Five new training centers from roofing systems and products manufacturer Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. will give the company’s contractors, distributor partners and associates easy, nationwide access to the ongoing, hands-on education they need.

The Mule-Hide Training Centers are part of an expansion and enhancement of the company’s training program. Now called the RISE Program (an acronym for “Roofing Installation and Systems Education”), it encompasses in-depth, customizable training on all the commercial roofing products and systems the company offers.

The company’s training facility on the ABC Supply headquarters campus in Beloit, Wisconsin has reopened as a Mule-Hide Training Center following a top-to-bottom renovation. A new center also recently opened at an ABC Supply branch in Orlando. A location at an ABC Supply branch in Avenel, New Jersey will open during the first half of 2023. Centers in Texas and Arizona will round out the network.

Training Opportunities

The enhanced training opportunities will meet the needs of professionals in all areas of commercial roofing and at all career stages.

“Training isn’t just for people who are new to the industry,” said National Training Manager Kyle Stavish. “Commercial roofing is constantly changing, with new products, technology and regulations being introduced. To keep up, everyone involved needs continuing, hands-on education. That includes contractors, distributors and our own associates, whether they’re just getting started in roofing or have decades of experience.”

Training Center Design

The centers are designed to facilitate programs customized to meet the needs, interests and schedules of each group using it. Each facility has a classroom equipped to comfortably host video presentations, discussions and team meetings.

The majority of each center is devoted to thoughtfully designed, user-friendly areas where participants can get essential hands-on experience. Each facility includes:

• A 16’ x 32’ mock multi-height parapet roof on which the correct way to complete any detail can be demonstrated or practiced. 

• Ergonomic 4’ x 8’ standing training tables where participants can practice completing details, such as corners, drains, pipes and scuppers, without bending and stooping.

• Custom-designed roll racks that neatly dispense roof membrane for use in training.

• A layout that follows lean manufacturing principles to keep the space clean and organized. In keeping with the 5S System, tools, equipment and other materials all have designated homes, marked by tape or signs, to help keep everything in its proper place.