Metalmaster Receives Firestone President’s Club Award for 2016

Metalmaster is honored to receive the Firestone President’s Club Award for 2016. The Firestone President’s Club was established to recognize contractors who significantly exceed the minimum points needed to qualify for the Master Contractor Award. Each year, Firestone recognizes the top Master Contractors with the prestigious President’s Club Award. President’s Club winners receive credit for additional co-op advertising funds, increased discounts on Firestone clothing, and publicity regarding the achievement sent to national trade publications. Please read the President’s Club Award Program brochure for a list of incentives.

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Metalmaster Travels to Florence, Italy to Accept Firestone Award

Michael and Rochelle Smeja, Principals of Metalmaster Roofmaster, traveled to Florence, Italy this July to accept the 2015 Firestone Platinum Council Award.  Tim Dunn, President of Firestone Building Products, presented Metalmaster with this award. When it comes to Firestone awards, the Platinum Council Award stands above the rest.  This was Metalmaster’s 3rd year receiving the award and we couldn’t have been more excited to share this achievement with such an excellent partner like Firestone Building Products!  Above are a few pictures from the trip.

Metalmaster Roofmaster, Inc. Announces Promotion of David G. Kozial to Executive Vice President & Celebrates 38th Anniversary

McHenry Corporation Celebrates Well-Deserved Promotion & Anniversary

David G. Kozial
Executive Vice President

On November 1, 2015, Metalmaster Roofmaster, Inc., (Metalmaster) a McHenry based corporation, recognized as one of the largest commercial roofing and sheet metal contractors in North America announced the promotion of David G. Kozial to Executive Vice President.  Coinciding with the promotion, the company also proudly celebrates their 38th Anniversary in the month of November.

As Metalmaster grew over the years, in 1994 a new entity, Sno Gem, Inc. was developed and shortly thereafter David joined the Smeja umbrella of companies in 1998 as the company’s Accounting Manager.  As the company grew, so did David and his ever-increasing responsibilities.  David became Comptroller and then Vice President of Finance and Personnel.  Now in his new position, David will be actively involved in the management of the various companies’ operations, financial management, human resources, and strategic management.  As the Smeja family looks to the future and their continued growth in various markets, David will play a key role in the development of their newest divisions.  The Smeja entities currently include 6 companies and most recently, Limitless Innovations, Inc. was added to the umbrella.  Michael V. Smeja, Principal said “We are extremely proud of David and his achievements. He has been with us for over 17 years and grown in multiple positions, that says a lot about his character.” Daniel F. Smeja, Principal said “We are excited about the enthusiasm, energy, and positive attitude that David has always brought to our work environment, and look forward to him applying that to his new position.”

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Metalmaster Co-Founder Receives Posthumous Hall of Fame Award

We are honored to announce that our Co-Founder, George C. Smeja, was recognized by Metal Construction News for his life’s work and was inducted into the Metal Construction Hall of Fame during Metalcon 2015.  Accepting the award on his behalf was Rock M. Smeja, his grandson and third-generation family business member.

The Metal Construction Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions to the success, innovation and growth of the metal construction industry. The aim is to pay tribute to the men and women of the industry who have devoted their lives and careers to metal construction.

The judges used the following criteria to assess nominees:

Longevity: Honorees must have been actively involved in the industry for at least 15 years.

Unique Contribution: The creation or development of a specific aspect or segment of business that has advanced the industry.

Body of Work: The depth and breadth of contribution to the industry throughout a career.

Legacy: The honoree’s contribution must have had a long-lasting impact on the industry.

Integrity: Honorees must exhibit the highest ethical and professional standards in all aspects of business.

You can view the entire article on the Metal Construction News Website or below.

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3rd Annual Metalmaster Blood Drive

Here at Metalmaster we try to do our part in helping the local community.  One way we have been able to do this is through our annual blood drive.  This year was our 3rd annual blood drive and it was a great success!

With employees and family members we had 14 donors and 4 of those donors qualified and were willing to do a double red cell donation!  We are very proud of our donors!!

The folks at Heartland Blood Center did an incredible job!  We have a lot of tough and rugged employees, but when it comes to giving blood just about everyone can get a bit uneasy.  Heartland’s team ensured everyone was comfortable and made the whole process completely painless.

Uncle Dave Cooks Up His World Famous Onion Burgers

Last Friday, August 14th, Uncle Dave stopped by Metalmaster Roofmaster to cook up some of his World Famous Onion Burgers™.  Friends and family of the Metalmaster Roofmaster employees were all invited to come join in the celebration.  There was a lot of great food and fun times.  A couple exciting games of bags were played and the celebration helped build the bond among the Metalmaster team.

Metalmaster Featured on Cover of Metal Roofing Magazine

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Metalmaster Roofmaster was recently selected to be interviewed for a cover story and feature article in Metal Roofing Magazine’s June/July 2015 Issue called “Selling Metal”.

Dan Smeja was interviewed and we subsequently chose the Warren Township Hall project in Gurnee, IL to be used as the cover photo that boasts a Metalmaster Roofmaster installed Berridge Manufacturing 1-1/2-inch Tee-Panel standing seam metal roof, as well as 1” Sno Gem’s® Sno Blockade™ custom-curved snow retention system.

Metalmaster Employees Keep Fit with Pilates

If you were to stop by Metalmaster on a Wednesday night, you would see the break room looking more like a yoga studio. Recently we have been offering Pilates classes to all employees and many have taken advantage of the opportunity. We would like to extend a special thanks to our instructor Kasia!

Cinco de Mayo Celebration!

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the wonderful folks at Mago Grill created delicious guacamole options for the Metalmaster Roofmaster employees.  It was certainly a great way to end the week.  Happy Cinco de Mayo to all!

Metalmaster Celebrates All 4 Prestigious Firestone Awards

Michael V. Smeja (Principal of Metalmaster-Roofmaster), Steve Mallein (Principal of SJ Mallein Co., Firestone Building Products Representative), Daniel F. Smeja (Principal of Metalmaster-Roofmaster) Receiving Inner Circle of Quality Award

Left to Right: Rick Biosca (Vice President of Operations at Metalmaster-Roofmaster), Michael V. Smeja (Principal of Metalmaster-Roofmaster), Steve Mallein (Principal of SJ Mallein Co., Firestone Building Products Representative), Daniel F. Smeja (Principal of Metalmaster-Roofmaster), Dave Kozial (Vice President of Finance) Receiving the President’s Club Award

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Read the Award and Spec Letter Here

Here at Metalmaster we are fortunate enough to have a great relationship with Firestone Building Products.  Recently we were recognized with 4 of the most prestigious awards that Firestone hands out.  We are honored to receive these awards recognizing our hard work and dedication.  Here is what President of Firestone Building Products, Tim Dunn, had to say about Metalmaster.


The annual Firestone Building Products Master Contractor Program recognizes leading Firestone Building Products Red Shield™ Licensed Roofing Contractors who demonstrate excellence in the area of roofing system installation. Based on a series of first-class jobs completed in 2014, Firestone Building Products has presented Metalmaster Roofmaster, Inc. with the 2015 Master Contractor, Inner Circle of Quality, President’s Club and Platinum Council awards.

This is the 16th time Metalmaster Roofmaster, Inc. has received the Firestone Building Products Master Contractor Award. The firm achieved this designation based on total square footage installed, quality points accumulated for outstanding inspection ratings on installations covered by the Red Shield™ Warranty and the number of Red Shield warranted completed jobs.

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