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May/June 2018 E News

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CRCA Industry Affairs Meets with Chicago’s Building Commissioner

Led by CRCA’s Industry Affairs Chairs Tony Roque and George Patterson, Troy Wormley and Rod Petrick, a very productive session took place with Judy Frydland, Chicago's Building Commissioner and Matt Beaudet, Deputy Building Commissioner.

During the meetings, it was requested that CRCA be involved with new improvements on the City of Chicago Building Code. CRCA’s work with the City Department of Buildings in the past has resulted in the ‘City of Chicago Roofing Code Memorandum’. The Chicago Code Memo has innovated existing building regulations that provide relief for flashing height limitations, number of roofs allowed, steep slope spaced sheathing requirements, ice barriers and more. Email for a copy.

On the Crane Operator Licensing Issues, CRCA’s takeaway was that the City is interested in making sure the Crane Operator License Practical Examinations are fair and transparent. Commissioner Frydland advised that candidates spend time practicing for the practical exam to relieve nerves and get proficient on the actions required. If CRCA Members’ practical exam takers feel the session was unfairly judged, we have been invited to watch watch recorded Practical Exam Video together with Commissioner Fryland to establish fairness. (CRCA Members, if you have operators that failed the exam and claim unfair treatment, email with the participant’s name, exam date and the skills judged and we’ll request to review the videos.)

CRCA thanked the City for the collaborative approach we’ve had developing the Chicago Code Memorandum. and many others. Check it out at’s Resources pages.

Illinois SB 3052

Thanks, in part, to CRCA Members actions, Illinois SB 3052, aka the Retainage Bill , has passed the  House and is on its way to Gov. Rauner for signature. Thank you to all of the CRCA members for contacting your Illinois legislators.

Retainage is a common provision in construction contracts under which a percentage of a contractor’s or subcontractor’s earned payment, frequently 10%, is withheld until a project is completed. Some contractors wait for more than a year after completing work until payment is finally received. Unfortunately, this negatively impacts cash flow, especially for smaller contractors and subcontractors, preventing them from performing more work or hiring new employees, until their capital is returned from work long approved and completed. Historically, retainage of 10% was withheld because that was the expected profit for a contractor, a percentage now closer to 3%. Once the bill is signed this amount w il l be reduced to 5% once 50%of the project is completed.

Lunch with Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel

CRCA’s President Troy Wormley, with Board Members Dominic Dunlap, Brian Cronin, and Mitch Rabin, along with many construction industry leaders including leadership from the Association of General Contractors, Chicago Chapter, Underground Contractors Association, ASA Chicago, the Plumbing Council of Chicagoland met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. We were able to discuss some of the challenges in the roofing and construction industry due to a shortage of skilled workers and much more.

2018 CRCA Industry Day Golf Outing

This year’s Industry Day Golf Outing sold out of golf spots and sponsorship in record time. There is still plenty of time to donate raffle prizes! We are looking forward to seeing everyone on July 12 at Silver Lake Country Club. If you were unable to get a golf spot and would like to get onto the waiting list, please email to get added

CRCA Labor Committee Contract Ratified

The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association is the negotiating entity with the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, Local 11. The CRCA Labor Committee worked diligently with leaders from Local 11 to come to agreement for ratification by the union members, ratified on

May 31. CRCA and Local 11 have a long history of working together to deliver great roofs in Chicagoland. Good job to the CRCA’s Labor Committee and Local 11 for a successful contract.

CRCA Foundation gets First Contribution

M. W. Powell Company, one of the CRCA’s founding members, w as the first to donate to the CRCA Foundation. To learn more about the CRCA Foundation, please visit If you or your company is also interested in becoming an inaugural contributor to the CRCA Foundation, please contact

2019 CRCA Trade Show & Seminars

The CRCA’s Trade Show Committee has been meeting since January 2018, working on the 2019 Trade Show and Seminars at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Educational sessions are set, booths sold out and now we’re working to fill the exhibition and seminars with attendees. Mark your calendars now – January 17 & 18, 2019 – for a great “Roofing Week in Chicago”. And, look for more as we announce speakers later this fall.

CRCA May 2018 Scholarship Dinner

The CRCA would like to thank everyone who attended the May Membership Dinner and a very special thank you to our speaker, Kevin Butler, who spoke about his time with the Chicago Bears and how he had to overcome many obstacles in life to become a successful businessman today. Also, we would like to extend a hearty congratulations to all of the CRCA & CRC Scholarship recipients (listed below), good luck in the next chapter of your lives! CRCA& CRC has awarded over $600,000 in scholarships since 1995.

2018 Scholarship Recipients


  • Vincent D’Angelo, McHenry High School, Northwestern University
  • Madelyn Moy, Walter Payton College Prep, Northwestern University


  • Jackson Cler, Lincoln-Way West, Illinois State University, Ridgeworth Roofing Co., Inc
  • Alexander Dubin, Crete-Monee High School, Purdue University, Roofer Joint Apprentice Training Center
  • Kylie McCarthy, Plainfield South, University of Missouri, Jones & Cleary Roofing & Sheet Metal
  • Lizett Muro, Sarah E. Goode Stem Academy, University of Illinois-Chicago, A-1 Roofing
  • Breanne Morrissey, Oak Forest High School, College of St. Rose, Knickerbocker Roofing & Paving Co., Inc.

NRCA's National Roofing Week

Organized by NRCA, National Roofing Week’s mission is to increase awareness across the U.S. about the significance of roofs to every home and business and share the good deeds of the industry. National Roofing Week also promotes the importance of hiring a professional roofing contractor and making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system.

In celebration of National Roofing Week June 3-9, NRCA hosts an annual Children's Art Contest, sponsored by A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply (A.C.T. is a CRCA Member) and the International Roofing Expo® (IRE). Check out the contest at

Welcome New CRCA Members

CRCA would like to welcome all of our new members as of January 2018:



CRCA Emerging Leaders 5K and BBQ

The CRCA Emerging Leaders are busy planning this years Family BBQ and inaugural 5K on Saturday, August 25 at Busse Woods. All proceeds from the 5K Run/Walk will benefit the CRCA Foundation.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Registration for both the 5K and BBQ will be open later this month and is open to all CRCA Members, their employees and families.

CRCA Committees Corner

CRCA’s Chicagoland Women in Roofing (CWIR) met on April 25 to celebrate their 2nd year Anniversary and were inspired by Hunter Panels’ Jennifer Holsinger, who shared her career journey. The CWIR will meet next on June 21, with GAF’s Joan Crowe presenting a code update.

CRCA’s Safety Committee met on May 8th, to work on the planning of the 2019 Trade Show programming and also to discuss safety resources on CRCA’s website

CRCA’s Emerging Leader Committee met on May 18th to plan the implementation of a CRCA Mentoring Network. Using data from a survey sent to all CRCA members, the group is developing the network for this important new CRCA initiative. Watch for a Fall 2018 launch!

Some CRCA Affiliate Committee members participated in the Blue Book “Who’s Who” event at Drury Lane on May 22. They met with other construction industry organizations to discuss  developing relationships and collaborating in a Fall 2018 Networking event. Watch for more to come from the new CRCA Affiliates Committee!

Not on a committee? Visit the CRCA Committee page at, and email which Committee you want to join.

CRCA Proposals at Illinois’ Energy Code Development Process

The Illinois Capital Development Board is managing the Energy Code Development Process for the State of Illinois. CRCA’s Industry Affairs Committee testified on several code proposals that CRCA submitted for the Illinois Adoption of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code. So far, we have had positive support from the Residential and Commercial Code Development Committees codifying certain situations with roofs on existing buildings. Watch for more as the process wraps up this summer.


The following updates & corrections should be made to your 2018 CRCA Directory:

  • DSP Insurance Services Inc. please besure to add Bryan Adams to the contact list.

  • Kremer Davis’ updated address is 9385 Holly St. NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. Their phone is 763-788-5837 and fax is 763-788-8485

  • The updated contact for Owens Corning is Erin Gnutek. Phone: 773-329- 1949

  • Roxul USA is now known as Rockwool Their updated email is and their updated website is

  • Please update Weible & Cahill to Brown & Brown of Illinois. Their phone and mailing address will remain the same, but the website is now and Bill Cahill’s email is now

If your company every has an update to your contact information or online profile please email

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