Star Companies Insulation Installer Wins $10,000

De la Fuente-winnerThe HBA would like to congratulate insulation installer David de la Fuente of Star Companies, Inc., for winning the America’s Best Installer award. De la Fuente takes home $10,000 grand prize in 15th annual insulation installation competition presented by Johns Manville, a manufacturer and marketer of products for building insulation, mechanical insulation, commercial roofing, and roof insulation, as well as fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial and residential applications.

De la Fuente exceeded the performance of his competitors in the fast-paced competition, which consisted of installing JM formaldehyde-free insulation batts into mock home structures. Expert judges evaluated each competitor based on real job site criteria, including workmanship and install quality, speed, material use, and reaction to different obstacles, such as pipes, vaulted ceilings and electrical outlets.

A fourth-place $2,500 cash prize was awarded to Jose Varela-Garcia of Olathe, Kan.-based Henges Insulation.

Besides the HBA, others in attendance at the check presentation last month included the mayor of Raytown, Mike McDonough, all Star Companies employees and Casey Paulson, National Accounts Manager for Johns Manville. Star Companies is a member of the Home Builders Association.