Midwest Roofing Contractors Association presents industry awards

The Midwest Roofing Contractors Association recently presented four prestigious association awards at the MRCA 62nd Annual Conference, October 27, in Rosemont, Ill. 

MRCAJim Barr, Barr Roofing, Abilene, Texas, was honored with the distinctive James Q. McCawley Award. This award is given to an individual in recognition of their devotion to the roofing industry and is the  most prestigious award given by MRCA. 

This award was first presented in 1969 and is a long standing tradition of the association. 

“The McCawley Award is given to individuals like Jim who have a history and longevity of making significant contributions to the roofing industry and roofing community,” says MRCA president Randy Adams.

Barr has been involved in the roofing industry since 1967, and has worked with MRCA for the past 15 years serving as president in 2002 and then for many years as chairman of the MRCA Technical & Research Committee. 

The MRCA IMPACT Award was presented to Empire Roofing, Fort Worth, Texas. The IMPACT Award recognizes an MRCA member company that has demonstrated a commitment to improving the well-being of a community through philanthropy or community service. 

Empire Roofing donated a 20,000 square foot roof for Expanco (www.expanco.shredding.com), a non-profit document destruction organization. Founded in 1980, the organization  employs and trains handicapped and disabled workers, placing many of them into productive jobs in the community. These workers display an attitude and work ethic which is truly inspiring and rare in today’s society. 

The association also presented Diamond Roofing, Manhattan, Kan., with the SHARP Award. This award recognizes a MRCA member  company for their dedication to improving job site safety through development, implementation and enforcement of a safety and risk management program.

MRCA’s Industry Innovation Award honors a supplier or manufacturer for their work towards the advancement of the roofing industry through innovations or product development related to safety, technology, efficiency or environment, and who has significantly improved the well-being of the roofing contractor. This year’s recipient was SafePro LP for their development of the RiskPro Roof Hatch Fall Protection System (www.safeprosafety.com).

“We are thrilled with all the recipients in this year’s award program,” said Adams. “MRCA is comprised of an outstanding group of talented and committed roofing contractors. It’s always an honor to be among this impressive pool of companies.”

The Midwest Roofing Contractors Association is an independent regional roofing contractors association organized to assist member roofing contracting companies to prosper in their businesses by being a contractor advocate; by acting as an industry spokesman; by disseminating information to the membership by means of a periodic newsletter, publications and a regional convention; and by being an active resource for members with technical, business management, safety and industry concerns on a timely basis. For more information about the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association, visit www.mrca.org.

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