squares of dispensing output per hour, help make the PaceCart 3 the preferred choice of many professional roofers when applying two component adhesives,” said Cincotta. 

For more information, visit www.OMGRoofing.com.

OMG Roofing Products Launches New Website

OMG Roofing Products has launched a newly reimagined online destination at www.OMGRoofing.com. According to the company, the new website is easier to navigate, includes an improved search function, provides a closer link between OMG field sales and distributors and offers detailed product information, as well as product calculators, specifications and a video library.  

“Using feedback we gathered from users, we redesigned the website to make it much more intuitive and easier for roofing contractors and specifiers to find the right solution,” said Sam Everett, director of marketing communications for OMG Roofing Products. “Now they are never more than a few clicks away from whatever they need, whether it’s specific product information, detail drawings or locating their nearest OMG representative or distributor.”

The new responsive site adapts the user’s experience regardless of the type of equipment – desktop, laptop, tablet or phone – they are using to view the site. In addition, the site has been translated into Spanish, German, Dutch, and Chinese to support OMG sales efforts in Europe and Asia.

For more information, visit www.omgroofing.com.

OMG Roofing Products Names Two to Product Management Roles

OMG Roofing Products has hired Jim Lavallee as product manager for the Adhesives Business Unit, reporting to Adam Cincotta, director of the business unit. In his new role, Lavallee will manage daily product management activities for OMG’s line of OlyBond Insulation Adhesives, including new product development, voice-of-customer feedback as well as work with the marketing team to develop growth strategies for the adhesives business.

Lavallee comes to OMG Roofing from LoyaltyEdge, an American Express divestiture, where he led strategy, created a new product development process and implemented various process improvements that resulted in significant revenue growth and cost reductions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from New York University.

In addition, Pat O’Connor, who joined OMG Roofing Products in 2017 as the Edge Metal Product Manager for the company’s Metal Accessories Business Unit, has been named as RhinoBond Product Manager in the company’s Fastener Business Unit. He will report to Peter Coyne, senior vice president and general manager for the OMG Roofing Products Division.

In this role, O’Connor will develop and execute marketing and sales strategies for the RhinoBond product line including product development, and product life cycle management. 

Prior to joining OMG in 2017, O’Connor worked in various roles for Tyco Simplex Grinnell. O’Connor holds a Bachelor’s degree in industrial distribution and an MBA in marketing, both from Clarkson University.

For more information, visit www.omgroofing.com.

Insulation Adhesive Canisters Enhance Rooftop Productivity

Each OlyBond500 canister set is self-contained, and comes with a 25-foot application hose, gun assembly, six mix tips, three extension tubes as well as a disposable wrench for securing the hoses to the canisters. The unique applicator “gun” includes a locking trigger designed to prevent accidental adhesive discharges on the roof. The 17-inch long extension tubes enable contractors to stand upright during application for better ergonomics and less fatigue.

“On almost a daily basis we’re hearing from contractors from across the country that OlyBond500 Canisters provide a highly labor efficient method of installing insulation adhesives,” said Adam Cincotta, adhesives business unit leader for OMG Roofing Products. “They love the fact that these systems do not require any extra or specialized equipment, rooftop power or highly skilled labor. Just connect the hoses and go!”

When compared to other canister based low-rise foaming adhesives, OlyBond500 Canisters can provide up to 20 percent more coverage and up to 35 squares per set, depending on the conditions and insulation used, according to the manufacturer. In addition, OlyBond500 Canisters enable users to spatter the adhesive for use with fleece backed membranes.

“In addition to productivity gains, canisters do not require highly skilled applicators, so contractors can assign skilled labors to work on other things rather than applying adhesive,” said Cincotta. “I expect to see more contractors adopt this strategy as the labor shortage continues.”

For more information, visit www.OMGRoofing.com.

Living Roof Helps Orcas Island Home Blend into the Landscape

This residence on Orcas Island is crowned with an extensive green roof from XeroFlor.
Photos: Terra Firma NW LLC

Orcas Island is a horseshoe-shaped island in the northwest corner of the state of Washington. With an area of 57 square miles, it’s the largest of the San Juan Islands, and accessible only by ferry. When a client approached him about building a custom home on the island, Justin Paulsen jumped at the chance. Paulsen is the owner of Terra Firma NW LLC, a general contractor located in nearby Eastsound, Washington. “We were hired directly by the owners to build the project from the ground up,” Paulsen notes.

The 3,400-square-foot home features 3,850 square feet of roof area, which is crowned with a living roof. The system specified for the project was a XeroFlor extensive green roof, which was installed on top of a PVC membrane roof manufactured by Versico.

The green roof system consists of a root barrier with a drainage composite, 1-1/4 inches of growing medium, and pre-vegetated sedum mats. The system was installed in the late fall in 2018, so many of the plants were dormant. Photos: Terra Firma NW LLC

“The roof system works well for the home, which is designed in the style of the Bauhaus school of design,” notes Paulsen. “The home features many linear design elements, and the green roof gives it a sense of blending in with the natural surroundings.”

It was only the second green roof Paulsen had been involved with, so he made sure to do his homework. He knew from experience that work on the island would pose logistical challenges, so he tapped a talented to team to help design and execute the project.

The Roofing Contractor

Paulsen wanted a skilled roofing contractor to install the waterproof layer beneath the green roof system. The Versico rep in the area, Ken Stillwell, recommended All Weather Rooftop Solutions, headquartered in Everett, Washington. The company, owned by partners Todd Severson and Greg O’Neill, typically focuses on commercial work, but this project was right in their wheelhouse. Severson knew the company had to plan ahead to ensure the everything went smoothly.

Crews from Terra Firma NW installed the green roof system. The sedum mats arrived on a pallet and were unrolled on top of the growing medium. Photos: Terra Firma NW LLC

“Working on the island was the biggest challenge of the whole project,” Severson notes. “We wanted to complete the project in one week, so we had to make sure we had everything ready to go. Everything had to be transported by ferry, so we had to schedule all of the trucks and make sure all of the material landed at one time. We just had to make sure we had all of the material and manpower on that ferry.”

The PVC roof system was installed over a plywood deck. Crews first installed two layers of 3.3-inch insulation to achieve an R-value of 38. Tapered insulation system was then added to ensure proper drainage. The insulation was topped with half-inch DensDeck Prime cover board, which was mechanically attached. A gray 60-mil PVC membrane from Versico was then fully adhered over the entire assembly.

All Weather crews also installed OMG SpeedTite roof drains with Vortex-breaker technology, as well as Solatube light tubes. The large skylight was installed by the manufacturer, CrystaLite.

All Weather Rooftop Solutions installed the PVC membrane to provide a waterproof barrier beneath the green roof. Photos: Terra Firma NW LLC

The sheet metal work was completed by All Weather on a second trip, with a smaller crew returning to complete the flashing and edge metal. The roofing portion of the project went smoothly. “Justin from Terra Firma was great work with, and our superintendent, Jeff Gale, did a great job quarterbacking it on our end,” Severson notes. “Everything went off without a hitch. It’s a pretty unique little structure.”

Paulsen agrees. “They did a great job installing the insulation and the membrane,” he notes. “The biggest thing we had to deal with after that was protecting the membrane from other trades. Our stonemason had to go back up on the roof and complete the chimneys.”

To preserve the integrity of the membrane after it was installed, Terra Firma crews cut a 20-mil pond liner pond liner into sections that were used to protect areas of the roof that had to be accessed by other trades.

Installing the Green Roof

After all the other work was completed on the rooftop, crews from Terra Firma installed the green roof system in the late fall of 2018. Paulsen had heard about XeroFlor from another contractor and did some research. He then contacted Clayton Rugh, director of XeroFlor America, to design and specify the system.

“I thought it was really top-notch system,” Paulsen notes. “I went to Clayton to document some other examples that had been installed in the area, and I pitched it to our client. Clayton did all of the functional engineering work on the green roof system and determined the soil requirements. The plantings by XeroFlor were sourced very close to the project site, which helps to ensure successful future growth.”

Photos: Terra Firma NW LLC

The extensive green roof system consists of a root barrier with a drainage composite, which is an open-flow zone of polymer coils with a bonded fleece fabric sheet. The drainage material was topped with 1-1/4 inches of growing medium, followed by 1-inch-thick pre-vegetated mats, which contained a mix of sedum succulents.

The pre-vegetated mats are installed just like sod. “They arrive rolled up on a pallet,” Rugh notes. “You just align the roll adjacent to the previously installed roll, abutting it tightly, and roll it into place.”

Terra Firma also installed the edge metal and rock ballast around the perimeter. “I was amazed at how simple it was to accommodate the green roof portion of the project,” Paulsen says. “Once the membrane was down, we knew we were rock solid and the house was well protected. The green roof portion was easy to install. I’d definitely do one again.”

Paulsen is proud to have this project under his belt. He can’t wait to see it in the spring, when the green roof is in its full glory.

“Terra Firma NW thrives on jobs that have complex and unusual requirements,” Paulsen says. “This job, from foundation all the way through the roof, presented numerous design challenges. We have a $2 million-dollar house under this roof. If I had to give advice to anyone doing a green roof, my advice would be: Don’t cut corners.”

TEAM

Architect:  Harlan Pedersen AIA, Orcas, Washington

General Contractor: Terra Firma NW LLC, Eastsound, Washington, www.tfnwllc.com

Roofing Contractor: All Weather Rooftop Solutions, Everett, Washington, www.allweatherroof.net

MATERIALS

Extensive Green Roof System: XeroFlor XF + GM Assembly, XeroFlor North America, www.xeroflornorthamerica.com

Roof Membrane: 60-mil PVC, Versico Roofing Systems, www.versico.com

Cover Board: DensDeck Prime, Georgia-Pacific, www.densdeck.com

Skylight: CrystaLite, www.crystaliteinc.com

Daylighting: Solatube, www.solatube.com

Roof Drains: SpeedTite roof drains, OMG Roofing Products, www.omgroofing.com

OMG Roofing Products Relaunches Pick Six Promotion for the 2018 Football Season

OMG Roofing Products has announced that it will again sponsor the innovative marketing promotion called OMG Pick Six tied to the upcoming National Football League season. It’s free to play and participants compete for $175 in weekly prizes, and the top three season winners split more than $5,000.

The game is easy to play. Participants earn points by correctly picking the winners of six NFL games each week during the regular, 17 week, NFL season. In addition, players also have an opportunity to earn weekly bonus points for answering questions about various new products from OMG Roofing Products, including RhinoBond Hand Welder and Plate Marking Tool, OlyBond500 Canisters, PermaSnap Coping, Hercules Plus Drains and PowerGrip Universal.

There is no cost to play, and the promotion is open to commercial roofing contractors, distributors, roof consultants, specifiers, sales representatives, manufacturers, and building owners.

Participants can sign-up for this year’s season beginning on Wednesday, August 15th by completing the short registration form at www.OMGPickSix.com. Participants can jump into the game at any time during the season, but have better chances to win the overall prizes if they start at the beginning of the season. The regular NFL season begins on Thursday, September 6th, and Pick Six participants can make their first selections of the season beginning on Tuesday, September 4th.

For more information, visit www.omgroof.com/picksix.