Innovation happens when two metal manufacturing companies team up! When McElroy Metal wanted to add solar panels to its California manufacturing plant, they called on fellow METALCON exhibitor, S-5! to assist. Although their California plant didn’t necessarily need a new roof, after seeing the success they had from installing solar panels to their facility in Peachtree City, GA, McElroy decided it was worth the investment. After almost five years, the energy generated at the McElroy Peachtree City facility surpassed the plant’s energy consumption, saving the company thousands of dollars. McElroy expects to offset their California plant’s electrical usage and show a return on investment in approximately three years. Continue reading
Photo Credit: METALCON/AMIE on display at METALCON 2016
We continue to explore how 3D printing has the potential to “remodel the construction industry.” As featured in Monday’s blog post, Amsterdam is poised to install the first 3D printed bridge made entirely from steel in 2019. Structures built with 3D printing are popping up in locations such as Dubai, China, Italy, Russia and El Salvador. It is also a subject that is appearing with more regularity in construction and technology trades and in mainstream news sources. As reported by the Wall Street Journal just this month, “3-D printing is scaling up. All over the world, an impressive diversity of people and organizations, ranging from startups and hobbyists to construction and engineering firms, are successfully prototyping 3-D-printed buildings.” Continue reading
Future technology is about to mix with 17th century old architecture as Amsterdam is preparing to add a 3D-printed steel bridge to its 1,200 bridges throughout its canals.
Dutch 3D-printing start-up MX3D has finalized their design plans to install the world’s first 3D-printed fully functional stainless steel bridge over a historic canal in Amsterdam next year. Continue reading
Today is magnificent because we are six months from METALCON 2018 which is scheduled for October 10-12 in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you have been to METALCON before and think you know the show, think again! We are thrilled to announce that major changes are taking place to greatly enhance your experience and return on investment. METALCON is moving toward a “total experience” concept and making everything accessible to you ON THE FLOOR! What does that mean exactly? Just as it says, from the trade show booths to the education seminars to the keynote address – everything will take place ON the floor! Along with the changes to the overall layout of the show, new pricing will also be announced soon. Look for a “total experience” price inclusive of the trade show AND the education, moving away from separate fees for the conference and trade show. Attendees will now be able to enjoy a “one stop shop.” Check out our March issue of METALCONnection for the latest show news.
Artist’s rendering showing the front of Las Vegas Stadium with the retractable windows and planned Al Davis memorial torch; Photo credit: Wikipedia
Las Vegas is one step closer to making their new state-of-the-art Stadium a reality, according to Construction Dive. The Clark County Board of County Commissioners voted to approve the sale of $750 million in general obligation bonds to help pay for construction of the nearly $2 billion stadium. The National Football League team, the Raiders, who are currently based in Oakland, CA, are looking to start their 30-year lease with the 2020 season at the new 65,000-seat stadium that will be built across the freeway from the Las Vegas Strip. Continue reading
March Madness was full of surprises this year including some awesome “Cinderella” stories (even my alma mater made a surprising appearance in the Sweet 16!). In the end, #3 ranked Michigan State and #1 ranked Villanova will face off tonight to be crowned National Champion. If you “gambled” with your bracket, you may be sitting pretty tonight but chances are, your bracket busted early on like the masses. March also brought a different type of “gambling” to the world stage of “trade wars,” creating the metal and steel industry’s own “march madness.” Continue reading
Charlotte’s skyline; photo credit by: charlottesgotalot.com
If you have been paying attention to the news, you will know that the current Administration’s proposed new tariffs on steel and aluminum could have major implications to the metal construction industry. When the news broke a couple of weeks ago, it made headlines and rattled the industry. Cheers could be heard from U.S. steelmakers while jeers could be heard from companies that rely on importing steel, not to mention the U.S. allies who immediately rejected the proposed tariff. Over the past couple of weeks, initial concerns about the excise tariffs on aluminum and steel have somewhat relaxed after the administration softened its stance by offering exemptions, first for Canada & Mexico and then for additional allies including the European Union, South Korea, and Australia. This lowered the elation felt by U.S. steel and aluminum makers which showed in the market when US Steel dropped by 11%. Continue reading
MMM is “on the road” today, traveling in the Big Apple. Is there any place better to marvel at metal and steel architecture than New York City? Ever since I was a little girl coming into the “grand metropolis,” I have always been amazed and in awe of how much is built on a relatively small land mass, a total contrast to the rural New Jersey lakeside community I was raised in. From the iconic buildings including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Flatiron Building to the new and modern One World Trade Center (or Freedom Tower and now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere), and The Oculus (World Trade Center Transport Hub), New York is truly a patchwork or steel, metal and concrete. Continue reading
OFFICIAL METALCON HOUSING WILL OPEN MAY 1
ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! Please watch out for imposter housing companies who are already soliciting your business to book a hotel room for METALCON. Do not be fooled by these “fake” housing companies. Globetrotter International is METALCON’s ONLY OFFICIAL housing company. METALCON hotel reservations will officially open on May 1. We ask that you please wait until then and book within the room blocks held for the trade show. It matters and is important for the success of the show!
DREAMING OF BEING A ROOFING GAMES CHAMPION? PRE-REGISTER TODAY!
Be a part of the 5TH Annual National Metal Roofing Championship Games competition to be held this October at METALCON in Charlotte, NC. The MCA Metal Roofing Games Task Force is now taking contestant registrations. Ten teams of two participants each are needed for the competition. Teams should consist of players from the same company and who are planning to attend METALCON all 3 days of the event.
Similar to last year, there will be five challenges each on Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 and 11. The team that scores the highest collective points each day will be required to return on Friday October 12th for a run-off competition. The winning team on Friday will be recognized as the 2018 MCA METALCON Metal Roofing National Champion and receive a Grand Cash Prize of $2,000. Last year, $8,500 cash was awarded over the 3-day competition. Returning this year will be the 2017 National Champions, Matt Cox and Justin Hopta of Thomas Phoenix International. Who wants to try their luck against the returning champs? All MCA member companies are encouraged to recruit their customers to participate in the competition.
NASCAR Hall of Fame; Photo Credit: nascarhall.com
Located about a minute walk from the Charlotte Convention Center, the NASCAR Hall of Fame opened its doors to the public in May 2010. Charlotte, dubbed “NASCAR Valley,” has been intertwined with the day-to-day dealings of NASCAR from the beginnings of stock-car racing. Designed by the esteemed architectural firm known for their award-winning designs, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, used steel and glass throughout in their design of the building. Continue reading
Today is an important day around the world: It’s International Women’s Day! In some countries, it is a National Holiday and the goal is to reflect and pay homage to the contributions of women around the world. This week also marks “Women in Construction Week 2018” (March 5 – 11). Construction Dive interviewed several women leaders who are helping shape the future of the construction industry. These women — and many others — are taking active steps to include a variety of thoughts and experiences that can help propel the industry forward. Continue reading
Is red the new black? Top roofing trends for 2018 are “standing out from the crowd.” With more color options available than any other roofing type, metal roofing color trends are setting the tone for the latest in homeowner style preferences. According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), “predictions for the most popular shades this year include bright reds, brilliant whites and moody deep blues. Multi-tones and raw organic hues such as copper, titanium and bright stainless steel also are attracting homeowners for their one-of-a-kind appeal.” Continue reading
World Trade Center Transportation Hub (The Oculus), New York City; Photo credit: Hufton+Crow; http://www.arch2o.com
Magnificent Metal Monday takes us on a tour around the United States today as we congratulate 12 building projects that have earned recognition in the 2018 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). Conducted annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the IDEAS2 award is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by the U.S. structural steel industry and recognizes excellence and innovation in the use of structural steel on building projects across the country. The winning projects will be recognized at the 2018 NASCC: The Steel Conference in April. Continue reading
Before the XXIII Olympic Winter Games come to a close on Sunday, we would be remiss to highlight the construction a host city must take on to adequately accommodate the Olympic and Paralympic games. For the past 2 weeks athletes have competed in 13 competition venues, six of which were new. Additionally, South Korea had to construct a high-speed rail line to connect Pyeongchang to Seoul. Once a region covered with potato fields, 7 years later and over $12 billion dollars spent, a premier winter destination has been born. Or at least South Korea is hoping so.
With one of the world’s largest steelmakers headquartered in South Korea, POSCO World Premium Products (WPP) played an integral role in constructing the venues and the transformation of the region. Continue reading
We’ve all used the expression “black hole” at some point, haven’t we? Ha, I’ve even used it to describe my purse at times! Scientists and society have been mystified by black holes for decades, rightfully so. Generally speaking, black holes are the relic of massive and burned-out stars and don’t emit any ounce of light. This fascination served as inspiration for London-based architect Asif Khah for the world’s first super-black building which has been unveiled at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Hyundai Pavilion is a 13,000 square-foot pavilion that features 33′ tall metal facades that are coated entirely with Vantablack VBx2, a derivative of a superblack, man-made chemical substance called Vantablack ... It is said to be the closest thing to a black hole we will ever experience. Continue reading
Magnificent Metal Monday takes us to METALCON’s 2018 location, Charlotte, NC. Located just on the outskirts of the city sits a phenomenal 14-ton sculpture made from massive stainless steel layers that rotate 360 degrees and occasionally align to create a massive head. Metalmorphosis was conceived by Count Riprand Arco, Founder and Chairman of American Asset Corporation. Count Arco commissioned internationally renowned Czech sculptor, David Cerny, to conceive, craft and execute a one-of-a-kind sculpture. Cerny says, “I was thinking about doing something as a centerpiece. I knew I wanted to employ water from the beginning.” In addition to the water element, Cerny’s design also incorporates a complex infrastructure and choreographed movement on a magnificent scale, creating a beautiful synergy of form and function. A true testament to his technical savvy and his talent as an artist. Metalmorphosis can be seen at Whitehall Corporate Center, a 200-acre office park located about 15 miles from downtown Charlotte. And check it out – Metalmorphosis has its very own webcam!
Another Monday and another magnificent metal feature. On today’s journey we travel to Denver, Colorado. You may recall METALCON touched down in Denver in 2014. Continue reading
If your home needs a new roof, you might be comparing the pros and cons of different roofing materials. After all, there are plenty of choices out there; from slate to asphalt, clay and metal, it can feel a bit overwhelming trying to find the ideal roof design for your home. Continue reading
Dickie Jones, Plant Operations Manager at Centria in Frankfort, KY, USA, had this to say about their Bradbury e-Drive® leveler with the Flat Trak® CL monitoring system:
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by Jim Austin – The Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility opened in 2002 as a Fulton County focal point to enrich the minds, bodies and spirits of independent senior citizens. Soon after opening, a leaky roof put a damper on senior activities.
Another episode of Magnificent Metal Mondays is upon us and today we travel to Chicago, IL. Yes you guessed it the Sears Tower, umm I mean the Willis Continue reading
When you’re in the market to buy new equipment it is important to become an educated consumer. Your new piece of equipment will likely be the heart of your business and you want to make sure it is within your budget and meets your standards in quality. Here’s a list of questions Continue reading
Back with another edition of Magnificent Metal Mondays after a long holiday weekend. I hope everyone enjoyed their extra day off and with that being said today we travel to the England and France as we explore Continue reading
Good morning everyone! That’s right we have another edition of Magnificent Metal Mondays upon us. Today we travel to a place that many of you may have attended yesterday, yes church of course. Today’s feature is the Basilica of San Sebastian that is located in Continue reading
By Jaswinder Bhatti, Vice President of Applications Engineering & Global Operations, Samco Machinery
TORONTO – Every investment is worth protecting. When you invest in machinery or equipment that is the lifeblood of your operation, investing time and money in preventative maintenance should be a top priority. Continue reading
Newton, Mass., Nov. 15, 2017— Exhibitors at the largest international event for the metal construction industry networked with more than 5,000 attendees at METALCON 2017 in Las Vegas from October 18-20, including designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries. Continue reading
METALCON 2017 in Las Vegas is about 3 weeks away and we are extremely excited to see many of you again. I want to remind you that if you have any co-workers, colleagues, friends, or industry followers that wish to attend send them Continue reading