IRE announces top New Products

Judges of the Product Showcase‘s “Best New Product” at the 2010 International Roofing Expo chose first, second and third place winners based on a selection of 22 products.    
Combining the former New Product Pavilion and Green Pavilion into one showcase area, the Product Showcase featured the hottest industry trends and the latest new, cool and green products in a direct, non-selling environment. 
The judges, comprised of a panel of industry experts, selected the winners based on innovation, productivity and cost-effectiveness.   
Saiz Tool Company was awarded “Best New Product” for its pneumatic powered, hand-held shingle cutting tool.  To easily and quickly cut asphalt composition shingles, the cutting tool has replaceable cutting blades and can also be utilized to cut linoleum flooring, carpet, drywall and other materials.  This product will be available soon.
"Saiz Tool Company is delighted to receive first place in the Best New Products Awards for its revolutionary shingle cutting tool,” says Albert Saiz, Owner.  “We could not be more pleased with this formal recognition, coupled with the excitement we observed from attendees who visited our booth."
Capturing second place was Smartman Tools, based in Rochester Hills, Mich., for its RacJack product, a roof jack system that makes starting steep roofs easy without ladder jacks or scaffolding.  The RacJack, with its optional safety rail, creates a walkway above the gutter that doesn’t have to be removed for the entire job, allowing you to apply drip edge, ice shield, and starter rows from the roof.  The RacJack will be available for purchase from beginning April 1, 2010.  
Third place was awarded to Solderless, headquartered in Bloomfield, NJ, for the Solderless liquid solution that turns the color of soldered seams from a grey/silver color to the color of aged copper.  Sold in convenient 2 ounce plastic bottles, Solderless was created from the desire to address repeated complaints from homeowners and builders regarding the extreme contrast in colors of new copper roof panels and the mandatory soldered seams. As copper panels age to brown, the treated seams will look as if the just disappeared. This product is now available to order.
Other companies participating in the Product Showcase included Acculynx, Advanced Green Technologies, Air Vent, Appian Way Sales, Bayou Components, Bilgin Roof Dock, Broan, Colbond, Copper Bella,  Cosella-Dorken Products,  CPI International,  DECRA Roofing Systems, Dinoflex Group, DuPont Building Innovations, Earthsponse, Fasco America, Fuji Electric Corp. of America, GAF/GAF – ELK, Geocel Corp, Grease Guard, High Stepper, Lanco, Leister Process Technologies, Marco Industries, Maze Nails, OMG, On Top Safety, Orion Energy Systems, PermaFelt, Propex, Roofers World, Rooftop Anchor, SofSurfaces, The New England Slate Company, TRA – Mage, and VTECH Skylights.

“Our congratulations go out to all three Best New Product award winners," says Donna Bellantone, Director of the Expo.  “What makes the award winners stand out is they are particularly attuned to and passionate about innovation, creativity and fresh designs.”
Sponsored by VTECH Skylights, the Product Showcase was held in booth #2819 on the show floor of the D and E Halls of the Morial Convention Center.  
The 2011 International Roofing Expo will be held February 16-18 [Wednesday – Friday], in the North Halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada USA.            
About the International Roofing Expo
The International Roofing Expo is the must-attend event for commercial and residential roofing professionals to stay abreast of market directions, trends and cutting-edge technology.  Formerly owned by NRCA, the show was sold to Hanley Wood Exhibitions in May 2004.  The official show sponsor is NRCA; the official show publication is Roofing Contractor; and the official residential publication is Replacement Contractor.     

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