Manufacturer news

Owens Corning announces SHINGLE COLOR OF THE YEAR

Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio, has announced Sand Dune, a shingle color from the company's TruDefinition® Duration® Designer Colors collection, is its 2018 SHINGLE COLOR OF THE YEAR. Owens Corning's SHINGLE COLOR OF THE YEAR is an annual roofing color initiative intended to highlight the roof as a design element that can express a homeowner's style and contribute to a home's curb appeal.

On Oct. 4, home renovation experts Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak from HGTV's show "Good Bones" helped unveil the SHINGLE COLOR OF THE YEAR selection and shared their perspectives on how using color can help elevate a home's exterior.

"It's no secret we love using color in and on our homes," Starsiak says. "We've used Owens Corning shingles in the color Sand Dune on our home office and think the fun, bright color is complementary to multiple palettes."

Sand Dune was chosen for its versatile medley of hues ranging from beige to sky blue to charcoal and ability to complement a variety of exteriors.

Firestone Building Products announces award winners

Firestone Building Products Co. LLC, Nashville, Tenn., has recognized 266 firms in the U.S., Canada and Mexico with its 2017 Partner in Quality Award. The award honors Firestone Building Products Red Shield™ Licensed Roofing Contractors who have delivered a high level of craftsmanship and superior roof system installations.

To qualify, contractors must have installed a minimum of eight warranted roof systems in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and four warranted roof systems in 2013; maintained at least 1 million square feet of Firestone Building Products roof systems under warranty; and achieved an annual Firestone Building Products Quality Incidence Rating of 1.0 or less. The winners can participate in the Firestone Building Products Community Service Program, which enables contractors to donate labor and materials to community roofing projects. A list of 2017 Partner in Quality Award winners is available by clicking here.

Other news

MCA announces Triumph Awards winners

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) announced the winners of its 2017 Triumph Awards Oct. 18 during METALCON 2017 in Las Vegas. The Triumph Awards honor metal industry professionals and companies that demonstrate outstanding commitment to advancing the metal construction and building industries.

Dick Bus, president of NRCA member ATAS International Inc., Allentown, Pa., received an Industry Champion of the Year award. Shawn Haddock, product manager for S-5!, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Haley Iselin, chief administrative officer for Metal Roof Specialties Inc., Tacoma, Wash.; and Brandon Kilpatrick, national manager for D.I. Roof Seamers Canada, Niagara Falls, Ontario, received Industry Young Movers & Shakers awards. Christina Koch, editor in chief for Retrofit magazine, Lindenhurst, Ill., and John Paul Lawrence, president of Modern Trade Communications Inc., Skokie, Ill., received Industry Media Executive/Journalist of the Year awards. Chris Kroeter, product representative for ATAS International, and Ken McLauchlan, director of sales for NRCA member Drexel Metals Inc., Louisville, Ky., received Industry Sales Person of the Year awards. Jeff Patch, president of Premium Panels Inc., Arvada, Colo., received an Entrepreneur of the Year award. ATAS International and Drexel Metals received Corporate Citizen of the Year awards. Barrett Hahn, publisher of Roofing magazine, Durham, N.C., received an Emerging Business of the Year award.

National Women in Roofing welcomes Oregon chapter

National Women in Roofing (NWIR) has welcomed a new chapter in Oregon. Kendall Ekerson, marketing and business development manager for NRCA member Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal, Tualatin, Ore., organized the Oregon chapter in July. The Oregon chapter, similar to all NWIR chapters, aims to gather and support local women in the roofing industry. Currently, the Oregon chapter has 25 members.

In addition, NWIR has named Hilary Morgan, senior associate attorney for NRCA member Trent Cotney, P.A., Tampa, Fla., general counsel to NWIR. Morgan specializes in all aspects of construction law, including lien law, surety bond law, litigation, construction defect, contract review and drafting, and licensing. She will provide NWIR with legal guidance about corporate structure and bylaws, board of director operations and regulatory compliance.

RCI Inc. announces new CEO

RCI Inc. has announced Lionel van der Walt will assume the role of RCI's executive vice president and CEO in early 2018. Van der Walt succeeds James Birdsong, who will retire at the end of December after serving as RCI's executive vice president and CEO for nearly 17 years.

Van der Walt is an organizational strategy and analysis expert with more than 20 years of international executive leadership and association experience. As RCI's executive vice president and CEO, Van der Walt's immediate task will be enhancing the recognition and influence of RCI in the industry, as well as continuing to improve RCI's ongoing education and accreditation programs and its publications.

Roofing alliance celebrates tenth anniversary

The Sustainable Roofing and Waterproofing Alliance (SRWA) celebrated its tenth anniversary during its annual Fall Conference held Sept. 18-22 in Hershey, Pa.

SRWA was established in 2007 with a mission to improve dialogue and information sharing among roof designers and manufacturers. Currently, SRWA is an international group of roofing and waterproofing professionals, including architects, roof consultants, building owners and manufacturers, committed to advocating for high-performing and sustainable roofing and waterproofing systems. SRWA affiliates have access to educational resources and training videos produced by manufacturers such as NRCA member Carlisle Construction Materials, Carlisle, Pa., and tools used for energy-efficient design, forensic analysis, testing and installation.

For more information about SRWA, visit

Up the ladder

OMG® Roofing Products has named Shaun Jennings digital marketing specialist and Patrick O'Connor product manager for OMG EdgeSystems.

SOPREMA® Inc. has named Michael McClay sales representative for northern Illinois.

Callback: In "A recycling resurgence," November issue, the words "not only" were omitted from a sentence under the "Restoration" subhead. The sentence should have read: "Building energy conservation is not only measured by thermal transfer through the roof, which may be minimal on a well-insulated roof regardless of whether it is covered in vegetation." Professional Roofing regrets the error.


January 2018

CRCA's 35th Annual Trade Show and Seminars
Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA)
Visit the NRCA booth
Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.
Contact: CRCA's Customer Service Department
(708) 449-3340 or

February 2018

NRCA's 131st Annual Convention
New Orleans
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or

CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization
New Orleans
Contact: NRCA's Customer Service Department
(866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or

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

2018 International Roofing Expo®
Informa Exhibitions U.S.
Visit the NRCA booth
New Orleans
Contact: Informa Exhibitions U.S.
(800) 684-5761


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