Springfield is seeing a significant population explosion here in our northwest-lower Michigan. We applaud these tiny tots to our Springfield family -born to hardworking men and women of our small business. I’m pretty sure all of these little ones were “made in Michigan.” We welcome the opportunity to pinch hit here at the office covering for each other so that our new “daddy’s” can have the opportunity to take some time off and be with their young ones. We love it that we employ dads who “love to be dads”. Nonetheless, despite the small army of babies to care for, we stand ready, willing, and able to assist you today with your roofing, mechanical insulation, emergency rooftop repairs, and fall prevention needs.
Kingsley, Michigan. July 7, 2016.
Springfield Inc.™ has acquired 3 commercial buildings in Grand Traverse County, next door to its company Headquarters. The buildings were acquired to house the rapidly expanding Springfield SmartAnchor division. Contact Scott Pryde, Springfield SmartAnchor general manager for assistance with cost effective solutions to your fall prevention needs. Scott works closely with Tim Korson, Head Engineer, for SmartAnchor to assure your facility safety requirement are met and that your rooftop safety plan is compliant. Our products are designed to meet your needs – both indoors and outdoors. Jobsite training is also available for your employees.
Michigan Strategic Fund approves funding for growth and job creation with 2 projects in Northern Michigan
Michigan Strategic Fund approves funding for growth and job creation with 2 projects in Northern Michigan.
We are proud to have our CFO, Terri Jo Umlor, serve on this board. She is working hard to help large and small businesses grow and prosper.
White Papers—Safe Roof Access with Springfield Ladder Anchor
By: Terri Jo Umlor, Springfield SmartAnchor LLC
Work Place injuries and disabilities create an enormous emotional burden on families and a financial dependence on our economy. The ripple can be felt through many generations of families.
When a construction worker who is the head of the household is seriously injured or killed, there is a tremendous burden placed upon the entire community. On average 400 people die each year and 135,000 people are injured as a result from scaffolding and ladder-related injuries. Even if only 1% of those injured people become disabled that would equate to roughly 54 Million dollars of subsistence needed compounding each year to support the injured worker and their family. The portable ladder is the most dangerous construction tool – 34% of all deaths on construction sites were from falls!
Further, there is a prevalent mindset accepted by the general population that construction workers have accidents and get hurt.
We honor our tradesmen and created the Springfield Ladder Anchor to address fall related deaths and injuries, which in turn, reduces the strain on the social infrastructures in our communities and throughout the state.
The Springfield Ladder Anchor safely secures an extension ladder to the roof of a building in order to keep the ladder from slipping sideways along the roofline or slipping out from the wall at the ground level. The product was invented through collaboration between Springfield, Inc., our related commercial roofing enterprise and Great Lakes Stainless (GLS), one of the country’s top stainless steel manufacturers. The Springfield Ladder Anchor is the result of decades of experience in the field, safely and effectively climbing ladders to reach rooftops of every imaginable dimension and grade.
OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) has a mission to help employers and employees reduce job related injuries, illnesses and death. As such, they provide safety standards and guidelines for multiple industries. The Springfield Ladder Anchor fully complies with the safety requirements for properly securing an extension ladder set forth by OSHA. The product can either be installed on the top edge of the roof or reversed and attached to the face edge of the roof. Because the Springfield Ladder Anchor was designed by people in the roofing business, installing the product to the roof will not cause any damage or create leaks as it is designed to be flashed into the roof providing safe, attractive roof access for years to come.
The Springfield Ladder Anchor was developed for very personal reasons. Springfield, Inc., a related company is in the roofing business with 27 employees out in the field regularly climbing extension ladders to rooftops of every conceivable design. As a conscientious employer and commercial contractor, we strive for excellence in our safety record and OSHA compliance. Of course, simply utilizing an existing ladder anchor system would have been the quickest and most cost-effective path to safety compliance. Unfortunately, as we field tested and reviewed the available solutions; we were not satisfied with the products available. Because this is so critical to protecting our employees, we decided to design and prototype our own device. Partnering with one of the best stainless steel manufacturers in the U.S., Great Lakes Stainless (GLS), we developed the Springfield Ladder Anchor.
Our ladder anchor has a provisional patent filed and has been tested in the field by teams of experienced roofing contractors. In every test, the product worked flawlessly to protect these workers and the product received accolades on the function, ease of installation and sleek, stainless steel design. The Springfield Ladder Anchor has received enthusiastic responses from Michigan OSHA representatives and safety directors at large and small contractors based on the ease of installation and maintenance-free stainless steel construction, coupled with the effectiveness of the device.
Through our affiliated company, Springfield, Inc. we have been installing these on all of our commercial roofs for the past year creating a safe roof access and have received rave reviews from the customers and the employees to the point that our own employees feel “naked” climbing the ladder without the Springfield Ladder Anchor protecting them.
Although there are some competing products attempting to solve this safety concern, the Springfield Ladder Anchor consistently provides superior safety without compromising the roof surface to allow leaks or other damage. In addition, its stainless steel construction makes it durable and completely rust-proof, without additional paint, stain or other treatments.
The Springfield Ladder Anchor was conceived in a collaboration between two successful, second-stage, Michigan 50 Companies to Watch. Although the product is being launched through a separate company (Springfield SmartAnchor, LLC), the enterprise will benefit from the experience and mentoring from both Springfield, Inc. and Great Lakes Stainless Steel.
Springfield, Inc., located near Traverse City, Michigan, started as a roofing company and evolved into a complete commercial service provider. Constantly solving problems on industrial and manufacturing facilities led the team to develop and implement a number of solutions into a system called the SmartRoof™! The company is certified in
- Building Thermography and Building Science
- Multiple Lift Operator Certifications
- MDOT Certified Commercial Drivers
- Fall Protection & Elevated Structures Safety Technician (SLT)
- RIEI – Roofing Technology
- Fall Arrest System Certified Installer
- Confined Space Certification
- Safety Approved IS NetWorld Contractor
- Live Roof System Certified Installer
- Patented Mechanical insulation Systems
- Energy Audit & Rebate Facilitator
- Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) Certification
- NASP – National Association of Safety Professionals
- SmartAnchor™ Certification
- Certified Installer of Duro-Last Roofing
- Duro-Last Master Elite Contractor
Great Lakes Stainless, Inc. (GLS) is one of the top stainless steel manufacturers in the USA and has a mission to serve customers from a foundation of integrity and craftsmanship by building lasting relationships that enrich our lives and communities. They are certified ISO 9001:2008, AWS Welding Process Certification and Certified Minority Business Enterprise.
Both GLS and Springfield, Inc. have agreed to provide back-room support, infrastructure and “loaned employees” on a pro-bono basis until Springfield SmartAnchor, LLC can be self-supporting. This wealth of resources will be a tremendous asset to the start up.
Terri Jo Umlor, Chief Financial Officer at Springfield, Inc. will serve as CEO of Springfield SmartAnchor LLC. She is so passionate about getting this product distributed widely in order to protect workers and save lives, she is leveraging her business acumen and network gained in decades in the commercial roofing industry to promote the Springfield Ladder Anchor. She will add staff and grow the organization strategically, as the cash flow will support it.
The target demographic to build a customer base will be roofing contractors, safety directors and facility managers. Springfield Ladder Anchor will initially be distributed by Springfield, Inc. Every new roof will be installed with the safety device. A professional roofing company, Springfield has strong relationships with key customer influencers, such as facility managers, roofers, HVAC, maintenance, and construction workers. Terry Umlor, CEO of Springfield, has an established reputation as an innovator and problem solver. He will use his political capital to open doors and spread the word throughout his network.
We see the biggest challenge will be getting the safety “buy in” from smaller residential contractors who subcontract their laborers and aren’t liable for injuries and/or having people “do it” for compliance only and not really buy into the importance of embracing safety.
When we have succeeded, the 400 people that statistically die each year in fall related accidents will be returning home after work to their families; 135,000 fall related accidents per year will have been prevented; the workers that would have been seriously affected by death or injuries will be able to continue to support their families; the economy will not burdened with the estimated 54Million dollars of subsistence compounding each year to support injured/disabled workers and OSHA will no longer site falls from ladders as a leading cause of injury & death in construction.
The number of lives we protect will have a ripple effect on the families and communities we serve. When safety directors and facility managers everywhere understand and embrace safety of their workforce – when a construction worker is viewed and someone worthy of all efforts to keep safe – we will have made our goal.
The freeze/thaw cycle in Michigan can really mess with your roof. Springfield recommends a spring and a fall check up on your roof to head off potential difficulties before they become major inconvenience to your work day. We want you to worry about running your business and let us worry about your roof. We’re on Top of it! For more information on the freeze/thaw topic read Did This Winter Wreck Your Roof?
No one or no company rises to the top without an extraordinary effort. Always being on the lookout for new and better ways is a great way to get to the top or keep climbing. Employee training is the way to keep your company thriving.
Three hurdles need to be overcome. Giving up resources for the training time, risk of losing trained employees, and a willingness to change. It’s an investment for the training but how much do you lose by having a less trained employee do a project?
Once the employee is trained another effort needs to be made to put the new ideas/changes in place, follow through is hard to do. Losing someone you trained should not hold you back from training, the percentage that stays usually out weights the ones that leave and it’s worth the risk to have an all well-trained staff then none.
Re-evaluating your processes can seem to be a waste of time but it’s important to keep updating your systems to pump up efficiency. The best way to learn better or new practices is by watching others—either by classes, webinar, videos, etc.
Employees that are kept in training programs and continue to be motivated by their employers usually stay with their job instead of find work elsewhere.
Providing your employees the opportunity of growth will continue to keep them committed and engaged to being the best!
Source: Professional Roofing magazine December 2013 Elevating Professionalism article by Amy Staska
The National Roofing Contractor Association recommends periodic inspections of your commercial buildings. At Springfield, we know that a well maintained roof that undergoes periodic inspections will last far longer than one that is ignored. Just like you schedule your annual physical to keep yourself healthy, your commercial roof needs an annual inspection to keep “healthy” too. So with spring approaching, it’s time for all Michigan commercial building owners to plan for your annual roof inspection!!
For more information: http://todaysfacilitymanager.com/2014/03/fm-issue-withstand-weather
The #2 irritant of a facility manager is Vendor Warranties!! Calling the vendor when you have a warranty claim can be verying irritating and time consuming for facility managers. Especially when the vendors don’t want to live up to their warranties and make them difficult to understand what’s covered and what’s not. Make sure you when you are getting a quote for new construction, material, equipment, etc, ask for a copy of the warranty and make sure that their provisions are included in the quote that you will both be signing.
Happily, there are vendors out there who represent products with outstanding warranties. The Duro-Last warranty offered by Springfield Commercial Roofing is one of those vendors and make it very painless to process a claim. Check out all of the warranties they offer: Duro-Last warranty list.
Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 231-263-5300 if you have any questions on roof warranties.
Thankfully, no one was hurt when the roof collapsed at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Ogemaw County.
With the heavy snowfall of this winter, it makes sense to call a licensed and insured roofing contractor to remove the snow from the roof of your homes and businesses. At Springfield, we have removed snow from many northern Michigan rooftops this winter. Call us—We can help you with your commercial buildings!