Timing Is Everything

Why does my building leak 2 days after it rains?  How come my building doesn’t leak all winter and then as soon as it starts to look like spring, it leaks like crazy?  Why do I experience roof problems when the parent company is visiting from out of state? Why does my building have “gi-normous” and dangerous looking ice daggers during the winter?  Why does a new roof cost so much?

If you have ever experienced any of the above with your industrial/commercial facility, it is time to call Springfield Inc. for a professional evaluation of your building which includes looking at the building envelope, insulation, ventilation, and various other issues.  Experienced roofing project managers along with our on-staff professional engineers can help you with an awareness of your current rooftop conditions.  Knowing the facts will help you move forward with your capital budget planning and you may be surprised to learn that a majority of our clients can find initial and immediate relief from roofing issues with small, relatively inexpensive repairs.  At Springfield, we love to make your existing roof last absolutely as long as possible so that you may focus your money on growing your business and adding employment opportunities to hard working men and women in our beautiful state of Michigan.

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Duro-Last Opens A New Plant

Springfield is proud of our relationship with Duro-Last Roofing headquartered in Saginaw, Michigan.  As a top contractor of theirs in terms of quality installations, Springfield frequently scores in the 99.9th percentile in our post job rooftop inspections performed by the inspectors from Duro-Last.  We are happy to report that the outstanding and dynamic Duro-Last roofing corporation has opened a 60,000 square foot facility in Ludlow, Massachusetts.  Congratulations Duro-Last!  Your products are built to last and we appreciate the relationship with your company that has spanned over 3 decades.

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DIY – watch this video and Do It Yourself (DIY)

All of us on social media have seen these do it yourself instructions ranging from removing unwanted facial hair to building a backyard volcano for your kids.  From taming a wild dog to making lasagna that will even impress your grouchy mother-in-law.  Sadly, there is a vast amount of DIY roofing information circulating around on social media.

Please call Springfield before trying any DIY roofing!  Working on elevated, uneven surfaces is a dangerous and life threatening endeavor.  While DIY is fine for learning how to knit a sweater or tie-dye your old tennis shoes, your safety and life is worth more than the cost of our FREE estimates.

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Duro-Last, Inc. Admiral Club Award for 2016

Duro-Last®, Inc. Honors Springfield Construction with Admission to the Admiral Club


SAGINAW, MICHIGAN – In recognition of outstanding achievement in quality workmanship, customer satisfaction, and 2016 sales volume, Duro-Last, Inc. recently welcomed Springfield Construction to the Admiral Club. Inductees were honored during Duro-Last’s National Sales Seminar held at Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Florida, January 29-31, 2017.

“Every year at the Duro-Last Sales Seminar, I am reminded of how our contractors are “Best in Class,” and Springfield Construction is a perfect example of that,” said Duro-Last Chairman of the Board Jack Burt. “Springfield Construction has been consistently going above and beyond for their customers with high-quality work and integrity. We are excited to see what they accomplish in the next year as an authorized Duro-Last contractor.”

About Duro-Last, Inc.

Known as the “World’s Best Roof®”, Duro-Last, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of custom prefabricated, thermoplastic single-ply roofing systems. Factory controlled custom prefabrication eliminates up to 85% of field seams, resulting in lower on-site labor costs and easier installation. This highly sustainable and extremely durable roofing system is leak-proof, virtually maintenance-free and resistant to chemicals, fire, punctures, and high winds. 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. For more information on Duro-Last, call 800-248-0280 or visit www.duro-last.com.

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Learning From Each Other

“If you are going to ask someone for their opinion, you need to be willing to listen.”   Terry Umlor, CEO and founder of Springfield Inc.

Northern Michigan Winters tend to slow down the progress of roof installations.  While we do get a few nice “roofing” days in January and February, the Springfield management team is challenged to keep our dedicated and faithful field employees’ busy helping at the shop to minimize/eliminate having to lay them off during the dead of winter.  One successful project has been developing our training program.  Our field employees serve as our best consultants for this endeavor.

Many facets make up the Springfield training program.  Certainly OSHA training, equipment certifications, and scheduled hands-on sessions are key components.  However, LISTENING and LEARNING to feedback from our field people is perhaps the most critical component of The Springfield Training Program.  We learn our “best practices” from the folks making it happen in the field.  Because we listen and learn from our installation team, our training program manual will never be found covered with dust sitting on the back shelf of the storage closet.  It is a living, breathing, moving set of documents used frequently and updated regularly

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Going “Green” Continues to Show Benefits!

Going “green” continues to show benefits throughout the life cycle of a building.

Today, green buildings can be delivered at a price comparable to conventional buildings and investments can be recouped through operational cost savings and, with the right design features, create a more productive workplace.

“This report synthesizes credible evidence from around the world on green buildings into one collective resource, and the evidence presented highlights that sustainable buildings provide tangible benefits and make clear business sense,” said Jane Henley, CEO of WorldGBC.

“From risk mitigation across a building portfolio and city-wide economic benefits, to the improved health and well-being of individual building occupants, the business case for green building will continue to evolve as markets mature. Indeed we have already seen this momentum grow globally where in more and more places, green is now becoming the status quo.”

In a release, the council said key findings include:

—Asset value: As investors and occupiers become more knowledgeable about and concerned with the environmental and social impacts of the built environment, buildings with better sustainability credentials will have increased marketability. In fact, studies from around the world demonstrate a pattern of greener buildings being able to more easily attract tenants and to command higher rents and sale prices;

—Design and construction costs: Research shows that building green does not necessarily need to cost more, particularly when cost strategies, program management and environmental strategies are integrated into the development process right from the start;

—Operating costs: Green buildings have been shown to save money through reduced energy and water use and lower long-term operations and maintenance costs. The energy savings alone typically exceed any cost premiums associated with their design and construction within a reasonable payback period;

—Workplace productivity and health: Research shows that the green design attributes of buildings and indoor environments can improve worker productivity and occupant health and well-being, resulting in bottom line benefits for businesses;

—Risk mitigation: Sustainability risk factors can significantly affect the rental income and the future value of real estate assets, in turn affecting their return on investment. Regulatory risks have become increasingly apparent in countries and cities around the world, including mandatory disclosure, building codes and laws banning inefficient buildings.

The report concludes that illustrating that by greening our built environment at the neighborhood and city scales, the green building industry can deliver on large-scale economic priorities such as climate change mitigation, energy security, resource conservation and job creation, long-term resilience and quality of life.

“This report underscores that green buildings play a fundamental and cost-efficient role in tackling some of the immediate challenges of our times,” said Rick Fedrizzi, chair of the WorldGBC and president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council.

“The WorldGBC is proud to continue to play a leadership role in the explosive growth of the global green building industry as we all continue to create a world that will give people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work and play.”

The report was produced in partnership with PRP Environmental along with the following sponsors: Skanska, Grosvenor, and the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council/Estidama.

The World Green Building Council is a network of national green building councils from around the world.

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The 16th Michigan Worker Death of 2016

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The 16th Michigan worker death of 2016 occurred on August 10, 2016. Employers and employees are urged to use extreme care and safety diligence in all work activities. The information below shares preliminary details about the most recent fatality reported to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). The description reflects information provided to MIOSHA at the initial report of the incident and is not the result of the official MIOSHA investigation.

Preliminary summary of incident: On August 10, 2016, a 48-year-old roofer was working at the edge of a roof and fell approximately 17-feet.

We extend our sincere sympathy and best wishes to the family of the deceased roofing employee. Accidents do sometimes happen despite the best efforts to keep people safe from falls. At Springfield we have tremendous respect for the inherent dangers of our occupation and are humbled and saddened to hear of the loss of a fellow roofer.

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Hydration

Mother Nature has unleashed record-breaking heat on us. Our Roofing crews were battling extreme temperatures in East Jordan, Traverse City and Elk Rapids this past week.  We have compiled a few highlights from our safety meeting on hydration we thought may be helpful to anyone working or playing outside in our Michigan communities.

Before Work:  Drink 16 oz. water 2 hours before activity and then 8-16 oz. just before starting work.

During work:    Drink 4-16 oz. every 15-20 minutes and take in at least 1 gram per hour sodium (Gatorade/powerade, etc) during heavy activity (more during high humidity).  Check in with your body from time to time to be sure you are sweating (if you stop sweating, this could indicate a problem); and that your urine is clear (this ensures you are well hydrated).

After Work:  Continue to drink water throughout your time off work to speed up the rehydration process.

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Working and Living in Traverse City – Why Settle For Less?

We work hard and play hard in Traverse City.  When we are at work in our industrial buildings, we are often faced with choices regarding roof replacement at our facilities. These decisions require research of roofing products and contractor reputation.  While Springfield Inc. has earned the highest possible quality rating in the roofing industry including national recognition, it is also important for you to look at the Duro-Last product we install and compare it to other widely used products.  We hope this chart will help you gain information to help you with your roof replacement decisions.  As always, Springfield offers no cost professional evaluations for your industrial/commercial buildings.

Roofing Membrane Comparison

 

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Building Trust with Clients in Michigan

Springfield Inc.™ started as a roofing company and over time “morphed” into a full service industrial contractor by expertly solving building envelope problems, building relationships and building your trust.  Here is what you can expect when you hire Springfield Inc.™

  • We show up when we say we will and do the work as promised.
  • We prepare our bid proposals with extra care to fully analyze the issues and concerns UPFRONT so there are no hidden up-charges and big scary expensive surprises for you, the customer.
  • Our clean up after job completion is stellar
  • Our warranties are the best in the industry.
  • We depend on your referrals and recommendations to further our services
  • Your job will be completed by homegrown local northern Michigan men and women.  We do not subcontract crews from out of state.
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Please give us a chance to “dazzle” you with our industrial problem solving abilities.  We are available 24/7 to help!

 

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