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The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced FiberTite Roofing Systems Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, has become the first manufacturer to upgrade its associate membership to "partner member." In February, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative aimed at collectively recognizing threats to the industry and the opportunities they may present. To do so, NRCA has undertaken a campaign to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice on matters of industry importance. To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members. "Our chances for success in many areas improve when we row in the same direction, and I saw this firsthand during my time in Congress," says NRCA CEO Reid Ribble. "Industries that spoke with a single voice in Washington were much more effective at moving legislation in their direction, and I believe we can accomplish the same (and more) when we foster relationships that are more inclusive and collaborative." FiberTite is the first company to commit to NRCA's One Voice initiative, which initially will focus on developing a national worker training and certification program, legislative efforts and advocacy. FiberTite announced its intention April 5. "Clearly, it is of vital importance to stakeholders throughout the roofing industry that we align ourselves around the key challenges affecting the growth of our business," says FiberTite Vice President and General Manager Scott Gipson. "Channeling the breadth of NRCA members in speaking with One Voice provides clarity to policy makers who may otherwise guide decisions critical to our success. It was an easy decision for us to get on board with this important initiative." For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to www.nrca.net/onevoice.