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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.

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METALCON Announces Keynote Speakers, Show Highlights and Major Sponsors for Tampa

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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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Magnificent Metal Monday – Making Solar Affordable

SOLAR OPTIONS LOOKING BRIGHTER

According to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, “Solar power is more affordable, accessible, and prevalent in the United States than ever before. From just 0.34 GW in 2008, U.S. solar power capacity has grown to an estimated 97.2 gigawatts (GW) today. This is enough to power the equivalent of 18 million average American homes. Today, over 3% of U.S. electricity comes from solar energy in the form of solar photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP).”

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Short on Continuing Education Credits? Earn them at METALCON 2021

If you are a licensed designer, architect, builder or contractor, continuing education is a necessity. Have you earned all of your credit hours this year? METALCON can help! In addition to its ongoing credit-earning webinars, METALCON is returning as an “in-person” event this October and will offer a comprehensive education program with most of the sessions qualifying for AIA, CSI, and ICC credits. Consider the show a “one-stop” shop for all of your education needs, while also exploring an exhibit hall packed with a vast array of metal products, equipment and technology, and networking with the “Who’s Who” in metal in construction and design.

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METALFOCUS Safety Program Now Available On Demand

“This course provided me with a better understanding of the safety related intricacies in metal building construction.” – Steve Wykoff, TKS Contracting

At METALCON, we’re on a mission to provide the latest ideas and expert advice to help all kinds of metal businesses be more efficient and more profitable. Our recently completed inaugural METALFOCUS Safety Training program is a valuable tool for you and your company. Program participant Brian Gray with Architectural Building Systems says, “It’s a great refresher. I can continue to pass this information down to the 50-100 employees we have on our crew.”

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And the Crystal Ball Says …. Trends in Metal Construction and Design: 2021 and Beyond

EPISODE AIRED ON WEDNESDAY 5/5 — WATCH ON DEMAND!

This week’s METALCONLive! featured industry economists who presented recent findings from this past year to identify the trends and help members of the metal construction industry navigate through the rest of the year and beyond. PSMJ Senior Principal David Burstein and Ken Simonson, chief economist with The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), both presented comprehensive and encouraging data all pointing in the direction of a robust year in metal construction, while still highlighting some challenges that lie ahead.

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METALFOCUS® Safety Training Continues TODAY at 4pm EST with Incident Reporting and Investigation – REGISTER NOW

REGISTER NOW FOR METALFOCUS® AND EARN 1 AIA HSW LU CREDIT

METALFOCUS® is a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites. REGISTER NOW for the remaining two courses AND watch past ones ON DEMAND. Here is what you can expect from today’s course on incident reporting and investigation:

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METALFOCUS® Safety Training Continues TODAY at 4pm EST with Job Safety Analysis (JSA) – REGISTER NOW

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METALFOCUS® is a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites. REGISTER NOW for the remaining courses AND watch past ones ON DEMAND. Here is what you can expect from today’s course on project safety training:

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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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METALFOCUS® Safety Training Continues TODAY at 4pm EST with Project Safety Planning – LAST DAY FOR DISCOUNTED PRICING

NO FOOLIN’ AROUND – TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR DISCOUNTED PRICING!

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METALFOCUS® is a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites. ⏰ TODAY is the last day for discounted pricing! ⏰ REGISTER NOW for the remaining courses AND watch past ones ON DEMAND. Here is what you can expect from today’s course on project safety training:

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METALFOCUS® Safety Training Continues TODAY with Supervisor Safety Responsibilities – REGISTER NOW

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METALFOCUS®, a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites continues today with the 6th course in the series. ⏰ Time is running out for discounted pricing! ⏰ REGISTER through April 1 to take advantage of the remaining courses AND watch past ones ON DEMAND. Here is what you can expect from today’s safety course on supervisor safety responsibilities:

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4 HOURS UNTIL … METALCONLive! and MCA Presents: FASTENER SELECTION and INSTALLATION GUIDELINES

This webinar qualifies for 1 AIA LU and its FREE! REGISTER NOW!

WHAT: LIVE Webinar on Fastener Selection & Installation Guidelines

WHEN: TODAY, MARCH 24 AT 1:00 PM EST

WHO: You! Fasteners are essential to any metal construction job! Learn the correct selection and installation guidelines.

HOW: Simply REGISTER and log on at 1:00 PM EST

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Fastener Selection and Installation are Essential to Any Job

LEARN FASTENER SELECTION & INSTALLATION GUIDELINES FROM AN INDUSTRY EXPERT THIS WEDNESDAY – FREE WEBINAR! REGISTER TODAY!

Fasteners are an essential piece of any metal building project. From the framing to the metal wall and roof panels, fasteners are necessary to put any metal building together. According to a Metal Construction News article, “With fasteners being such an important aspect of any project, it is also important to make sure that you are using the correct type of fastener for each piece of the building, since when improper screws are used, both the fastener and the panel system can fail.” Without the knowledge of properly selecting and installing fasteners, you may waste critical hours on a job site.

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METALFOCUS® Safety Training Continues TODAY on Crane Ops and Lift Planning

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METALFOCUS®, a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites continues today with the fifth course in the series. Discounted pricing is still available through April 1 to take advantage of the remaining course AND watch the past ones ON DEMAND. Here is what you can expect from today’s safety course on crane operations and lift planning:

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METALFOCUS® Safety Training Continues TODAY on Rigging Safety Considerations

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METALFOCUS®, a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites continues today with the fourth course in the series. Discounted pricing is still available through April 1 to take advantage of the remaining course AND watch the past ones ON DEMAND. Here is what you can expect from today’s safety course on rigging safety:

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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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Women in Construction Week

As Women in Construction Week continues, we look at ConstructionDive‘s “Construction Champions:” The industry’s top female leaders

After asking readers for details about the female leaders who are making a significant impact in construction, support and admiration poured in from colleagues, friends and family members, ConstructionDive received nearly 800 nominations highlighting exceptional women from across the country who are changing construction for the better. Out of the submissions, 59 women were highlighted in the article as shining examples of how female-driven intuition, dedication and intelligence are shaping the industry.

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METALFOCUS® Safety Program Continues TODAY with Hot Work and HW Permits

METALFOCUS® CONTINUES TODAY 3/4 – REGISTER NOW! EARN 1 AIA HSW LU CREDIT.

METALFOCUS®, a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites continues today with the third course in the series. You can still take advantage of discounted pricing and participate in the remaining sessions as well as watching past episodes on demand. Here is what you can expect from today’s safety course:

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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

METALFOCUS® Safety Program Continues TODAY with Fall Protection Planning

METALFOCUS® CONTINUES TODAY 2/25 – REGISTER NOW! EARN 1 AIA HSW LU CREDIT.

METALFOCUS®, a series of 10 one-hour safety training virtual courses to address situations unique to metal construction job sites launched last week with the first course, continues today. Participant Christopher Teague with GarVin Construction Inc. shared the following testimonial after taking the first course last week:

“I believe there is a lot of misconception about the 15’ rule and CDZ’s. While all of us here have had lots of fall protection training over the years there seems to be very few instructors that understand the requirements for steel erectors. Plus we run in to a lot of GC’s that override those rules with stricter ones. So, I found this information to be useful and clear up a lot of old habits we have. So this was interesting to me to be reminded again in a meaningful way. Look forward to the upcoming zooms.”

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WHY AN IMP ROOF?

When IMPs first emerged as a building product in the 1960s they were predominantly used as an exterior wall assembly. Throughout the last 60 years, the materials and production methods have advanced considerably. According to the Metal Construction Association, “Insulated Metal Panel Roofs are premier building products on the leading edge of innovation.” The far reaching benefits include: high performance, sustainable building envelope, design flexibility, single component, and speed of build. The question isn’t “why an IMP roof” … the question is “why not.”

Join METALCONLive! and MCA TOMORROW as they present, The Advantages of an IMP Roof , by Greg Lusty, Vice President of Sales at All Weather Insulated Panels. Greg will provide a review of insulated metal roof panel systems in terms of their performance characteristics, profiles, and testing/approval requirements; along with the design and installation considerations that will help you be successful. This webinar qualifies for one AIA LU and its FREE!

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METALFOCUS® Safety Program Launches Tomorrow – Earn AIA HSW LU Credit

METALFOCUS® STARTS TOMORROW 2/18 – REGISTER TODAY!

At METALCON, we’re committed to helping metal businesses thrive. And that is why we have partnered with Safety Works, Inc. to create the METALFOCUS® Safety Program. Just as METALCON is a leader in the metal design and build industry, SafetyWorks is a leader in providing occupational safety training. They have been delivering professional safety know-how to construction and manufacturing clients since 1999. Their services focus on OSHA-related safety training, safety program management, and consultation services, and delivered with the unique needs of your business in mind. 

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METALCON 2021 – CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

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How would you like to be part of a 30 year tradition and present at the ONLY global event devoted exclusively to the use of metal in design and construction? As we optimistically look ahead to meet in person at METALCON 2021, scheduled for October 6-8 in Tampa, we are seeking presenters for our robust education program. Read on to submit your topic today.

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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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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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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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