MCA Publishes New White Paper on Material Properties That Affect Steel Cladding Performance

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published a new white paper available for download on its website, metalconstruction.org. The paper, “Material Properties that Affect Steel Cladding Performance,” details important material parameters that affect the performance and qualities of steel cladding and the ability to fabricate the steel, paying particular attention to the often-misunderstood concept of gauge.

Steel cladding is often a key element in the overall building design. But not all steel cladding systems are made or perform the same. Steel used in roof and wall applications is the product of a highly engineered process. A variety of factors, including the metal thickness, yield strength, metal coatings and finish systems determine the performance of a cladding system. This paper provides recommendations on what cladding would perform best based on building specifications including location and purpose.

Sections include Carbon Content, Yield and Tensile Strength, Steel Designations, Coating Systems, and Steel Thickness/Gauge. Gauge is a particularly important discussion because thickness is a critical parameter in the performance of steel sheet and coil. Charts, examples, and tables provide results of rigorous testing to meet performance requirements for the thickness used.

The white paper is free for download on the MCA website in MCA Metal University:
https://www.metalconstruction.org/material-properties  

MCA Welcomes Two New Member Companies

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to announce two companies have recently joined the 100+ manufacturers and suppliers dedicated to expanding and developing the metal construction industry: Wood’s Powr-Grip and Wagner Metal Supply.

Wood’s Powr-Grip – Wood’s Powr-Grip, based in Laurel, Montana, is now in the third generation of family management. The company designs, manufactures and distributes tools and equipment including a full line of hand-held vacuum cups, below-the-hook vacuum lifters and vacuum mounting cups to make handling materials and mounting equipment easier. The company now has over 150 employees but continues to adhere to founder Howard Wood’s philosophy to always “do the right thing” for customers, employees, and everyone who comes into contact with WPG products.

Wagner Metal Supply – Located in Defiance, Ohio, this family-owned and operated metal fabrication shop offers metal products including metal roofing panels, metal siding panels, a wide range of metal accessories and more. The company offers two different exclusive metal panels. DuraFastTM, is used for metal siding and metal roofing applications, and DuraLoc-16TM, is a standing seam roofing panel. The company has been in business for over two decades and Brett Wagner, the company’s founder, maintains a principle “to create customers for life”.

Barry Wood of Wood’s Powr-Grip described his reasons for his company to join MCA. “MCA is the place to be to meet and form relationships with the key people in the industry. We’re looking forward to building valuable relationships through the incredible networking opportunities.”

Both companies will now have access to the resources available to all MCA members, including updated technical reports, research data, the Annual Market Study, and industry information in the Members Only section of the MCA website.

MCA members represent a broad array 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, MCM fabricators, and contractors.                                                                          

MCA member companies benefit from participation in association activities and connections among suppliers and industry leaders in 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.

“We welcome our new members and look forward to sharing all of the benefits MCA offers,” says MCA’s Executive Director, Jeff Henry. “We look forward to building meaningful relationships that help our members network with fellow industry leaders and to expand their businesses.”

For more information, visit www.metalconstruction.org.

MCA Winter Meeting To Be Held Virtually, February 2-4

The Metal Construction Association’s 2021 Winter Meeting will be virtual this year on February 2- 4. The meeting is one of the metal industry’s most valuable opportunities to network with leaders in metal construction and obtain important industry and technical updates. The event is sponsored by ATAS International, Inc., Roof Hugger, Triangle Fastener and Tuschall Engineering. GSSI Sealants is sponsoring the meeting’s general session.

Key sessions at the conference include an opening general session, with a panel discussion on the state of the economy and industry expectations for the coming year. Other sessions include: the fundamentals of rainscreen design, with a Q&A session on the growing use of rainscreens across the metal industry; the annual awards presentation, where member companies are recognized for projects exhibiting excellence and achievement for the industry; and the NFPA 285 engineering judgments, where changes to the flame-propagation test for exterior wall assemblies will be examined, and what those changes mean to businesses and the industry as a whole. Along with additional council meetings and other presentations, MCA has included time in the schedule to network with other industry professionals. 

“Our members know the value of our meetings,” said Jeff Henry, MCA’s executive director. “The success of our previous virtual meeting answered the question, ‘Can we make the virtual format work?’ Now we’ve asked ourselves, ‘How do we make the Winter Meeting even better?’ To achieve that, we’ve built more time into discussions in council and committee meetings, so members have the opportunity to play an active role in the decision making and advocacy efforts that can benefit their company.”

 The meeting is open to all industry professionals. This is an opportunity for non-members to take part in the discussions and learn about news and emerging trends in the industry and recognize the benefits of joining MCA.

For more information and the complete schedule of events, visit https://www.metalconstruction.org/winter-meeting-2021.

MCA Welcomes Four New Member Companies

Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to introduce its newest members. The association will be collaborating with these new member companies as it continues to educate people on the importance of metal in the building envelope. The four newest members are:

Metal Panel Systems – This manufacturer of custom-formed commercial and residential metal roofing and architectural panels has been in business for nearly three decades. Located in West Chester, Ohio, the company specializes in architectural standing seam systems and accessories including fasteners.

TrueCore – Headquartered in Laurens, S.C., this division of Nucor produces insulated metal panels for the cold storage and industrial markets in North America. Among the sectors they service are agricultural, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and warehousing.

Metalhouse, LLC – Based in Orlando, Fla, Metalhouse is a privately-owned supplier of iron and steel products including steel making raw materials, steel wire rods, steel beams, channels, and merchant pipes.

Falk Production LLC – FALK Panel supplies insulated metal panels for exterior and interior walls and roofs, metal profiles and required accessories. The company is located in Walker, Mich.

MCA members represent a broad array 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, MCM fabricators and contractors.                                                                            

“Metal Panel Systems joined MCA to surround our company with the industry’s best talent and to gain access to experts who have experience in what we do every day,” says Ben Mackie, Operations Director at Metal Panel Systems. “We hope to come away with new friendships, as well as connections and unlimited technical resources.”

MCA member companies benefit from participation in association activities and connections among suppliers and industry leaders in 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.

“We’re excited to work with all of our new members and show them all of the benefits MCA offers,” says MCA’s Executive Director Jeff Henry, MBA CAE. “We look forward to building meaningful relationships that help our members network with fellow industry leaders and  expand their businesses.”

For more information, visit www.metalconstruction.org.

MCA Releases Three New White Papers

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has published three technical resources on its website, metalconstruction.org. The three white papers, two new and one updated, each cover important design and safety aspects of metal construction: metal roofing, metal walls, and metal fasteners. The three new resources available for free download are:

Best Practices: Metal Building Sealant Types and Application Guidelines: This new paper provides information about the most common sealant types used in metal roofing and the important best practice guidelines for each. The benefits and limitations of each sealant is discussed, so building professionals can make informed decisions and recommendations regarding the correct product for a specific application.  

Is My Exterior Wall Material Truly Noncombustible? This new paper clarifies safety standards in the International Building Code (IBC) regarding metal walls and ASTM E136, the test for material combustibility. The paper discusses topics such as what products or materials will burn, what criteria causes a product or its assembly to be deemed “non-combustible”, and cladding flame spread performance. 

Fastener Compatibility with Profiled Metal Roof and Wall Panels: This updated paper discusses the differences between primary and secondary fasteners and the importance of fasteners in securing the components to a structure. Also included is a Recommended Fastener Guide to clarify the selection of fasteners used with metal roofing and wall panels. Fastener durability, compatibility, and load resistance is also explored.

These white papers are free for download on the MCA website in the resources section.

For more information, visit https://metalconstruction.org.

PPG Honored With Three Chairman’s Awards From Metal Construction Association

PPG announced that it received three 2018 Chairman’s Awards – including the top honor – from the Metal Construction Association (MCA) during the organization’s winter meeting in Key Largo, Florida. PPG was the only coatings manufacturer recognized with awards.

PPG received the highest honor for the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech, which earned the Chairman’s Award for Overall Excellence. Located on New York City’s Roosevelt Island, the building features a metal-panel rainscreen finished with iridescent PPG Duranar VARI-COOL coatings. The rainscreen serves as a protective insulating barrier as well as a color-shifting wall of art for the 160,000-square-foot structure.

Fabricated by A. Zahner Company of Kansas City, Missouri, using the company’s proprietary louvered ZIRA system, the rainscreen features more than 335,000 perforated circular tabs, with each programmed to function as an individual pixel. Together with PPG Duranar VARI-Cool coatings, the tabs enable the rainscreen to depict the New York City skyline and the gorges of Ithaca, New York, which is home to Cornell University’s main campus.

MCA member Precoat Metals of St. Louis, Missouri, coated the metal along with W&W Glass and Island Exterior Fabricators of New York. Morphosis Architects of New York was the building’s designer. 

In the Education – Colleges and Universities category, PPG was recognized as the coating manufacturer for the Austin Community College Campus Center in Leander, Texas. Pittsburgh-based Centria, an MCA member, produced and coated the panels.  

PPG was also heralded as the coating manufacturer for the IBEW Local 134 Headquarters/Union Hall in Chicago, which earned the Chairman’s Award in the Commercial/Industrial category. The project’s wall panels were supplied by 3A Composites in Mooresville, North Carolina, and fabricated by Sobotec in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Both companies are MCA members. 

“The Chairman’s Awards reinforce PPG’s legacy of leadership and innovation in the architectural metal coatings industry,” said Rodolfo Ramirez, PPG director of sales and strategic segments for North America, industrial coatings. “All three of these projects highlight our ability to work with architects, specifiers, designers and applicators to create innovative metal coatings solutions for their projects. These awards are among the most coveted in our industry, and I am proud that PPG was the only coatings manufacturer recognized during this year’s ceremony.”

Introduced in 1967 as of one of the industry’s first high-performance polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings for metal building components, PPG Duranar coatings have provided color and protection for many of the world’s most recognized landmarks for more than 50 years.

PPG has continually refined the technology to meet evolving aesthetic, performance and sustainability demands of architects and building owners. PPG Duranar VARI-Cool coatings, which are featured on the Bloomberg Center, are a recent example. These coatings combine pearlescent color-changing pigments with proprietary PPG ULTRA-COOL® infrared coatings technology to deflect heat away from buildings to keep them cooler.

The annual Chairman’s Awards recognize exceptional building projects involving MCA members. The awards are based on overall appearance, the significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.

For more information, visit www.ppgmetalcoatings.com and www.ppg.com.

Landmark Venue Renovated with PPG Coating Wins MCA Chairman’s Award

PPG announced that the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, which features PPG DURABRITE coating, has won a Chairman’s Award for design excellence from the Metal Construction Association (MCA).

Built in 1972 and once home to the NHL’s New York Islanders and the NBA’s New York Nets, the 416,000 square-foot arena is newly wrapped in a futuristic metal shell composed of 4,700 individually folded and routed brushed aluminum fins enhanced by PPG Durabrite clear fluoropolymer coating.

Based on high-performance fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) resins, PPG Durabrite coating is a direct-to-metal product specially formulated to extend and enrich the beauty of architectural metals by protecting them with a resilient, transparent clearcoat.

The aluminum fins were fabricated by Sobotec Ltd. of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, using 225,000 square feet of 4-millimeter ALUCOBOND PLUS aluminum composite material from 3A Composite USA in Davidson, North Carolina.

The fins are anchored to the structure’s original concrete exterior via a custom-engineered structural attachment system by Sobotec. Using that system, Crown Corr, Inc., of Gary, Indiana, fitted the Alucobond fins into pre-fabricated metal frames and attached them to the building, which was painted black to emphasize the muted glow of the brushed aluminum.

MCA judge Mark Dewalt said he appreciated the unique approach ShoP Architects and developer Forest City Ratner took to revive the building, which likely would have been torn down if not for the firms’ innovative design solution.

“I thought it was a pretty interesting recladding – [a metal] screen wrapped around the existing building,” he explained. “It’s very dynamic, creating a lot of movement. It’s like a giant slinky.”

The annual Chairman’s Awards recognize exceptional building projects involving MCA members. The awards are based on overall appearance, the significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.

For more information, visit www.ppgmetalcoatings.com.

METALCON 2017 Wraps Up Successful Show in Las Vegas

METALCON 2017 was held in Las Vegas Oct. 18-20, and according to show management, exhibitors at the largest international event for the metal construction industry networked with more than 5,000 attendees, including designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries.

“This is one of the unique venues in the world where we have access to our entire value chain,” said Mark MacDonald of Valspar. “We see everyone from coil coaters all the way down to building product suppliers, regional roll formers and even roofing contractors. It gives us an opportunity to network with our current customers, talk about new business opportunities, as well as meet our future customers. There really isn’t another venue quite like this, and we are happy to be here.”

“It’s been an incredible attendee show,” said Scott Cosens of Samco Machinery, manufacturers of custom metal roll-forming equipment. “We have never seen this type of volume of people. We were running out of paper on our leads. All I can tell you is, if you are not coming to METALCON, you are missing out, and what’s even more amazing, I am finding that still again, all of these suppliers and providers are coming from all over the world, not just the U.S. and Canada. We are never not going to be here. We have been here for well over two decades, and we are already back for next year.”

A newcomer to METALCON this year was DuPont Tyvek Protec, a synthetic roofing underlayment product. “We couldn’t be more excited to be here,” said Roofing Segment Leader Susan Homan. “Honestly, after the first day, our expectations have been exceeded. The quality of the crowd here is really great. We have had really great engagement with contractors and other professionals alike, so we are really glad to be at METALCON.”

Another new exhibitor was Stubai, an Austrian manufacturer of roofing and metalworking tools. “We decided to come to METALCON because we can meet our final customers who actually work with our tools,” said Sites Manager Lukas Braun. “It is interesting for us to get to know how they use the products, but we can also get in touch with decision makers, new retailers, and existing retailers. For us, the U.S. is a very big country so it is more convenient for us to meet all of our customers here.”

Geoff Stone with MetalForming Inc., a provider of high-tech sheet metal component manufacturing machines, has attended all 27 METALCON shows. “This was an absolutely terrific show,” said Stone. “The marketplace is in great condition. There’s lots of folks spending money. I think we probably did somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 or $4 million dollars’ worth of business as a result. As usual, METALCON is our most important show, and we’ve really enjoyed being here.”

Lee Ann Slattery, sales support manager for ATAS International Inc., manufacturers of metal panels, has also attended METALCON for many years. “This year, especially, seems to be a very busy show for us,” said Slattery. “We’ve had a lot of attendees come by our booth, a lot of questions being asked and a lot of different types of people attending. We have talked to contractors, building owners, international folks and facility mangers, so it really has drawn a wide variety of people, and that’s one of the reasons we like doing this show.”

Ken Buchinger of MBCI, manufacturers of metal roofing and wall panels, has been in the industry for more than 40 years and has attended every METALCON. “I have seen this industry grow over the years,” said Buchinger. “I have also seen it become much more complex from the standpoint of product offerings, product installation and the details on roofs, so installers need good information and training. The Metal Construction Association (MCA) and METALCON provide quite a few training programs to help contractors, both with installation and how to run their businesses.”

“The show itself is great because you have the opportunity to meet different manufacturers and contractors, learn from each other and learn about ancillary products available to integrate into your offerings,” said Buchinger. “Its’s a great opportunity for contractors, whether you have been one for just a few years or for many years; there is always something to learn at METALCON.”

“2017 has been an incredible year for METALCON,” said Jonathan Rider, an MCA Board Member and Chief Administrative Officer with D. I. Roof Seamers, manufacturers of roof seaming tools. “This year we broke all kinds of records with attendance and pre-registration, with booth sales and even with on-site sales. It also offered a whole new take on our education track with incredible success and amazing new topics such as drone services for roof inspections, marijuana laws and new litigation affecting the work force. We are going to continue developing the education track in conjunction with the AIA to adapt to the industry’s needs and the way our needs are changing in the field.”

“This year’s attendees were from all over the world,” said Rider. “We are really branching out as METALCON is becoming truly an international show, and we had a lot of incredible feedback from our exhibitors on how great the international attendance was. In addition, local attendance was fantastic. So many local erectors and builders left their job sites and came out on to the show floor to join us. They were elated with the technology and new innovations offered on the show floor by exhibitors.”

“2018 promises to be the biggest year in recent history for METALCON,” said Rider. “Charlotte is an amazing city. You can expect a bigger show, more attendees and the newest technology available.”

This year’s metal roofing games, another sold-out event, awarded a total of $8,500 to its winners. Six teams of two competed in five “competitions,” inspired by this year’s theme “Aces of Las Vegas.” Each competition paid $500 to the winning team. Top awards each day included a Daily Points Award of $750. The winner on Wednesday was Joe Arnold and Paul Kulb of Thomas Phoenix International. On Thursday, Matt Cox and Justin Hopta, also of Thomas Phoenix International, were the winners. On Friday, both teams came together in a face-off where Cox and Hopta were victorious in taking home the MCA METALCON National Metal Roofing Championship and $2,000. Next year’s teams will be able to pre-register for the Charlotte games beginning in February 2018.

“Las Vegas was the best show for us in years,” said Claire Kilcoyne, METALCON Show Director. “Business is back! The aisles were packed, and exhibitors were thrilled with the traffic, leads and sales. We saw an increase in international attendance, successfully raised $4,000 for the America’s Fund and once again, enjoyed a full house for the MCA Triumph Awards. We are already gearing up for Charlotte, which promises to be another great show.”

METALCON is produced by PSMJ Resources Inc. and sponsored by The Metal Construction Association. For more information, visit www.metalcon.com.

Metal Construction Association Honors Champions of the Metal Construction Industry

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to announce the winners for its 2016 Triumph Awards, an award created to honor the people and companies that champion the metal construction industry each year. The annual MCA Triumph Awards honors individuals and organizations throughout the metal construction industry in six categories.  The 2016 award winners are:

    Industry Champion of the Year Awards:
    Scott Kriner, MCA and Brian Partyka, Drexel Metals Inc.

    With 35 years experience in the metal construction industry, Scott Kriner’s career started with Bethlehem Steel and research on hot dip coatings, which then led to international licensing of Galvalume intellectual property, to pretreatments, to paints, and involvement in multiple trade associations, including MCA. He started his own consulting business in 2006 to catch the green wave, which according to him was the scariest thing he ever did.  For the past thirteen years he has served as technical director for MCA on staff and more recently as consultant.

    During this time he has led or participated on the development of industry papers and studies, including ones that have had an impact on the entire industry.

    Brian Partyka is a 21-year veteran of the metal construction industry, working with Drexel Metals Inc. from its early days. He is an elected member of the Executive Committee of MCA. He chairs the Market Development Committee, Statistics Committee, Co-chairs of the Codes and Standards Committee and sits on multiple task groups to help drive and advance growth for the metal construction industry. He is a board member of the Metal Roofing Alliance and sits on NRCA’s Industry Advisory Board (National Roofing Contractors Association) as well as the CEO Advisory Council for the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and multiple board seats for small local businesses. 

    Partyka has published and contributed to technical trade-articles and white papers relating to metal building products.  He teaches about sustainable design and the use of metal to reduce heat gain for industrial, commercial and residential structures. He is the inventor of the Drexmet Paint Pen in 2001, an air-dry Kynar touch up system.

    Media Executive / Journalist of the Year Award:
    Shawn Zuver, Bob Fittro, John Garvey of DesignandBuildwithMetal.com

    Recognizing both a need and an opportunity for the metal construction industry to increase its visibility to an online audience, three industry media veterans, Bob Fittro, Shawn Zuver and John Garvey, pooled their talents and resources in 2007 to launch a new company, Unlimited Reach Media Inc. , and a new website, DesignandBuildwithMetal.com.

    DesignandBuildwithMetal.com is updated daily to be a current source of metal construction industry news and information for the design community, contractors, metal construction industry professionals, and building owners. The website features over 1,500 projects, showcasing virtually every use for metal construction products, categorized by both building type and design application. Visitors will also find thousands of industry news items, hundreds of columns by leading market segment experts, and a wide range of related resources about metal products.

    In addition to the continually evolving website, DesignandBuildwithMetal.com is recognized for its weekly newsletter, delivered to nearly 28,000 email inboxes every week, and for its monthly e-zines, which were introduced in 2008.

    Corporate / Individual Citizen of the Year Award:
    PSMJ, Resources Inc.

    For the last 14 years PSMJ Resources Inc., producers of METALCON, has spent many hours coordinating fund raising before, during and after each METALCON show, as well as donating to local organizations on the behalf of the metal industry.

    Among those organizations:  Homes for Our Troops, Tampa, Baltimore and Las Vegas; Habitat for Humanity, Washington, DC and Chicago; The Journey, 2day Walk for Breast Cancer, Atlanta; Canstruction, Tampa; Carmen House, Foster Home for Kids, Rome, Ga.; The Spring, Tampa; Home for Battered Women in Indiana; and scholarships to  Purdue University, Chicago and Emily Griffith Vocational School, Denver.

    Each contribution allowed METALCON to leave behind an impact in each venue where METALCON was held.

    Young Movers and Shakers Awards:
    Jonathan Rider of D.I. Roof Seamers; Dustin Haddock of S-5!; Josey Parks of Metal Roofs of Texas; Mark Bus of ATAS International Inc.

    Jonathan Rider serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Developmental Industries, the parent company of D.I. Roof Seamers. The third generation of this family-owned business, he plays a role in the metal roofing industry by servicing clients in the areas of engineering, product development and component manufacturing. His experience, collaborative leadership style, and years of working closely within the industry have positioned him for this role.  Rider is active in community organizations and volunteer efforts and currently serves in various roles within the industry, including: MCA Accessories Council Co-Chairman and member of the MBMA Associate Member Advisory Council. He is also the author of multiple industrial publications and travels frequently speaking at events across the United States.

    At the age of 27, Josey Parks is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, owning several companies with different specialties including J Wales Enterprises, which includes Metal Roofs of Texas, J Wales Construction, Designer Glass Specialties, and Think Unlimited. He is one of the youngest recipients of the Inc. 5000 award. He also received an award for unprecedented nationwide sales of Interlock Roofing, a distributor within the state of Texas. Technology plays a role in his strategy. By developing and leveraging software to facilitate smart business growth, he has streamlined the value of his team’s sales efforts.

    Parks serves as an educator of business owners in the Dallas/Fort Worth and as a mentor to employees. He has been featured on television shows like CNBC’s “Blue Collar Millionaire”, and a guest speaker at national conferences like Corporate Millionaire Minds and Vistage Executive Summit, and is a recurring guest on “One Life Radio”.

    Mark Bus is the national sales manager for ATAS International Inc. Bus has earned the respect of his national sales team as well as his peers and management. He brings his knowledge of industry initiatives and association activities into his daily communication with staff and customers. His next phase of growth will be an increased presence in the industry associations on a national level. Bus’ customer base has realized his value and expertise as evident from the following statement from customer, Allan Brock, Brock Associates LLC: “During my forty year tenure in the commercial metal roofing and siding industry, I have rarely crossed paths with a young professional as competent as Mark Bus. As a long term ATAS distributor, I have seen Mark successfully evolve from an inside technical salesperson, to a regional product representative, to management. At each level, he radiated professionalism along with product and technical knowledge. He developed many exceptional relationships with architects leading to ATAS specifications generating increased sales for distributors such as myself.”

    Dustin Haddock was 8 years old when he worked his first job, packaging S-5! clamps, one of the few his age with 20 years of experience. During this time he has developed over 40 new products and has filed and secured numerous patents. Haddock has worked for the Metal Roof Innovations division of S-5! since 2006, where he has contributed to International Code and Standard groups to draft test methods to receive German code acceptance. He also has worked with the University of Adelaide in drafting performance test methods for use of standing seam clamps within cyclonic regions of Australia. Further, he has worked with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) Roofing Work Group in the United Kingdom to develop standards relating to rooftop mounted PV. Within the US he has worked with the ICC to develop an evaluation for standing seam-clamping systems. Haddock serves on the UL 2703 and 1703 Standard Technical Panels and has developed the first draft of the “PV Racking and Attachment Criteria for Effective Low Slope Metal Panel Roof System Integration”. Haddocks has also served on the Board of Directors 2013-2016, is currently the Chairman of the UL Non-Combustible Roof Group and the Chairman of the Mounting Systems Manufacturers Committee (MSMC) at SEIA.

    Sales Person of The Year Award:
    Donn Couch, SFS intec Inc.

    Donn Couch of SFS intec Inc. has been awarded the sales person of the year award. A seasoned veteran with SFS for 38 years, his customers know him to have a buyer focus, as he has developed personal relationships with many of his customers. Over his tenure with SFS, he has developed an extensive product and application knowledge. He has been the recipient of several awards within the SFS organization over the years, which has included highest sales volume, highest percent increase sales over prior year, and outstanding achievement award. He is respected amongst his peers as well as the metal building industry.
     
    Entrepreneur of The Year Award:
    Oded Shemla, iRoofing

    Oded Shemla  is CEO of Applosophy, the mobile app entrepreneurial enterprise that created iRoofing. iRoofing has developed an all-inclusive suite of technical tools for roofing and siding contractors designed to help increase efficiency, productivity and closing ratios, while reducing costs, and increasing profitability through the use of technology. iRoofing continues to develop tools and capabilities for manufacturers and contractors to grow their business. In the past five years iRoofing has grown from a concept to currently providing an evolving solution for thousands of contractor users and manufacturers of building products across the US, Canada and the Caribbean. Shemla has spent 6 years as CEO of Applosophy, located in New York.  Prior to this he was the president and owner of My Roof Tile, a roofing distribution business located in Florida. Shemla gained his technology expertise while serving in the Israeli Air Force.

Nominations for the 2017 MCA Triumph Awards are open to anyone in the metal construction, metal building, metal roofing and metal erection industry. Nominations can be made on the MCA or METALCON websites. Winners for 2017 will be voted on and selected by the MCA members and members of other metal construction related trade groups by popular vote.

The awards will be presented at a marquee event designed to celebrate honorees at METALCON 2017 in Las Vegas. The event will feature live entertainment and dinner at the Westgate Hotel on Oct. 18, the opening night of the show. Tickets will go on sale when registration opens. Sponsorships are available.

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 because it’s everyone working together that makes us strong.”

MCA Recognizes Eight Building Projects at Awards Show

Selected by a panel of professional architects, eight building projects from across the country have been recognized by the Metal Construction Association (MCA) at the 2017 Chairman’s Awards show.

Announced at the MCA’s winter meeting held in Weston, Fla., the Chairman’s Awards are given to the year’s most exceptional building projects involving MCA member companies. Awards are based on overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.

The MCA Chairman’s Awards were given in eight categories: overall excellence; residential; metal roofing; education, primary and secondary schools; education, colleges and universities; institutional; municipal; and commercial/industrial.

The 2016 Chairman’s Award winners in each category were:

Recipients for these awards are selected each year from projects submitted by MCA members to “Metal Architecture Magazine’s” annual Design Awards Program. The honorees were chosen by a panel of professional architects, which included Mark Dewalt, AIA, principal, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, Chicago; Mark Horton, FAIA, principal, Mark Horton/Architecture, San Francisco; Brent Schipper, AIA, LEED AP, principal, ASK Studio, Des Moines, Iowa.