Choosing the Right Partner for Transport Services

Choosing the Right Partner for Transport Services

Transporting your valuable assets can be a complex process. It requires careful planning, execution, and management. Choosing a reliable and trustworthy partner for your haul is essential to ensure the safety of your cargo, the efficiency of the transport process, and overall, the success of your project. 

Why Choosing the Right Partner is Critical 

Transporting requires specialized knowledge, experience, and equipment. Without the right expertise and resources, even a minor mistake during transport can result in significant damage to your equipment, injuries to your workers, and costly delays. Therefore, it’s essential to choose a company that specializes in transport services and has a proven track record of success. 


The right provider can help you optimize the process, reduce costs along the way, and most importantly, ensure compliance with regulations and safety standards. Furthermore, they can provide you with valuable advice on the best transport routes, mode of transport, and equipment options as well as offer you customized solutions that fit your specific needs and requirements. 


Tips for Choosing the Transport Partner

  1. Do your homework. Start by looking at transport companies in your area or the area where your cargo needs to be transported. Check their website, reviews, and ratings to get an idea of their experience, expertise, and customer service. 
  2. Always check their credentials. Make sure the company is licensed, insured, and compliant with all safety regulations and standards. Transporting involves a certain level of risk, and it’s important to choose a company that has appropriate insurance coverage to protect your equipment in case of damage or loss. 
  3. Look for experience. Experience is a critical factor in transportation services. Look for companies that have been in the industry for several years and have successfully transported similar types of goods, equipment, or materials to yours. 
  4. Consider the cargo. Different types of cargo require different transport methods and equipment. Ensure that the company has the right equipment and resources to transport your load safely and efficiently. Check their fleet size, condition, and maintenance record to ensure they can handle the weight, size, and complexity of your cargo. 
  5. Ask for references. Even though you may have reviewed their website or other online reviews, don’t hesitate to ask for references from previous clients. A reliable and trustworthy company will be happy to provide you with references that demonstrate their expertise, quality of service, and customer satisfaction. 


Overall, choosing the right partner for transport is essential for the success and safety of your business. At Springfield, we fully understand how complicated the details of transport projects can be. More importantly, we have the knowledge and training to take even the heaviest load off your task list. With a track record for safety, Springfield Transport is qualified to deliver in the most high-risk commercial facilities. Learn more about our experience and contact our team today. 


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Planning for Your Spring Roofing Project

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Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about your commercial roofing needs for the upcoming season. Whether you’re looking to repair a damaged roof or replace an outdated one, proper planning, and preparation are key to ensuring a successful project.

Here are some tips to help you plan for your spring commercial roofing project: 

  1. Assess your roof’s condition. Before you start any roofing project, it’s important to assess the current condition of your roof – especially after a long Michigan winter. This can include inspecting for any damage, leaks, or other issues that may need to be addressed before your project can begin.
  2. Set your budget. Work with the appropriate parties on your team to determine how much your business can spend on its upcoming roofing project. Costs to consider include the cost of materials, labor, permits, and any other expenses that may be associated with the project. During budget planning, consider consulting a certified tax specialist to learn about the number of ways to deduct your new roofing system from your taxes immediately.
  3. Contact a qualified commercial roofing company immediately. Once you know your facility needs and budget, contact a qualified commercial roofing company like Springfield to begin conversations about your project immediately. Qualified roofing companies, especially those with a long history of satisfied customers, typically begin booking jobs before the season begins. To ensure your project is completed safely, efficiently, and timely, start a dialogue with a qualified company as soon as possible.
  4. Choose the right materials. When it comes to commercial roofing, there are a variety of materials to choose from. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, so choosing the one that best fits your needs and budget is important. Springfield offers a number of re-roof solutions that are designed to fit and serve your business.
  5. Plan for maintenance. Once your project is complete, the work isn’t over. It’s important to plan for ongoing maintenance to keep your roof in good condition. This includes regular inspections, cleaning, debris removal, and repairs as needed. Springfield can work with you to create a maintenance program that suits your business needs – and provides emergency response for urgent roofing problems.

By planning ahead, you can get the most out of your investment and keep your building safe and secure for years to come. At Springfield, we know every roof is different. Our team of experts is standing by to design a perfect, custom solution for your building – contact us today to get started.


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Equipment Transport: Understanding Frost Laws

Equipment Transport: Understanding Frost Laws

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Transporting heavy equipment to a job site can be burdensome in itself – especially during the cooler months in Michigan. There are a number of guidelines in place to protect the state’s roads and infrastructure, plus the transporter and other drivers, too. If you anticipate transporting heavy equipment, it’s important to be aware of the frost laws that may impact your routes and load restrictions. 

What are “Frost Laws?”

Much like your commercial roof, while things may look indestructible, water can cause serious damage to our roads as we go through the freeze and thaw cycle of winter. 

Frost laws are seasonal regulations put in place during the winter months to protect roads from damage caused by heavy loads. These laws typically restrict the weight and size of loads that can be transported on certain roads, and these can vary depending on where you’re operating.

Michigan Frost Laws

Michigan is one of the many states that have frost laws and are usually in effect for periods of time between February and May. Some of these guidelines include: 

  1. Weight limits: During the winter months, weight limits are often reduced on Michigan roads to protect against damage caused by heavy loads. The Michigan Department of Transportation has a number of great resources regarding seasonal weight restrictions.


  2. Speed Limits: In some areas, speed limits may be reduced during the winter months to prevent damage to roads and bridges.
  3. Road closures: In extreme weather conditions, roads may be closed to all traffic, including heavy equipment transport. It’s important to stay up to date on road closures and plan alternate routes if necessary.
  4. Tarping requirements: To prevent damage to roads and bridges from falling debris, heavy equipment may be required to be covered with tarps during transport.
  5. Equipment requirements: In addition to complying with weight and size restrictions, heavy equipment transport may also be subject to additional equipment requirements, such as specialized lighting or warning signals.

It’s important to note that these guidelines can vary depending on the specific area of Michigan you’re operating in and the conditions at the time of transport. While the temperatures may remain below freezing, our team of heavy equipment transport experts have been working diligently to stay on top of safety training, certifications, and ensuring compliance with all regulations and guidelines with local authorities. Contact our transport department today to help get your business in motion.


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Springfield Recognized as Top Duro-Last Contractor

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text]Duro-Last Inc. recently issued a press release announcing our recent achievement of the Chairman Award. We’re also very honored to again receive the “Platinum Contractor Award,” which puts us in the top 3% of consistently outstanding contractors, as graded by rigorous Duro-Last inspections on every job.

From the Press Release

Duro-Last, Inc. honored Springfield, Inc. during their National Sales Seminar, held January 16-19, 2022, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. In recognition of outstanding achievement in quality workmanship, customer satisfaction, and 2021 sales excellence, Duro-Last presented Springfield with the Chairman Award:

“Springfield continually demonstrates an unparalleled commitment to high-quality workmanship and customer service,” said Duro-Last Chairman of the Board Jack Burt. “All of us at Duro-Last recognize the hard work and commitment that our dedicated network of authorized contractors has provided over the years. Springfield has consistently gone above and beyond for their customers with high-quality work and integrity. We are proud to work with such a professional team and are excited to see what they accomplish in the next year.”

The full press release is available here.

About Duro-Last

Known as the “World’s Best Roof®”, Duro-Last®, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of custom-fabricated, thermoplastic single-ply roofing systems. Factory controlled custom fabrication can eliminate up to 85% of field seams, resulting in lower on-site labor costs and easier installation. Duro-Last’s roofing systems are sustainable and extremely durable. Over two billion square feet of Duro-Last membrane has been installed throughout North America. Duro-Last is headquartered in Saginaw, Michigan with additional manufacturing facilities in Grants Pass, Oregon; Jackson, Mississippi; Sigourney, Iowa; Carrollton, Texas; and Ludlow, Massachusetts.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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Snow Roof Load: How Much Is Too Much on Your Building?

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In the regions of Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey and Cadillac, snowfall is plentiful and temperatures are frigid–causing a pileup of snow and ice on many flat roof surfaces.

If you’re looking up and seeing white, there are a few things to keep in mind when considering whether or not to call a professional to properly remove snow to avoid costly damage. With the ongoing staff shortages, many clients are counting on Springfield this winter to safely and properly remove snow pileup to avoid additional stress on reduced staff.

Risks to Snow Pile Up

When there are only a couple of inches of snow accumulation, it’s best to leave it since improper snow removal can result in damage to the roofing membranes. But, when the snow is accumulating to several feet, it’s important to consider the potential risks, such as:

  • Blocked access to building systems and features, including HVAC equipment and plumbing vents.
  • Risk of snow and ice falling off onto people or property, resulting in injuries or costly damage.
  • Heavy amounts of snow melting and posing a risk to the drainage system. As ice expands when it freezes, it may damage the external drainage system.
  • Too much weight on your building’s structure. Average snow may weigh 15 pounds per cubic foot and drifted compacted snow may weigh 30 pounds or more.
  • Damage to old roof membranes thanks to the freeze and thaw cycle, resulting in water working it’s way into cracks and vulnerabilities in old roof membranes that may be near the end of their useful lives.

Warning Signs of Structural Stress

While there are many undesirable risks to your building’s flat roof caused by too much snow, most people are understandably most worried about maintaining the integrity of the property and the risk of roof collapse. Here are the warning signs:

  • Ceiling problems: A ceiling that appears to sag, or sprinkler lines and sprinkler heads that look lower than normal.
  • Unusual noises: Creaking, popping and cracking can be a sign of a stressed roof.
  • Roof member problems: Any portion of a roof or roof truss which sags is a cause for concern.
  • Drainage problems: Unusual collections of water on the flat roof may be a sign this area has sunken.
  • Door and window problems: If a door or window can no longer be opened or closed it may be a sign the roof or walls have shifted under the weight of snow.
  • Wall problems: Drywall, masonry and other wall materials may crack under pressure from an overloaded roof.

Safe, Professional Snow Removal

If you’re worried about the impact of snow on your roof this winter, give us a call to schedule an appointment and let our experienced snow removal teams protect your property.

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Avoid Cooling Costs Through the Roof with a White Springfield Roofing System

If the cost to cool your building this summer has been through the roof (literally), the color of your roof could be to blame. As heatwaves continue to break record temperatures in northern Michigan, cooling systems are working overtime to keep up.

While there has been a long-standing debate of the benefits between black and white commercial roofs, black roofs are known to absorb the sun’s heat energy—causing the roof surface to become extremely hot.

In fact, white thermoplastic membranes that we install at Springfield are 50-80 degrees cooler than black rubberized roofing membranes. A black roof exposed to full sun can increase in temperature by as much as 90 degrees Fahrenheit, leaving the air conditioning working overtime to compensate.

White Commercial Roofs vs. Black Commercial Roofs

While the upfront cost of the cheapest roof possible may be appealing, the long-term benefits that will be sacrificed make it a costly bargain.

By reflecting up to 88% of the sun’s energy, Duro-Last’s white membranes can greatly reduce energy consumption and costs – making it an ideal energy efficient cool roofing solution. With a total solar emittance of up to 95%, the ENERGY STAR® qualified Duro-Last membrane also releases energy and heat efficiently.
This reflectivity of white roofs compared with black roofs is particularly helpful for reducing peak energy demand, or the sharp peak in electrical demand can be observed in almost every building during the busiest hours of the day.
A Duro-Last roofing system is a strong, reinforced thermoplastic single-ply membrane that is perfect for commercial and industrial buildings with flat or low-sloped roofs. Choosing this option can have a substantial effect on your bottom line and extend the lifecycle of your roofing system.

Myths Debunked: Why White Roofs Come Up on Top

We know what you’re thinking, we see more snow than sun in northern Michigan, so wouldn’t a black roof provide a winter heating benefit? The short answer is no but allow us to explain why.

• Hot air rises. Thus, any heat that is transferred to the interior of a building structure from the outside will remain at the top of the structure, providing minimal heat savings.
• There are fewer hours of sunlight to truly impact energy costs.
• The energy required to air condition a building in the summer is usually considerably greater than the energy to heat it in the winter, making the potential for summer energy cost savings much greater with a highly reflective white roof than winter savings with a heat absorbing black roof.

As a building owner, there are many factors that go into the final decision for your next roofing system. Make sure the color of your commercial roof is one of them!

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Hiring Event at Incredible Mo’s

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Press Release:

Springfield Inc. is partnering with Incredible Mo’s to host a hiring event for the whole family. Time slots to interview for a field technician position will be available to RSVP through our Facebook post. While dad or mom is interviewing with Nick Jacqmain from Springfield, the rest of the family will have pizza and a beverage of their choice available to them. Springfield will also provide one $15 Incredible Mo’s gift card per child for use at the arcade.

“We are very excited to welcome northern Michigan families to our hiring event and hope to get an opportunity to welcome some local construction professionals to our family-oriented team. We would also like to thank Chris and his team at Incredible Mo’s for helping us put this event together.”

-Nick Jacqmain, CEO of Springfield Inc.

Springfield, a commercial contractor located in Kingsley, is an expert installer of commercial roofs in Michigan and an innovator in mechanical insulation, safety and building envelope efficiency. Springfield installs long-lasting solutions tailored for the northern Michigan climate. Springfield clients, facility managers, and owners appreciate how we improve their operations, providing a competitive edge.


Incredible Mo’s, located at 1355 Silver Lake Crossings Boulevard in Grawn, is a 35,000 sq. ft. entertainment center which features 16 bowling lanes, escape rooms, laser tag, casual dining & a full arcade.

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In The News: Roofing Contractor Magazine

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Springfield was recently featured in Roofing Contractor Magazine as a model of success for commercial roofing in Michigan. Roofing Contractor Magazine is the Official Publication of the Inernational Roofing Expo®.

In the article “Contractor Profile: Springfield. Key Partnerships and Treating Customers’ Problems as Their Own are Secrets to Success for This Michigan Commercial Roofer” Roofing Contractor Magazine took the time to understand and highlight some of the keys to our success over the years.

The article provides some concrete examples of

Partnership with our clients,

“We create partnerships by taking a proactive approach with their buildings and putting their best interests first,” Jacqmain said. “We call it ‘sitting on the same side of the table as them’ and treating their problems like they are our own, and then solving them.”

and vendors.

Duro-Last also inspects the company’s roofs once they’re installed. Jacqmain said every roof Springfield installs is inspected twice by its technicians before Duro-Last takes a look. This earned its crews an average 99 out of 100 inspection score, placing it in the top 3% in the country.

The value in having the right people,

“That servant leadership has helped us attract and retain great people,” Jacqmain said. “One of our employees that has been here for 20 years was involved with replacing a roof that he installed 20 years ago. That speaks to the trust that we have built with the client and the culture that we have built to retain employees.”

as part of a plan for surviving the tough times.

“Focusing on service, roof repairs and maintenance, is critical,” he said. “When new construction and reroofs slow down during a recession, having a strong service department can pull you through.”

Read the full article online at Roofing Contractor Magazine, including a video interview Nick Jacqmain gave to the publication’s Chris Gray.

If you need commercial roofing in Michigan, (expert repair or replacement) give us a call today!


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Great Customer Service “RULES” the world at Springfield

Service Crossword Concept

By Terri Jo Umlor, Vice President

Whether its postage meters, cell phones, filing cabinets, or toilet paper, Springfield makes buying decisions based upon the level of customer service we receive.  If the customer service is there, we will also be there with our checkbook.

A business, no matter what they are selling or producing, needs to “dial” in on customer service.  It doesn’t matter how great the product is and how long it will last, if the customer service isn’t there – – – Springfield is NOT buying it.

Fortunately for Springfield, Northern Michigan is full of vendors and small business entities that have “customer service” as their middle name.  This is why we do everything we can to purchase goods and services from our friends in Kingsley, Cadillac, and Traverse City.  We continue to be awed by how much our local vendors care about our success.

Contact us for a list of our local vendors who have outstanding customer service.

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Rooftop Ski Slopes

roof top ski slope

Terri Jo Umlor

Remember the Michigan Blizzard of 1978 in Southern Michigan?  I sure do.  I was a freshman at Western Michigan University (Go Broncos!) when it struck – crippling the city of Kalamazoo.  I remember jumping off the roof with my little brother into the large snow drifts in the back yard.  This activity was quickly “nixed” by our mother who caught us in the act.

Now fast forward 37 years to National Roofing Contractor Association (NRCA) news regarding the 21-story House Slalom in Kazakhstan, a proposed retail and apartment complex with a 1,000 foot ski run on its roof.  This could offer more opportunities for ski enthusiasts in the area, although it is unknown if the slope will be approved and if approved, it is also unknown whether or not the general public can utilize it.

While an interesting concept and article, I believe there possibly could be issues with the weight of the snow on the top of the building and the peril one could face by accidentally skiing “off the roof.”  I doubt this design/concept would ever be approved in the United States, but it is an interesting concept and we will be watching to see if it progresses from the drawing board to the construction phase.

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