Johns Manville to Host Fourth Annual Industrial Masters Course

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Johns Manville (JM), a leading global manufacturer of energy-efficient building products and engineered specialty materials and a Berkshire Hathaway company, announced today it will host the fourth annual Johns Manville Industrial Masters Course, along with six other major manufacturers, contractors, and engineers in the industrial insulation industry. The free, two-day course, taking place May 14-15, 2019 in League City, Texas, brings experts from the industrial insulation industry together discuss the latest technologies and the science and strategies needed to design, install, and maintain efficient insulation systems to optimize performance.

The JM Industrial Masters Course is designed for engineers and industry professionals who are looking to further their professional development and gain more detailed insights into the industry. JM Senior Industrial Product Manager Jack Bittner, who has led the course for the past four years, said JM has added something new to the agenda for 2019.

“We have always limited the Industrial Masters Course to 100 people to create an environment where attendees can speak up, share their perspectives, and ask questions,” said Bittner. “In the past, this has created a lot of engaging discussion. This year, we’re taking it one step further; we’re hosting two expert panels for live Q&A sessions with our attendees. Our first panel will be Optimizing Maintenance and Turnarounds in a Facility, and the second panel will be Best Practices to Combat Corrosion under Insulation (CUI). This is a unique opportunity for our attendees to dig into the details and grill industry experts with questions they have about these topics.”

In addition to Johns Manville, the complete list of contributing presenters includes major insulation manufacturers, contractors, metal jacketing suppliers, and heat-tracing specialists. Here's a sneak peek at some of this year’s presenters and panelists:


  • Cryogenic: Insulation Materials
  • Foster: Mastics and Adhesives
  • ITW Insulation Systems: (PIR) Polyisocyanurate Foam
  • Johns Manville: High-Temp Insulation Materials
  • Industrial Info Resources: Industry Outlook
  • NIA: Insulation Inspection Program
  • PPG: Protective Pipe Coatings
  • RPR Metals, Inc: Metal Jacketing
  • Thermon, Inc: Heat Tracing


  • Becht Engineering, Metallurgical/Corrosion Expert
  • BrandSafeway, Maintenance Insulation Contractor
  • Brown & Root, Maintenance Contractor
  • Industry Consultant, NDE Inspection
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Owner
  • PPG, Coatings Specialist

Jeff Semkowski, JM’s Industrial Portfolio Manager, explained that the Industrial Masters Course is part of JM’s ongoing efforts to help the industry bridge the Knowledge Gap.

“Today, more than ever, it’s critical to train and retain new talent in the industrial insulation industry, and that’s why opportunities like this are so valuable. We have gathered subject matter experts throughout the industrial insulation industry to pass on information that can be crucial when it comes to specifying, installing, and maintaining effective industrial insulation systems. The Industrial Masters Course is an excellent resource for businesses that are looking to further develop their talented employee base.”

The JM Industrial Masters Course will take place at the South Shore Harbour Resort in League City, Texas on May 14-15, 2019. All attendees will be given a certificate of completion that may be submitted for 12 professional development hours (PDH).

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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 8,000 people and operates 42 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China. Additional information can be found at

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