Gerardo Macias Wins 2019 'America's Best Installer' Competition

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    Gerardo MaciasRyne Shearer

Updated 11/12/2019 10:34 AM


Wauconda-based insulation installer from Northern Insulation wins $10,000 grand prize in 17th year of annual competition presented by Johns Manville and Insulate America



Building Insulation

Monday, November 11, 2019 12:30 pm CST



DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Gerardo Macias, a professional insulation installer from Park City, IL., was awarded the title of "America's Best Installer" on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the EXDO Events Center in Denver.

Gerardo was 1 of 35 other professionals from across the country who competed for the title and $10,000 first-place prize in a fast-paced competition that highlights the importance of energy efficiency. He is employed with Northern Insulation, located in Wauconda, IL.

The competition was created in 2003 by Johns Manville (JM), a Denver-based building products manufacturer, and Insulate America, the nation's largest independent insulation contractor organization. The competition recognizes local competitors and highlights the positive impact that properly installed insulation can have on heating and cooling bills, home energy efficiency and indoor comfort.

The competition consisted of two rounds structured to test the installer's workmanship and the final outcome of their installation. Competitors were assigned the task of installing insulation batts into a mock home structure and were then judged upon quality and speed. Gerardo outperformed the other competitors during the final stage, which involved a larger mock home structure, complete with real world construction challenges including electrical outlets, pipes and a vaulted ceiling.

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About Johns Manville

Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality products for building insulation, mechanical insulation, commercial roofing and roof insulation, as well as fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial and residential applications. JM serves markets that include aerospace, automotive and transportation, air handling, appliance, HVAC, pipe and equipment, filtration, waterproofing, building, flooring, interiors and wind energy. In business since 1858, the Denver-based company has annual sales over $3 billion and holds leadership positions in all of the key markets that it serves. Johns Manville employs 7,600 people and operates 43 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China. Additional information can be found at

About Insulate America

Insulate America is the nation's largest independent insulation contractor. With over 200 locations serving 46 states, Insulate America is committed to the highest quality workmanship and service. Training, education, sharing ideas, rigorous certifications and life-long learning separate Insulate America as professionals in the industry. Learn more at

About Northern Insulation

Northern Insulation is a family owned company serving the greater Chicagoland area, including the broader Midwest (Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Northwest Indiana). We are committed to and focused on delivering the highest quality customer service and insulation installation. We install insulation in all types of construction, including new construction, additions, and remodels in both the residential and commercial markets. Please visit us at to learn more about us and how we can help satisfy all your insulation needs.


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