SEBASTOPOL -- FlashCo Manufacturing, a fabricator of roof-penetration details with integrated flashing designed to trim installation time and enhance waterproofing, is doubling the size of its headquarters plant in a move to Santa Rosa.
[caption id="attachment_69749" align="alignright" width="401"] FlashCo's move into commercial reroofing and products for "cool roofs" helped revive profits as residential sales slumped.[/caption]
FlashCo (707-824-4448, flashcomfg.com) solders sheet metal and heat-welds plastic roofing membranes to roof-penetration parts such as vents for plumbing and exhaust and ports for utility wiring to add flashing. Roofing contractors that buy the assemblies from distributors can save as much as a half-hour per penetration on the job.
Started a dozen years ago focusing on homebuilding, sales slowed dramatically in 2006 with less construction, so the company shifted to the commercial reroofing market and to developing products for increasingly installed plastic or rubber single-ply membrane commercial roofs.
"Five or six years ago, it was one of the saving graces of our company," founder and President Greg Morrow said of the move into single-ply roofing accessories. "Perhaps we would have been down to one or two locations if we were primarily in the metal side of the business, and plastics would have been a missed opportunity."
Currently, soldering sheet-metal products for residential and commercial markets makes up 60 percent of FlashCo's sales, and heat-welding plastic parts with membranes for single-ply roofs is about 40 percent and growing quickly.
While sales of sheet-metal products has been flat, those of plastic assemblies has been growing quickly and lifting FlashCo back into the black, according to Mr. Morrow. Revenue grew 22 percent in fiscal 2011, ended in March, and is set grow by 23 percent to 24 percent this fiscal year. FlashCo started to became profitable again in the first quarter of fiscal 2011.
[caption id="attachment_69750" align="alignleft" width="350"] FlashCo Manufacturing is expanding to a multitenant Santa Rosa facility on Todd Road. Company offices will go here. (image credit: Keegan & Coppin)[/caption]