Contractor news

Chandler's Roofing receives service award

Chandler's Roofing Inc., San Pedro, Calif., has received Angie's List's 2012 Super Service Award for the third consecutive year. About 5 percent of companies rated on Angie's List receive the award.

The 2012 Super Service Award winners met strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from their customers and abiding by Angie's List operational guidelines.

Kirberg president retires

Douglas Kirberg, chairman and former president of Kirberg Co., St. Louis, has retired after almost 50 years in the roofing industry. During his time with the company, Kirberg continued the legacy of Charles Kirberg, his grandfather who founded Kirberg in 1920.

Under Kirberg's leadership, the company received a number of awards, including the Mississippi Valley Family Business of the Year Award; Associated General Contractors of St. Louis' Keystone Award for Project of the Year and Specialty Contractor of the Year Award; and NRCA's Gold Circle Award for service to the community. The company also is a five-time recipient of the American Subcontractors Association's Safety Award.

Kirberg's son, Eric Kirberg, succeeds Kirberg as the company's fourth-generation president.

Manufacturer news

Owens Corning® announces sweepstakes winner

Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio, has named Carlos Cortez, owner of Cortez Roofing Inc., San Antonio, winner of The Owens Corning™ Roofing TripleWIN Contractor Sweepstakes.

The Owens Corning Roofing TripleWIN Contractor Sweepstakes is designed to increase preference for Owens Corning TruDefinition® Duration® Series Shingles with SureNail® Technology. From May 2012 to October 2012, professional contractors were able to enter the sweepstakes, which had more than 5,000 entries. All sweepstakes entrants received a free 50-foot piece of SureNail fabric, and each month, two randomly selected entrants won Apple® iPads.®

On Nov. 28, 2012, Amber Burris, Owens Corning's area sales manager, and the Pink Panther,™ Owens Corning's mascot, presented Cortez with a $20,000 check.

The Dow Chemical Co. named top innovator

The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., has been named to Thomson Reuters Corp.'s Top 100 Global Innovators list for the second consecutive year. The company received the honor in recognition of its research and development and patent leadership. The Top 100 Global Innovators list recognizes the most innovative companies throughout the world.

Thomson Reuters selects the top 100 companies based on four principle criteria: patent approval success rate, global reach of patent portfolio, patent influence in literature citations and overall patent volume. The peer-reviewed method was executed using various tools, including Thomson Reuters' Derwent World Patents Index,® which assesses information from 47 patent authorities from around the world.

The Dow Chemical Co. manufactures more than 5,000 products at 197 sites in 36 countries.

Additionally, The Dow Chemical Co. has donated $150,000 in community grants to organizations for relief and revitalization efforts in communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey.

The Dow Chemical Co. also made a financial pledge to the American Red Cross National Disaster Fund, an employee matching gift program totaling almost $80,000, as well as support for humanitarian, technical or product donations for long-term rebuilding needs.

GAF ranks high in quality

GAF, Wayne, N.J., has been voted No. 1 in quality in Builder magazine's 2013 Brand Use Study in the Roofing: Asphalt/Fiberglass Shingles category. The company also ranked highest in two other categories: Brands Used in the Past 2 Years and Brands Used the Most.

The study is conducted by Readex Research, Stillwater, Minn., and published by Hanley Wood LLC, Washington, D.C. It surveys a statistical sample from Builder readers to rank roofing brands. The full results will be available in Builder's April 2013 issue.

Affiliate news

MRCA announces 2013 officers

The Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA) announced its 2013 officers at its 63rd Annual Conference held Dec. 5-7, 2012, in Grapevine, Texas.

Michael Miller, vice president, corporate secretary and project manager for Henry C. Smither Roofing Co. Inc., Indianapolis, is MRCA's president; Steve Little, president of KPostCompany, Dallas, is first vice president; Larry Marshall, president and owner of L. Marshall Roofing & Sheet Metal, Glenview, Ill., is second vice president; Bob Schenkel, president of C.L. Schust Co. Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., is secretary and treasurer; and Randy Adams, president of R. Adams Roofing Inc., Indianapolis, is chairman of the board.

Additionally, MRCA presented its James Q. McCawley Award, IMPACT Award and two Industry Innovation Awards at its 63rd Annual Conference.

Mark Graham, NRCA's associate executive director of technical services, received the James Q. McCawley Award, the most prestigious honor presented by MRCA to individuals in recognition of their devotion to the roofing industry.

KPostCompany received the MRCA IMPACT Award, which recognizes an MRCA member company for contributions made to improve the lives of others through philanthropy or community service at a local or national level. KPostCompany assisted the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association with rehabbing its Dallas headquarters. KPostCompany resealed and waterproofed the building and installed a new roof system.

EagleView® Technologies, Bothell, Wash., and Premier Rail Systems Inc., Kansas City, Kan., received the Industry Innovation Award, which honors suppliers or manufacturers that have worked to advance the roofing industry through innovations or product development related to safety, technology, efficiency or environment while significantly improving the well-being of roofing contractors.

EagleView Technologies received the award for its mobile app, which provides roofing contractors with a mobile solution for managing their roof measurement requests, tracking order statuses and placing new orders based on GPS location. Premier Rail Systems received the award for developing a permanent rail guard system to improve safety and efficiency.

Other news

The center announces award recipients

The Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing has announced the recipients of the 2012 RoofPoint™ Excellence in Design Awards. This year's award winners were selected from almost 100 projects.

The 2012 RoofPoint Excellence in Design Awards recognize design excellence in 11 categories. Award recipients best exemplify the spirit and requirements of specific RoofPoint credits and demonstrate significant leadership for advancing the awareness and application of sustainable roofing.

DERBIGUM Americas Inc., Kansas City, Mo., won in the Excellence in Energy Management category for its work on Bayer CropScience, Kansas City. Sika Sarnafil, Canton, Mass., won in the Excellence in Materials Management category for its work on General Motors' aftersales warehouse in Lansing, Mich. Carlisle Construction Materials, Carlisle, Pa., won in the Excellence in Water Management category for its work on Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 3, Brooklyn, N.Y. And Hutchinson Design Group Ltd., Barrington, Ill., was recognized in the Excellence in Life Cycle Management category for four projects exemplifying high levels of durability and energy efficiency.

In addition, Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance, Beachwood, Ohio, won in the Excellence in Innovation category for its work on MD Anderson Cancer Center's labyrinth garden roof, Orlando, Fla. Benchmark Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won in the Excellence in Reroofing category for its work on Aviall Services, Dallas. Firestone Building Products Co. LLC, Indianapolis, won in the Global Leadership category for its work on Lowe's Etobicoke, Toronto. Porter Roofing Contractors Inc., McMinnville, Tenn., was recognized in the Community Leadership category for 18 projects in Tennessee and Alabama. Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based D.C. Taylor Co. won in the Private Sector Leadership category for its work on TD Ameritrade's headquarters in Omaha, Neb. United Materials LLC, Denver, was recognized in the Public Sector Leadership category for nine federal sector projects in Denver. And Firestone Building Products won in the Advancing Sustainable Roofing category for its work on Bridgestone Americas' technical center in Akron, Ohio.

A complete list of award winners and honorable mentions, along with project descriptions, is available at

The Alliance announces MVP award recipients

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress announced the winners of its 13th annual Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards during NRCA's 126th Annual Convention and 2013 International Roofing Expo® held Feb. 3-7 in San Antonio.

The MVP Awards program recognizes and honors outstanding roofing workers from various U.S. regions. The winners were chosen based on their significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: outstanding on-the-job performance; on-the-job safety performance; contributions to a team effort; community service and volunteerism; and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

The winners are: Paul Carlsen, foreman for CentiMark Corp., Bloomington, Minn.; Daniel Pastore, superintendent for Upstate Roofing & Painting Inc., Rochester, N.Y.; and Earl Stewart, field worker for Elliott Roofing, Oklahoma City.

Pastore also was named the Best of the Best, a special award co-sponsored by Professional Roofing and OMG Roofing Products Inc., Agawam, Mass. Pastore will be featured in Professional Roofing's April issue.

Additionally, the Alliance named the following MVP Awards finalists: Jason Gibson, superintendent for Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas; Luis Hernandez-Avila, foreman for Douglass Colony Group, Commerce City, Colo.; and John Whitten, superintendent for KPostCompany, Dallas.

The Alliance also named Carlsen and Stewart finalists for community service and volunteerism and other noteworthy contributions and activities, respectively.

For more information about the MVP Awards program, contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance's executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or

NRCA news

Consumer documents now available

NRCA has made available PDF documents and PowerPoint presentations NRCA members can give customers either before or after a natural disaster. The documents and presentations address how to determine roof system damage, how to hire an NRCA roofing professional, how to handle filing an insurance claim and informational links. The PDFs and presentations focus on addressing roof system damage following an earthquake, fire, flood, hailstorm, hurricane, snowstorm, tornado and strong winds.

They are available free to NRCA members in the Members Only section of NRCA's website,



NERCA's 87th Annual Convention & Trade Show
North East Roofing Contractors Association (NERCA)
Contact: NERCA
(781) 849-0555

CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization
Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722)

Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722)

RICOWI 2013 Spring Meetings
The Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues (RICOWI) Inc.
Orlando, Fla.
Contact: Joan Cook, RICOWI's executive director
(330) 671-4569

28th RCI International Convention and Trade Show
RCI Inc.
Orlando, Fla.
Contact: RCI
(800) 828-1902

CERTA Train-the-trainer Reauthorization
Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722)

Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722)

2013 ABAA Conference & Trade Show
Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA)
Contact: ABAA
(866) 956-5888

Business Management Residential Series Webinar: Professional Residential Proposals
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722)

Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z
New York
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722)


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