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PRESIDENT'S POST OLD #975: A REMINDER OF DEPENDABILITY IN AN UNSTABLE WORLD I f Old #975 could talk, what a story it could tell. The very beginning of the fledgling sprayfoam industry saw pioneering visionaries eager to explore new and different ways for applying their unique sprayfoam products - and Old #975 was there. And when the first specifications were explored and then developed for the commercial spraying application to roofs, boat hulls, tanks, interiors, and everything else imaginable, Old #975 was there... Dependable, reliable and resilient. The words used to describe Old #975 are much like the terms used to describe many people involved in the sprayfoam industry. Dependability is a priceless term in the sprayfoam industry, especially when stability takes a dive - as it did this past year. The unpredictable, wet and windy spring caused scheduling delays on projects across the country, affecting not only sprayfoam-related businesses, but many of the various construction trades we all ultimately depend on. In the Midwest where I live, it was extremely difficult to get three workdays a week until after July 4. Fortunately, the fall season proved more cooperative and a portion of lost time was regained by contractors having Before more work on their books than could be handled even in a typical year. But, the ongoing shortage of qualified labor to get projects done in a timely manner then came into play. One contractor friend of mine emphatically stated, "Laborers are difficult enough to find, but good and dependable labor - impossible." It is a phrase echoed across all the construction related trades. Despite these seemingly uncontrollable factors, sprayfoam contractors historically have earned the reputation for being a rather resilient lot. With 2015 a dot in the rearview mirror, now is the time to focus on the months ahead boosted by lessons learned with a resolve to do even better. We certainly can't control the weather or create a labor pool of qualified workers to any large degree, but we can become more efficient and productive in what we do each and every day, all without compromising safety. That's why your visit to Sprayfoam 2016 will offer you the potential to do just that! And here are three reasons how: 1. Equipment: Never underestimate the value of upgrading to newer sprayfoam equipment. If you're spraying with a machine 10 years or older, you'll likely boost application After productivity of your applicators by saving time, particularly on those precious, weather-perfect days that have become so few and far between. 2. Education: To be successful and have that crucial competitive edge, you must be better versed in all you do and nowhere is that truer than in the sprayfoam business. The SF16 convention offers 36 breakout sessions including sprayfoam selling, contracts, roofing, building envelopes, and updates on government affairs and regulations, to name a few. All are specifically designed to help you better understand and promote your product while growing your business. Participation in the SPFA Professional Certification Program (PCP) is the only pathway to attaining that valuable professional certification within our industry and, best of all, conveniently offered every day at the conference. A vital business opportunity you need to take advantage of. 3. Networking: At no other time of year will you find all the leading experts gathered at one place at one time offering the unique opportunity to mingle and interact with manufacturers, suppliers and fellow contractors who have been there and done that. Proverbs says, "Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future." Networking is an extremely valuable part of any convention. So What Is Old #975? In addition to being dependable, reliable and resilient, one more word has been added to Old #975's list recently: restored! It began with the idea and discussion at our General Board meeting last October, where most agreed the time was both ripe and long overdue for gathering information and artifacts concerning the 40-year-old history of SPFA and the sprayfoam industry - and before the personal recollections and memories of 8 SPRAYFOAM PROFESSIONAL | Spring 2016

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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