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A PPG Preview of METALCON ‘21

Where High-performance Coatings Meet Aesthetics

Sponsored by PPG

The metal construction and design industry is rapidly evolving, and so are the coatings used to protect and enhance exterior metal building components.

Gone are the days when architectural metal coatings were specified solely for their ability to safeguard exteriors from the elements, UV light, abrasions, chemicals and corrosion.

Today, architects, designers and builders have more opportunities than ever before to specify metal coatings systems that hit a broad range of requirements to fit both their needs and those of the end users: lasting durability, color retention, special effect finishes, sustainably advantages, cost-performance and energy savings.

Since the introduction of PPG DURANAR® coatings in 1967, PPG has been a leader in architectural metal coatings and we have continued to pioneer new innovations in the 53 years since. With METALCON just a few weeks away, we want to invite attendees to visit our team at booth 1037 for an up-close look at the latest colors and special effect finishes and benefits of PPG’s line of high-performance coil coatings for industrial, residential and commercial metal building products.

But before we head to Tampa, we wanted to preview the PPG products that will be showcased in our booth, including PPG Duranar, PPG DURASTAR®, PPG DURAFORM andPPG CORAFLON® ADS.

A Half-Century of Coatings Reliability
Duranar fluoropolymer coil coatings have set the standard of protection and beauty for architectural metal for over 50 years. In fact, the origins of Duranar trace back two decades before the first METALCON show 30 years ago!

Visitors to our booth at METALCON can learn why Duranar is still one of the most widely-used architectural metal coatings and why it’s trusted to protect some of the most world’s most cherished landmarks like the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center and the Louvre Pyramid. 

Still the gold standard in architectural metal coatings, Duranar delivers proven aesthetics and durability for high-end architectural applications, including metal roof and wall panels and meets or exceeds FGIA/AAMA 2605 performance requirements, the most rigorous in the industry.

Duranar was recently specified on 15 Hudson Yards in New York City, the first residential tower to open as part of the largest private real estate development in U.S. history. Standing at more than 70 stories tall, 15 Hudson Yards is helping to redefine the city skyline and Duranar was instrumental in creating the building’s stunning façade.

A Star in the Coatings Industry
Durastar will also be on display in our booth. Based on an ultra-durable polyester formulation proven under more than a decade of South Florida exposure testing, Durastar coil coatings enable high-performance building products to upgrade from AAMA 2603 to 2604-level weathering performance without a premium cost investment.

Durastar coatings deliver a smooth, finished appearance and a broad range of glosses and solid colors, all while providing exceptional hardness and scratch- and mar-resistance.

Comprehensive Coatings Solutions
The Duraform family of coatings has the versatility to support a wide range of decorative and functional applications from building products and home appliances to HVAC systems and doors.

For example, Duraform BP coatings are well-equipped to coat building products, as their design is conducive to rainware protection, high-traffic areas and coil trim. Duraform CP coatings cover multiple consumer products such as electrical busways, electrical boxes, bedframes and more with solid all-around properties and roll-forming metal from coil stock.

In summary, Duraform coatings deliver excellent mechanical properties, hardness, stain resistance and affordability to go along with aesthetic appeal. These coatings are engineered with durable pigments for long lasting color.

Restoration, New Construction and Touch Up/Repair
The fourth product set to be featured at METALCON is Coraflon ADS, a field-applied, two-component air-dry fluoropolymer coating for building and roof restorations, structural steel projects and for building touch-up or restoration projects that helps to preserve structures long into the future.

Coraflon ADS delivers unsurpassed color retention and chalk resistance with low volatile organic compound (VOC) content and can be applied on building panels, architectural accents, curtainwalls, roofs, aluminum windows, structural steel and other structurally sound surfaces.

Disruptive Surfaces
In addition to these products, visitors to the PPG booth can also explore one of the hottest trends in the building industry—the move toward novel and groundbreaking aesthetics.

Thanks to new innovations, coatings can provide design options than were not possible just a few years ago.

Specifically, disruptive surfaces for coil coatings allow for differentiation in color and design as the surface textures provide a unique look and feel. From traditional smooth textures and multiple levels of wrinkle to texture matte, these effects not only provide visual appeal, but often added durability benefits like increased resistance to abrasions and damage during forming. These performance and aesthetic advantages are driving more architects and designers to incorporate these new finishes into their designs.

One of the most appealing benefits of these new finishes is their ability to mimic other materials.

Sarah Mueller, PPG coil technical manager, will discuss this topic and more in her presentation at METALCON on Oct. 7 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The session, Coil Coatings and Disruptive Surfaces, will discuss both the aesthetic benefits of these coatings and the added protection and abrasion-resistance they provide to substrates and structures. We encourage everyone to check out her presentation!

We look forward to seeing you at the Insulated Metal Panel Pavilion in October. Can’t make it to the show? Visit www.ppgmetalcoatings.com for more information or contact us at 1-800-258-6398.

Is Metal Roofing Right for Your home?

metal roofing

If your home needs a new roof, you might be comparing the pros and cons of different roofing materials. After all, there are plenty of choices out there; from slate to asphalt, clay and metal, it can feel a bit overwhelming trying to find the ideal roof design for your home. Continue reading

Growing your Business with Metal


by Jim Austin – The Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility opened in 2002 as a Fulton County focal point to enrich the minds, bodies and spirits of independent senior citizens. Soon after opening, a leaky roof put a damper on senior activities. 

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Magnificent Metal Mondays


Another episode of Magnificent Metal Mondays is upon us and today we travel to Chicago, IL. Yes you guessed it the Sears Tower, umm I mean the Willis Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Mondays

Another episode of Magnificent Metal Mondays is upon us and today we travel to Chicago, IL. Yes you guessed it the Sears Tower, umm I mean the Willis Continue reading

Heidtman Steel Products Purchases Bradbury Levelers

Heidtman Steel Products, Inc. and The Bradbury Co., Inc. are pleased to announce Heidtman Steel has purchased two 17-Roll Bradbury Auto-Selective™ Hydraulic Levelers. Each will be installed in Heidtman’s existing push/pull pickling lines in Butler, IN, and in Granite City, IL. Both will have the capability of levelling 0.250” down to 0.050” material thickness Continue reading

Valspar’s Fluropon Pure Now Featured In The Sustainable Minds Transparency Catalog™

Minneapolis, MN – July 12, 2017 – Valspar, frontrunner in the international coil and extrusion architectural coatings industry and part of Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings, is now a featured brand in the Sustainable Minds (SM) Transparency Catalog with its Fluropon Pure® exterior architectural coating.  Continue reading

Section 232 Will Raise the Price of Steel: How do you Protect your Margins?

metal cutting with acetylene torch (Focus on Torch)

If you’re in the steel industry, then you’ve probably heard about the investigation on the effects of imported steel initiated under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Under Section 232, the Secretary of Commerce has a maximum of 270 days to determine whether the quantities or manner by which steel is imported into the United States from other countries threatens national security. Continue reading

6 Reasons Why Face to Face Interaction is Important

Why are trade shows like METALCON Important? Well, let’s try and answer that question for you. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a trade show’s importance is the interaction. That’s right interaction, according to Webster’s Dictionary it means; mutual or reciprocal action or influence. It isn’t a concept that is new to our world or even the trade show world, but it certainly has many ways of presenting itself.  Continue reading

METALCON Opens Registration for Its 2017 Conference Program A Unique Blend of New Technology and Field Techniques

Newton, Mass., June 21, 2017 – For nearly 30 years, METALCON has maintained its reputation of providing the newest ideas and products for the metal construction industry. This year’s conference sessions continues this trend with a select mix of topics about market and workforce development, field techniques and the role of technology in the industry.  Continue reading


Whether it’s an “art barn” as he likes to call it or a “mini-museum” as others refer to it, the new 4,500 sq. ft. art and entertainment structure on the residential estate of billionaire Steve Tisch in Beverly Hills is a stunner.  Tisch is a noted Hollywood producer and also chairman and EVP of the New York Giants football teamContinue reading

Standing Seam Roofing Machines: In-Factory Vs. Portable?

By Ron Schell & Tom Laird, New Tech Machinery

In-Factory Vs. Portable Rollforming Equipment: How to shop for, buy, finance and pick the best machine for you.

The world of metal roofing is dominated by rollformers. Metal rollforming machines incorporate a progression of forming rollers or tooling sets to form many different standing seam roofing profiles used in the metal roofing industry. They can utilize a variety of materials such as painted steel, painted aluminum, copper, and/or zinc in this process.  Continue reading

New Tech Machinery Launches New Website

DENVER, MAY 2017 – New Tech Machinery (NTM), the manufacturer of the world’s finest portable rollforming machines, is excited to announce the launch of their newly redesigned website (http://www.newtechmachinery.com).  Continue reading

Parking in Style at the College Football Hall of Fame

photo by Stanley Capps

Whether bitter rivals from Michigan and Ohio State or iconic figures like Mike Ditka and Peyton Manning, many of history’s best football players can be found together in Atlanta, Georgia. They don’t actually live there, but rather are immortalized as inductees of the College Football Hall of Fame.  Continue reading


The Holy Resurrection Chapel, located in The Gardens at Gethsemane in West Roxbury, MA, offers a place where Orthodox families can observe and practice the customs and traditions of the Orthodox community.  Continue reading

Zac Brown Teams Up With elZinc America To Create A Treehouse Unlike Any Other

Grammy-award-winning artist Zac Brown longed of building a tree house for campers at his passion project – Camp Southern Ground in Fayetteville, Georgia. The camp’s mission is to serve children of all abilities with a special emphasis on those with neurodevelopmental disorders as well as social or emotional challenges. Continue reading

Valspar Coats New Energy-Efficient Academic Building at Mission College

It’s no secret that Mission College, located in Santa Clara, CA, experiences gorgeous weather year round. To compliment this, the campus, which is full of socialization spaces, provides an environment that encourages exterior learning and interaction between students and faculty. Working toward a master plan to lessen its eco-footprint, Mission has been incorporating sustainable design values that use state-of-the-art technologies, starting with the construction of the Gillmor Center.  Continue reading

ATAS International Wins 2017 Lehigh Valley Top Workplaces Award

Designandbuildwithmetal.com – Allentown, PAATAS International Inc. has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor for the second consecutive year by The Morning Call. The organizations who receive a Top Workplaces award are determined solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics LLC, a research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Continue reading

Come Celebrate New Tech Machinery’s 25th Anniversary at METALCON.


Come Celebrate …
New Tech Machinery’s 25th Anniversary
on Wednesday, October 26th at 2:00 pm at
METALCON – Booth 2009.  Continue reading

Visit PPG for Oktoberfest Around the World Booth 2407


Stop by PPG’s METALCON booth 2407 at 3 o’clock on Thursday during show week and we’ll set you up with more than Continue reading



Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto officially inaugurated the Great Monument commemorating the centennial of the Mexican Army in a recent ceremony at Campo Marte in Mexico City.  The monument integrates two dramatic elements that symbolize the strength of the Mexican Army and the work of the Armed Forces over 100 years.  Continue reading

Atlas President Ridenour Will Retire After 32 Years


ASHLAND, Ohio – Randy Ridenour, President of Atlas Bolt & Screw Company LLC, has decided to retire at the end of 2016 after 32 years with the company. Ridenour joined Atlas in 1984 as Central Region Branch Manager and held positions of increasing responsibility leading to his promotion to President in November 2009. Join Atlas in celebrating Mr. Ridenour’s retirement in their booth 2224 on Thursday at 2:00pm (food and beverages). Continue reading

Akzo Nobel Honored to be a Title Sponsor at METALCON 2016



AkzoNobel cordially invites you to visit us at Booth 2331, where you can learn about the products that have made us a leader in coil coatings for over 50 years. Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Mondays


Another Monday, another Magnificent Metal Monday for you to start your morning off. Today we don’t go very far from our office and travel about 8 or 9 miles to the Boston waterfront. The structure today is the ICA  Continue reading

Battle Stars over Baltimore Metal Roofing Games at METALCON


Newton, Mass., Oct. 6, 2016—METALCON announces plans for the Metal Construction Association’s (MCA) metal roofing championship games to take place during its show on Oct. 26 and 27 at the Baltimore Convention Center.  Continue reading

14 Must Do’s at METALCON 2016 in Baltimore


METALCON 2016 in Baltimore is about 3 weeks away and we are extremely excited to see many of you again. I want to remind you that if you have any co-workers, colleagues, friends, or industry followers that wish to attend send them the link on our twitter account for exhibit hall entry at no charge. So let’s get this blog post started already. I am going to give you a list of the top events, things to see, things to participate in at METALCON 2016, see below: Continue reading

GreenZone Education Center Delivers Sustainable Design for Compton Youth


The GreenZone project at Building Design + Construction’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo has set an industry-leading example since its inception in 2008 for educating communities on the importance of going green and showcasing sustainable building through charitable work. In 2016, the project continued its mission by partnering with Compton YouthBuild (CYB) to plan the design and construction for their new education center.    Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Mondays

OrienteFor today’s feature we travel to Europe, specifically to the Iberian Peninsula. In all actuality to one of the oldest countries in Europe that is always overlooked for travel because of their neighbors. Welcome to  Continue reading

3D, Drones, Awards, and Games Part of 2016 METALCON Plans

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3-D technology, drones, inaugural awards, and metal roofing championship games are just some of the programs under preparation for this year’s METALCON. The event, sponsored by the Metal Construction Association, is slated for October 26-28 in Baltimore. Here is a brief rundown of some special activities recently advertised by MCA:  Continue reading

Samco Machinery to Exhibit at METALCON