McElroy Metal Announces Release of Updated Product Catalog

McElroy Metal has announced the download availability of its updated company product catalog.

The 36-page catalog features the McElroy Metal line of construction products and components for the architectural metal construction industry. The catalog includes detailed information on the 138T and 238T symmetrical standing seam roof recover systems as well as engineered retrofit systems that adapt an existing roof’s structural support system, whether constructed of steel, concrete or wood. Among the other company offerings featured are insulated metal panels under the name of Green Span Profiles, a joint venture IMP manufacturing company.

Furthermore, the catalog highlights the company’s standing seam systems, concealed fastener wall panels, exposed fastener roof and wall panels as well as soffit and fascia offerings.

To have a hard copy of the catalog mailed to you, email a request to info@mcelroymetal.com. To download a PDF, visit this website.

Metal Construction Industry Exhibitors Showcase Products

Exhibitors at the international event for the metal construction industry tout success for this year’s METALCON tradeshow and conference in Baltimore. Donnie Snow, Southern Region account manager at Akzo Nobel says, “METALCON is the one place we like to be. In this business, you have to have a presence. You have to be here. Our competition is here, so you’ve got to be here. We network with existing and new customers, as well as introduce new products. Every year you need to try to keep it fresh and introduce new products, and Baltimore offers the right set up for us.” Ireland’s Gearoid Hogan, vice president of sales & marketing with Combilift, a specialist forklift & straddle carrier manufacturer, says, “This show provides the opportunity to meet with customers and showcase our machinery. It is one of the shows we attend each year. It attracts attendees who are here with a purpose.” Newcomer to METALCON this year was Accurate Perforating, a manufacturer of custom and standard perforated metals. Michael Beck of Accurate Perforating states, “The show has been good for us because it brings us closer to our customer, to the end-user. I really didn’t know what to expect. With other shows, the people are more generic. Here, the exhibitors are our customers. Baltimore is a nice venue, and it changed my opinion of the area. The location attracts the international attendance we are seeing.” Also new to the show this year was Acculign Framing. Company president Bridget Saladino says, “A lot of our target customers/partners are here, and we love the city. METALCON has exceeded our expectations, and we are impressed with the attendees and exhibitors. I think we’ll look back in a year and point a number of successes to the relationships made at METALCON, which we believe will really help to grow our business.”

The guys at D. I. Roof Seamers were fired up about this year’s show. Jonathan Rider, chief administrative officer, says, “This year was fantastic. Baltimore is a good location. We have more leads. People are coming to see the vendors all in one place at one time. The Metal Construction Association’s (MCA) metal roofing championship games are a big draw, as well as the MCA Triumph Awards.” Sales Manager, Kevin Thomas says, “From a builder’s standpoint, we could travel for half the year and still wouldn’t see more people than we would here. This year we doubled our booth size to a 20 x 20. We are seeing the value in it, and it is paying off. More people are ready to buy.” Speaking of the roofing games, this event awarded a total of $5,800 to its winners. Ten teams of two competed in five battles, inspired by this year’s theme “Battle Stars Over Baltimore” in honor of our Star-Spangled Banner birthplace. Top awards each day included a grand prize award and a best quality award. The winner on Wednesday for both categories was Joe Arnold and Paul Kulb of Thomas Phoenix Int., and on Thursday, the same was awarded to Dennis Duce and Gonzolo Tellez of Intermountain Roof Advisors. “It was an honor to be part of this event, and we look forward to competing next year,” says Duce. Next year’s teams will be able to pre-register for the Las Vegas games beginning in February 2017. Robyn Ommen, Marketing Representative with Valspar was happy to report her outcome. She says, “We’ve had a lot of traffic and conversations with customers. We are a global company so it’s great to connect with people from all over. Each year, we introduce new products and continue relationships with existing customers. We do a lot of networking before, during and after the show. We keep busy with breakfast, lunch and dinner meetings, sometimes doubling up on meetings.” Miguel Pena of GSSI Sealants, a family-owned manufacturer of sealant tapes, says, “I come every year. I think it’s a great show and the metal construction industry needs a show. My customers are exhibiting here also, so it is good to be able to see all of my customers in one place. I get to finally meet people I have been in contact with for years over the phone or by email. It is great to see things like AMIE. This technology really adds to the show.” As part of its focus on technology this year, METALCON featured a large scale 3-D printing technology project developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and industry partners known as the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project. AMIE demonstrated rapid innovation through additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, addressing electricity supply and reliability challenges via an integrated approach to power generation, storage and consumption. Dr. Roderick Jackson, the technical lead for AMIE and the building envelope systems research group leader at ORNL, drew a crowd as a keynote speaker on the “Future of Design and Technology Trends in Construction” followed by a guided tour of AMIE in the exhibit hall. “I enjoyed engaging in a dialogue on innovations in construction with industry professionals at METALCON,” said Jackson.

Other exhibitors including the folks at ACE Clamps, manufacturers of roof mounting innovations, were excited about the show this year too. Bob Mercier of ACE Clamps says, “Day one of METALCON started with a bang! We’re showcasing a new product, a video and have a good location. We’re using METALCON to launch our new product, which is drawing a lot of traffic to our booth. METALCON is key for networking with other industry leaders.” Tamas Kovacs, an engineer with ACE Clamps says, “We’re receiving some nice feedback on how to improve future products.” Brad Wasley, Ace Clamp sales manager states, “As far as attendance, this is the best attendance at our booth in the past five years. Our larger booth size, the position of our booth across from the roofing games and the advertising dollars spent all contribute to this year’s success.” Baltimore resident Bill Funk and coil business development manager of Duracoat Products says, “We’re generating leads. Being positioned right by the front, showcasing new products and our friend, NASCAR race car driver Jeff Gordon all contribute to our success. Also, we have our entire sales force here. We’re combining our presence at the show with our sales meeting. Sales meetings are a good idea to tag onto METALCON, and Baltimore is a good venue because there’s area to walk around, and you can stay for the weekend to explore.” “Baltimore was a great show with an upbeat vibe, and the location was good for us once again,” says Claire Kilcoyne, METALCON show director. “We saw an increase in international attendance, successfully raised $7,500 for the America’s Fund, enjoyed a packed ballroom for the MCA Triumph Awards, witnessed a sell-out for the roofing games, and kicked off a roofing certification program to repeat in 2017. We look forward to continuing and building upon this year’s success in Las Vegas next year.”

METALCON Returns to Baltimore

METALCON 2016, the metal construction industry’s international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions, returns to Baltimore for its 26th annual tradeshow and conference.

Designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries attend this event each year. Industry experts from 275 companies exhibit the latest products and technology while sharing their knowledge with attendees. Industry specialists present key topics in the show’s highly-rated, education program.

METALCON 2016 is scheduled for Oct. 26-28, 2016 and takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

MCA Presents Awards to Three Outstanding Achievers in the Metal Construction Industry

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) presented awards to three outstanding achievers in the metal construction industry at its winter meeting held in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

Mark James of Roof Hugger Inc. and Randy Allen from Triangle Fastener Corp. were honored with MCA’s Patrick R. Bush Volunteer Service Award, and Ken Buchinger of NCI Building Systems was honored with MCA’s Larry A. Swaney Award.

With 38 years in the metal construction industry, Allen was acknowledged for championing the creation of the MCA Accessories Council, which he is now serving as chair. He was also recognized for his involvement in numerous other MCA committees, councils and initiatives including assisting with the demo area at METALCON, helping to facilitate the Metal Roofing Championship Games, and coordinating MCA’s golf outings.

Credited with completing more than 30 million square feet of retrofit roof projects in his career, Mark James was appreciated for his work in planning, constructing and operating the MCA demo area at METALCON. He was also recognized for being the primary individual responsible for the Metal Roofing Championship Games for the past two years, as well as actively volunteering on the council level.

With more than 40 years in the metal construction industry, Ken Buchinger was honored for serving on the MCA Board from 2006-14, as well as his contributions in technical research for the association. Buchinger’s work led to many key initiatives that benefited the metal construction industry, including MCA’s Metal Roof Service Life Project and its Spray Foam Research Project. He has been an ambassador for education and training and a primary contributor to MCA’s Roofing Installation Manual.

CIDAN Machinery Joins the Metal Construction Association

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) welcomes CIDAN Machinery to its membership roster. The company has joined the association’s ranks of about 75 member companies with specialties in the metal construction industry.

CIDAN Machinery has manufactured machines since 1907 and is a well-established company within the sheet metal industry. The company manufactures and markets the brands CIDAN and Göteneds at its factory in Götene, Sweden.

“CIDAN Machinery is excited to participate in networking and stay current with the metal construction industry,” says Larry Chandonnet, CIDAN’s president.

MCA member companies benefit from participation in association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. The association works to increase the use of metal materials in construction by educating the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.

MCA members represent a broad scope of companies including metal roof, wall panel, shingles and coatings manufacturers, coil coaters and metal producers, distributors, equipment and accessories manufacturers, energy insulation system manufacturers, and MCM fabricators. Membership information kits for each industry segment are available on MCA’s website.

METALCON Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

True to its 25-year record of being a great place to introduce new products, METALCON drew eager buyers to see all the new offerings from more than 260 exhibiting companies.

“Celebrating METALCON’s 25th anniversary in Tampa gave us a great setting to celebrate the accomplishments within our industry. Best of all, the exhibiting companies had great responses from attendees. These companies expressed their satisfaction with this year’s show by signing up for next year. We already have 55,000 square feet of space committed for 2016 in Baltimore. This has been a great location for us so we’re looking forward to a repeat of our very successful 2008 event held at the Baltimore Convention Center,” notes METALCON Show Director Claire Kilcoyne.

METALCON is the metal construction industry’s largest international tradeshow and conference for metal construction products, technologies and solutions. The 25th annual event took place Oct. 14-16 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.

Quality and consistency of attendees were bywords for many exhibitors at the 2015 show, such as Bo Newman, business development manager for D.I. Roof Seamers, Corinth, Miss., who says: “METALCON has always been a top trade show for us and this year was no exception. Our booth was filled with visitors throughout the show. The contacts we made were not only record breaking in number, but they were clearly buyers. The vast majority of them are all about business—seriously intent on putting our products and services to work for them.”

He adds: “In addition to our own marketing efforts, we took full advantage of METALCON’s great marketing tools. We participated in the MCA Roofing Championship Games, as well as the “Association at Work for You” area. This added exposure was key in the overwhelming response to our new products—particularly the new D.I. Curver 1000 and Cap Bender. These machines are used to field form a radius on common snap-lock panels with narrow batten caps. We look forward to next year’s METALCON where we will once again present the latest innovations in panel seaming technology.”

Larger equipment suppliers, such as AXYZ Automation, also drew crowds. “There was a lot of interest in our PANELBUILDER CNC Router featuring our new software and print head. We saw very strong prospects and generated a lot of business here. METALCON has always been successful for us because many of our suppliers are here and our customers, installers of wall cladding (ACM), are also in abundance at METALCON. Every year this is a good source of business for us. The new PANELBUILDER 16 is the latest combined router and software solution in our company’s CNC router systems for panel fabrication,” says Greg Jenkins, vice president of sales, AXYZ Automation Inc., Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

New metal panel systems were also a big hit. Ken Gieseke, vice president, marketing, McElroy Metal, Bossier City, La., notes that: “Traffic to our booth was consistently good. Our new product, the 138T Shingle Recover System, was a real draw. Our target is the retrofit arena and our product was developed based on studies of the ASV concept. We did a lot of electronic promotion through METALCON’s offerings, as well as industry publications.”

Lee Ann M. Slattery, sales support manager, ATAS International Inc., Allentown, Pa., echoes his comments. “ATAS International had many visitors who were interested in our new Isoleren insulated metal panels. It was a good event at which to announce this new product offering. Participating in the Learning Zones helped ATAS educate contractors on installation details related to flashing. ATAS has participated as an exhibitor at METALCON for the past 25 years. It is where we establish new relationships and meet with customers and suppliers that we have worked with for many years, and we look forward to future shows,” she says.

For some companies, such as software supplier AppliCad, METALCON is primarily an educational opportunity. “Our customer base has access to all kinds of information so their perception is that they don’t need trade shows to make a decision. The U.S. market is critical for us and we feel our role is to educate roofers through these shows. This is the only way to do it and this show was better than I expected. So we’ll be back next year,” says Ray Smith, managing director of AppliCad, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. AppliCad has developed software for simplified roof modeling in 3-D for roofing and cladding estimating throughout the Americas, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Bill Zayas, senior account executive, SnoGem, McHenry, Ill., also had a rewarding experience in educating prospects and showing them new products. “We previewed our Universal Composite Panel System. There’s no better venue than METALCON to introduce this product. Plus, being right by the MCA Roofing Games helped draw the right people to our booth. In an area like Tampa, we were promoting the benefit of our products in solar installations. In fact we had a visitor from Sri Lanka who was interested in standing seam roofing and wanted to know about our clips.” The design of the Universal Composite Panel System (UCPS) 1000 Series incorporates a concealed drainage system and a concealed fastener design.

Kristin Peregoy, marketing manager, New Tech Machinery, Denver, says her company celebrated industry accomplishments this year and is looking forward to doing so next year. “To help mark METALCON’s 25th anniversary, New Tech Machinery and S-5! co-hosted a kick-off party that had a great turn out. Everyone involved in the show had a part in growing the industry in the last 25 years and by partnering together who knows how big it could get. New Tech Machinery has been attending METALCON for many years and it has consistently been our biggest show. Next year is also New Tech Machinery’s 25th anniversary so we’re making great plans for our celebration at METALCON.”

Before the exhibits opened on the first day, that distinctive rumble of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle started the keynote presentation as Clyde Fessler, former vice president of business development for Harley-Davidson Motor Co., rode a Harley into the ballroom, drawing a rousing applause from the audience.

As Fessler reflected on the history of Harley-Davidson and its turnaround, he captured the essence of how communication with customers played a major role, stating that “problems are in the office; solutions are in the field.” Other key points from his presentation were for companies to: be direct about any weaknesses; address the competition squarely; go global if possible; create accessories if that works for the product line; and to remember that marketing people bring the passion and that brings success.

METALCON’s success is based on three key methods of education: exhibits, an extensive education program and interactive, live demos. This year’s conference program included 90-minute classroom sessions focused on what CEOs, presidents and managers need to move their companies forward. Learning Zones offered education inside the exhibit hall in 15-minute sessions with presentations on technical applications and solutions. The live-action MCA Metal Roofing Championship Games held in the exhibit hall drew volunteers from the audience to compete in five different types of challenges involving various metal roofing applications and techniques.

This year METALCON committed its Giving Back Program to America’s Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping U.S. Armed Forces’ veterans and their families. This affiliation allows METALCON to focus its giving back efforts throughout the year on assisting members of the military in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Contributions to America’s Fund can be made any time on the METALCON website. Each year a special fund raising drive will be held at METALCON to help a specific America’s Fund program serving veterans in the show’s location that year.

During this year’s 25th anniversary celebration, show management honored companies that helped pioneer METALCON and have remained exhibitors. METALCON Show Director Claire Kilcoyne also received an award, the first annual MCA Triumph Award. These awards honor individuals and companies in the metal construction industry in nine different categories. Claire received the 2015 Industry Champion of the Year Award for spearheading the METALCON show for 25 successful years.

Other categories in the MCA’s annual Triumph Award are: Young Movers and Shakers; Media Executive/Journalist; Sales Person; Entrepreneur; Business of the Year – Contractor, Manufacturer, and Service Provider; Emerging Business; Corporate Citizen – Business and Individual; and Marketer – Business to Business and Consumer.

The next METALCON takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore from Oct. 26-28, 2016.

METALCON draws designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries each year. Industry experts from nearly 300 companies exhibit the latest products and technology, while sharing their knowledge with attendees. Industry specialists present key topics in the show’s highly-rated education program.

METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources Inc. and sponsored by the Metal Construction Association.

MCA Launches Triumph Awards to Honor Those Who Impact the Advancement of the Metal Construction Industry

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has formed the MCA Triumph Awards, a new way to honor the many different kinds of people and companies that champion the growth and development of the metal construction industry each year.

Announced at the METALCON show, the idea for the commendation was initiated by Keith Lipps, vice president of marketing and sales from MCA member company, S-5!. “So many people do great things everyday at various levels in their career using many different skill sets, and it’s their achievements that make this industry thrive,” says Lipps. “We want to celebrate these contributions with a premier award because it’s everyone working together that makes us strong.”

The annual MCA Triumph Awards will honor individuals and companies from throughout the metal construction industry, from academia to code development to marketing and communication to research and innovation. The inaugural Triumph Award went to Claire Kilcoyne of PSMJ Resources who was awarded the first Industry Champion of the Year Award for spearheading the METALCON show for 25 successful years.

Future honorees will be nominated by their peers and judged by a 10-person committee. The awards will be presented at a marquee event designed to celebrate honorees with a formal dinner and light-hearted entertainment. “It will be the Academy Awards of the metal construction industry,” says Lipps.

Nominations are open to the public and will be accepted beginning February 2016. The awards event will be held Oct. 26, 2016 in Baltimore. The judging committee will consist of members from a variety of groups, including members from the MCA, Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA), National Frame Building Association (NFBA), as well as at-large volunteers.

“We are thrilled to be on the ground floor planning for this awards program,” says Kristin Peregoy with MCA member company, New Tech Machinery. Peregoy has been instrumental in launching the program along with Lipps. “As a new member company of MCA, we wanted to get involved and we couldn’t ask for a more exciting opportunity.”

The MCA Triumph Awards will be given in nine categories:

  • Industry Champion of the Year Award: An individual from any field or position that has made a great overall impact on advancing the metal construction industry.
  • Industry Young Movers and Shakers Awards: For those younger than 35 who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in his or her business or profession.
  • Industry Media Executive / Journalist of the Year Award: A member the media who has made a significant impact on the metal construction industry through media and journalism.
  • Industry Sales Person of the Year Award: A sales professional who has had the greatest impact on their company in the previous 12 months.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: An individual who was the original founder of a business in the metal construction industry (contractor, manufacturer or building system) who has who has built a successful company.
  • Business of the Year – Contractor, Manufacturer, and Service Provider: A company in each category that has demonstrated achievement and an exceptional previous 18 months.
  • Emerging Business of the Year: A new company in the metal construction industry that has demonstrated achievement and an exceptional previous 18 months.
  • Corporate Citizen – Business of the Year and Individual of the Year: An individual and a company that has shown commitment to bettering the world outside of their normal business through their involvement and dedication to a cause or charity.
  • Marketer of the Year – Business to Business and Consumer: Marketers and their agencies for exceptional integrated marketing campaigns that have promoted their companies with exceptional creative and strategy over the past 12 months.

MCA will be providing additional information about how to submit nominations for the award and opportunities for corporate sponsorships in the coming months.

METALCON to Provide New Ideas and Opportunities in Metal Construction

METALCON is only a few weeks away and excitement is building about the many new ideas and opportunities it offers. The event is in Denver for the first time, its new education format combines classroom and exhibit hall sessions, interactive roofing competitions keep the action going in the exhibit hall, and the line-up of exhibitors and products is bigger and better than ever.

METALCON takes place Oct. 1-3 at the Colorado Convention Center in the heart of Denver. It is the only annual international event offering education and product exhibits focused on the use of metal in construction. Visitors from more than 52 countries come to METALCON each year to learn about the top trends in metal from industry experts. METALCON is produced by Newton, MA-based PSMJ Resources, Inc., a leading authority on the effective management of architecture, engineering and construction firms; and sponsored by the Metal Construction Association, an organization of manufacturers and suppliers headquartered in Chicago.

Two Denver-area exhibitors are spearheading a Colorado Coalition with construction-related organizations in the Rocky Mountain area. Their objective is to bring awareness of METALCON to Colorado, welcome the industry to Denver, and drive attendance. Heading up the Coalition are Kristin Peregoy, Marketing Manager for Denver-based New Tech Machinery and Keith Lipps, Vice President of Colorado Springs-based S-5! Solutions! Also involved are local and state roofing associations, including those from Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Montana and surrounding states. COSEIA, the Colorado chapter of SEIA, is also involved as are local AIA, BOMA and IFMA groups.

During the show the Coalition will offer giveaways each day for Colorado-based activities, in the New Tech and S-5! Booths, 606 and 810 respectively. Topping off the Coalition’s festivities is a welcoming party on Wednesday, October 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Colorado Convention Center. The party will feature Colorado foods, beers, Denver Broncos cheerleaders, and music by “The Fab 4,” a Beatles tribute band.

A new series of daily programs takes place in Learning Zones located in the exhibit hall. Topics for these 15-minute sessions focus on technical applications and solutions such as using protective films on metal roofs, flashing details, snow retention systems, software and systems for steel framing, truss component technology, utility applications on standing seam roofs, and matching tools and applications. Learning Zones are strategically placed to allow visitors to capture as many sessions as possible while still having time to peruse product exhibits. Learning Zone 1 is located in Booth 2117 and sponsored by MBCI; Learning Zone 2 is in Booth 341.

A lively, new feature is the MCA’s Metal Roofing Championship Games that include four different competitions on Wednesday and Thursday, October 1 and 2 beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Booth 1835. These interactive programs draw volunteers from the audience to compete against each other for prizes of cash or product. They involve fastening screws into purlins, seaming standing seam panels, installing rubber roof jacks and placing PV clamps on a metal roof. The games are designed to show that with the right techniques, tools and products, metal roofing can be easily and accurately installed. More action in the METALCON exhibit hall takes place in Solar Bay Live, Booth 846, an area dedicated to products and demos related to using metal roofing with solar installations.

The METALCON conference program includes 90-minute classroom sessions focused on what CEOs, presidents and managers need to know to move their companies forward. Topping the list is keynote speaker Steven S. Little, a sought after expert on the subject of long-term business growth. His session takes place Wednesday, October 1, from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Steven’s personable approach engages the audience and invigorates them to act on their business goals.

On Thursday, Gene Marks, a well-known columnist, author and small business owner, highlights the program with two information-packed presentations: “Sales and Marketing Technologies That Will Improve Your Business,” and “Top Trends That Affect Your Business Opportunities and Growth.”

Many of the conference presenters are from the Denver region including Rob Haddock, President of the Metal Roof Advisory Group offering “Understanding Metal Roofing Parts I and II”; and Paul Collyer, President of Panelmet Consulting, LLC, sharing his expertise on “Improving Sales by Understanding Body Language.” Several key people from the Denver office of FMI Corporation offer high-level topics including “Developing Business Leadership”; “Using a Strategic Plan to Keep Business on Course”; and “Overcoming the Workforce Shortage.”

Experts from the 275 exhibiting companies will share their knowledge of products and field applications with attendees. The line- up includes 53 businesses that have not exhibited in METALCON before or are returning after a multi-year absence. These include Butler Manufacturing and companies offering their products to METALON visitors for the first time.

Metal Construction Association Welcomes New Members

The Metal Construction Association welcomes five additional companies to its membership. Byrne Metals Corp., DECRA Roofing Systems, D.I. Roof Seamers, S-5! and TopHat Framing have joined the ranks of about 74 member companies with specialties in the metal construction industry.

Byrne Metals Corp. is a leader in the architectural metalwork industry and offers fabrication and installation of metal walls, roofing and accents for projects across the Southwest.

DECRA Roofing Systems has more than 50 years of experience manufacturing and marketing stone-coated steel roofing systems.

D.I. Roof Seamers is recognized as the largest dedicated Roof Seamer Manufacturer in the world. Jonathan Rider, D.I. Marketing Coordinator says, “Joining the MCA was an easy decision for us. DI Roof Seamers is very proud of our association with such an amazing group and we look forward to many years of working together with MCA. We feel that the mission and collective interest of the MCA are things that we passionately share.”

S-5! is recognized as an authority on attachment technology for metal roofs, producing unique attachment products for the metal roofing industry.

TopHat Framing provides advanced roofing retrofit framing solutions through innovative product lines. Tim Lane, President of TopHat says, “There is no better way to meet so many members of our industry than at an MCA meeting. But that was only one of my reasons for joining the association. I also look forward to engaging at the council level on issues specific to my business so together we can move the industry in a positive direction.”

METALCON Heads to Denver, Exhibitors Are Optimistic

METALCON International is heading to Denver for the first time and it’s a good thing … signs are that construction business is definitely improving.

METALCON, scheduled for Oct. 1-3 at the Colorado Convention Center, annually attracts thousands of attendees looking to learn more about metal: contractors, architects, specifiers, roofers, designers, developers and suppliers from more than 50 countries.
METALCON’s first-ever visit to Denver allows manufacturers and suppliers with offices in the Rocky Mountains to reach out to thousands of potential customers. According to the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., Denver’s employment growth was more than 1 percent higher than the national average.

“Metro Denver will have quite a strong employment growth in three leading sectors of our economy in 2014—natural resources and construction (8 percent), professional and business services (4.3 percent) and education and healthcare services (3.5 percent),” says Patty Silverstein, chief economist for the Metro Denver EDC. “Growth in these industries sends positive ripple effect through other areas of our economy.”

That can only be good news for METALCON exhibitors and attendees.

Clay Trapp, Sales Representative for DECRA Roofing Systems in the Denver area is looking forward to his first METALCON. “I’ve been with DECRA for only a few months, so this is a great opportunity for me,” Trapp says. “We’ve got some good partnerships in the area.” DECRA manufactures a range of stone-coated metal roofing shingles. Most of the work for DECRA in the area is in the residential segment.

For AMSI Supply of Douglasville, Ga., the opportunity to visit a new venue should lead to a boost in business. “We do a fairly decent amount of business in the Rockies,” says David Trefzger, general manager at AMSI. “Still, most of our business is east of the Mississippi River. We hope to have another good show at METALCON, generate some new business.”

AMSI’s business in the Rocky Mountains is approximately 60 percent in the commercial market, 25 percent for government projects and the remainder in residential. AMSI Supply manufactures metal roofing components: roofing clips, bearing plates, measuring, cutting and seaming tools and much more.

“We’ve identified the Rockies as one of our seven important regions because of the weather there, metal roofing is user-friendly there, it sheds snow,” says David Rowe, Director of Product Management-Building Envelope at Englert Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of standing seam metal roofing. “Are we looking forward to METALCON being in our backyard? You bet!” Rowe says of Englert’s roofing projects in the Rocky Mountains, about 80 percent are commercial with the remaining 20 percent residential projects.

Not everyone exhibiting at METALCON has tapped into the Rocky Mountain market. Franklin Manufacturing Inc., a global leader in high quality hydraulic steel fabrication equipment based in Russellville, Ala., is looking for new customers. “We haven’t done a whole lot of business in that area,” says Dale Moore, sales and project development at FMI. “That’s one of the reasons we wanted to make sure we were at this show. Plus we’ve made every METALCON the last umpteen years.”

Moore believes his potential customers would rather put their hands on FMI products than watch a video online. “I have no doubt that a first-time show in Denver will be a very good one,” Moore says. “We’re very upbeat about this show.”