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Zelman to speak at ProDealer Industry Summit

BY Ken Clark

A presentation from housing sector analyst Ivy Zelman will be among the educational highlights during the 2012 ProDealer Industry Summit Oct. 24 to 26. 

As CEO of Zelman & Associates, Ivy Zelman holds more than 20 years of experience covering housing and housing-related industries, and has earned a reputation as one of the industry’s most accurate, tell-it-like-it-is forecasters.

In addition, a session outlining Zelman & Associates forecast for 2013 and beyond, Zelman will moderate a panel of pro dealers with a view toward improved planning in 2013.

The ProDealer Industry Summit will take place in Savannah, Ga., at the Westin Savannah. 

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GAF to open second ISO facility

BY Ken Clark

Wayne, N.J.-based GAF will open in Gainesville, Texas, a new manufacturing facility for polyisocyanurate (ISO), an insulation material used in commercial roofing systems.  

GAF opened its first ISO manufacturing facility in Statesboro, Ga., which began shipping material in August of this year. It plans four such facilities.

This ISO facility will be integrated with the company’s existing thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) manufacturing facilities and will enable GAF to efficiently serve its customers throughout the central region of the United States, the company said.

The plant will also produce residential sheathing. 

Construction of the new 200,000-sq.-ft. facility is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2012, and the facility will begin operating in the third quarter of 2013.

“The opening of our second ISO facility demonstrates GAF’s unwavering commitment to create efficient and cost-effective solutions for our customers,” said Bob Tafaro, president and CEO of GAF. “The products manufactured at this facility will support property owners’ efforts to reduce energy costs through thermal efficiency.” 

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Allied to distribute Siemens solar microinverters

BY Brae Canlen

Allied Building Products Corp., a distributor of roofing materials and other exterior building products, has entered into an agreement to sell and distribute Siemens Microinverter Systems to solar contractors nationwide. Stocking locations will be located in Hawaii and New Jersey.

Offering increased energy output and online monitoring, the Siemens Microinverter system offers  homeowners and businesses a power converter that is designed with end users and integrators in mind, according to the company. The system offers many time-saving installation features and improved safety over traditional solar inverter systems, Siemens said.

"Working with the right partners is key in this industry," said Barry Contrael, director of Low Voltage Electronics for Siemens Infrastructure and Cities. "Siemens has a wide variety of products and services, but distributors like Allied Building Products are critical in filling the necessary gaps as well as maintaining relationships with the vast number of contractors and tradesmen in this country.” 

This is the first distribution relationship between Allied Building Products and Siemens.

Based in East Rutherford, N.J., Allied Building Products Corp. distributes building products to specialty contractors from more than 200 locations throughout the United States. A division of Oldcastle, Allied’s Solar Division supplies solar panels, mounting hardware, inverters and monitoring systems to qualified solar contractors.

Siemens Infrastructure & Cities sector is comprised of the Rail Systems, Mobility and Logistics, Low and Medium Voltage, Smart Grid and Building Technologies divisions as well as Osram Sylvania.

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