Sno Blockade featured in Buildings Magazine

Curved 1" Bar Sno Blockade System

Curved 1″ Bar Sno Blockade System

Sno Barricade was featured in the Focus on Roofing section on page 62 of the September 2015 issue of BUILDINGS magazine.  Head on over to their site and check out the design.  Here is what they had to say:

Sno Blockade is a snow retention system that provides a permanent and aesthetically pleasing solution for snow and ice on standing seam metal roofs. Offered in a lowprofile choice between a 1- or 2-inch bar. Available in standard mill finish aluminum material or painted in either a powder coating or Kynar finish. The system fastens using three points of attachment without penetrating the roof. SNO BLOCKADE by SNO GEM.

Sno Gem Project Featured on Cover of Metal Roofing Magazine

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Recently we worked on a project with Metalmaster Roofmaster to create a curved version of our 1″ Sno Blockade snow retention system.  The final result was quite impressive and as a result was chosen to be featured on the cover of Metal Roofing Magazine’s June/July 2015 Issue called “Selling Metal”.

Sno Gem Principal Dan Smeja was interviewed for the inside story and further discusses the Warren Township Hall project in Gurnee, IL that boasts a Metalmaster Roofmaster installed Berridge Manufacturing 1-1/2-inch Tee-Panel standing seam metal roof.

Construction Magazine Network and Design and Build with Metal Features New Gem Series Products



Both Construction Magazine Network and Design and Build With Metal recently featured our Gem Series products on their website.  You can read the article below.

McHenry, IL – Sno Gem® Inc., a cutting edge snow retention manufacturer, recently introduced the Gem Series Clamp-To-Seam Snow retention systems for standing seam metal roofs.

The Gem Series is available in single or double bar retention in 1- and 2-inch bar size. Both clamp-to-seam attachments utilize the MEC Bracket, allowing for multiple bar heights and variations to accommodate any snow retention need. The Gem Clamp with MEC Bracket is available in a variety of sizes and configurations so it can be attached to most standing seam profiles. The company’s patent-pending WaveLock™ Technology, with five points of attachment, provides unparalleled strength. Sno Gem’s Silver Bullet™ set screws include a rounded bullet tip to maximize strength without damaging the paint finish or seam. It’s available powder coated or with a Kynar finish to match the standing seam roof.

Sno Gem Receives Rural Builder Gold Key of Excellence

Sno Gem is honored to be recognized by F+W Media as a favorite supplier in the snow retention industry.  Here is the letter of recognition we received.



I wanted to be the first to tell you that Sno Gem has been awarded the Rural Builder Gold Key of Excellence Award for 2015 by the 29,000 readers of Rural Builder magazine.

The annual Gold key Award recognizes the elite in our industry. Hundreds of companies qualify through nominations, but only the top 10 percent annually receive the honor. We are proud to include your company in this select group.

This is the 33rd year for Rural Builder Gold Key Awards. For more than three decades rural builders have voted for their favorite suppliers in the industry. Through a ballot process, they select companies based on six criteria: quality of customer service, on-time delivery, product quality, warranty procedures, pricing and no surprises between what is expected and what is delivered.

You will be formally notified of your award by mail. In the meantime, attached is a Gold Key logo you can use as bragging rights in your advertising, website or show materials.

Congratulations on a job well done!

Best regards –

Sharon Thatcher
Editor / Trade Division – F+W Media

Barricade System Featured in Design and Build With Metal

Sno Barricade - Alton Hall Elementary School

Recently our Sno Barricade® system was installed on Alton Hall Elementary School in Galloway, Ohio.  The project was such a success that it was featured in The Best of Design and Build with Metal Magazine.

“Only the best prepared, most viewed content is selected for these features.”
– John Garvey, Design and Build with Metal

“We specified the Sno Barricade because of its proven durability and performance.”
– Mike Parkinson, Associate Project Manager at SHP Leading Design of Cincinnati

“The Sno Barricade attaches easily and securely without penetrating the panel, so it doesn’t compromise any roofing warranties. The addition of the Barricade Plate provides peace of mind for the occupants as well as the school district.”
– Albert Rush, owner of Rush Architectural Metal Erectors Inc.

Read the entire article here.

Metal Roofing Magazine Awards Sno Gem 2015 Metal of Honor

February 2, 2015

Re: Metal Roofing Magazine Metal of Honor Winner

Sno Gem
Rock Smeja
[email protected]

Dear Rock:

Congratulations! Your company has been selected, by the readers of Metal Roofing Magazine, as a top supplier in the industry. That makes Sno Gem a winner in our inaugural Metal of Honor program.

The Metal of Honor program was created to allow metal roofing installers an opportunity to honor those that help them most by providing quality products and great service. Our readers were asked to vote for their favorite suppliers in the metal roofing industry. They told us who they felt had the best quality products, provided the best service, competitive prices and dependable delivery. Approximately 200 companies were mentioned on ballots received, and your company was among the businesses ranked in the top 10 percent.

As a Metal of Honor winner, chosen by the 25,000-plus industry readers of Metal Roofing Magazine, your company will be featured in the April 2015 issue of the magazine. We’re offering a great opportunity for FREE Matching Editorial Coverage with your minimum half-page ad to be seen by industry readers!

As always, please continue sending information regarding new products and other company news to the editor, Sharon Glorioso at [email protected] For advertising opportunities, please contact Gary Reichert at [email protected]Metal-of-Honor

Congratulations again on winning! You’re doing a great job!


Sharon Glorioso
Editor, Metal Roofing Magazine
F+W A Content + eCommerce Co.
700 E. State St.
Iola, WI 54990-0001
800-726-9966 Ext. 19009
Direct: 715-203-4523

Sno Gem Silver Bullet Set Screws Named Top 10

Top 10 Product - Silver Bullet Set Screws

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Sno Gem’s Silver Bullet set screws featured in the August/September issue of Metal Roofing was selected by Rural Builder’s readers as one of the Top 10 Products of 2014.

Sno Gem’s Silver Bullet set screws are an innovative way to attach the Sno Cube, PV Cube and Uni-Cube clamps to virtually any standing seam profile. The Silver Bullet set screws include a rounded bullet tip to maximize strength that won’t damage the paint finish or pierce the seam and work in conjunction with Sno Gem’s Wavelock Technology utilizing three points of attachment.


PV Cube Selected as one of the Top 10 Products of 2014

Rural Builder Top 10 Product 2014 PV Cube

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Sno Gem’s PV Cube Standing Seam Attachment System featured in the August issue of Frame Building News was selected by Rural Builder’s readers as one of the Top 10 Products of 2014.

Sno Gem’s® PV Cube™ is an innovative clamp-to-seam solar panel racking and mounting system that can attach to virtually any standing seam profile and provides unparalleled strength using patent-pending WaveLock™ Technology with optional 2, 3 and 5 points of attachment. The PV Cube™ can be custom drilled and tapped to fit most applications and is available in multiple sizes and configurations. Offering ease of installation, Sno Gem’s® Silver Bullet™ set screws include a rounded bullet tip to maximize strength and won’t damage the paint finish or pierce the seam.

You can view the online article here.

Sno Gem, Inc. Celebrates Years of Innovation

Working with customers has helped family business grow market share

McHENRY, Ill. (August 15, 2014) – As Sno Gem, Inc. celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014, it is an opportunity to reflect on its journey from start up to the forefront of the snow retention industry.

Like many businesses, Sno Gem® was borne out of necessity. The Smeja family had founded Metalmaster Sheet Metal, Inc. in 1977, which was growing into one of the largest commercial sheet metal and roofing businesses in the industry. They came to realize that there were few snow guard manufacturers, to meet the increasing demand for snow retention products, and for integration into the roofs they were consistently installing. “The roofing business was growing and they were doing a large portion of work in the Chicagoland area,” says James T. Carpenter, Vice President of Operations at Sno Gem®. “The business was consistently buying snow guards for their projects and at one point, the Smeja family made the decision to design their own snow guard.”
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Sno Gem® Snow Guards on MetLife Stadium’s Solar Ring

To celebrate the 2014-2015 NFL season, here are some pictures of Sno Gem’s Original Polycarbonate snow guards in clear being installed on the MetLife Solar Ring atop MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.  MetLife Stadium is home to both the New York Jets and New York Giants football teams.  MetLife Stadium hosted last years Super Bowl marking the first time the Super Bowl would be held in the New York Metropolitan area AND the first time the Super Bowl would be hosted in a non-domed stadium in a cold-weather city.