METALCON Newsletter February 2024


METALCON returns to Atlanta for the first time in over a decade! We have secured discounted rates at six premier hotels, , all located in walking distance from the location of the show at the Georgia World Congress Center. Book today with METALCON’s trusted and exclusive housing provider, Globetrotter Travel, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a guaranteed hotel reservation at an exclusive discounted rate. With October being a bustling time in Atlanta, these accommodations are in high demand and expected to fill up quickly. Click on the provided link to book your room and be a part of METALCON’s unforgettable return to Atlanta!



We are excited to announce the re-branding of METALCON LIVE to METALCON Online. While the name may be new, METALCON Online provides the same, outstanding solutions-oriented education, inspiring presenters,  and essential tools and resources that users experienced with METALCON Live!

The METALCON’s Online webinar series continues with two engaging webinars set to air LIVE TOMORROW and on March 6. Join us on Wednesday, February 21 at 1:00 PM EST for an insightful session with industry expert Bob Zabcik. Bob will delve into a new ANSI test method developed by the MCA, designed to prevent wind and water damage to metal roof systems. As a LEED accredited professional, registered engineer with over 25 years of experience, and Chair of the MCA Codes and Standards Committee, Bob brings a wealth of knowledge to this discussion. On Wednesday, March 6 at 1:00 PM EST, METALCON Online and Future Leaders presents, “Employment in the Metal Industries: Maximizing Your Experience.” Sam Gray, VP of Operations with Metallic Products, will provide an update on what employers are looking for and share his thoughts on how to turn a candidate into a “great” employee.

Can’t catch the live sessions? No worries! Both webinars will be available in our ON DEMAND library by 4:00 PM on the same day they air. Whether you choose to watch live or at your convenience, remember to fill out the survey at the end of each program to qualify for continuing education credit.



At their Annual Winter meeting last month in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Metal Construction Association (MCA) unveiled their 2023 Annual Report and paid tribute to two distinguished industry veterans. Amidst a backdrop of educational sessions and social events, MCA celebrated notable achievements in 2023, including the launch of a groundbreaking MCA Scholarship Program, a revamped Certified MCM System Fabricator Program, the addition of new membership categories, the creation of White Papers and Technical Bulletins, the release of a comprehensive 2023 Market Study, and the successful hosting of the 2nd Annual Metal Construction Design Awards at METALCON 2023.

Concluding the meeting on a high note, MCA bestowed its annual Larry A. Swaney Award to Tom Seitz in recognition for his extensive service to the organization, and its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to industry legend Dick Bus. MCA Chair Brian Partyka said, “Dick is the very embodiment of teamwork. ‘We’re partners, not competitors’ was his rallying cry. He persuaded the entire metal construction industry to work as allies and forge bonds. Working in the spirit of cooperation has allowed us all to accomplish more for ourselves, our companies, and our industry. We are all lucky to have him as a leader.”



Annually, Metal Construction News meticulously identifies the foremost metal builders, acknowledges trailblazing leaders in the metal construction sector, and bestows prestigious awards for excellence upon outstanding metal projects. Currently, nominations are being accepted for the 2024 Top Metal Builders, the Metal Construction Hall of Fame, and the 2024 MCN Project Excellence Awards. The latter, now in its 37th year and formerly known as the Building and Roofing Awards, continues to celebrate excellence in metal construction projects. Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase noteworthy contributions to the industry—submit your nominations today!



Ever wonder why no matter where you go in Atlanta, you always seem to be driving on a street with Peachtree in its name? There are more than 65 streets with the word Peachtree! According to Georgia Public Broadcasting, “While Georgia may be the Peach State, there’s more to the story than its signature fruit. All of the Atlanta-area streets called Peachtree can attribute their names to Peachtree Creek, which flows southwesterly through DeKalb and Fulton counties before joining the Chattahoochee River just south of Vinings.” Peachtree Creek not only witnessed the pivotal Battle of Peachtree Creek during the Civil War but also pays homage to Georgia’s earliest inhabitants, the Cherokee tribe. For those attending METALCON and keen on diving into Atlanta’s rich history, a visit to the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead, one of city’s oldest and historic neighborhoods, is highly recommended.



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