METALCON Vice President of Tradeshows Retires after 35 Years

METALCON announces the retirement of its vice president of tradeshows, Claire Kilcoyne, after 35 years of dedicated service to the metal construction industry. METALCON was established in 1991, and Kilcoyne has been there every step along the way. Responsible for the organizational leadership of a tight-knit team in the planning and execution of METALCON’S event logistics, Kilcoyne began her career with the parent company, PSMJ Resources Inc., in 1985 with a focus on tradeshow sales. After four years, she had the opportunity to devote all of her energy into planning one show.

As vice president of tradeshows, she launched METALCON and despite tough economic times then, it was a huge success because of the demand in the metal construction industry for a new and innovative event. This was the beginning of developing partnerships and relationships that have carried METALCON throughout the years.

“Building long-lasting relationships are the foundation of Claire’s approach to business and maintaining those relationships — be it speakers, exhibitors, contractors, media or event staff — is what makes our show the most successful and largest international event in the metal construction industry,” said Frank Stasiowski FAIA, owner and CEO of PSMJ Resources and METALCON.

“Claire always has her eye on new ideas for innovative, live and interactive additions to the show each year,” continued Stasiowski. “Because of her hard work and dedication, today, more than 100 associations, 25 media outlets and 500 manufacturers support the event attended by approximately 5,000 metal construction professionals each year.”

In 1994, Kilcoyne launched the show’s giving back program. With each show, METALCON and its generous attendee audience give thousands of dollars back to the local community, helping non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, The Carmen House, Home for our Troops, It’s the Journey Atlanta Breast Cancer Walk and Semper Fi Funds, just to name a few. 

 “The giving back program is the most exciting part of the show for me personally,” said Kilcoyne. “Not only does it provide us the opportunity to thank the community hosting our show, we are able to help those in need – again, building relationships.”

This year will be no different as METALCON is partnering with the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania to raise money for essential housing, employment, and vital support services for eligible Pittsburgh-area veterans, service members and their families. 

METALCON has come full circle for Kilcoyne with her grand finale taking place in Pittsburgh’s Steel City, home to long-time partners’ United States Steel Corporation and PPG Industries, both actively involved with METALCON since its inception.

“After 29 years of partnering with the Metal Construction Association, 35 years at PSMJ Resources and 800,000 miles on the Mass Turnpike, I am hanging up my tradeshow sneakers,” continued Kilcoyne. “The friendships and memories made will be long-lasting – and there are many. The opportunity to have taken this event around the country and watch it grow in so many dimensions has been beyond rewarding. And, we have done it all together! Thank you to all who have supported me and for the successes we have shared together over the years.” 

Joining METALCON as vice president of events is Conference and Tradeshow Planner Judy Geller. She is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of experience as a strategist, producer, and marketer in the conference and tradeshow industry. Geller has been tag-teaming with Kilcoyne and her team throughout this METALCON season.

Geller began her career as conference manager for the iconic COMDEX Technology tradeshow, and the Windows World event produced in conjunction with Microsoft Corporation. In 2003, Geller became Event Director of Gainshare Media’s Administrative Professionals Conference (APC) and co-founded the American Society of Administrative Professionals. In 2005, Diversified Communications acquired APC where she continued to work, achieved record-breaking conference attendance and extended the brand with the launch of the exclusive Executive Assistants’ Summit and the Professional Administrative Certification of Excellence.  Prior to joining PSMJ Resources, Geller was an event consultant for ICD Events.

 “We wish Claire all the best in the next chapter of her life and thank her for making METALCON the industry’s go-to event for all things in metal construction,” said Stasiowski. “Her smile, laugh and natural way of connecting people are second to none, and she will truly be missed.”

Established in 1991, METALCON is the only annual tradeshow and conference devoted entirely to the application of metal in industrial, institutional, light commercial and residential projects. Its success is based on three key components: education, exhibits and interactive, learning opportunities. METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., and sponsored by The Metal Construction Association. This year, the three-day event takes place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. This is the event’s first time in Pittsburgh.

For more information, visit www.metalcon.com.

PPG to Debut New Color Series For Metal Coatings at METALCON 2019

PPG announced that it will unveil a new series of colors for its PPG DURANAR MXL and PPG DURABRITE metal coatings at METALCON 2019 in Pittsburgh and also serve as one of the event’s two premier sponsors. According to the company, the new Mineral Series color line offers architects new design options that blend seamlessly into urban landscapes with semi-transparent earth tones that subtly shimmer when exposed to sunlight. 

“We are honored to have METALCON in our backyard this year and really wanted to use the platform to showcase our company’s heritage as an innovator in a city that thrives on innovation,” said Kevin Braun, PPG vice president, industrial coatings. “By developing the Mineral Series, we are giving architects and designers a new palette to change what is possible in building design. The new colors provide on-trend visual appeal without sacrificing durability or corrosion performance. It’s a win-win.”

PPG also will highlight its PPG Durastar and PPG Duraform coatings at the show. Designed to meet American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2604 specifications for light metal construction, PPG Durastar coatings are formulated with an advanced silicon-polyester blend to cost-effectively enhance the beauty of architectural metal. PPG Duraform coatings are based on next-generation polyester resins developed by PPG and are engineered to meet AAMA 2603 performance specifications for light residential construction and building products.  

Outside of the booth, PPG will sponsor the “Finding Strength in Teamwork & Diversity” keynote address by former Pittsburgh Penguins player and NHL legend Bryan Trottier on October 16 at 11 a.m. in the PPG Theater. In discussing his personal and professional journey, Trottier will share his thoughts on the importance of leadership, the uniqueness and strength of teams, and the benefits of diverse thinking, perspectives and experience in an organization.

Established in 1991, METALCON is the largest international event in the metal construction industry. It is the only annual tradeshow and conference devoted entirely to the application of metal in industrial, institutional, light commercial and residential projects. This year’s event will be held October 16-18 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, which is a LEED Platinum-certified building that features PPG coatings throughout its interior and exterior. 

For more information, visit PPG at booth 1037 at METALCON 2019 or visit www.ppgmetalcoatings.com.

METALCON Gives Back to the Local Community Helping Pittsburgh Area Veterans

METALCON, the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions, gives back to the local community during its annual tradeshow and conference taking place October 16-18 at Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

This year, METALCON has partnered with the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania (VLP), to raise money for essential housing, employment, and vital support services for eligible Pittsburgh-area veterans, service members, and their families to improve their self-sufficiency, sustainability and quality of life.

METALCON keynote presenter Rocky Bleier, a four-time NFL Super Bowl Champion and former running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is a great supporter of the organization. After being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968, he was drafted by the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam just one year later. Bleier was quickly thrust into combat, seriously wounded and told he would never walk again. He bravely rehabilitated himself to condition for re-entry into the NFL and defeating all odds, regained his running back position. Today, he is actively involved in fundraising and volunteering for VLP. 

“The VLP was created at a time of need and change in the Pittsburgh community,” said Bleier. ”With the advent of a changing steel industry in the early ‘80s, mills were closing and people were left without jobs. Like all transitions, some people were caught in the middle and found themselves adrift, in debt, troubled and often homeless. Some of those people were veterans. The VLP was created and served as a hands-on agency, finding housing, jobs, interacting with the veterans association, and a place to just sit and talk or be alone.” 

“I support VLP because they save lives, they make a difference and because it is the right thing to do,” continued Bleier.

Each year, METALCON gives back to the local community where the show takes place. Last year, thousands of dollars were raised during the Charlotte, North Carolina show to benefit the Steve Smith Family Foundation, dedicated to helping families impacted by domestic violence and to promoting child health and wellness. This year’s giving back program will raise money for necessary veteran services in the Pittsburgh area.

Contributions to VLP can be made before, during and after the show online at www.metalcon.com or at The Deck, by the registration area in METALCON’s exhibit hall, where members of show management will be available to meet supporters. Following all fundraising efforts, a special check presentation ceremony with the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, Ben Stahl, and METALCON show management will take place on October 17 at 4:45 p.m. in the convention center. 

“We are happy to support a wonderful organization near and dear to our keynote speaker,” said METALCON Show Director, Claire Kilcoyne. ”Rocky’s story is one of courage and determination, conquering insurmountable odds and becoming an extraordinary achiever. We hope the funds raised by our generous show audience will help other veterans who are facing adversity.”

For more information, visit www.metalcon.com.

Pittsburgh Sports Icons to Make Keynote Presentations at METALCON

METALCON 2019 announced that the event’s keynote speakers will include two Pittsburgh sports icons: Rocky Bleier and Bryan Trottier. The keynote presentations are sponsored by longtime partners’ United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel) and PPG; both title sponsors are headquartered in Pittsburgh and have been actively involved with METALCON since its inception 29 years ago.

On Wednesday, October 16, U.S. Steel, a leading integrated steel producer and Fortune 250 company, is hosting special guest Rocky Bleier, a four-time NFL Super Bowl Champion and running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in his keynote, “Leadership through Teamwork, Perseverance & Hope.”

After being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968, Bleier was drafted by the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam just one year later. Bleier was quickly thrust into combat, seriously wounded and told he would never walk again. He bravely rehabilitated himself to condition for re-entry into the NFL and regained his running back position.

With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a running back, Bleier will take the audience from his early years through his professional career and talk about the hard lessons he learned early in life that helped him overcome adversity and reach his goals. Through his story of courage and determination, he defines what it takes to succeed in times of change, how to conquer insurmountable odds and become an extraordinary achiever.

In his keynote, Bleier will discuss why some organizations dominate and some lose, and he will define the ingredients for “real” success. He focuses on winning through perseverance, hope, commitment and trust. Framed through parallels to football and Bleier’s personal journey, he will explore both structural and emotional aspects necessary for individuals and organizations to reach their greatest potential. He will address how successful teams and organizations share four characteristics: leadership, people, vision and a shared belief system.

Furthermore, METALCON is partnering with a charity near and dear to Bleier, the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, for this year’s giving back program. Each year, METALCON gives back to the local community. This year’sprogram will raise money for essential housing, employment, and vital supportive services for eligible Pittsburgh-area veterans, service members, and their families to improve their self-sufficiency, sustainability, and quality of life.

PPG, a global supplier of paints, coatings and specialty materials, introduces former professional ice hockey center and seven-time Stanley Cup winner, Bryan Trottier, who played 18 seasons in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders. Named as one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players of all time, Trottier is ranked 17th all-time in NHL regular-season points and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.

On Thursday, October 17, Trottier will share his life journey, including the challenges he overcame along the way and life lessons learned in “Finding Strength in Teamwork & Diversity.” He will cover the importance of leadership, the uniqueness of team and how it strengthens an organization, the importance of diversity in an organization–diversity of thought, perspective and experience. He will even share a few ice hockey stories. 

Growing up in the small, remote town of Val Marie, Saskatchewan, Canada, with a population of 200 and only one television channel, Trottier lived a simple life on the farm with his family. They had little money but were quite resourceful. They grew their own garden, milked their own cows and threw nothing away. To make extra money, the family formed a band in which Trottier joined as a young boy and performed in local events. He had tremendous support from his parents, despite their simple lifestyle.

Every year when winter would descend, his father, a powerfully built man and descendant from the Cree and Chippewa people, would head out to the creek across the road from their house. Machete in hand, his father would proceed to chop up the dam as if he were hacking up a woodpile, creating a makeshift skating rink. Out on that creek is where Trottier developed his style, skating over the lumps and frozen twigs. He also had to learn to fight, which did not come naturally to him as he was a quiet kid who loved school. At the age of 14, he had to quit school and leave home to pursue his ice hockey career.

Trottier faced bullying on the ice due to his small stature. He also faced discrimination and racism because of his native heritage. He struggled to navigate the path to his dream but sought out people who could help him along the way. He learned the value of being part of a team and found strength in his team. He gained life lessons from sport, music and work ethic. He learned how to lead by inspiration and by example. He’s learned that life is never going to be pretty nor happen the way you plan it. Sometimes you just have to go out to the beaver dam with a machete and start chopping wood.

“We are so excited to have these two local sports icons as our keynote speakers this year,” said METALCON Show Director, Claire Kilcoyne. “Their very personal stories are sure to inspire attendees.”

METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources, Inc., and sponsored by The Metal Construction Association. This three-day eventtakes place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

For more information, visit www.metalcon.com

Steel Industry Icon to Deliver Keynote Address at METALCON 2018

Dan DiMicco, former CEO of Nucor Corporation and senior trade adviser to President Trump’s Campaign, will present “The Economic Plan for Growth and Global Competitiveness in the United States―Implications for Steel”in a keynote address at METALCON 2018 on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 11.00 a.m., in Charlotte, N.C.

DiMicco will provide an overview of the 30-year trade war, review section 232 of the U.S. Trade Expansion Act of 1962, examine the impact of tariffs on the metal construction industry and explain why Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs make sense.  He will also discuss the long-term sustainability of the steel industry.   Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in this informative Q & A session.

For former steel executive DiMicco, there’s no risk of the President’s tariffs sparking a trade war.  “We’ve already been in one for years,” said DiMicco.  “The only difference now is that we’re deciding to fight back.”

Trump’s proposal to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent tariff on imports of aluminum has been met with opposition, but DiMicco is among those who think they’re putting the United States back on track.

DiMicco spent most of his career in steel and manufacturing.  He served as a senior trade and economic adviser to President Trump’s campaign and was the lead on the U.S. trade representative transition team.  He joined Nucor in 1982 and worked his way up to president and CEO in 2000.  Under his leadership, Nucor delivered dramatic growth in profits and shareholder returns. Today, Nucor is the United States’ largest producer of steel and also considered North America’s largest recycler.

Additionally, DiMicco proved himself an effective champion for domestic manufacturing and rules-based, rules-enforced free trade.  He has served on the board of the U.S. Manufacturing Council, the National Association of Manufacturers and the World Steel Association. Currently, DiMicco serves on the board for Duke Energy Corporation and continues to represent Nucor as chairman emeritus.

“Dan not only revived a major U.S. manufacturing firm during a recession, but helped galvanize the flagging domestic steel industry when many of his competitors were in bankruptcy or headed overseas,” said METALCON Show Director, Claire Kilcoyne.

DiMicco, author of American Made: Why Making Things Will Return Us to Greatness will be available for a book signing following his keynote addressIn his book,he tackles the false promise of green jobs and the hidden costs of outsourcing.  He shares lessons learned about good leadership, crisis management, the true meaning of innovation, and he paves a path forward to robust economic growth, middle-class prosperity and American competitiveness. 

“Given the controversy over this hot topic right now, Dan’s extensive knowledge and expertise in this area couldn’t come at a better time,” said Kilcoyne.  “We look forward to hearing his take on how tariffs are impacting the metal construction industry and our overall economy.”

For more information, visit www.metalcon.com.

 

MRA Will Host Seminars for Metal Roofing Contractors at METALCON

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has announced it will be hosting two seminars for metal roofing contractors at METALCON 2017.  Both are designed to help contractors grow their residential metal roofing businesses with advice and ideas that can make an impact. Led by metal roofing expert Frank Farmer, the MRA training sessions will be held on both Oct. 18 and 19, as follows:

Growing Your Residential Metal Roofing Company in the Age of Millennials

Hiring, Training and Turning Millennials into Rock Stars

  • While most companies are struggling with low productivity of a millennial workforce, your company can excel.  Understanding what the millennial generation wants and needs is the key to your growth and profitability. This seminar will share how to turn your company into a magnet that attracts people while developing a profitable company culture that millennials crave.
  • Presented Oct. 18, from 9:30 a.m – 10:30 a.m. and Oct. 19, from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Increasing your Residential Metal Roof Company’s Profitability

  • Learn how to create value and urgency without being the lowest bid.  Frank will share sales techniques specific to the metal roofing industry, including how to become your customer’s first choice and make the order on the first visit at the price you want.
  • Presented Oct. 18, from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. and Oct. 19, from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

For more information, and to register for the sessions, contractors can click here to review the conference schedule and choose a session.  MRA is also offering registration for the show floor at this link.   

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.”

ATAS National Sales Manager Receives Award

Mark Bus, national sales manager of ATAS International, received a Metal Construction Association Triumph Award at METALCON in Baltimore.  He was recognized as being someone who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in his or her business or profession.
 
Jim Bush, vice president of Sales and Marketing states, “I have had the pleasure of watching Mark mature over the years to a young and emerging professional; not only within ATAS but also in the industry.  He has earned the respect of the ATAS sales team, as well as peers and management, through hard work and a sound decision making process.  Mark is also aware of industry initiatives and association activities and brings those into daily communications with staff and customers.”
 
An ATAS distributor, Allan Brock of Brock Associates, says, “During my forty year tenure in the commercial metal roofing and siding industry, I have rarely crossed paths with a young professional like Mark Bus.  I have seen Mark evolve from an inside technical sales person, to a regional product representative, to management.  At each level, he radiated professionalism along with product and technical knowledge.  It’s been a pleasure dealing with an individual as capable as Mark.”
 
Robert J. Bailey, AIA, CSI, CCS, LEED AP, specifications and constructability specialist with IKM Inc., also recommended Mark Bus for this award.  “Mark makes it a point to understand the people who are specifying and purchasing ATAS products.  As a new product rep in western Pennsylvania, he became involved in various CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) chapters.  It was clear to me that Mark knew in order to be prepared for a leadership role in ATAS, he first needed to understand the industry itself and establish important contacts and relationships there.  Mark is an example for other young sales professionals.”

Shingle Line Offers More Color Options, Adds Gauge Steel Offering

TAMKO offers the MetalWorks StoneCrest Slate profile in three additional colors and the Astonwood shingle profile in 28 gauge steel.

TAMKO offers the MetalWorks StoneCrest Slate profile in three additional colors and the Astonwood shingle profile in 28 gauge steel.

TAMKO Building Products Inc. is offering the MetalWorks StoneCrest Slate profile in three additional color options and the Astonwood shingle profile in 28 gauge steel. The products were on display at Metalcon 2016 in Baltimore.

StoneCrest Slate is offered in eight color options, which are exclusive to TAMKO. The three new additions, Forest Green, Timber Brown and Canyon Copper Bronze, were already being offered in the Astonwood profile.

According to TAMKO’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Stephen McNally, the colors are a natural addition to the StoneCrest Slate profile and they provide customers with a range of choices when selecting the best fit for their residential or commercial project.”

TAMKO formerly offered the Astonwood profile in 30 gauge steel while the StoneCrest Slate and StoneCrest Tile profiles were already offered in 28 gauge steel.

METALCON Announces Plans for MCA Metal Roofing Championship Games

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. 
            
The international event for the metal construction industry will capture construction professionals from metal roofing contractors nationwide to compete for cash prizes in a number of challenges known as Battle Stars over Baltimore, in recognition of our star-spangled banner birthplace. 
            
In this two-day competition, five teams with two contestants each compete to split a $400 cash award in each of the challenges, or $2,500 in total each day.  In addition, a grand prize of $500 will be awarded daily to the team who has accumulated the most points collectively from the five challenges. This represents a total of $5,000 to be awarded over the course of the competition. 
            
The Battles with each of their sponsoring MCA Members are:
 
1:00 p.m., Game 1:  Screw Gun Battle, sponsored by Triangle Fastener Corp.
Contestants install 24 self-drilling screws spaced four inches apart into eight-foot long steel purlins mounted on an eight-by-eight foot steel framework platform. 
 
2:00 p.m., Game 2: Hug a Roof Battle, sponsored by Roof Hugger Inc. 
Contestants install 40 lineal feet of factory-notched, zee-shaped sub-purlins on a mock-up existing ribbed metal roof paneled frame.  These games are designed to demonstrate that with the right techniques, tools and products, metal roofing can be accurately installed.   
 
3:00 p.m., Game 3: Standing Seam Battle, sponsored by New Tech Machinery and Drexel Metals
Contestant teams install six each, 16-inch wide metal roof panels over factory-notched sub-purlins.  
 
4:00 p.m., Game 4: Seam It Up Battle, sponsored by D.I. Roof Seamers
Contestants operate a standing seam roof seamer over 16-inch wide metal roof panel seams.  
                                                                                                    
5:00 p.m., Game 5: Let It Snow Battle, sponsored by S-5!
Contestants must install a mechanically attached snow retention system onto 16-inch metal roof panels.  
 
Each battle takes 15 to 30 minutes to complete.  Fastest time and accuracy are the two winning factors.  Judging the competition are members of the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association
 
“The MCA Games Task Force has worked hard to make this a challenging event,” said games organizer, Mark James of the MCA and Roof Hugger Inc. 
 
METALCON attendees interested in forming a team for Battle Stars over Baltimore, can pre-register by contacting the games organizer at mjames@roofhugger.com