Bemo USA Corporation Fabricates Metal Roofing System On-site to Protect New US Air Force Aerial Fuel Tankers

Wichita, Kansas USA

Bemo USA Corporation, located Mesa Arizona, roll-formed hundreds of metal roof panels on-site in Wichita Kansas. McConnell Air Force Base is home to the Air Mobility Command’s 22nd Air refueling Wing, Air Force Reserve Command’s 931st Air Refueling Group and the Kansas Air National Guard’s 184th Intelligence Wing. McConnell AFB is the base of operation for the KC-135R Stratotanker and the new Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker, each aircraft requires extremely large hangers for storage and maintenance.

With the highly transportable BEMO Mobile Factory Mills, custom length panels were roll-formed on-site while the mill was lifted to roof elevation. BEMO 400mm 22ga. Galvalume, finished with a 1.0ml PVDF coating, were roll-formed in continuous lengths of 105’ for 1 Bay, 232’ for 2 Bay and 115’ for 3 Bay. In total, more than 480,000 SF of BEMO standing seam metal roof panels were fabricated. To meet the wind load standards for the plains state, more than 54,000 BEMO Sliding Hook Clips were installed to secure the panels.

The project included three hangers, 1 Bay, 2 Bay and 3 Bay. The hangers were built for the new Boeing KC-46 Pegasus and each hanger has a specific function and appearance. 1 Bay is a single hanger designed for general maintenance with only a single hanger bay. 2 Bay contains two separate hangers, one that function as large paint booth complete with a massive air filtering system and the other side as a fuel conditioning hanger. Finally, 3 Bay, the largest building with three separate hangers, is for general maintenance and aircraft storage.

Finally, BEMO RoofSafe Cable and BEMO RoofSafe Anchor fall safety systems were installed to protect maintenance personnel.

Bemo USA Corporation, located in Mesa, Arizona USA and is a world leader in standing seam metal roofing and wall systems. With projects that span the world, Bemo USA’s gleaming roofs can be found on airports, sports complexes, distribution centers and transportation hubs around the globe. For more information please refer to or contact Odis Sutterfield, Jr at 877-530-2366.

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Bemo USA Retrofit Roof Survives Category 4 Super Typhoon Soudelor in Saipan

In the late evening of August 2, 2015 super Typhoon Soudelor collided with the island of Saipan leaving a previously green and lush paradise stripped and broken. Typhoon Soudelor was one of several typhoons this season that crippled island services but Soudelor was the most intense to date. Clocking wind speeds of 120 to 156 mph, Soudelor stripped trees bare, flooded roads, destroyed homes and buildings and left the island without water and power. Witnesses of the typhoon tell of roofs torn off buildings, cars toppled, power line on the ground, trees uprooted and broken. One survivor, a local physician, talked with his neighbor who had an independent weather station located on high ground that recorded two gusts of 214 mph before the station was blown away.

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Saipan International Airport, August 7, 2015. Less than a week after Typhoon Soudelor ravaged the island.


Trees stripped and power lines down

Throughout the storm, the Saipan International Airport terminal and its retrofit roof stood firm. Bemo USA engineered and manufactured the roofing system that covers the airport. Their engineering team designed the sub-framing system to handle the roof loads, provided additional insulation and installed the retrofit engineered roof system. Although, Typhoon Soudelor has not been the only typhoon to hit the island since the installation of the roof system, it ranks as one of the most severe.


Extensive storm damage

The BEMO 305 panels installed on the airport terminal buildings were made of .050 aluminum. Bemo USA manufactured custom panels that were milled and curved onsite to assure a lasting engineered solution. Each BEMO 305 panel was mounted with BEMO Hook Clips on 14 ga. Galvanized hat bars. Each Galvanized bar was fastened through ¼” Densdeck and 2” polyisocyanurate insulation into the wood deck below.

Bemo USA Corporation is located in Mesa, Arizona USA and is a world leader in standing seam metal roofing and wall systems. With projects that span the world, Bemo USA’s gleaming roofs can be found on airports, sports complexes, distribution centers and transportation hubs around the globe. For more information please refer to or contact Odis Sutterfield, Jr at 877-530-2366.


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Bemo USA Scores a Direct Hit with the USAF National Air Museum Addition

January 21, 2015 – Dayton Ohio. Bemo USA Corporation, a leading manufacturer of standing seam metal roof systems, supplied and milled the panels for one of the largest military museums in the country.

The National Museum of the US Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio is the home of the largest collection of military and civilian aviation history in the nation. This is the second hanger that Bemo USA has provided a standing seam roof system and process expertise. Consisting of three separate buildings, the new 4th building will connect to the Hall of Missiles and feature four new galleries. The 224,000 square foot expansion features the Space, Presidential Aircraft, Research & Development and Global Research galleries.

Bemo USA provided the roof system on the quarter million square foot addition plus the curved and tapered panels connecting the Hall of Missiles. The addition’s roof system is manufactured using 22 GA. bare Galvalume Plus. Each Bemo 400 panel is roll-formed on-site using their patented Bemo-Mobile Mill Factory. At 326’ long and 16” wide, weighing in at more than 800 lbs. each, one panel will span the entire width of the museum. The panels are secured to the structure using Bemo Sliding Hook Clips at 7’-2” o.c. The structural nature of the Bemo panels allowed significant cost savings by spanning greater purlin spacing than ordinary panels could do. Also by roll-forming the panels directly onto the structure, Bemo eliminated the need to have a tower crane to hoist the panels from the ground. This saved equipment time as well as labor hours.

The Hall of Missiles roofing material is 22 GA. bare Galvalume Plus exactly matching the new structure. Because of the shape of the hall, Bemo curved and tapered each panel to create an attractive roof system.

Bemo USA Corporation is located in Mesa, Arizona USA and is a world leader in standing seam metal roofing and wall systems. With projects that span the world, Bemo USA’s gleaming roofs can be found on airports, sports complexes, distribution centers and transportation hubs around the globe. For more information please refer to or contact Odis Sutterfield, Jr at 877-530-2366.

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BEMO USA Covers World Landmark LeMay’s America’s Car Museum

Bemo USA Corporation, a leading manufacturer of standing seam metal roof systems, supplied the world-class museum with its distinctive cover.

On October 29, 2013, Fox News Travel listed the LeMay America’s Car Museum as one of  “10 incredible landmarks that you haven’t seen (yet!)”. The museum is in good company with other landmarks in China, Australia, Japan, Finland and the US. Attached is the link:

Bemo USA, not only produced the standard constant width machine curved 400mm panels in .040 bare aluminum but also provided computer modeling and onsite technical service.

“At first blush, the changing geometry of the roof seemed to dictate the need for multi-axis or BEMO-MONRO® type panels or a series of shorter panels lapping one another.” explained Odis Sutterfield, Jr, Vice President, Director of Sales and Marketing. However, because of a limited amount of time and budget requirements, standard width continuous curved panels were the only solution. Bemo USA’s innovative team approach of engineers and installers started by first designing a computer generated model of the structure. Then they rendered and inserted each individual panel into the model. Fitting the panels into the model provided the angle necessary to place the Bemo standard halters and BEMO-HOOK Clips over the  entire building. After the computer model was completed, Bemo USA built a mock-up to verify the workability of the panels and the structure.

Quoting Fox News Travel, “Underneath the corrugated aluminum roof that gleams like a fender, this sprawling complex displays more than 700 iconic cars, trucks and motorcycles”. LeMay America’s Car Museum has made its mark on the Tacoma, Washington landscape and apparently the world.

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Bemo USA Corporation is located in Mesa, Arizona USA and is a world leader in standing seem metal roofing and wall systems. With projects that span the world, Bemo USA’s gleaming roofs can be found on airports, sports complexes, distribution centers and transportation hubs across the world. For more information please refer to or contact Odis Sutterfield, Jr at 877-530-2366.

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BEMO USA: Creating Stunning, Structurally Sound Exterior Systems

Richard Kovach founded BEMO USA (BEMO) as a branch of his business, Kovach Panel Wall Systems. BEMO acted as a unique, formed roofing and wall systems division and soon outgrew its parent company.

“In 2001 we made the decision to run with the company as its own entity,” says Kovach, president and CEO of BEMO. “The success of that decision can be attributed to the people who had a vision for the company’s niche market and maintained a customer-service driven attitude.”

As BEMO has grown, the team has gone international. The manufacturer and installer of multipanel roofing and wall systems constructs unusual designs using composite and metal. Working with a set network of installers and architects, these structurally sound and visually appealing systems are growing in popularity worldwide. “Now our best people are traveling all the time,” explains Kovach. “They have a level of cultural awareness that allows them to do this work anywhere.”

Design and Manufacturing Capabilities

The key to the company’s success is the management team, which is headed by Odis Sutterfield, vice president of sales, operations and special projects for BEMO. Odis is assisted by a number of seasoned managers, including Bob Strang, western regional manager for BEMO, who has been with the business for over a decade.

From the company’s Mesa, Ariz., office, Strang oversees BEMO’s regional operations, as well as assists with international projects. “Airports and convention centers are projects we really specialize in,” notes Strang. “There are a variety of shapes that can be constructed, as well as different choices of metal and surfaces that customers can choose from. This business is really a combination of art and construction.”

The business employs an in-house team of engineers and 3-D BIM modeling services, which is a first for this industry. Steve Menendez, chief engineer for BEMO, brings over 30 years of construction experience to the company. Working closely with architects, BEMO constructs roof systems that are attractive and durable, in an unusual but efficient manner.

“We manufacture roof panels on the jobsite,” elaborates Strang. “This does three things for us: It helps to maintain the structural integrity of the product, it keeps the panels from becoming damaged in transport, and it allows us to produce full-length panels without end laps.”

BEMO owns 15 highly specialized machines, including the MONRO System. The MONRO System is a mobile, precision factory and the only one of its kind in the world, enabling BEMO to form nearly unlimited three-dimensional shapes in sheet metal roofing panels to fit nearly any roof geometry that the designer can imagine. The machines can heat and cool the materials to allow for more precise and cleaner shapes without the risk of damage. In addition, the MONRO Manufacturing Mill is strong enough to bend and stretch a variety of metals of varying thickness. This allows each job to truly be customized to achieve the vision of the customer, as well as the architect.

“This is not inexpensive technology, but neither are the buildings and structures that require it,” adds Strang. “We have our high-end panel forming machines, as well as separate curving mills. Almost every roof we manufacture is done on site. These panels really should not be made and then transported. Our forming and stretch curving technique allows us to produce metal roof systems that are more visually appealing and structurally sound. Production speed is highly important on any project, and our mobile mills can stretch and shape 125 to 150 feet of metal every minute, thus reducing project schedules and labor costs.”

BEMO works with zinc, stainless steel, aluminum, Galvalume, and other metals that are installed in mill finish or are coated with PVDF Kynar resin, supplied by Valspar.

Serving International Markets

As a United States-based company, BEMO performs a lot of work domestically. However, the team has built a global presence, which has added stability and boosted profit margins. During a tough economic slump for many builders in the United States, BEMO’s international presence has given the team financial stability.

“The domestic market is not going to correct itself in the next five years and we aren’t going to hunker down and wait for it,” contributes Kovach. “Contractors need to find what else the world has to offer because globalization is real and the possibilities for growth are endless. This international experience has been quite humbling because it shows us that contrary to popular believe, the United States is not where the most spectacular designs and building challenges exist. Those types of structures are being built in place like the Middle East, China and southeast Asia and South America.”

As BEMO draws inspiration internationally, the team continues to make its mark on the global scene. The company constructed the largest stainless steel roofing system in the world at nearly 300,000 square meters – which is equivalent to 3 million square feet – for Doha International Airport in Qatar. The exterior features striking metal waves and other modern structural components.

The BEMO team’s other projects include the Sacramento Airport in California, as well as the impressive, tubular Lemay Auto Museum in Tacoma, Wash., which borrows inspiration from classic roadsters. In addition, the team completed an Arizona Department of Transportation project at the Grand Canyon.

Such impressive projects are made possible through partnerships with a network of skilled architects and subcontractors. The team at BEMO has worked closely with design firms like LEA Architecture, HOK, Corgan and Populus among others. For construction, BEMO works with a set of quality reliable contractors. “Our partnering network allows us to achieve the most for our clients from each project, while creating a structure that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing,” explains Strang.

The business continues to grow, embodying a leading standard of quality rarely matched in the international market. Kovach says the next several years will see BEMO entering emerging markets and expanding on international relationships. With a unique niche, and a commitment to innovative technologies, BEMO USA will continue to lead the industry in unique exterior construction and manufacturing.



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