Manufacturer news

Carlisle donates to "Extreme Makeover"

NRCA member Carlisle Coatings and Waterproofing Inc., Carlisle, Pa., partnered with Penn-Ohio Pressure and Seal, New Castle, Pa., to donate CCW-702 Primer and CCW-860 Sheet Membrane for the foundation walls of an Ohio family's home on the television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

The primer and sheet membrane were donated to help eliminate problems the family had with sewage flooding their home.

"We were touched by the story and wanted to help," says Carlisle Coatings and Waterproofing representative Pete Eritano. "We knew using the primer and sheet membrane would eliminate the flooding problem and provide a safe and habitable home."

Manufacturers focus on Florida

Roof tile manufacturers are building new plants expected to begin production this year and focus on supplying the Florida market. Because of destructive hurricanes and a sustained residential construction boom, there is a high demand for roof tiles in Florida.

New roof tile plants currently planned or under way include Entegra Sales Inc., Stuart, Fla., to begin production at its concrete roof tile plant in Okeechobee, Fla., this spring; Hanson Roof Tile Inc., Deerfield Beach, Fla., currently building a new concrete roof tile plant in Sanderson, Fla., to be completed in September; NRCA member MonierLifetile LLC, Irvine, Calif., to begin construction this year for its concrete roof tile plant in Lake Wells, Fla.; and US Tile, Corona, Calif., whose facility in Trinidad was scheduled to begin production by March and will export most tiles to the Florida market.

Hunter Panels appoints representative

NRCA member Hunter Panels LLC, Portland, Maine, has appointed Weller Associates Inc., Lake Oswego, Ore., to represent its line of polyisocyanurate insulation products in the Pacific Northwest region. An expanding sales force, as well as the opening of Hunter Panels' sixth manufacturing facility in Tooele, Utah, is intended to promote the company's growth.

DECRA earns recognition

Home Improvement Executive magazine 2006 Brand Survey for Pro Dealers has named DECRA Roofing Systems Inc., Corona, Calif., the leader in the metal roofing shingle industry. The results of the survey, which asked "Which brands/manufacturers do you perceive as driving your business this year?" showed DECRA Roofing Systems scoring 79 percent brand awareness for driving business in the metal shingle industry.

The survey included analysis of vinyl siding, asphalt roof shingles, composite roof shingles and metal roof shingles. The results were generated from more than 10,000 Home Improvement subscribers.

RHEINZINK opens new office

RHEINZINK America Inc., Cambridge, Mass., has opened a new sales office in Denver to better serve customers and manage growing business. This is RHEINZINK America's eighth office in the U.S. and Canada.

The office also will provide design and installation support services, primarily for projects in the Rocky Mountain and Western regions.

Up the ladder

Siplast has appointed Jim Mollenhoff president; Peter Hicks national sales manager; Randy Froelich northern regional sales manager; Scott Templin western regional sales manager; Mark DeFreitas south central regional sales manager; and Wes Burton southeast regional sales manager.

Consultant news

Consultant passes away

Eugene Burnett Webster Jr., owner of Webster & Associates, Oakland, Calif., passed away Feb. 22 while undergoing treatment for lymphoma. Webster was 58.

Webster was an active member in the roofing industry. During the '70s, he was hired by one of the largest roofing companies in Northern California, where he was an estimator, inspector and manager. Subsequently, he was a roof consultant and later principal of a roof consulting firm. In 1998, Webster formed his own roof consulting firm, Webster & Associates, an NRCA member since 2002.

Webster is survived by his wife, Yvette; two daughters, Daiyo Strawder and Leslie Webster; grandson, Tahir Alston, and granddaughter, Keona Kelly; stepsons, Braxter and Dory Timberlake; and stepdaughter, Jeanine Timberlake.

Wife of NRCA member passes away

Lois Ruth Roodvoets, wife of David Roodvoets, president and owner of DLR Consultants, Montague, Mich., and technical director for SPRI, passed away Feb. 26. Roodvoets was 67.

Roodvoets is survived by her husband, David; children Scott, Kerry, Diane and John Hughes, Brenda and Pete Trefon, and Lisa and Glen Huckins; and 11 grandchildren. The Roodvoets family requests memorial contributions be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605, or a donor's favorite charity.

Distributor news

Bradco Supply adopts new name

Bradco Supply Corp., Avenel, N.J., has announced it will assume the name Bradco/Wickes at 15 of its Wickes Lumber locations, as well as its Valley Lumber subsidiary in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Bradco Supply acquired 19 Wickes Lumber operations, as well as the Wickes Lumber name, in July 2004.

"We believe the name Bradco/Wickes more accurately portrays the solidarity of our company and underscores the common goals and philosophy inherent throughout every Bradco Supply subsidiary," says Brad Segal, president of Bradco Supply.

Contractor news

Elmer W. Davis holds training program

In accordance with its 70th anniversary, Elmer W. Davis Roofing, Rochester, N.Y., held its first Elmer W. Davis Full-Day Training Program Feb. 27.

The program focused on safety and current events and informed its 97 attendees about current OSHA standards and updated applications of major roofing manufacturing companies. Two grand prize big-screen televisions, three iPods and four DVD players were given away during the program.

Tecta America offers scholarships

Tecta America Corp., Skokie, Ill., has announced its new annual scholarship program, which will provide immediate dependents of Tecta America employees with up to $2,500 per year for up to four years of full-time study at any accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.

Selection criteria will be based on financial need, academic records and community involvement. Applications are available from local human-resources contacts at Tecta America operating units. The deadline for applications is May 1, and winners will be announced within 60 days following the deadline.

Other news

MCA announces awards

During its annual meeting in Palm Springs, Calif., the Metal Construction Association (MCA) announced its 2005 President's Award winners. The award recognizes MCA member companies whose products were used in outstanding metal construction projects during the previous year.

NRCA member Englert Inc., Perth Amboy, N.J., won in the metal roofing category for a 24-gauge Galvalume® standing-seam roof with a Kynar® finish on the Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalaro, N.M. Englert also received the award in the residential roofing category for a 24-gauge Galvalume standing-seam roof with a Kynar coating on the Charleston House, Charleston, S.C.

Association partners with coalition

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has joined The Metal Initiative (TMI), a coalition of metal-related companies and associations formed to educate owners, architects and contractors about the selection and use of metal roof and wall systems in commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.

Charles M. Stockinger, general manager of MBMA, says his association was pleased with the opportunity.

"We support TMI's goal of establishing the value and long-term benefits of metal in the commercial roof and wall markets," he says.

Toronto adopts green roof policy

On Feb. 1, Toronto City Council approved Making Green Roofs Happen, a strategy that commits to installing green roof infrastructure on new and existing buildings and recommends financial incentives for privately owned green roofs.

City officials will work with Toronto Hydro and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund to develop programs that recognize the energy, air quality and climate change benefits of green roof selection and implementation.

"These policies set the stage for a public-private partnership that will result in significant improvements to the quality of life in Toronto and reduce energy consumption and smog," says Steven W. Peck, founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Toronto.

Industry online

Petersen Aluminum Corp. has updated and expanded its Web site, The site now provides product information and an extensive selection of downloadable technical drawings, as well as an updated gallery of project photos and case studies.

In addition, users can create a specification for metal roof or wall panels with a data entry system. The new site also includes a product presentation and exam that can be submitted for American Institute of Architects learning units.


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