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Magnificent Metal Monday

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World’s longest sea-crossing bridge opens between Hong Kong and China

Built to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake, a super typhoon and strikes by super-sized cargo vessels, this 55-kilometer (34 mile) bridge incorporates 400,000 tons of steel — 4.5 times the amount in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and 60 times more steel than used to build the Eiffel Tower.

Opened last month, the $20-billion bridge connects Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai, marking the completion of the longest sea-crossing bridge ever built, nine years after construction began. Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Monday

Among the 275 exhibitors at METALCON 2018 was CertainTeed, a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.  METALCON attendees were  offered an exclusive preview of their impressive Matterhorn® Metal Roofing collection and what contractors, architects and building owners will soon see in expanded markets nationwide. Continue reading

Charlotte is ‘Revving’ up for METALCON

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METALCON will take place in Charlotte as planned October 10-12, 2018.  In the wake of Hurricane Florence, there has been no damage or interruption in services reported at the Charlotte airport, hotels, and Convention Center. “Charlotte weathered Hurricane Florence and is doing well,” says Charlotte Regional Visitor Authority (CRVA) Director of Communications, Laura White.  Our thoughts and sympathies are with those affected by the terrible devastation caused by the hurricane. By attending METALCON, you can help North Carolina with its rebuilding efforts.
Charlotte’s Thriving Business Community

 

Among the many reasons, METALCON named Charlotte as the location of choice this year because of its metal manufacturing industry base. More than 600 regional companies employing nearly 16,000 employees comprise related industries. Nucor Corporation is a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Charlotte, with $16.2 billion in annual revenues and a profit of nearly $800 million. It is the largest U.S.- based steel manufacturer and the 12th largest steel producer in the world.

Local North Carolinian companies that will be exhibiting and attending the show include: 3A Composites; Betco, Inc.; Cape Fear Automation; IMS USA LLC; Metal Fastening Systems Inc.; RCI, Inc.; Union Corrugating and Wuko, Inc.

Getting to Charlotte

By car, plane, train or bus, ease of accessibility is another reason why Charlotte is an excellent location for METALCON. Air service in and out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is exceptional. Nine major airlines operate at CLT, offering over 700 daily flights with nonstop service to 165 destinations and 33 international destinations. The airport is located only 7 miles away from the Charlotte Convention Center and Downtown hotels, about a 15 minute ride away!  Visit Charlotte’s website for detailed information on travel to the city. Once you arrive at the airport, ShuttleFare is offering a $5.00 discount for roundtrip airport shuttles.  Click HERE to book your shuttle.

Networking After-Hours … Charlotte’s Dining is Fit for a Queen

Home to culinary incubators like Johnson & Wales University, the Queen City draws innovative chefs who, inspired by their own backgrounds, rethink local and regional delicacies. Visitors can eat, drink and tour Charlotte’s culinary scene by taking advantage of unique tour options via segways, bicycles, or by foot. Check out some of Charlotte’s most popular eats on Charlotte NC Tours’ Taste and Glide Segway Tour or for our “foodies,” you may want to check out FEAST Food Tours. The Taste of Carolina Gourmet Food Tour offers chef creations coupled with learning about the history of the Queen City or if museums are your thing, check out the Taste of the Mint!

Outside of METALCON Show Hours … Charlotte’s Top 5!

Here are the top 5 things (plus a bonus) to do while visiting the “Queen’s City!” Appropriately named for its 325 foot peak, conquer the twists, turns and drops aboard Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga roller coaster located at Carowinds. Just steps away from the convention center, the heart of racing beats at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. If water is your thing, head to the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC), home of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river and an official Olympic Training Site. You can pay your respects to the late Reverend Billy Graham at The Billy Graham Library. Born in Charlotte in 1918, the renowned evangelist was raised on his family’s dairy farm, just miles away from Charlotte’s Airport.

In less than two weeks, the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions takes place October 10 – 12 at the Charlotte Convention Center.  

REGISTER before September 30 and receive a $40 discount off registration.  

Safety Party!

Safety in the metal building and roofing industry is always of top priority.  According to CPWR, Center for Construction Research and Training, “Between 2011 and 2015, the annual number of fall fatalities in construction increased by 36%, exceeding the growth in employment and total fatalities in this industry.”  Falls are a common cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in the construction industry. Continue reading

A Match Made in Charlotte

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Two Industry Events – One Location – Perfect Timing! 

METALCON and Retrofit Magazine are co-locating next month for the first time in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 9–12.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity. Come early for METALCON, attend Retrofit Magazine’s one-day conference, and then stay for 3 jam-packed days of exhibits, top named speakers and networking.  Continue reading

METALCON’S Total Experience is all the BUZZ!

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Check out the METALCON 2018 Total Experience gone live!  Pay one price and get access to nearly 300 exhibitors, Keynote Addresses, non-stop education, chances to win cash prizes at the Innovation Stations, MCA Metal Roofing Championship Games, Oktoberfest, and more!  All at one price and all in one place – on the show floor!

Only 45 days until the the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions convenes at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina October 10-12, 2018!  Make your plans to join us!

REGISTER TODAY!

Keynote Speakers at METALCON 2018

Steve Smith, former Carolina Panthers star and Dan DiMicco, former CEO of NUCOR Steel will lead the Keynote Addresses at METALCON 2018

Join us at the redesigned METALCON show October 10-12, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and be among the largest number of metal professionals in the industry.  Your Total Experience will include the exhibits along with the education sessions ALL located on the show floor.  Key industry topics will be presented at the new METALCON Theatre including two keynote addresses along with multiple general sessions.

Wednesday, October 10, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm:
Steve Smith, NFL star formerly with the Carolina Panthers, will be speaking on perseverance, teamwork and overcoming obstacles.  Mr. Smith and his wife now head their non-profit organization called the Steve Smith Family Foundation, dedicated to providing hope and inspiration to those in need while promoting family health & wellness as well as the awareness and prevention of domestic violence.

Thursday, October 11, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm:
Dan DiMicco, retired CEO, current Chairman Emeritus of NUCOR Steel, and author of the book, “American Made,” will be speaking on “The Good the Bad and the Ugly on Steel Tariffs.”  Mr. DiMicco not only revived a major US manufacturing firm during a recession, but helped galvanize the flagging domestic steel industry when many of his competitors were in bankruptcy or headed overseas. NUCOR is the largest producer of steel in the United States and also consider themselves North America’s largest recycler.

We are thrilled to have these two giants in their respective industries – Steve Smith, NFL star, and Dan DiMicco, steel industry icon – lead the METALCON Keynote Addresses at this year’s show.  With our new Total Experience package, there is no need to pay extra to attend these sessions and no need to go searching for them.  The METALCON Theatre will be located directly on the show floor.  All located in one place, for one price.

REGISTER TODAY! And INVITE A COLLEAGUE to register too!

Magnificent Metal Monday

 

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We travel again to the site of METALCON 2018 to highlight our host city of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Located in the heart of downtown and standing at 60 stories and 871 feet high is the Bank of America Corporate Center.  It is the most widely known building in the Charlotte skyline and best known as the world headquarters for Bank of America.  When it was completed in 1992, it was and still remains the tallest building in Charlotte. It is among the tallest buildings on the East Coast behind buildings in New York City, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. Continue reading

METALCON Partner Selects Metal Construction for New Headquarters

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Aesthetics, construction time and costs were key factors when METALCON‘s long standing partner, Convention Data Services (CDS), made the decision to use metal for building their new 30,000 square foot headquarters.  CDS has been one of METALCON’s business partners since the show’s inception providing registration and lead retrieval services.  Having outgrown their former office space, CDS turned to the industry they have worked with for over 25 years to construct their new Headquarters in Bourne, Massachusetts. Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Monday

Header_nieuwhavenhuis_avondThe new Port House in Antwerp, Belgium, which opened in 2016, repurposed, renovated and extended a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for the port – and brought together the port’s staff that previously worked in separate buildings around the city.  Renowned architect, Zaha Hadid’s design of the Antwerp Port Authority’s head office puts the Port of Antwerp on the architectural world map. The structure is an amazing story of steel and glass working together to make a future-proof, sustainable architectural phenomenon.  Built between 2009 – 2016, the building will also be known as Zaha Hadid’s final project as she died unexpectedly soon after its completion. Continue reading

Metal Roofing Championship Games at METALCON 2018 

MRC_newBe a part of the 5TH Annual National Metal Roofing Championship Games competition to be held this October at METALCON in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 10-12, 2018.  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.  Deadline to pre-register is August 1! Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Monday

 

On a recent trip to New Jersey, I had the distinct pleasure of crossing the Hudson River on the NEW $3.98 billion Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge!  The new bridge replaces the former Tappan Zee Bridge, which was built between 1952 and 1955 and served as one of New York’s primary crossings north of the city.  This new lasting icon is 3.1 miles long and is the largest single design-build contracts for a transportation project in the United States. Located less than 20 miles north of New York City, the cable-stayed span crosses one of the widest parts of the river and will be the largest bridge in New York State history.

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World Cup … and Stadium Fever!

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Luzhniki Stadium – location of the first and final games of this year’s World Cup

The World Cup is the globe’s biggest sporting event, with 3.4 billion people expected to watch the month-long, quadrennial tournament. Russia is hosting the event and has spent an estimated 10 billion dollars in both building new arenas, and refurbishing their existing facilities. The 2018 tournament will host 65 matches across 11 cities in 12 of the most modern stadiums in the world.  The tournament kicks off today with the first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia being played in Russia’s largest stadium, the Luzhniki Stadium, located in Moscow, with a capacity of 80,000 spectators.   Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Monday

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The Hoover Sportsplex in Hoover, AL was named MBCEA’s 2018 Building of the Year.  Photo credit: DesignandBuildwithMetal.com.

At its 49thAnnual Conference held last month in San Antonio, TX, the Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA) named the Hoover Sportsplex in Hoover, AL, 2018 Building of the Year in its annual Building of the Year Awards competition. Continue reading

Steel Tariffs – Ongoing Negotiations

On May 1, the Trump administration extended negotiations on steel and aluminium tariffs for 30 days with Canada, the EU and Mexico, and reached a deal in principle with Argentina, Brazil and Australia.  With the extension now over, US companies buying EU steel will now have to pay a 25% tax, while aluminum has a 10% tariff after the Trump Administration cited national security interests.  The EU has decided to launch counter-tariffs on US products, including bourbon whiskey, jeans, Harley Davidson motorcycles and steel, starting from the end of June. And while the United Kingdom is currently included in the EU tariffs deal, they hope to negotiate an exemption once Brexit is finalized. Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Monday

Building an airport fit for a Queen!  Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina (the “Queen’s City”),is underway with a $2.5 billion capital plan, Destination CLT, that will expand and modernize the facility, allowing the airport to accommodate an expected increase in passenger flow.  While the ongoing projects are not expected to be fully complete until 2026, METALCON attendees will enjoy some upgraded amenities when the trade show convenes in October.

METALCON attendees will be some of the first travelers to get a glimpse of one of the major projects known as the “Elevated Roadway and Terminal Curb Front” project.  This $50 million project will add more lanes for cars picking up and dropping off and add sky bridges for people walking to the parking decks.

Other current projects include:

  • Nine gates, and associated infrastructure, at Concourse A ($200 million)
  • 51,000-square-foot, three-level addition at Concourses D and E that includes pet and children’s areas, a food court and 12,000 square feet of office space ($29 million)
  • Terminal improvements and renovations ($70 million).

Future projects in the design and planning stages include:

  • 25,000-square-foot expansion of Concourse E ($30 million)
  • Terminal lobby expansion ($247 million)
  • Fourth runway ($422 million)
  • 16-gate expansion of Concourse A ($300 million)
  • 10 to 12 gate expansion of Concourse C ($463 million)
  • 8 to 10 gate expansion of Concourse B ($463 million)
  • An air traffic control tower with no current cost estimate

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Metal Roof Installation Training at METALCON 2018

roofing installtionBecome a Certified Metal Roof Installer in just 2 days at METALCON 2018!  For the third consecutive year, top experts in the metal roofing industry will lead a two-day, eight-hour certification program based on MCA’s Metal Roof Installation Manual.  The Metal Roof Installation Training offers quality face-time with industry experts on substrates, safety, sealants, flashings, panel types and connections, tools, fasteners, maintenance and more. This year’s course will take place Tuesday afternoon, October 9, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Wednesday, October 10, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (including 2 hours on the show floor) at METALCON 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Registration in the training will also include access to the trade show for all three days!   Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Monday

adelanto1Innovation 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

METALCON is Buzzing with News!

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METALCON is buzzing with excitement to announce NEW dynamic changes to create a more interactive event – a Total Experience.  METALCON is going to Charlotte for the first time in 28 years and it is time for a change! Show leaders have been hard at work designing a new and more engaging show format with everything located in ONE place! Once you start your day on the show floor, you stay there. No running around looking for classrooms. With everything and everyone moving at a faster pace in today’s world, this format will offer greater efficiency for an attendee.

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3D Printing is Scaling Up

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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

Las Vegas Stadium – A Step Closer to Reality

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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

Magnificent Metal “Madness”

basketball-dunk-blue-game-163452.jpegMarch 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 “Royal Welcome” for METALCON

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METALCON 2018 will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina October 10-12.  This will be METALCON’s first appearance in the city nicknamed the “Queen City” in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz who had become the Queen of England several years before the city’s inception. While Charlotte is not considered one of the United States’ “major” metropolitan cities … take note, THIS is a city on the rise.  By attending METALCON this year, you will have the chance to explore why this is a city worth seeing.

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To Tariff or Not to Tariff?

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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

Magnificent Metal Monday

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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

Celebrating Women!

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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

Magnificent Metal Monday

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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

Magnificent Metal Monday

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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

“Steel”ing the show at the Olympics

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

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