Magnificent Metal Monday – Patriotic Solar Panel

Liberty Self Storage in Covington, Louisiana, installed a patriotic themed rooftop solar array using S-5!’s attachment products.

With Memorial Day approaching in a week, check out Louisiana-based Liberty Self Storage’s expression of patriotism and love of country with their latest installation of a new rooftop solar array configured in the form of an American flag. In 2016, they dedicated itself to green energy and began the process of converting their locations to solar. With the help of The Next Energy Technology company of Kenner, LA, and solar panel attachment products from Colorado-based S-5!, the design intent was achieved in the best possible way.

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METALCON Live! TODAY at 1:00 PM with ROOFING EXPERT TODD MILLER OF ISAIAH INDUSTRIES

Metal roofing is on the rise in the residential market, now accounting for 13% of the market share, with metal outpacing other materials in terms of growth. Given the rise and projected increases, it is important for contractors and architects to stay current with their product knowledge to ensure future success in residential metal roofing. Catch Todd Miller, president of Isaiah Industries, in today’s “Residential Re-Roofing with Metal, presented by METALCON Live! and the MCA.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – 2022 Metal of Honor Awards

Last month, Metal Roofing Magazine announced the 2022 Metal of Honor Award winners. Now in their 18th year of the program, the awards were created to allow metal roofing installers an opportunity to honor companies who help them most by providing quality products and excellent service. METALCON is proud to welcome nearly 60% of these winning companies to METALCON ’22, scheduled for October 12-14 in Indianapolis. By attending, you can see their products and learn first-hand what makes these companies winning suppliers.

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FINAL HOURS TO SAVE ON METALCON REGISTRATION

Did you know there is a lunar eclipse tonight? Well, that’s a good enough reason to register for METALCON ’22 TONIGHT! Final hours to save $20 on early bird pricing! Click on image below to register.

METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources Inc. and sponsored by the Metal Construction Association.

Why Re-Roof with Metal?

TV Personality and Home Advisor Bob Vila says the top reasons to re-roof with metal include:

  • Durability and long-lasting
  • More environmental-friendly and sustainable
  • Energy-efficient
  • Design flexibility

“Growing numbers of people are installing metal roofs in both new construction and roof replacement projects.,” says Vila. In 2015, McGraw-Hill Construction and Analytics estimated that 750,000 of U.S. homeowners chose metal roofing for their residences, a number indicating 11% of the residential market share, second to asphalt shingles.

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Early Bird Gets the Worm … Why This Bird Can Save you Money

METALCON ’22 will be “roaring” into Indianapolis in only five short months so make plans today to attend. Save time and money by registering this week to get a discount off the already low early bird pricing. Home to the famous Indy 500 Race, “rev your engines” and join us in Indy at the only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design where you can visit with over 300 exhibitors, learn from industry experts, and network with designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries.

REGISTER BY MAY 15 USING CODE “RACETOREGISTER” TO SAVE

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Spring Cleaning

Metal Roof Care Tips for Homeowners by the Metal Roofing Alliance

“Metal roofs are well-known for being trouble-free and easy to maintain. A simple cleaning can keep your roof in tiptop condition, looking great and performing well for many decades to come,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA). A good spring cleaning for the exterior of your home is a great way to uplevel the curb appeal and prepare for the coming summer season.

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MCN Announces Annual Top Metal Builders

For metal building contractors and erectors, 2021 was a roller coaster ride with steel prices in total flux rising to all time highs and decreasing to all time lows. Paul Deffenbaugh, editorial director of Metal Construction News (MCN), comments, ” Price, availability and demand for construction materials all fluctuated widely in 2021, but despite that, the top metal builders report increases in the average tonnage and square footage. In fact, by all measures, 2021 was a very strong year for the metal building industry when looking at the largest contractors.”

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SAMCO CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF ROLLFORMING & FABRICATION INNOVATION

A dominant player in the global rollforming market, SAMCO Machinery has been exhibiting at METALCON for nearly 15 years. We sat down recently with Drew Pandit, Director, Sales & Marketing, for an informal chat about reaching their 50 year milestone, their business outlook, and their involvement with METALCON.

Q: Congratulations on SAMCO celebrating its 50th anniversary! That’s a huge milestone. What is SAMCO’s business model and what impact has it had on the metal construction industry?

A: For 50 years Samco Machinery, a North American organization based in Toronto, Canada, continues to be a leading manufacturer of rollforming and material handling solutions to multiple industries. We currently have clients in 35 countries around the globe. Some of the industries we provide solutions for include automotive, metal building and construction, transportation, storage, energy, and consumer products. We are a global exporter that believes in embracing innovation and in engineering solutions for our customers.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – RoofersCoffeeShop Celebrates 20 Years!

Though the years, one of the pillars of METALCON’s success has been its strong partnerships with industry pioneers. One such partnership has been with Heidi Ellsworth and her team at the RoofersCoffeeShop® (RCS) and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome her back THIS Wednesday to METALCON Live! for a special presentation titled, “A View From the Roof.”

METALCON would like to congratulate RCS on celebrating 20 years and for providing a true online community for the roofing industry. Among the many hats she wears, she is an amazing moderator and this week will be no different. Join Heidi this Wednesday as she leads a dynamic panel discussion with commercial and residential roofing professionals to talk the latest in metal roofing to help attendees gain a view of what is in the pipeline and a look at the current customer demands.

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What’s a Home Without Its Roof? A Look at What’s Happening in the Roofing World

With National Roofing Week approaching in about a month, let’s look at what’s happening in the roofing world (with a slight bias toward metal roofs of course!).

Earlier this month, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), hosted 224 participants – 88 attending for the first time – at Roofing Day 2022 on April 5-6 in Washington, D.C. Roofing professionals from throughout the U.S. met with 173 members of Congress and their staffs to advocate for solutions to workforce and supply chain challenges through immigration reform, Perkins career and technical education grants, and reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. NRCA reported 62% of these meetings were in-person, and attendees were able to meet with Congress members from 34 different states, with top top state represented being Ohio, followed by Texas, California, Florida and Maryland. 

METALCON Live! “A View from the Roof” – Wednesday, May 4 at 1:00 PM … READ MORE …

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Magnificent Metal Monday – What’s on the Inside?

METAL BUILDING INSULATION | Credit: Therm-All

With so much focus on the metal used on the exterior of a building, “what’s on the inside” is equally as important, especially as it relates to energy efficiency, fire safety, and more. Therm-All has been at the forefront of innovative metal building insulation solutions since 1981, offering a full line of custom fiberglass and rigid insulation systems, reflective insulation, door and window systems, vapor retarders, OSHA-compliant safety systems, metal building accessories, insulation retrofit and more. A proud member of NIA, MBMA, and MBCEA, METALCON is thrilled to welcome Therm-All back as an exhibitor at METALCON 2022, scheduled for October 12-14 in Indianapolis (Booth #1741).

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New Infrastructure Bill Includes Buy America Guidance for Iron and Steel

Steel manufacturing trade groups lauded the news that the new Infrastructure Bill includes a provision stating all iron and steel used in projects outlined in the bill must be produced in the United States. Metal Center News reported this week, “The guidance further requires all manufactured products in the project must be produced domestically. The product itself must be manufactured here, and the components of the product must represent 55 percent or more of the total cost of the product. All construction materials must also be manufactured in the U.S.”

According to a White House memo, projects funded by the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package must only use iron and steel produced in the U.S starting May 14. The requirement includes all manufacturing processes for the metals, from initial melting stage thru application of coatings. The announcement also includes a process to waive those requirements if domestic materials are not reasonably available or would raise the cost of the project by more than 25%. (Source: Construction Dive)

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Hot off the Press! – ’22 METALCON Top Product Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2022 METALCON Top Product Awards

Applications due June 30, 2022

(Newton, Mass., – April 20, 2022) METALCON, the metal construction industry’s only global event for metal construction and design products, technologies and solutions, announces its 2022 Top Product Awards.

This year’s exhibitors are invited to nominate their top metal products in a variety of 15 categories. To be eligible for consideration, a product must have been introduced to the market after Jan. 1, 2021, and its manufacturer must be a 2022 METALCON exhibiting company.  Exhibitors are eligible to nominate one top metal product in one product category only.

Metal product categories include:

  • Walls
  • Roofs
  • Structures
  • Paint & Coatings
  • Windows & Doors
  • Accessories
  • Lighting
  • Technology
  • Insulation & Weather Barriers
  • DayLighting
  • Contractor Tools & Equipment
  • Safety
  • Alternative Energy
  • Rollforming Equipment
  • Other

A simple Top Product Awards application is available at www.metalcon.com under the Exhibit tab, and submissions are due June 30, 2022.  Up to 15 winners will be determined by an electronic vote. Following the application deadline, the public will be invited to submit their votes via an online form.  Voters can vote only once but are eligible to vote for multiple products in different categories.

Award winners will be announced on September 7, and winners will be invited to showcase their top products with special product recognition at their booths in Indianapolis. 

METALCON People’s Choice Awards

Show attendees will be invited to vote on-site in Indianapolis for their top three choice products via the show app.  Special recognition for the METALCON People’s Choice top three award winners will take place on the show floor.

METALCON  takes place at the Indiana Convention Center, Wednesday, Oct. 12 – Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, with pre-show workshops beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Registration is now open!

“We are excited to launch our second annual Top Product Awards,” says Judy Geller, METALCON Show Director.  “We had a great response last year and look forward to recognizing the top new products and technologies in the industry.”

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About METALCON

METALCON is the largest international event in the metal construction and design industry. Established in 1991, it’s the only annual tradeshow and conference devoted exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction. Each year, contractors, architects, developers, owners, fabricators, manufacturers and suppliers attend. Industry experts from 200 leading companies exhibit the latest products, solutions and game-changing technologies while sharing their knowledge with attendees. METALCON’S success is based on a dynamic exhibit hall, extensive educational programs and interactive learning opportunities. Produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, this is the event’s first time in Indianapolis.  For more information, visit www.metalcon.com or call 800-537-7765.

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METALCON LIVE! MCA AND THE MCM ALLIANCE PRESENTS: CLADDING SAFETY IN LIGHT OF GLOBAL FIRES – TOMORROW, 4/20 AT 1:00 PM

ELIGIBLE FOR 1 AIA LU HSW– REGISTER NOW

Join us tomorrow as this panel of experts takes a “deep dive” into why Engineering Evaluations (EE) could be an acceptable alternative to running an NFPA 285 wall assembly test. This course will show how this evaluation process can be used as a viable path to evaluate wall assemblies to the requirements of the International Building Code. The baseline information required and the “layer-by-layer” analysis used will be reviewed by a qualified fire professional to demonstrate that a specific wall assembly meets the intent of the code. This approach should make the expected performance of the wall assembly clear to the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) so that an informed decision can be made on the acceptance of the proposed wall assembly.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Coil Coatings

Returning METALCON sponsor and exhibitor, Sherwin-Williams has a passion for creating impactful coil and extrusion projects. With over 50,000 colors offered, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings can color match almost any look you dream up. (Source: Building Design + Construction, Nov 2021).

T-Mobile Arena, which opened in April 2016, features nine rustic Fluropon® Classic II colors that reflect the appearance of the Las Vegas desert (Photo credit: BD+C)

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RAiNA Marks 2 Years with First In Person Annual Meeting

Join RAiNA next month on Monday, May 9, for its 3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) but first “in-person” meeting in Reston, Virginia.

RAiNA was officially founded in January 2022 on the premise that an unbiased organization needed to exist to offer clarity to the wall assembly industry, trades, and design professionals on the subject of rainscreen design – an often confused and misunderstood term. The organization’s mission is to provide unbiased clarity to the plethora of “rainscreen noise,” by providing the definition of rainscreen design and review a host of rainscreen assemblies.

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METALCON 2022 Takes Place in IndianapolisRegistration Now Open!

(Newton, Mass., – April 11, 2022) — Registration is now open for METALCON 2022, the only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction. This year’s conference and tradeshow takes place at the Indiana Convention Center from Wednesday, Oct. 12 – Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, with pre-show workshops beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Home to the most famous race in motorsports, the Indy 500, METALCON 2022 will “roar” into Indianapolis (Indy) for the first time in the show’s more than 30-year history.

Jeff Irwin, executive director of the Metal Construction Association’s (MCA) Insulated Metal Panel Alliance and active association member for 25+ years, believes this Midwest city is poised to attract attendees from several major construction markets.

“Located in the heart of America, Indianapolis is within 750 square miles of 75% of the manufacturing distribution space in the U.S.―a great pull for contractors, architects, building owners, manufacturers and suppliers,” said Irwin. “From Buffalo west to Chicago and Nashville south, not to mention Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Detroit, it’s an easy drive from major cities throughout the Midwest.
Over three days, attendees will have the opportunity to:

• Connect with 200 + exhibiting companies showcasing a variety of metal construction and design equipment, products, services and solutions

• Receive top-notch education from industry experts and influencers presenting the latest advances, innovations and best practices in metal construction

• Earn continuing education credits

• Discover the newest and most innovative advancements in metal construction

• Explore revolutionary products, techniques and applications

• Network among the largest annual gathering of the metal construction industry
NEW for 2022—the Metal Building Marketplace; NRCA ProCertification® Metal Panel Roof Systems Hands-on Performance Exams; and the MCA Awards. Making a return this year—The Architect’s Experience; IMP Pavilion; the METALCON Top Products Awards; and more networking opportunities than ever.

“We are excited to host METALCON in Indianapolis this year,” said Judy Geller, METALCON Show Director. “It is a very attractive city for conventions. The Indiana Convention Center is connected to more downtown hotel rooms than any other city in the nation, making it convenient for convention-goers to access meeting space, restaurants, the downtown shopping mall and hotels, without even stepping outside, not to mention the city’s walkability, affordability and its central location.”

About METALCON
METALCON is the largest international event in the metal construction and design industry. Established in 1991, it’s the only annual tradeshow and conference devoted exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction. Each year, contractors, architects, developers, owners, fabricators, manufacturers and suppliers from more than 50 countries attend. Industry experts from 200 leading companies exhibit the latest products, solutions and game-changing technologies while sharing their knowledge with attendees. Produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., in partnership with the Metal Construction Association, METALCON’s success is based on a dynamic exhibit hall, extensive educational programs and interactive learning opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.metalcon.com or call 800-537-7765.

Magnificent Metal Monday – “Modern High School Design Makes the Grade with IMPs”

According to an article in Metal Construction News, “Insulated metal panels (IMPs) are an ideal option to clad building envelopes due to their superior insulation value, high-performance air barrier, aesthetics, design flexibility and ease of installation. Providing an all-in-one continuous insulation system, IMPs serve as an exterior rainscreen, air and moisture barrier, and thermal insulation that reduces mold and corrosion.”

(Photo Credit: Mandeville High School, Metal Construction Association)

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MCN 41st Annual Contractor Survey Results

Across the board, metal construction projects increased in number and size from 2020 to 2021.

Photo Credit: Metal Construction News

Published on March 1, the MCN 41st Annual Contractor Survey sees a robust market environment in the metal construction industry, comparable to the overall construction market. Metal builders, roofers, wall panel contractors and light-gauge steel contractors all report that 2021 was better than 2020 and they anticipate 2022 being even better. According to survey respondents, MCN reports that metal building construction increased 12.9% in 2021, seeing a metal roofing 9.3% increase, metal wall panels 2.5% increase and light-gauge steel framing up 9.5% for exteriors and 3% for interiors.

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TODAY at 1:00 PM — Expert Advice on How to Blast Past Pricing Woes on METALCONLive! REGISTER NOW

REGISTER TODAY! Eligible for 1 AIA LU

It is on everyone’s minds — the “trifecta of pricing woes” — inflation, supply chain, and talent shortage. Join this high powered panel of experts as the provide some clarity on the issues currently plaguing the industry and share real solutions to help you run your business and turn a fair profit. Join us for METALCON Live! TODAY at 1:00 PM, as Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnect, Tony Bouquot, General Manager of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), and Frank Stasiowski, CEO & Founder of PSMJ Resources, Inc., come together to deliver up-to-the-minute breakthrough tactics for transforming your business results in the face of current headwinds. Get up to speed on supply chain disruption, sustainability, workforce challenges, cost-containment, and more.

Join us LIVE and you can chat directly with our experts on the challenges your are facing! 

Hear from METALCON Live!‘s blue-ribbon panel of experts on the status of the metal construction and design industry, and how to get over the hump. Get up to speed on the supply chain disruption, sustainability, workforce challenges, cost-containment, and so much more!

Your FUTURE is NOW…..It’s time to get moving so join us to hear what others are doing… we promise it will change your thinking POSITIVELY.

53rd Annual MBCEA Conference and MBMA Spring Meeting – April 27 – 29

TODAY is the last day to make a hotel reservation at the host hotel! Conference Attendee Registration deadline is approaching soon – REGISTER by April 13! 

Network and learn IN PERSON as members and leaders of these two industry associations come together and meet jointly for MBCEA’s 53rd Annual Conference and MBMA’s Spring Meeting at the beautiful Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona at the end of the month.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – METALCON Registration Opens!

What could be more MAGNIFICENT then having registration OPEN for METALCON 2022!! Join us October 12 – 14 as Indianapolis welcomes us with their “Hoozier Hospitality!”

Everyone Start your Registrations!

REGISTER by May 15th and get an EXTRA $20 OFF Early Bird Pricing — that’s a savings of up to $75! Enter promo code: RaceToRegister to activate $20 bonus

Read more to learn what will be new at METALCON and what will be returning …

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NO JOKING AROUND — METALCON 2022 is Only 6 Months Away!

It may be April Fool’s Day today, but all kidding aside, we are only 6 months away from METALCON 2022 — the only global event focused exclusively on the use of metal in construction and design! If you are a construction professional, an architect, engineer or specifier who uses, plans to use, or wants to expand into metal in construction, this is a “must-attend” event for you. Not only will thousands of metal fabricators, suppliers, distributors and manufactures from around the globe come to showcase the greatest range of metal construction products, services equipment and technology in the world, but METALCON also touts the most comprehensive education program in the industry.

BLOCK OUT YOUR CALENDAR AND JOIN US OCTOBER 12-14 IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA!

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In Just One Week – A METALCON Live! You Won’t Want to Miss! Expert Advice on Blasting Past Pricing Woes

REGISTER TODAY! Eligible for 1 AIA LU

It is on everyone’s minds — the “trifecta of pricing woes” — inflation, supply chain, and talent shortage. To provide some clarity on the issues currently plaguing the industry, METALCON has assembled a high powered panel of experts to share real solutions to the frustrations currently happening as you try to run your business and turn a fair profit. Join us for METALCON Live! NEXT Wednesday, April 6, as Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnect, Tony Bouquot, General Manager of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), and Frank Stasiowski, CEO & Founder of PSMJ Resources, Inc. come together to deliver up-to-the-minute breakthrough tactics for transforming your business results in the face of current headwinds. Get up to speed on supply chain disruption, sustainability, workforce challenges, cost-containment, and more.

Join us LIVE and you will be able to chat directly with our experts on the challenges your are facing! 

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Inflation, Material Delays and Labor Issues

Credit: Travelers

There is no question the “trifecta of pricing woes” is on everyone’s mind causing business owners and leaders to rethink, strategize, and get creative in order to maintain their profitability. Earlier this month, Construction Dive reported, “Despite a surprisingly strong U.S. January jobs report, nonresidential construction employment fell by 9,000 workers in the heavy and civil engineering sectors as an aging labor force retires or quits; according to The Associated Builders and Contractors, construction unemployment rate rose to 7.1% vs. 4% across all industries; and the third wild card: supply-chain snafus making it harder to count days to completion or shareholder profits.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday – 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize Winner

Congratulations to Diébédo Francis Kéré for being awarded the 2022 Pritzker Prize, regarded internationally as architecture’s highest honor. Kéré made history by being the first African and Black architect to win the prize since it began being awarded in 1979 and is being recognized for his “commitment to social justice and engagement, and intelligent use of local materials to connect and respond to the natural climate, he works in marginalized countries laden with constraints and adversity, where architecture and infrastructure are absent.” (Source: Architizer)

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SAFETY FIRST! Back by Popular Demand – METALFOCUS® Safety Training Program

“This course provided me with a better understanding of the safety related intricacies in metal building construction.” – Steve Wykoff, TKS Contracting

Back by popular demand, the inaugural METALFOCUS® Safety Program is available ONLINE for you to use as a valuable training tool for you and your employees. Safety is a priority for every metal business but how do you prove it to your employees, your customers and your insurance company? How do you ensure your entire team is aware of the latest metal safety rules, tools, trends and techniques to avoid costly or potentially fatal accidents? This series of 10 one-hour virtual courses goes beyond traditional OSHA-10 safety training to address situations that are unique to metal job-sites.

All 10 METALFOCUS training courses are now available for you or your staff to access On-Demand. Each course earns you 1 AIA HSW LU and certificate. Earn 10 AIA HSW LU Credits by taking the full program!

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