Contractor news

Garland Industries receives award

Garland Industries Inc., Cleveland, has received a Silver ESOP Award from The ESOP Association for its work sustaining its ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) for more than 25 years. Garland Industries is one of 49 corporate members of The ESOP Association to receive a Silver ESOP Award in 2012.

Garland Industries was recognized at the association's annual conference held in May in Washington, D.C. To be named a Silver ESOP Award winner, a company must be a member of The ESOP Association and have an ESOP in place for 25 years or more.

Roofing industry employee passes away

Max Roach, former sales representative for Owens Corning, Denver, and Tamko Building Products Inc., Denver, passed away in July. He spent 25 years in Colorado's roofing industry and received the Colorado Roofing Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Max was preceded in death by his wife, Joann. He is survived by his daughter, Carol, and son, Bret.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Roach's honor to the St. Anthony Hospice Foundation or Porter Hospice Foundation through the Centura Health at Home Foundation, 1391 Speer Blvd., Suite 600, Denver, CO 80204.

GAF opens new facility

GAF, Wayne, N.J., has announced it will open a new asphalt roofing shingle manufacturing facility in eastern Missouri or southern Illinois. The facility is expected to open in 2015 and will include GAF's eighth laminator with the ability to run four lanes of production at once, which will allow GAF to further enhance service to its customers. The facility is expected to employ more than 80 people.

Additionally, GAF's Timberline® Cool Series Reflective Shingles were featured on "Having it All," a TV series that showcases trends and tips of interest to women. The show's host, Niki Taylor, interviewed Emily Cavanagh, GAF's director of shingles and new product development, in a segment that aired Aug. 3, 10 and 17 on WE® tv. The segment is posted on GAF's website,, and its YouTube channel,

GAF also has announced Jonathan Wolf, president of Tecta America Zero Co. LLC, Cincinnati, is the grand-prize winner of its Ride of a Lifetime contest. Wolf received a Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® Ultra Motorcycle, and five first-prize winners received $500 Visa® gift cards.

The contest ran May 1 through June 30 and was open to professional roofing contractors or remodelers residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Carlisle SynTec Systems releases video

Carlisle SynTec Systems, Carlisle, Pa., has released "Low-VOC Regulations for the Commercial Roofing Industry," an instructional video discussing volatile organic compound (VOC) regulations recently implemented by the Ozone Transport Commission.

The video features information regarding regulations imposed on certain roofing adhesives and primers and offers installation tips and techniques for some of Carlisle SynTec Systems' VOC-compliant alternatives. The video is available on the company's YouTube channel,

Accurence named a best company to work for

Accurence Inc., Westminster, Colo., ranked second in the 2012 Best Companies to Work for in Colorado™'s Small Company category.

Best Companies to Work for in Colorado is a statewide program presented by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Colorado State Council and six local SHRM chapters and is managed by ModernThink LLC, Wilmington, Del. It recognizes participants in three categories: small (25-99 employees), medium (100-249 employees) and large (250 or more employees). A survey was sent to employers and employees of Colorado companies. Best Companies to Work for in Colorado and ModernThink scored the workplace practices survey along with the employee survey.

MAGE SOLAR modules power university project

MAGE SOLAR, Dublin, Ga., has announced its MAGE POWERTEC PLUS modules are powering the University of Georgia Athens' Solar Demonstration Project.

The 19-kilowatt photovoltaic array is located on the university's former Visual Arts Building, which has been refurbished to serve as a living laboratory for the College of Environment and Design. The university's project will provide nearly 30,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. Several other colleges, including Terry College of Business and the College of Engineering, plan to use the pilot project and incorporate monitoring data and other information into their curricula to explore the possibilities of broader solar deployment.

Malarkey Roofing Products™ opens facility

Malarkey Roofing Products, Portland, Ore., has opened a roofing production facility in Oklahoma City. The 111,075-square-foot facility, which is outfitted solely with manufacturing equipment made in the U.S., has the manufacturing capability to produce oxidized roofing shingles.

Dow Building Solutions wins award

Dow Building Solutions, Midland, Mich., has earned straight A's in the Quality and Service categories and won the Partners of Choice Award for the eighth year in a row from David

Weekley Homes, a privately held home builder. Dow Building Solutions is one of two suppliers to receive straight A's—the highest level possible—in Quality and Service every year since the program's inception in 2004.

Distributor news

ABC Supply opens store

ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit, Wis., has opened a new store in Carnegie, Pa. The new store serves residential and commercial construction professionals and carries low- and steep-slope roofing materials, siding, windows, doors, gutter, decking and related tools and equipment. The store includes 42,000 square feet of warehouse and showroom space in two buildings. The store is ABC Supply's second facility in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.

Affiliate news

SMRCA awards scholarships

The Southeastern Michigan Roofing Contractors Association (SMRCA) Inc.'s Scholarship Grant Committee awarded four scholarship grants to college-bound students at a June 2012 meeting held at the Roofers Union Local No. 149 office in Detroit. SMRCA and Roofing Union Local No. 149 annually award college scholarships to dependents of SMRCA member employees.

Andrew Conant of Allen Park, Mich., son of William Lambert, journeyman roofer with Roofers Union Local No. 149, Detroit; Karly Jodway of Browntown, Mich., daughter of David Jodway, service manager for NRCA member Newton Crane Roofing Inc., Pontiac, Mich.; Mariah Morgan of Livonia, Mich., daughter of Rick Morgan, foreman for Schreiber Roofing Corp., Wixom, Mich.; and Alyssa Nicol of Ann Arbor, Mich., daughter of James Nicol, foreman for Crane Roofing Inc., Pontiac, are this year's scholarship recipients.

Other news

Industry associations form coalition

More than 27 associations in the building and construction industry have formed the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC).

The organizations have joined to promote and support the development of sustainable building standards. The coalition will provide critical experience and expertise to the development of green building standards and will support performance-based building codes, standards and rating systems developed in conformance with the American National Standards Institute.

AHPBC supports certification systems based on sound data, scientific methodology and developed using a consensus process. The coalition will advocate this position with the U.S. General Services Administration and other federal agencies and venues where green building certifications are under consideration.

SPRI standard is approved

SPRI has announced its nuclear moisture testing protocol, developed with extensive input from RCI Inc., has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a national standard. The standard, ANSI/SPRI/RCI NT-1 2012, was based on a 20-year-old protocol, "Standard Practice for the Detection and Location of Latent Moisture in Building Roofing Systems by Nuclear Radioisotropic Thermalization." The standard contains information about proper handling of nuclear-based moisture survey equipment in the field, as well as calculating and analyzing survey results.

The industry online

Metal-Era® Inc. has redesigned its website, The site includes updated product images and illustrations that showcase unique product components, streamlined searching, more intuitive navigation, and interactive displays and tools.

Malarkey Roofing Products has redesigned its website,, to make it easier for users to find information. An Interactive Roof Designer application allows homeowners to see Malarkey Roofing Products' shingle colors and styles on a home similar to theirs. The website also is divided into residential and commercial content.

Up the ladder

W.P. Hickman Co. has hired Pat Gallagher as national sales manager and Kevin Bramlett as manager of lean operations.

ADCO Products Inc. has hired Nate Tomlinson and Dave Ahrlett as field sales representatives for its commercial roofing business.

Rmax Operating LLC has hired John "Jay" Saldana as research and building science engineer.

NRCA news

NRCA offers membership deal

NRCA is offering 15 months of membership for the price of 12 months for companies who join NRCA by Oct. 31.

Companies who join by Oct. 31 also will receive benefits valued at more than $1,500, including a new member kit. The kit includes The NRCA Roofing Manual CD—2012, which features The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems—2012, The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2011, The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural and Metal Flashing, Condensation Control and Reroofing—2010 and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems—2009.

Member companies are listed in NRCA's online membership directory and online referral service. Additionally, NRCA member companies receive such benefits as:

  • Access to members-only online information at
  • Free Professional Roofing subscriptions
  • Priority access to NRCA's technical and risk management staffs for answers to questions about roof system performance, materials and application techniques, safety and health issues, insurance and more
  • Significant discounts on NRCA publications and educational programs, including the new member kit
  • Customized worker training programs tailored to meet each company's specific needs
  • Job leads from thousands of consumers who search the "Find a Contractor" section of NRCA's website each month
  • Representation and advocacy at the local, state and national levels as NRCA lobbies for fair and reduced regulatory practices to help companies comply with government regulations applicable to their businesses

For more information and to join NRCA, visit or contact NRCA's Membership Department at (800) 323-9545 or

NRCA University offers PV class

NRCA University will hold Photovoltaic Roof Systems: Energizing Your Business, a one-day class in which participants will learn how to properly design, install and maintain photovoltaic (PV) roof systems, Oct. 16 in Essington, Pa.

The class will discuss the latest information about the terminology, benefits, design considerations, construction details, electrical considerations, code compliance, and business and legal issues associated with PV roof systems. Class participants will have the opportunity to interact with technical experts James R. Kirby, vice president of sustainability for the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing, and Kris Sutton, an industry expert specializing in environmental and PV design and construction.

Additionally, class participants will receive complimentary copies of NRCA Guidelines for Roof Systems with Rooftop Photovoltaic Components and Building Owners Guide to Roof-mounted Photovoltaic Systems, which will serve as the program's technical basis.

Photovoltaic Roof Systems: Energizing Your Business is $395 for NRCA members and $595 for nonmembers. For more information and to register for the class, go to or contact NRCA's Customer Service Department at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or

Alliance-funded project is complete

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress-funded Wall of Wind (WoW) project, developed by Florida International University's International Hurricane Research Center, Miami, now is complete. In 2007, the Alliance approved $100,000 to fund the $8 million project, which began development more than five years ago. The Hurricane Andrew We Will Rebuild effort, as well as state, federal and other private sources, also helped fund WoW.

WoW is the first-of-its-kind facility capable of performing controlled and repeatable testing in flows that replicate Category 5 hurricane winds accompanied by wind-driven rain and flying debris.

WoW allows researchers, businesses, government agencies and industries to test and analyze how structures and products perform in various hurricane conditions. It is powered by 12 6-foot-tall, 700 horsepower electric fan-motor units, can generate winds up to 157 mph and features a 15-foot-high by 20-foot-wide test section.

The facility's inaugural demonstration, held Aug. 21, featured two structures—one built to the code in existence when Hurricane Andrew hit south Florida 20 years ago and another built to current south Florida code. The demonstration exposed the structures to Hurricane Andrew-like rain and wind.

WoW's research team already has helped mitigate hurricane damage by enhancing building codes, validating innovative mitigation technologies and developing new materials. More information and a demonstration video about WoW are available at



METALCON International
Metal Construction Association and PSMJ Resources Inc.
Rosemont, Ill.
Contact: PSMJ Resources
(800) 537-7765

SMACNA's 69th Annual Convention and Product Show
Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA)
Contact: SMACNA's Meetings and Convention Department
(703) 803-2998

Photovoltaic Roof Systems: Energizing Your Business
Essington, Pa.
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722)

RCI 2012 Symposium on Building Envelope Technology
RCI Inc.
Contact: RCI
(800) 828-1902

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

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


Water Entry Prevention and Moisture Control in Buildings—Roof Systems, Exterior Walls, Plaza Decks and Below-grade Waterproofing
University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Engineering Professional Development
Madison, Wis.
Contact: Department of Engineering Professional Development
(800) 462-0876

2012 Greenbuild® International Conference and Expo
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
San Francisco
Contact: USGBC
(800) 795-1747


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