Author Archives: Sigourney
You wouldn’t know from looking at the building’s façade, but 100 Dan Road in Canton, MA holds more than just Sika Sarnafil’s corporate offices. This address is also home to the company’s 85,000 square foot manufacturing facility! The factory runs 24 hours a day, 5 days a week (7 during the busy months) in order to supply the membrane used in projects all over North America. This week I was lucky enough to get a tour “out back” for a closer look at how Sika Sarnafil’s world renowned roofing and waterproofing membrane is made.
Assistant Manufacturing Process Engineer, Jason Murray, guided me through each stage of the process, from powdery vinyl resin (it looks like sugar!), to rolled sheets of recognizable membrane. Walking onto the manufacturing floor, I was greeted by the towering M-48; the “Green Mile”. This machine was first brought to the U.S. from Switzerland in 1978 and is still in use today. No point messing with a process that works right? Around the right hand corner of the facility, stretches the M-61. The M-61 is an automated machine that runs all Sika Sarnafil EnergySmart and Sikaplan products in widths of up to 10 feet. With the ability to produce 1 roll of membrane (50-150ft) within 3 minutes, this thing is a membrane making monster.
Although I was surrounded by huge machinery, it was a relatively small thing that caught my eye. Beside the M-61 was a box of scraps from the membrane edge cutting. Peering into the deep box, I saw what looked like Christmas bows! I was intrigued by how something so industrial could, at the same time, look so delicate. As I stopped to look at the long ribbon-like strips, Jason informed me that all of these scraps would be recycled in their on-sight recycling plant. I thought, “This is SO COOL!” but didn’t want to let on that I’m a huge recycling nerd. So instead I listened as Jason continued to explain the recycling process.
Using a high powered roller, the material is fed into the first of three grinders where it is chopped into progressively smaller pieces. The grating is so fine that it separates the PVC from the polyester backing. Using wind and gravity, the PVC falls down through the chute and into a large bin. The lighter polyester fluff is carried upward through a chute to a separate storage space, where it is then sent to waste energy facilities for fuel use. The PVC regrind is once again melted down to be used in the membrane backing.
Each year, the recycling plant at 100 Dan Road consumes an average of 5 million lbs. (over 2.2 million kg) of recyclable material. “We are the only roofing manufacturer certified by UL Environmental for 10% recycle content contained in our membrane,” Jason informed. “I’m hoping that 2012 finishes with 4.5 million square feet of post-consumer roofing recycled. That would bring the total number to 15 million square feet recycled since the start of the program in 2006.” That’s the equivalent to 76 and a half football fields of material being saved from landfills each year! And the work here has not gone unnoticed. The recycling program has been recognized by the State of Massachusetts, Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) for their efforts. As well as the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) who awarded them the Plastics Recycling Technologies and Applications Award in 2011.
I guess being a recycling nerd is cool after all…
Captain Vinyl spreading the contest news.
Today marks the second week of Sika Sarnafil USA’s Virtual Scavenger Hunt Contest!
The contest is being held over four weeks with four scavenger hunts on four different roofing topics. Each hunt is open for one week. Participants are given a roofing clue/question that will help lead them to the “treasure” or answer. Once the “treasure” is located, participants submit their answer via our social media platforms. The first three people to submit the correct answer win a Kindle Touch! The goal of the contest is to encourage as many professionals within construction, engineering, architecture, and roofing industries to learn about our products by way of social media.
I have been working with Tracy, our Senior Marketing Specialist, to build up our Facebook and Twitter pages by reaching out to contractors and clients using these outlets. Within the past month and a half, our following on Facebook and Twitter has quadrupled! It’s exciting to see how fast the fan base has grown and hopefully will continue to grow within the next three weeks of the contest.
For info and updates on the contest, check out the Facebook page here http://a.pgtb.me/WJ9l0k
or follow us on twitter @SikaSarnafilUSA
Two days have passed since Hurricane Sandy hit the US East Coast. Power outages and major flooding extend along the coastlines of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Yet countless other states have also been greatly affected. Luckily Sika Sarnafil in Canton, MA was not too shaken by the storm. We closed at noon on Monday, before the worst of the wind and heavy rain, and were back up and running by Tuesday morning. Although the Boston area experienced power outages and flooding in coastal towns, we fared comparatively well to our friends in New York and New Jersey. Below is a collection of pictures posted by friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram showing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. All of the photos here are real and have been contributed voluntarily. We wish all of those affected to stay safe. You are in our thoughts!
So, this year marks the 50th Anniversary of Sarnafil membrane!
The marketing department at Sika Sarnafil USA has put together a fabulous book highlighting the “milestones, innovations, and projects” that Sarnafil membrane has accomplished over the past 50 years in the roofing and waterproofing industry.
Here’s a look at some featured projects that are my personal favorites…
First United Methodist Church
Gilford, New Hampshire – Installed: 1976
“One of the very first Sarnafil installations in North America,” this roof is still going strong after 36 years of proven performance!
Chicago City Hall
Chicago, Illinois – Completed: 2001
Green roofs take sustainability to a whole new level, especially in this project. Between sunlight and rainwater absorption, “The green roof atop Chicago City Hall immediately began saving the city almost $10,000 per year in energy costs.” Not to mention, it looks so COOL! Figuratively and literally…
The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge
The Ascent luxury condominium complex is just down right impressive, both architecturally and aesthetically. Sarnafil membrane in custom colors not only provides watertight protection, it also adds to the striking appearance by giving the illusion of the concrete and blue glass walls extending across the rooftop. I’d say it’s as close as you can get to living inside an ocean wave. Awesome.
Hi Everyone! So this is my first post. As you know my name is Sigourney (yep, just like Sigourney Weaver) and I am the marketing intern at Sika Sarnafil US. I had the pleasure of interning in this office last summer and when the opportunity arose to come back for 6 months, I jumped at it!
Last summer, I worked closely with the Marketing Product Manager on launching the online Resource Center for our national sales teams. With the Resource Center up and running, Sarnafil sales men and women now have access to project profiles and photos, presentations, brochures, and other important documents from anywhere in the country. It is exciting to have been a part of a project that is not only nationally utilized, but makes things a little easier for our sales people on the road.
This time around I will be working on number of projects. One that I am particularly excited about involves researching different company’s social media outlets to expand our follower base. If you haven’t already, start following us @SikaSarnafilUS and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sikasarnafilusa Catch you on the web!