Terex CEO Retires

Long time Chief Executive Ron Defeo has announced his retirement from Terex.  John L. Garrison Jr. has been appointed CEO effective November 1, 2015 with Defeo to ride out his time with the parent company of Genie Industries as Executive Chairman before moving into the private sector as a consultant.  

“I am proud of the company Terex has become in my 23 years as Terex’s leader," said Defeo. "With my planned retirement, this day was inevitable and I am confident that John will be able to continue to create value for our shareholders and the shareholders of Konecranes Terex.”

Garrison joins Terex from Textron where he has been chief executive of its Bell Helicopter operation since 2009. Prior to that he was president of its Industrial division which includes E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Jacobsen and Kautex, until that point he was president of E-Z-GO.

“I am extremely excited to be leading Terex at such an important time in its history. I look forward to building on the strong foundation the team has built and positioning Terex and Konecranes Terex for success in the future,” said Garrison.

We here at GET,LLC wish Mr. Defeo the best in life after Terex and look forward to what the future of the company will be under the watch of John Garrison.  If you have any aerial lift needs and would like to discuss potential solutions, please drop GET, LLC a line via our website at www.get-guam.com or give us a call at 671-797-0789-your authorized Terex/Genie Representative for Guam and Micronesia.

Investing in Lighting

There is no question that during these lean economic times, we all must do our part to conserve energy.  With the recent crisis facing Guam's power grid, now more than any time in the recent past, must we as a community do what we can to protect the very precious resource of energy.  We do have a new solar farm on-line in Dandan.  We do have a plan for integrating wind energy in nearby Windward Hills.  We also have seen the proliferation of small businesses selling residential rooftop solar photovoltaics to curb the rising prices of energy.  For businesses, this issue has many talking and looking for solutions. This blogger believes that this discussion begins and ends with energy efficient lighting.

Investing in great lighting can drive profits in retail spaces by highlighting key products and driving foot traffic to specific areas within stores to maximize sales.  As the buildup on Guam gets underway and with tourism is on the rise, regular and new customers alike need to know what you have and will be directed to great product presentation via great lighting.  

Switching to LED lighting alone will save up to 75 percent on energy costs.  First cost issues are becoming less of a concern considering the cost of power in Micronesia.  Installing lighting controls can save an additional 35 to 50 percent.  The Consumer Electronics Association is reporting that lighting controls are becoming the favorite technology among architects and homeowners- tied as the No. 1 technology in terms of being specified by homeowners and architects to builders. In all, 53 percent of the time a lighting control system is installed because the homeowner or architect requested it. The "re-do" of the Guam Tropical Energy Code does address this and we all would do ourselves a collective favor by considering a controls strategy that best fits our respective homes, workplaces and business properties.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that switching entirely to Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting over the next two decades could save $250 billion in energy costs in America and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions.  There are a handful of Guam businesses that have since made the switch to LED lighting and are enjoying the cost benefits.  But there are still many who use older and less efficient lighting systems and will continue to do so until their stocks are depleted. At that time, decisions will be made and we would encourage that the decision be made in favor of energy efficient lighting.

Economics will drive the next steps on island for all, businesses and residents alike, to make a conscious switch to the use of modern lighting technology.  Check out our website for energy efficient lighting solutions at www.get-guam.com or give GET, LLC a call at 671-797-0789.  We are a provider of Independence LED Lighting and Deco Lighting Inc. products-Made in America!!!

CMD and iSqFt Merge

What happens when you combine the resources of the largest provider of construction information in North America with the leading software-as-a-service company? You get a marriage that will make its corporate leadership in Cincinnati,Ohio very happy in the coming years as construction activity takes an upswing-even here in Guam.  

iSqFt and Construction Market Data Group (CMD) announced earlier this month that the companies have merged. The combination brings together businesses with complementary strengths in different segments of the construction sector, creating an organization with an enhanced product offering for customers and a strong technology platform focused on innovation. After the merger is completed, the combined organization will provide comprehensive construction data and software solutions for customers across North America and the Pacific Rim.

“CMD has established an excellent track record providing high-quality data, information and insights to the construction industry across North America,” said iSqFt CEO Dave Conway.  “With our shared commitment to customer service and product delivery, this merger fits into our long-term strategy to leverage the best of our combined companies to provide improvements on our already great data and deliver innovative solutions.”

CMD, formerly Reed Construction Data and Construction Market Data, is owned by Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing, and Reed Business Information. Warburg Pincus will continue to be a shareholder in the combined company.

“We are excited about the combination of iSqFT and CMD and look forward to partnering with the management teams to support the company’s growth initiatives,” said Warburg Pincus Managing Director Alex Berzofsky.

The local construction firms which use iSqFt will gain highly complementary capabilities that will build on these respective  firms’ reputations for outstanding customer service and will create exciting opportunities for its employees and users.  This blogger is looking forward to the upgrades to the interfaces to include video, opportunity status and bidder audit reports.  

To find out more about how GET, LLC, through our construction technology and materials partners can help your next project, give us a call at 671-483-0789 or check out our website at www.get-guam.com for more information. 

Energy Efficiency-A Priority for All Island Schools

The news recently that Guam schools were taking the plunge into powering campuses with solar photovoltaics made me think that a couple of huge steps may have been missed prior to drafting and negotiating the first power purchase agreements as outlined by recently enacted legislation.  While I am sure the Guam Power Authority has been supportive of the Solar PV initiatives by our education system, they also are going to be losing some revenue-a huge customer taking a modern step to keep valuable and limited resources in the classrooms from Yigo to Merizo. Federal tax credits will be secured-no doubt about that. 

But what happened to grabbing the low hanging fruit of lighting, building controls, and modern-HVAC Systems? Did school administrators just ignore these important steps as part of a comprehensive energy efficiency plan in our schools?  Did they forget the multiple presentations of a variety of sustainable solutions presented to them over the past 10 years by the policy wonks at Adelup, vested federal government agencies and private sector advocates? 

Energy efficiency is one of the simplest and most cost effective ways schools can save money—money that can be spent on the tools, provisions, and facilities needed to provide students with a high-quality education. Reducing a school’s energy bill can save the school much needed funds that it can use towards important building upgrades or improving its educational infrastructure. Not to mention, that using energy efficiently sets a positive example for a school’s students and community, encouraging them to use energy efficiently in the future and throughout their lives-so very important for living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The lowest of the hanging energy efficiency fruit is lighting.  

Lighting is one of the easiest sources of energy expenditures to adjust and regulate; however, alarmingly, over 25 percent of a typical school’s energy consumption is attributed to lighting. Our friends at Deco Lighting and other lighting manufacturers have said that LED lighting is the most energy efficient lighting technology on the market, and upgrading or retrofitting traditional lighting, such as fluorescent lamps, to LED is the most effective way to reduce the energy costs attributed to lighting. 

The Commerce, California based company offers several LED retrofit kits that simultaneously improve the quality of light and reduce power consumption by up to 75 percent when compared to fluorescent tubes. Deco’s Linea Troffer and Parabolic LED Retrofit Kit upgrades standard 1X4, 2X2, and 2X4 fluorescent troffers in as little as five minutes. Moreover, there is no need to go above the ceiling or remove any existing housing when installing Deco’s Linea Retrofit Kit, which prevents exposure to any asbestos that the ceilings of many old buildings and schools may contain. Recently, the Guam International Airport Authority purchased these kits and the GIAA Team sees the value of such retrofits towards reducing their operating costs while addressing their critical lighting needs.  All of Deco’s LED solutions are also backed by a 10-year, 100,000-hour warranty, which includes labor.

Additionally,students and teachers can do a lot to help save energy in their schools. Energy-saving things they do at home can also be done at schools. By turning out the lights when a classroom is unoccupied, the school can save money. The school may also want to consider "occupancy sensors" that detected whether there are people in the room. If no one is there, the switch turns off the light.  Hot water is another area that uses a great amount of energy. By fixing dripping hot water faucets, you can save water and save energy. If it's cold water, fix the dripping faucet anyway because sanitizing and delivering water takes energy too.  Leaving doors wide open to a room or building may make it more inviting to come in, but it wastes energy. Don't prop doors open but allow them to close after people walk through the doorway. And If the school has not set up a recycling effort, do it now. Reusing paper and recycling paper saves money and energy. Recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles

To find out more about how lighting retrofits can help improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs in schools, check out our website for solutions at www.get-guam.com or give GET, LLC a call at 671-797-0789.  We are a provider of Independence LED Lighting and Deco Lighting Inc. products-Made in America!!!

Server Revenues Hit $12 Billion

Leading industry analysts are reporting that server sales for the first quarter of 2015 hit the $12 Billion mark.   Stamford, Connecticut-based Gartner Inc has reported that server revenue grew by 17.9 percent to $13.4 billion from the same period last year. In terms of server shipments, Gartner reported server shipments of 2.7 million units for a growth rate of 13 percent.

"The first quarter of 2015 was a particularly strong start to the year, with the strongest shipment growth since the third quarter of 2010, when the market was recovering from the downturn. It was also the second largest-volume quarter ever," said Gartner Research Director Adrian O'Connell.

According to the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. x86 server shipments increased 13.2 percent and revenue increased 14.5 percent, while RISC/Itanium Unix server shipments declined 2.9 percent and revenue decreased by 3.1 percent.

HP maintained its No. 1 ranking in the worldwide server market based on revenue with 23.8 percent market share in the first quarter of 2015. Lenovo experienced the largest increase in the first quarter of 2015 with 658.2 percent growth. All of the top five global vendors had revenue increases for the first quarter of 2015-including Cisco which saw a bump in market share by 1.2 percent to 6.6 percent of the 2015 Quarter One Market Share.

"The market was driven by particularly strong demand from the hyperscale area, which benefited North America," said O'Connell.  "In particular. This comes at a time when other regions are struggling, due to price pressure driven by the appreciation of the U.S. dollar. The strength in North America was strong enough to offset declines in Latin America and Japan."

From our friends at Cisco, this is a chance for us to let you know that Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) rack and blade servers answer today’s IT challenges with an innovative and simplified fabric-centric architecture. Cisco UCS serves as a common, centrally managed platform that brings simplicity, agility, and flexibility of management by opening and abstracting all server hardware aspects for truly dynamic and stateless server resource pooling and on-demand provisioning.  In addition, UCS delivers fabric-centric unified connectivity for rack and blade servers with LAN, SAN, and management network access by connecting physical and virtual servers alike. UCS is designed to reduce capital expenditures and operating expenses, and it simplifies infrastructure management, enhances application performance and scalability, and speeds IT delivery to the business.

Good news plus more good news equals good things for your organization and a growing market.

GET, LLC is a proud Cisco Registered Partner providing the latest Cisco products and services direct to businesses and organisations. For more about our role as a Cisco Registered Partner and the benefits it brings to you and your business contact us at 671-483-0789 or at www.get-guam.com.

Parking Lot Lights-LED's and Reducing Energy Costs

They are an often overlooked but integral part of our island community's landscapes.  There is no question that parking lots influence how we live, work, and play. They also require a substantial amount of energy and money to operate. A trend is growing across the globe and one that is seeing some traction in Guam-business owners are recognizing the potential of light-emitting diode (LED) technology in parking lot lighting. 

The reasons are simple: to save energy, reduce maintenance costs, and improve environmental sustainability.

LEDs have been shown to save energy in limited applications, but are they ready for wide-scale adoption in parking lots? 

The U.S. Department of Energy continues to ask this question as well as property owners and entrepreneurs alike.

Researchers and trade organizations have joined forces to develop a set of criteria retailers could follow to implement LED parking lot lighting and realize energy savings and reliability. Whether it is a parking lot in Atlanta or Agana, a LED Site Lighting Specification developed in cooperation with the U.S Department of Energy provides information about both luminaire, or light fixture, performance and how the site should be lighted. For instance, the Specification outlines how lighting needs vary across the different parts of the parking lot. The Specification optimizes the performance of sites, satisfying more than pure lighting needs. Business concerns such as site aesthetics, branding, and customer safety also come into play.

Additionally, the Specification recognizes the potential risks businesses face in adopting new technologies, including reliability and maintenance costs. To address these, the Specification requires that manufacturers guarantee product performance with a five-year minimum warranty for LED luminaires.

The LED Site Lighting Performance Specification provides requirements for lighting the site as well as the luminaires. Here are a few key details of the specification:
  • Both power density and illuminance requirements are by lighting zone (LZ); different amounts of light (illuminance) are needed for different parts of the parking lot, and different environments need more or less light (and thus use power differently).
  • Luminaires should follow the backlight, uplight, and glare (BUG) rating requirements in IESNA TM-15.
  • Luminaires should carry at least a five-year warranty covering the luminaire, finish, and power supply.
  • Testing requirements are identified on manufacturers cut sheets or specification sheets.

LED technology has advanced into new categories of “white light” applications, including parking lot lighting, where early indications suggest a high-quality light and long life. At present, however, tested products are available from a limited number of suppliers, performance in the later years of the product’s life-time can only be estimated, and LED luminaires are relatively expensive on a first-cost basis. Nonetheless, there are many benefits for LED lighting in parking lots.

Need an LED parking lot light solution for your facility? Check out our website at www.get-guam.com or give GET, LLC a call at 671-797-0789.  We are a provider of Independence LED Lighting and Deco Lighting Inc. products-Made in America!!!

Memorial Day 2015

GET,LLC would like to remind you that even though numerous communities had been independently celebrating Memorial Day for years, the federal government declared Waterloo, N.Y. the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo first celebrated the holiday on May 5, 1866. 

We take time to remember those who died in defense of our freedom and ask each of you to do the same to honor the role the past and current members of the United States Armed Forces have played in our lives and their important contributions to freedom and democracy. 

Metal and Education-The Future

As we near the end of the school year all across the islands of Micronesia, the thought of the future has been a running theme at graduations and commencements from Majuro to Palau .  A man who has a keen eye into the future and one of the smartest men in the construction industry, Fabral Vice President and General Manager Kit Emert wrote in his Blog earlier this year of the importance of building a sustainable environment for our children and young adults to learn, thrive and grow.  

While the metal industry's top executive noted that while each of us makes our own judgment on the state of education in America, we all must be supportive of learning within the building structures we present to them.  Emert points out that metal exterior enclosure systems provide an ideal solution for educational buildings and school athletic facilities. 

But why? 

"There are numerous reasons, but at the forefront is the fact that metal is truly sustainable as it provides materials containing high percentages of recycled content and that are wholly recyclable," wrote Emert. "Metal is economical in use as compared to other cladding materials. In addition, metal provides for efficient building enclosure, possible job site fabrication for long-length roofing panel systems, wall panel systems that blend well with other types of building products, metal can be incorporated with energy management products and metal cladding is ideal for retrofit applications." 

The 30 year metal construction professional added that metal systems can be designed for abuse resistance in high-traffic use or damage-prone areas. Emert opined that metal can be fabricated, colorized and designed to fit the architectural, functional and environmental needs of an educational building and enhance the learning process.

"Metal exterior enclosure systems have been successfully and beautifully utilized on countless schools across the US," wrote Emert. "Think metal exterior enclosure systems for education and in education-Metal is the sustainable direction for your building design and for our future."

With the rising cost of construction and increasing awareness of sustainable building practices across the Pacific, such a notion to move towards metal should not be left out of the design charrettes and master planning by government educators and island engineers alike through the summer break and beyond.

To find out more about how GET, LLC, through our metal building partners can help with your next steel building or aluminum roofing project, give us a call at 671-483-0789 or our website at www.get-guam.com for more information.

2015-US LED Lighting Market to Reach $5 Billion

Who says that America is behind the rest of the world in using Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lighting.

A recent report by Canada-based Tech Sci Research found that the US LED lighting market is expected to touch an estimated USD $5.2 billion in 2015. 

The report entitled "United States LED Lighting Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020", notes that key factors boosting the demand for LED's include continuously declining LED prices due to decreasing production cost coupled with initiatives taken by the US government such as Energy Policy Act of 2005 and increasing consumer inclination towards adoption of green technologies.

"Continuing innovation in LED lighting technology along with recovering construction and automobile industry and favorable government initiatives to promote the use of LED technology are expected to positively influence the US LED lighting market over the next five years," said TechSci Research Director  Karan Chechi.  "The ban on use of incandescent lamps and sharply declining LED prices are expected to further boost the demand for LED lighting products in the country."

The global market research and consulting company evaluated the future growth potential of the US LED lighting market and provided statistics and information on market structure and American consumer behavior trends. The report includes LED lighting projections and demand forecasting for the coming decade.

In a company news release, TechSci cites the US government's increased focus this past decade to replace traditional and less efficient lighting systems with highly energy efficient, environment friendly and cost effective LED technology . Though the operating cost of LED lighting systems is quite low, the company notes higher per unit prices were initially restricting their adoption among consumers. Nevertheless, the adoption of LED lighting products has been robustly increasing over the last five years as researchers have been continuously focusing on reducing the cost of production, thereby resulting in significantly lower product prices.

Case in point, our friends at Deco Lighting have announced that they have developed a new wireless-enabled LED driver in collaboration with Daintree Networks for use in ceiling troffer applications. The Watt Controls driver will allow Deco to supply ZigBee-enabled luminaires without having to integrate separate LED driver and ZigBee modules in a fixture, thereby lowering the bill-of-materials cost of wireless functionality.

The 35W LED driver is intended for troffer applications up to 2×4 ft and specifically for use with the Deco Cloud troffer luminaires. Deco Lighting President Ben Pouladian says features such as 10-kV protection set its driver apart from others on the market and offer the advantage that the LED light engine does not have to be isolated. The Deco Lighting President told LEDs Magazine recently that Deco designs its drivers for 100,000 hours of operation, although the datasheet for the Watt Controls product does not specify such a rated lifetime.

The Watt Controls LED driver measures 14.17×1.18×1.02 in. Power factor is greater than 0.9. The product can work with 0–10V dimming controls. And Pouladian said Deco Lighting would ultimately support other wireless options such as mesh versions of Bluetooth that industry groups are pursuing.

"At Deco Lighting, we are adamantly committed to delivering intelligence to the entire building envelope, and we’re excited about instituting the enterprise Internet of Things [IoT] with our smart lighting products,” said Pouladian.

With the technology emerging, expect more LED's to be sold and more energy efficient solutions to emerge.

For more information on bringing an LED lighting solution to your facility, please contact us at GET, LLC at 671-483-0789 or see our website at www.get-guam.com for details of the technologies that can be of significant value to all building owners-All Made in America!!!


Call 2014 a year of progress  for the Aerial Work Platform business of Terex.  In its annual report released recently, 32% of its net sales were from the AWP sector. Cranes and material handling & port solutions segments both tied at 24%.

By product segment, 53% of Terex AWP sales were from boom lifts, 23% from scissor lifts, 17% from telehandlers, and 7% from trailer-mounted and other products. Sixty-four percent of sales were made in the United States and Canada. 

“Terex continued to improve in 2014 despite a more challenging operating environment than anticipated entering the year,” said Terex Chairman and CEO Ron DeFeo. “We have streamlined our business portfolio, reduced our cost structure, introduced innovative new products, and simplified operations." 

According to the company's report, Terex increased sales by 3% in 2014, and it was able to generate $329 million in free cash flow. For the year, adjusted operating profit was flat with 2013. 

While the material handling & port solutions and construction segments showed profit improvements, the cranes, materials processing, and aerial work platform segments were below 2013 levels due to unpredictable markets for cranes and materials processing and operating inefficiencies and increased investments for AWPs.

"There is more work to do, but overall we are pleased with the progress we have made and the momentum of our internal improvement initiatives," said DeFeo.

2015 a breakout year?  Stay tuned.

If you have any aerial lift needs and would like to discuss potential solutions, please drop GET, LLC a line via our website at www.get-guam.com or give us a call at 671-797-0789-your authorized Terex/Genie Representative for Guam and Micronesia. 


GET,LLC Managing Partner Tricia J.S. Gumataotao today announced the establishment of Genie Industries  Services for Guam and Micronesia.

"This effort has been months in the making and we are so very excited to provide this important service to Genie Aerial Lift owners in the Western Pacific," said Gumataotao.

With the full support of Terex and Genie, GET,LLC now offers factory warranty repairs service and support,  on-site scheduled routine maintenance, comprehensive annual inspections, lift options & enhancements, major inspections (10 Year Test), specialty applications, equipment refurbishing and customized paint services.

"GET,LLC stands ready to support the Genie service needs to those contractors and equipment owners who need factory trained service and parts assistance for their respective booms, scissor, aerial work platforms, vertical mast, telehandlers,  or material lifts," said Gumataotao. 

In December 2013, GET, LLC was appointed by the Terex Corporation as its authorized distributor for Terex and Genie aerial work platforms, cranes, construction and materials processing equipment and parts in Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.

"You can count on us to provide Genie assistance when you need it most-our professional service and support team can respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week".

To arrange for a factory trained technician to attend to your Genie Industries equipment service needs in Guam and Micronesia, please call 671-727-1789.

Platform for Voice and Video-A Cisco Case-Study

By upgrading to the latest version Cisco Unified CM, you will improve collaboration with easy access to rich video, voice, conferencing, and IM and presence technology that empowers people to engage and innovate -- anywhere, on any device. Cisco has upgrade options and resources to ease the transition and best fit your business needs, including cloud deployment options.

A great example of a recent upgrade by Cisco is Vistaprint. The Lexington, Massachusetts-based retail electronic service company grew by leaps and bounds between 2009 and 2012 thanks in large part to their aggressive media campaigns seen all over the world.  The growing enterprise wanted to make sure that its employees could readily collaborate with colleagues in any global office, for customer projects and business planning.

“Decisions can take a long time when you rely on email and phone conversations because you can’ see whether someone who usually speaks another language understands you, and you can’t share designs,” said Vistaprint VoIP Manager Jimmy Yan.

Vistaprint built a strong foundation for collaboration and customer care by adopting Cisco® Unified Communications and collaboration applications.

“Cisco supports our business goals because it’s at the forefront of communications and collaboration, and support is outstanding,” says Yan.

Utilizing four Cisco Unified Communications Manager clusters around the world, the solution connects the Vistaprint team via 3000 Cisco Unified IP Phones to approximately 100 workers in the company’s printing plants who use Cisco Unified Wireless IP Phones so that coworkers can reach them anywhere in the plant to report equipment issues that could affect job deadlines.

Additionally, to reduce data center costs, Vistaprint virtualized its Cisco applications and other business applications, and hosts them on a Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS®) C-Series Rack Servers. 

“Every Cisco UCS server we deploy replaces four of our old servers, saving data center space, power, and cooling costs,” Yan says. 

The company also uses Cisco Nexus® switches, Cisco Unified Wireless Network, and Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) for WAN acceleration.

Take advantage of this unmatched experience through best-of-breed applications and devices that Cisco Unified Communications solutions have to offer. You’ll be able to create video conferences and get closer to customers fast.  Learn how to scale your experts while lowering total ownership costs.

GET, LLC is a proud Cisco Registered Partner providing the latest Cisco products and services direct to businesses and organizations. For more about our role as a Cisco Registered Partner and the benefits it brings to you and your business contact us at 671-483-0789 or check us out on the web at www.get-guam.com.


Standing Seam Roofs-A Great Fit for Micronesia

A recently published Metal Construction News article highlighted the Metal Roof industry-outlining the top technologies in the marketplace today.  In recent years, GET,LLC has been witness to the utilization of one particular metal roofing system on Guam that can withstand the harsh tropical climate of the Western Pacific and provide a long lasting roofing solution. The end result has been an increase in value to current metal buildings from Yigo to US Naval Base Guam.

Whether you have plans to develop a commercial project or you are closely watching the Guam Housing Corporation's residential home building project in Dededo, there are many types of metal roofing options for a facility on Guam and Micronesia with only one shining above the rest-the standing seam metal roof panel.

The standing seam metal panels are interlocking single-skin panels with concealed fasteners and raised seams.  The panels in these systems are typically installed at continuous lengths from eave to ridge and can vary in widths and styles.  Installed vertically, these systems come in structural or architectural varieties. 

The benefits of a such a system begins with its durability.  A lack of interlocks allows for an expansion of the system that is much better across the entire roof which means a longer life usage.  

Most roofing systems are now sold to meet various UL classifications and ASTM standards for strength, wind uplift and energy efficiency codes for Guam and the region.  Made of aluminum, these systems are recyclable at end of life. With some posting 20 year warranties, the standing seam roof is an affordable solution to any roofing job in Micronesia.  The warranties also take weather tightness into consideration-a must with the amount of rainfall and storm activity we see on a yearly basis.

From a maintenance point of view, standing seam roofs are "low-to-no" maintenance if installed properly.  Cleaning these roofs are as simple as mild soap and clean water.  These systems are also energy efficient and can aid in LEED Certification-especially those in "cool roof" colors.  Integration with solar photovoltaics are simple. Need a quick roof solution? "Float" a standing seam roof system over existing roofing materials for an affordable fix that will last for years. Give a standing seam roofing solution a chance on your next metal building project.

To find out more about how GET, LLC, through our metal building partners at Ceco Building Systems, can help your next steel building or aluminum roofing project, give us a call at 671-483-0789 or our website at www.get-guam.com for more information.


The S-5! Clip-A Product Line That Is Expanding

The first time I came across an S-5! Clip was two years ago on a roofing project at Naval Base Guam.  After completion of an over 150,000 square foot standing seam metal roof with Serrano Development Corporation, part of the scope was to ensure that the roof-mounted ventilation across this vast metal roof was properly secured to the structure.  The S-5! Clips brought on this particular job were pretty neat in its construction and offered a versatility I had never seen before.  A superior product that works well on these particular roof systems.  It was strong.  Plain and simple.

Near the end of last year, S-5! announced the expansion of its product line with 14 new clamps to attach roof accessories including solar and photovoltaic products, to metal roofs. 

Give the Colorado Springs, Colorado-based company credit for developing the new products to be cost-effective non-penetrating attachment systems. S-5!'s CorruBracket 100T attaches to corrugated roofing profiles and is fixed to the crest of the corrugation, leaving the drainage plane free of holes to protect against leaks. CorruBracket 100T comes with a factory-applied EPDM rubber gasket seal on the base and reservoir that conceals the EPDM from UV exposure.

S-5!'s S-5-V Clamp and S-5-V Mini Clamp fit most vertical-folded seam profiles manufactured in North America including structural and architectural profiles. The S-5-V Clamp works with other S-5! products including ColorGard, and the S-5-V Mini Clamp attaches rooftop accessories including signs, walkways and satellite dishes.

S-5!'s S-5-H Clamp and S-5-H Mini Clamp are two-piece clamps that accommodate metal roof panels with a horizontal seam. The clamps attach to the horizontal seam on the vertical leg of the seam.

My suggestion for metal building owners-if you don't have these on your roofs, you are missing out.

To find out more about how GET, LLC, through our metal building partners, including Ceco Building Systems,  can help with your next steel building or aluminum roofing project, give us a call at 671-483-0789 or our website at www.get-guam.com for more information.   


Inside the Watt Controlled LED Driver

Assistant Marketing Manager for Deco Lighting Amanda Keen wrote a great post on her company's Blog recently on how our Commerce, California-based partners have come up with a watt-controlled driver for their lighting products that is outperforming the competition in this ever changing marketplace. 

Keen wrote that most LED Drivers are only capable of operating in mild environments, rated for operation up to 75° or 80° Celsius (167°F or 176°F) and remarked that temperatures inside a lighting fixture are often higher than this.

"Small fixture compartments and poor air circulation can generate extreme heat, often coming close to temperatures that boil water," wrote Keen.  "The heat results in damage to the driver’s battery-like electrolytic capacitors. The electrolyte, which is typically a gel, evaporates over the life of the capacitor’s components. Higher operating temperatures speed up this evaporation, shortening the life of the capacitor and leading to premature driver failure."

It appears that Deco Lighting has solved the dilemma of premature power supply failure by utilizing watt-controlled drivers designed to stand up to extreme heat. Unlike other LED drivers, Deco LED watt-controlled drivers are rated for operation up to 90° Celsius (194 °F).

"Our process focuses on making the driver operate cooler and longer than the competition," wrote Keen.

Deco Lighting's  driver components are positioned on the circuit board in a manner that prevents the build-up of heat. Also, their circuit boards are arranged in a way that allows Deco Lighting driver components to touch the metal housing so the driver components can be used as a heat sink. Also, Deco insulates key heat-sensitive components inside the driver.

Interesting to note, Deco Lighting ensures quality in every component that comprises their LED lighting fixtures, from high-quality Nichia LEDs to finely-engineered heat transfer castings to state-of-the-art drivers. GET,LLC has these on Guam and would be happy to arrange a presentation.

It is for these reasons why we are so bullish about Deco Lighting. Yes. Deco Lighting offers a ten-year, one hundred thousand hour warranty, which includes labor. Deco’s warranty backs up the confidence they have in their products-we stand ready here and across Micronesia to support them.

For more information about Deco's LED drivers or other products please check out our website at www.get-guam.com or call us at 671-483-0789 to discuss solutions for your important lighting needs-All Made in America!!!

Happy New Year!

Hafa Adai! GET, LLC would like to wish you a prosperous New Year! 2015 will be a great year and hope you all will be a part of it.