May 2002

Where is FM Global headed?

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FM Global's plans should concern roofing professionals

by Dick Baxter
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Editor's note: The following article represents the author's opinions, which are not necessarily those of Professional Roofing or NRCA.

Those of you who have read my past dissertations regarding the changes at FM Global and its efforts to approve virtually all elements of the construction industry, such as through FM Standard 4490—Roofing Contractors, know I generally have been open-minded about roofing contractor approval and supportive of Factory Mutual (FM) Research in its pro-active efforts to promote and build better roof systems.

But after FM Research's presentation at NRCA's 115th Annual Convention and Exhibit, it is much less clear just where FM Global wants to be relative to the roofing industry. The presentation raised many more questions than it answered.

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