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Why Distribution Works

Accella explains why distribution is a winning business model. By Jen Kramer In the spray polyurethane foam industry, there is a time-honored business model that is a winning proposition for both the contractor and the manufacturer: Distribution. It is practiced in other industries to great success. For example, in the industrial coatings industry, distribution companies such as Single Source and ...

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Downstream Business Management: The Key to Business Success

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In downstream business management there are two options: Managing your business from within or from without. By Charles Valentine There are two ways of looking at all aspects of your business – “market pull” and “market push.” Imagine you are a spray foam insulation supplier. In a market pull stance, your company looks to develop what the market is requesting. ...

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Reducing Liability Through Compliance

Applying the right code compliant thermal barrier coating reduces fire hazards and job burdens. BY JUAN SAGARBARRÍA Spray foam insulation is a highly effective insulation material, however it is also known to be combustible without careful adherence to fire codes. No good deed goes unpunished if you, as a foam system manufacturer or an installer, are not making sure the ...

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Ultra-Low Density Foam

Elevating the Industry By Jen Kramer A disruption is taking place in the spray foam industry – and it has changed the open-cell insulation market forever. A new technology, Ultra-Low Density spray foam, represents significant reductions in labor and expense for the contractors who have been front runners of early adoption. But what exactly is this technology and how is it ...

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Executive Outlook: Peter Davis

Peter Davis - Gaco Western - Spray Foam Magazine Executive Outlook

A Conversation With Peter Davis – Chairman and CEO, Gaco Western By Jen Kramer Always mindful of his family’s legacy, Gaco Western’s Peter Davis relentlessly pursues innovation. He shares his enthusiasm about shaping business, the industry, and technology with Spray Foam Magazine. Spray Foam Magazine: Yours is a true family-built company. How did your family come to be involved in ...

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From The Editor – January/February 2017

Of Growth, Innovation, and Giant Sausages Happy 2017! As I write this, it is the first week in December and the industry outlook is glowing. In 2017, construction is expected to increase. The Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) all predict continued growth for both commercial ...

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RELAX During a Crisis? …Exactly!

The secrets to discovering peace of mind in the midst of the storm By Gregory Lay “Every day’s a crisis,” Jeff complained to the guys on his crew after work. “If it isn’t an urgent deadline, then the boss is mad or the equipment is on the fritz! I never get to relax, no matter how hard I try!” From ...

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From the Editor – November/December 2016

Charlie & Eddie Charlie and Eddie are two names that have been getting a lot of mention around our offices lately. No, they aren’t new additions to the staff. Well, not strictly speaking. They are publishing awards. The Florida Magazine Association (FMA) – in recognition of publishing excellence throughout the state – awards ”Charlies” in a variety of categories. We ...

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Spray Foam Safety: Confined Space Safety Regulation Update

By Jennifer Coon, CHMM, CET, Safety Director, Tank Industry Consultants In May of 2015, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the Final Rule for Confined Spaces in Construction (29 CFR 1926 Part AA). The standard refined the parameters for working in confined spaces – creating additional requirements for construction industry confined spaces and encompassing residential construction – ...

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Improving Spray Foam Applications

A new chemical processing system streamlines SPF projects tenfold. By Juan Sagarbarria The spray foam industry is in a state of constant growth, and as such, manufacturers of spray equipment are ferociously developing cutting-edge tools and gadgets to simplify the array of products that constitute the application of foam.  These developments are crucial to the future of the industry, as ...

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