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 →
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 →
This 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 →
Breaking News! This week California became the first state to mandate solar panels on new home construction. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, “The California Energy Commission voted unanimously to approve a mandate that residential buildings up to three stories high, including single-family homes and condos, be built with solar installations starting in 2020.” Final approval will be made by the Building Standards Commission later this year. Continue reading →
Innovation 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 →
It’s time to book your hotel accommodations for METALCON 2018 in Charlotte, NC, for October 10 – 12, 2018. METALCON’s official housing company is NOW taking reservations. GLOBETROTTER is the official and ONLY housing agent for the METALCON show. If you make your reservations with any other travel company, your reservation may not be guaranteed. Continue reading →
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 →
METALCON is buzzing with excitement to announce NEW dynamic changes to create a more interactive event – a Total Experience. METALCON is going to Charlotte for the first time in 28 years and it is time for a change! Show leaders have been hard at work designing a new and more engaging show format with everything located in ONE place! Once you start your day on the show floor, you stay there. No running around looking for classrooms. With everything and everyone moving at a faster pace in today’s world, this format will offer greater efficiency for an attendee.
Photo Credit: METALCON/AMIE on display at METALCON 2016
We continue to explore how 3D printing has the potential to “remodel the construction industry.” As featured in Monday’s blog post, Amsterdam is poised to install the first 3D printed bridge made entirely from steel in 2019. Structures built with 3D printing are popping up in locations such as Dubai, China, Italy, Russia and El Salvador. It is also a subject that is appearing with more regularity in construction and technology trades and in mainstream news sources. As reported by the Wall Street Journal just this month, “3-D printing is scaling up. All over the world, an impressive diversity of people and organizations, ranging from startups and hobbyists to construction and engineering firms, are successfully prototyping 3-D-printed buildings.” Continue reading →
Future technology is about to mix with 17th century old architecture as Amsterdam is preparing to add a 3D-printed steel bridge to its 1,200 bridges throughout its canals.
Dutch 3D-printing start-up MX3D has finalized their design plans to install the world’s first 3D-printed fully functional stainless steel bridge over a historic canal in Amsterdam next year. Continue reading →
Admit it, who doesn’t love a gooey, oozing, yummy grilled cheese sandwich? Listed as one of the top comfort foods in the United States, National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day is observed annually on April 12th. Metal, of course, plays a key role – without the metal pan or skillet, there would be no Grilled Cheese Sandwich!
Today is magnificent because we are six months from METALCON 2018 which is scheduled for October 10-12 in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you have been to METALCON before and think you know the show, think again! We are thrilled to announce that major changes are taking place to greatly enhance your experience and return on investment. METALCON is moving toward a “total experience” concept and making everything accessible to you ON THE FLOOR! What does that mean exactly? Just as it says, from the trade show booths to the education seminars to the keynote address – everything will take place ON the floor! Along with the changes to the overall layout of the show, new pricing will also be announced soon. Look for a “total experience” price inclusive of the trade show AND the education, moving away from separate fees for the conference and trade show. Attendees will now be able to enjoy a “one stop shop.” Check out our March issue of METALCONnection for the latest show news.
Artist’s rendering showing the front of Las Vegas Stadium with the retractable windows and planned Al Davis memorial torch; Photo credit: Wikipedia
Las Vegas is one step closer to making their new state-of-the-art Stadium a reality, according to Construction Dive. The Clark County Board of County Commissioners voted to approve the sale of $750 million in general obligation bonds to help pay for construction of the nearly $2 billion stadium. The National Football League team, the Raiders, who are currently based in Oakland, CA, are looking to start their 30-year lease with the 2020 season at the new 65,000-seat stadium that will be built across the freeway from the Las Vegas Strip. Continue reading →
March Madness was full of surprises this year including some awesome “Cinderella” stories (even my alma mater made a surprising appearance in the Sweet 16!). In the end, #3 ranked Michigan State and #1 ranked Villanova will face off tonight to be crowned National Champion. If you “gambled” with your bracket, you may be sitting pretty tonight but chances are, your bracket busted early on like the masses. March also brought a different type of “gambling” to the world stage of “trade wars,” creating the metal and steel industry’s own “march madness.” Continue reading →
METALCON 2018 will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina October 10-12. This will be METALCON’s first appearance in the city nicknamed the “Queen City” in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz who had become the Queen of England several years before the city’s inception. While Charlotte is not considered one of the United States’ “major” metropolitan cities … take note, THIS is a city on the rise. By attending METALCON this year, you will have the chance to explore why this is a city worth seeing.
If you have been paying attention to the news, you will know that the current Administration’s proposed new tariffs on steel and aluminum could have major implications to the metal construction industry. When the news broke a couple of weeks ago, it made headlines and rattled the industry. Cheers could be heard from U.S. steelmakers while jeers could be heard from companies that rely on importing steel, not to mention the U.S. allies who immediately rejected the proposed tariff. Over the past couple of weeks, initial concerns about the excise tariffs on aluminum and steel have somewhat relaxed after the administration softened its stance by offering exemptions, first for Canada & Mexico and then for additional allies including the European Union, South Korea, and Australia. This lowered the elation felt by U.S. steel and aluminum makers which showed in the market when US Steel dropped by 11%. Continue reading →
MMM is “on the road” today, traveling in the Big Apple. Is there any place better to marvel at metal and steel architecture than New York City? Ever since I was a little girl coming into the “grand metropolis,” I have always been amazed and in awe of how much is built on a relatively small land mass, a total contrast to the rural New Jersey lakeside community I was raised in. From the iconic buildings including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Flatiron Building to the new and modern One World Trade Center (or Freedom Tower and now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere), and The Oculus (World Trade Center Transport Hub), New York is truly a patchwork or steel, metal and concrete. Continue reading →
ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! Please watch out for imposter housing companies who are already soliciting your business to book a hotel room for METALCON. Do not be fooled by these “fake” housing companies. Globetrotter International is METALCON’s ONLY OFFICIAL housing company. METALCON hotel reservations will officially open on May 1. We ask that you please wait until then and book within the room blocks held for the trade show. It matters and is important for the success of the show!
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Be a part of the 5TH Annual National Metal Roofing Championship Games competition to be held this October at METALCON in Charlotte, NC. 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.
Similar to last year, there will be five challenges each on Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 and 11. The team that scores the highest collective points each day will be required to return on Friday October 12th for a run-off competition. The winning team on Friday will be recognized as the 2018 MCA METALCON Metal Roofing National Champion and receive a Grand Cash Prize of $2,000. Last year, $8,500 cash was awarded over the 3-day competition. Returning this year will be the 2017 National Champions, Matt Cox and Justin Hopta of Thomas Phoenix International. Who wants to try their luck against the returning champs? All MCA member companies are encouraged to recruit their customers to participate in the competition.
Located about a minute walk from the Charlotte Convention Center, the NASCAR Hall of Fame opened its doors to the public in May 2010. Charlotte, dubbed “NASCAR Valley,” has been intertwined with the day-to-day dealings of NASCAR from the beginnings of stock-car racing. Designed by the esteemed architectural firm known for their award-winning designs, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, used steel and glass throughout in their design of the building. Continue reading →
Today is an important day around the world: It’s International Women’s Day! In some countries, it is a National Holiday and the goal is to reflect and pay homage to the contributions of women around the world. This week also marks “Women in Construction Week 2018” (March 5 – 11). Construction Dive interviewed several women leaders who are helping shape the future of the construction industry. These women — and many others — are taking active steps to include a variety of thoughts and experiences that can help propel the industry forward. Continue reading →
Is red the new black? Top roofing trends for 2018 are “standing out from the crowd.” With more color options available than any other roofing type, metal roofing color trends are setting the tone for the latest in homeowner style preferences. According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), “predictions for the most popular shades this year include bright reds, brilliant whites and moody deep blues. Multi-tones and raw organic hues such as copper, titanium and bright stainless steel also are attracting homeowners for their one-of-a-kind appeal.” Continue reading →
Catch all the “buzz” in METALCONnection’s first issue of 2018 and get up to speed on plans for METALCON’s 2018 show in Charlotte, North Carolina October 10-12. METALCON’s 2017 show was one of the largest in the show’s history, and plans are underway for this year’s show to be even more dynamic, larger, and offer the latest in products and technology. Continue reading →
World Trade Center Transportation Hub (The Oculus), New York City; Photo credit: Hufton+Crow; http://www.arch2o.com
Magnificent Metal Monday takes us on a tour around the United States today as we congratulate 12 building projects that have earned recognitionin the 2018 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). Conducted annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the IDEAS2 award is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by the U.S. structural steel industry and recognizes excellence and innovation in the use of structural steel on building projects across the country. The winning projects will be recognized at the 2018 NASCC: The Steel Conference in April. Continue reading →
Before the XXIII Olympic Winter Games come to a close on Sunday, we would be remiss to highlight the construction a host city must take on to adequately accommodate the Olympic and Paralympic games. For the past 2 weeks athletes have competed in 13 competition venues, six of which were new. Additionally, South Korea had to construct a high-speed rail line to connect Pyeongchang to Seoul. Once a region covered with potato fields, 7 years later and over $12 billion dollars spent, a premier winter destination has been born. Or at least South Korea is hoping so.
With one of the world’s largest steelmakers headquartered in South Korea, POSCO World Premium Products (WPP) played an integral role in constructing the venues and the transformation of the region. Continue reading →
We’ve all used the expression “black hole” at some point, haven’t we? Ha, I’ve even used it to describe my purse at times! Scientists and society have been mystified by black holes for decades, rightfully so. Generally speaking, black holes are the relic of massive and burned-out stars and don’t emit any ounce of light. This fascination served as inspiration for London-based architect Asif Khah for the world’s first super-black building which has been unveiled at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Hyundai Pavilion is a 13,000 square-foot pavilion that features 33′ tall metal facades that are coated entirely with Vantablack VBx2, a derivative of a superblack, man-made chemical substance called Vantablack ... It is said to be the closest thing to a black hole we will ever experience.Continue reading →
If you are seeing bleary eyed co-workers lately, we have the Olympics to thank for that. If you are like me, it’s hard to peel yourself away from the nightly coverage, especially with figure skating getting into full swing. So what does ice skating and provincial England have in common? HD Sports, an iconic, international brand located in Sheffield, England, has been helping the Winter Olympic’s finest figure-skaters shine for over 50 years! Sheffield, England has a long history in the metal world, dating back to the 1600s with it’s production of knives and then in 1740s with the invention of the Sheffield plate, a form of silver plating. HD Sports dates back more than 300 years to when it first made skating blades for King William III in 1696 and has been making specialty blades ever since. At the last Winter Olympics, every skater who finished on the podium wore blades created by HD Sports and the company is hoping for the same this year. From the steel they use to the special technique in crafting the blades, don’t look for the company to reveal their secrets anytime soon. For a peek into Sheffield’s long history in the steel making business, check out the story on two archaeological sites that have been unearthed.
Magnificent Metal Monday takes us to METALCON’s 2018 location, Charlotte, NC. Located just on the outskirts of the city sits a phenomenal 14-ton sculpture made from massive stainless steel layers that rotate 360 degrees and occasionally align to create a massive head. Metalmorphosis was conceived by Count Riprand Arco, Founder and Chairman of American Asset Corporation. Count Arco commissioned internationally renowned Czech sculptor, David Cerny, to conceive, craft and execute a one-of-a-kind sculpture. Cerny says, “I was thinking about doing something as a centerpiece. I knew I wanted to employ water from the beginning.” In addition to the water element, Cerny’s design also incorporates a complex infrastructure and choreographed movement on a magnificent scale, creating a beautiful synergy of form and function. A true testament to his technical savvy and his talent as an artist. Metalmorphosis can be seen at Whitehall Corporate Center, a 200-acre office park located about 15 miles from downtown Charlotte. And check it out – Metalmorphosis has its very own webcam!
“Blades of Glory” or “Blades of Steel?” The Winter Olympics began in 1924 and have been held in 11 different countries over the past nine decades. The Winter Olympics are officially underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea and steel is taking center stage. Athletes from all over the world competing in various different sports all rely on steel to enhance their performance and keep them safe as they compete for the highest honors in their sport. From ice skating to speed and short skating, bobsledding, skeleton, luge, ice hockey, skiing and snowboarding, high performance steel is the common denominator. As the world comes together to watch the power of victory and the agony of defeat, METALCON wishes TEAM USA and athletes from around the world a safe and exhilarating two weeks of competition.
PSMJ Resources is the worldwide leader in business information, executive education, and management consulting for the architecture and engineering (A/E) space. We’re looking for a full-time Trade Show Exhibit Sales Manager for our international trade event.
Be part of an innovative entrepreneurial team in a position that blends strong marketing, sales and customer service skills. This position reports to the vice president of trade shows located at our headquarters in Newton, Massachusetts.
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• 5+ years of proven sales/ trade show experience.
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• Experience in the architecture / engineering /construction space.
• Travel to other industry events and meetings will be required.
PSMJ Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values the strength diversity brings to the workplace. Individuals with Disabilities and Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.
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About half way between Dallas and the Louisiana border lies the growing community of Tyler, Texas. Home to more than 100,000 residents, the city is recognized in the region as a destination for education and technology. Tyler is home to four colleges and universities, along with two regional hospital systems. As the city continues to invest in the future, both in the private and public sectors, the Tyler Fire Station #5 provides a great example for what’s to come. Continue reading →