Contractor news

NRCA member honored

Wayne's Roofing Inc., Sumner, Wash., was recognized by the Family Enterprise Institute of Pacific Lutheran University's School of Business, Tacoma, Wash., as the Best in the Northwest multigenerational family-owned business. Wayne's Roofing, which was recognized in the 50 employees to 250 employees category, won the award for its innovative business strategies and practices, performance, business and family links, and industry and community contributions.

Contractor names scholarship winner

Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) Foundation have named third-year architecture student Jared Lebo winner of the 2003 UNLV School of Architecture Commercial Roofers Scholarship. Contestants were asked to design a 30,000-square-foot (2700-m²) clubhouse for a municipal golf course.

Lebo's design included a 4-in-12 (18-degree) sloped Spanish-tile roof system featuring standing-seam metal accents to match the tile color. Drains were directed through interior walls and away from tiles to prevent discoloration.

The annual $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a third- or fourth-year UNLV architecture student who is judged on the innovation of his design by a six-member faculty committee.

Manufacturer news

Firestone donates scholarship money

Firestone Building Products Co., Carmel, Ind., donated $10,000 to the Roof Consultants Institute (RCI) Foundation during RCI's 18th International Convention and Trade Show. The donation will help RCI's foundation support education and research in the roofing industry.

In other news, Firestone Building Products intends to build a 250,000-square-foot (22500-m²) polyisocyanurate insulation production facility in Corsicana, Texas, and increase storage at insulation plants in Salt Lake City and Jacksonville, Fla. Firestone Building Products also plans to expand its thermoplastic polyolefin production plant in Wellford, S.C., by 58,750 square feet (5287 m²). The expansion will include a manufacturing line for pipe boots, curb flashings and roof vents.

GenFlex names award winners

GenFlex Roofing Systems, Maumee, Ohio, has awarded 120 of its authorized applicators with Winner's Circle Program awards. To become part of the program, applicators achieve points after inspections of GenFlex Roofing Systems warranted roof systems. The number of points accumulated determines the award level; award levels include Varsity, First String, All Star and MVP (from lowest to highest achievable level). Contracting companies that achieve MVP status for four consecutive years are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Notably, NRCA members Local Roofing Co. Inc., Eau Claire, Wis.; Skyline Roofing Co. Inc., Manchester, N.H.; and Transcona Roofing (2000) Ltd., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, were inducted into GenFlex Roofing Systems' Hall of Fame.

Duro-Last founder passes away

John R. Burt, founder of Duro-Last® Roofing Inc., Saginaw, Mich., passed away April 11. Burt was 82.

Burt established Duro-Last Roofing in 1978, and in 1987, he expanded the company to Iowa, Mississippi and Oregon.

Burt won several awards for his enterprising spirit, including Businessman of the Year from former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard in 1987 and the Vision of Free Enterprise Award from the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce in 1998. Burt also was named Entrepreneur of the Year in Michigan in 1991 by the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce.

Burt is survived by his wife, Mildred; daughters, Carol Stuhr, Sharon Sny, Connie Moeller and Kathy Allen; son, Jack; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Air Vent is sold

Dallas-based Air Vent Inc. has been sold to Buffalo, N.Y.-based Gibraltar, a manufacturer of ventilation products and accessories. Air Vent, which was established in 1976 and formerly was a subsidiary of CertainTeed Corp., Valley Forge, Pa., operates manufacturing facilities in Dallas; Clinton, Iowa; and Lincolnton, N.C., as well as a sales office in Peoria, Ill. According to Air Vent representatives, the company will operate under the Air Vent name and no employee or facility changes will occur.

Production line is expanded

Freudenberg Politex Group, Novedrate, Italy, has installed a new production line in its Pisticci, Italy, plant. The line produces nonwoven fabrics of spun-bonded polyester that are reinforced with fiberglass for use in bituminous membranes. According to company representatives, the line will produce 10,000 tons (9000 Mg) of product per year by 2004.

Up the ladder

Steelscape Inc. has made the following appointments: Mark Hector, value-added products and services coordinator; Sam Jennings, national sales manager; Michael Linn, outer market account manager; Moyne Riley, customer service representative; Dawn Roberts, customer service assistant; and Jim Schrumpf, customer service manager.

Dale Epperson has been named executive vice president and general manager of RoofConnect.

Englert Inc. has appointed Ken McLauchlan regional manager and Nathanial Roston III regional service mechanic for the Western region. Jeffrey Barnard has been appointed architectural sales representative for the Mountain region.

Carlisle SynTec Inc. has named Robert McNeill director of field technical services.

John Arellano has been appointed Spanish-speaking training manager for GAF Materials Corp.'s Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence.

Other news

ASA chooses 2003-04 officers

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Inc. has elected the following officers for the 2003-04 term: president—Richard Wanner, executive vice president of Wanner Metal Worx Inc., Delaware, Ohio; vice president—Mat Glover, president of Glover Masonry Associates Inc., Arvada, Colo.; treasurer—Vincent Terraferma, an engineer for KSW Mechanical Services Inc., New York; and secretary—Stephen Rohrbach, president of F.A. Rohrbach, Allentown, Pa. Terms began July 1.

NRCA news

NRF elects officers

The National Roofing Foundation (NRF), a separate but related educational and research organization of NRCA, elected its 2003-04 officers during its board of trustees meeting in Tucson, Ariz.

The following officers began their terms June 1: president—Nelson Braddy, president of King of Texas Roofing Co., Grand Prairie, Texas; vice president—Larry Reardon, president of Enterprise Roofing Service Inc., Concord, Calif.; and secretary/treasurer—Don Springer, president of Springer-Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Eaton Park, Fla.

In addition, Firestone Building Products Co., Carmel, Ind., donated $10,000 to NRF. The donation will be used toward the foundation's annual scholarships, which are available to employees, immediate family of employees or immediate family of NRCA contractor members enrolled in an undergraduate program.

For information about NRF's scholarship program, contact Chris Seidel, NRF's executive director, at (847) 299-9070, Ext. 7564; fax (847) 299-1183; or e-mail

The industry online

  • The International Staple, Nail and Tool Association has launched its Web site,, with information about staples and nails and the tools that drive them.

  • The American Fiberboard Association includes information about suppliers and downloadable specification sheets on its redesigned Web site,

  • Orbit Manufacturing Co.'s upgraded Web site,, helps users determine proper systems for indoor and outdoor radiant heating applications.

  • Polyglass® has added an online specification tool, the Polyglass Spec Generator, to its Web site,


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