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SPFA HISTORY INDUSTRY'S CHALLENGES SHAPE OUR EVOLUTION HISTORY OF SPFA, PART 2 BY JEFFREY REED Editor's note: This article is a continuation of an article about SPFA history that ran in the Winter 2015 issue of SPRAYFOAM Professional magazine. I rish playwright George Bernard Shaw once quipped, "Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) wasn't even a twinkle in the eye of Shaw when he crafted his prose. But his words ring true today as the alliance looks to its past to understand the present, and prepare for the future. And if there's one constant about the sprayfoam industry, it is change - and the struggle to overcome change for the better of the industry. Although still in its infancy in the grand scheme of things, SPFA (formerly SPI/PFCD) truly is the voice, and educational and technical resource, for the spray polyurethane foam industry. A 501(c)6 trade association, the alliance is composed of contractors, manufacturers, and distributors of polyurethane foam, related equipment, and protective coatings, inspections, surface preparations, and other services. The organization supports the best practices and the growth of the industry through a number of core initiatives, which include 28 SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL | Spring 2016 educational programs and events, the SPFA Professional Certification Program, technical literature and guidelines, legislative advocacy, research and networking opportunities. And although SPFA is a completely independent trade association, it has a strong relationship with the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Center for Polyurethanes Industry (CPI), along with the Sprayfoam Coalition. As history shows, these groups have assisted SPFA to better serve the spray polyurethane foam industry's business needs on local, state and national issues. In less than 30 years, SPFA already boasts a history bursting with industry advances, and concurrently an embracing of change. But it hasn't always come easy. In the Winter 2015 edition of SPRAYFOAM Professional, Shani Calvo chronicled the history of SPFA. This time around, it's time to take a closer look at how the association and its members have overcome challenges, and at the evolution of certification and its own maturity. FINDING AN IDENTITY Even in its early days, SPFA struggled to find its identity, according to Bob Henderson of Syracuse, New York-headquartered HendersonJohnson Company Co., Inc. "We were challenged early because we were just a small group of contractors, trying to get manufacturers involved with our industry. It took a lot of time and work to get them on board," explained Henderson. "But once they were on board, we bettered financially, and we had some manpower, and were able to make some inroads on some legislative issues." "In the late-1960s and in the 1970s, spray polyurethane foam overcame its first challenge: equipment," explained industry trailblazer Bruce Schenke of Accella (formerly Premium Spray Products) in Marietta, Georgia. "We could apply insulation material in a continuous manner, using equipment that allowed curing in seconds and opening up roofing, wall insulation and an enormous amount of applications. Everyone thought it was like magic, and the spray polyurethane

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SPRAYFOAM Professional - Spring 2016

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S CORNER
PRESIDENT’S POST
FOAM BUSINESS NEWS
SPFA TODAY
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – RICHARD R. RAWLINGS
OSHA STANDARD FOR CONFINED SPACES:
SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION: TRANSPARENCY AND CHOICE
INDUSTRY’S CHALLENGES SHAPE OUR EVOLUTION
SPF RESEARCH ON AIR QUALITY – PART 2
NEW CONSTRUCTION NEEDS OPEN DOORS FOR SPF INDUSTRY
TOP TRUCKS FOR SPF CONTRACTORS
BEHIND THE FOAM
2015 SPFA CONTRACTOR AWARDS
SPEAKING SENSIBLY
ABAA NEWS
ASK THE EXPERT – How to Write Clear Contracts
UPCOMING EVENTS
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