Category Archives: ATAS

Magnificent Metal Monday – Metal Featured in AIA 2023 Housing Award Winner

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Canyon Drive in Los Angeles, designed by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

Among the winners of this year’s AIA 2023 Housing Awards is Canyon Drive by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA]. Congratulations to METALCON exhibitor, ATAS International, for their metal work on this project. As seen in Architect Magazine, “The American Institute of Architects has revealed the winners of its 2023 Housing Awards, honoring 10 projects emblematic of ‘the best in housing design for new construction, renovations and restorations,‘ according to an AIA press release.

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WIC Week – Women Making Strides in Construction

Good news for women in construction! While the percentage is still a significantly low number, women in construction made a significant gain last year, now representing a little more than 14% of the construction workforce (Source: Construction Dive). The Washington Post reported in a November 2022 article, “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the share of women in construction has hit a record high. Women surged into the industry starting around 2016, even as the number of men in construction lagged.” Recognizing women in the field is one way to recruit and retain more women into positions in the construction industry. Here’s a rundown of the different ways women are being recognized across the industry.

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Magnificent Metal Monday — And the Awards Go To…

According to DesignandBuildwithMetal, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) presented its annual Patrick R. Bush Service Award to LeeAnn Slattery and its Larry A. Swaney Award to Scott Kriner in appreciation for their service to the association and the metal construction industry. The winners were announced January 24 during MCA’s 40th anniversary dinner and celebration, part of MCA’s winter meeting in Clearwater, Florida.

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METALCON Future Leaders Program Seeks Nominations for Advisory Council

The Future Leaders of METALCON is a new program for rising stars, up-and-comers, management trainees, apprentices and others, roughly age 40 and under, ready to take their career to the next level. This new program is a critical step to focus and steer the metal construction industry toward the future. Last year, METALCON and the Metal Construction Association (MCA) saw the successful launch of the Future Leaders Program, virtually and then in person at METALCON in Indianapolis. Last month, the second Future Leader’s Program was held at MCA’s Winter Meeting, and featured a panel of industry experts moderated by Heidi Ellsworth, CEO of RoofersCoffeeShop, followed by a reception (link to watch program below).

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ATAS Announces 2023 Metal Wall Panel Installation Seminar Dates

Photo credit: ATAS International

To meet the demand of the growing metal wall cladding sector in the design and construction of both residential and commercial buildings, beginning in the new year, ATAS International will offer installation training in three of their manufacturing locations. The training is designed to assist contractors who may not be familiar with installing single skin metal wall panels and be taught by industry experts with many years of experience working with metal wall cladding.

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MetalCoffeeShop Brings Unique LIVE Experience to METALCON 2022

Since MetalCoffeeShop (MCS) came on the scene 6 months ago, it has positioned itself as a strong voice and online forum for the metal roofing industry. Led by award-winning RoofersCoffeeShop founder Heidi Ellsworth, MCS is delivering a one-of-a-kind educational, informational and community experience for metal contractors and the metal industry, brought to you by Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings. Delivering a unique LIVE experience this year at METALCON, Heidi was joined by RoofersCoffeeShop President Karen Edwards, and delivered their program “Coffee Conversations” from a sound stage built on the show floor courtesy of New Tech Machinery.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – METALCON People’s Choice Winners Announced

From left, Jim Bus of ATAS International, Inc; Heidi Ellsworth and Karen Edwards of Roofers Coffee Shop; and Dale Nelson and colleagues with Roof Hugger, LLC accept top product awards at METALCON ’22.

While foot traffic began to slow on the final day, the excitement grew in anticipation for the announcement of this year’s METALCON Top Product People’s Choice Award winners. Returning for its second year, METALCON attendees were invited to vote on-site this month in Indianapolis for their top three choice products among the winners of the METALCON Top Products Awards which were announced last month.

Congratulations to this year’s METALCON People’s Choice Award winners including ATAS International, RoofersCoffeeShop/MetalCoffeeShop, and Roof Hugger. Continue reading for details on their winning products.

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Magnificent Metal Monday — Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines … Only 2 Days till METALCON ’22

Super-Charge Your Metal Knowledge at METALCON ’22 — Learn from Metal Hall of Famers

With METALCON ’22 roaring into Indianapolis this week, it’s time to make your final plans to maximize your time at the most influential metal construction and design event in the world. While meeting with exhibitors is an essential part of the event, so can learning from experts to super-charge your knowledge. Here is your “ultimate road-map” to navigating the show floor, where EVERYTHING happens ON THE SHOW FLOOR … AND … included in your Total Experience registration (see FLOOR PLAN). REGISTER HERE!

METALCON is thrilled to welcome four MCN Hall of Famers as presenters this year including:


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Special Events Happening at METALCON ’22

With only 7 days to go until we gather in Indianapolis for METALCON ’22, you won’t want to miss these special events happening on the show floor. From “Social Networking Bingo,” to an exclusive “Future Leaders” program and Happy Hour … from the specialty IMP Pavilion to the new Metal Building Marketplace … and from “The Architect’s Experience” curated for architects and design professionals to an “Indy 500 Race Car Simulator,” sponsored by CIDAN Machinery … there is truly something for everyone at this year’s show. Read on for details of each event …

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Now in its second year, METALCON is thrilled to announce this year’s TOP PRODUCT Award winners. This year’s exhibitors were invited to nominate their top metal products introduced to the market after Jan. 1, 2021 in one of 15 product categories, “We are very excited to announce our METALCON Top Products Award winners and showcase the industry’s top products and technologies at our show in Indianapolis,” says Judy Geller, METALCON’s Vice President of Tradeshows. Winners were determined by an electronic vote and all winning manufacturers are exhibiting at METALCON ’22.

Award winners are invited to showcase their top products with special product recognition at their booths next month at METALCON. Attendees will be given the chance to vote on-site for their top three choice products and the METALCON People’s Choice award winners will be announced at “The Deck” (show management booth) on Friday, Oct. 14 at 12:30 p.m.

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METALCON LIVE! PRESENTS: The New Technologies of Metal


METALCON Live! is thrilled to welcome back Heidi J. Ellsworth, president of MetalCoffeeShop (MCS) and RoofersCoffeeShop (RCS) along with special guest, Mark MacDonald of Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings. Join them next Wednesday, August 10th, as they share the advancements in emerging technologies for the metal construction industry. They will discuss how the metal market can utilize new technologies to create job compression along with increased sales and networking opportunities for metal contractors. They will also cover details about the recently launched Sherwin-Williams MetalVue program, the technologies within the program, and how it is being shared through the newly launched MetalCoffeeShop.

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FREE WEBINAR TODAY AT 1PM: Metal Panels for Interior Acoustics and Sound Control


Metal panels have traditionally been used as roofing and wall cladding material. However, it is now being used more often inside of buildings, as ceilings, wall cladding, decorative accents, and column covers. Join industry veteran, Kevin, Cox, director of interior business development of ATAS International, today at 1:00 PM, as he dives into how metal panels can be used for interior acoustics and sound control. Information on acoustics will be shared, along with how placement of acoustical treatments can control sound within a building.

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Innovative and Sustainable Metal Designs Recognized in ATAS’ 2021 Projects of the Year

ATAS International, a leading innovative manufacturer of metal walls, metal roof systems, accessories, and more, announced the winners of their 2021 Project of the Year competition. 

Each award recognized projects in which ATAS products have been incorporated into the design and construction of the building. Six project categories included: commercial roofs, commercial walls, residential roofs, residential walls, sustainable, and accents. First, second, and third place winners in each category were chosen by an independent panel of judges, comprised of ATAS advisory board members.

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METALCON Live! and MCA Presents: Metal Roofers’ Perspective on Solar Installations – TODAY at 1:00 pm


METALCON Live! and MCA presents a dynamic panel of experts from the metal roofing and solar industries to explore the perspective of the solar PV system and the roof as a single asset along with the advantages of metal roofs. With the continued growth of the solar photovoltaic (PV) energy sector and the advantages of metal roofs that align with the environmental goals of solar PV energy, this webinar is not to be missed. Join us next TODAY at 1:00 pm and earn 1 AIA LU HSW.

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Free Webinar Next Week: Metal Roofers’ Perspective on Solar Installations – RESERVE NOW


METALCON Live! and MCA presents a dynamic panel of experts from the metal roofing and solar industries to explore the perspective of the solar PV system and the roof as a single asset along with the advantages of metal roofs. With the continued growth of the solar photovoltaic (PV) energy sector and the advantages of metal roofs that align with the environmental goals of solar PV energy, this webinar is not to be missed. Join us next Wednesday, March 16 at 1:00 pm and earn 1 AIA LU HSW.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Women in Construction Week

To help kick off the National Association of Women in Construction’s (NAWIC) 24th Annual Women in Construction Week, running all this week, the METALCON team would like to recognize some of the current leading women and organizations representing and advancing women in the metal construction industry.

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Metal Construction Association Announces New Leadership

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has announced its 2022 Executive Committee and Board of Directors:

  • James Bush of ATAS International will continue to serve as Chairman of the Executive Committee; Bush, vice president of sales and marketing for ATAS International, Inc., has been heavily involved in MCA activities for many years and was inducted into the Metal Construction News Hall of Fame in 2014.
  • Vice Chair Brian Partyka of Drexel Metals
  • Past Chair Ed Karper of Dura Coat Products
  • MRA President Dick Bus of ATAS International
  • Market Development Chair Lee Ann Slattery of ATAS International
  • Treasurer Chandler Barden of Cidan Machinery, Inc.
  • Secretary Brian Jaks of Green Span Profiles
  • Technical Committee Chair David Stermer of Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation (Stermer was recently elected to his second 3-year term)
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METALCON Congratulates Industry Veteran and ATAS President Dick Bus

As announced by ATAS International and featured in DesignandBuildwithMetal earlier this month, Dick Bus, President of ATAS International, has received an Icon Honors award. The awards, presented on November 4, recognized Greater Lehigh Valley business leaders for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership both within and outside of their chosen fields. The awards not only celebrate the recipients’ leadership skills, but also their dedication to their community.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Standing Seam Metal Roof Ideal for Solar

Solar Ready Metal Roofing Project Wins First Place in ATAS International’s 2020 competition for Commercial Roofs Category

Each year, ATAS International, Inc., holds an annual “Project of the Year” competition to recognize projects, large or small, that feature ATAS metal panels. Given last week’s METALCON Live! focus on the solar industry, check out this first-place award winner for the commercial roofs category in ATAS International’s 2020 competition announced in June of this year. The state-of-the-art Riverview Branch Library in Riverview, Florida, features Field-Lok standing seam metal roof panels, manufactured by ATAS in Dove Grey .040 aluminum. The panels, with a 2” seam height and 15-¼” panel width, were mechanically seamed, followed by the installation of photovoltaic panels. The 2” Field-Lok panel is a double-locked structural panel that can meet severe load requirements.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – ATAS’ Winning Project

Photo Credit: University of Chicago

Earlier this month, winners of the inaugural Metal in Architecture design and construction project photo competition were announced at METALCON 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Long time exhibitor and METALCON sponsor, ATAS International, Inc., took home the grand prize for the work they did on the recently completed David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago. Along with the special recognition at the show, they were awarded $1,000, which they generously donated back to METALCON’s “give back” charity, Feeding Tampa Bay. Completed in 2020, the Forum is a 90,000 square foot facility designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) and built with a vision for intellectual, institutional and academic exchange.

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The People Have Spoken … METALCON People’s Choice Top Three Product Winners Announced

Amidst the buzz and excitement at METALCON this month, show attendees were invited to vote on-site to select the first-ever METALCON People’s Choice Top Three Product winners! Attendees chose from the seven Top Product award winners announced last month (listed below). Of the seven, congratulations to S-5! for their WindClamp2X in the Category of Roofs, RoofersCoffeeShop for their Read, Listen, Watch program in the Category of Technology, and to Bay Insulation Systems for their Bay Runner Insulation System in the Category of Insulation and Weather Barriers. The people have spoken!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Winners of Metal in Architecture Awards announced at METALCON

Last week at METALCON 2021, the show floor was all “a buzz” when the winners of the inaugural design and construction project photo competition were announced and recognized. The amazing projects featuring metal in design were showcased in the first ever “Metal in Architecture Gallery” prominently displayed on the METALCON show floor (pictured above). We congratulate the following winners:

Grand Prize Winner and for the category Walls: ATAS International, Project 18: David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago 

Photo Credit: ATAS

Roofs: Rheinzink, Project 24: Bezier Curve House/A-House

Photo credit: Parametric-Architecture

Ornamental/ Architectural Features and Interior: Gotca Group, Project 2: Museum of Tomorrow

Photo Credit: Architect Magazine

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METALCON 2021 – Day 1


Coming to you from on-site at the Tampa Convention Center where the first day of METALCON 2021 began bright and early with eager attendees lining up to register while others took advantage of training workshops. Delivering his keynote address to a packed theater, Captain Keith Colburn, leadership expert and start of the TV series, “The Deadliest Catch” shared his insights on leadership, teamwork, safety and his personal stories of success.

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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.


As Released to the Media —

“METALCON is the ONLY place you can compare and contrast the six IMP manufacturers now dominating the U.S. and Canadian markets,” said Judy Geller, METALCON’s Vice President of Tradeshows. “This is a rare opportunity!”  The MCA’s IMP Alliance comprises leading manufacturers, material suppliers and resellers who are dedicated to growing and increasing the use of IMPs in the construction marketplace. For the first time ever, AT METALCON, architects, specifiers, contractors, building owners, and government agencies will have an opportunity to visit with each company and see first-hand the newest products and visual illustrations of projects, in addition to receiving on-site product and technical guidance.  



MCA IMP Alliance Brings Rare Opportunity to METALCON

The Metal Construction Association’s Insulated Metal Panel (IMP) Alliance comprises of leading manufacturers, material suppliers, and resellers who are dedicated to growing and increasing the use of IMP’s in the construction marketplace. Appearing for the FIRST TIME at METALCON 2021, the MCA IMP Alliance will bring together six independent brands of leading insulated metal wall and roof panels in one pavilion. This will be a rare opportunity to see six major brands that produce 85-90% of all IMPs shipped in the US and Canada — together, in one place, at METALCON. Contrary to a commonly held falsehood, IMPs can be successfully used for much more than just exterior walls on buildings; they are also gaining in popularity for their use on roofs.

Learn Why IMP roof panels are being described as tomorrow’s roofing materials TODAY!

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[REGISTER TODAY] Stay Ahead of the Curve in Metal Construction by Attending MCA’s Virtual Summer Meeting – Starts TOMORROW

MCA’s Virtual Summer Meeting will provide you an opportunity to gain insight in industry trends, and forecasts that will help you make educated decisions for metal in construction. Over 3 days, you’ll learn, connect, and advance your expertise about metal in construction. REGISTER TODAY! Don’t miss industry experts including Joanna Blaney, Meghan McDermott, Jim Bush, Judy Geller, Keith Prather, and Paul Giovannoni speak on important industry topics.

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Mark your Calendar for MCA’s 2021 Virtual Summer Meeting, June 14-16

MCA’s Virtual Summer Meeting will provide you an opportunity to gain insight in industry trends, and forecasts that will help you make educated decisions for metal in construction. Over 3 days, you’ll learn, connect, and advance your expertise about metal in construction. REGISTER TODAY!

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TODAY AT 1:00 PM EST – METALCON Live! and the Metal Construction Association Presents: Demystifying Rain Screen Systems Utilizing Metal Wall Systems

This webinar qualifies for one AIA LU and its FREE!

The Metal Construction Association says, “Rainscreen wall systems are a hot topic, not just for MCM and IMP but for high-end single-skin architectural wall systems.” You won’t want to miss today’s LIVE webinar presented by industry expert David Weidl CSI, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, Architectural Business Development Manager with ATAS International, as he explains the often overused “rain screen” terminology found in today’s construction practices. David will cover:
– The various types of rain screens
– Identifying the importance and critical nature of air and water resistant barriers
– Importance of continuous insulation
– How to simplify energy efficiency of rain screens

This webinar qualifies for one AIA LU and its FREE! REGISTER NOW AND JOIN US AT 1:00 PM EST.

This course is designed to benefit anyone working in the AEC community, building owners as well as contractors to gain a better understanding of this growing use of metal in commercial and residential wall assemblies. 

If you can’t make it to the “live” event, REGISTER to receive an on-demand link following the broadcast.

To receive your one AIA LU credit, you must attend the full webinar and answer the post webinar survey (while including your AIA Membership #). Your credit will be submitted 2 weeks after the date of the webinar. Note: You will receive a downloadable certificate of participation upon completion of the survey.

Magnificent Metal Monday – MCA’s Virtual Winter Meeting is Next Week

Learn more about the use of metal in building construction at the Virtual MCA Winter Meeting February 2-4, 2021

The format is new, but the essential industry insights for the use of metal now and in the future are the same. This is the must-attend event of the season – right from your home computer! 


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