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Roofing manufacturer 'reinforces' nonwovens industry.

The founder and president of roofing manufacturer U.S. Intec, Port Arthur, TX, Danny Adair, was a roofing and sheet metal contractor before he started the company, which has grown to be a leader in the U.S. roofing industry. Mr. Adair, so the story goes, began the company to help out the roofing contractor; as a result many of the programs instituted at the company focus on the contractor and making his or her job easier. U.S. intec, which manufactures modified bitumen and built-up roofing producrs, has relied on this value added service and customer satisfaction approach to propel the company to annual sales of approximately $78 million in 1992.

U.S. Intec, which qualifies as an end user of nonwovens in its choice of spunbonded polyester as reinforcement in its commercial roofing membranes (the company is featured in our Top End Product Manufacturers article this month), manufactures both SBS (styrene butadiene styrene) and APP (atactic polypropylene) modified bitumen roofing substrates. The company is also involved in the BUR (built-up roofing) market and has acquired BUR manufacturer Permaglas; it is capitalizing on the growing trend to combine BUR products with modified bitumen caps.

U.S. Intecsupplies international markets as well as the U.S. industry, although particularly in Europe, the market is extremely competitive. "Europe is where modified bitumen originated and there are a lot of established companies," explained K. Shawn Walker, marketing director. "We would like to see the company grow internationally, however," he said, adding that while no plans have been finalized, the company is certainly looking at the possibility of manufacturing outside the U.S. as well.

The company, in addition to its various roofing products, has developed many value added programs to aid the customer. U.S. Intec has established a daily hotline for application or technical questions; it also has a design line, which will actually generate specifications and drawings for potential jobs and a CAD system that can be installed directly at the architect's site for aiding in developing roofing projects. Finally, the company holds training seminars for contractors to gain handson experience in using U.S. Intec's commercial roofing products.
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Title Annotation:include company information; Company Cameos; U.S. Intec
Author:Noonan, Ellen
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Article Type:Company Profile
Date:Feb 1, 1993
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