Drexel Metals LLC and the United States Hispanic Contractors Association Form Strategic Alliance

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Drexel Metals and the USHCA will jointly endorse and nationally promote Drexel Metals' Association of Regional Manufacturers to the membership of the USHCA. Through this alliance, Drexel Metals will provide training to USHCA members in all aspects of metal roofing including, portable roll forming, installation techniques, as well as industry-specific marketing and promotion procedures.

We are proud of our strategic alliance with the USHCA which aligns our focus and priorities, and we believe this will be a long lasting partnership. We look forward to this association resulting in tangible outcomes to benefit the industry as a whole and program participants individually.

Drexel Metals LLC is very pleased to announce the formation of an important and unique strategic alliance with the United States Hispanic Contractors Association (USHCA).

Through a memorandum of understanding, Drexel Metals and the USHCA will jointly endorse and nationally promote Drexel Metals' Association of Regional Manufacturers to the membership of the USHCA. Through this alliance, Drexel Metals will provide training to USHCA members in all aspects of metal roofing including, portable roll forming, installation techniques, as well as industry-specific marketing and promotion procedures.

Frank Fuentes, Chairman of the USHCA said, "The commitment Drexel Metals has made to the empowerment of our membership thorough the expansion of knowledge and the enhancement of capabilities will facilitate the growth and viability of contractors wishing to engage in the metal roofing industry. This extraordinary opportunity for the USHCA membership to share in cutting-edge technology will add practical skill-sets that compliment and expand our member's trade specialties."

Drexel Metals will also coordinate with the USHCA to conduct the OSHA ten-hour training program for its members and promoting safety as one of the highest joint priorities between Drexel Metals and the USHCA.

Mr. Fuentes noted that there are currently more than three million Hispanic construction workers in the United States, representing approximately 25% of the entire construction labor force. Mr. Fuentes further added, "Workplace injuries and fatalities continue to plague the construction industry and sadly, Hispanic workers account for the vast majority of those accidents. The USHCA is firmly committed to job site safety and to the implementation of sound safety practices in the workplace. Drexel Metals embraces the same philosophy as the USCHA on the importance of job site safety and the priority of providing current, effective and necessary safety training and continuing education to as many workers as possible. Through this partnership, Drexel Metals affirms its sincere commitment to the membership of the USHCA with both their technical training program and support of the continuation of the OSHA ten-hour safety marathon training workshops."

Rob Waite, CEO of Drexel Metals stated, "We are proud of our strategic alliance with the USHCA which aligns our focus and priorities, and we believe this will be a long lasting partnership. We look forward to this association resulting in tangible outcomes to benefit the industry as a whole and program participants individually."

Brian Partyka, President of Drexel Metals added, "In working to create this alliance with Mr. Fuentes, we saw the opportunity to benefit consumers, our members, the industry and our mutual interests. Drexel Metals is proud to sponsor such innovative programming for the membership of the USHCA and hope we can provide long-lasting and pragmatic solutions, addressing the urgent need for safety training and the expansion of business opportunities for contractors interested in the metal roofing industry."

Drexel Metals and the United States Hispanic Contractors Association also want to extend their heartfelt thanks to former United States Attorney General, Alberto R. Gonzales who introduced the two entities and played a significant role in helping solidify the strategic partnership.

"I have been very impressed with Drexel Metals over the last few years and as I have continued to work to find ways to promote entrepreneurialism and self reliance in the Hispanic Community, I saw an opportunity to achieve this objective with Drexel Metals and the United States Hispanic Contractors Association", said Mr. Gonzales.

About Drexel Metals LLC
Drexel Metals LLC is a provider of fully engineered on-demand standing seam metal roofing systems that are supplied through its network of regional manufacturers known as the DMARM (Drexel Metals Association of Regional Manufacturers). Drexel's metal roofing has an industry leading 7 Miami-Dade and 11 Texas Department of Insurance approved roofing systems. In addition to metal roofing, Drexel also supplies highly efficient photovoltaic solar roof systems. Drexel Metals solar products are engineered to work with Drexel Metals standing seam roof systems, flat roof applications or in commercial and residential retrofit applications.

About the United States Hispanic Contractors Association
The USHCA is a national 501(C)6 non-profit trade association dedicated to the interest, concerns and issues of the Hispanic contractor. Through its advocacy for access to opportunity and for inclusion of Hispanic contractors in procurement and contracting opportunities throughout the country, the USHCA has actively supported the passage of legislation of considerable importance and significance to not only Hispanic contractors, but to the construction industry as a whole. The USHCA feels an acute responsibility to the greater community and strives to attract a membership comprised of individuals and businesses which represent the highest parallels of capability, ethics, value and safety.

For more information contact:

Drexel Metals LLC
Rob Waite - CEO
rwaite(at)drexmet(dot)com
(888) 321-9630 ext 157
http://www.drexmet.com

United States Hispanic Contractors Association
Frank Fuentes, Chairman
fuentescon(at)aol(dot)com
(512) 627-5444

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