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METALCON International was the most well-attended show in the event's 17-year history.

METALCON International's 2007 Largest Ever

NEWTON, Mass. - METALCON International was the most well attended show in the event’s 17-year history with 8,147 registrants from more than 40 countries participating. Thousands of products and services were offered by 323 exhibiting companies in 84,000 square feet of space at the Las Vegas Conven-tion Center on Oct. 3-5.

METALCON International is the only annual trade show and conference focused on the application of metal in industrial, institutional, light commercial and residential construction. Each year it brings together builders, designers, specifiers, developers, building owners, government officials and manufacturers from all over the world.

This year, the event featured 59 new exhibiting companies, 29 new educational offerings in its 42-session conference, a new two-day Gutter Boot Camp, an interactive Tool Day, live-action impact testing on metal wall systems, an interactive roofing demo, and a Solar Lounge in the exhibit hall.

Besides the exhibitors, there were other big winners at the event. Ana Lilia Garcia, administrative assistant at HMC Architects in Calexico, Calif., won a new Ford Ranger Sport pickup truck in METALCON’s Win-A-Truck contest.

Gary Young of Bilodeau Siding and Insulation, Franconia, N.H., won a trip to METALCON 2008 offered by Classic Metal Roofing Systems, Piqua, Ohio, that includes airfare, hotel, exhibit hall admission and a conference package.

Also, 23-year-old U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Evan Morgan was the recipient of the 2007 METALCON Interna-tional steel-framed home and was honored at a ceremony dedicating the steel structure to him and his family. METALCON is sponsored by the Glenview, Ill.-based Metal Construction Association and produced by New-ton, Mass.-based PSMJ Resources Inc. The 2008 METALCON will be Oct. 1-3 at the Baltimore Convention Center. For more information, call 800-537-7765 or

U.S. Congressman Bud Cramer, left, joined Mayor of Scottsboro, Dan Deason, center, and JM’s Vice President and General Manager of Roofing Systems, Tom Ryan, in delivering keynote addresses.

Johns Manville Dedicates TPO Manufacturing Facility

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - Johns Manville hosted a ceremonial dedication on Sept. 21 for a new state-of-the-art thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing membrane manufacturing facility in Scottsboro, Ala. State and local dignitaries, including U.S. Congressman Bud Cramer, joined JM’s Vice President and General Manager of Roofing Systems, Tom Ryan, in delivering keynote addresses before government offi-cials, members of the Scottsboro community, JM executives and other business leaders.

“This is truly a great day for the City of Scottsboro and the State of Alabama,” Alabama Gov. Bob Riley said. “Johns Manville’s investment is a testament to the workforce in Scottsboro, and the state is committed to ensure the company’s success in Alabama.”

Johns Manville will manufacture TPO for use in commercial and industrial roofing systems. The company plans to begin production in mid-2008.

“We are excited to be part of the Scottsboro, Alabama business community,” Ryan said. “This investment reinforces our commitment to providing our customers with a complete portfolio of bituminous and single-ply low-slope roofing systems backed by our superior service.” For more information,

Employees, customers, and business partners celebrated MetalForming’s 10th anniversary and posed for this photo outside of the company’s new warehouse.

MetalForming Celebrates 10th Anniversary

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. - MetalForming Inc. celebrated its 10th anniversary Sept. 28 with a ceremony dedicating the company’s new warehouse building. The Georgia-based provider of architectural equipment welcomed customers, employees, and key business partners to an open house and luncheon that commemorated not only a decade of business success and marked the company’s 4,000th machine sold.

The company sells and services high-quality metal folders, shears, roll formers, slitters, curvers and hand tools from the manufacturers across the globe, and representatives from the Jorns Co. of Switzerland, Schechtl of Germany, eventures of Austria and Schlebach of Germany were on hand to help mark the occasion.

MetalForming owner Geoff Stone reminisced about founding the company over his kitchen table and thanked his employees, his customers, his family and his manufacturing partners for their support throughout the years. “There is no MetalForming without our products,” said Stone. “I would like to thank the people who design, manufacture and produce the finest machines of their kind in the world.”

The company received a proclamation from the Peachtree City Council congratulating the company on its 10th anniversary, and Stone also received a special commendation from the Special Olympics for the company’s support over the years and a donation made in Stone’s name by company employees. For more information,

FM Global Updates Roofing Data Sheet 1-29

JOHNSTON, R.I. - FM Global announced that has updated its Property Loss Prevention Data Sheet 1-29, “Roof Deck Securement and Above-Deck Roof Components.” The latest version (September 2007) has been posted and can be downloaded at no charge. The updated sections also are highlighted in red for your easy reference. As part of the update, data sheet recommendation was expanded to allow for prescriptive enhance-ments for installations where up to a 90 psf wind rating is needed in a non-hurricane-prone area. This change brings that recommendation back in line with what it was in the data sheet prior to January 2006, but only for non-hurricane-prone regions.

“The primary focus of the new updates to Data Sheet 1-29 has been to enhance windstorm resistance in tropical cyclone-prone regions as well as maintain the cost effectiveness of roof systems in other areas. Additionally, the data sheet enhancements make the engineering guidelines easier to follow, reflect the latest information from recent product research testing, and address some of the roofing industry’s feedback related to certain recom-mendations,” said Dick Davis, senior engineering technical specialist, FM Global. For more information,

CertainTeed Offers Building Science DVD

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. - CertainTeed Corp. introduces Commercial Building Science Concepts and Practices, a self-study workshop DVD for builders, architects, designers, engineers and contrac-tors. Commercial Building Science Concepts and Practices illustrates how natural forces affect a building and outline strategies for achieving energy efficient buildings, identifying trouble spots in construction, and plan-ning for safety, comfort and convenience.

The DVD contains seven learning modules: Introduction to Commercial Building Science, Thermal Control in Building Envelopes, Air Barriers, Moisture Management, Understanding Acoustics and Sound Control, Building for Fire Safety, Creating Comfortable Environments, and Green Building Through Sustainable De-sign. It includes 265 photographs, tables, schematics, diagrams, graphs, animations and cutaway views to ex-plain the issue of commercial building science. For builders interested in the building science for residential buildings, the DVD “The Art of Building Science” is also available. For information on how to purchase a copy of the DVDs, call 800-233-8990 or