Elliott Laughlin with his family.

Elliott Laughlin, of Blaine’s Homeco Insulation Inc., will participate in the 17th annual America’s Best Installer competition Nov. 7-9 in Denver, Colorado, where he will compete against 22 other insulation installers from across the country in a time and skills competition for a $10,000 grand prize.

“Energy efficiency, especially as the weather turns colder, is an important consideration for many homeowners, and the annual Best Installer competition is a fun and interactive way to see it practically applied,” said Bob Wamboldt, president of Insulation Systems at Johns Manville, which created the competition in 2003.

The three-day, hands-on competition includes a simulated home installation, which requires competitors to install insulation batts into mock home structures. To further test the installers’ skills, the home structures are filled with obstacles like pipes, vaulted ceilings and electrical outlets. Installers’ performances are judged by experts on workmanship and install quality, speed, material use and reaction to the various barriers.

In addition to the $10,000 grand prize winner, three additional installers will be recognized as competition finalists. The second-place winner will earn a $5,000 cash prize, the third-place winner a $3,500 cash prize and the fourth-place winner a $2,500 cash prize.

“I’m looking forward to going out to the competition, meeting new people, learning new things and showing why Homeco Insulation is one of the best insulating businesses around,” Laughlin said.

~Compiled by Paige Kieffer


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