Again welcome, and I am overjoyed to bring you such positive news.
A number of roofing material manufacturer leaders (especially Carlisle Syntec's Michael Ducharme) have defeated "Exclusion" practiced by purchasing cooperatives in Pennsylvania.
The premise is simple: Fair competition for taxpayer dollars, and not the predatory sales models of Tremco, and Garland.
Do not be confused. We encourage Tremco and Garland to "Compete" for our taxpayer dollars, but eliminate false pricing scams prevalent in purchasing cooperatives. By now, you know that purchasing cooperatives are a horrid way to secure costly roof systems, and services.
THIS is the LAW:
This is of course public record, and availailble to all.
Much respect to Senator Pat Vance of Pennsylvania:
A little of the text:
Again, thank you to Senator Vance, and the many who participated.
An earlier post here showed how Lower Dauphin Schools (Pa.) spent 2.2 million dollars without competition. I worked very hard to bring this to Superintendent Smith's attention, but she was having no part of the "Fair Competition" I was pleading for her to consider.
But, the persistence of honorable people removes the "stigma", and "darkness" associated with school roofs purchased through purchasing cooperatives. Remember, the cooperative gets (on average) 4% of the total contract, so all incentive to save, is immediately extinguished.
All anyone has to do is type "School Roofing Scam" into your browser, or "YouTube", and there is no shortage of Tremco and Garland participation in it. I'm even in one here:
And on it goes.
I believe this came from Ms. Janet Campbell's excellent "School Roofing Scam" blogsite, but will correct that if necessary. Regardless, Ms. Campbell is quite the authority on these things, and you should visit her at: .
"SCHOOL ROOFING SCAM:
A GENERIC GUIDE IN SIX STEPS
The following is a composite scenario that illustrates the types of abuses
uncovered by the State Commission of Investigation during its investigation of public
school roofing projects in New Jersey.
School District X determines that several failing roofs on school
buildings require repair and/or replacement.
When plans for the project are announced, District X officials are
contacted by the sales representative of Company Y, a leading seller of
The sales representative refers the district to a roofing
consultant/architect who has a secret arrangement under which he
receives compensation from Company Y.
Knowing that he will be paid by the company, the consultant is
able to under-bid all other potential architects to obtain the project
The consultant writes “proprietary” project specifications
explicitly built around Company Y’s products.
The specifications also contain an array of special requirements,
or “hurdles,” designed to block the substitution of materials from any
other manufacturer, even though they may be less expensive and of
Once you've taken that "Easy Money", you will forever bear the stain. The roofing community knows how it works, and what you are. Souls seem to be going cheaply nowadays.
Hundreds of you have written letters to me describing the abuse in your own communities. NRCA must understand this, and stop facilitating such horrible, predatory models upon the taxpayers of North America. It is extremely bad in Canada as well.
Tremco and Garland are so great, they specify 10 and 15 year roofs for our schools. Then they charge an exhorbitant sum for an ADDITIONAL warranty.
SCAM, SCAM, SCAM. ALL of it perpetrated upon the PUBLIC sector! No private owner is illiterate enough to fall for such an obvious rip off.
The bid was just awarded for the roofing at the middle school.
Together we saved the taxpayer over 410 k!! Once Garland/ Tremco were exposed,with your great effort,the project award was 719k ,as opposed to 1.29 mil. Just wanted to give you an update. Be well Brother Ron".
I will translate $410K into visual terms for you, and then it becomes 4 brand new school buses. Simply because someone cared enough to try, and I am humbled by the civic pride in this fine person.
You should be too, but there is a shortage of "Courage", and an abundance of "Greed". Chalk one up for the "Courage" team on this one.
Friends, I am very thankful for your time spent here. Sometime the subject matter may be tough to read, but I have confidence in your desire for "Truth".
Please reject negativity in all forms, and always remember to keep looking "UP".
Robert R. "Ron" Solomon
Director, Roof Consultant's Alliance
Public Procurement Analyst