Category Archives: Metal is Green

Magnificent Metal Monday – IMP Spotlight

“Metal Goes to the Movies” as seen in Architect Magazine

State-of-the-art, eight-screen movie theater in Elizabeth City, N.C.; Ceco Building Systems

The unique combination of energy efficiency provided by the insulated wall panels’ superior R-values and the versatile design options of various colors, orientations, and depths led to the selection of insulated metal wall panels for this new $10 million, state-of-the-art 31,820-square-foot movie complex.

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TODAY at 1:00 pm on METALCON Live! To Code and Beyond … Learn the Ins and Outs of Products that Meet Code Requirements

WEBINAR TODAY AT 1:00 PM EST – REGISTER HERE

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Buildings of today must satisfy a supreme standard – achieve high performance, resiliency and energy efficiency. With increasing demands on a structure, this session will help you learn the ins and outs of IMPs, and which products or systems can best fulfill the required air and water control functions of a high-performance building enclosure, while meeting fire codes and offering aesthetic flexibility. Join us today at 1:00 pm EST as Amanda (Mandi) Karns, Facade Program Manager for Kingspan Insulated Panels, shares her nearly two decades of knowledge on product and sales engineering solutions.

Mandi is also currently the Chair of the IMP Alliance Technical Committee of the Metal Construction Association (MCA). The IMP Alliance will be on hand at METALCON 2021, debuting the IMP Pavilion creating a rare opportunity for attendees to see six major brands that produce 85% to 90% of all IMP’S shipped in the US and Canada, all in one location.

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Next Week on METALCON Live! To Code and Beyond …

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Buildings of today must satisfy a supreme standard – achieve high performance, resiliency and energy efficiency. With increasing demands on a structure, this session will help you learn the ins and outs of IMPs, and which products or systems can best fulfill the required air and water control functions of a high-performance building enclosure, while meeting fire codes and offering aesthetic flexibility.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Resurgence of Airports

With so many people returning to travel, airports are back in the news. ArchDaily published a recent article highlighting “10 Awe-Inspiring Airports Across the World.” The author, Eric Baldwin, states, “Often serving as a city’s first impression, airports combine landscapes, ecologies, air rights, and infrastructure to connect people and place. As new technologies and advancements transform aviation, so too has airport architecture evolved to meet modern travel demands.”

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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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Magnificent Metal Monday – Hurricane Resistant Steel Home

With the start of Hurricane season and the approaching Tropical Storm set to sweep across Florida this week, let’s look at the use of metal in building a hurricane resistant home. According to Architect Magazine, “When designers Holly Zickler and her husband, David Rifkind, a professor of architecture in Miami, FL, built their home in South Miami in 2011, the couple envisioned it as ‘a laboratory for socially and ecologically sustainable construction and planning in South Florida.’” They wanted a hurricane resistant house that was durable enough for the harsh Miami climate while staying different from the city’s traditional art deco style.

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Calling all Architects! Discover the Magic of Metal in Architectural Design at METALCON

As demand grows for metal in design, METALCON 2021 will be the place to be for architects to learn more about metal’s beauty, versatility, durability, and sustainability virtually lending itself to limitless applications. Discover the “magic of metal” in architectural design at this year’s show. This “show within a show” is exclusively for architects, designers, specifiers and engineers eager to breathe new life into projects and solve a wide variety of architectural, structural, environmental and performance challenges — all through the use of metal.

METALCON will take place at the Tampa Convention Center in beautiful Tampa, Florida, October 6-8. REGISTER TODAY!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MCA Case Study Spotlight

Photo Credit: MCA

Pier in St. Petersburg, Florida (near METALCON 2021!)

Just over the bridge and a a few minutes away from the Tampa Convention Center, the site of METALCON 2021, lies the newly renovated St. Petersburg Pier, a case study featured by the Metal Construction Association. This $80 million project was designed by the architectural team of ROGERS PARTNERS and ASD|SKY and constructed by design and engineer specialists, MG MCGRATH. Specializing in the fabrication of metal plates, composite materials, and other wall panel systems, McGrath opted for CENTRIA® ROOF PANELS for the project. Tara Williams, project architect with ASD|SKY explains, “We were looking for a high-performance panel system, specifically aluminum, since we were building within a saltwater environment. Additionally, the panel needed to be lightweight, as the design included large expansive cantilevers.”

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MBCEA 2021 Building of the Year Winners Announced

Firehouse Ministries Shelter; Photo Credit: Building Design + Construction

As announced by DesignandBuildwithMetal.com, The Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA) announced its 2021 Building of the Year winners at its Virtual Annual Conference, held April 28 – 30. The top award this year goes to the new Firehouse Ministries Shelter, a 28,000-square-foot facility to house homeless men in Birmingham, Alabama. The building was erected by the Dunn Building Company, headquartered in Birmingham, and manufactured by Varco Pruden Buildings of Memphis, TN.

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METALCON Live! TODAY @ 1PM EST – Rail-less Solar on Metal Roofs

Earn your CE certificate. NABCEP approved course – CEU 1.5 JTA & RE Elective
AIA – 1 LU|HSW Course #: MRIL2142
SOLAR IS ONE OF THE HOTTEST TOPICS CURRENTLY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY – LEARN THE TECHNIQUES AND AFFORDABILITY OF RAIL-LESS
As solar mounting technologies evolve to improve installation efficiencies and reduce material and labor costs, some developers and installers on the job site often find it daunting to keep abreast of changing technologies and adapt their operating procedures accordingly. This seems evident by phobias some people have about rail-less PV mounting for metal roofs, while many others claim it is a piece of cake and saves a fortune. A few small shifts in thinking can produce huge savings in labor, material, and logistics, so it is worth a look. The shifts pertain to the mechanics of installation and a couple of other aspects of a project, such as wire management. This course will unpack metal roof installations with a brief overview of the various types of metal roofs and their advantages for PV. Wire management techniques will be presented along with other best practices and “how-to’s” for installing rail-less solar systems on metal roofs. Methods for installing various accessories from microinverters to home runs will also be covered.

Learn from experts in the field – Shelly Higgins AIA, CSI, IIBEC, NWiR
Architectural and National Accounts Director @S-5! and Mark Gies
Director of Solar Business @S-5!

Learning Objectives:
• Learn why a metal roof is a perfect solar platform.
• Define the advantages of rail-less solar PV mounting systems.
• Understand how solar on metal roofs prove to be the most economical and the most eco-friendly.
• Learn best practices for design and deployment of wire management.
• Describe best practices for installation techniques and other balance of system (BOS) components.
Register for FREE access to ‘Rail-less Solar on Metal Roofs’ happening LIVE today at 1:00 PM EST.

NEWS FLASH – METALCON Introduces The Architect’s Experience

Discover the Magic of Metal in Architectural Design

As demand grows for metal in design, METALCON 2021 will be the place to be for architects to learn more about metal’s beauty, versatility, durability, and sustainability virtually lending itself to limitless applications. Discover the “magic of metal” in architectural design at this year’s show. This “show within a show” is exclusively for architects, designers, specifiers and engineers eager to breathe new life into projects and solve a wide variety of architectural, structural, environmental and performance challenges — all through the use of metal.

METALCON will take place at the Tampa Convention Center in beautiful Tampa, Florida, October 6-8. REGISTER TODAY!

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Growing Demand for Design Services

As featured in DesignandBuildwithMetal.com, “AIA’s ABI suggests rapidly growing demand for design services.” A ccording to a new report from The American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) logged its second positive mark since the beginning of the pandemic. AIA’s ABI score for March rose to 55.6 compared to 53.3 in February (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). Scores for both new projects inquiries and new design contracts strengthened to 66.9 and 55.7 respectively.  March also marked the first time in three years all building sectors and regions posted positive scores.

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METALCON Now Accepting Top Products Award Nominations

With METALCON’s anticipated return to an in-person event in October, a new Top Products Award program is underway. Get bragging rights at this year’s show along with special product recognition in your booth. Get your nomination in today!

METALCON 2021 Exhibitors are invited to nominate their top metal products in a variety of 15 categories (see below). To be eligible:

  • A product must have been introduced to the market no sooner than January 1, 2019.
  • The product’s manufacturer MUST be a 2021 METALCON exhibiting company.
  • Exhibitors are eligible to submit products in more than one category but not more than one product per category.
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MCN Top Metal Builders of 2021

As posted on May 1, 2021 by Metal Construction News

“The pandemic defined the year, but the labor shortage continues … “

Each year when MCN compiles this list, they are faced with the challenge of trying to identify metal building contractors from metal building erectors. For the 2021 Top Metal Builder list, they have attempted to separate the erectors from the contractors and starting next year, the goal will be to create two separate lists of Top Metal Builders and Top Metal Erectors.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – AISC 2021 IDEAS2 Winners

The American Institute of Steel Construction recognize 10 projects that exemplify the potential of steel construction

MERIT AWARD WINNER (Less than $15 million): McDonald’s Net Zero Quick Service Restaurant Rebuild, Kissimmee, Fla. Steel Fabricator: P&A Welding and Machine, Inc., Mulberry, Fla. (AISC Member), Structural Engineer: CPH, Inc., Sanford, Fla., Architects: CPH, Inc., Sanford, Fla.; Ross Barney Architects, Chicago, General Contractor: Southland Construction, Inc., Apopka, Fla.; Photo Credit: Architect Magazine

As posted by Architect Magazine, the following is an April 12 press release from the American Institute of Steel Construction announcing the winners of its 2021 IDEAS2 Awards.

Ten innovative projects throughout the U.S. have won 2021 IDEAS2 Awards, the steel industry’s top design honor. Sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) Award program recognizes projects that illustrate the exciting possibilities of building with structural steel. “These projects showcase the versatility of structural steel,” said AISC President Charles J. Carter, SE, PE, PhD, “and they all demonstrate a remarkable amount of innovation and creativity. Congratulations to the team behind each project for a job very well done!”

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Celebrating Earth Day by Understanding Metal’s Role in Sustainability

Our special webinar series METAL ARCHITECTURE at METALCON, aimed at showcasing projects that illustrate the beauty, durability, efficiency, and sustainability of metal, continued earlier this month with a panel of three industry leaders who discussed how metal building products support the increasing demand for sustainable building practices. Moderated by Paul Deffenbaugh, editorial director of Metal Architecture, two architects from two ends of the country discussed their selection process for metal building components on recently executed projects.

Rick Schneider, FAIA, principal of ISTUDIO Architects, Washington, D.C., talked about the newly completed Marvin Gaye Recreation Center in Washington, and Hafsa Burt, studio head, hb+a Architects, San Francisco, presented her modular residential construction called the “Box Factory” as a sustainable model home that could fit in any environment. Both projects selected a variety of steel and metal materials for their long-term sustainable benefits. Bob Zabcik, P.E., technical director of the Metal Construction Association, joined the conversation by providing technical insight along with his extensive knowledge of metal components and sustainable building practices.

If you missed this episode, watch it ON DEMAND! Watch it soon and you can still apply for your AIA credit or CE certificate.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – NEW METALCON Top Products Award Announced

METALCON, the metal construction industry’s only global event for metal construction and design products, technologies and solutions, announces its new Top Products Award. 2021 exhibitors are invited to nominate their top metal products in a variety of 15 categories. To be eligible for consideration, a product must have been introduced to the market no sooner than Jan. 1, 2019, and its manufacturer MUST be a 2021 METALCON exhibiting company. Exhibitors are eligible to nominate more than one top metal product but not more than one product per category. For a current list of 2021 METALCON exhibitors, click HERE. Deadline to submit is July 1, 2021.

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Metal Architecture at METALCONLive! Continues TODAY AT 1 PM EST. Learn from Key Industry Experts.

This webinar is approval for 1 AIA LU and its FREE!

WHAT: – FREE WEBINARMetal’s Role in Sustainability

WHEN: LIVE! TODAY on Zoom at 1:00 PM EST & available on-demand with registration

HOW: IT’S SIMPLE — REGISTER HERE and watch today at 1:00 PM EST or at a time convenient for you ON DEMAND

WHO: YOU! Architects, design professionals, specifiers, contractors and engineers engaged in new construction, retrofit, renovation and modernization of buildings.

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Mill Steel Company Announced as METALCON Platinum Sponsor

Mill Steel is no stranger to METALCON. They have been with the show for over a decade in one capacity or another either as an exhibitor or sponsor. On behalf of the METALCON team, we are thrilled to announce them as a Platinum sponsor for this years event alongside CIDAN Machinery Group. METALCON is scheduled to return as an “IN PERSON” event in Tampa, Florida, Wednesday, October 6 – Friday, October 8, with pre-show workshops beginning on Tuesday, October 5. Registration is now open!

There’s never been a better time to return to an in-person event and METALCON will be back better than ever. Along with the robust main exhibit hall, several new programs and pavilions are planned to highlight metal-based design solutions, construction technology, solar solutions and off-site and modular construction, creating a dynamic and immersive attendee experience. Click here to learn more!

Mill Steel is one of the premier flat-rolled and coated steel suppliers in North America. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, they operate six steel service center locations across the country. Harry H. Samrick founded the company in 1959 and it is now run by Harry’s son, David S. Samrick (CEO & Chairman) and granddaughter, Pam Heglund (President), alongside fellow partners – Carl Quenneville (SVP & CCO), Joe Poot (SVP Purchasing), Rob Vella (VP Operations), and Marc Rabitoy (CFO). Mill Steel has repeatedly been named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA). In addition, the MBPA has presented Mill Steel with multiple Elite Awards for its outstanding people-first culture. 

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Metal’s Role in Sustainability

There are several key reasons why a metal roof is the right choice. According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), among these reasons include energy savings, aesthetic appeal, performance in weather-related events, longevity and environmentally sustainability. In this era of increased focus on sustainability, copper is “king.” According to Copper.org (Copper Development Association, Inc.), it’s durable, reliable and often outlives its aluminum, plastic and other metal counterparts. Copper adorns one of the world’s most stunning homes in the United States — The Hope Residence, located in Palm Springs, California.

According to Metal Roofing Alliance, “For a home that is nearly as famous and unique as the American entertainer who inspired it, the Hope Residence has been compared to a spaceship, a mushroom and a volcano. Whatever shape you imagine it resembles, there is no doubt there is nothing like this nearly 24,000 square foot home set at the highest point overlooking the star-studded city. The most striking element of the curvaceous, expansive home is the roof itself. Made from copper that slopes upward from three points to meet at an enormous open oculus, the roof seems to rise from the mountains, its dark aged patina softly glowing in ever-shifting desert light.”

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MCN Call for Hall of Fame Nominations and Top Metal Builders

Metal Construction News‘ annual calls for their 2021 Hall of Fame and Top Metal Builders are underway. Submit nominations today.

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MCN 2021 State of the Industry and Annual Contractor Survey

MCN 2021 STATE OF THE INDUSTRY

Metal Construction News has released their 2021 State of the Industry and overall, the industry looks forward to a more positive 2021. As MCN looked back to a year ago, none of the experts who contributed to the 2020 State of the Industry predicted how the year would unfold and went into the year with optimism. Coming into this year, the same experts retain their sense of optimism, less likely to be undone by the unforeseeable. Based on the collective voice of the experts, the future seems to be brighter than it has in many years past but identifying which part of the uncertain future that holds the most promise is yet to be discovered. So grab your cup of coffee and take some time to read the following pieces authored by the “who’s who” of industry experts to hopefully give you some sense of direction …

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METALCONLive! and Metal Architecture Team Up – Register for FREE Webinar and Earn 1 AIA Credit

METALCON has been serving the metal design and build community for 30 years. Despite having to postpone our in-person event last year, our commitment to be the source for ongoing learning opportunities remains strong through our virtual programming. Tomorrow, the first of our FREE METALCONLive! at Metal Architecture series kicks off at 1:00 pm EST with award-winning architect Barry Alan Yoakum, FAIA, principal of archimania speaking on “Civitas and the Role of Metal in Meeting a Zero Carbon World.” Our other initiatives include the METALCON Business Academy (MBA), METALFOCUS Safety Certification Program, and Technical Topics from the Metal Construction Association.

REGISTER NOW FOR TOMORROW’S FREE PROGRAM, APPROVED FOR ONE AIA CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Zero Carbon World

METALCONLive! and Metal Architecture will kick off its unique series of webinars THIS Wednesday, January 13 at 1:00 pm EST with “Civitas and the Role of Metal in Meeting a Zero Carbon World.” So what is a zero carbon world and why is it important? Zero carbon means that no carbon emissions are being produced from a product/service e.g. zero-carbon electricity could be provided by a 100% renewable energy supplier. Put simply, “net zero” means we are not adding new emissions to the atmosphere. Emissions will continue, but will be balanced by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere.

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Metal in Architecture – Civitas Case Study

Civitas; Photo credit: archamania

Metal Architecture at METALCONLive! is kicking off a new series of webinars aimed at showcasing projects that illustrate the beauty, durability, efficiency, and sustainability of metal. The first live session is scheduled for next Wednesday, January 13 at 1:00 EST and will explore Civitas and the role of metal in meeting a zero carbon world by guest speaker and renowned architect, Barry Yoakum. So what is Civitas? According to its creator and owner, Mr. Yoakum explains, “Civitas is poised to become the first certified zero energy/zero carbon single-family home in the Americas. Positioned overlooking the Mississippi River, the project involves its site fully, connecting interior and exterior and private property with community space. It is a case study house that focuses on balancing the challenges of cultural norms, climatic concerns, resiliency, and adaptability.”

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Steel and Recycled Glass Tree Spreads Holiday Cheer and Sets World Record

Photo Credit: COD Newsroom and Flickr

Glass sculpture artist Jason Mack, along with four assistants, has found a way to spread holiday cheer and build community spirit despite the challenges 2020 has brought to so many. They are building a tree made entirely from steel and recycled glass on a lot in Champaign, Illinois. The tree will measure 31 feet in height with a circumference of 52 feet at the base and weigh in at approximately two tons, which will beat the current world record held by a 27.5-foot glass tree in Italy. The tree is comprised of glass donated by the community, then melted down at 2,300 degrees in a mobile smelt then poured onto a spinning metal frame to form the tree’s branches and needles.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MCN 2020 Building and Roofing Awards

On December 1, Metal Construction News (MCN) announced the winners of their annual Building & Roofing Awards for 2020. The Grand Award winner is the United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum, Colorado Springs, Colorado, which we seredinpitously featured in a recent MMM blog post for its unique use of metal. MCN found the project noteworthy for its unique façade and for its use of metal as a very predominant building material.

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Magnificent Metal Monday

Kindling the Olympic Spirit with Metal

Lorin anodized aluminum panels; photo courtesy of DesignandBuildwithMetal

Despite the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics, one project commemorating the history and spirit of the games, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, opened on July 30. The museum was built on 1.7 acres of land near Pikes Peak, blocks away from the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters. DesignandBuildwithMetal.com reports, “Tasked with constructing the museum’s exterior, MG McGrath Inc. sought to create a skin that matched architecture firm Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s vision of a building structure and overall exterior visual effect that encapsulated the passion, dedication, and endurance of an Olympic athlete.” To accomplish this, Lorin anodized aluminum panels were selected to create the system of custom metal panels to wrap the double-curved geometry of the façade. The metal was also selected for its durability, low cost, malleability, environmentally friendly qualities, and color and finish.

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METALCONLive! TODAY at 1pm EST – Diversity in the Workplace | Sponsored by Roofers Coffee Shop

REGISTER TODAY FOR YOUR FREE VIRTUAL SEAT – TODAY, NOVEMBER 4 AT 1:00 PM EST

What? METALCONLive! Presents: Can You Afford NOT to Have Diversity in Your Workforce?

WHERE? Live on ZOOM using your computer, tablet or smart phone

WHEN: TODAY at 1 PM EST

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Diversity in the Workplace – Be Part of the Conversation brought to you by Roofers Coffee Shop

REGISTER TODAY FOR YOUR FREE VIRTUAL SEAT – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 AT 1:00 PM EST

Study after study has concluded that there is a clear link between workplace diversity, increased productivity, and the bottom line. In fact, according to a study by Forbes, companies with a diverse workforce produce 19% more in earnings than their less diverse counterparts. You need talented workers now more than ever. So why, at a time when the skilled labor shortage is hitting the construction particularly hard, do woman make up just 9% of the US construction industry workforce? You simply can’t afford NOT to diversify your workforce!

Join us next Wednesday, November 4 when Heidi Ellsworth, partner of RoofersCoffeeShop®, founder of National Women in Roofing (NWIR) and of Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) and past METALCON speaker, will moderate this important subject that profoundly impacts our industry; the challenges, benefits, rewards, and strategies associated with recruiting and retaining top talent in today’s market.

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