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MANUFACTURER NEWS


SOPREMA® donates to Arbor Day Foundation

SOPREMA Inc., Wadsworth, Ohio, donated $5,000 to the Arbor Day Foundation on Arbor Day on behalf of Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Houston, after the company used SOPREMA’s smog-reducing ECO3 granule-surfaced roof membranes to surface a Dallas Fort Worth International Airport terminal.

SOPREMA’s ECO3 granule-surfaced membranes are a collaborative effort between TM and SOPREMA. The granules have a specialized photo-catalyst coating that absorbs nitrogen oxide gases in the atmosphere that are then washed away by rainwater. This process reduces the amount of ground-level pollutants, decreasing the greenhouse effect and creating healthier communities.

Each 3,000 square feet of ECO3 membrane has the smog-fighting capacity of 18 trees. The Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing airport terminal project covered about 73,000 square feet, meaning it has the smog-fighting ability of 438 trees.

“At SOPREMA, it’s our mission to protect people’s property, possessions and health,” says Matt Davis, marketing content and brand manager for SOPREMA. “Making a product like ECO3, which helps contribute to all three, plus has a positive impact on the environment, is a big win for everyone involved. Donating to the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing’s work with our ECO3 product line is two-fold. We are fighting smog with the power of trees, and we are helping plant more trees through the foundation!”


ATAS International honors sales team

ATAS International, Allentown, Pa., has announced David Willard, product representative for upstate New York, and John Fenstermacher, inside technical salesperson for upstate New York, received ATAS International’s Malan S. Parker Award. The award annually recognizes the company’s top sales team.

Willard joined ATAS International in 2017, and Fenstermacher joined the company in 2013. The salesmen were recognized for their teamwork in overall sales growth and observance of corporate goals and objectives. They obtained the highest level of sales in a year for the upstate New York territory, substantially grew fabricated product sales from the previous year and had the highest growth in insulated metal panel sales from the previous year.


Owens Corning receives sustainability award

Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio, received a 2021 Manufacturing Leadership Award for outstanding achievement in material science innovation supporting environmental sustainability from the National Association of Manufacturers’ Manufacturing Leadership Council. The company received the highest score among awardees in the Sustainability Leadership category.

Owens Corning’s FOAMULAR® NGX™ extruded polystyrene insulation reflects the company’s goal to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030. FOAMULAR NGX features a proprietary blowing agent that delivers a 90% reduction in global warming potential compared with legacy FOAMULAR insulation blowing agents.

Awardees were selected by an expert panel of high-level digital manufacturing executives who evaluated nominations based on technology use, scale throughout the organization, business impact, process impact and strategy impact.

Owens Corning accepted the award during the virtual Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala May 19.


TAMKO® Building Products donates to firefighters

TAMKO Building Products LLC, Joplin, Mo., presented four donations of $1,000 each to fire departments in several communities where the company operates.

Donations were made to fire departments in Columbus and Phillipsburg, Kan., where TAMKO Building Products has manufacturing facilities; in Galena, Kan., the location of TAMKO Building Products’ executive headquarters; and in Joplin, Mo., where TAMKO Building Products was founded more than 75 years ago and has multiple corporate campus offices and manufacturing locations. The donations came in recognition of International Firefighters’ Day, observed annually May 4, as an expression of gratitude to the firefighters who dedicate their lives to keeping their communities safe.

“We all benefit daily from the dedication of first responders and their commitment to service above self,” says David Humphreys, chairman and CEO of TAMKO Building Products. “It’s our honor to celebrate firefighters and thank them for their sacrifices and contributions they’ve made to our communities.”

The Columbus Fire Department will use the donation to upgrade its accountability system, which will improve safety for all firefighters responding to emergencies. The fire departments in Galena, Joplin and Phillipsburg also plan to use the donations to fund equipment upgrades.


The Garland Co. awards scholarship

The Garland Co. Inc., Cleveland, has awarded a $12,600 scholarship to Tommy Barch, son of Wally Barch, director of recruiting and training for The Garland Co. A 2020 graduate of Highland High School in Medina, Ohio, Tommy will be a sophomore at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, in the fall. He is majoring in finance.

The Garland Co.’s scholarship began in 2020 to celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary. Beginning at $12,500, the scholarship has increased by $100 every year to reflect the age of the company. Employees’ children who are entering or are enrolled in a college, university or trade school can apply for a scholarship. Students submit essays detailing their career aspirations and how the scholarship would help them achieve those goals. The winner is chosen by a third-party team of panelists.


CONTRACTOR NEWS


Commercial Roofers supports college students

Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas, has partnered with University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to make a difference in the lives of UNLV students.

William Scott Howard, who passed away in December 2020, was the owner of Commercial Roofers and a supporter of UNLV’s School of Architecture.

“Supporting the students of UNLV was a passion of my father’s and is embedded within our company culture,” says his daughter, Lindsay Howard, project manager at Commercial Roofers. “Construction education is important for the future of not just our students but our ever-evolving city of Las Vegas.”

Commercial Roofers’ partnership with the architecture school began with the creation of an annual scholarship in 1997 that has been renewed through 2030. Senior Emmanuel Muñoz received the Commercial Roofers Scholarship this year.

Commercial Roofers also has been a key supporter of UNLV’s Solar Decathlon team. Students who are aspiring architects, engineers, business leaders, communicators and health providers collaborate to design and build a sustainable home to compete in an international collegiate competition sponsored by the Department of Energy.

This year’s entry offers a home of healing for veterans and people recovering from PTSD. Commercial Roofers donated materials for the roof and metal panels for the home’s exterior.


Longtime NRCA member passes away

Charles Bechtel, former president of Harold J. Becker Co. Inc., Beavercreek, Ohio, passed away June 7. He was 83.

Bechtel was a contractor in the commercial roofing and sheet-metal business. He began work at Harold J. Becker as a journeyman roofing worker after high school. In 1970, he assumed control of Harold J. Becker as president. During his tenure, the company became a complete Section 7 moisture-protection contractor with expertise in roofing, sheet metal, caulking and masonry restoration.

Bechtel was a former president and charter member of the Miami Valley Roofing and Sheet Metal Association and served as NRCA president from 1994-95. He served on many roofing and waterproofing committees and was an educational speaker for NRCA. Bechtel received the industry’s most prestigious award—the J.A. Piper Award—in 2005.

Bechtel is survived by his wife of 37 years, Miriam; sons, Nicholas Bechtel and Kevin “Casey” (Mary) Bechtel; daughters, Kim (Doug) Adamson and Nanette (David) Moon; grandchildren, Kristie (Matt) Passage, Kevin (Conor) Bechtel, Kara (Jonathan) Greer, Kelsey (Tim) Twehues, Cameron (Melissa) Bechtel, Ashley (Jay) Michaels, Clarissa (Brad) Hargrove, Natasha (Luke) Orgass, Serena Farina, Dante Sciallis, Amanda (BJ) Callahan and Kate Moon; and 22 great-grandchildren. Bechtel also is survived by his siblings, Ben Bechtel, Tom (Becky) Bechtel, David (Susan) Bechtel, Therese (Keith) Calland, Jody (Ray) Praeter, Gina (Dan) Huffman, Rick (Bernadette) Bechtel and Randy (Penny) Bechtel.

Donations in Bechtel’s memory may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at michaeljfox.org.


Commercial roofing professional passes away

David Vonstaark Rose, operations manager at Jurin Roofing Services Inc., Pennsburg, Pa., passed away June 9 after battling cancer. He was 54.

Rose entered the commercial roofing industry in 1988. He spent his career overseeing Jurin Roofing Services’ daily operations, coordinating projects, and regularly providing technical development and training for other employees. Rose graduated from NRCA University’s Future Executives Institute in 2017.

Rose is survived by his mother, Mary Sanford Rose; wife, Dawn Poulson; stepchildren, Natalie Lucia Ciuta and Jamie Elaine Ciuta; brother, James Anderson (Joan) Rose V; sister, Elizabeth (Keith) Runquist; several nieces and nephews; and Chihuahuas, Kylo and Al.

Donations in Rose’s memory may be made to Linda Ann’s Greyhound Adoption at lindasgreys.com.


DISTRIBUTOR NEWS


SRS Distribution named Las Vegas Bowl sponsor

SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas, was named the new title sponsor for the Las Vegas Bowl as part of a five-year agreement. The SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl will debut at Allegiant Stadium Dec. 30.

The SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl is one of 17 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN. The 2020 event was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of the Las Vegas Bowl,” says Dan Tinker, president and CEO of SRS Distribution.“At SRS, our focus is building success for our employees, our customers, our suppliers and the communities we serve. With our team members’ and customers’ passion for college football, being a part of the Las Vegas Bowl is a special opportunity, and we are honored to be working with ESPN Events.”


OTHER NEWS


ASTM International names award winner

ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa., has named Ralph M. Paroli, Ph.D., acting director general for the Metrology Research Center, National Research Council of Canada, the winner of its 2021 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award.

The annual award honors Cavanaugh, who served as CEO of ASTM International from 1970-85, and honors a person who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of national and international voluntary standards.

Paroli was recognized for his outstanding service within the roofing and cannabis communities that has led to the global adoption of standards and improved product quality and consumer safety.


RCAC releases industry contributions handout

The Roofing Contractors Association of California has released an informative handout promoting the roofing industry’s contributions in California.

The display piece, which was distributed to 120 members of California’s legislature and all members of RCAC, touts the contributions of the roofing industry to the state’s employment and tax base, as well as college scholarship programs and the state’s efforts to reduce building energy consumption.

“Roofing contractors are an essential trade, critical to the protection of our homes, businesses and property,” says Marc Connerly, RCAC’s executive director. “Not only do roofing workers perform a vital service, but they do so in a trade that can be very hazardous and in conditions ranging from wind and rain to severe heat.”

According to the handout, which is sponsored by ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit, Wis.; the Associated Roofing Contractors of the Bay Area Counties; Independent Roofing Contractors of California; and Union Roofing Contractors Association, California’s roofing industry includes more than 4,500 licensed roofing contractors. The industry employs more than 18,000 California citizens with wages in excess of $935.6 million. Roofing trade associations based in California also have contributed more than $1.1 million to deserving students pursuing college education.


Roofing Alliance announces new leadership

The Roofing Alliance, celebrating 25 years as the foundation of NRCA, has announced its 2021-22 leadership.

Dave Lawlor, national sales manager for ROCKWOOL Inc., Milton, Ontario, will serve as president, and Kelly Van Winkle, president and CEO of King of Texas Roofing Company LP, Grand Prairie, will serve as the first female vice president. The Roofing Alliance is committed to shaping the industry’s future by funding education, research, scholarships and philanthropic initiatives.

In addition, the Roofing Alliance welcomes Kelly Roofing, Bonita Springs, Fla., as its newest member at the Governor level. Membership in the Roofing Alliance supports the organization’s efforts to secure the future excellence of the roofing industry.


Founder of the RCI-IIBEC Foundation passes away

Joseph “Joe” Franklin Hale, co-owner and founder of HDH Associates P.C., Christiansburg, Va., and HDH Technical Inc., Christiansburg, and founder of the RCI-IIBEC Foundation, passed away June 6. He was 83.

An active member of the building enclosure industry for decades, Hale founded HDH Associates in 1986 as a full-service architectural and engineering firm specializing in consulting. His other company, HDH Technical, provides environmental and industrial hygiene services. Hale joined RCI in 1985 and later founded the RCI-IIBEC Foundation to support research, education and the dissemination of information for issues important to the building enclosure industry. He was a past president of RCI and a fellow of IIBEC.

Hale is survived by his wife, Patsy Cline Hale; daughter, Jody (Sherwood) Hale Minnich; sons, William Franklin “Billy” (Janette) Hale and Timothy Patrick “Tim” (Cherie) Hale; stepdaughter, Robin (David) Leibal; stepson, Paul Hamby; nephew, Fred Danner; and niece, Sandra Danner Crowder. He also is survived by his grandchildren, Lori Gwen Howard, Tori Elizabeth Hale, Jacob Hale and Gregory Hale; great-grandchildren, Adam Myers, Haley Walters, Emily Hale, Alex Hale, Kayleigh Kohlor and Brittan Lawson; and step-grandchildren, Nakoma Hamby and Robby Jones.

Donations in Hale’s memory may be made to the RCI-IIBEC Foundation in support of the Joe Hale Library of Fort Chiswell at rci-iibecfoundation.org/donate.aspx.


THE INDUSTRY ONLINE


DuPont has launched the Educational Hub at building.dupont.com/eduhub. The EDU HUB is a customized learning resource for residential construction professionals who want to strengthen their skills. A variety of information is available in several formats, including webinars with the opportunity for CEU credits, podcasts, video content, case studies and product profiles.

IKO® has announced its steep-slope product lineup now is available on the Building Systems Design SpecLink platform. SpecLink allows architects, engineers, consultants, specifiers and building owners to synchronize design specifications and collaborate more efficiently with cloud technology to produce cost estimates for projects. Users can access product descriptions and supporting documentation, such as specification sheets, images, BIM files and MSDS/GHS information. SpecLink is available at bsdspeclink.com.


UP THE LADDER

Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. has named Dan Conley regional director for the Midwest and Kyle Stavish national training manager.

TAMKO® Building Products has named Alex Hines vice president of sales and marketing and Stephen McNally senior vice president.



EVENTS


JULY


21-23

FRSA’s 99th Annual Convention and Expo

Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association Inc.

Kissimmee, Fla.

Contact: Cheryl Sulock

(800) 767-3772, ext. 177, or cheryl@floridaroof.com

floridaroof.com

AUGUST


3

CERTA Train-the-trainer

NRCA

Elgin, Ill.

Contact: NRCA’s Customer Service Department

(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or info@nrca.net

nrca.net

10-12

2021 International Roofing Expo®

Informa

Las Vegas

Contact: Informa

(800) 684-5761 or info@theroofingexpo.com

theroofingexpo.com

10-12

NRCA ProCertification® Hands-on Performance Exam Event

Las Vegas

Contact: NRCA’s Customer Service Department

(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or info@nrca.net

nrca.net

24-25

NRCA’s Virtual Qualified Trainer Conference

NRCA

Online

Contact: NRCA’s Customer Service Department

(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or info@nrca.net

nrca.net

SEPTEMBER


15-20

IIBEC 2021 International Convention and Trade Show

International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants

Phoenix

Contact: IIBEC

(800) 828-1902 or ajohnson@iibec.org

iibec.org


NRCA new members

3-D Roof Systems LLC, Lynnwood, Wash.

Artigues Restoration Services, Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Bayview Roofing and Siding, Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Better Home Improvement LLC, Norcross, Ga.

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg

Bourgeois Complete Renovations, Luling, La.

C & S Roofing, Bellevue, Neb.

Canek Construction, Arlington, Texas

Casa Engineering, Harlingen, Texas

Catamount Roofing Group, Charlotte, N.C.

Chet Tutill, Glassboro, N.J.

Complete Sheet Metal, Berlin, Conn.

DLV Roofing Systems Inc., Mills River, N.C.

Erickson McGovern Architects, Tacoma, Wash.

Five Stone Construction & Roofing, Spring Branch, Texas

Fortune Roofing, Ormond Beach, Fla.

Gryphon Extreme, Port Hope, Ontario

H Cad, New Holstein, Wis.

High Mark Construction, Nottingham, Md.

Hodge Roofing LLC, Shreveport, La.

HomeSmart Storm Solutions LLC, Monroe, Ga.

Hytek Builders LLC, San Antonio

Imperial Roofing and Construction LLC, Bismarck, N.D.

Jerry Phillips LLC, West Portsmouth, Ohio

Legacy Roofing and Exteriors, Houston

McKinney York Architects, Austin, Texas

ML Best Construction Inc., Wyandanch, N.Y.

My Florida Roofing Contractor, Vero Beach

N.A.C. Construction Services Inc., Mascotte, Fla.

Nine Square Roofing and Construction LLC, Orlando, Fla.

NV5 Inc., Hollywood, Fla.

OCG Roofing, Fort Worth, Texas

Park Cities GC Services LLC, Dallas

Phoenix Exteriors, Schaumburg, Ill.

Roof First LLC, Hyattsville, Md.

RoofCrafters Roofing LLC, Odessa, Fla.

Roofing Rochester NY, Rochester, N.Y.

Seagate Roofing, Toledo, Ohio

Skywall Construction LLC, Bastrop, Texas

Star Contracting Inc., Panama City Beach, Fla.

Tecta America CS LLC—Amarillo, Amarillo, Texas

Twin Hammers LLC, San Antonio

Westgate Roofing, Middletown, N.J.

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