Liberty unveils new business model

M emphis-based Liberty Building Systems will pursue a new national business model as part of parent BlueScope Steel’s expansion of its North American infrastructure.

Currently, Liberty’s metal buildings are produced in one manufacturing location and distribution occurs at a regional level. The new model will enable Liberty to manufacture products in multiple BlueScope Steel-owned facilities across the United States. Also, Liberty’s line of metal buildings will be available to builders nationally. An expanded product line also will be announced in coming weeks.

“We’ve transformed our company’s focus overnight,” said Matt Threadgill, Liberty Building Systems general manager. “Liberty’s customers will benefit from this strategic move in the form of expanded nationwide coverage, lower transportation costs and closer access to key markets across the nation.”

As part of the change-over, Liberty closed its manufacturing plant in Selmer, Tenn. Liberty will produce buildings within other BlueScope Steel manufacturing facilities across North America.

In July, Liberty’s corporate, engineering, estimating, sales, project management and customer service offices previously located in Bartlett, Tenn., were relocated to Memphis.

Wick Ohio plant celebrates safety milestone

Wick Buildings plant in St. Paris, Ohio, celebrated 2,000 days  — nearly 5 1/2 years — without a lost time accident. Local and state dignitaries joined president Jeff Wick, division manager Tom Wick and region manager Terry Howell in August to recognize the accomplishment.

Special recognition and congratulations went to plant supervisor Gary Oen and employees who have made safety their first priority.

Simonton Windows in house for wounded Iraq war vet

Army Staff Sgt. Travis Strong, who lost both legs while serving in Iraq, accepted the keys to his new, specially-adapted Home for Our Troops house in August. The Colorado house created for Strong, his wife Misty and two children  is one of the first green building homes constructed by Homes for Our Troops in partnership with The Sierra Club Foundation.

Energy Star-qualified Simonton windows help meet the home’s green building goals. The windows are double glazed and have Argon gas filling with an Intercept spacer system to make them extremely energy efficient.

Green elements include a photovoltaic system that will provide 80 to 90 percent of the electricity for the home, a building envelope that provides an R-value of R37, spray foam insulation and geothermal heating system as the primary source of heat.

CertainTeed is part of new  7 World Trade Center

CertainTeed SoftTouch Duct Wrap is part of the green design at the new 7 World Trade Center in New York City. As external insulation for the HVAC ductwork, it helps provide efficient air distribution and minimize leakage of conditioned air.

At 52 stories high and covering 1.7 million square-feet of floor space, the building emphasizes occupant safety and sustainability and features enough green design components to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status. Green design highlights include natural lighting, recycled materials used for insulation and other interior materials and individually metered power to encourage tenants to conserve energy.

SoftTouch Duct Wrap Insulation is a foil scrim kraft (FSK)-faced flexible fiberglass blanket insulation used to insulate the exterior of rectangular and round heating, ventilating and air conditioning ductwork. SoftTouch virtually eliminates ductwork condensation problems that can lead to mold and microbial growth.

Bobcat milestone number rolls off assembly line

Bobcat Company, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the compact loader, marks another milestone this year — the manufacture of its 750,000th skid-steer loader.

Bobcat reached the 500,000 mile marker in 2001, 43 years after introducing the compact loader and launching an industry.

Right behind the 750,000th skid-steer loader was the 750,001st, also a S205, which was chosen by “How Bobcat Unleashed Me” contest winner Gregory Stone as part of his $75,000 prize. Stone drove his new machine off the line and thanked those who helped build it.

Two other persons received $50,000 contractor’s packages from Bobcat. Their names were randomly selected in another contest, the Bobcat Great Road Tour Giveaway. Winning the prizes are Brian
Beaumont of Beaumont Landscaping in Flanders, N.J., and Roger Coyle of Diamondback Pool Excavation in Chandler, Ariz.

Drexel, New Tech offer comprehensive metal package

Why buy a metal roofing machine without the engineering, quality assurance measures and the ability to extend industry leading warranties?

That’s the question asked by Drexel Metals Corporation, Ivyland, Pa., a metal roof systems supplier, and New Tech Machinery, Denver Colo., manufacturer of portable roll forming equipment as the two companies team up to offer the industry a comprehensive engineered metal roofing package.

“Drexel Metals is excited to be able to offer our customers the ability to make it easy to manufacture our metal roof systems,” says Brian Partyka, president. “With New Tech’s revolutionary SSQ Quick change multi-profile roll former and our DMARM (Drexel Metals Association of Regional Manufacturers) complete single-source program, it’s a real win-win for the portable roll-former owner,” states Partyka.

The two companies will supply 13 metal roof systems with engineering ranging from UL 580 to ASTM 1592.

Best Western hotel chain prefers Duro-Last roofing

Duro-Last Roofing, Inc., a national manufacturer of thermoplastic commercial roofing systems, has been re-endorsed by Best Western International Inc., as a preferred vendor. Duro-Last is approved by Best Western for potential installation in more than 2,400 hotels.

Steve Gaines of the Best Western Hilltop Inn of Redding, Calif.,  said, “We have realized a substantial energy savings by using the Duro-Last roofing system. In addition to receiving $3,000 in energy rebates, there was no disruption to business during installation.”

Wheeling Pittsburg now part of OAO Severstal

Esmark/Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel family entered a new era on August 4 when OAO Severstal purchased the assets of Esmark/Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel as well as the Wheeling Corrugating Company.

“We are now a part of the third largest steel company in America and will remain Wheeling Corrugating under ownership of OAO Severstal,” says Douglas L. Robbins, vice president commercial.

“Severstal Company offers great diversity in its product offerings and mill operations. With the recent acquisition of a major coal production company, Severstal exemplifies a world class ‘mine to market’ operation,” Robbins says.  Steel production facilities are located in Sparrows Point, Md., Mingo Junction, Ohio, Columbus, Miss., and Dearborn, Mich.

“Wheeling Corrugating is well positioned to take advantage of Severstal’s regional plant locations, diverse product offerings, and its financial strength, to better serve our customers and markets,” Robbins says.

Wick Buildings names ‘Win Me’ contest winner

Bud Walls of Convoy, Ohio, is the winner in Wick Buildings “Win Me” Contest. The drawing was held Sept. 17 at the newly constructed American Classic building at the Ohio Farm Science review in London, Ohio.

Walls wins a 30 x 30 x 11 American Classic garage in his choice of colors — grey and burgundy — to match the colors of his house.

Kay-Cee Smith of Mount Gilead, Ohio drew the winning name from nearly 8,000 entries that came from across the country.

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