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2022 MBMA Annual Report and Results of 1st Annual Student Design Competition

Our friends with the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) have released their 2022 annual report, “From Form to Function.” It focuses on the growing popularity of metal building systems and how the organization and its members are serving the needs of this vital industry. DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE.

MBMA Chair Tom Boal says, “2022 has seen tremendous growth in the industry despite ongoing supply chain, labor and pricing challenges. With the need for metal building systems growing, MBMA continues to lead the industry through advocacy, working with building officials and steel suppliers, and providing educational resources.”

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METALCON 2023 Call for Presentations is OPEN

As METALCON 2023 returns to Las Vegas this year, we invite you to take “center stage” in our nation’s “City of Lights.” METALCON’s Call for Presentations is now open and we are seeking individuals who want to educate, engage, inspire and present material in ways that will enhance the attendees’ experience. We are looking for topics that address real-world, metal-related opportunities and challenges toward a variety of disciplines of the metal construction community with a special interest in technical aspects, building codes, case studies, and sustainability.

NEW FOR 2023: All topics submitted will be considered for BOTH in-person education at METALCON 2023 AND for our year-round METALCON Live! programming.

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MCA 2023 Winter Meeting Details and Registration

The Metal Construction Association‘s annual Winter Meeting will take place January 22-25, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency in Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa in Clearwater, FL. The MCA Winter Meeting is open to members and non-members and the event will cover an array of topics pertinent to the use of metal in the building envelope, plus several opportunities to network with industry leaders. Registration is NOW OPEN.

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Industry Experts Discuss “State of the Industry” at Last Month’s METALCON ’22

Last month at METALCON, Paul Deffenbaugh, editorial director of Metal Construction News, moderated a state of the industry panel featuring Tony Bouquot, general manager of the Metal Builders Manufacturers Association (MBMA); Jennifer Heimburger, president of the Metal Builders Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA); Chuck Howard, long-time industry veteran and president of Metal Roof Consultants; and Alan Scott, FAIA, registered architect and sustainability practitioner with Intertek. They discussed supply chain issues, rising costs, the labor shortage and workforce development.

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METALCON ’22 Day 3: Final Lap into Victory Lane!

Welcome to the last day — the final lap — of METALCON ’22! If it’s anything like the first two days, you won’t want to miss today! Join us at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis in Exhibit Halls I, J, and K. The action kicks off at 10:00 AM when the show floor opens and it will be non-stop until 2:00 pm with education, exhibits, raffle drawings, and more!

Beginning at 10:00 AM, learn from some of the best in the industry at final two education sessions: Under Pressure: An Update to Air Leakage Testing in the Technical Know-How Learning Center at 10 am and The History and Future of Metal Retrofit Roofing in the Best Practices Learning Center at 10:15 am. Head to the IMP Pavilion at 10:30 am for their final education session on IMPs: Best Practices.

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METALCON ’22 Day 2: Ready, Set, Race!

Welcome to Day Two of METALCON ’22! Navigate METALCON with your fingertips by downloading the METALCON APP from Google Play or App Store by searching METALCON2022.

Join us at 10:00 AM for a dynamic keynote address with American IndyCar Series driver, Josef Newgarden, as he presents The Road to Success. The Exhibits open at 11:00 AM with a full day of education sessions in the Technical Know-How, Sustainability, and Best Practices Learning Centers.

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METALCON ’22 Day 1: Download the METALCON APP to Maximize your Show Experience

Welcome to Day One of METALCON ’22! Navigate METALCON with your fingertips! Easily find exhibitors, education sessions, show floor experiences all at a simple touch of the fingers. Accept “notifications” from the APP to receive up to the minute reminders of special events happening each day of the show. Download the app from from Google Play or App Store by searching METALCON2022.

The show officially kicks off this morning at 8:30 AM with the opening keynote address, There’s No Such Thing as a Free Thermodynamic Lunch – How Changing Energy Flow Changes Everything, presented by Joseph Lstiburek, President of Building Sciences Corporation (in room 135), followed by a second keynote at 10:00 am in the Main Theatre on the show floor, Leading for Today and Tomorrow, presented by Dr. Melissa Furman. The exhibits will open at 11:00 AM. In between meeting with exhibitors, take advantage of the education sessions happening all day in the Main Theater, or Learning Centers.

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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:

CONTINUE FOR YOUR “ULTIMATE ROAD-MAP” TO EXHIBITS AND EDUCATION …

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WHAT DO METALCON AND THE INDY 500 HAVE IN COMMON?

While they may seem like daredevils … race-car drivers are meticulous fanatics when it comes to preparing for the rigors of a race. They plan, train, analyze, measure, and recruit a team they trust to keep them on track and moving forward. Thriving businesses must do the same – except they must prepare to race Every. Single. Day.

METALCON ’22 will be roaring into the home of the Indy 500, Indianapolis, next week to help you thrive and drive your business into the “Winners Circle” with the opportunity for industry connections, essential content, and critical commerce partnerships.

Here are some exciting highlights you will experience at METALCON this year:

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Incorporating Metal in Biophilic Design

Photo Credit: CSO

What is Biophilic Design? According to the The International Living Future Institute, biophilic design is the practice of connecting people and nature within our built environments and communities. Imagine if you could experience the same physical, psychological, and emotional benefits moving through an urban landscape that you experience when walking through a forest? The Clif Bar company had this vision in mind when they set out to design a recent addition to their industrial building located in METALCON’s host city, Indianapolis. Attend METALCON and have the opportunity to learn from Principal Architect Dan Brueggert and Principal Designer Eric Knott of CSO, Clif Bar’s design firm, who will present a case study on their design of the new workplace. 

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Learn “Trade Secrets” for Trade Show Success Tomorrow with this FREE METALCON Live! Webinar

How many times have you been guilty of planning for a trade show while en route for that trade show? With METALCON 2022 only six weeks away, now is the time to plan in order to maximize your time and financial investment. Spend an hour tomorrow with industry experts, Michael Guillory, Senior VP of Marketing Communications of The Expo Group and our own Mark Swagerty, Exhibit Sales Manager for METALCON, as they review five easy … and unconventional … secrets to enhance your trade show success.

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Calling all Future Leaders – Join Us TODAY for a Special Edition of METALCON Live!

A “must-attend” for young professionals and the next generation of metal construction industry leaders as they prepare to step up! Join us TODAY at 1:00 PM as dynamic career counselor, Dr. Melissa Furman, kicks off “Future Leaders at METALCON” with a presentation on personal branding.

REGISTER NOW!
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“Rev Up” Your Knowledge at METALCON ’22 with Credit Earning Education

Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Make an investment in your future by attending METALCON ’22 for its extensive education program including workshops, keynotes and free learning sessions.

Get a preview of one of this year’s Keynote speakers TOMORROW, Wednesday, June 22 at 1:00 pm, when Dr. Melissa Furman presents a “Special Edition” of METALCONLive! — Personal Branding: An Important Skill for Professional Success. This course is eligible for 1 free AIA LU. REGISTER NOW.

Sponsored by CIDAN Machinery
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Magnificent Metal Monday – Focus on Future Leaders

The Future is Now …

METALCON announces its new Future Leaders of METALCON (FLMC) program for rising stars, up-and-comers, management trainees, apprentices and others, roughly ages 40 and under, ready to take their career to the next level. Through the show’s 30+ year history of bringing the entire metal design and construction industry together, the time is now to focus on young professionals and lend expert advice and exceptional learning opportunities to create the business leaders of tomorrow.

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AECDaily Announced as Official Partner for The Architect’s Experience at METALCON

After the successful launch of The Architect’s Experience last year, METALCON is proud to announce AECDaily as this year’s official partner for the specialty program. See “Call for Presentations” below.

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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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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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NEW NRCA PROCertification Metal Panel Roof Systems Installer Program

The National Roofers Contractor Association (NRCA), in partnership with MRA and MCA, is launching a new PROCertification® Metal Panel Roof Systems Installer Program. NRCA certifies workers who have met all the requirements for different types of roof system installation, allowing them to earn professional credentials. Uplevel you and your team’s expertise and skills while taking advantage of continuing education by becoming ProCertified for metal panel roofing systems.

SPECIAL PRE-LAUNCH SALE FROM METAL ROOFING ALLIANCE: From March 31 – April 15, installer applicants can save $300 by using code MPRS300 when signing up for the program

Through NRCA PROCertification®, NRCA’s national certification initiative, experienced workers who demonstrate substantial roofing skills and knowledge can become certified by NRCA in specific roof system installations.

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The Future is Bright in Metal Design – Check out the Winners of MBMA Student Competition

MBMA 2021 Student Design Competition Montage

As featured in Metal Construction News, the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) announced the winners of its inaugural Student Design Competition. On February 15, 2022, the association acknowledged five students and their faculty sponsors in an online ceremony and awarded a total of $16,000 in awards.

Congratulations to Brittney Sawyer, a student at the University of New Mexico (UNM), who earned the first-place prize of $5,000. She was advised by Professor Kristina Yu of the School of Architecture and Planning. Second place, with a prize of $3,000, was awarded to Jade Altheide, also a student at UNM and advised by Professor Yu. The third-place honor and $1,500 prize went to Quinton Frederick, a student at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte. His faculty advisor was Josie Holden-Bulla of the College of Arts and Architecture.

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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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Soak up Some Sun and Education at MCA’s Winter Meeting

Join your peers and industry experts while being surrounded by the beauty and warmth of the Sonoran Desert at the upcoming MCA Winter Meeting, January 24-26, 2022, at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. Along with networking time, the meeting is an opportunity to participate in marketing and technical initiatives related to metal in construction. Members and non-members are welcome to attend and registration includes access to educational sessions, keynote address, welcome reception, awards reception and dinner.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

MCA is monitoring the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and will implement all precautions mandated by Arizona and Maricopa County COVID Guidelines and the current CDC recommendations.

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MCA Releases New White Paper Series on Metal Roofing and PV Solar Systems

White papers are part of MCA’s Metal University Online Learning

Last month, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) released a three-part white paper series on Metal Roofing & PV Solar Systems Parts 1, 2 & 3. Part one had been published earlier this year; parts two and three were recently added to expand on the original paper and supply additional technical guidance for optimal installation and mounting of photovoltaic (PV) solar systems on metal roofing.

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Get to know the Metal Construction Association

For nearly 40 years, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) has focused on one key strategy – to promote the use of metal in the building envelope through marketing, education, and action on public policies that affect metal’s use. It is a volunteer-led organization with much of the work achieved through strong leadership by its board of directors and member-driven MCA councils and committees. In addition to the annual METALCON event, full membership meetings are held twice each year with the next one coming up next month in the beauty and warmth of the Sonoran Desert in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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METALCON Gives Back to Feeding Tampa Bay

Last month, METALCON continued its long-standing tradition of giving back to its host city by proudly presenting a check in the total of $5,000 to Feeding Tampa Bay. Pictured here is Judy Geller, METALCON show director, with Jeannette Rodriguez, development officer, during the check presentation at the show. (Photo Credit: McBoat Photography)

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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!

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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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.

METALCONLive – TODAY AT 1PM – How to Avoid Condensation by Roofing Industry Expert

Here’s what’s coming up next on METALCON Live! — Your FREE business-boosting resource for NEW solutions, NEW strategies and NEW ways to grow your business.

Earn 1 FREE AIA LU!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Knowledge is POWER at METALCON – and CREDITS Too!

METALCON’s Extensive Conference Program Offers More Education and CEUs than Ever Before

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin

Introducing METALCON’S best education yet! Learn from the industry’s top technical whizzes, business experts, design professionals, and industry insiders. From intensive pre-show Workshops to Keynotes, Super Sessions and 40+ FREE educational sessions conveniently located inside the exhibit hall, METALCON has it all.  Best of all … you’ll earn valuable credits while you learn!

You can customize and organize your daily education schedule by clicking on the favorite “star” button by the sessions you want, then clicking on the tab “My Sessions.” You can then export your show schedule. Read on for details on Keynotes, Super Sessions, Workshops, and the Education Sessions.

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