Category Archives: METALCON Education

METALCON 2023 Call for Presentations is OPEN

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

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

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Happy New Year!

As we close out 2022 and welcome in this New Year, we want to take a moment to thank the nearly 5,000 visitors to our METALCON Blog this past year from all corners of the world including the U.S., Canada, Ireland, India, UK, Philippines, Australia, Germany, France, and Mexico! The METALCON team is already working hard to continue to provide worthwhile and relevant content to help the metal construction industry navigate and be prosperous in 2023! Exciting METALCON announcements are coming soon including:

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Learn “Communication Across Generations” in Today’s METALCON Live! Webinar- REGISTER for Free

Hear from life-enrichment educator, mindfulness coach, and motivational speaker Samantha Smith on the benefits of strong and clear communication between colleagues and clients from varying generations.

When: TODAY, November 10, 2022 at 1:00 pm est

Where: Live! on Zoom (REGISTER BELOW) and then available on demand on YouTube

This webinar is being hosted by the Future Leaders Program produced by METALCON and MCA. Future Leaders began approximately five months ago with a webinar, and then continued at METALCON last month in Indianapolis.

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Learn “Communication Across Generations” in Tomorrow’s METALCON Live! Webinar- REGISTER for Free

Hear from life-enrichment educator, mindfulness coach, and motivational speaker Samantha Smith on the benefits of strong and clear communication between colleagues and clients from varying generations.

When: Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 1:00 pm est

Where: Live! on Zoom (REGISTER BELOW) and then available on demand on YouTube

This webinar is being hosted by the Future Leaders Program produced by METALCON and MCA. Future Leaders began approximately five months ago with a webinar, and then continued at METALCON last month in Indianapolis.

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

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

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

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

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

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METALCON ’22 Day 2: Ready, Set, Race!

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

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

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

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

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

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Magnificent Metal Monday — Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines … Only 2 Days till METALCON ’22

Super-Charge Your Metal Knowledge at METALCON ’22 — Learn from Metal Hall of Famers

With METALCON ’22 roaring into Indianapolis this week, it’s time to make your final plans to maximize your time at the most influential metal construction and design event in the world. While meeting with exhibitors is an essential part of the event, so can learning from experts to super-charge your knowledge. Here is your “ultimate road-map” to navigating the show floor, where EVERYTHING happens ON THE SHOW FLOOR … AND … included in your Total Experience registration (see FLOOR PLAN). REGISTER HERE!

METALCON is thrilled to welcome four MCN Hall of Famers as presenters this year including:

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

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Calling all Roof Installers! Amazing Opportunity to Get Certified at METALCON ’22

Are your best installers ready to become nationally recognized? The NRCA ProCertification® Metal Panel Roof Systems Hands-on Performance Exam Event is being offered THIS WEEK at METALCON, October 12 – 14, at the Indiana Convention Center for FREE! Through this certification, experienced workers who demonstrate substantial roofing skills and knowledge can become certified by NRCA in specific roof system installations.

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WHAT DO METALCON AND THE INDY 500 HAVE IN COMMON?

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

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

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

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METALCON ’22 EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT – BEST PRACTICES LEARNING CENTER

In today’s economy, it’s more important than ever to have your business run smoothly and maximize every employee’s time and every dollar you spend on running your business. Sessions in the METALCON Best Practices Learning Center will feature industry experts who will provide you with solid, sensible advice and the tried and true techniques, tools and strategies you need to ensure your business’s growth and success. Join us at METALCON in a few weeks scheduled for October 12 – 14 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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METALCON ’22 EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT – SUSTAINABILITY LEARNING CENTER

METALCON Sustainability Learning Center

Sustainability is on our minds now more than ever. Knowing how important “real-time” information is for the metal design and construction community, METALCON’s Sustainability Learning Center is a special educational hub dedicated to helping you capitalize on this critical issue. Conveniently located on the show floor, learn current and relevant information on sustainability practices and products for metal buildings from leading industry experts and discover new ways to deal with that nasty “C” word: Carbon.

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METALCON Live! and the MCA Presents… Insulated Metal Panels Installation – Factors that Influence Girt Spacing

FREE WEBINAR TOMORROW 9/21 AT 1:00 PMREGISTER TODAY!

Learn Factors that Influence IMP Installation from IMP Expert

Alexandre Bélisle, director of R&D and technical services with Canadian-based company Norbec, will present the advantages IMP panels have in reducing the structural elements required to support the various components of the building envelope. Tune in tomorrow at 1:00 pm to get a better understanding of the different elements that are taken into account when calculating the frequency of structural elements to ensure the adequate performance of the IMPs. Bélisle is a current member of the MCA’s Insulated Metal Panel (MCA-IMP) Committee.

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METALCON ’22 EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT – PRESSING TECHNICAL ISSUES TACKLED

For over 30 years, METALCON has been a place for new ideas, inspiration, connections, and most importantly, ANSWERS to the questions that keep you up at night. Code compliance? Fire prevention? Rain Screen Assembly? Air Flow? These topics and more will be tackled in our Technical Know-How Learning Center. Conveniently located on the show floor, respected thought leaders will share proven strategies and technical how-to’s to address the challenges impacting your business right now (and help you sleep better at night!).

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METALCONLive! Offers Insight into AISI S250 Standard – TOMORROW AT 1:00 PM — REGISTER TODAY!

REGISTER TODAY – EARN 1 AIA LU

It doesn’t get bigger than this! Learn directly from the man responsible for the development and publication of the AISI S250 standard during this FREE webinar happening tomorrow, September 7, at 1:00 pm. Join Jonathan Humble, regional director of construction codes and standards for the American Iron and Steel Institute, as he introduces and clarifies AISI S250, North American Standard for Thermal Transmittance of Building Envelopes with Cold-Formed Steel Framing.

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NEW Online METALCON Product Marketplace

NOW available on the newly updated METALCON website, browse our NEW METALCON PRODUCT MARKETPLACE — an exclusive virtual catalogue of products to get the best deals available in metal construction. You can communicate directly with a supplier by sending a brief e-mail directly via the marketplace. Request a quote, make an inquiry, or prepare for METALCON 2022 by scheduling an appointment in advance with the exhibitors you would like to see while at the show. Over 100 products are featured in 23 metal construction categories.

All of the companies featured in the Product Marketplace will be exhibiting at METALCON 2022.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MCN 2021 Grand Award Winner

The Grand Award winner in the 2021 Metal Construction News Project Excellence Awards and the New Metal Roofs category winner was the New York City-based Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library Rooftop Terrace. The project is noteworthy for its “wizard’s hat-shaped roof” that gracefully disguises the rooftop mechanical equipment above the public terrace. The judges selected it calling it a “brilliant solution for urban design building detail,” citing its roof that was “not typically expected on a historic building.”

Photo: John Bartelstone, courtesy of New York Public Library / MCN
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Get to Know Indy – Hotels, Convention Center and Walkability

Courtesy of VisitIndy; Click HERE for a 3D Interactive Map of Downtown Indy

The hallmark of the Indy convention experience is the ease and convenience it offers to meeting attendees. The Indiana Convention Center is positioned in the southwest quadrant of downtown and the building is surrounded by hotels and connected by climate-controlled skywalks and when you step outside, it is an easy walk to parks, attractions and hundreds of restaurants and bars in the heart of the city.

HOTEL INFORMATION – Book today with METALCON’s Housing Company

METALCON has contracted hotel rooms with two of the hotels closest to the convention center — the JW Marriott Indianapolis, which is connected to the center, and the Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, which is connected to the center via a Skywalk. Rooms are still available but going fast so book today. Globetrotter is the only official housing agency for METALCON. Make your reservation by contacting Globetrotter directly at (877) 904-6835, (301) 570-0800 (press 2 for Meetings), by e-mail or click HERE to complete a reservation request form.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Incorporating Metal in Biophilic Design

Photo Credit: CSO

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

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

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

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METALCON LIVE! PRESENTS: The New Technologies of Metal

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METALCON Live! is thrilled to welcome back Heidi J. Ellsworth, president of MetalCoffeeShop (MCS) and RoofersCoffeeShop (RCS) along with special guest, Mark MacDonald of Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings. Join them next Wednesday, August 10th, as they share the advancements in emerging technologies for the metal construction industry. They will discuss how the metal market can utilize new technologies to create job compression along with increased sales and networking opportunities for metal contractors. They will also cover details about the recently launched Sherwin-Williams MetalVue program, the technologies within the program, and how it is being shared through the newly launched MetalCoffeeShop.

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TODAY AT 1:00 PM EST – METALCONLive! and MCA Presents: It’s All in the (Air) Flow

FREE WEBINAR ALERT! REGISTER NOW AND JOIN US IN 1 HOUR! Join Sam Gray and “The Code Man” Bill Beals TODAY at 1:00 PM as they dive into a critical topic for most builders — air flow in metal buildings.

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Discover the benefits of ventilation to maximize comfort and gain an understanding of national and regional codes. Bill will explore and explain the current codes in metal buildings relevant to ventilation and air flow. Considered a “must attend” for anyone in the metal building industry, learn best practices, products, and systems for all things ventilation. Reserve an hour of your time next week and receive an immediate return on your investment – for free!

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METALCONLive! and MCA Presents: It’s All in the (Air) Flow

FREE WEBINAR ALERT! REGISTER TODAY!

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Join Sam Gray and “The Code Man” Bill Beals next Wednesday, July 13 at 1:00 PM, as they delve into a critical topic for most builders — air flow in metal buildings. Discover the benefits of ventilation to maximize comfort and gain an understanding of national and regional codes. Bill will explore and explain the current codes in metal buildings relevant to ventilation and air flow. Considered a “must attend” for anyone in the metal building industry, learn best practices, products, and systems for all things ventilation. Reserve an hour of your time next week and receive an immediate return on your investment – for free!

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American Institute of Architects Makes History

On paper, the newly elected president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) appears to be similar to past presidents — ivy league graduate, award-winning architect, principal of a #1 ranked architect, engineering and design firm, and long-time and active AIA member — but the organization has made history by electing the first Black woman to the position in their 165-year history. She is also the first millennial President of the organization. Congratulations to Kimberly Dowdell, current principal at HOK in Chicago. Ms. Dowdell will first serve as vice-president in 2023 before her mandate for President begins in 2024.

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Introducing MetalCoffeeShop® with “Inside Metal Roofing” FREE Webinar TODAY

WHEN: TODAY, June 29 at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ETREGISTER NOW

Join Heidi J. Ellsworth and Sherwin Williams as they host a panel of metal roofing experts TODAY at 2PM EST. In this RLW (Read*Listen*Watch), Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings and leading metal roofing experts share what is happening “Inside Metal Roofing” today. Focused on the need for skilled labor, these experts will share how training for sales and installation along with increasing technology is changing the face of the industry for contractors and consumers alike. They will also talk about the newly launched MetalCoffeeShop and how it will bring much needed education, information and network to metal contractors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Future is Now …

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

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

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

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