MBCI’s General Manager Wins MCA’s Larry A. Swaney Award

MBCI General Manager of Technical Services Ken Buchinger was named the recipient of the Metal Construction Association’s (MCA) Larry A. Swaney Award during its annual winter meeting.

Named after the founding president of the association, this prestigious award honors an individual who selflessly and determinedly works for the success of MCA and the advancement of the metal construction industry at large. The recipient is driven by the same intentions as Swaney: To advocate for the betterment of metal construction through research, education and collaboration that transcends personal or company gains.

Buchinger began working at MBCI in 1988, and throughout his tenure he has been responsible for product development, field services, research and development, claims, warranties, and the creation and management of installation manuals and catalogs.

MBCI President Bill Coleman says, “Ken has been an invaluable member of our family for 28 years, and I am overjoyed that the industry is recognizing him for his many contributions to the research and technical advancement of metal construction.”

Buchinger is actively involved in several trade associations and has written numerous articles for various industry publications and delivers presentations for various organizations. Prior to working at MBCI, Buchinger was part owner of Whitehouse Construction Co. and erected metal buildings, architectural roofing systems and structural steel for 13 years.

S-5! Founder and CEO Receives Larry A. Swaney Award

S-5! founder and CEO, Rob Haddock, has been named the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Larry A. Swaney Award, which honors an individual in metal construction who selflessly fosters the growth and betterment of the industry.

S-5! Founder and CEO Rob Haddock has been named the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Larry A. Swaney Award, which honors an individual in metal construction who selflessly fosters the growth and betterment of the industry.

S-5! Founder and CEO Rob Haddock has been named the 2015 recipient of the Larry A. Swaney Award, which honors an individual in metal construction who selflessly fosters the growth and betterment of the industry. The Metal Construction Association (MCA) sponsors the annual award named after the organization’s first president and one of its founders.

The Swaney Award is bestowed at MCA’s Annual Meeting, held this earlier this year in Palm Springs, Calif. Recipients must exhibit generous commitment to the metal construction industry beyond personal gain, be involved in a leadership capacity, and have made significant contributions to the improvement of metal construction and its supporters.

“Rob has dedicated his professional career for the last 40 years to the advancement of metal roofing within the marketplace,” says S-5! Vice President Keith Lipps. “He has been an influential voice in the promotion, research, and technical advancement of the entire industry, and not just his own corporate product line. He has consulted to many major metal roofing suppliers, assisting them to advance their product lines, develop training programs, initiate technology transfers and more.”

Haddock is also a prolific author of dozens of articles, white papers and industry technical documents. His writings have been published in at least five languages, and he has lectured on metal roofing topics in a dozen countries. He is a generous philanthropist, donating his time, talents, and finances to numerous charitable endeavors around the globe.

“With his western hat, friendly smile, candid speak, and willing participation, Rob is one of the most recognizable personalities in the industry,” Lipps continues.

Rob Haddock began his career as a metal building erector before founding S-5! and becoming a sought-after metal roofing consultant, inventor (he holds more than 30 patents), speaker, and author. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin School of Engineering, is the director of the Metal Roof Advisory Group Ltd., and pilots S-5!, which is a manufacturer of metal roof attachment systems. Haddock has been a Lifetime Honorary Member and advocate of MCA since 1985. He is also a member of CSI, MBMA, ASHRAE, ASCE and ASTM. In 2012 he was a charter inductee to the Metal Construction Hall of Fame.

At the award ceremony, Haddock made special thanks to his family in attendance: sons Dustin and Shawn, daughter Lara, and their spouses, Rebecca and Jessica Haddock and Shane Dunnam. In addition, Haddock expressed gratitude for his staff and the many MCA friends and peers present.

”I am both honored and humbled to receive such a distinguished award and be recognized among the esteemed previous winners, especially remembering that Larry Swaney was the guy who extended a hand of friendship to me and invited me to speak to the MCA group back in 1985,” Haddock says.