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Call to Action: Volunteers Needed in Northeast Ohio

One of our own NWiR members has stepped forward to replicate the Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls powered by the CSI Foundation, with a new location in Northeast Ohio. Shelly Higgins of NWiR and S-5 Metals is spearheading the project which involves many moving parts and pieces and NWiR is a proud sponsor of the camp. The camp will be held in Northeast Ohio using Mahoning County Career & Technical Center (MCCTC) as a base [...]

2022-06-15T12:03:53-06:00By |

Construction Camps for Girls and Young Women

Some really cool summer camps are popping up across the country for girls. Usually geared towards young women between the ages of 8-18 or so, these camps focus on various areas of construction skills and many of them include a roofing component. Oregon has the Girls Build summer camp series where girls attend for a week at a time and have four 80-minute workshops per day. Offered several times during the summer at various locations, they [...]

2022-06-06T16:23:35-06:00By |

A New Gathering Place for NWiR Members

People who work for associations, like NWiR, NRCA, or IIBEC are in the profession of association management. We have professional associations for ourselves too: people like Alison LaValley, Brian Pallasch and myself belong to an association for association executives where we have colleagues who work for associations, we have community bulletin boards where we discuss hundreds of association issues, and we also have professional development and certifiations. One of the hot topics over the past few [...]

2022-06-01T22:38:04-06:00By |

Moxy: The Voice of Women in Infrastructure

We are so fortunate at NWiR to have the support of several media outlets and educational resources on the interwebs that are focused on roofing and the broader construction industry. I recently had the chance to learn about a new resource that is of interest to NWiR members: Moxy. Moxy was founded by two women from the asphalt industry (which coincidentally has a lot of similarities to the roofing industry) and is a website full of [...]

2022-06-01T20:48:18-06:00By |

Industry Colleagues: Adding CWIR and NAWIC

NWiR is so fortunate to be supported by other not-for-profit associations, non-governmental organizations, and business coalitions. We seek these colleagues both in and outside the roofing industry, in adjacent industries, those that represent women in male-dominated fields and those that we have issues in common with. I'm so excited to announce that we've recently added the organizations of Chicagoland Women in Roofing (CWIR) and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) to our list of [...]

2022-05-04T17:32:13-06:00By |

Q1 2022 Market Index Survey for Reroofing Shows Increases

The Q1 2022 Market Index Survey for Reroofing shows increasing customer inquiries and increasing project contracts. Respondents include both roofing contractors and roof consultants with the vast majority of respondents doing business on both steep-slope and low-slope roofs; about 15% of respondents do business on steep-slope only. Below are a few topline highlights of the recent survey: • Customer Inquiries: 46% of all respondents reported that customer inquiries increased for Q1 2022 as compared to the [...]

2022-05-03T21:32:16-06:00By |

Call for Presentations at the 2023 IIBEC International Convention & Trade Show

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) is an international association of professionals who specialize in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall specification and design. The mission of IIBEC is to advance the profession of building enclosure (roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall) consultants. IIBEC is seeking papers for consideration for its 40th anniversary at the 2023 IIBEC International Convention & Trade Show. Put your skills, knowledge, and talent to work for your profession! The 2023 IIBEC [...]

2022-05-04T10:45:04-06:00By |

National Roofing Week 2022: June 5-11

Each year, National Roofing Week increases awareness about the significance of roofs to every home and business and shares the good deeds of the industry. NWiR encourages members to participate in National Roofing Week by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community. More information about National Roofing Week is available on the NRCA website.

2022-05-04T10:37:27-06:00By |

The new North America (virtual) Council

If any new members do not have a council to join, please contact Shelly Higgins at [email protected] who is the chair for our newly founded virtual council now called the North America Council. We now have a home for everyone! The newly developed North America Council will have some exciting virtual activities and also be joining councils from all over every month with exciting projects and activities. The council was developed to ensure all members have [...]

2022-04-06T13:36:46-06:00By |

How Small Businesses Can Best Navigate the 2022 Tax Season

One of the things I love doing as part of my job is environmental scanning - which just means staying on top of new research, articles, and initiatives that affect the various segments of the roofing industry. I saw this come across my desk from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and thought it might be of interest to NWiR members. ______________________________________ Over the last two years, the pandemic has caused tax deadlines to shift and brought [...]

2022-04-06T11:10:59-06:00By |