Florida Roofing Magazine- March 2022

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Industry Updates GAF Wins NRCA’s Charlie Raymond Award

During NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception, NRCA presented its Charlie Raymond Award to GAF, Parsippany, N.J. The Charlie Raymond Award is the most prestigious membership recruitment award NRCA bestows. The award annually honors a member for extraordinary efforts to recruit new members to NRCA. The Charlie Raymond Award is named for former NRCA President and J.A. Piper Award winner Charlie Raymond, who first became Chairman of NRCA’s Membership Committee when the association had 328 members. Raymond recruited the 1,000th member in 1973.

NCCER Welcomes Research Department Director

NCCER announced the appointment of Tim Taylor, P.E, Ph.D., to Director of Research. The Research Department aims to bring more awareness and prestige to construction craft careers by establishing NCCER as the source for research on the industry workforce. Having previous experience working alongside NCCER, Taylor is an excellent choice to launch this new department. He had a leadership role in the industry-driven research team led by NCCER and the Construction Industry Institute that resulted in the publishing of “Restoring the Dignity of Work: Transforming the U.S. Workforce Development System into a World Leader.” In addition, he has presented the policies advocated in this document at various conferences. 8

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“We are extremely excited to have a long-term friend on board to drive us in the research arena and to truly help NCCER continue its mission of improving the workforce development issues that face the construction industry,” said NCCER President and CEO Boyd Worsham. Most recently, Taylor served as the Chair of Construction Engineering and Project Management in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. There, he led more than $2.8 million in research volume from funding agencies and won research awards such as the Best Paper award for “Young Talent Motivations to Pursue Craft Careers in Construction” from the American Society of Civil Engineers. In addition to academia, he has extensive industry experience. He started his career in the industry at R.B. Taylor & Sons, his family business. At Luminant, formerly TXU Mining Company, Taylor worked in several positions including Construction Engineer. This new role and NCCER department are essential to its mission to build a safe, productive and sustainable workforce of craft professionals as well as to expand its comprehensive workforce development system and curricula selection.

Westlake Royal Building Products Debuts, Combining the Rich Legacy of Three North American Building Product Manufacturers

Two years of strategic geographic and category acquisitions throughout the North American building materials market culminates as the Westlake Royal Building Products brand is born. Bringing together the trusted Royal Building Products, Boral North America and DaVinci Roofscapes product lines under one unified brand signals a new era of growth and opportunity for the 50-year-old company. The newly launched Westlake Royal Building Products brand is built on strength and promise, featuring the dynamic portfolio additions of decorative stone, concrete and clay roof tiles, stone-coated steel roofing and windows to its product category lineup. The complete offering now includes industry-leading brands in siding and accessories, trim, moldings, roofing, stone, windows and outdoor living. “It’s a historic day for our team as we launch Westlake Royal Building Products, which represents our depth of experience and ongoing commitment to quality, innovation and customer relationships,” said Steve Booz, Vice President of Marketing at Westlake Royal Building Products. “Westlake Royal Building Products goes to market with a broader, more diverse range of products, services and solutions that meet the needs of architects, builders and homeowners throughout North America.”