With the first round of NFL playoffs behind us, we are one week closer to Atlanta hosting the LIII Super Bowl. So for Magnificent Metal Monday we take a closer look at the Atlanta’s newest iconic gem, the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Home to the NFL Atlanta Falcons and the MLS National Champions Atlanta United FC, the stadium opened its doors in August 2017. It is nothing short of being one of the most highly regarded stadiums built in the last decade.Continue reading
Where’s the crystal ball when you need one? Without crystal balls, tarot cards or other mind-reading methods, we turn to the industry trades to help us “see into the future.”Continue reading
As we say farewell to the final day of 2018, we reflect on an eventful year with many changes yet one constant – our relationships with family, friends and colleagues. We hope you made some good memories in 2018, weathered the storms that challenged you, and enter the New Year with hope and promise.
From all of your friends at METALCON – Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
We look forward to seeing you all at METALCON 2019 as we head to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 16-18, 2019!
In honor of it being Christmas Eve, today’s “MMM” hopes to spread a little holiday cheer to our METALCON Blog readers who are located in all four corners of the world.
From Finland’s Santa Claus Village to Australia’s Bondi Beach party, see how other countries celebrate Christmas. Here are 14 Christmas’ around the world to put on your travel “bucket list,” courtesy of the Travel Channel.
And check out the 10 most amazing Christmas trees found around the United States by decoist.com. From well known places like Rockefeller Center in New York City to lesser known places like the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho which now touts having “The World’s Tallest Living Christmas Tree.”
However you celebrate (or perhaps already celebrating!), Happy Holidays from your METALCON friends.
Welcome to Winter Solstice 2018! You may be asking … what does this have to do with the “metal industry?” Really nothing at all, but sometimes in life it’s good to simply pause or “stand still.” The word, solstice, translates roughly to “sun stands still,” so in honor of the shortest day of the year, we pause from the norm.
There are some fascinating facts about the winter solstice. This year is especially auspicious in that the full moon will rise one day after the winter solstice. Apparently the two won’t be back to back like this until 2094!Continue reading
The 528-meter (1,732 ft) Citic Tower in Beijing was the tallest building completed anywhere in the world this year. It has 108 floors above ground and ranks as the fourth-tallest building in China as well as the eighth-tallest worldwide. CITIC Tower will be the flagship building of Beijing’s comprehensively planned central business district core measuring close to 75 acres.
You know it’s nearing the end of another year when “best of” lists for everything from music to toys to movies to fashion begin popping up everywhere. The construction and roofing industry is no exception. Here’s a round-up of some of the industry’s “best of the best” from 2018:Continue reading
Construction begins on Texas Border Gates
Despite resistance on behalf of many lawmakers to commit to additional funding and also risking a possible government shut down later this month over this issue, construction on the border wall between Texas and Mexico is ongoing. Construction Dive recently reported, ” U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), along with the Army Corps of Engineers, announced the start of construction at another section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, with the latest contract worth up to $5.7 million.”
Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier wins Construction Dive’s 2018 “Project of the Year” Award.
Scope of steel:
The “net” is actually 385,000 square feet of marine-grade stainless steel stretched across 555 tons of steel supports 20 feet out and 20 feet under most of the bridge’s 1.7 mile span.
Who, when, where and how much:
The Shimmick-Danny’s JV, under a more than $142 million contract, is building the entire project during normal operation of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, for completion in 2021.
Proponents are sure that a net or some other physical add-on would help stop the 30 or so people per year who end their lives by jumping off the San Francisco landmark.Continue reading
Labor shortages across various industries are making headlines lately, including the construction industry. One article in Curbed.com cited “immigration crackdowns, economic after-effects of the recession, and a lack of interest on the part of millennials as some of the reasons why the field may be down by 275,000 workers. That’s affecting housing costs, at a time when the country is already suffering from rising housing prices. National Association of Homebuilders economist Stephen Melman predicts growth of 4-5 percent in housing starts next year, and an increase in construction-labor positions to the tune of 12 percent between 2016 and 2026.”
Could women be the solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage?
Kobe, Japan – A tribute to the loss suffered in 1995’s Great Hanshen Earthquake, which left 6,000 dead and much of Kobe in darkness, the city’s annual Luminaire lights up for two weeks every December as a symbol of hope.
‘Tis the season ….
Belated Thanksgiving holiday wishes to all of our METALCON readers. With the turkey and trimmings behind us, it is time for the twinkling of holiday lights to appear on homes, in city centers, on office buildings and more. Continue reading
Asteroid “Psyche” made of almost all metal; photo courtesy of NASA
For our METALCON community who work with metal on a daily basis, you already live in a “world of metal.” But could you imagine a “world actually MADE of metal?” Observations from Earth hint that a 124-mile-wide (200 kilometers) asteroid called Psyche, is 95 percent metal, just like the core of a rocky planet. [NASA’s Mission to Metal Asteroid Psyche (Images)] Continue reading
Photo provided by JP Diroll Photography
Both! Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has long been known as the “Steel City” for its more than 300 steel-related businesses, but with its 446 bridges connecting the city together, it’s also known as the “City of Bridges.”
METALCON 2019 is proud to announce that it will be heading to Pittsburgh next October 16-18, 2019! A show all about metal meeting in a city known for its steel history and its metal bridges? Seems all together fitting! Continue reading
World’s longest sea-crossing bridge opens between Hong Kong and China
Built to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake, a super typhoon and strikes by super-sized cargo vessels, this 55-kilometer (34 mile) bridge incorporates 400,000 tons of steel — 4.5 times the amount in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and 60 times more steel than used to build the Eiffel Tower.
Opened last month, the $20-billion bridge connects Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai, marking the completion of the longest sea-crossing bridge ever built, nine years after construction began. Continue reading
Among the 275 exhibitors at METALCON 2018 was CertainTeed, a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings. METALCON attendees were offered an exclusive preview of their impressive Matterhorn® Metal Roofing collection and what contractors, architects and building owners will soon see in expanded markets nationwide. Continue reading
METALCON LIVE reporting from Day 3 of METALCON 2018, held October 10-12 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
METALCON 2018 was filled with 3 jam-packed days of non-stop action. Celebrating its 28th year, attendees and exhibitors were treated to a new and exciting “Total Experience.” METALCON LIVE features insight into this new design with Claire Kilcoyne, METALCON Show Director. In the video she explains, “The decision to create the ‘Total Experience’ came from wanting to give the attendees and exhibitors the opportunity to experience it all.” With everything located on the show floor, attendees and exhibitors alike could take mini breaks to learn from industry experts.
The Metal Roofing Championship Games wrapped up its 5th year and awarded a total of $8,500 to its winners. Eight teams of two competed in five “competitions” inspired by this year’s theme “The MCA Rev ‘Em Up Championship Roofing Games.” Each competition paid $500 to the winning team. Top awards each day included a “daily points award” of $750. The winner on Wednesday was Matt Cox and Justin Hopta of Thomas Phoenix International and on Thursday, Joe Arnold and Mike Milligan, also of Thomas Phoenix International. On Friday, both teams came together in a face-off where Cox and Hopta, last year’s championships, were victorious once again in taking home the MCA METALCON National Metal Roofing Championship title and $2,000. Thank you to all who participated and spectated.
Now that METALCON 2018 has wrapped up, show designers are already busy working on plans for next year’s METALCON 2019, set to take place in the “Steel City,” Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, October 16 – 18, 2019.
If you joined us at METALCON this year, please share your experience at #METALCON18!
METALCON LIVE reporting from Day 2 of METALCON 2018, held October 10-12 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
If you weren’t at METALCON this year, you will feel like you were after watching METALCON LIVE’s recap of Day Two! Live action from the Exhibit floor, education sessions, Metal Roofing Games, interviews with speakers, attendees and exhibitors and more are all featured.
The day kicked off with a topical and interactive Keynote Address by Dan DiMicco, former CEO of NUCOR Steel and Senior Trade Adviser to the Trump Campaign. Mr. DiMicco shared his perspective on supporting the new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. He commented that “America is open for business again! Tariffs are part of an overall effort to reform the global trading system so it works for everyone.” You can READ MORE in the press release posted on METALCON’s website.
METALCON’s Exhibit Floor “by the numbers” occupied over 76,000 square feet of space with 250 companies exhibiting in 525 booths. It is the only annual trade show and conference devoted entirely to the application of metal in industrial, institutional, light commercial and residential, making it THE place to be to get business done. Todd Andrews with Classic Metals, commented,” If you are in the metal roofing business and manufacturing of metal buildings, the show is a must! I try and buy one or two machines while at the show each year.”
The video recap goes on to highlight some of the engaging educational sessions led by key industry experts and footage from the second day of competition in the MCA Metal Roofing Games where more teams took home $500 in cash prizes with two teams advancing to Friday’s final competition.
The second day culminated with a special check presentation to the Steve Smith Family Foundation. Gerard Littlejohn, Executive Director, was on hand to accept the $3,000 check and remarked, “We are so thankful to METALCON; the funds will go directly to the Smith Family Wellness Center which gives free medical and counseling care to underserved families and help them get the care they need.”
If you joined us at METALCON this year, please share your experience at #METALCON18!
METALCON LIVE reporting from Day 1 of METALCON 2018, held October 10-12 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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After a week-long post-show recovery and reprieve, blogging is back in action with exciting METALCON 2018 updates! Despite Hurricane Michael “breezing” by Charlotte, METALCON attendees and exhibitors were treated like royalty in the “Queen’s City.”
METALCON 2018 offered attendees and exhibitors three jam-packed days of networking, learning, spectating, photo-snapping, donating and overall, celebrating an industry “built by hand.” Launching a new format can be risky, but METALCON show director, Claire Kilcoyne, “felt it was time to shake things up.” Claire explains, “With all of the exhibits Continue reading
As Hurricane Michael blew passed Charlotte today, METALCON continued to “Buzz!” Dan DiMicco, former CEO of NUCOR Steel and trade advisor to the Trump Administration, kicked things off this morning with a lively Keynote Address to over 200 engaged attendees interested in learning about the state of the US economy, Continue reading
Coming to you live from the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina where METALCON was all “a buzz!” While the forecast outside may be rainy, it was bright and sunny inside the convention center at the show, celebrating its 28th year! Sixteen-year NFL veteran and former five-time pro bowl, three-time all-pro receiver for the Carolina Panthers, Steve Smith Sr. kicked things off this morning when he presented Continue reading
METALCON 2018 IS HERE!
CHARLOTTE CONVENTION CENTER, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
We have arrived! Finishing touches are being done to the show floor! On-site registration has officially opened!
The show opens tomorrow, Wednesday, October 10, as Steve Smith Sr., former NFL Pro Bowler with the Carolina Panthers, delivers his Keynote Address on “Perseverance, Teamwork and Overcoming Obstacles” at 11:00 am. The Exhibit Hall opens from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Your TOTAL EXPERIENCE includes a 3 day Exhibit Hall pass, education sessions, access to MCA’s Metal Roofing Championship Games, Oktoberfest and more!
On-site registration opens at 8:00 am tomorrow morning. Come join the largest (and best) cross-section of metal professionals in the industry at one event!
- The NEW Total Experience – Pay one price and get it all AND in one place! Exhibit Hall for 3 days, non-stop education, Keynote Address, Oktoberfest, Roofing Games, and more. LASTCHANCE to save $40 by registering on line TODAY ONLY. Registration increases to full price on-site starting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 9 at 12:00 noon at the Charlotte Convention Center.
- Iconic Keynote Addresses – INCLUDED in your Total Experience registration! NFL icon, Steve Smith Sr., will deliver his Keynote Address on “Perseverance, Teamwork and Overcoming Obstacles” on Wednesday, October 10 at 11:00 am. Steel icon, Dan DiMicco, will deliver his Keynote Address on “The Economic Plan for Growth and Global Competitiveness in the US – Implications for Steel” on Thursday, October 11 at 11:00 am. Both Keynotes will take place in the NEW METALCON Theatre located on the show floor.
- Dynamic Exhibit Hall – Over 250 top manufacturers on hand exhibiting their latest products and industry solutions. Celebrate “Thinking in Color” with Sherwin Williams and their newly acquired company and long-time METALCON exhibitor, Valspar (Booth #1307), at their social open to all attendees, on Thursday, October 11 from 4:00 – 6:00!
- 2018 MCA Metal Roofing Championship Games “REV EM’ UP” FOR THE CHARLOTTE METAL SPEEDWAY!” – Watch non-stop action on the show floor as contractors compete for cash prizes! Click HERE for the schedule of events.
- The Deck – Stop by to meet METALCON’s show management team, snap a photo at the photo booth, enjoy a cold beer and “give back” for a chance to win awesome raffle prizes!
- GIVE BACK to children this year! Join us as we raise money for the Steve Smith Family Foundation, dedicated to the health and wellness of children. For a minimum donation of $25, you’ll be entered to win raffle prizes, including a Steve Smith autographed Carolina Panther Jersey or NFL football, or two tickets to the Carolina Panthers game with a two-night hotel stay. DONATE on-line or in person at The Deck.
- Learning Centers (Booths 1813 and 1837) – INCLUDED in your Total Experience registration. Offering you flexibility of choice, all-day education on a variety of topics including: Growing Your Business, Ownership/Leadership Transition, Field Techniques, Safety and much more. Click here for the full schedule.
- Innovation Scanner Hunt – Download the METALCON APP for a chance to win cash prizes by scanning ALL 10 Innovation Stations on the show floor. Daily cash drawings will be held at The DECK (Booth #1005), provided once again by DESIGNANDBUILDWITHMETAL.COM
- Metal Roof Installation Training – A METALCON Exclusive! Receive MCA’s Metal Roofing Certificate of Completion after taking this 8-hour training course offered ONLY at METALCON. Course starts tomorrow, Tuesday, October 9 at 1:00 pm. REGISTER today!
- Oktoberfest @ METALCON – Enjoy a cold beer with exhibitors Wednesday & Thursday afternoons from 1-5pm! Click HERE for a full schedule.
JOIN US THIS WEEK AT THE CHARLOTTE CONVENTION CENTER IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA!
Standing kiosks will be located throughout the show floor highlighting a company’s “innovative” product. The METALCON APP will be your key to winning cash prizes. All you do is scan each (and every) Innovation Station for a chance to win $500! Read on for the rules. Continue reading
Exhibitors Set to Put the Pedal to the Metal at METALCON 2018
METALCON is the one event that attracts the most metal professionals in the industry. Over 250 exhibiting companies will be on hand next week at METALCON 2018 eager to share their new product information with show attendees. Your “Total Experience” registration includes entrance to the Exhibit Hall for all three days of the show. The redesigned FLOOR PLAN features a new “power aisle” Continue reading
Among the many reasons, METALCON named Charlotte as the location of choice this year because of its metal manufacturing industry base. More than 600 regional companies employing nearly 16,000 employees comprise related industries. Nucor Corporation is a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Charlotte, with $16.2 billion in annual revenues and a profit of nearly $800 million. It is the largest U.S.- based steel manufacturer and the 12th largest steel producer in the world.
Local North Carolinian companies that will be exhibiting and attending the show include: 3A Composites; Betco, Inc.; Cape Fear Automation; IMS USA LLC; Metal Fastening Systems Inc.; RCI, Inc.; Union Corrugating and Wuko, Inc.
Getting to Charlotte
By car, plane, train or bus, ease of accessibility is another reason why Charlotte is an excellent location for METALCON. Air service in and out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is exceptional. Nine major airlines operate at CLT, offering over 700 daily flights with nonstop service to 165 destinations and 33 international destinations. The airport is located only 7 miles away from the Charlotte Convention Center and Downtown hotels, about a 15 minute ride away! Visit Charlotte’s website for detailed information on travel to the city. Once you arrive at the airport, ShuttleFare is offering a $5.00 discount for roundtrip airport shuttles. Click HERE to book your shuttle.
Networking After-Hours … Charlotte’s Dining is Fit for a Queen
Home to culinary incubators like Johnson & Wales University, the Queen City draws innovative chefs who, inspired by their own backgrounds, rethink local and regional delicacies. Visitors can eat, drink and tour Charlotte’s culinary scene by taking advantage of unique tour options via segways, bicycles, or by foot. Check out some of Charlotte’s most popular eats on Charlotte NC Tours’ Taste and Glide Segway Tour or for our “foodies,” you may want to check out FEAST Food Tours. The Taste of Carolina Gourmet Food Tour offers chef creations coupled with learning about the history of the Queen City or if museums are your thing, check out the Taste of the Mint!
Outside of METALCON Show Hours … Charlotte’s Top 5!
Here are the top 5 things (plus a bonus) to do while visiting the “Queen’s City!” Appropriately named for its 325 foot peak, conquer the twists, turns and drops aboard Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga roller coaster located at Carowinds. Just steps away from the convention center, the heart of racing beats at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. If water is your thing, head to the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC), home of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river and an official Olympic Training Site. You can pay your respects to the late Reverend Billy Graham at The Billy Graham Library. Born in Charlotte in 1918, the renowned evangelist was raised on his family’s dairy farm, just miles away from Charlotte’s Airport.
In less than two weeks, the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions takes place October 10 – 12 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
REGISTER before September 30 and receive a $40 discount off registration.
METALCON will take place in Charlotte as arranged on October 10 – 12, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center.
In the wake of Hurricane Florence, please note that there has been no damage or interruption in services reported at the Charlotte airport, hotels, and Convention Center. METALCON 2018 is scheduled as planned. Our thoughts and sympathies are with all those affected by the terrible devastation caused by the hurricane.
REGISTER today and save $40 off your “Total Experience” registration. Discount valid through the end of September so make your plans today to attend.
Safety in the metal building and roofing industry is always of top priority. According to CPWR, Center for Construction Research and Training, “Between 2011 and 2015, the annual number of fall fatalities in construction increased by 36%, exceeding the growth in employment and total fatalities in this industry.” Falls are a common cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in the construction industry. Continue reading
With the NFL season officially underway, METALCON is thrilled to have one of its stars as a keynote speaker at this year’s show. Steve Smith, Sr., a 16-year NFL veteran and former five-time pro bowl, three-time all-pro receiver for the Carolina Panthers, will present “Perseverance, Teamwork and Overcoming Obstacles” in a keynote address on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 11.00 a.m., at METALCON 2018 in Charlotte, N.C., sponsored by the Steve Smith Foundation. Continue reading