Soprema Names Seven Scholarship Winners

Soprema Inc. has awarded seven scholarships to current and committed college students pursuing degrees in architecture, engineering, construction management or a similar field.

“In the second year of our scholarship program, we’re proud to award seven scholarships to these deserving students,” said Sara Jonas, marketing manager, Soprema. “By awarding these scholarships, we’re investing in the next generation and pledging our commitment to the continued success and growth of the industry.”

This year’s scholarship winners come from all over the country. They include:

  • Molly Nelson, of Dalles, Ore., will be a freshman at the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities studying chemical engineering in the 2017-2018 school year. In 2017, Nelson was named valedictorian of her high school class. In addition, she was on her varsity cross country, swimming and track and field teams.

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Johns Manville Roofing Innovations to Be Featured on Episode of TV Show

Johns Manville (JM) will be featured in an episode of “Office Spaces” during its third season. “Office Spaces” reports on innovations in commercial construction and design spaces to explore cutting-edge products and technologies that impact the way we live, work and play. The segment featuring JM, titled “Meet the Innovators behind Johns Manville Commercial Roofing: Innovations for Efficiency & Longevity,” will air July 9 at 5 p.m. ET on FOX Business Network.

 
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SPFA Speaks Out Against California DTSC Decision on Spray Polyurethane Foam

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), the educational and technical voice of the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry, released a statement opposing the recent proposal by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to designate spray polyurethane foam products containing unreacted methylene diphenyl diisocyanates (MDI) as a listed Priority Product under the department’s controversial Safer Consumer Products Program.

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CoreLogic Launches Storm Damage Identification Service

CoreLogic announced the launch of a new service, Roof IQ, that pinpoints specific homes damaged by storms so roofing professionals can more effectively identify prospects and manage lead-generation activities. According to the company, the service uses advanced geocoding technology from CoreLogic, as well as its comprehensive property-level database, to target individual homes within a storm’s path that have suffered significant damage from wind or hail. As such, it enhances efficiency and increases productivity, allowing roofing professionals to increase their response to a catastrophe and quickly offer assistance to individual homeowners following a storm.
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Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Partners With Ronald McDonald House

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced its formal partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) to provide regular roof system inspections, repair and replacement for the 184 Ronald McDonald House locations in the United States. The Alliance also will provide a monetary donation to RMHC Global to help fund program services and infrastructure.

 
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GAF to Open New Manufacturing Facility in Pennsylvania 

GAF’s facility in New Columbia, Pa., is latest in the more than $2 billion investment GAF has contributed to the roofing industry over the last 10 years. Photo: GAF.

GAF announced that it will open a manufacturing plant in New Columbia, Pa., about 20 miles south of Williamsport. Set to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, the new 34-acre facility will create more than 40 skilled manufacturing and office jobs in Pennsylvania and will serve as a regional training facility for contractors and roofing industry professionals. The plant will manufacture thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) single-ply membrane for commercial roofing applications and Cobra brand injection molding components for residential roofing systems.

“We are proud to further our commitment to the roofing industry through this investment in New Columbia and to create new, skilled manufacturing jobs right here in the U.S.,” said Jim Schnepper, president of GAF.

The New Columbia plant will create more than 40 jobs, adding to the GAF U.S. manufacturing base of more than 2,300 people.

 
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Standing Seam Metal Roofing Panel Minimizes Heat Retention

The standing seam metal roofing panels do not require the use of clips.

Accel Roofing Products, a division of ATAS International Inc., has introduced Colonial Seam, a standing seam metal roofing panel.

Colonial Seam is a clipless panel that offers a standing seam aesthetic with factory formed advantages.  It is installed by locking the one-piece panel into the previous panel and fastening through pre-punched slots, allowing for expansion and contraction.  All fasteners are concealed by the adjacent panel. The positive locking action makes it virtually impossible for the panels to slide apart.

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Atlas Bolt & Screw Names Bratcher New President

Don Bratcher has been promoted to the position of president of Atlas Bolt and Screw. He will have complete responsibility for all Atlas’s North American activities, including the branches in Ashland, Ohio,  Flat Rock, N.C., Salem, Ore., and Houston, as well as the company’s manufacturing plant and corporate offices in Ashland.  Bratcher joined Atlas in April of 2015 as the business unit manager for the Wood Segment, and he has overseen many programs to drive significant improvements in both operations and customer service.

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Tool Belt and Clip Offer Lockable, Hands-Free Tablet Carrying Solutions

Runnur Mobile Tech Gear has launched a new line of hands-free, wearable tablet belt clips. The clips are hip-mounted to either a person’s belt or to a separate heavy-duty tool belt, providing users with immediate access to their tablet at all times. Mobile workers such as roofing technicians cannot perform many of their usual tasks and carry a tablet at the same time. The Tablet Belt Clip allows the user to lock and carry any standard tablet on the hip, and then access it within one second when needed.

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S-5! Relaunches Website With Calculator, Expanded List of Metal Roof Systems

S-5! has relaunched its website to provide an easy-to-navigate center showcasing the increasing applications of its products. The updated site (S-5.com) contains S-5!’s new Master Snow Retention Calculator, used to help architects, specifiers, contractors, roofers and building owners determine what snow retention system works best for each roof.
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McElroy Metal Announces Release of Updated Product Catalog

McElroy Metal has announced the download availability of its updated company product catalog.

The 36-page catalog features the McElroy Metal line of construction products and components for the architectural metal construction industry. The catalog includes detailed information on the 138T and 238T symmetrical standing seam roof recover systems as well as engineered retrofit systems that adapt an existing roof’s structural support system, whether constructed of steel, concrete or wood.
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Residential Selling: Consider Color, Contractors!

Mina Starsiak (left) and Karen E. Laine started their own company, Two Chicks and a Hammer, to tackle home restoration projects. The duo currently stars in the HGTV series “Good Bones.” Photo: Two Chicks and a Hammer.

“You can be a more profitable, more well-liked contractor if you talk to your clients about color.”

Those are the words of Karen E. Laine, the mother half of the mother-daughter team who started second careers rehabbing houses in their neighborhood near downtown Indianapolis. Laine and her daughter, Mina Starsiak, discovered they had a passion for home restoration and started their own company named Two Chicks and a Hammer. Laine and Starsiak also currently star in the HGTV series “Good Bones,” which chronicles their projects repairing and rehabbing houses. They shared their insights on exterior design and the importance of roof color with Roofing.

Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak believe since the roof is such a prominent exterior component, figuring out how it plays into the home’s color palette is crucial. Their home in the Indianapolis area is shown here. Photo: Owens Corning.

 

 

Karen E. Laine (left) and Mina Starsiak were on hand at the 2017 International Roofing Expo to offer design advice to show attendees. Photo: Chris King.
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Research Underscores the Importance of Roof Color on a Home’s Perceived Value

Since the roof is such a prominent exterior component, figuring out how it plays into the home’s color palette is crucial. Photo: Owens Corning.

Could anything be more ubiquitous in our daily lives than color? From “feeling blue” to “going green,” color is often used to describe feelings, explain behaviors and describe surroundings. As a form of self-expression, color has long been a staple of home design and decor, and the roof is no different. Third-party research and focus groups conducted by Owens Corning makes it clear that consumers are seeking inspiration inside and outside their homes. Color can be a critical tool in making a style statement on the home’s exterior.

 

 

Homeowners can take the online Roofing Color Compass Color Personality Quiz, which features 10 fun questions that help lead a homeowner to their “color personality.” It also offers up the Owens Corning shingle colors that complement their personality.

 

Owens Corning announced Sedona Canyon as its 2017 Shingle Color of the Year. A 2018 Shingle Color of the Year will be announced later this year along with inspiring new color pairings.

 
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High-Performance Synthetic Underlayment Designed for Durability, Traction

CertainTeed offers RoofRunner, a high-performance synthetic roofing underlayment, bringing additional versatility to CertainTeed’s roofing product line. At just 23 pounds per 250-foot roll, RoofRunner is easy to handle, according to the company, with a high-traction surface designed for wet or dry walkability.
RoofRunner high-performance synthetic inderlayment from CertainTeed
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Karnak Names Huettig National Director of Technical Sales

Karnak Corp. announced that Chris Huettig has rejoined the company as its National Director of Technical Sales. Huettig previously spent 13 years in technical positions at Karnak.

“We are excited to welcome Chris back to the team,” stated Karnak Chief Operating Officer Chris Salazar. “His technical expertise is unsurpassed, and his 13-year history in various technical roles at Karnak brings tremendous value to our contractors and customers.”

 

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Conversion Kit for PaceCart Is an Economical Option

The Pace Cart Conversion Kit can help contractors dispense more OlyBond 500 Adhesive per hour.

OMG Roofing Products has introduced a Conversion Kit for the PaceCart that enables contractors to use 15 gallon drums (30 gallon sets) of OlyBond500, rather than 10 gallon Bag-in-Box sets. The Pace Cart Conversion kit (patent pending) is designed for use on PaceCart 2B and PaceCart 3 equipment, and provides contractors with an economical option compared to purchasing new equipment or other retro kits on the market. Once installed, the Conversion Kit can help contractors dispense more OlyBond 500 Adhesive per hour.
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RCMA Recognizes OSHA Inaugural Safe and Sound Week

To show its commitment to safety and health programs, the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) recognizes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) inaugural Safe + Sound Week.

OSHA Safe and Sound Week takes place June 12-18, 2017, and encourages organizations to hold events that center around three core elements: Management Leadership, Worker Participation, and Finding and Fixing Hazards. Safe and sound events have been scheduled across the country by a variety of different organizations.

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FlashCo Promotes Compton to Director of Operations

FlashCo has promoted Eric Compton to the position of Director of Operations. Mr. Compton has been serving in the role as interim Director of Operations for the past several months. Mr. Compton will be responsible for managing the operations at FlashCo’s five manufacturing plants throughout the U.S.
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RoofersCoffeeShop Announces 2017 Influencers

RoofersCoffeeShop.com (RCS), the place where the industry meets for technology, information and business announces the 2017 RCS Influencers.

“We are honored to announce the RCS 2017 Influencers,” states Vickie Sharples of RoofersCoffeeShop.com. “The knowledge, experience and forward thinking that the RCS Influencers bring to the industry is great. We are compelled to share their expertise and they are generous enough to share back with the industry through posts and media on RoofersCoffeeShop.com.”
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Medical Research Facility Showcases Eco-Social Construction

Kemper System Belfer Medical Research Building

The Belfer Medical Research Building on the campus of New York’s Weill Cornell Medical College was designed to be a 19-story model of eco-social construction. Designed by Todd Schliemann of Ennead Architects, the building showcases a number of sustainability features, including a storm water detention system on the roof.

 

This illustration shows the assembly used for the blue roof on this project. The cold, liquid-applied reinforced membrane system was topped by concrete pavers. Image: Kemper System America Inc.

 

 
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