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ATAS Participates On Hurricane Irma Wind Investigation Team

RICOWI team members, from left: Joel May, Jim Bush, Allan Kidd and David Rallisteri.

Allentown, PA - In response to Hurricane Irma’s damage to Florida in September 2017, a small group of RICOWI members, including Jim Bush, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ATAS International, conducted a mini-deployment.

The investigators arrived in the Tampa-Fort Myers area on October 30 and 31 and separated into three teams of four, focusing on those areas, as well as Marco Island and the Keys. Even seven weeks after Hurricane Irma, there was sufficient visible wind damage to keep these dozen investigators occupied for two days.

The Hurricane Irma investigators found extensive damage to some roofs, while other nearby structures seemed untouched. Phil Mayfield of PSM Consultants and David Roodvoets of DLR Consulting, will be sharing those experiences and conclusions, on both the Irma and Hurricane Harvey investigations, at the spring RICOWI meeting in Houston, Texas on March 22.

About Roofing Industry Committee On Weather Issues Inc.

ricowi-logoThe Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues Inc. (RICOWI) was established in 1990 as a non-profit organization to identify and address important technical issues related to the cause of wind damage. In 1996, RICOWI was incorporated as a non-profit corporation devoted to research and education on wind issues. After a review of the need for similar education and research in the areas of hail, energy efficiency and durability effects, the organization's objectives were broadened in 1999 to include other weather topics, and "Wind" in RICOWI's name was changed to "Weather" to reflect the expanded scope. RICOWI is assisted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the banner organization. Learn more about RICOWI at

About ATAS International Inc.

atas logo 1963Founded in 1963, ATAS International, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of metal roofing, wall cladding, ceilings, perimeter edge metal, and accessories. The ATAS portfolio features an expansive selection of products available in aluminum, steel, zinc, stainless steel, and copper. Standard profiles include narrow and wide ribbed wall panels, corrugated styles, standing seam and batten seam roof systems, metal shingles, shakes, tiles, and more. Additional options include curved, tapered, and perforated panels; concealed or exposed fasteners; smooth or embossed textures; horizontal and vertical applications; and a choice of over 40 stock colors with 70% PVDF finish.

With sustainability at the forefront of modern building design, ATAS proudly supports green building objectives with high performance solutions, such as solar-ready roof panels, insulated metal panels, cool roofing products, and solar air heating wall panels. The ATAS team consists of product and market specialists that provide a high level of support for your project, from initial discovery and design to installation. ATAS has two ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturing locations in the United States: the headquarters in Allentown, PA, and their facility in Mesa, AZ. ATAS also has a second location in Allentown, PA, and recently added a new manufacturing location in University Park, IL. For more information about ATAS International, visit or call 610.395.8445. For more information on InSpire transpired solar collector metal wall panels, visit

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