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CDC updates mental health guidelines for construction employers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its checklist for construction employers during the COVID-19 pandemic and asked contractors to consider the mental health and well-being of their workers, according to

The checklist encourages employers to talk openly with employees about how the pandemic is affecting work; communicate clear expectations; anticipate behavior changes in employees, such as irritation, anger, increased sadness or difficulty concentrating; and ensure there is a system in place to identify and provide mental health services to employees in need of support.

The CDC noted the pandemic has negatively affected employee mental health for several reasons, including having concerns about the risk of being exposed to the virus, conflict at home, lack of relaxation time, uncertainty about the future and adapting to a changing work schedule.

Greg Sizemore, chair of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, says construction safety frequently is a top concern for contractors, and mental health should continue to play a large part in that.

“It is our responsibility to ensure not just a safe work site but a healthy work site,” Sizemore says. “And I say that in light of COVID-19 and the impact 2020 has had and will continue to have.”

Sizemore suggests contractors visit the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention website,, for more information.

Roofing Alliance announces award winners

The Roofing Alliance has announced the winners of its Most Valuable Player Awards and Gold Circle Awards. Recipients were honored during NRCA’s Industry Awards Virtual Ceremony March 5.

For the Most Valuable Player Awards’ 21st year, seven winners were recognized for outstanding on-the-job performance and workmanship and other noteworthy contributions outside the workplace. The winners are Heath Baker, superintendent with KPost Roofing and Waterproofing, Dallas; Riann Cayaban, foreman with Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Inc., Waipahu, Hawaii; Mike Crawford, foreman with ABC Roofing, a Tecta America Company LLC, Portland, Ore.; Jeffrey Doll, warehouse employee with CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa.; Tim Hollo, field worker and foreman with 1st Choice Roofing, Cleveland; Arturo López, foreman with Stiles Roofing Inc., Lebanon, Mo.; and Bakay Omorov, foreman with Deer Park Roofing Inc., Cincinnati. López was named Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG® Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass., and Professional Roofing magazine (see “Living to serve”).

The Roofing Alliance’s Gold Circle Awards program recognizes excellence in the roofing industry. Roofing Alliance and NRCA members are encouraged to submit their best work to be eligible to win a Gold Circle Award in two categories: Outstanding Workmanship and Innovative Solutions; and Safety Preparedness and Performance.

The following companies received awards:

  • Outstanding Workmanship and Innovative Solutions—Low-slope: Douglass Colony Group Inc., Commerce City, Colo., for Sie Welcome Center at Denver Art Museum, Denver (see “Roofing a work of art")
  • Outstanding Workmanship and Innovative Solutions—Steep-slope: F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America Company, Milwaukee, for St. Stanislaus Bell Tower, Milwaukee
  • Safety Preparedness and Performance: CFE Inc., Elmira, N.Y., for International Paper Power Plant, Augusta, Ga.

Nelson Braddy receives 74th annual J.A. Piper Award

NRCA named Nelson Braddy, founder of King of Texas Roofing Co. LP, Grand Prairie, recipient of NRCA’s 74th annual J.A. Piper Award March 5 during NRCA’s Industry Awards Virtual Ceremony. The J.A. Piper Award is the roofing industry’s most prestigious honor and recognizes roofing professionals who have devoted constant outstanding service to the association and roofing industry.

Braddy was elected to NRCA’s board of directors in 2007 and served several terms, including as anNRCA director from 2007-08 and 2010-11 and vice president from 2008-12. He also served as <NRCA senior vice president from 2012-13 and NRCA president from 2013-14. A two-time recipient of NRCA’s Charlie Raymond Award, Braddy demonstrated remarkable commitment to recruiting new members to the association. He has been involved with several NRCA committees, including the Management Education Work Force Committee, Manual Update Committee, PAC Advisory Committee and Retirement Program Committee. Braddy also served on the Roofing Alliance Board of Trustees from 2002-05 and 2014-18 and remains an active volunteer with the organization.

Braddy has been in the roofing industry for more than three decades. Starting his roofing career at his father-in-law’s Pennsylvania roofing company, R.W. King, Braddy helped expand the company’s roofing work to projects in Texas during the 1980s. In 1987, R.W. King was liquidated, and Braddy started his own roofing business—King of Texas Roofing—in the Lone Star State. Under his leadership, the company has grown to become one of the largest roofing contractors in the U.S. and specializes in single-ply membrane roof systems. Braddy is passionate about performing community service and promoting continuing education to his employees. He was one of the first industry leaders to commit his company to professional excellence by registering employees for the NRCA ProCertification® program.

First presented in 1948, the J.A. Piper Award is named for former NRCA President Joseph A. Piper, whose extraordinary efforts kept the association alive during the Great Depression.

NRCA and CNA announce community involvement award winners

NRCA and CNA, Chicago, have announced Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as the first-place winner of the CNA NRCA Community Involvement Award for its charitable efforts with The Bahamas Strong Foundation. The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

Advanced Roofing was honored for its charitable efforts regarding Enterprise Palm Beach Inc., Delray Beach, Fla., for The Bahamas Strong Foundation. The foundation was created after Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamian islands, causing $3.4 billion in damage and leaving 70,000 people homeless. Advanced Roofing President and CEO Rob Kornahrens coordinated an effort in 2020 to repair 30 homes in the Bahamas and raised more than $500,000. CNA awarded Advanced Roofing with $7,500 to be presented to Enterprise Palm Beach for The Bahamas Strong Foundation. In addition, NRCA dedicated the proceeds of its Cyber Monday sale in November 2020 to Enterprise Palm Beach for The Bahamas Strong Foundation.

The second-place winner was Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif., for supporting the American Red Cross—Southern California Region, San Diego. Antis Roofing & Waterproofing provided sanitized office space at Antis Campus to host a series of blood drives. Since April 2020, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing has hosted 19 blood drives, with 491 donors and 449 units of blood collected to help save 1,347 lives. CNA awarded Antis Roofing & Waterproofing with $5,000 for its charity.

The third-place winner was Celoseal Roofing Inc., Orange, Calif., for its work with Amp’d on Life, an online community that provides people with limb loss or limb differences resources to live to their fullest potential. Celoseal Roofing donated $45,000 to Amp’d on Life to help launch events and helped with website design, internet service and computer hardware. CNA awarded Celoseal Roofing with $2,500 for its charity.

Additionally, the winner of the People’s Choice Award was chosen by public online voting. Central Roofing Co., Minneapolis, won the award for its work with Fraser, a provider of autism and early childhood mental health services. Central Roofing helped transform Fraser’s Walk for Autism into a unique socially distanced event, and the company’s $25,000 sponsorship allowed the event to be free to the public. CNA awarded Central Roofing with $1,500 for its charity.

The awards were presented March 5 during NRCA’s Industry Awards Virtual Ceremony.

National Women in Roofing creates council in Canada

National Women in Roofing has partnered with the Canadian Roofing Contractors Association to launch the first National Women in Roofing council in Canada. National Women in Roofing was established in the U.S. in 2016.

“We are excited to be able to launch a council in Canada,” says Renae Bales, chair of National Women in Roofing and vice president, brand & risk at KPost Roofing & Waterproofing, Dallas. “After supporting the development of 40-plus councils in the U.S., a sister organization in New Zealand, and fielding inquiries from Mexico and Central America, we are so glad the Canadian women who work in the roofing industry are joining National Women in Roofing. Although we have always had Canadian women as members, this marks our first official council expansion from the U.S. into North America.”

The board of directors for the National Women in Roofing Canadian council has been established and will be led by Chairperson Lillianne Dunstall, who was vice president of North American business operations and Canadian roofing for Tremco Inc., Beachwood, Ohio, for more than 17 years before retiring. Dunstall has been involved with National Women in Roofing since its inception.

National Women in Roofing Canada will begin as a single council with members meeting remotely. Once in-person meetings can safely resume, National Women in Roofing Canada will plan gatherings in cities with a concentration of members. Eventually, National Women in Roofing plans to launch councils throughout Canada.

GAF receives 2021 Charlie Raymond Award

NRCA has announced GAF, Parsippany, N.J., is the winner of the 2021 Charlie Raymond Award. The award was presented March 5 during NRCA’s Industry Awards Virtual Ceremony.

The award is named in honor of former NRCA President and J.A. Piper Award recipient Charlie Raymond, who took on the role of NRCA Membership Committee chairman when the association had only 328 members. Raymond recruited NRCA’s 1,000th member in 1973. The Charlie Raymond Award annually honors members for their efforts to recruit new members into NRCA.

Bridgestone completes sale of Firestone Building Products

On April 1, Bridgestone Americas Inc., Nashville, Tenn., a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp., announced it completed the sale of Firestone Building Products, Nashville, to Holcim Participations Inc., Chicago, a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim Ltd. The transaction is valued at $3.4 billion.

“The completion of this sale is an important milestone on Bridgestone’s journey to become a sustainable solutions company,” says Paolo Ferrari, president, CEO and COO of Bridgestone Americas. “We are taking action to reshape our portfolio so we can invest our resources to strengthen Bridgestone’s growing core tire business and quickly expand our mobility solutions offering.”

With the acquisition, LafargeHolcim adds 15 manufacturing facilities; 1,800 distribution points; and three research and development laboratories to its network.

Firestone Building Products and LafargeHolcim serve commercial building customers and have a shared focus on delivering innovative and sustainable building solutions. Firestone Building Products employees have successfully transitioned to LafargeHolcim and will remain based in Nashville.



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