METALfab 2014: Opening New
Gateways – LEARN, GROW, EXCEL
your plans to join a dynamic group of fabricators and suppliers in St.
Louis/St. Charles, Missouri, on March 12 -15, for METALfab 2014. This is the perfect opportunity for you to Learn, Grow, Excel by exploring new
ideas, learning new skills and sharing experiences with the best in the
Pre-Convention NEF Continuing
Education Class –
Tuesday, March 11, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
METALfab 2014 off with a unique experience, a one-day continuing education
program hosted at Eureka Forge. As many of you know Todd Kinnikin from
Eureka Forge passed away this year. Todd’s son, Michael, had worked with
Todd for many years and has now taken over the running of Eureka Forge. The NEF
trustees, and Michael, want to take the excellent opportunity, while we are in
St. Louis, to have a continuing education class that will be a tribute to Todd
and the outstanding work of Eureka Forge. Todd was well known for his
love of making Damascus blades. He also used Damascus steel in his
ornamental products such leaves, vines and balusters. Fortunately for us,
much of his knowledge and skills have been passed on to Michael and Michael has
graciously offered his shop and skills to host, what will prove to be a
thrilling education opportunity. This class will cover the creation of a
Damascus billet and the production of an ornamental object using many innovative
techniques and tooling. Items included in this class: instruction, materials,
continental breakfast and lunch. An additional fee is
required for this class – see METALfab registration form for special pricing on
this class and METALfab registration. You will need to provide your own
transportation to Eureka Forge for this class.
NOMMA Education Foundation (NEF) METALfab Education Committee lead by Lynn
Parquette, Mueller Ornamental Iron/ Elite Architectural Metal Supply LLC has
created an outstanding education program for you. Here are some of the sessions that are
planned. Remember to check the website (www.nomma.org) for updates on the
Keynote and Class Presenter Sam Richter – Keynote Speaker and Education Presenter – Wednesday, March 12
teaches is relevance acceleration -- how to tell your company's story in a
manner that your buyer cares about and wants to hear. Sam's completely
customized programs will shock you, sometimes scare you, and always provide you
new and innovative ways to find new prospects, connect with people, and build
powerful and meaningful business relationships.
For more information on Sam go to www.nomma.org.
more than you ever thought you could (or should) about your prospects, clients,
and competition. Business and sales is all about personal
relationships. When you know more about your prospects and clients, you're
better able to relate on a personal level, build more meaningful connections,
identify triggering events, tailor offerings, and ensure relevancy. Most
important, studies show that when you practice Sales Intelligence, you'll win
two times more business! In this
dynamic presentation, you will discover...
secrets that you never thought possible for finding qualified leads, creating
lists, uncovering opportunities, and understanding decision makers.
tricks for using social networks and "hidden" websites as sales and
competitive "intelligence agents."
what is important to your prospects and clients on a personal level to help you
close MORE business MORE quickly.
use information to make a big-time impression with any prospect, build deeper
relationships with any client, and completely differentiate from your
interactive presentation has a huge "WOW" factor-you will be shocked
at what you don't know (but soon will).
Know More! Reputations
today’s instant communication and social networking it’s easy to share opinions
and others can share the same about you.
Unfortunately what you and others post online, text, and even email is
not limited to private networks and friend groups. Rather there’s a good chance that what you
say online and what is said about you and your company is searchable, and
a personal brand, how to enhance it, and how personal brands dramatically
impact your company brand and reputation.
dangers of sharing too much information what can happen if you’re not careful,
and how to respond if you don’t like what someone shares about you or your
secrets on how to manage your online presence and Google rankings (for non
technical people) so when people search for information on you, that you
control what they find.
thought provoking and entertaining program will provide you very practical
ideas you can immediately implement to improve your brand and your personal and
Know More! Business Planning
effectively find information including competitive data for better business and
Education Sessions – March
12, 13, 14
Water Jet vs. Laser vs.
class will answer many of the questions from listserv on the differences in the
3 types of cutting. Join in on a discussion with three NOMMA members that
specialize in Waterjet, Plasma and Laser cutting.
Hot Dip Galvanized Steel and
Shaw with AZZ Galvanizing will present this seminar to inform and educate you about
hot-dip galvanized steel and how galvanizing can address the growing corrosion
problem throughout North America. Upon
completion of this seminar, you will be able to:·
the corrosion issues confronting North America.
how zinc coatings, specifically hot-dip galvanizing, can protect against steel
sound corrosion protection into the design of steel products that can
significantly reduce maintenance costs over the life of a project.
Heitler Award Winner
Mitch Heitler Award is given to the top gold award winner in the Ernest Wiemann
Top Job Contest. Join Mike and Bruce
Boyler with Boyler’s Ornamental Iron, Bettendorf, Iowa, as they tell you about
their award-winning project. The winner
of the award Boyler’s Ornamental Iron, Inc. recreated the intricate
entrance-door gates, sidelight grilles and window grills on the Park Inn Hotel
in Mason City, IA – Frank Lloyd Wright’s only remaining hotel in the
world. The challenge was to craft the
pieces in a manner that were an exact match to the original work. Without a single weld the bronze and steel
elements are intricately pieced together with mortises, pins, or screws just as
Wright’s craftsmen would have done in 1910.
New Code Updates and Why
Leto, The Wagner Companies will present the latest updates from the code
hearings and discuss their effects on your work. He will also discuss the facts behind recent
railing failures featured in media coverage.
of LED illuminated handrail specification, design, and fabrication
considerations. Topics covered by James Woggon, The Wagner Companies, will
include lighting definitions and terminology, lighting performance metrics, how
to get specified, design considerations, coordination of installation, and
players in the marketplace.
Practices for Metalworking
going into disputes with architects and inspectors over reasonable fabrication
procedures? Imagine if you could pull out a manual and show that you followed
best practices. In this session, Ed Powell and panelists will lead a
discussion on industry best practices. We will review trade practices published
by related associations, plus we will look at NOMMA's draft standard practices
manual. We're also asking the audience to share common friction points with
clients and inspectors, which we may include in our upcoming "Code of
Standard Practice for the Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Industry."
Uses and Applications of
class Anderson Phillips with Oak Hill Iron Works will discuss the varying uses
and applications of power hammers in the custom ornamental iron field. Helping
to bring clarity to the possible applications and overcoming the potential
challenges such a versatile tool can create.In this
class we will discuss:
types of power hammers and the advantages of each.
functions a hammer can fulfill and its effects on your finished work.
important part of the tool, the operator.
train staff and develop the skill needed to grow the quality of your work. Estimating
art, and valuing forged work.
Innovation – The Way to
Wealth and Growth
manufacturer must either embrace innovation or accept permanent levels of
second- or third-tier profitability. Attendees will learn a system to accelerate
the creation of meaningful ideas for more profitable products, services, and
processes; effectively communicate ideas; and commercialize innovations faster
and more profitably. This class will be presented
by Innovation Engineering Black Belt and Missouri Enterprise Project Manager
Laura Lee Rose. A study of manufacturers has shown that companies pursuing
innovation as their core strategy realize 50–100% higher profit margins than
those who pursue low cost, high quality, fast delivery, or voice of the
customer as their strategy.
Find Out the Secrets to Their
have a candid discussion with leaders in your industry. You will find out what they know and learned
over the years that could be the difference for you in having a more successful
business. This class was a big hit last
year – you will get to meet a new group of leaders in St. Louis.
Bond or Not to Bond…… There is Absolutely No Question”
If you have not established a performance bond line for your company, you are depriving yourself of profitable business opportunities. It’s not
as scary a process as you may
think. Attend this education session presented by Joe Romeo, President of Industrial Coverage and you will
discover the secrets of qualifying your Company for performance bonds without the stress, time and costs you’ve been afraid of Also
find out about the other types
of bonds available. Then learn how you can use your bond line to market and grow your business. A must attend for all those Shops
that want to stand out from the
rest of the pack.
Making Money with Aluminum
ability to use custom aluminum castings can set you apart from your
competition. Jon McGraw, Alloy Casting will teach you the easy steps necessary
to do a custom project from the drawing and quoting to the final casting. The
foundry can make it easy for the fabricator to have a turn key project. Also learn about the alloys needed for
aluminum castings used in bendable applications and marine grade corrosion
Shop Tours – Saturday, March
the highlights of METALfab are the shop tours.
Rob Rolves, Shop Tour Chair has planned an outstanding tour for METALfab
2014. Shops on the tour will be Mittler
Bros. Machine & Tool (also providing a wonderful lunch for shop tour
attendees), L. E. Sauer Machine Company, Classic Metal Craft, AZZ Galvanizing,
AND Missouri Ornamental Iron.