MBCI Houston Plant Hosts National Manufacturing Day

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson presents NCI a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capital building and a Certificate of Congressional recognition during National Manufacturing Day.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson presents NCI a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capital building and a Certificate of Congressional recognition during National Manufacturing Day.

In celebration of National Manufacturing Day 2016, NCI Building Systems Inc. (NCI) opened three of its manufacturing facilities to the public, including its MBCI manufacturing facility in Houston.

More than 300 people participated in MBCI’s Manufacturing Day activities, which included facility tours, presentations from company and community leaders, a question-and-answer session and a catered lunch to participants as part of an ongoing effort to promote the strength of U.S. manufacturing and increase awareness of the outstanding career opportunities in the field. The tours showcased a working plant featuring MBCI designers, programmers and technology operators who each play a role in manufacturing the products our communities and industries rely on.

Students from Cold Springs – Oakhurst and Sealy ISDs, and professionals from The Lucas Group, Ernst & Young and The Welding School heard presentations given by NCI President, Don Riley and NCI Vice President of Manufacturing, Carlin Mueller, as well as Congressman Gene Green (TX-29) and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18). The messages delivered focused on the career and growth opportunities available in manufacturing, with Jackson-Lee sharing her views on the role of the industry in building the US economy, saying “I am excited about that fact that you are, in essence, recognizing the importance of acknowledging to America that we need to make things with our hands.”

Further emphasizing the importance of the work done by manufacturing companies like MBCI, NCI was presented a United States flag that was flown over the U.S. Capital building and a Certificate of Congressional recognition on the occasion of National Manufacturing Day by Jackson-Lee.

METALCON 2016 to Present Ideas for Metal in Construction

Learning opportunities at METALCON 2016 offer an extraordinary look at the future while presenting ideas to improve today’s safety, productivity, communication and the finished project.

As part of this year’s show from Oct. 26-28 at the Baltimore Convention Center, METALCON is offering two unique general sessions featuring 3-D technology. On Oct. 26, Roderick Jackson from Oak Ridge National Laboratories demonstrates how a natural gas-powered hybrid vehicle and a solar-powered house are linked to create an integrated energy system ―both built using large-scale 3-D printers. On Oct. 27, architect and innovator Adam Kushner takes this type of 3-D additive manufacturing to another step demonstrating how it’s used in building projects and why it could soon become mainstream.

METALCON Show Director Claire Kilcoyne is thrilled to have these speakers on board. “We’ve heard about combining new technologies but now see that it’s real,” says Kilcoyne. “Companies in our industry have always been on the leading edge and with this technology, can evaluate other high-tech applications.”

The 45-minute sessions following the general sessions demonstrate existing applications of this technology, along with ideas for better management, marketing, products and techniques to improve metal buildings.

Advances in drones and associated benefits for safety and accuracy on construction projects are covered by Mark Sapp, Chief Technology Officer of HoverStat Technologies in “Safety Above All, Thanks to Drones.” Tom Dyskiewicz of Crossing Partners LLC and Chris Hewson, national account manager for iRoofing, discuss the future direction of roof technology and its impact on metal roofing businesses in “Roofing Technology for Today and Tomorrow.” Ray Smith of AppliCad USA Inc, also takes on roofing technology with a session focused on the importance of planning before installing or upgrading software. Technology and its value in marketing and sales lead conversion are explained by Lance Bachmann of 1SEO.com Digital Agency in “Using Digital Marketing to Build Your Future in the Metal Industry.”

In addition to a focus on technology this year, business success is covered in several sessions including “Grab the Future and Lead” with Frank Stasiowski, of PSMJ Resources, Inc. In this fast-paced session, participants learn how to move a business forward using realistic strategies. Dave Berry, a consultant with FMI, offers “Emerging Trends for Contractor Success,” and details what makes a company successful and how to build a business fit for future challenges.

Training and development are among critical business topics covered. Steve Yates of Optimum Safety Management leads participants in how to develop a workable safety program in “Building a Safety Culture That Lasts.” Peter Gudmundsson of RecruitMilitary explains the facts and best practices for accessing the amazing resources of U.S. veterans in “Understanding the Real Veteran Hiring Opportunity.”

Metal construction experts discuss best practices and attributes of metal roofs, windows, wall panels and building inspections. Rob Haddock, Metal Advisory Group, deals with the reality of “The Roof: The Greatest Asset (or pain-in-the asset) to the Building.” Bob Zabcik of NCI talks about “Choosing Wall Panels for Sustainability and Energy Efficiency,” and Adam Verstraete of Wintech and Rick Kincy of Dominion Building Products offer new insight on a common building aspect in “Window Options for Metal Buildings Are Changing.” The big picture for all metal building projects is presented in “Metal Building Inspection – Don’t Get Caught Off Guard,” an interactive session with an expert panel led by Dustin Cole of Ruffin Building Systems.

Two programs kick-off before METALCON opens. The first is a unique offsite tour on Oct. 25, at Intertek Building & Construction’s testing laboratory in York, Penn. This is a once-a-year chance to see product testing firsthand and learn more about testing and certification. The second is the Metal Roof Certification Training Program, which runs on October 25 and 26. Participants in this 8-hour session will have practical, hands-on training based on the Metal Construction Association’s Metal Roof Installation Manual, and become certified in proper methods of metal roof installation. Details of all education offerings at METALCON, as well as online registration can be accessed at www.metalcon.com.

NCI Metal Depots Opens Raleigh, N.C., Location, Grand Opening Wednesday, Feb. 12

NCI Metal Depots, a national network of retail outlets providing metal buildings and roofing to everyone from homeowners to contractors, recently opened a store in Raleigh, N.C., at 5115 New Bern Ave.

Metal Depots offers a wide range of products ideally suited for residential, commercial and agricultural applications. The showroom offers consumers an opportunity to browse its many offerings as well as work in the design center to create the perfect roof for their home or a new building for their property.

Chris Pettis, vice president of Metal Depots, says, “Raleigh was the perfect site for us to open a new store. The market is here, and the people that we’ve worked with thus far have been fantastic, which gives us a positive outlook. We’re really looking forward to providing a unique shopping and buying experience for our customers, something that is not typical in our industry.”

Metal Depots is currently open to the public and will be having its Grand Opening on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Stop by during the hours of noon to 2 p.m. EST for a chance to win some great prizes.

NCI Metal Depots is an NCI Group Inc. company, which has headquarters in Houston. With 37 manufacturing facilities located throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, NCI is one of the largest designers, manufacturers and vendors of metal coatings, components and buildings in North America.