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It has stood on Church Hill for decades. The council said it will not be returned until October. Historian Victoria Horton said the mysterious disappearance of the cannon had upset residents, with some fearing it had been stolen by thieves looking to cash in on its metal value.
 
There is an ornamental wrought iron gate located off State Street, near the corner of Hoover Avenue, which connects academics to athletics at the University of Michigan. It represents the past while being part of the present. That gate to Ferry Field, which became home to the Wolverines' football team in 1906, was first used by fans the year after Fielding H. Yost's "Point-a-Minute" teams had completed a 56-game unbeaten streak that included the program's first four national championships.
 
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The NOMMA family lost a dear friend on June 19, 2015. NOMMA's longtime member, Michael Finelli, leaves behind an 86-year legacy. With an anvil, hammer, gloves, hard hat, shop apron, and a collection of all of Michael's national awards he received throughout the years, his son, Frank Finelli, captured a beautiful moment with his men in honor of his father. See the images as well as a letter from Frank and a tribute to Michael on the NOMMA website and in the September/October issue of O&MM Fabricator. 

Say not in grief: "He is no more," but live in thankfulness that he was. –Hebrew Proverb

 
NOMMA News & Events
 
   
NOMMA will be rolling out its new Knowledgebase resource in the upcoming weeks. This new member's-only benefit can pull documents, videos, and web links in a single search. NOMMA currently hosts 12 years of O&MM Fabricator, old technical bulletins, and many other resources in its archives. All of these resources will be available in a single search very soon! You can also look forward to Knowledgebase eventually linking to the NOMMA ListServ to include even more valuable information. 

Once Knowledgebase has launched, visit the NOMMA.org website, then click "Members" and then "Benefits."
 
 
   

*Chris Maitner stars as the host in "Curved Stair Fabrication," one of 11 videos in the NEF Education Video Series.

The popular NEF Education Video Series is back online after a brief absence. These videos can be streamed online and cover a wide range of topics. To access, simply go to the NOMMA website and click on "Members" and then "Videos." Member access is required.
 
Current titles in the series include:
  • Fabricating, Forging, Annealing, Texturing and Coloring Stainless Steel
  • Brazing, Soldering & TIG Welding Architectural Bronze, Nickel Silver and Redd Metals
  • Scroll Theory & Production I and II
  • Curved Stair Fabrication
  • Curved Stair Rail Fabrication
  • Straight Stair Railing
  • Straight Steel Stair Construction
  • Garden Gates
  • Almost the Last Word in Finishes
  • Overview of Driveway Gate Operation
  • Uri Hofi Demonstrations
The videos are a service of the NOMMA Education Foundation. In June 2011, the foundation graciously allowed NOMMA members to view the collection online at no cost, which is a valuable member benefit.
 
Be sure to register for the industry event of the year! 
The METALfab Annual Meeting will be held March 16 through March 19 in Greenville, South Carolina. 

To register online, visit www.nomma.org/?page=34.
 
Featured Top Job Contest Winners

All driveway gates containing custom hand forged elements.

Gold Winner:
Sergey Sakirkin Blacksmith
Salt Lake City, Utah

Sergey Sakirkin is a Russian-trained artist and blacksmith with decades of experience in creating and restoring metal art. Sakirkin brings his sketches to life for each customer with his unique design ideas. He can create railings, banisters, original wrought-iron masterpieces, and much more.

Visit Sergey Sakirkin Blacksmith on the web.

Silver Winner:
Klahm & Sons Inc.
Ocala, Florida

Klahm & Sons Inc. delivers unique work for any request when it comes to gates, railings, doors, lighting, furniture, restoration and art. Klahm & Sons Inc. has won many awards over the years with the most recent ones being in 2015.

Visit Klahm & Sons Inc. on the web.

 
Bronze Winner:
Art's Work Unlimited, Inc.
Miami, Florida

Art's Work Unlimited, Inc. is an affordable custom metal work company that has been in business for over 30 years with over 40 awards since March 2011 from national and international competitions. With options from simple projects to very complex ones, this team of experienced metalsmiths can deliver full service work in welding, fabrication, restoration, components and structural pieces.

Visit Art's Work Unlimited, Inc. on the web.


 
Tips & Tricks
"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred . . . ; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.2"
—President Teddy Roosevelt

Up to 87.7 percent of America’s workforce is not able to contribute to their full potential because they don’t have passion for their work. Less than 12.3 percent of America’s workforce possesses the attributes of worker passion. This "passion gap" is important because passionate workers are committed to continually achieving higher levels of performance. In today’s rapidly changing business environment, companies need passionate workers because such workers can drive extreme and sustained performance improvement—more than the one-time performance "bump" that follows a bonus or the implementation of a worker engagement initiative. These workers have both personal resilience and an orientation toward learning and improvement that helps organizations develop the resilience needed to withstand and grow stronger from continuous market challenges and disruptions.
 
 
This month, FAB Shop Magazine Direct answers some popular questions. One question you can find answered is:

 
 

 

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