Metl-Span Hosts Grand Opening Ceremony for Its New Production Facility

Metl-Span, a manufacturer of insulated metal panels, hosted a grand opening ceremony for its new production facility in Hamilton, Ontario.

More than 150 guests came to celebrate the opening with Metl-Span. Guests came from across Canada and traveled from as far south as Texas to be in attendance. Many were able to see how Metl-Span insulated metal panels were produced for the first time on the guided plant tours.

The Metl-Span plant, located at 430 Sherman Avenue North, employs more than 20 full-time workers and is currently producing the Mesa, Light Mesa, Striated and Fluted profiles.

“With Metl-Span now operating in Canada, our customers here and in the northeastern and north central U.S. can benefit from lower delivery costs for all of their metal panel needs,” says Steve Zirkel, president of Metl-Span. “We are also very excited to be a part of the Hamilton community and provide job opportunities and business here.”

The ceremony included an official ribbon cutting with representatives from Metl-Span; the Hamilton Port Authority; NCI, Metl-Span’s parent company; and Robertson Building Systems, also an NCI company, invited to participate. The ribbon was cut by Metl-Span plant manager, Jeff Fountain.

Metl-Span started production in the 24,000-square-foot facility, located at the Port of Hamilton, in March.

“Customers will realize significant savings in terms of turnaround and delivery times,” Zirkel says. “In an industry where time literally means money, this advantage is tremendous.”

The new Hamilton production plant is currently producing Metl-Span Mesa, Light Mesa, Striated and Fluted insulated metal panels.

Metl-Span Starts Production at Canadian Manufacturing Facility

Metl-Span, a manufacturer of insulated panels, has started production at the recently acquired plant in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

To better serve customers in the Canadian and Northeastern U.S. markets, Metl-Span is producing Mesa, Light Mesa, Striated and Fluted panels at the 24,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility. The Hamilton plant was acquired in October 2015.

“Our team has successfully completed the installation of technology and equipment to supply insulated metal panels to our customers,” says Steve Zirkel, Metl-Span president. “The market demand remains strong as architects and building owners continue to recognize the benefits of our wall systems.”

Metl-Span Updates CAD Library

Metl-Span announces important updated information in the Industrial, Commercial & Institutional Panels section of the CAD Library on the company website.

Below is the updated information, conveying the details along with modifications to each of the updated details. The information is located at the Metl-Span site within the CAD Library, under Resources.

Detail: Description (Modification)

  • 2H-VJ-01: Vertical joint with standard gasket (Newly created)
  • 2H-VJ-02: Vertical joint with sealant and backer rod (Newly created)
  • CI-CF-FSTN-01C: Attachment back fastener with girt clips (Proper panel orientation)
  • CI-CF-FSTN-01D: Attachment back fastener with rivets (Proper panel orientation)
  • CI-CF-BE-07: Trim details (Addition of part numbers)
  • CI-CF-DJ-01: Trim details (Addition of part numbers)
  • CI-CF-JB-01: Trim details (Addition of part numbers)
  • CI-CF-JB-02: Trim details (Addition of part numbers)
  • CI-CF-HD-01: Trim details (Addition of part numbers)
  • CI-CF-HD-02: Trim details (Addition of part numbers)
  • CI-CF-BE-08: Base Flashing (Addition of part numbers)

MBMA Adds Seven New Associate Members

The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) announced the addition of seven new Associate members.

The new members include Quality Roof Seamers (Olive Branch, Miss.), Birmingham Rail & Locomotive (Birmingham, Ala.), D.I. Roof Seamers (Corinth, Miss.), Global Building Products (Elkhart, Ind.), Metl-Span (Lewisville, Texas), Distribution International (Houston, Texas), and Konecranes (West Allis, Wis.).

The Associate Membership of MBMA has grown to 57 companies since the organization was founded in 1956. This membership class consists of material suppliers and service providers within the construction industry. MBMA’s Building Systems Manufacturer Membership now totals 43 companies, which puts combined membership levels at an all-time high of 100 member companies. Adding to this momentum, MBMA’s Board of Directors recently approved an expansion of the MBMA membership categories to include a class comprised of firms that provide architecture and engineering services.

“Associate members provide invaluable technical and business input which helps keep the industry ahead of the curve,” says Dan Walker, PE, associate general manager of MBMA. “Associate member firms are very active in helping MBMA achieve its mission to grow the industry for everyone involved with metal building design, fabrication and procurement. We are especially excited about the added architecture and engineering firm membership category because these professionals work directly with our members’ products. Their active participation and engagement will provide members with tangible benefits.”

Metl-Span Employees Provide Gifts for Underprivileged Children

The employees at Metl-Span’s corporate headquarters and Lewisville manufacturing plant have again stepped up to generously support a program organized to provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in the area.

The employees at Metl-Span’s corporate headquarters and Lewisville manufacturing plant have again stepped up to generously support a program organized to provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in the area.

The employees at Metl-Span’s corporate headquarters and Lewisville manufacturing plant have again stepped up to generously support a program organized to provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in the area.

The Lewisville Fire Department works directly with the school district to distribute the toys to area families. This is the sixth year Metl-Span has been a supporter of this holiday project.
“Generosity begins at home,” says Steve Zirkel, president of Metl-Span. “We’re a proud part of the Lewisville community and our employees have taken it upon themselves to help ensure Lewisville families are able to enjoy the holiday season.”

Metl-Span was the largest contributor to this year’s program, as 57 employees contributed more than 80 gifts. Employees also donated cash which goes directly to the Children’s Advocacy Center, a program dedicated to providing justice and healing for abused children.

Metl-Span Appoints New President

Metl-Span announced that Steven R. Zirkel has joined the company as the new president. Metl-Span provides insulated metal panel products for increasing usage in institutional, commercial, industrial and cold-storage markets.

“I’m looking forward to building on a heritage of customer focus and innovation to serve our customers and grow the demand of insulated metal panels,” Zirkel says.

Zirkel comes to Metl-Span with more than 20 years of global leadership experience. Prior to joining Metl-Span, Zirkel was vice president of marketing, sales and commercial excellence at William Scotsman, leading strong customer focus and growth. Prior to that, Zirkel worked at Owens Corning as the director of market and business development, where he led strategy and growth plans for the rigid extruded polystyrene foam insulation business unit. Additionally, while at Owens Corning he was general manager of the global thermoplastics business and managing director of Asia Pacific. He has lived and worked on three continents and conducted business in more than 30 countries.

Metl-Span Acquires Vicwest Manufacturing Plant to Better Serve Customers in Canada and the Northeast

Metl-Span, a manufacturer of insulated metal panels, announces the acquisition of the Vicwest manufacturing plant in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The new plant allows Metl-Span the opportunity to expand and serve customers competitively within the Canadian and Northeastern U.S. markets. Metl-Span will be fulfilling existing customer orders, as well as offering its comprehensive product line to the marketplace.

Steve Zirkel, Metl-Span’s president, comments: “We are excited about the opportunity to better serve our Canadian customers. This plant acquisition will provide significant growth opportunities as the insulated metal panel market continues to gain share in the nonresidential construction market.”

Metl-Span is an affiliate of NCI Building Systems Inc.

METALCON Keynote Address to Discuss the Harley-Davidson Brand’s Success

Do you ever consider how your customers perceive your business? You should and you should do it every day, all day long. Clyde Fessler, one-time vice president of business development at Harley-Davidson, is the scheduled keynote speaker at METALCON. He will present his methods of success at the Tampa Convention Center on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Fessler, often referred to as the man behind the brand, is credited with almost single-handedly rescuing the legendary motor company from near bankruptcy and turning the Harley-Davidson brand into the most sought after on the planet.

“Today I think Harley-Davidson quality and reputation is top notch, but it wasn’t always that way,” says Jay Smith, director of sales at Metl-Span, a manufacturer of insulated metal panels. “Harley-Davidson really struggled in the late ’60s to the early ’80s, but with major management changes and an outstanding marketing strategy, Harley-Davidson has become the premier motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Just ask one of the 350,000 people who bought a Harley worldwide last year.”

Smith owns two Harley-Davidson motorcycles, a 1997 Road King and a 2012 Ultra Classic Limited.

“I grew up mostly riding horses … and bulls, but I always wanted a Harley,” says Rob Haddock, founder and CEO at S-5!, the manufacturer of clamps designed to attach almost anything to standing seam roofing. “I didn’t get one until I was almost 50. It’s a Road King. Harley is iconic and always has been, but the iconic image changed over the years from one of bad-boy gang bikers with an occasional ‘biker bitch’ to just the classic motorcycle to own, which I believe really opened up their market to guys like me who didn’t necessarily want to associate with the bad-boy types.”

Harley-Davidson is the most recognizable motorcycle on the market. Fessler has presented his Harley-Davidson Turnaround Story to more than 100 corporations and international organizations in the past three years. At METALCON, Fessler will share the story of how he made it happen. His message focuses on success at all level, using the principal of The Five P’s: People, Passion, Product, Price and Promotion. Fessler will relate the message to anyone running a business in a competitive environment, looking to break out and become a market leader.

Would you like to build the brand of your business? Visit the METALCON website to register for METALCON and the Keynote Address, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 14.

MCA Bestows Patrick R. Bush Award to Jeff Irwin of Metl-Span

Jeff Irwin, executive vice president and general manager of the Architectural Panel Division at Metl-Span, was the recipient of the 2015 Patrick R. Bush Award presented at the Metal Construction Association winter meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

The Patrick R. Bush Service Award recognizes one individual from a member company who has recently made significant volunteer contributions to the MCA.

Irwin is a 35-year veteran in the metal wall and roofing industry and has worked 24 years in the insulated metal panel industry. He currently serves as the chairman of the Insulated Metal Panel Council and has been deeply involved in MCA for two decades, serving on the board of directors and as president, vice president and secretary-treasurer. Irwin was cited for being “committed to the Insulated Metal Panel Council and a strong, consistent supporter of METALCON.”

Metl-Span Participates in Health Product Declaration Collaborative

Metl-Span is participating in the voluntary Health Product Declaration Collaborative to provide accurate information to design professionals about the content of products.

The goal of the HPD Collaborative is to standardize the method in which building product manufacturers report contents, emissions, chemical hazards and the health effects of their products. According to the HPD Collaborative, the program “objectively defines the critical information needed to support accurate supply chain disclosure by manufacturers and suppliers, and informed decisions by building designers, specifiers, owners and users.”

“There is a global move toward complete transparency and openness from the product supply chain,” says Doug Pickens, vice president of marketing at Metl-Span. “Design professionals, architects, specifiers, builders as well as end users need and want to know what chemical exposure is associated with material choices. It’s a necessary step toward providing the best and healthiest building products.”

Completed HPDs provide manufacturer and product information, details of product testing and compliance and products ingredients, such as hazardous chemicals. HPDs can easily be updated as products evolve and improve, providing the most up to date information to consumers.