Restaurant Development & Design

NOV-DEC 2017

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3 0 • S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T • N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 What differentiates your company from others in the marketplace? Jason Dark: The thing that sets Duro-Last ® apart from other roofing manufacturers is our conscious decision to use the best raw materials to create premium products that withstand the test of time, and most importantly, the harsh environment on a rooftop. Pair that with our commitment to service and our customers are not surprised that we've enjoyed great success for over three decades. We know that our busi- ness can't grow without our customers' success – so we do everything we can to help our contractors grow their business and become the best installers they can be. This means that when you choose a Duro-Last roof for your building, you can have the peace of mind that it will be installed by a top-notch roofing contractor. We aren't known as the "World's Best Roof ® " for nothing! Describe your company in 10 words or less. JD: Proven history, great people and the best con- tractors. What would we be surprised to know about your company? JD: Restaurants are one of Duro-Last's largest markets — with over 385 million square feet installed on restaurants and more than 80,000 war- ranted installs. Our material's resistance to grease and harsh chemicals make it a durable solution that can with- stand the toughest conditions. Duro-Last also has a unique story. At 58-years- old, our founder, John R. Burt, started a small busi- ness that would grow into a multi-million dollar company. While manufacturing pool liners, John realized that if a vinyl liner kept water inside a swimming pool, it should also keep water out. From that simple premise, the Duro-Last single-ply roofing system was created in 1978. The idea of vertical integration, or producing as many parts of a Duro-Last roof assembly in-house as possible, comes from John. Unique in the roofing industry, this Edge-to-Edge & Deck-to-Sky™ systems approach allows Duro-Last to control quality from top to bottom. We stay true to those roots today by continuing our commitment to controlling our own destiny and remaining a family owned business. How are you able to serve the larger scale require- ments associated with a chain redesign rollout or a new concept design? JD: With manufacturing plants in Michigan, Oregon, Texas, Mississippi, Iowa, and Massachusetts, we are stra- tegically placed to efficiently serve all of North America. We also have sales representatives and Quality Assurance Techni- cal Representatives in the field and a full service Engineering Services Department that reviews all specifications and drawings that are submitted to them. Our authorized roofing contractors number over 3,000 nationwide and service every market in the United States. Lastly, by offering dedicated Corporate Ac- count Representatives, all large chains or corporate accounts have one point of contact, making communi- cation timely and simple. Jason Dark National Sales Manager, Duro-Last ® , Inc. (800) 248-0280 The Duro-Last Difference A Q&A with Jason Dark, National Sales Manager, Duro-Last Duro-Last's factory prefabricated flashings provide a better looking finished product, along with the necessary watertight integrity, and reduces labor during installation. Duro-Last's resistance to grease and harsh chemicals makes it a durable solution that can withstand the toughest conditions.

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