What are the Benefits of Regional Manufacturing?

By Drexel Metals

Roofing with metal provides customers with a long-lasting and sustainable product. Roofing professionals who use rollformed metal panels can go a step beyond and meet customer demand for a range of color and profile options, ensuring the roof will look as good as it performs. 

One overlooked benefit of fabricating and installing metal roofs is the potential to become a certified regional manufacturer. But what does that mean exactly? Regional manufacturing is a think-local approach to construction. When a roofing company joins an association of regional manufacturers, it can focus on doing what it does best: building local market connections and reliable roofs. The national supplier, in turn, supports the business’s end goals. For example, through Drexel Metals’ certified regional manufacturer program, they help local roofing businesses provide world-class service by providing the following:

1. Access to dependable materials

By becoming a certified regional manufacturer, a roofing contractor can rest assured knowing their materials will be consistently durable, beautiful and delivered on time. This eliminates having to source materials from different suppliers, whose quality may differ. Drexel fully tests, engineers and backs their products to maintain standards. 

2. Pre-build support

One of metal roofing’s greatest strengths is its ability to provide a variety of profiles and aesthetics. However, its versatility can leave even the most seasoned roofing veterans nervous about unfamiliar builds. Regional manufacturers have direct access to Drexel’s team of experienced representatives in person, online and over the phone. 

3. Efficient and low-risk shipping 

Because regional manufacturers have access to the latest metal roof fabricating equipment, they can receive pre-formed metal coil and sheets onsite, and roll them to the desired profile. This allows suppliers to ship materials more efficiently and with a substantially lower risk of damage. As such, roofing professionals can receive materials in days instead of weeks and without the hassle of having to order more to replace damaged goods. 

4. Onsite rollforming

Another benefit of being able to receive coils and sheets directly from Drexel is that contractors will not accumulate an excess number of unused profiles. They can make the profiles they need and save the materials for their next project, meaning the installers will maximize the use of their materials and labor. 

5. Back-office support 

Regional manufacturers can take advantage of the full suite of warranties and customer service that Drexel provides. Rather than negotiating with companies that may not have a contractor’s bottom line in mind, roofing professionals can work in partnership with Drexel to ensure their customers are satisfied. This approach helps ensure a contractor is just as covered as their customers. It also improves any roofing fabricator’s ability to provide quality customer service since they can leverage a full team of dedicated and experienced professionals.

With 20+ years of experience in regional manufacturing, Drexel Metals has a proven track record of supporting the success of its network of local manufacturers. 

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