Trip Report


State of Slate

State of Slate

I visited the slate quarry area of New York/Vermont 2 weeks ago and feel it’s important to give a perspective of the slate industry. It’s a 5 hour drive from Philadelphia, PA and the last hour is through small towns, population 2,000, like Argyle and...
Dach und Holz 2020

Dach und Holz 2020

  The Dach und Holz takes place every 2 years in Germany. It alternates between Cologne and Stuttgart. This year was in Stuttgart which is the 6th largest city in Germany and home to the headquarters of Porsche and Mercedez-Benz.  In a 4 day span, over 52,000...
Forging Slate Rippers in America

Forging Slate Rippers in America

Back in 1853, slate rippers were heated in coal fires and forged at our facility in Philadelphia. Today they are forged and milled to specifications so that every ripper falls between the same tolerance range. Watching the hard work that goes into every ripper will...
AccuSeamer & Cutter Debut At Metalcon ’19

AccuSeamer & Cutter Debut At Metalcon ’19

Metalcon 2019 – Pittsburgh, PA Metalcon is the largest international exhibition in the metal construction industry. Metalcon boasts: Over 250 leading manufacturers and service providerDaily complimentary keynotes and panel discussionsHigh level networking...
RollFormer Corp- Since 1978

RollFormer Corp- Since 1978

What is Roll Forming? Roll forming is a process that utilizes sets of rolls in “stages” to achieve desired profiles in continuous strips of sheet metal. Roll forming can offer companies the following benefits: No expensive shipping & crating of long panels – you...
Dach & Holz 2018

Dach & Holz 2018

The Dach & Holz (Roof and Wood) is a premier roofing show in the world. It is held every 2 years and this year it took place in Cologne, Germany. There are over 576 exhibitors from over 35 countries that expand into 4 full show halls. Day tickets cost $19 euro....
International Roofing Expo 2018

International Roofing Expo 2018

The IRE was this past week held in New Orleans, Louisiana. There were about 500 booths that spanned 28 different aisles. Here are a few pictures of some of the booths that were being presented who we do business with, are associated with, or have an interest to our...
Metalcon 2017

Metalcon 2017

The girls were like “we’ll take the picture for tips.” I was thinking a few bucks, whatever. They take the picture and then say, “people usually give us $20”. I gave the one girl $10 and the other was like “what about...
NSA Conference In Ithaca, NY

NSA Conference In Ithaca, NY

Last week was the National Slate Conference in Ithaca, New York. The conference dates, 9/28-10/1, included: A Walking Tour of Cornell University Presentations by Ron Williams of OSHA, John Chan of Durable Slate, Gary Traver from the state of NY, Jeffrey Chusid, James...
My Visit to PF Freund

My Visit to PF Freund

This past week I had the opportunity to visit the facilities of PF Freund in Wuppertal, Germany. Freund specializes in the production and distribution of hand tools for roofers of the slate and sheet metal variety along with many others. The company was started well...
Slate Education Continues

Slate Education Continues

I visited New England Slate in Poultney, Vermont because they were hosting a training course for new roofers who had an interest in developing their slate roofing skills. Jens Lehman from Rathscheck was the lead instructor and a group of 15 roofers took the course. It...
NSA – Penn Big Bed Convention

NSA – Penn Big Bed Convention

The National Slate Association hosted the Penn Big Bed Convention this past weekend. The NSA is an organization consisting of members associated with slate quarries, roofing contractors, architects, educators, and distributors. Once a year, the group gets together at...
The Dach und Holz 2016

The Dach und Holz 2016

From February 2nd to the 5th was one of the biggest global roofing shows called the Dach und Holz held in Stuttgart, Germany. The show starts at 9am and goes all the way until 6pm for 4 straight days which is a bit longer than American trade shows. There were 5 main...
SRCA Conference 2015

SRCA Conference 2015

This past weekend, the Slate Roofer’s Contractors Association met at Joseph Jenkins in Grove City, PA. The conference marked the 10 year anniversary of the SRCA. Members came from as far as Spain or Brazil to attend. It’s a memorable experience to all...

Local Contractor Works on Historic Franklin Field

Franklin Field is the home of the Penn Relays and is the University of Pennsylvania’s stadium for football and lacrosse.   It is a 50,000 person capacity stadium and located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the eastern edge of Penn’s campus.  It was built...
National Slate Association in Baltimore, MD

National Slate Association in Baltimore, MD

The National Slate Association is a group of 115 members whose mission statement reads “The establishment of material and installation standards and promotion of natural roofing slate in North America.” This past weekend was a semi annual conference in...

IRE 2015 in New Orleans

The International Roofing Expo was held in New Orleans on February 24-26th.  The show draws about 9,000 visitors and has 450 exhibitors throughout a 3 day period.  This is THE roofing show. The IRE is a great place to see new products and stay current with the...

National Slate Association Conference 2014

The 2014 National Slate Association Conference was held in Quebec City this year from October 24th-26th. A variety of organization members attended including roofing consultants, quarry owners, slate contractors, and others in the industry. The conference events...

Where is Slate Produced in North America?

The majority of roofing slate in the United States is quarried in the Northeast region.  In Canada, the Glendyne quarry is the largest producing slate quarry.  In this post we will recap recent visits to various quarries in places such as Pennsylvania, Vermont, and...

Attending the Dach Und Holz

Heading to Germany In late February 2014, a trade show called the Dach und Holz was held in Cologne, Germany. It is a show held every two years that pertains to roofs, walls, sealing, timber constructions, interior works, and energy efficient retrofitting.   More than...