Recap: Trade Shows in April!

This past month we attended multiple trade shows and conventions in order to expand our knowledge and connect with customers and vendors in the construction industry. Some of the main events we attended in April include the Mid-Atlantic Glass Association (MGA) Glass Expo, North East Roofing Contractors Association’s (NERCA) Convention, and the International Masonry Institute’s Masonry Day Educational Conference! Learn more about these trade shows:

NERCA’S Convention & Trade Show – NERCA is the regional roofing contractors association for the northeast and hosts the largest regional roofing trade show in the country. The convention is an educational exhibit of the products and services used in the roofing industry and is a platform for exhibitors to meet with customers face-to-face. Kenseal sent a team to exhibit and share what we can offer the roofing industry!

Masonry Day Educational Conference & Trade Show The International Masonry Institute hosted their Masonry Day Conference, which included accredited educational seminars, exhibitions, and demonstrations. We joined forces with our A.H. Harris counterparts in the region and exhibited some of our products at the trade show. We connected with various architects, mason contractors, engineers, and many more in the construction industry at this high-profile event!

MGA Glass Expo – This is the only Glass Exposition in the Washington, DC area. It includes information on the latest in architectural glass & glazing products, equipment/machinery, tools, sealants, adhesives, and much more. We manned a booth at the expo to share information on some of the most innovating curtainwall products we supply. It was great connecting with our customers in the glass and glazing industry!

Event Recap: Winter 2017

2017 started off busy, busy, busy with event season in full swing! From demo days to construction expos, we expanded our knowledge of the latest and greatest in the industry, strengthened our relationships with our core vendors and hosted a variety of product demonstrations to keep our customers on the cutting-edge of innovation. Here are some of the highlights from the events thus far:

  • We attended the World of Concrete in Las Vegas from January 16-20th. The World of Concrete celebrated its 43rd anniversary with its largest show to date – 700,000 square feet of exhibit space, 60,000 industry professionals and 1,500 exhibiting companies. A team of A.H. Harris and Kenseal Construction Products representatives networked and learned about the most innovative solutions in the marketplace throughout the week.
  • On February 8th, Tremco hosted a demo day at Kenseal Charlotte featuring Vulkem® Extreme Wearing System (EWS) with Puma Technology. The Tremco team demonstrated the composition and application of the product for some of our valued customers in the greater Charlotte area.
  • A.H. Harris hosted their annual Summit in Hershey, PA from February 9-12th. At the expo, 85 of our vendor partners displayed a wide variety of supplies, tools and equipment. Our team had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with vendors, connect with team members across the eastern seaboard, solidify valued relationships and learn about the latest and greatest in the industry.
  • February 17th marked the BASF by Master Builder Solutions’ Enershield® demo day at Kenseal Philadelphia. The demonstration combined classroom learning with hands-on instruction and focused on understanding critical details, application methods and site safety best practices. It also covered assessment of field conditions, the pre-construction meeting, surface preparation, proper detailing, product application and troubleshooting.
  • From February 23-26th a team of Kenseal representatives attended the Waterproofing Contractors Association in Mt. Pleasant, SC. There, we formed and strengthened relationships with various waterproofing contractors and vendors from across 13 states and Canada.
  • Pecora Corporation had their air and vapor barrier demo day at Kenseal Charlotte on March 9th. This demonstration of Pecora XL-Perm showed customers the application of a four-step solution for an energy efficient wall system.
  • Kenseal Boston hosted GCP Applied Technologies for a Silcor® Workshop on March 10th. Silcor® is specially developed by GCP Applied Technologies (formerly W.R. Grace & Co.), who hosted a very interactive and interesting demonstration of their product.

Coming up:

A weekend in Delray, FL: The 2017 Sales Incentive Trip

Each year Kenseal recognizes high performing sales team members with a sales incentive trip. The 2017 trip was held March 2nd-5th at The Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach, FL. The beautiful resort was a perfect location to provide relaxation and sunshine as we finish out the winter and head into busy season.

28 of our top sales associates from 2016 attended the trip. Upon their arrival on Thursday, they enjoyed a welcome dinner at a local beach restaurant to kick off the festivities.

On Friday morning the group split up and had the choice of chasing sailfish in the Atlantic Ocean, playing a round of golf at the Seagate Golf Club or embarking on a jet ski tour. The fishing group found very rough seas, but that did not stop them from reeling in some brag-worthy catches!  The jet skiers enjoyed hitting the open water for a few hours and the golfers had a relaxing day on the challenging green.

Following the morning activities, the group returned back to the Seagate Beach Club for an awards dinner to recognize individual sales achievements from the previous year in a variety of categories. A few of the noteworthy accomplishments include:

  • Branch of the Year: Charlotte
  • Salesperson of the Year: Bill Lineburg
  • Sales Manager of the Year: Sam Fagan
  • Inside Sales Team of the Year: Long Island City Inside Team

A total of 8 awards were presented that evening, congratulations to all of the recipients!

On the final full day of the trip, the group hit the beach to partake in a variety of beach games and a little friendly competition. Despite the wind, beach volleyball, spikeball, ladderball and more were all a huge hit!  

Overall, the event was a great success and a memorable experience for all! Everyone had a great time and reflected on their hard work and dedication from the previous year. Best of luck to our sales team in the race for next year’s sales incentive trip!

The ABAA Conference

The Air Barrier Association of America (ABBA) is hosting their annual conference from April 18-20th. This conference focuses on air barriers and building airtightness – one of few events in the world to dive into this niche market. Leading industry professionals will be discussing the latest on building enclosures, moisture management, air barriers, sustainability, and enclosure commissioning throughout the three days.

Why should you attend?

  • Up to 18 hours of AIA CEU’s (HSW)
  • Meet the leading air barrier manufacturers and service providers in the industry
  • Network with the leading experts in building science
  • Participate in comprehensive education on air barriers and building airtightness

The conference includes a variety of presentations designed for professionals, consultants, general contractors, subcontractors and others interested in the air barrier industry.

Kenseal is a proud gold sponsor of this event and some of the Kenseal team will be in attendance! Other sponsors and exhibitors (and trusted Kenseal vendor partners) include BASF, Dow Corning, Prosoco, Pecora, Sto, Tremco, and many more. We hope to see you there!

Check out the full schedule of events and don’t forget to register for the conference!

Our Teams at World of Concrete

World of Concrete celebrated its 43rd anniversary this year with its largest show to date – 700,000 square feet of exhibit space, 60,000 industry professionals and 1,500 exhibiting companies. It is the only annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction markets featuring leading industry suppliers showcasing the latest and greatest in new products, technology and innovation.

A team of A.H. Harrisand Kenseal Construction Products, A Division of A.H. Harris representatives flew to Las Vegas last week to network and learn about the most cutting-edge solutions in the marketplace at the World of Concrete. The events commenced with the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) Kick-Off Party, which welcomed tradeshow attendees to Rio Hotel’s Voodoo Lounge. With a bird’s eye view of the Las Vegas Strip, the venue set the tone for the rest of the weekIMG_1807.jpg providing ample collaboration and celebration opportunities. Chris Lippmann, leader of Business Development at Kenseal, was elected as Vice President of ICRI earlier this year and Kenseal was a proud sponsor of the Kick-Off Party supporting Chris in his endeavors and the association as a whole.

Chris shares, “World of Concrete is more than just a product and equipment showcase. It is a time of year when industry leaders come together and strategize for the year ahead. The networking at the show and off-site meetings with vendors and networking groups allow you to feel the pulse of our markets. This year I could not be more excited with the discussions I had with our customers and vendors, especially those at the ICRI Kick-Off Event.”

Tuesday brought the opening of the exhibit halls and many educational programs, seminars and training workshops at World of Concrete. With three halls (North, South and Central) and two outdoor exhibit areas, there was a lot of ground to cover! Our team spent the day perusing the displays, catching up with vendors and discovering the latest to hit the industry.IMG_4362.jpg

Mike O’Connor, Kenseal’s Director of Sales for the Metro New York region, explains, “Having just returned from my first trip to World of Concrete I can certainly see what all the fuss is about. It was great to see new developments among the products we sell while at the same time getting a first hand look at new lines that will allow us to expand our offerings. One day at the expo is worth a month of web searches, meetings and emails trying to gather the same information. Equally valuable was the opportunity to connect with our customers and manufacturers. As a distributor we are the bridge between the two and time spent at the conference helped me to connect those two sides of our business, allowing me to focus on how I can best serve each one.”

The show proved to be a great experience for all in attendance! To celebrate, Kenseal hosted a hospitality event following conclusion of day one on Tuesday evening. Nearly 100 valued customers and manufacturer partners joined the A.H. Harris and Kenseal team at the Westgate resort for drinks and appetizers to unwind. The energy and enthusiasm in the room was contagious as everyone enjoyed one another’s company.

Here’s what Kevin Cocuzzo, Kenseal Inside Sales Representative in Boston, had  to say about the evening, “The World of Concrete was a stellar experience, through and through. One of my most memorable moments would have to be our Kenseal Hospitality Event. It created an organic and unique opportunity to connect with customers, vendors and colleagues that cannot be replicated.” Thank you to all those who attended the event and we hope to see you again next year!

One of the most memorial hospitatlity suites Liza, Marketing Manager, A.H. Harris attended was hosted by Husqvarana at the very popular, ‘Brooklyn Bowl’. With hundreds of customers and vendors in attendance, it was a night to remember. Our Harris team had a blast connecting with BJ Jager, Husqvarna’s National Account Manager over a nice round of bowling!

The rest of our time spent in Vegas included returning to the exhibit halls, attending vendor meetings, dinners and hospitality events and networking with like-minded industry professionals.

Kim Corwin, President & Chief Executive Officer A.H. Harris & Sons,  wraps it up for us sharing, “I attended the 4-day event in Las Vegas last week and overall the crowd (contractors, vendors, other distributors) were extremely optimistic about 2017, but also a tad cautious. The first 90-days of President Trump could influence that optimism both positively with infrastructure or negatively with uncertainty and change.”

World of Concrete is always a great way to start and focus on the year ahead!

Between A.H. Harris and our sub-divisions HarMac & Kenseal, we had close to 30 team members attend this years event. We posted some pictures on our Facebook page, you can access the album here. Over the years, the event has gotten bigger and better. Some more info can be found on their official WoC website. As always, your feedback is welcome!

Tremco Demo Day in Charlotte

Extreme Protection at Record Speed!

On Wednesday February 8, 2017, Kenseal Charlotte will be hosting a demo of Vulkem® Extreme Wear Coating and Waterproofing System (EWS) with Puma Technology! From 11AM-1PM, learn about the advantages of using Vulkem® EWS:

  1. Quick turnaround time: Minimal downtime between application coats
  2. Work through Winter: Can be applied at temperatures as low as 20°F
  3. Minimize operation disruption: Open to traffic within one hour after completion!
  4. Heavy duty: Designed for heavily abused areas (Steel-wheel and tow-motor resistant)
  5. Multiple uses: Balconies, Parking Decks, Loading Docks, Under Tile/Between Slab, Pools, Fountains, Etc.

Lunch will be provided! You will also receive a Certificate of Participation for attending.




World of Concrete 2017

The 2017 World of Concrete is just a few weeks away! Some of the Kenseal team will be in attendance to network and learn about the newest, most cutting-edge solutions in the marketplace.

This event is the industry’s only annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction markets and one of the best for making connections.

When: January 16th – 20th

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Benefits of attending World of Concrete:

  • See it all in one place. Find everything you need to win more jobs, make more money and streamline your business.
  • Get connected. Make new contacts and strengthen your industry connections.
  • Work smarter. Learn how to work leaner, get the safety training and courses you need in today’s economy.
  • Get hands-on. See, touch and test the latest products under real-world, jobsite conditions.
  • Find new opportunities. Capitalize on the trends that will drive future markets and provide opportunities to profit.
  • Get your questions answered. Attend expert-led seminars for the new skills, practical solutions and creative strategies to improve your business.

We will be sponsoring the International Concrete Repair Institute’s Kick-Off Party, walking the show and hosting a hospitality event at the Westgate Resort on Tuesday. We hope to see you there!

Added Bonus – Register with ICRI and Save! Get the discount here

Customer Appreciation Days in Baltimore & Philly!

Join us as we celebrate the holidays and our customers in Baltimore and Philadelphia!

Free lunch, giveaways, vendor exhibits, mingling with the Kenseal crew and other industry professionals! Mark your calendars today and save the date!

Kenseal Philadelphia (1540 Delmar Dr, Folcroft, PA 19103)

December 2nd from 11am-2pm

RSVP here today!

Kenseal Baltimore (2960 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230)

December 16th from 11am-2pm

RSVP here today!

More details will be sent via email!

Concrete Repair Demo Day in Philadelphia

Join us for a Concrete Repair Demo Day In Philadelphia!

When: 11:30am-12:30pm on October 12th
Where: Kenseal Construction Products – 1540 Delmar Dr Folcroft, PA
Who: Master Builders Solutions by BASF representatives
What:  A demo of the following concrete repair products –

  • MasterEmaco T 1060 – Rapid setting horizontal repair mortar
  • MasterEmaco N 425 – a Vertical and Overhead repair mortar
  • MasterEmaco S 440 – a self-consolidating repair mortar for form and pour applications
Lunch will be provided following the demo. 
Space is limited. Reserve your spot today.

Enershield® Demo Day in Charlotte

Join us for a demo day of Master Builders Solution’s Enershield®!

When: October 13th at 11:00-1:30pm
Where: Kenseal Construction Products – 2217 Distribution Center Dr., Charlotte, NC
Who: Master Builders Solutions by BASF representatives
What: A demo of Enershield® – a seamless air/water-resistive barrier and flashing system

Lunch will be provided following the demo.