S-5! Receives Industry Advocate Award

Metal roof attachment manufacturer S-5! has been awarded the 2020 Gold Level Industry Advocate Award for outstanding service, participation, and support of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA).

Accepting on behalf of the S-5! team was CEO and Founder Rob Haddock at the virtual MBMA annual meeting and awards presentation on December 8, 2020

Haddock, a well-known metal roof consultant, technical author, speaker, and inventor of non-invasive clamps for fastening accessories to standing seam metal roofs, was awarded for his time, expertise, and advocacy of MBMA and the entire metal building industry.

Among the ten companies presented with gold, silver, and bronze level awards, S-5! earned top-notch gold recognition and was recognized for exceptional commitment to promoting and enhancing MBMA initiatives, including participation in MBMA committees, advocacy efforts to enhance the metal building systems industry, attendance at MBMA educational and promotional events, and safety program participation.

“I am truly honored to receive this award and to be part of such an extraordinary community of industry specialists and an organization that provides tremendous resources to those who work in metal building systems,” said Haddock. “I am a big proponent of participating in industry associations like MBMA where you can meet like-minded folks who will mentor and encourage you along the way.”


The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) selected Boral Steel and Nichtech Roofing as the winners of its Best Residential Metal Roofing Project competition for the third quarter of 2020.

The award-winning project features the installation of a new metal roof on a Tulsa, Oklahoma home that is just 10 years old. The original roof had been severely damaged by hail, which resulted in leaks and frustrating, unsuccessful attempts at roof repairs. Ultimately, the homeowners decided to replace the entire roof with a metal roofing option that has not only significantly improved the performance and protection of their home, but also added major style and curb appeal.

“We take pride in all the projects we do, and this is a fantastic example of how using the right materials and installation methods, and paying close attention to details can result in worry-free protection and performance for homeowners over the long run,” said Charles Nichols, Owner of Nichtech Roofing.

In addition to no more leaks, the homeowners have noticed a major unexpected benefit from their new metal roof: The home better maintains comfortable indoor temperatures without the need to frequently adjust the thermostat. The homeowners also can take comfort in the fact that their durable new roof can stand up to extreme storms and hailstones.

“As an extremely lightweight and durable material, Boral Steel is ideally suited for roof retrofits of this kind,” said Marion Whorton, Boral Steel Territory Sales Manager. “And when you pair it with the Boral Elevated Batten System, the homeowners’ long-term energy savings are meaningful.”

For more information about MRA’s competitions for the trades, visit www.metalroofing.com.

LafargeHolcim to Acquire Firestone Building Products

LafargeHolcim has signed an agreement to acquire Firestone Building Products, a U.S.-based leader in commercial roofing and building envelope solutions.

Jan Jenisch, LafargeHolcim CEO, commented: “I am excited to be entering the highly attractive roofing business. With Firestone Building Products, we are strengthening our biggest market, the U.S., while also building a global growth and innovation platform for the company. Today’s milestone is a strategic leap on our journey to become the global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, to build a world that works for people and the planet. I have great respect for the high-caliber leadership and expertise of the Firestone Building Products’ team and look forward to welcoming them into the LafargeHolcim family.”

Founded in 1980, Firestone Building Products is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas and part of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, a global leader providing tires and sustainable mobility solutions. Building on Firestone Building Products’ strong organic growth, LafargeHolcim expects to accelerate its leadership through cross-selling opportunities and further bolt-on acquisitions. LafargeHolcim also aims to swiftly globalize the business, leveraging its European and Latin American footprint.

With up to 60% of buildings’ energy lost through roofs, Firestone Building Products plays an instrumental role in mitigating this process with its industry-leading technologies, including cool roofs, insulation, and waterproofing systems. In addition, its green roofs contribute to more sustainable urban environments. These technologies complement LafargeHolcim’s sustainable building solutions, from its ECOPact green concrete to its EcoLabel range, accelerating the company’s net-zero commitment. l