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About METALCON

METALCON is the largest international event devoted entirely to the application of metal in industrial, institutional light commercial and residential construction.

Travel and Logistics Info for METALCON 2021

With less than 14 days to go, METALCON is back and better than ever! There is no better place for the number one tradeshow in metal design and construction to meet in than the home of the number one NFL football team – TAMPA! It’s not too late to make your plans to attend. Read on for all of the show details you need to know for a safe and successful tradeshow experience.

WHAT: METALCON 2021

WHEN: October 6 – 8, 2021 (pre-show workshops take place on Tuesday, October 5)

WHERE: Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida

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METALCON 2021 – HEALTH AND SAFETY MESSAGE

METALCON is dedicated to making 2021 the safest event you attend all year.

We are only 14 days away from bringing the metal construction industry back together for the first time in two years and want you to know the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, speakers, sponsors, partners and staff is our top priority. 

We are continuously monitoring the COVID-19 situation and working with the city of Tampa and the Tampa Convention Center to follow best practices and recommendations from public health officials, as well as national, state, regional, and local authorities including the CDC. As such, and in following CDC guidelines, METALCON strongly recommends all individuals, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, regularly clean hands, and mask regardless of vaccination status when you are in large gatherings.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – METALCON’S TOTAL EXPERIENCE

METALCON’S SHOW FLOOR IS THE “TOTAL EXPERIENCE” – TAKE A TOUR

METALCON offers attendees a true one-of-a-kind show experience by creating an “all-in-one” space allowing for meaningful interactions and immersive experiences. After its successful redesign in 2018, the METALCON show floor is planned with efficiency in mind. Once you start your day on the show floor, you stay there. You won’t waste time running around looking for different rooms — you’ll find everything in one place including larger directional aisles for ease of navigation. From exhibits to theaters to special interest pavilions, METALCON has it all. The new pavilions are designed to give you a more immersive experience into the following specialty areas of design and building: IMPs, CONTECH, and solar solutions.

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Today at 1:00 PM EST — METALCONLive! Presents “Cladding Safety in Light of Global Fires”

FREE WEBINAR – REGISTER NOW — GET 1 FREE AIA LU!

In 2017, when the Grenfell Tower made history as the deadliest fire in modern British history, it brought the issue of combustible exterior wall assemblies into the spotlight. According to a NFPA Journal article, “The problem of combustible exterior wall assemblies isn’t new — fires involving these types of assemblies have occurred all over the world, including the United States — but Britain’s recent experience illustrates a new global urgency behind the issue.” Join the members of MCA’s MCM Alliance today at 1:00 pm as they discuss NFPA 285’s role in understanding and getting it right for North American facades.

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MRA Calls for Increased Government, Utility Action to Spur Home Efficiency Improvements and Reduce Climate Impacts, Financial Burden on Families

As released by the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), August 18, 2021:

The start of fall season is typically the time to prepare for colder weather, but with a changing climate, many regions are now experiencing hotter weather patterns that stretch far longer into the year, making home air conditioning systems not just a nice to have, but a need to have for families everywhere. That increasing demand is why the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) is calling on federal, state and local governments and utilities to take more action to help incentivize homeowners to make smart, energy efficient decisions when it comes to home building and remodeling practices.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Power of Solar

Last week the New York Times reported, “The Biden administration released a blueprint showing how the nation could move toward producing almost half of its electricity from the sun by 2050 — a potentially big step toward fighting climate change but one that would require vast upgrades to the electric grid.” The Energy Department laid out an ambitious blueprint for solar power to go from 4% to 45%.

Join us next month at METALCON where solar will take center stage with its new S-5! sponsored SOLAR EDUCATION CENTER, a dedicated pavilion to discover how solar and metal go hand-in-hand and to learn how to capitalize on the opportunities it present through a variety of exhibits, educational sessions, live demos, and solar trivia games.

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METALCONLive! Triple Header THIS WEEK – REGISTER NOW

Want to learn how to get an ROI at a trade show? How about understanding the importance of METALCON’s Architect Experience? And you won’t want to miss the panel of experts assembled to discuss “Cladding Safety for Fire Prevention” — METALCONLive! presents these important topics beginning tomorrow at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM EST and Wednesday at 1:00 pm.

Read on to learn more and to register for each.

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METALCON ANNOUNCES TOP PRODUCTS AWARD WINNERS

Official Press Release issued yesterday, September 8, 2021

Congratulations to winners and METALCON exhibitors: S-5!, ATAS International, Bay Runner Insulation Systems, New Tech Machinery, RoofersCoffeeShop®! Award winners will showcase their top products with special product recognition at their booths at the upcoming METALCON show in Tampa.  Attendees will be invited to vote on-site and special recognition for the METALCON People’s Choice Top Three award winners will take place on the show floor. METALCON 2021 is less than 30 days away scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 6 – Friday, Oct. 8, at the Tampa Convention Center. Pre-show workshops begin on Tuesday, Oct. 5. REGISTER TODAY!

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

A PPG Preview of METALCON ‘21

Where High-performance Coatings Meet Aesthetics

Sponsored by PPG

The metal construction and design industry is rapidly evolving, and so are the coatings used to protect and enhance exterior metal building components.

Gone are the days when architectural metal coatings were specified solely for their ability to safeguard exteriors from the elements, UV light, abrasions, chemicals and corrosion.

Today, architects, designers and builders have more opportunities than ever before to specify metal coatings systems that hit a broad range of requirements to fit both their needs and those of the end users: lasting durability, color retention, special effect finishes, sustainably advantages, cost-performance and energy savings.

Since the introduction of PPG DURANAR® coatings in 1967, PPG has been a leader in architectural metal coatings and we have continued to pioneer new innovations in the 53 years since. With METALCON just a few weeks away, we want to invite attendees to visit our team at booth 1037 for an up-close look at the latest colors and special effect finishes and benefits of PPG’s line of high-performance coil coatings for industrial, residential and commercial metal building products.

But before we head to Tampa, we wanted to preview the PPG products that will be showcased in our booth, including PPG Duranar, PPG DURASTAR®, PPG DURAFORM andPPG CORAFLON® ADS.

A Half-Century of Coatings Reliability
Duranar fluoropolymer coil coatings have set the standard of protection and beauty for architectural metal for over 50 years. In fact, the origins of Duranar trace back two decades before the first METALCON show 30 years ago!

Visitors to our booth at METALCON can learn why Duranar is still one of the most widely-used architectural metal coatings and why it’s trusted to protect some of the most world’s most cherished landmarks like the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center and the Louvre Pyramid. 

Still the gold standard in architectural metal coatings, Duranar delivers proven aesthetics and durability for high-end architectural applications, including metal roof and wall panels and meets or exceeds FGIA/AAMA 2605 performance requirements, the most rigorous in the industry.

Duranar was recently specified on 15 Hudson Yards in New York City, the first residential tower to open as part of the largest private real estate development in U.S. history. Standing at more than 70 stories tall, 15 Hudson Yards is helping to redefine the city skyline and Duranar was instrumental in creating the building’s stunning façade.

A Star in the Coatings Industry
Durastar will also be on display in our booth. Based on an ultra-durable polyester formulation proven under more than a decade of South Florida exposure testing, Durastar coil coatings enable high-performance building products to upgrade from AAMA 2603 to 2604-level weathering performance without a premium cost investment.

Durastar coatings deliver a smooth, finished appearance and a broad range of glosses and solid colors, all while providing exceptional hardness and scratch- and mar-resistance.

Comprehensive Coatings Solutions
The Duraform family of coatings has the versatility to support a wide range of decorative and functional applications from building products and home appliances to HVAC systems and doors.

For example, Duraform BP coatings are well-equipped to coat building products, as their design is conducive to rainware protection, high-traffic areas and coil trim. Duraform CP coatings cover multiple consumer products such as electrical busways, electrical boxes, bedframes and more with solid all-around properties and roll-forming metal from coil stock.

In summary, Duraform coatings deliver excellent mechanical properties, hardness, stain resistance and affordability to go along with aesthetic appeal. These coatings are engineered with durable pigments for long lasting color.

Restoration, New Construction and Touch Up/Repair
The fourth product set to be featured at METALCON is Coraflon ADS, a field-applied, two-component air-dry fluoropolymer coating for building and roof restorations, structural steel projects and for building touch-up or restoration projects that helps to preserve structures long into the future.

Coraflon ADS delivers unsurpassed color retention and chalk resistance with low volatile organic compound (VOC) content and can be applied on building panels, architectural accents, curtainwalls, roofs, aluminum windows, structural steel and other structurally sound surfaces.

Disruptive Surfaces
In addition to these products, visitors to the PPG booth can also explore one of the hottest trends in the building industry—the move toward novel and groundbreaking aesthetics.

Thanks to new innovations, coatings can provide design options than were not possible just a few years ago.

Specifically, disruptive surfaces for coil coatings allow for differentiation in color and design as the surface textures provide a unique look and feel. From traditional smooth textures and multiple levels of wrinkle to texture matte, these effects not only provide visual appeal, but often added durability benefits like increased resistance to abrasions and damage during forming. These performance and aesthetic advantages are driving more architects and designers to incorporate these new finishes into their designs.

One of the most appealing benefits of these new finishes is their ability to mimic other materials.

Sarah Mueller, PPG coil technical manager, will discuss this topic and more in her presentation at METALCON on Oct. 7 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The session, Coil Coatings and Disruptive Surfaces, will discuss both the aesthetic benefits of these coatings and the added protection and abrasion-resistance they provide to substrates and structures. We encourage everyone to check out her presentation!

We look forward to seeing you at the Insulated Metal Panel Pavilion in October. Can’t make it to the show? Visit www.ppgmetalcoatings.com for more information or contact us at 1-800-258-6398.

What do a Fisherman and an Economist Have in Common?

These accomplished individuals will bring a fascinating combination of motivation, inspiration and education in their keynote addresses at METALCON 2021, October 6 and 7, in beautiful Tampa, Florida! Despite their vastly different backgrounds, “Deadliest Catch” Captain Keith Colburn and Chief Economist Ken Simonson, will share valuable information and advice to help you grow your business and achieve financial success. We are less than 30 days from meeting back IN PERSON at the only global event dedicated to the application of metal in design and construction. Check out the METALCON DIGITAL SHOW GUIDE to start planning and REGISTER TODAY!

Magnificent Metal Monday – Labor Day

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity.”  Martin Luther King

Labor Day is the annual holiday in the United States that celebrates the achievements of workers. Labor Day has its origins in the labor union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

The METALCON team wishes you a restful and meaningful Labor Day.

P.S. – Only 1 month until METALCON 2021 in Tampa, Florida, October 6-8!  REGISTER today!

LAST CHANCE TO VOTE FOR METALCON’S TOP PRODUCTS

Nominations are in and now it’s time to cast YOUR vote!  It will take less than 5 minutes to select your favorite top products in each category including accessories, alternative energy, insulation/ weather barriers, roll forming equipment, roofs, technology, and walls. 

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Winners will be announced on September 7, and top products will be recognized at METALCON 2021.


METALCON is the only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction and is back in person and better than ever!
October 6-8 2021 in Tampa, Florida

REGISTER BY THIS FRIDAY FOR EARLY BIRD PRICING!

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

CHANCE TO WIN $1000 – TODAY IS LAST DAY TO SUBMIT METAL PROJECT PHOTO

Attention architects, designers, contractors, manufacturers and owners — SUBMIT your high-quality photos of your best, coolest, most interesting and inspiring projects that feature metal in the interior or exterior design for a chance to win $1000 and to have your project showcased in the inaugural “Metal in Architecture” Gallery at METALCON. TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY TO SUBMIT!!!


The Metal in Architecture Gallery can ONLY be seen at METALCON 2021, the only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design and construction.

Join us in person October 6-8 2021 in Tampa, Florida – REGISTER TODAY!

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

Earn Your “MBA” and AIA Credit with METALCON TOMORROW – Register Today

REGISTER AND EARN 1 FREE AIA LU! WEBINAR AT 1:00 PM EST 9/1

METALCON and Breakthrough Academy continue its Metal Business Academy (MBA) with “Structuring Your Company for Maximum Productivity” TOMORROW, September 1 at 1:00 PM EST. Creating an aligned and defined organizational structure is a key component of running a profitable and scalable business. This workshop will provide you with the basic tools and templates to create a proven framework for creating defined job descriptions that will allow everyone in your organization to operate with a clear goal and accountability to their supervisor. This is the fourth of this six course academy with the final two scheduled LIVE at METALCON in Tampa in October. Take all six courses and receive your diploma at the show along with earning 1 FREE AIA LU for each course. Click HERE to take past courses.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – IMP Spotlight

“Metal Goes to the Movies” as seen in Architect Magazine

State-of-the-art, eight-screen movie theater in Elizabeth City, N.C.; Ceco Building Systems

The unique combination of energy efficiency provided by the insulated wall panels’ superior R-values and the versatile design options of various colors, orientations, and depths led to the selection of insulated metal wall panels for this new $10 million, state-of-the-art 31,820-square-foot movie complex.

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FINAL WEEK TO SUBMIT YOUR METAL PROJECT AND TO VOTE FOR METALCON’S TOP PRODUCTS

Attention architects, designers, contractors, manufacturers and owners — SUBMIT your high-quality photos of your best, coolest, most interesting and inspiring projects that feature metal in the interior or exterior design for a chance to win $1000 and to have your project showcased in the inaugural “Metal in Architecture” Gallery at METALCON. SUBMIT BY SEPTEMBER 1 DEADLINE.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY

Nominations are in and now it’s time to cast YOUR vote!  It will take only 5 minutes to select your favorite top products in each category including accessories, alternative energy, insulation/ weather barriers, roll forming equipment, roofs, technology, and walls. Winners will be announced on September 7, and top products will be recognized at METALCON 2021.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

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MCN Project Excellence Awards Seeking Submissions

The 2021 Metal Construction News Project Excellence Awards are celebrating their 35th year. Formerly known as the Building and Roofing Awards, this year they have added a special category for metal craftsmanship and are making the judging criteria more comprehensive to reflect the great work done in the field. Deadline: September  17, 2021. Keep reading for details and a link to submit.

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Early Bird Catches the Worm

FINAL DAY FOR EARLY BIRD PRICING FOR METALCON 2021! REGISTER TODAY AND SAVE $25! JOIN US OCTOBER 6-8 IN TAMPA, FLORIDA.

And NEW this year, a curated experience designed exclusively for architects. The Architect’s Experience at METALCON is a ‘show within a show’ exclusively for architects, designers, specifiers and engineers eager to breathe new life into projects, wow clients, and solve a wide variety of design, structural, environmental, cost and performance challenges, all through the use of metal.

TODAY at 1:00 pm on METALCON Live! To Code and Beyond … Learn the Ins and Outs of Products that Meet Code Requirements

WEBINAR TODAY AT 1:00 PM EST – REGISTER HERE

JOIN US TODAY AT 1:00 PM AND EARN 1 FREE AIA LU!

Buildings of today must satisfy a supreme standard – achieve high performance, resiliency and energy efficiency. With increasing demands on a structure, this session will help you learn the ins and outs of IMPs, and which products or systems can best fulfill the required air and water control functions of a high-performance building enclosure, while meeting fire codes and offering aesthetic flexibility. Join us today at 1:00 pm EST as Amanda (Mandi) Karns, Facade Program Manager for Kingspan Insulated Panels, shares her nearly two decades of knowledge on product and sales engineering solutions.

Mandi is also currently the Chair of the IMP Alliance Technical Committee of the Metal Construction Association (MCA). The IMP Alliance will be on hand at METALCON 2021, debuting the IMP Pavilion creating a rare opportunity for attendees to see six major brands that produce 85% to 90% of all IMP’S shipped in the US and Canada, all in one location.

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AEC Daily is an Official METALCON Media Sponsor

AEC Daily is one of the largest providers of continuing education (CE) to the Construction, Architectural, Interior Design and Engineering communities. Complimentary courses are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, with automated credit reporting to numerous organizations across the United States and Canada. Architects, Engineers, Interior Designers and other Construction Professionals rely on AEC Daily to maintain their accreditation and keep them up-to-date with new products and technologies.

Magnificent Metal Monday – Magic of Metal Cladding

Metal made the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health located in Las Vegas one of the most remarkable metal construction projects in recent history, draped and wrapped with a “mountainous metal-clad skin, faced in shingled panels and punctured with a grid of windows,” states Architect Magazine. The amazing building was designed by none other than Frank Gehry, who has truly “reinvented the art of metal cladding.” Now 92, Gehry has work spanning decades, perhaps most known for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.

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Next Week on METALCON Live! To Code and Beyond …

REGISTER TODAY AND EARN 1 FREE AIA LU!

Buildings of today must satisfy a supreme standard – achieve high performance, resiliency and energy efficiency. With increasing demands on a structure, this session will help you learn the ins and outs of IMPs, and which products or systems can best fulfill the required air and water control functions of a high-performance building enclosure, while meeting fire codes and offering aesthetic flexibility.

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VOTE for Metal’s Top Products

Nominations are in! It’s time to cast YOUR vote for METALCON’s Top Products Award 2021!

METALCON, the metal construction industry’s ONLY global event for metal construction and design products, technologies and solutions, introduces the METALCON Top Products Award! Nominations are in and now it’s time for YOU to cast your vote!  Please select your favorite top products in each category. Exhibitors nominated their top metal products in a variety of categories including accessories, alternative energy, insulation/weather barriers, roll forming equipment, roofs, technology, and walls. It will take only 5 minutes to make sure your voice is heard. Winners will be announced on September 7, and attendees to METALCON 2021 will see the top products at the winning exhibitors’ booths on-site in Tampa. REGISTER to attend the event by August 27 for early bird pricing.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Give Back Tradition Continues at METALCON 2021

METALCON Selects Feeding Tampa Bay as Local Charity for this year’s “Give Back”

Hunger is closer than you think. According to Feeding America, “Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 42 million people may experience food insecurity, including a potential 13 million children.” Hunger affects everyday people, every day. This October, METALCON will continue its annual tradition of supporting the local community where the show takes place as we partner with FEEDING TAMPA BAY, part of the national Feeding America network. Feeding Tampa Bay is focused on providing food to over 1 million food insecure families in the 10-county area of West Central Florida.

MAKE A DONATION TODAY

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MCN Issues Special Report on Construction Industry Post-Pandemic

Metal Construction News presents their special report on the construction industry post-pandemic in their August issue. This special report looks at the effect this pandemic has had on the construction industry and what we can expect the future to look like. The report is broken into three segments: Post Pandemic Survey, Construction and COVID-19: Adaptation, Action, Aftermath, and Continuing Safely.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Sky Pool Held up by Invisible Steel Frame

Photos: Simon Kennedy courtesy HAL Architects

Suspended 115 feet in the air, the world’s first floating pool opened in London on May 15. Architecture Digest reports, “The 82-foot-long heated oasis, which stretches across two flat roofs of the five-star hotel-like Embassy Gardens’ prominent Legacy buildings, is perhaps the world’s largest single piece of load-bearing acrylic.” What’s holding up the central section – an invisible steel frame!

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Send us your METAL! Deadline Extended to September 1 for Metal in Architecture Project Contest

Attention architects, designers, contractors, manufacturers and owners … Submit your high-quality photos of your best, coolest, most interesting and inspiring projects that feature metal in the interior or exterior design!

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY HERE

$1,000 CASH PRIZE TO THE MOST CREATIVE METAL PROJECT!

INTRODUCING THE METAL IN ARCHITECTURE GALLERY!

For the first time ever, METALCON is hosting a stunning exhibit of the best metal project photos from around the globe, displayed in the Metal in Architecture Gallery located on the exhibit floor. Not only is this a perfect forum to showcase your company’s best metal project, it’s an opportunity to receive a sweet reward for your hard work.

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