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On the List of Coolest Offices …

… the Association for Iron & Steel (AIST), located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, recently completed a major renovation of their office and made the list of “cool offices” as rated by the Pittsburgh Business Times.  Given its steel constituents and being headquartered in “the Steel City,” it’s clearly no wonder that AIST used steel as its primary material for the renovation!  Pittsburgh has fondly been known as “the Steel City” for over a century, named for its more than 300 steel-related businesses. Continue reading

Industry experts will lead Education Sessions at METALCON 2018

METALCON’s commitment to the metal industry goes beyond the exhibits.  The annual trade show aims to provide you with an overall experience, including education and training programs.  Most of the education sessions are included in your new Total Experience registration with a handful of more extensive special programs available at an additional cost.

As previously announced, METALCON will launch a redesigned show this year with everything located in one place – on the show floor!  The Keynote addresses, General Sessions and Learning Centers will be included in your registration so, as an attendee, it will be more convenient to take advantage of these education opportunities in between visiting with exhibitors.  Conveniently located off the center aisle, it will be easy to locate the new METALCON Theatre and Learning Centers.  Check out our new FLOOR PLAN.

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It’s a Bird!  It’s a Plane!  No …. It’s a Drone!

CNBC recently reported how drone photography has carved a niche in the construction industry.  Drone use is skyrocketing in construction work, at a rate even higher than agriculture and manufacturing, data shows. Construction drone usage has increased by 239 percent year over year, compared to 198 percent in mining and 172 percent in agriculture, according to a May report on commercial drone trends by DroneDeploy, which provides mapping solutions for drone users. Continue reading

2018 Metal Construction News Contests

Our friends at Metal Construction News are currently running two industry wide contests:  Metal Construction News Building and Roofing Awards and Metal Construction Hall of Fame.  Deadlines are quickly approaching on August 23 and September 4, respectively.   Continue reading

Keynote Speaker Dan DiMicco – METALCON 2018 – Former Nucor chief: Charlotte GOP convention ‘part of who we are’

Dan DiMicco – Keynote Speaker – METALCON 2018
Thursday, October 11, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Speaking on The Economic Plan for Growth and Global Competitiveness in the United States – Implications for Steel

 

Retired Nucor Corp. CEO Dan DiMicco is known for his role as a top trade adviser to Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, but when it comes to the Republican National Convention, the former steel executive said it’s about country, not politics.

DiMicco, 68, was at the Charlotte Chamber on Tuesday afternoon in his role as lead investor in the Charlotte Independence soccer team. After extolling the virtues of an upcoming match against Club Santos Laguna of Mexico, he spent a few minutes discussing the recent, successful local bid to host the GOP in 2020.

During the Republicans’ convention, it is expected that President Trump will be nominated to pursue a second term. City Council and more than 100 speakers argued and debated for several weeks leading up to the July 20 decision by the national Republican Party to put the convention in Charlotte in 2020. Opponents cited Trump’s comments and policies on immigration, gender and race as divisive and inconsistent with the city’s values as reasons to abandon the convention bid.

Supporters, including Mayor Vi Lyles, a Democrat, have pointed to the anticipated economic and public relations benefits from staging a major media-friendly event such as the RNC as ample justification for hosting the convention. Charlotte staged the Democratic National Convention in 2012, generating an estimated $91 million worth of additional spending by 35,000 visiting reporters, delegates and other guests.

DiMicco is very much in that camp.

“I’m glad the City Council decided to exhibit Charlotte’s openness,” he told me Tuesday, referring to council’s 6-5 decision to keep the RNC bid intact, a vote made just days before the party selected its 2020 site. “I hope all of the people in the community will recognize this is good for the community. We have our differences: Republicans, Democrats. There’s differences within the Democratic Party, there’s differences within the Republican Party. There’s a lot of differences out there, but this is part of who we are as Americans. This is part of our election process, a part of our democracy and a part of our being a republic. And so it’s a good thing and I look forward to the opportunity to support it and, hopefully, it’ll be a great event for the Charlotte area and great for the community and the businesses.”

Earlier this summer, DiMicco appeared on CNBC and suggested the United States should leave the World Trade Organization unless it reverses what he called 20 years of ineffective policies.

The former Nucor executive’s remarks echoed those expressed publicly and privately by Trump, who started a trade war by imposing tariffs on a number of products and materials from China, Canada and other countries, triggering retaliatory moves by those countries.

Asked whether he plans on attending the Republican convention in Charlotte, DiMicco laughed.

“God willing, I’ll be around to go,” he said.

 

Article By   – Senior Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal. Posted on bizjournals.com (www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2018/08/01/former-nucor-chief-charlotte-gop-convention-part.html)

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GLOBAL INSULATED METAL PANELS MARKET RESEARCH REPORT 2018 SHOWS GROWTH OPPORTUNITY

Insulated metal panels are making headlines with the release of the Global Industrial Insulated Metal Panel Market Research Report 2018.  The report studies the global Insulated Metal Panels market status and forecast, categorizes the market size (value & volume) by manufacturers, type, application, and region and focuses on the top manufacturers in North America, Europe, Japan, China and other regions (India, Southeast Asia, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa).  While actual numbers have not been released to the media, the report shows anticipated growth through 2023.  Continue reading

Keynote Speakers at METALCON 2018

Steve Smith, former Carolina Panthers star and Dan DiMicco, former CEO of NUCOR Steel will lead the Keynote Addresses at METALCON 2018

Join us at the redesigned METALCON show October 10-12, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and be among the largest number of metal professionals in the industry.  Your Total Experience will include the exhibits along with the education sessions ALL located on the show floor.  Key industry topics will be presented at the new METALCON Theatre including two keynote addresses along with multiple general sessions.

Wednesday, October 10, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm:
Steve Smith, NFL star formerly with the Carolina Panthers, will be speaking on perseverance, teamwork and overcoming obstacles.  Mr. Smith and his wife now head their non-profit organization called the Steve Smith Family Foundation, dedicated to providing hope and inspiration to those in need while promoting family health & wellness as well as the awareness and prevention of domestic violence.

Thursday, October 11, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm:
Dan DiMicco, retired CEO, current Chairman Emeritus of NUCOR Steel, and author of the book, “American Made,” will be speaking on “The Good the Bad and the Ugly on Steel Tariffs.”  Mr. DiMicco not only revived a major US manufacturing firm during a recession, but helped galvanize the flagging domestic steel industry when many of his competitors were in bankruptcy or headed overseas. NUCOR is the largest producer of steel in the United States and also consider themselves North America’s largest recycler.

We are thrilled to have these two giants in their respective industries – Steve Smith, NFL star, and Dan DiMicco, steel industry icon – lead the METALCON Keynote Addresses at this year’s show.  With our new Total Experience package, there is no need to pay extra to attend these sessions and no need to go searching for them.  The METALCON Theatre will be located directly on the show floor.  All located in one place, for one price.

REGISTER TODAY! And INVITE A COLLEAGUE to register too!

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We travel again to the site of METALCON 2018 to highlight our host city of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Located in the heart of downtown and standing at 60 stories and 871 feet high is the Bank of America Corporate Center.  It is the most widely known building in the Charlotte skyline and best known as the world headquarters for Bank of America.  When it was completed in 1992, it was and still remains the tallest building in Charlotte. It is among the tallest buildings on the East Coast behind buildings in New York City, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. Continue reading

METALCON’s Long Standing Tradition of “Giving Back”

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Just as important as the networking, the education, and learning about the latest in the industry, METALCON has “given back.”  For over 20 years since the “Give Back” program began in 1994, METALCON has proudly donated upwards of a half a million dollars in goods, services and/or funds to non-profit organizations and worthy causes serving local host communities.

METALCON continues to “give back” this year by raising money for the Steve Smith Family Foundation.
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Summer is in full swing and with it comes summer travel with camping being a long-standing favorite. Magnificent Monday brings you a new twist to traditional camping. A new “glamping resort” has opened in South Korea offering tourists a luxury camping experience on a cypress-covered mountain near the South Korean city of Suncheon.  The 16 brightly colored pods are oriented to enjoy views over the Suncheon Ecological Bay, which is located south of Seoul on the southern coast.

The Suncheon resort is managed by SJCCglamping, a subsidiary of the Korean company POSCO, one of the largest steel manufacturers in the world.  In partnership with the contractor, Mind Glampers, the tents were developed over a three-year period. Atelier Chang developed a new, patented technology to achieve both the comfort and lightness which the space and design concept demanded. This technology uses double layers of fabric with insulation between layers to keep the glamping units sustainable and viable in a climate where annual temperatures can range from as low as minus 5 degrees to as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit. With proper maintenance, the units are expected to have a lifespan of at least 10-15 years.

Inside, the 50-square-metre floorplan has space for two beds in a mezzanine arrangement, as well as an open-plan lounge and kitchen, and a bathroom.  The community facility makes use of the same steel and fabric construction techniques, and has a zig-zagged facade of white steel louvres that open onto a terrace facing down the mountainside.

ArchDaily reports, “The light-weight steel frames, covered with an insulated tent-like fabric, create highly resilient structures which are capable of withstanding the region’s significant annual differences in climatic conditions. The resort includes three principal types of glamping unit: ‘Mountain’, ‘Cutent’ and ‘Firefly’, each of which has a distinctive plan and colour scheme.  The restaurant/community facility forms the focal point of the resort. The restaurant and viewing terrace are screened by an elegant geometric arrangement of white steel louvres, mitigating solar ingress.”

Atelier Chang uniquely designed units – Cutent, Mountain and Firefly

Other features include:
• Light steel frames covered with a weather and fire resistant fabric made by French manufacturer Serge Ferrari and tensioned at the base of the frame to fit the shape of an individual unit
• Glazing elements are constructed from double layers of polycarbonate (for privacy), although glass can be used if required
• Plumbing and electricity infrastructure is connected to the mains supply although the structures can use natural resources (rain water harvesting and PVs)
• Foundations consist of concrete pillars with steel columns supporting the decking to which the structures are bolted

https://www.dezeen.com/2018/06/22/sjcc-glamping-resort-south-korean-architecture/

METALCON Partner Selects Metal Construction for New Headquarters

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Aesthetics, construction time and costs were key factors when METALCON‘s long standing partner, Convention Data Services (CDS), made the decision to use metal for building their new 30,000 square foot headquarters.  CDS has been one of METALCON’s business partners since the show’s inception providing registration and lead retrieval services.  Having outgrown their former office space, CDS turned to the industry they have worked with for over 25 years to construct their new Headquarters in Bourne, Massachusetts. Continue reading

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cropped-twit-01.pngMETALCON 2018 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  

Join us October 10-12 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Reserve your place at METALCON’S TOTAL EXPERIENCE today!  Experience the redesigned METALCON this year with everything in one place!  We know that “time is money” so the goal is to maximize efficiency along with your return on investment by minimizing the time you spend trying to find everything.  ALL exhibits …. ALL education …. ALL keynote addresses … plus the extras you have come to love including the Metal Roofing Championship Games, The Deck, Innovation Stations Scanning Scavenger Hunt, and Oktoberfest … will ALL be located in one place on the trade show floor.  AND … for one price!

METALCON’s Total Experience will feature one inclusive cost of $95 for all three days. Experience the exhibit hall, keynote and general sessions, learning centers, Metal Roofing Games and more for one price!  REGISTER TODAY!

While you are registering, we encourage you to “Invite a Friend” to join you at METALCON.  Click on the link and send your friend or colleague all the information they need to register.

Special programs are also being offered at METALCON 2018 including Metal Roof Installation Certification Training, Best Practices for Installing and Bidding on Insulated Metal Panels, Roll Forming for the Metal Construction Industry Part I and II, MBCEA’s Controlled Decking Zone (Train the Trainer), and Soldering Techniques.  These can be selected in the registration process and if selected, include the Total Experience package.

We look forward to seeing you in Charlotte in October!

Happy Birthday America!

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“The American, by nature, is optimistic. he is experimental, an inventor, and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.”

–  John F. Kennedy

On this day 242 years ago, we celebrate the birth of America when the Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 representatives from the thirteen states (previously known as the Thirteen Colonies).

Wishing you and your family a safe and Happy 4th of July!

 

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Header_nieuwhavenhuis_avondThe new Port House in Antwerp, Belgium, which opened in 2016, repurposed, renovated and extended a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for the port – and brought together the port’s staff that previously worked in separate buildings around the city.  Renowned architect, Zaha Hadid’s design of the Antwerp Port Authority’s head office puts the Port of Antwerp on the architectural world map. The structure is an amazing story of steel and glass working together to make a future-proof, sustainable architectural phenomenon.  Built between 2009 – 2016, the building will also be known as Zaha Hadid’s final project as she died unexpectedly soon after its completion. Continue reading

Harley’s “Revving Things Up” in Tariff War

A new twist to the ongoing “tariff war” was added this week when American-made Harley-Davidson announced on Monday that it will move its production of motorcycles for sale in the European Union outside the United States.  Harley-Davidson has been headquartered in the U.S. for 115 years.

The Milwaukee-based company views offshore production as “the only sustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible to customers in the EU and maintain a viable Continue reading

Metal Roofing Championship Games at METALCON 2018 

MRC_newBe a part of the 5TH Annual National Metal Roofing Championship Games competition to be held this October at METALCON in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 10-12, 2018.  The MCA Metal Roofing Games Task Force is now taking contestant registrations.  Ten teams of two participants each are needed for the competition. Teams should consist of players from the same company and who are planning to attend METALCON all 3 days of the event.  Deadline to pre-register is August 1! Continue reading

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On a recent trip to New Jersey, I had the distinct pleasure of crossing the Hudson River on the NEW $3.98 billion Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge!  The new bridge replaces the former Tappan Zee Bridge, which was built between 1952 and 1955 and served as one of New York’s primary crossings north of the city.  This new lasting icon is 3.1 miles long and is the largest single design-build contracts for a transportation project in the United States. Located less than 20 miles north of New York City, the cable-stayed span crosses one of the widest parts of the river and will be the largest bridge in New York State history.

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World Cup … and Stadium Fever!

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Luzhniki Stadium – location of the first and final games of this year’s World Cup

The World Cup is the globe’s biggest sporting event, with 3.4 billion people expected to watch the month-long, quadrennial tournament. Russia is hosting the event and has spent an estimated 10 billion dollars in both building new arenas, and refurbishing their existing facilities. The 2018 tournament will host 65 matches across 11 cities in 12 of the most modern stadiums in the world.  The tournament kicks off today with the first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia being played in Russia’s largest stadium, the Luzhniki Stadium, located in Moscow, with a capacity of 80,000 spectators.   Continue reading

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The Hoover Sportsplex in Hoover, AL was named MBCEA’s 2018 Building of the Year.  Photo credit: DesignandBuildwithMetal.com.

At its 49thAnnual Conference held last month in San Antonio, TX, the Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA) named the Hoover Sportsplex in Hoover, AL, 2018 Building of the Year in its annual Building of the Year Awards competition. Continue reading

Steel Tariffs – Ongoing Negotiations

On May 1, the Trump administration extended negotiations on steel and aluminium tariffs for 30 days with Canada, the EU and Mexico, and reached a deal in principle with Argentina, Brazil and Australia.  With the extension now over, US companies buying EU steel will now have to pay a 25% tax, while aluminum has a 10% tariff after the Trump Administration cited national security interests.  The EU has decided to launch counter-tariffs on US products, including bourbon whiskey, jeans, Harley Davidson motorcycles and steel, starting from the end of June. And while the United Kingdom is currently included in the EU tariffs deal, they hope to negotiate an exemption once Brexit is finalized. Continue reading

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Building an airport fit for a Queen!  Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina (the “Queen’s City”),is underway with a $2.5 billion capital plan, Destination CLT, that will expand and modernize the facility, allowing the airport to accommodate an expected increase in passenger flow.  While the ongoing projects are not expected to be fully complete until 2026, METALCON attendees will enjoy some upgraded amenities when the trade show convenes in October.

METALCON attendees will be some of the first travelers to get a glimpse of one of the major projects known as the “Elevated Roadway and Terminal Curb Front” project.  This $50 million project will add more lanes for cars picking up and dropping off and add sky bridges for people walking to the parking decks.

Other current projects include:

  • Nine gates, and associated infrastructure, at Concourse A ($200 million)
  • 51,000-square-foot, three-level addition at Concourses D and E that includes pet and children’s areas, a food court and 12,000 square feet of office space ($29 million)
  • Terminal improvements and renovations ($70 million).

Future projects in the design and planning stages include:

  • 25,000-square-foot expansion of Concourse E ($30 million)
  • Terminal lobby expansion ($247 million)
  • Fourth runway ($422 million)
  • 16-gate expansion of Concourse A ($300 million)
  • 10 to 12 gate expansion of Concourse C ($463 million)
  • 8 to 10 gate expansion of Concourse B ($463 million)
  • An air traffic control tower with no current cost estimate

http://www.cltairport.com/News/Pages/DestinationCLTProjects.aspx

https://www.charlotteagenda.com/127194/charlottes-airport-is-in-the-middle-of-2-5-billion-in-construction-see-the-latest-on-8-major-projects/

Five for Five!

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With less than five months to go until METALCON convenes in Charlotte, North Carolina, here are the top 5 things (plus a bonus #6) to do while in the “Queen’s City!”  Appropriately named for its 325 foot peak, conquer the twists, turns and drops aboard Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga roller roaster located at Carowinds. Located steps away from the Charlotte Convention Center, the heart of racing beats at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. If water is your thing, head to the US National Whitewater Center (USNWC), home of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river and an official Olympic Training Site.  And number five, offer your respects to the late Reverend Billy Graham at The Billy Graham Library.  Born in Charlotte in 1918, the renowned evangelist was raised on his family’s dairy farm, just miles away from Charlotte’s Airport. 

Start making your travel plans today and reserve your accommodations with METALCON’s ONLY housing company, Globetrotter.  And mark your calendar for June 1 when registration will officially open.

Metal Roof Installation Training at METALCON 2018

roofing installtionBecome a Certified Metal Roof Installer in just 2 days at METALCON 2018!  For the third consecutive year, top experts in the metal roofing industry will lead a two-day, eight-hour certification program based on MCA’s Metal Roof Installation Manual.  The Metal Roof Installation Training offers quality face-time with industry experts on substrates, safety, sealants, flashings, panel types and connections, tools, fasteners, maintenance and more. This year’s course will take place Tuesday afternoon, October 9, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Wednesday, October 10, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (including 2 hours on the show floor) at METALCON 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Registration in the training will also include access to the trade show for all three days!   Continue reading

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MAGNIFICENT Keynote Speaker has just confirmed for METALCON 2018!  NFL Superstar, Steve Smith, will speak on Thursday, October 11 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. A five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro, Mr. Smith is considered one of the NFL’s most productive wide receivers of the 21st century!  Mr. Smith spent the majority of his 16-year NFL career with the Carolina Panthers until signing with the Ravens in March 2014.  He was the Panthers’ all-time leader in total touchdowns, reception, and receiving yards and in 2011, became the 35th player in NFL history to amass 10,000 receiving yards. Continue reading

“Royal” Metal

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As we head into the Royal Wedding weekend, we are reminded yet again of the integral role that metal plays in all aspects of daily and worldly life.  In this case, the royal wedding rings!  Traditionally, royal wedding rings are made from Clogau, or Welsh, gold. This tradition dates back to 1923 and the wedding of George VI and Elizabeth Bowes Lyon (the Queen Mother, Harry’s great-grandmother).  The royal family had been gifted a nugget of gold from the now-defunct Clogau St David’s mine in North Wales.   Continue reading

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screen-shot-2018-03-23-at-12-39-36-pmThis new construction project in the North Woods of Wisconsin features a standing seam metal roof comprised of zinc panels. Photos: RHEINZINK/ Roofingmagazine.com.

Zinc?  Why yes, zinc!  By having the awesome responsibility of blogging for the METALCON community, perusing the metal building and construction trades is a daily activity.  Stories about zinc roofing projects seem to be appearing with regularity so it raised a bit of curiosity.  Zinc has been around since the dark ages … well, maybe not that long, but zinc has a rich global history and is known for its long lifespan. Continue reading

Big Win for Solar Energy

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adelanto1Innovation happens when two metal manufacturing companies team up!  When McElroy Metal wanted to add solar panels to its California manufacturing plant, they called on fellow METALCON exhibitor, S-5! to assist.  Although their California plant didn’t necessarily need a new roof, after seeing the success they had from installing solar panels to their facility in Peachtree City, GA, McElroy decided it was worth the investment.  After almost five years, the energy generated at the McElroy Peachtree City facility surpassed the plant’s energy consumption, saving the company thousands of dollars.  McElroy expects to offset their California plant’s electrical usage and show a return on investment in approximately three years. Continue reading

METALCON Hotel Reservations Open!

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3D printed home by ICON

What if you could download and print a home in 24 hours at half the cost?  ICON, an Austin, Texas based 3-D printer construction startup company is doing just that!  Mentioned briefly in our previous blog post, ICON has partnered with New Story and  People Helping People of El Salvador, two charitable organizations focused on helping some of the world’s poorest people in replacing the sprawling slums with 3D printed homes.  ICON has successfully printed its first home and is poised to built an entire community at $4,000 per home with an estimated 12-24 hours to print each home.  Executive Director for People Helping People, Lisselot Tronconis, says, “the appeal of 3D printing isn’t aesthetics, but that it can cut the cost, time and labor required to build homes.” Continue reading