Happy 4th from your METALCON Team

As with most things this year, America’s birthday will inevitably look a little bit different this year. Despite large celebrations being cancelled, there are still lots of activities to enjoy while staying closer to home. In place of barbecues, fireworks shows, and large gatherings, your METALCON team has the answer — It’s a great weekend to catch up on your reading or listening to a podcast! Here are links to our resources:

On behalf of the METALCON team, wishing you a healthy and safe holiday weekend.

MCN Looks at “Uncharted Waters” with Expert Panel

As we head into this holiday weekend, be sure to carve out some time to read the feature story posted yesterday by Metal Construction News titled, “Uncharted Waters.” Paul Deffenbaug, editorial director, asks five industry experts to weigh in on the current business environment given the disruption caused by the coronovirus pandemic. They all respond to questions covering these five key areas: length of time for the industry to bounce back, the greatest challenges being faced as a result of coronavirus from a business perspective, the effect on the labor shortage, the best tactical moves to address the changing market and recommendations to get the industry back on track.

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S-5! Live Webinars this Week – Snow Retention Systems and Rail-Less Solar on Metal Roofs

Before heading into the holiday weekend, join S-5! as they host two live and exclusive Webinars this week. The first one on “Snow Retention Systems” led by S-5!’s CEO, Rob Haddock, is TODAY, Tuesday, Jun 30 at 11:00 AM MDT/1:00 PM EST and the other on “Rail-Less Solar on Metal Roofs” is Wednesday, July 1 at the same time, 11:00 AM MDT/1:00 PM EST.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Metal Product Resources

ONLINE PRODUCT MARKETPLACES

With the impact of the pandemic still being felt, it is more important than ever to connect with design professionals, manufacturers, and suppliers that can be trusted to deliver top-quality metal construction products and services. Three online product “marketplaces” that can assist you include METALCON’s NEW Product Marketplace, DesignandBuildWithMetal.com’s Product Showcase, and The Metal Directory and Resource Guide brought to you by Metal Construction News.

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METALCON 2020 IS “PEDAL TO THE METAL” – REGISTRATION IS OPEN

It’s all systems go for METALCON 2020, the largest annual gathering of the metal construction industry! Kick-start your business growth to help “build back better” and ensure a stronger 2021 at our 30th Anniversary event scheduled for October 21-23 in Las Vegas.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Infrastructure Bill Update

The Moving Forward Act’s Proposed $1.5 Trillion in New Investments Will Improve Range of Public Infrastructure, Creating Needed Demand for Construction While Making the Economy More Efficient (AGC)

With the current surface transportation authorization’s expiration date of September 30 drawing closer, lawmakers are turning their attention to passing a new infrastructure bill. As reported by Construction Dive, “Last week, House Democrats unveiled a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that includes almost $500 billion of green measures proposed as part of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act earlier this month.”

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Vegas is Open and METALCON is “Pedal to the Metal”

If you haven’t heard yet, METALCON 2020 is full steam ahead for October 21 – 23 in Las Vegas! METALCONLive! switched gears this week to bring you a LIVE update from the team whose number one priority is to provide the safest and healthiest environment possible for the event.

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METALCONLive! SPECIAL LAS VEGAS EPISODE TODAY AT 1:00 PM – Register NOW!

BREAKING NEWS! “PEDAL TO THE METAL”METALCON 2020 IS ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR LAS VEGAS, OCTOBER 21-23!

Join us TODAY from 1:00 – 2:15 PM EST for this special LIVE and ONLINE Las Vegas Episode of METALCONLive! when we answer questions about our 30th anniversary event with special guests, featuring Brian Yost, COO with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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Magnificent Metal Monday

COTE Top Ten Plus Award Environmental Nature Center and Preschool, Newport Beach, Calif.; photo credit: Cris Costea.

TOP AIA COTE® AWARD HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING SUSTAINABILITY AT A YOUNG AGE

Each year, the AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE®) recognizes 10 projects that integrate design excellence and environmental performance. One winner receives the COTE Top Ten Plus award—an indication of exemplary proven energy performance and post-occupancy results. This year’s “plus” award was given to the Environmental Nature Center and Preschool in Newport Beach, California, for reasons of “Introducing kids to responsible sustainability at a young age and represents a place where people will want to send their children. It does all the right things—water, biophilia, resilience, and strong material choices.” (ARCHITECT Magazine) Through simple and cost-effective design strategies, the center was certified as the first LEED Platinum building in Orange County, California, and has operated at net zero since it opened, serving the community as an educational tool for sustainability.

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METALCONLive! June 3 Highlights and Preview of Next Week’s Event

Key Take-Aways

“Buy America” – Cost of Capital Is at Its Lowest in Decades 

Steel Dynamics Inc., Hopes to Make U.S. More “Steel Sufficient” with Construction of its New Steel Mill

Continued Focus on Training and Education Will Be Key for Greater Usage of Metal

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, continued to highlight “Build Back Better” with a special focus on steel with guests Brian Smallwood, Market Manager-Construction for Steel Dynamics, Inc., and Marines Hagemann, Director of Client Experience for Allied Steel Buildings.

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Metal Construction Hall of Fame

2020 Honorees

As announced by Metal Construction News, “The 2020 Metal Construction Hall of Fame class includes four leaders who have devoted their lives to the betterment of the industry and made impacts we can all feel. From establishing an accreditation program to promoting metal roofing, they have made their presence known.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday

Mark your calendars for June 15 – 18! In just one week, the Metal Construction Association kicks off its Virtual Summer Meeting.

MCA’s Virtual Summer Meeting Will Give Real Benefits

This event is now FREE and available for members and qualified non-members in the metal construction industry. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to attend lectures and discussions related to metal in the building envelope today and in the future, and network with industry leaders and peers. This is a great way for non-members to experience the benefits of an MCA membership!

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Improvements to PPP will Help Save More Construction Jobs

House-passed bill making needed improvements to paycheck protection program will allow construction firms to save more jobs

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in reaction to the passage in the House of Representatives today of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020: “Members of the House appreciate that one of the best ways to protect the economy from further harm is to make needed improvements to the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

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TODAY is METALCONLive! at 1:00 EST! Register NOW!

What’s happening in the steel industry and how will it affect your metal construction bids and contracts?

This burning question and more will be answered today during METALCONLive! Register now for your virtual seat and join us at 1:00 PM for this robust conversation.

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Magnificent Metal Monday

Over the weekend, history was made when the United States returned to launching American astronauts from American soil. The SpaceX Crew Dragon aboard the Falcon 9 rocket docked successfully with the International Space Station 19 hours after the successful launch (NASA). But this time it was different — they were lifted off in a commercial spacecraft aboard a commercial rocket.

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METALCON Technology Survey, Tools and Resources


METALCON TECHNOLOGY SURVEY

CONTECH will make its return at METALCON 2020, scheduled for October 21-23 in Las Vegas! To help us better serve you, please complete this 2-minute TECHNOLOGY SURVEY.

TECHNOLOGY TOOLS AND RESOURCES

CONTECH made its debut on the show floor last year at METALCON 2019 and provided an interactive hub that showcased the game-changing technologies shaping the construction industry today and tomorrow.

Since the pandemic crisis started, industries around the globe have been forced to pivot and find new ways to work during the lockdowns. Before we knew it, the use of technology in the construction arena made a quick transition from “good to have” to being a necessity. From mobile technology to aerial photography to video conferencing, the industry is discovering a whole new way to work and while doing so, re-designing the business model. Digital engagement is here to stay!

Technology has been discussed in several of our new weekly METALCONLive! broadcast events so we thought we would provide you with some of the resources and tools mentioned over the past several weeks.

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Las Vegas Re-Opens METALCON 2020 Plans Underway Registration Opening in June

(Newton, Mass., – May 27, 2020)—As Las Vegas begins to re-open, METALCON 2020, the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions, announces new programming and educational sessions for its 30th anniversary “Build Back Better” conference and tradeshow at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Wednesday, Oct. 21 – Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. 

“We are happy to hear Las Vegas is re-opening and getting back on track,” said METALCON Show Director, Judy Geller. “The health and well-being of our exhibitors, attendees and staff are our #1 priority. We are working closely with our vendors and venues, as well as the state and local government to create a clean and healthy environment. We will be implementing very specific safety measures throughout METALCON that will not only meet state and local regulations but also go above those to ensure the safest and healthiest event possible.”

With registration opening in early June, METALCON is launching two exciting programs NEW for 2020:

(On Tuesday, October 20 – the day before METALCON officially opens)

The Architect’s Experience at METALCON

To ensure metal is on every architect and designers’ pallet, METALCON is launching, The Architect’s Experience at METALCON. Provided by the two top A/E/C/ educators (the Ron Blank affiliate CE Academy and PSMJ Resources, Inc.) and designed specifically for architects and designers, this exclusive experience offers a combination of comprehensive education and a unique exhibit floor experience. Architects and designers will learn about and see first-hand, the beauty and durability of metal, while earning AIA Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

CONNECT! The Women’s A/E/C Network at METALCON

With women making up just 9.9% of the U.S. construction workforce (Source: NAWIC), their future success relies on working together to advance women in the industry. Leaders from A/E/C/ industry women’s associations will come together to help create change, drive diversity, ensure equality and influence the industry. All are welcome to join this afternoon of learning, conversation and networking.

Day one of METALCON kicks off with a keynote presentation by Afterburner entitled Flawless Execution, enabling attendees to connect strategy to execution, reduce task saturation and stay focused on key strategic initiatives in order to reach and exceed monthly, quarterly and yearly goals.  

Afterburner takes lessons learned from its military backgrounds about functioning as an elite team and helps businesses and organizations achieve the same levels of performance by inspiring teams, aligning them on their purpose and helping to execute their plans to accelerate performance.

Back by popular demand is METALCON’s construction technology hub, CONTECH. Construction technology is advancing at breakneck speed and given the global health crisis, now more than ever the industry recognizes the need to adopt cutting-edge technologies such as drone technology, communication tools, BIM, virtual reality and others that encourage health and safety, and meet social distancing requirements. CONTECH is the place to explore and experience game-changing A/E/C technology in an interactive and innovative hub showcasing the hottest trends.

METALCON continues its ongoing tradition of supporting the local community where the show takes place each year and is partnering with other Las Vegas area trade associations to contribute to Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force for its annual giving back program to raise money for the state’s response, relief and recovery efforts needed as a result of COVID-19.

METALCON’S Special Programs, which take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, aim to provide cutting-edge education and training, which cannot be found elsewhere. This year’s two Learning Centers or mini-theaters on the show floor will offer 45-minute sessions between 1:00 and 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday and Thursday. Attendees discover the newest and most innovative advancements in metal construction and stay up-to-speed on the critical industry issues, hottest trends and winning strategies to grow their careers and expand their businesses.

Attendees will have the opportunity to earn CEUs in a selection of deeper-dive educational sessions on a variety of topics: Safety; Office Technology; Field Technology; The Building Envelope; Equipment; Sales–How to Sell More and Proactively AND Productively;  Roofing; Walls; Fire Safety; Technology; and Green/Sustainability.

Returning for its fifth year, attendees can become certified in the eight-hour Metal Roof Installation Training Program led by industry expert Jim Bush, vice president of sales & marketing for ATAS International.

Other Special Programs for 2020 include:

  • Roll Forming for the METAL Construction Industry, Part 1 and 2 (Fabricators & Manufacturers Association)
  • Tomorrow’s Roof Today–Insulated Metal Roof Panels (MCA’s Insulated Metal Panel Group)
  • Folder Operator Safety Certification:  The Do’s and Don’ts of Folding and Forming Machinery Operation (CIDAN)
  • Metal Roofing:  Thermal Expansion & Contraction, Problematic Conditions and Retrofit Using Metal  (IIBEC)
  • NIA’s Metal Building Insulation Code Compliance, Air Barriers & Thermal Buildings (National Insulation Association)

At METALCON, industry experts from leading companies exhibit the latest products, equipment and technology together with education and training sessions—ALL located on the show floor. Top influencers share their knowledge with designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries in the popular METALCON theatre, conveniently located off the center aisle.  For more information on this three-day event, visit http://www.metalcon.com 

About METALCON

Established in 1991, METALCON is the largest international event in the metal construction industry.  Unique in both its service and show management to this industry, METALCON is the only annual tradeshow and conference devoted entirely to the application of metal in industrial, institutional, light commercial and residential projects. Its success is based on three key components: education, exhibits and interactive, learning opportunities. METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., and sponsored by The Metal Construction Association. This is the event’s sixth time in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.metalcon.com or call 800-537-7765.

METALCONLive! Week 8 Highlights and Register for Next Week

Key Take-Aways from 5/20/20

Optimism and Concerns as Nation Re-Opens 

Use Visuals to Sell Metal to Architects

Training Will Be Key to Combat Labor Shortage

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, continued the focus on “Build Back Better” with special guest Mark Kalin (FAIA, FCSI, LEED), President of Kalin Associates Specifications and highly experienced specification writer, author, speaker and registered architect. See below for Mark’s valuable insight of the specifications industry and strategies to leverage more metal sales with architects.

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Magnificent Memorial Day

As the country begins a new phase of the pandemic crisis, with some areas beginning to reopen and others still facing stricter restrictions, let us all pause today to reflect and honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

METALCONLive! will “pause” this week and return next Wednesday, June 3, at 1:00 pm EST. REGISTER for this free and “live” opportunity to connect with metal construction professionals from around the country.

For updated METALCON show news, check out the latest issue of METALCONnection, METALCON’s monthly newsletter.

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Metal Construction News Survey Results

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Updated Coronavirus Impact Survey Results

The coronavirus shutdown has been going since the middle of March with states ordering shelter in place restrictions at varying times. Now, nearly two months later, the country is trying to open back up for business. MCN’s third survey in the last month delves into attitudes within the metal construction industry about the threat and how it has affected its businesses.

Highlights from the third survey:

  • Fatigue is creeping into attitudes.
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Reminder – METALCONLive! TODAY at 1:00 EST! Register NOW!

REGISTER for today’s LIVE event hosted by METALCON Co-Founder CEO Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations as they draw upon their combined years of industry experience in the A/E/C and metal construction industries. Today’s discussion will explore the architect’s role in the metal design process and how will the glut of steel in the market affect the metal construction industry?

TODAY’S SPECIAL GUEST: Mark Kalin, President at Kalin Associates Specifications

Mark Kalin (FAIA, FCSI, LEED) is a highly experienced specification writer, author, speaker, and registered architect. Mark is a CSI certified construction specifier, USGBC LEED accredited professional, and one of only 27 individuals advanced to fellowship in both the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute. Mark has been involved in over 4,000 specification projects since 1984, including 250 LEED projects. He has taught Architectural Specifications at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

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METALCON UPDATES

METALCONLive!

Each week the METALCON team is bringing you a FREE informative weekly “live” discussion with top industry leaders to discuss the COVID-19 crisis with updates and strategies to cope and to “Build Back Better.” Founder CEO Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, draw upon their combined decades of industry experience in the A/E/C and metal construction industries to lead the discussion with guest speakers and live polling questions. If you have missed any, all past discussions can now be found on the METALCON Podcast or YouTube channels.

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METALCONLive! Week 7 Highlights (Magnificent Metal Monday Special Edition) and Register for this Week

Key Take-Aways

Global Perspective of Crisis 

Shortage of Residential Metal Roofing Contractors

Metal is Changing Perception in Residential & Commercial Design & Usage

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, continued the focus of “Build Back Better” with special guests Ken Gieske of McElroy Metals and Ray Smith of Australia-based AppliCad Software. Read on for important take-aways from last week’s discussion and REGISTER today for this week’s METALCONLive! as we welcome expert specification writer and architect, Mark Kalin of Kalin Associates Specifications.

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Register for MCA AND MBCEA Virtual Conferences

MCA has announced that they will hold a Virtual Summer Meeting June 15-18 and opening it up, not just to their members, but to anyone who would like to participate.  REGISTER HERE

51st Annual MBCEA Conference is going Virtual! In just two hours a week, one hour each Tuesday and Thursday, beginning TOMORROW, May 19th, MBCEA will provide business insights that can help your business move from survive to thrive. Plus, these events are live, so you’ll be able to ask questions and get live answers. There will be a section for exhibitors to share information on their products and a Community board for discussions. Click this link to register for our virtual conference and gain access to these FREE sessions. 

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Reminder – METALCONLive! TODAY at 1:00 EST! Register NOW!

Tune in to today’s LIVE event hosted by METALCON Co-Founder CEO Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations as they draw upon their combined years of industry experience in the A/E/C and metal construction industries along with the expertise of their special guests.

TODAY’S SPECIAL GUESTS:

Ken Gieseke, VP Marketing, McElroy Metal: As a metal construction component manufacturer, Ken brings his unique insight from multiple angles — the frame builder community as well as his experience as a manufacturer with multiple markets, channels, and geographic locations. He will explain what McElroy is doing to be proactive, change, adapt and position their company to come out ahead.

Ray Smith, Founder and CEO of AppliCad Software: Our first METALCONLive! guest from overseas (Australia) will help bring a global perspective to this week’s discussion. Hear how his country has responded to the health crises and what we can learn from them.  What will they be doing differently post-pandemic than they did before the crises?

METALCONLive! is your online weekly business boosting broadcast that connects you with other metal construction company owners, contractors, fabricators, suppliers and experts for the strategies that enable us all to BUILD BACK BETTER.

With the COVID-19 crisis, the metal construction industry faces a new challenge every week, so METALCONLive! is here to help with the latest data and news, exclusive interviews with key players, eye-opening forecasts, creative solutions to sales, marketing, staffing, logistics, safety, and other concerns. All FREE, all LIVE and ONLINE, all focused on helping your business THRIVE in the next normal.

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Take Coronavirus Impact Survey by MCN

Survey deadline is THURSDAY, May 14 – click HERE to take the survey.

Metal Construction News is conducting regular surveys of the metal construction industry. So far, they have done two surveys: one from March 30 through April 2 and the other from April 13 through April 16. MCN is tracking changing attitudes and industry conditions throughout these trying times to help companies cope.

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METALCONLive! Week 6 Highlights (Magnificent Metal Monday Special Edition)

Key Take-Aways

Re-Open with Optimism and Act NOW

Integrate Digital Engagement into Strategic Plan 

Importance of Utilizing CRM Systems

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, have begun shifting the focus away from crisis-mode to how the industry can “build back better.” Special guests Paul Lechiara, owner of East Coast Metal Roofing, and Bobby Darnell, principal of Construction Market Consultants, Inc., joined the discussion to offer their sales and marketing strategies implemented during the lockdown, which have proven to be successful. 

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Industry News Round-Up

With an immense amount of news streaming into your inbox, here’s a “round-up” of industry stories that caught our eye over this past week. Another source is METALCON’s weekly METALCONLive! Next week, Frank and Rob will continue with the theme “Build Back Better” as they are joined by special guests Ken Gieske from McElroy Metals and Ray Smith from AppliCad Software who will touch on sales strategies for the exterior building segment (REGISTER below).

  • Updated “Coronavirus News” compiled by Metal Construction News including announcements of virtual conferences by MBCEA, IIBEC, FGIA, and ASHRAE; AIA’s new resource for safer re-occupancy of buildings and NRCA’s rescheduling of National Roofing Week.
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TODAY – METALCONLive! at 1:00 PM EST – Build Back Better

“What have we learned, how do we improve and how do we build back better?” – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Tune in to today’s LIVE event hosted by seasoned experts, METALCON Co-Founder CEO Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations as they draw upon their combined years of industry experience in the A/E/C and metal construction industries.

TODAY’S SPECIAL GUESTS: Paul Lechiara, owner of East Coast Metal Roofing, and Bobby Darnell, Principal of Construction Market Consultants, Inc. They will highlight successful sales and marketing strategies implemented during the lockdown. Find out TODAY during METALCONLive!

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METALCONLive! Week 5 Highlights (Magnificent Metal Monday Special Edition)

Key Take-Aways

“Build Back Better”

Restrictions Are Loosening 

Cash Flow Still a Critical Factor

METALCON Co-Founder and CEO, Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, in partnership with the Metal Construction Association and Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder of S-5! Metal Roof Innovations, led last week’s robust discussion addressing current challenges and workarounds to the current coronavirus crisis. Their special guests included Danny Kerr, managing partner of Breakthrough Academy and Adam Mazella, executive vice president of Sheffield Metals.

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