NEF's News and Events
Continuing Education Schedule 2016 - 2017
Continuing Education and Hands on Vendor Showcase
October , 2017
Will be announced soon
METALfab2017 Continuing Education
Measuring though the Eyes of the Fabricator and Installer
Class Presentationis now available
Scholarships are due in November 2017
The Upper Midwest Chapter to Award
NEF is the Admisiter for this Scholorship
The Todd Kinnikin Scholarship
The Todd Kinnikin Scholarship is being made available to honor a long time friend and member of NOMMA who served on the NOMMA Board and was a great craftsmen and teacher.
Will be awarded to an owner or employee of a NOMMA member giving them the opportunity to attend METALfab 2017 being held in San Antonio, Tx
To be eligible for the scholarshipt an application will need to be filled out and will include a written reason of why you would like to attend METALfab and what you would expect to take home from the experience. Each application will be reviewed by a group that will consist of UMWC, NEF and NOMMA Board members and the winner will be announced at the January meeting of the Upper Midwest Chapter.
Ultimately the goal of this scholarship is to share Todd's knowledge, creativity and passion for this industry live on to help others expand their horizons and the possibility of opening the door for a newcomer to become the next future leader of NOMMA.
Deadline for applications is November 17, 2017
If you would like to donate to this fund please contact NEF's executive director Martha Pennington at
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Kind words from the
2017 Todd Kinnikin Scholarship winner David Frank
I would like to thank you for the great opportunity to attend the NOMMA convention and the great educational classes. I learned a lot from the NEF classes and met many great people. Everyone I met was very nice and welcoming. I learned many things I never would have thought of in your measuring class. I have already put to use some of the apps you recommended to help with measuring and your template for measuring railings for stairs is excellent. I feel I got a lot of good information from the code updates class taught by Tony from Wagner. I didn’t know much about glass railings going into his class, but I came out with a lot of useful information. The copper metallurgy class by Larry was excellent and I wish we would have had more time for that class. I never knew that C385 architectural bronze was actually a brass alloy. The aluminum metallurgy class was great also and I learned many things. I never knew there were so many available extrusions. It was great being able to meet the representatives from the many businesses our company deals with and have the opportunity to build relationships with them and put a face to the voices on the phone. Richard from Julius Blum was very helpful in answering many questions I had for him and he said he will even be stopping by our shop in the near future. Stacy from Lawler Foundry was very welcoming and even bought Bailey and I our coffee one morning which we are greatly appreciative for. The party for a purpose was a lot of fun and it was amazing how much money was raised for NEF. We had a lot of fun at the super bowl party with Todd Daniels, Patty, Joe, John Steel and Chris Holt. Sorry about your Falcons Todd. I am looking forward to attending next year in Phoenix, AZ and being able to see all the great people from NOMMA once again.
Followup email recieved from Walt Frank, David's father
I wanted to thank everybody for welcoming David and Bailey to Metalfab this year. He was a little nervous about going, but you guys made him feel at home! I was extremely busy this year and couldn’t make it, but It was good that he went out on his own, met a lot of great people and came back excited and with some new ideas. Without the Scholarship he probably wouldn’t have gone. I can definitely attest that the scholarship did its job! I hope he represented us well. I am planning on going next year and can’t wait to meet everyone.