Al Cobb - Director
In addition to overseeing all aspects of the SIPschool, Al acts as the lead instructor for most of the schools courses. His experience in construction, engineering, carpentry, and business management combine with an 23 year history in the SIP industry to provide a very diverse field of knowledge.
Al was exposed to commercial, industrial and residential construction since the early 70s. He owned his own business at the age of 18 while working in demolition and renovation in the District of Columbia. His formal education includes three years of university study followed by six years of nuclear engineering training with the US Navy. In the late 80s, Al took a position of plant manager for an EPS manufacturer located in Northern Virginia. His knowledge of EPS and related foams was fine tuned as the 70K sqft facility grew to one of the largest EPS providers on the East Coast. In the early 90s, Al was tasked with developing the SIP production capabilities at his facility. During this time Al designed and built many SIP specific tools and production equipment including the largest pneumatic press of its day (9` X 28`).
By the end of the century, Al had returned to self-employment with the start of PanelWrights, LLC. The growth and success of his company was based on Al`s commitment to providing quality installations in conjunction with the complete SIP package. These services where further complimented by complete design and engineering services. To date, Al's distribution and installation company has completed over 450 SIP projects. These projects have included commercial, institutional, LEED, timber frame, hybrid and have been completed in more then half of the States. Over the years, Al has worked with, installed, and manufactured almost every type of panel known to the SIP industry.
Al has maintained involvement with the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) for over 15 years and is currently serving as President (2013).
"The opportunity to put into practice what you just learned really helped reinforce the process of building with SIPS."
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