Category Archives: Business Growth

National Roofing Week Continues with a Focus on Employee Training

All this week, the NRCA is celebrating National Roofing Week. Today’s theme is employee training. How do you train your workers? Share your stories and photos to #NationalRoofingWeek. Check out one of the posts made by NRCA member Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal celebrating their training. Post yours today!

As a dedicated partner to the metal construction industry, METALCON offers year-round training opportunities through our virtual programming as well as on site at METALCON 2021, scheduled for October 6-8 in Tampa, Florida. This year, we launched three new programs: METALFOCUS® Safety Program, METALCON Business Academy “MBA” Program and Metal Architecture at METALCON Live!. In addition to this virtual programming, join us IN PERSON at METALCON 2021 to take advantage of a full schedule of education and training. As an added bonus, most of the sessions will qualify for Continuing Education Credits (Including: AIA, CSI,ICC and more). REGISTER TODAY!

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TODAY is the DAY for METALCON’s Business Academy “MBA” Program

REGISTER NOW AND WATCH IT LIVE TODAY AT 1:00 EST

By summertime, it’s common that many of your staff lose the initial energy they brought at the beginning of the season due to long days and drawn out work. With no end in sight, it’s easy for productivity to drop and for you as an owner to be left picking up the pieces. Before you go putting on the “proverbial tool belt,” learn unique solutions to breathe new life into a hard-working team. In this session, you will learn:

Course Details:

  • How to identify the performance gap causing an employee’s low productivity
  • A unique goal setting & review process to align your team toward a common goal
  • The key process for working with employees that have low skill, but high commitment

BONUS!  You’ll receive the downloadable templates and frameworks to implement these tools in your business right away.

REGISTER NOW FOR TODAY’S COURSE AIRING LIVE at 1:00 PM EST!

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METALCON Business Academy “MBA” Program

WATCH VIDEO TO LEARN ABOUT METALCON’S “MBA” PROGRAM AND REGISTER FOR NEXT WEEK’S COURSE!

Developed in partnership with the trades business experts at Breakthrough Academy, METALCON’s  first-ever “MBA” program focuses on the six most critical things every metal construction business must do to succeed in 2021, and beyond. This “breakthrough” program is available at NO COST to our metal construction community.

Take all 6 METALCON “MBA” courses and receive your diploma at METALCON 2021 in Tampa!

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE NEXT COURSE SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2 at 1:00 PM EST! (Read more for details)

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Do you Dream of Having a Rockstar Staff? Learn from the Pros TODAY at 1:00 pm

WHAT: “MBA” Course #2 – Attracting & Hiring Rockstar Staff

WHEN: TODAY, March 10 at 1:00 PM EST

WHERE: ONLINE – REGISTER HERE

WHO: YOU! Anyone on the business-side of the metal construction industry who is ready to become a more effective leader and/or increase performance, profitability, and productivity. 

COST: FREE! What would normally cost hundreds of dollars is available at NO COST!

Instructor, Danny Kerr, started Breakthrough Academy to help entrepreneurs in the trades grow their company’s profitability, while taking back control of their time. Currently, Breakthrough Academy works with over 300 trades business owners, managing over $900 million worth of revenue, and was named Canada’s 106th fastest growing company in the Globe and Mail’s 2020 Report on Business; the third consecutive year on a top growth list for the brand. Danny has been a presenter the past three years at METALCON and we look forward to welcoming him back this year in Tampa.

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METALCONLive! Metal Business Academy (MBA) Continues TOMORROW – REGISTER TODAY

WHAT: “MBA” Course #2 – Attracting & Hiring Rockstar Staff

WHEN: TOMORROW, March 10 at 1:00 PM EST

WHERE: ONLINE – REGISTER HERE

WHO: YOU! Anyone on the business-side of the metal construction industry who is ready to become a more effective leader and/or increase performance, profitability, and productivity. 

COST: FREE! What would normally cost hundreds of dollars is available at NO COST!

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The METALCON BUSINESS ACADEMY (MBA) Program Returns Next Week: Attracting and Hiring Rockstar Staff – Register Today!

If you’ve been too busy to plan the next big moves for your business, you’re not alone. Now is the time to stop reacting and start investing in your business, your employees and yourself. Developed in partnership with the trades business experts at Breakthrough Academy, METALCON’s first-ever “MBA” program focuses on the six most critical things every metal construction business must do to succeed in 2021, and beyond.

BONUS! Take all 6 METALCON ‘MBA’ courses and receive your diploma at METALCON 2021 at the Tampa Convention Center!


Bringing on new team members is one of the most vital and misunderstood skills in business. We will be covering the key steps required to find, filter and hire the perfect team members, who give you the space and ability to grow your business to the next level. You will be given:

  • A proven system to have the top talent in your industry applying to work for you
  • A screening process to ensure you only spend your time with qualified applicants

BONUS! You’ll get all the templates and systems that you need to immediately to professionalize your hiring process.


Educational. Actionable. Manageable.
We know how busy you are. That’s why we’ve staggered these six courses over 12 months so you can plan to take the next step in your company’s growth while taking care of business.

  • Now on-demand! Building Your 2021 One-Page Strategic Plan
  • March 10, 2021 Attracting & Hiring Rockstar Staff
  • June 2, 2021 Increasing Staff Productivity Through Summer Production
  • September 1, 2021 Structuring Your Company for Maximum Productivity
  • October 6, 2021 Live at METALCON! Building A Resilient Contracting Business
  • October 7, 2021 Live at METALCON! Turning Your Strategic Plan into Measurable Action

Can’t make all of Danny’s “live” virtual classes on the above dates? No problem! All classes and resources will be available to registrants on demand.

NOW ON-DEMAND! Building Your 2021 One-Page Strategic Plan

Let us help you determine where your company needs to go in 2021 and show all your employees how you’re going to get there together. In this session, we will walk you through a proven, step-by-step approach to creating a simple, yet effective annual strategic plan. In the process, you will:

  • ESTABLISH your 2021 goals
  • LEARN how to put your company’s strategic plan on one simple-to-understand page
  • TRANSLATE your year-end goal into 3-5 key initiatives every employee can support
  • ACTIVATE ready-to-go systems to break initiatives down into a weekly focused routine that keeps you on track for the year

METALCONLive! 2021 Webinars Jam-Packed with Industry Experts and Relevant Topics – Register Today!

As we ring in the New Year, we ring in new and robust virtual programming through our METALCONLive! channel! Check out the endless stream of live webinars featuring top industry experts presenting on relevant topics for the metal design and build industry. Here is a list of all upcoming programs – mark your calendar and register today!

Happening TOMORROW:

This webinar qualifies for one AIA LU and its FREE! Join industry expert, David Weidl CSI, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, Architecture Business Development Manager with ATAS International, as he explains the often overused “rain screen” terminology found in today’s construction practices. WEBINAR IS TOMORROW, JAN 27, AT 1:00 PM EST. REGISTER TODAY!

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METALCON “MBA” Kicked off with Tools to Create a Strategic Plan

Danny Kerr, founder of Breakthrough Academy and METALCON presenter, kicked off the first of METALCON’s six-part Metal Building Academy (MBA) last week with usable tools and steps to help anyone in the trades business create a simple strategic plan and how to implement it. This MBA series is one of METALCON’s new initiatives aimed at providing ongoing educational opportunities and essential training for industry professionals. What would normally cost hundreds of training dollars, this series is available at NO CHARGE (keep reading to register).

Catherine Bruce, owner/CEO with Enviro-Cat and session participant, commented, “I didn’t realize that there were tools available to us small business owners. Danny explained them so well that it was easy for me to understand them. I look forward to receiving the templates and putting a Strategic Plan in place.” 

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Drive your Business Forward with our Free “MBA” Starting Tomorrow – Register Today!

STOP operating your metal business and START growing it with our “MBA” program. Introducing the single best thing you can do for your metal business, and yourself. If you’re so busy keeping up with the daily demands of running your metal business that you have no time to set goals, make plans and develop your team, you’re not alone. The METALCON Business Academy (MBA) program, produced in partnership with the experts at Breakthrough Academy, will focus on the six most critical things every trades business must do to succeed in 2021 and beyond. What would normally cost hundreds of dollars, these six one-hour courses are available to you at NO COST!  

LEARN MORE ABOUT ALL 6 COURSES AND REGISTER TODAY – FOR FREE!

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Happy Thanksgiving to our METALCON Family

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what.” — Ernest Hemingway

During this time of year when we think about all the things we appreciate, we think of you — our colleagues, customers and partners.  Despite not being able to gather “in person” this year, we are grateful to continue our virtual connections. May your Thanksgiving and all the days ahead be filled with health, happiness, joy and prosperity. On behalf of the entire METALCON team, we THANK YOU for your continued support.

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When you return to work next week, join us next Wednesday, December 2, for a very special METALCONLive! when we welcome guest speaker and business expert Danny Kerr with Breakthrough Academy. He will kick off the METALCON “MBA” 6-course program with the first session: “Building Your 2021 One-Page Strategic Plan.” You won’t want to miss it! REGISTER FOR FREE TODAY!

METALCON LAUNCHES FREE 6-COURSE “MBA” PROGRAM – REGISTER TODAY

Help Your Metal Business Thrive with our “MBA” Program starting December 2

Do you want to grow your average revenue in the next 12 months? Do you want to grow your average net profit in the next 12 months? Of course you do! The METALCON Business Academy (MBA) program, produced in partnership with the experts at Breakthrough Academy, will focus on the six most critical things every trades business must do to succeed in 2021 and beyond. What would normally cost hundreds of dollars, these six one-hour courses are available to you at NO COST!  

LEARN MORE ABOUT ALL 6 COURSES AND REGISTER TODAY – FOR FREE!

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METALCON Furthers its Commitment as the Industry’s Source for Ongoing Education with New Initiatives

AS RELEASED TO THE TRADE MEDIA –

METALCON, the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions, announces a variety of new initiatives that provide ongoing educational opportunities and essential training for industry professionals.  “We’ve been working diligently to create meaningful programs for the metal construction industry during this time of uncertainty,” says Judy Geller, Vice President of Tradeshows at METALCON. “We’ve lined up some of the best in the industry to connect with you virtually and to deliver exceptional programming year-round – and until we meet again in person – for a world-class event next year in Tampa!”

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Roper Whitney Announces New Partnership with Evobend to Bring Cutting-Edge Sheet Metal Folding Technology to North America

Roper Whitney, a Tennsmith company, is proud to announce a partnership with EvoBend GmbH to bring the next generation of sheet metal folding equipment to the metal fabrication marketplace in North America.

As of August 2020, Roper Whitney is the exclusive sales, distribution, and service centers for EvoBend up/down folders (models D300, D600, D800) in the North American market. The product line features patented technology for the folding system as well as patented features for operator safety, making EvoBend a one-of-a-kind folding machine. Additionally, EvoBend will offer:

– 300° bending capabilities
–  Dramatically less energy consumption
–  Increased operator safety
–  Easier and less-frequent maintenance

“EvoBend has re-imagined traditional sheet metal fabrication technology and delivered a truly cutting-edge product line. We are excited to be part of this effort to bring EvoBend to the United States and excited to see how our businesses can grow together”, remarks Mike Smith, one of Roper Whitney’s owners.

To learn more, visit www.roperwhitney.com/evobend
Roper Whitney, based in Rockford, IL, is a household name in sheet metal forming shops, most notably with the Autobrake® and Kombi® Autobrake® folding machines. With more than a 100-year history, Roper Whitney currently provides solutions for virtually all sheet metal forming challenges – from hand tools to sophisticated, automated equipment and cutting-edge software technologies – that streamline the sheet metal fabricating process. Learn more at www.roperwhitney.com Tennsmith, based in McMinnville, TN, purchased Roper Whitney in 2011 including owned brand names such as Pexto and Connecticut. Together, Tennsmith and Roper Whitney now offer the most complete line of American-made metal forming tools and machinery on the market. Product lines include Automatic Folders, Hand Brakes, Shears, Slip Rolls, Cleat Benders, Notchers, Rotary Machines and more. Learn more at www.tennsmith.com

Tennsmith, based in McMinnville, TN, purchased Roper Whitney in 2011 including owned brand names such as Pexto and Connecticut. Together, Tennsmith and Roper Whitney now offer the most complete line of American-made metal forming tools and machinery on the market. Product lines include Automatic Folders, Hand Brakes, Shears, Slip Rolls, Cleat Benders, Notchers, Rotary Machines and more. Learn more at www.tennsmith.com

Magnificent Metal Monday

If you missed the announcement made over the weekend, METALCON 2020 has been postponed until the following year (see OFFICIAL RELEASE). Mark your calendar for the 30th Anniversary event scheduled for October 6-8, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Knowing how important METALCON is to your business, the METALCON team is quickly pivoting to provide you with new virtual programming and essential training to help you take your business to the next level. As the producers of the only global event dedicated to the use of metal in design and construction, we are using our knowledge and resources to launch three new initiatives in the areas of safety, business development and industry briefs.

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METALCON 2020 Postponed Until 2021

Three New Initiatives Launching in the Coming Weeks

Due to the ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic and mandates established by the state of Nevada, METALCON 2020 cannot take place as planned for this October and is postponing its 2020 show until October 6-8, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Mark your calendar!

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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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METALCON 2019 – UPDATE ALERT

With only three (business) days to go until we officially open METALCON 2019, here are some exciting show updates regarding the CONTECH technology hub, conference schedule and the METALCON APP. METALCON 2019 is taking place in the “Steel City” of Pittsburgh next week, October 16-19, 2019!

CONTECH

We are excited to announce that technology companies, Dronegenuity and Felux, have been added to further enhance this new feature at METALCON.

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Did someone say Crystal Ball? IMPACT 2030 will be featured at METALCON 2019

As a leading industry voice, PSMJ Founder and CEO Frank A. Stasiowski examines the state of our industry today and reveals the disrupters that will radically alter it by 2030. Just as a far-off earthquake can cause a Tsunami, forces and trends building now will shake the traditional design industry. In his best-selling book, IMPACT 2030, Frank outlines how demographics, globalization, government expansion, and technology advances can benefit firms that plan ahead — and be devastating for those that don’t prepare.

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METALCON 2019 – NEWS UPDATE

Leading Industry Experts Speak to Latest Business Trends and Tactics at METALCON 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Newton, Mass., – August 13, 2019) — Up and coming industry experts present the latest business trends and techniques at METALCON 2019, the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions taking place in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Oct. 16 – Friday, Oct. 18. Claire Kilcoyne, METALCON Show Director, says, “We have a solid line-up of educational sessions featuring industry-related topics and overall A/E/C business advice.”

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Steel Tariffs — Hot Topic at METALCON 2019

Although imposed over a year ago, steel tariffs are still making headlines in today’s news. How have they affected your business this past year? Earlier today, Bloomberg News reported that after one year since the tariffs were imposed that it’s had mixed results. They are reporting that while the steel industry saw some growth in job creation, it was at a cost of approximately $900,000 per job to the taxpayer. And while American steel producers of materials like nuts and bolts saw significant gains in sales as a result of increasing their prices, large American steel companies like NUCOR and U.S. Steel saw their overall shares slump in the past year.

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What will 2019 look like?

Where’s the crystal ball when you need one? Without crystal balls, tarot cards or other mind-reading methods, we turn to the industry trades to help us “see into the future.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday

WIC_GET_SMKnow what’s MAGNIFICENT?  The future of women in the roofing and construction industry!  While women make up almost 50% of the US workforce, they represent only 9% of the construction industry proving there is a huge growth opportunity for women.  From summer camps for high school girls to women in construction being featured at METALCON 2018, steps are being made to increase the numbers.

Today we shine a light on a recent Metal Construction News article about a Summer Camp designed for high school girls to learn about metal roofing installation and careers in construction. And this year at METALCON 2018, catch one of the general sessions led by a panel of leading women professionals in the construction industry. Continue reading

How do you get OUT of the Day-to Day in your Business?

Danny Kerr with BreakThrough Academy – METALCON 2018 Speaker

Most construction professionals are experts in their field but often lack the guidance and systems required to get themselves out of the day-to-day and into a more strategic role so they can grow their business to its full potential.  Co-founder and Managing Partner of BreakThrough Academy, Danny Kerr, will be on hand at METALCON 2018 to offer solutions to the biggest challenges faced when trying to grow your business. Mr. Kerr will lead the session, The 3 Keys To Getting Out of the Day-to-Day in Your Businesson Wednesday, October 10 from 2:00 – 2:45 pm in the new METALCON Theatre. As with all education sessions this year at METALCON, this is included in your new Total Experience registration. Continue reading

Industry experts will lead Education Sessions at METALCON 2018

METALCON’s commitment to the metal industry goes beyond the exhibits.  The annual trade show aims to provide you with an overall experience, including education and training programs.  Most of the education sessions are included in your new Total Experience registration with a handful of more extensive special programs available at an additional cost.

As previously announced, METALCON will launch a redesigned show this year with everything located in one place – on the show floor!  The Keynote addresses, General Sessions and Learning Centers will be included in your registration so, as an attendee, it will be more convenient to take advantage of these education opportunities in between visiting with exhibitors.  Conveniently located off the center aisle, it will be easy to locate the new METALCON Theatre and Learning Centers.  Check out our new FLOOR PLAN.

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Magnificent Metal Monday

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It’s a Bird!  It’s a Plane!  No …. It’s a Drone!

CNBC recently reported how drone photography has carved a niche in the construction industry.  Drone use is skyrocketing in construction work, at a rate even higher than agriculture and manufacturing, data shows. Construction drone usage has increased by 239 percent year over year, compared to 198 percent in mining and 172 percent in agriculture, according to a May report on commercial drone trends by DroneDeploy, which provides mapping solutions for drone users. Continue reading

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GLOBAL INSULATED METAL PANELS MARKET RESEARCH REPORT 2018 SHOWS GROWTH OPPORTUNITY

Insulated metal panels are making headlines with the release of the Global Industrial Insulated Metal Panel Market Research Report 2018.  The report studies the global Insulated Metal Panels market status and forecast, categorizes the market size (value & volume) by manufacturers, type, application, and region and focuses on the top manufacturers in North America, Europe, Japan, China and other regions (India, Southeast Asia, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa).  While actual numbers have not been released to the media, the report shows anticipated growth through 2023.  Continue reading

Valspar Teams up with CENTRIA to Provide Architectural Solution for Neil Armstrong Academy

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When Granite School District in West Valley City, Utah was looking to build a new elementary school dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math, its goal was to design more than just an ordinary education facility.  Continue reading

Swenson Shear Introduces Equipment Financing Options

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Ceres, CASwenson Shear, a leading supplier of innovative tools for the metal roofing industry – including SnapTable all-in-one tools than can notch, shear and hem snap lock and standing seam panel profiles – announces that customers now have the ability to arrange financing for equipment purchases on the company’s website. Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Mondays

 

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In today’s feature of Magnificent Metal Mondays we travel to the University of Washington Medical Center Surgery Pavilion in Seattle. The building was designed through a collaboration Continue reading

3D Printing, Construction and the Millennials

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3D printing, construction and the Millennials, yes we’ve grouped all three together for a reason. We’ve touched a bit on how 3D printing will change the construction industry for the better. Yes I said it for the better; I look at it as a huge opportunity for both manufacturers and the people out in the field. Now how does the millennial generation fit into the equation? Continue reading