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Roofing project at NECX completed

Osment Roofing Systems of Jonesboro, Arkansas recently completed a two-year roofing project at Northeast Correctional Complex in Johnson County. Deemed a success, the massive undertaking included the removal of multiple layers of old materials and the installation of new roofing on 22 buildings at the correctional complex. This included not only the Johnson County location, but also the Carter County Work Camp located on Roan Mountain that also falls under the jurisdiction of Warden David Sexton.
David Hartshorn, head of the project for Osment Roofing Systems, addressed a crowd of approximately 45 people, who had all been instrumental in some way with the roofing contract, at The Tributary Restaurant this past week as they gathered to celebrate the completion of the job. “I want to thank you personally for the overall success of the project,” he said. The last inspection has been finalized and the project came in approximately 60 days ahead of schedule. According to Sexton, the roof replaced by Osment Roofing Systems was the original roof installed at NECX 22 years ago. The cost of the project was approximately $6.1 million and comes with a 20-year warranty.
According to Hartshorn, Osment Roofing Systems was contacted when the possibility of a new roofing project NECX was in the early developmental stages. The company had previously replaced the roof at Northwest Correctional Complex, located in the very northwestern tip of Tennessee along the Kentucky line. Part of the logistics of deciding whether or not to bid on the job included the unknown factors of what type of work force they would be able to employee. “Nothing is as complex as working for a correctional complex, not the people, but the facility,” said Hartshorn. Osment's employees remained under the watchful eyes of the correctional officers as they escorted them around the job site. “The officers were diligent about giving us the support we needed,” Hartshorn said. According to Sexton, most of the buildings were accessed from the outside and did not disrupt the inmates.
One of the first hurdles was the removal of the old roofing components before the new material could be installed. According to Hartshorn, he was concerned about the amount of debris that would need to be taken to the Johnson County Transfer Station. He estimated there was over 300,000 pounds of insulation, rubber and metal that would end up in dumpsters and wanted to find a way to utilize the materials while saving money, as well as being environmentally friendly Hartshorn discovered Reclaimed Resources, a company in Bristol, Tennessee, whose purpose is find both environmental and economical ways to reuse materials. The materials from NECX has been now cut and sized and is ready to be used. According to Sarah Gillespie of Reclaimed Resources, they reclaimed the debris and make it usable. Many of their clients use the recycled items for both new homes and remodeling projects. “Every roofer needs to know about Reclaimed Resources,” said Hartshorn.
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