Category Archives: METALCON 101

TRIVIA FUN AT METALCON – CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES

Participate in the METALCON Solar Trivia Games!

Given the immense growth solar has had in the rapidly growing energy sector in the U.S. and globally, METALCON will feature a NEW SOLAR EDUCATION CENTER on the show floor next week at our LIVE event in Tampa. The pavilion will feature a variety of companies exhibiting the latest in solar equipment along with a learning center, live demos and TRIVIA! Who doesn’t love a good trivia contest? Pre-register your team today of 3-5 members (or sign up on-site).

The games will take place in the pavilion on Wednesday at 4:00, Thursday at 4:00 with the final match taking place at noon on Friday. Daily prizes will be given out and increase in value as the stakes get higher, culminating in $100 Amazon cards for the members of the winning team.

PRE-REGISTER YOUR TEAM HERE

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MRA Calls for Increased Government, Utility Action to Spur Home Efficiency Improvements and Reduce Climate Impacts, Financial Burden on Families

As released by the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), August 18, 2021:

The start of fall season is typically the time to prepare for colder weather, but with a changing climate, many regions are now experiencing hotter weather patterns that stretch far longer into the year, making home air conditioning systems not just a nice to have, but a need to have for families everywhere. That increasing demand is why the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) is calling on federal, state and local governments and utilities to take more action to help incentivize homeowners to make smart, energy efficient decisions when it comes to home building and remodeling practices.

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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!

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

JOIN US TODAY AT 1:00 PM AND EARN 1 FREE AIA LU!

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 …

REGISTER TODAY AND EARN 1 FREE AIA LU!

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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MCN Issues Special Report on Construction Industry Post-Pandemic

Metal Construction News presents their special report on the construction industry post-pandemic in their August issue. This special report looks at the effect this pandemic has had on the construction industry and what we can expect the future to look like. The report is broken into three segments: Post Pandemic Survey, Construction and COVID-19: Adaptation, Action, Aftermath, and Continuing Safely.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – US Infrastructure Update

Photo Credit: Mario Tama via Getty Images

Construction Dive reported last week, “The U.S. is one step closer to a massive, much-needed infrastructure spending package.” The Senate voted last Wednesday to advance a bipartisan bill, which includes $550 billion in new federal funding for infrastructure. The bill will now enter a process of debates and amendments. Should the bill pass, it would inject funding into transportation, utilities and broadband spending. Senators voted to advance the package 67-32, with 17 Republicans joining all 48 Senate Democrats — and two Independents who caucus with the Democrats — in favor of advancing it.

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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.

Earn 1 FREE AIA LU!

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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

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 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!

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. ⏰ 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.

REGISTER NOW FOR TODAY’S COURSE

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