Impacting the US Economy by the Commercial Roofing Value Chain

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Though you may not know the term “value chain,” businesses, individuals, and communities benefit every day from their roles within and around it. A value chain is a set of activities that a business performs in order to deliver a good and/or service to the marketplace – specifically, it involves the acquisition and consumption of resources: money, labor, materials, equipment, buildings, land, administration and management.

As a commercial roofing company with projects spanning across the southeast, RYCARS Construction employs hundreds of people through its own fabrication and roofing operations. Additionally, with every commercial roofing project, a value chain of professionals, vendors, and trades are put into motion through RYCARS Construction’s purchase and acquisition of vast quantities of goods and services in each community.

Each commercial roofing project RYCARS undertakes has its own network of components within the value chain of the construction industry. A typical commercial roofing project consists of professionals, specialty tradesmen, goods, equipment rentals, and services. All of the following components are coordinated to complete one commercial roofing project:

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  • Professionals: architect, construction manager, roofing consultant, project manager, contract administrator, roofing superintendent, foreman, sheet metal mechanic, banker, accountant, insurance agent, bond agent
  • Specialty Tradesmen: plumbers, electricians, HVAC, lightning protection
  • Goods: asphalt, lumber, adhesives, fasteners, roll goods, diesel, gasoline, insulation, paint, steel, aluminum
  • Equipment Rentals: forklift, aerial lift
  • Services: trash disposal, portable toilets, temporary fencing

At any given time, RYCARS is simultaneously managing more than 20 projects in six states. The company prides itself on the impact it has on the US economy via the commercial roofing value chain within the multi-billion-dollar commercial roofing industry.



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Ryan E. Burks is the President and CEO of RYCARS Construction, LLC. RYCARS Construction, LLC is a regional specialty contractor with a core competency in commercial roofing applications.  Its mission is to provide excellent, professional construction services specifically related to the building envelope integrity. Since March of 2002, Mr. Burks has led RYCARS Construction, LLC in completing over $125 million in commercial roofing and construction projects for over 80 different customers, in multiple types of facilities such as healthcare, multi-family, institutional, hotel, water treatment facilities and military bases. The company has completed high profile projects such as the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans and NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Ryan and his wife, Stephanie, have contributed over $250,000 to the communities they touch in the form of scholarships and donations. As the leader of RYCARS, Ryan demonstrates his commitment to community service through financial support and dedication of his own time. Mr. Burks is currently Chairman of Son of A Saint, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the lives of fatherless boys in New Orleans through mentorship, education and recreation. Additionally, he is an active member of the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering Board of Advisors and Engineering Forum.


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