Need it? Make It! Iowa Roll-forming Shop’s Do-It-Yourself Solutions: Riverside Metal Roofing

Sharon Thatcher

Riverside Metal Roofing LLC, Floyd, Iowa, has become a successful roll-forming business by finding ways to avoid costly purchases using creative approaches to problems. Co-owner Reuben Nolt, “the grease monkey” in the crew, has helped design and direct the fabrication of machines used to heft and maneuver the coils of steel in their inventory. Here’s a look at Riverside’s fabricated versions of coil-handling equipment used in the shop.

Riverside Metal Roofing LLC
Floyd, Iowa
Phone: 641.398.2473
Reuben Nolt and Alvin Brubaker
Territory: 150-mile radius
Roll-forming equipment: Hayes panel line roll former; SQ2 Snap Loc line; Jorns ag trim brake
Coil Supplier: Hixwood Metals, Stanley, Wisconsin
Services offered: Roll-forming panel and trim accounts for about half of business. The other half of business is truss manufacturing and post-frame shed building by order. They also offer delivery, utilizing their own trucks.
History: Reuben Nolt was a farmer when he began the business as a way of exiting the declining family-farm economy. He began as a coil-stocking dealer in 2005 and eventually purchased a Jorns ag trim brake and started offering custom trim. In 2008, he purchased a like-new used Hayes roll former and started offering same-day turnaround for panels. A couple years later, frustrated with lead time on trusses, the business, now operating as Riverside Metal Roofing LLC with co-owner Alvin Brubaker, purchased its own line of truss-making equipment through a company buyout.


Six spools of steel coil can be kept on this turntable, which was retrofitted from an old trackhoe. Riverside has two of these turntables to keep coil propelling through their projects.


This coil upender/tipper doesn’t look or perform any different than a typical commercially made machine purchased for the same task. It turns coils with ease to help avoid forklift damage and has provided years of service at Riverside.


Riverside’s recoiler is still a work in progress but does a decent job. It uses a friction system to keep the coils tight (but admittedly not as tight as they’d like). “We haven’t figured that one out yet,” co-owner Alvin Brubaker said. 


This shrink wrapper is another machine that was designed and built from scratch for Riverside’s use.


Many small shops fill customers’ unmet needs. A separate shop space at Riverside is now devoted to manufacturing trusses for built-to-order sheds.