RCMA Is Accepting Abstracts for International Roof Coatings Conference

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RCMA Is Accepting Abstracts for International Roof Coatings Conference

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) is now accepting abstracts for its fourth biennial International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC) program. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Oct. 31, 2017.

The 2018 IRCC will take place July 23-26, 2018, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, in Chicago. The conference will feature a host of networking opportunities, educational sessions, and other programming geared toward professionals involved in the roof coatings industry.

“Our last conference was a success, with an over 40 percent growth in attendance,” says Jared Rothstein, RCMA Industry Affairs Manager. “We expect that the 2018 IRCC will provide more opportunity for our industry to join together, discuss issues, consider emerging trends, and enjoy each other’s company.”

Possible conference presentation topics include global market developments, green building trends, application practices, energy cost savings evaluations, roof coating formulation advancements, roof systems analysis, and in-situ field research. Roofing industry professionals, building envelope technology experts, material scientists, and those in the design community are encouraged to submit their abstracts for consideration.

Those interested in presenting at the 2018 IRCC should visit the IRCC website for more information and to complete the abstract submission form.  A list of conference partnership, sponsorship, and exhibition opportunities is also available on the IRCC website.

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Published at Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:00:01 +0000

Multi-faceted Approach Required to Retain Good Employees

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Multi-faceted Approach Required to Retain Good Employees

RCS Influencer Mark Holencik says that businesses should always be looking for new methods to retain good employees.

I think often about the guys who worked hard to help me build a company that you would want to work for.  They did not stick around to reap the benefits of the years of work it took to build a pay and benefit package that you could support a family on.  Some of those that left would have stayed if I would have fired the bad apples faster.

That said, you will not retain good employees without good pay and benefits. Yet good pay and benefits will not retain good employees.

One of the things that helps with retention is to hire people without prior trade experience. Mike Hicks talks about this and I have found this to be true.  Find someone who wants a change in their career or just wants a career.

Another thing we did early on was give out an employee of the year award. It did not cost anything and it works. We named it after an employee that came to me with no experience and afraid of heights. I knew the money he made before he came to me. The first thing I said to him was I cannot pay you what you are making now. He said I know, I want a change. I hired him and within three years he was a foreman that did not need any supervision. Done on time and no callbacks.

With people like that you have to step up your game and find more money and benefits to provide them.  One benefit that we have found to be helpful with family men is paid vacation that they can take when we are busy.  Kids have off in the summer.

We have weekly meetings with the foreman and salespeople.  We want the salespeople to know firsthand what did not work with the way the job was sold. The foreman needs to know any special items before they get to the job. We review every job to see if it was profitable and this is shown and explained to the employees.

We also provide uniforms to the repair guys and gutter and siding installers.  We are working on the shingle crew next.  There are other things we do to instill pride in being a part of the team.

This year we started to send all employees to Dale Carnegie training.

After this is all said and done. Some still leave.  Could we have done something different to keep them? I do not know, but we will keep looking for new methods to retain good employees.

Mark Holencik is the owner of Holencik Exteriors, Holencik Gutters and Holencik Insulation. See his full bio here.

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Published at Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:51:03 +0000

PPG Brochure Highlights 50 Years of Duranar Coatings for Metal Building Components

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PPG Brochure Highlights 50 Years of Duranar Coatings for Metal Building Components

PPG has published “The Gold Standard in Architectural Metal Coatings: Celebrating 50 Years of DURANAR Coatings,” a 16-page brochure commemorating the 1967 introduction of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings for metal building components.

According to Brian Knapp, PPG director, coil and building products, the booklet illustrates the historical significance of Duranar coatings.

“Our PVDF coating was a product that enabled architects to design metal components and facades with color,” he explains. “Until we introduced Duranar coatings, anodized aluminum was virtually the only metallic option to provide long-term performance on monumental buildings. It wasn’t until Duranar coatings were specified for several major projects that architects and building owners felt comfortable considering color finishes as a design option for metal.”

Over the past half-century, Duranar coatings have been specified by architects to protect and enhance some of the world’s most recognized architectural landmarks. Buildings profiled in the brochure include the Empire State Building in New York, Shanghai Tower in China, The Louvre Pyramid in Paris, and Centre Videotron in Quebec City.

Other prominent landmarks finished with Duranar coatings include One World Trade Center in New York; Shanghai World Financial Center in China; Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

The brochure is organized by building type—skyscrapers, landmarks, convention centers, transportation facilities, libraries and sports venues. Each building profile includes photographs, location, approximate opening date, the selected Duranar coatings color and the architect’s name.

In addition to publishing the brochure, PPG will highlight Duranar coatings in trade-show displays throughout the year and offer special customer promotions and giveaways. A dedicated web portal, duranar50.com, features images and descriptions of other landmark buildings finished with Duranar coatings, as well as articles, white papers and additional educational materials.

To learn more about the 50th anniversary of Duranar coatings or to download a copy of the 50th anniversary brochure, visit here or call (800) 258-6398.
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Published at Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:00:37 +0000

See DuPont™ Tyvek® Building Envelope Innovations at PCBC

See DuPont™ Tyvek® Building Envelope Innovations at PCBC

Visit DuPont at their PCBC booth #316 to see the company’s newest building product solutions.

On June 28 – 29, 2017, DuPont™ will exhibit at the PCBC Show at the San Diego Convention Center. The company will be featuring innovations that protect the whole house from the rooftop down. Visit them at booth #316: they’ve got the whole house covered!

  • On the roof with Tyvek® Protec™ roofing underlayments that deliver industry-leading walkability
  • Around windows and doors with DuPont™ Flashing Systems, now in Convenient-Sized Flashing Rolls
  • Wrapped up with Tyvek® weather-barriers for superior weatherization

Show attendees can visit the Flex House at booth #705. See how DuPont™ Tyvek® StuccoWrap® helped in the construction of VISONS The Flex House. This innovative “Right-Sized” home promotes living in a small, flexible space that is smart, connected, and sustainable.

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Published at Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:37:00 +0000

RoofersCoffeeShop.com Welcomes JOBPROGRESS

RoofersCoffeeShop.com Welcomes JOBPROGRESS

JOBPROGRESS is the must-have business productivity platform for all roofing contractors.

RoofersCoffeeShop.com, the place where the industry meets for technology, information and everyday business is pleased to welcome JOBPROGRESS. This software helps roofing contractors take charge of their business by offering an easy-to-use productivity platform with tools to manage business workflows, field operations, job workflows customer relationships and business development.

Contractors using JOBPROGRESS benefit from increased efficiency and productivity, higher revenue per project and improved customer satisfaction. The platform features a fully customizable job and workflow manager, a customer relationship manager, quick estimating, quoting and scheduling, dashboard work centers, remote access to the business, safe cloud storage, employee and subcontractor management tools, instant proposals and contracts with digital signature as well as online sales and marketing capabilities.

JOBPROGRESS was built for contractors by contractors. It fully integrates with other tools that contractors use to run their business including QuickBooks, EagleView, Google, WordPress, ZenDesk and social media.   Contractors can request a demo at www.jobprogress.com.

RoofersCoffeeShop.com is proud to welcome JOBPROGRESS.

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About RoofersCoffeeShop.com
RoofersCoffeeShop.com is committed to being a roofing professional advocate by supplying consistent information, education and communication avenues for all roofing professionals, and especially contractors, while promoting the positive growth, education and success of the roofing industry overall. Visitors to the site continue to find excellent opportunities for sharing information while participating in important ongoing conversations concerning new technologies, safety and the overall roofing trade. From the rooftop to the board room, RoofersCoffeeShop.com is “Where the Industry Meets!” For more information, visit www.rooferscoffeeshop.com.

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Published at Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:53:50 +0000