Supplier News (August ’08)

N.B. Handy Company, a Metal of Honor winner, honored its “Preferred Vendors” for outstanding performance during the 2007 calendar year at its eighth annual Vendor Performance Recognition Event on May 13 in Lynchburg, Va., home to its corporate office.

The top nine performers included two vendors consistently on the list since the programs inception eight years ago — Ideal Tape and Johns Manville. The top nine 2007 winners were Berger Building Products, Carlisle SynTec, Coleman Cable, Ductmate Industries, Fabral, Heating & Cooling Products, Ideal Tape, Johns Manville and The Techs.

Five special awards were acknowledged at the event:

— Vendor of the Year — Fabral (third consecutive year)

— Most Improved — Duro Dyne

— Most Innovative — Honeywell

— Outstanding Sales Achievement 

     — Jerry Wandel, Fabral

— Outstanding Customer Service Rep.

    — Mary Turek, Ductmate

ATAS tabs projects of the year
ATAS International announced the winners of its annual Project of the Year awards. The awards were created to recognize those individuals who further the advancement of metal in construction. The 2007 ATAS Project of the Year Awards were open to any project completed in 2007 using systems manufactured by ATAS.

The winning project in the commercial division was the New York State Thruway Rest Stop building in Chittenango, N.Y. The slate grey Dutch Seam panels were distributed by Bradco Supply of Syracuse, N.Y., and installed by Henderson-Johnson of Syracuse, N.Y.

The winning project in the residential division was a private residence in Covington, Ky., and featured in the idea book this year. The Mission Red Scan Roof tiles were distributed by Roofing Supply Group of Louisville, Ky., and installed by Estate Systems, also of Louisville, Ky. The architect for the project was Batson and Associates of Covington, Ky.

— ATAS held its 19th annual Customer Appreciation Day in Allentown, Pa. Customers were invited to learn more about ATAS products and services and take tours of the plants.

During the continental breakfast, customers were encouraged to visit product education booths to learn more about ATAS products and services. The booths included information and products such as ventilation solutions and products, mix-and-match wall panel systems, accent extrusion trims, perimeter edge trim products, the InSpire Wall system, perforated products, column covers, rainware, ATA-Solar PV laminate, new website features, embossing capabilities, the redesigned Standing Seam Shingle and the Crown Line of mouldings. Plant tours of both Allentown facilities were also provided.

After breakfast, the annual Advanta installation contest was held. The winner was Scott Raffo of Raffo Construction, located in Staten Island, N.Y., with a time of nine minutes and 46 seconds to properly install 10 square feet of the ATAS Advanta Shingle. The “State of the Industry” address presented annually by ATAS president Dick Bus focused this year on the evolution of ATAS and Jack Bus, founder of ATAS, who recently passed away at the age of 80.

“Customer Appreciation Day allows us to educate our valued customers about ATAS products and services while providing tours of our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities,” says Bus. “Of course, the afternoon golf outing and other activities are always popular with our customers too.”

After lunch, customers were invited to participate in a golf outing, a trap shoot or bet on the ponies at the local off-track betting facility. Dinner was at a local country club and many donated prizes, both by ATAS and their vendors, were raffled off. Visitors to the morning sessions were also awarded extra prizes.

Berger becomes registered AIA/CES provider
Berger Building Products announced it is a registered American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems program provider. The program is an hour-long course that reviews knowledge and proper use and improves specification practices of snow guards. The course is designed to:

— Help participants understand the effects of accumulating snow and ice on sloped roofs.

— Explain the benefits of snow retention on sloped roofs.

— Understand the limitation of snow retention on sloped roofs.

— Improve details and specifications of snow retention systems.

The one-hour course is worth 1 Learning Unit of credit and falls into the Health, Safety and Welfare category. There is no cost to present this program to a group.

Met-Tile featured on Planet Green network

Met-Tile, Inc., a manufacturer with a “cool roof” system that combines the popular look of tile with Energy Star performance, is featured on Episode #5 of Renovation Nation, a new television series on the Planet Green network. The episode was expected to debut in June and will air multiple times.

The segment, which centers on a visit to the Met-Tile factory in Ontario, Calif., includes a plant tour with company president Terry Holman and a discussion of what makes Met-Tile green. Renovation Nation producers selected Met-Tile for coverage because of the many green attributes of its roofing product. In addition to earning an Energy Star rating for its solar reflectivity, Met-Tile is made of recyclable steel, it can be repainted instead of replaced after a number of years and its light weight can translate into reduced substructure requirements during construction and renovation, saving on resources.

In a series of hour-long episodes, Renovation Nation addresses the many questions homeowners have about “going green.”

Sheffield Metals continues expansion to Texas, Colorado
Sheffield Metals has completed a strategic growth initiative in the Western United States to better serve its customer base. To maintain consistent customer service and ship orders out within three days, Sheffield opened a facility in Mansfield, Texas, in November 2007. This full-line facility has a maximum coil size of 20,000 pounds. To assist customers in the Texas office and territory, Sheffield hired Nathan Johnson as its new southwest sales manager and Kourtney DeParvine as inside sales representative.

“Nathan and Kourtney make a great team,” says Mike Blake, president of Sheffield Metals. “Nathan is an industry veteran with 10 years experience and Kourtney gained valuable experience at a major mill for three years.”

In April 2008 Sheffield continued its expansion by opening a Denver facility. It stocks all of Sheffield’s 24-gauge painted flat stock and most colors in 20- and 24-inch painted coil. In addition to coil and flat sheets, Sheffield offers spin-down services as well as slitting for custom coil widths. Dale Showalter was brought on board as the western sales manager and Adam Mazzella joined as the inside sales representative for the Denver facility.

Simpson Strong-Tie volunteers travel to Gulf Coast to re-build
Simpson Strong-Tie volunteers from across the country traveled to the Gulf Coast in May to work alongside former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn. Simpson Strong-Tie employees join thousands of volunteers to build 30 new homes, rehabilitate 30 homes and frame up to 48 more in the host cities of Biloxi, Gulfport and Pascagoula, Miss., as part of the 25th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project hosted by Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“Simpson Strong-Tie is committed to helping build safer and stronger homes economically in collaboration with families in need,” said Terry Kingsfather, president of Simpson Stong-Tie. “By sharing similar goals with Habitat and working together at the 25th annual Carter Project, we can provide more people in the Gulf Coast with homes that are built to last.”

In addition to sending a team of eighteen volunteers from California, Ohio, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina and Alabama, Simpson Strong-Tie is supporting Habitat’s Carter Project with a cash donation and a supply of structural connector products to be used in the 30 new homes built during the week-long project. Simpson Strong-Tie reinforced its support, which extends more than a decade, to Habitat for Humanity in 2007 when it announced it would make a $1 million donation to the organization — the donation made up of cash and gift-in-kind products spans a four-year period. The donation is being used to help underwrite Habitat for Humanity projects, such as the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project and the Home Builders Blitz.

AppliCad launches multi-language website.

For almost 12 years, AppliCad has been developing its international business strategy. To this end, AppliCad has added a “gadget” on its website home page that allows visitors to select their native language and the rest of the visit to the website will be displayed in their language.

Some of the languages automatically translated include — German, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch, Chinese, Korean and Arabic. Check it out at www.applicad.com.au. The translation “gadget” has also been applied to AppliCad’s other sites — www.roofestimating.com and www.staircasesoftware.com.

Supplier Briefs
— Drexel Metals Corporation has restructured and expanded its Denver branch staff to support its continuing growth in the Rocky Mountain region. Dan Clark was hired as general manager and Ernie Coronado was added as an outside sales representative. Christina Davis is a new inside sales coordinator. In the warehouse, Brian Chochol will serve as warehouse manager and Dan Molina as warehouse operator.

— Makita U.S.A. is the Official Power Tool Sponsor of Championship Off Road Racing.  Makita also has become a sponsor of longtime CORR Series racers Team LeDuc, creating Rockstar Makita Team LeDuc Racing. Both sponsorships are an extension of the brand’s growing presence in live race events. CORR brings high action, four-wheel motorsports — including 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive trucks — to the closed course off road arena.  The 2008 CORR season includes eight events at tracks in Los Angeles/Pomona, San Diego/Chula Vista and Las Vegas/Primm, NV.

— Exceptional Metals, a division of Duro-Last Roofing, has expanded its production capacity due to increased demand for metal components that are installed with the Duro-Last roofing system and other single-ply systems. Exceptional Metals began operating in Jackson in July 2007 and the location’s doubling of sales during the year has enabled Exceptional Metals to relocate production operations to a larger facility in Jackson.

According to Art Gilles, national production manager, the new 16,000-square-foot building will help keep up with the increased demand for custom made metal products.

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