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Did you attend the "History in the Making" themed convention co-located by METALfab and FENCETECH this past week in San Antonio, Texas? With tax season rapidly approaching, check out the article from NOMMA's O&MM Fabricator's 2017 January/February issue about tax deductible conventions. Imagine an enjoyable – and educational – vacation with Uncle Sam, in the form of our tax laws, picking up part of the tab. That’s right, every ornamental and miscellaneous metal fabricator, the owners, managers and employees of that metalworking business (even someone who is a shareholder/employee), can legitimately claim an income tax deduction for the expenses of attending trade shows, conventions and meetings. Thanks to our tax laws, the government will pick up the tab for a sizable portion of the expenses of attending events – if the rules are followed.
 
 
   
Companies are employing new outreach, technologies and training methods to help ensure that millennials don't become manufacturing's lost generation. Attracting millennials becomes especially critical as the generation born in the aftermath of World War II gradually disappears from the workforce. Since January 2011, Pew Research notes, baby boomers have been retiring at the rate of 10,000 a day and will continue to do so for the next 17 years. "This generation is industrious, ambitious and they want to move ahead. They will make an absolutely amazing manufacturing workforce."
 
 
   
Among the biggest challenges for leaders is managing different personalities. While getting any two strangers to work effectively with one another in the workplace is difficult, at times some millennials and baby boomers might seem to have the most opposite set of agendas. Yet, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2022, 25.6 percent of the labor force will be comprised of baby boomers (up from 11.8 percent in 1992), and by 2020, 46 percent will be comprised of millennials. With the increasing number of millennials in the workplace, coupled with a high representation by baby boomers due to later retirement, managers can't ignore this issue. If they do, they risk decreased productivity and profits.
 
King Architectural Metals
Lapeyre Stair, Inc.
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The President of Hallmark Iron Works, Charles Mercer, approached the NOMMA Education Foundation expressing his willingness to support the foundation through a generous annual donation and the establishment of the Cliff Brown Award to recognize contributions to the education of the industry. This award honors Cliff Brown, who was the founder of Hallmark Iron. Mr. Brown always believed in the importance of giving back to the industry that had been good to him and his company. In this vein, Mr. Mercer wanted to continue recognizing outstanding efforts in the area of education for the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry. Thus, the Cliff Brown Award was established in 2002 and has been recognizing outstanding contributions from individuals who have provided education to the industry. The NOMMA Education Foundation wants to publicly thank Mr. Mercer and Hallmark Iron Works for their tremendous support over the years. This year, the Cliff Brown Award was presented to Carl Grainger, Grainger Metalwork. Whether it is giving of his time to other members, teaching continuing education classes or classes at METALfab, educating non-members about the value of being a NOMMA member, responding to questions on ListServ, or one-on-one conversations that provide a wealth of knowledge to NOMMA members and the industry, Carl is always involved in the education of the industry. Carl also uses his special skill as an auctioneer at NEF's Party with a Purpose to raise funds to support the foundation. Carl has helped raise over $250,000 to support the foundation. As a trustee of the foundation, Carl is an outstanding advocate of the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry. Carl - thank you very much for all that you do for NEF and the industry!
 
NOMMA News & Events

METALfab2017 was a BIG Success!

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make it successful.

The first year of the co-location with NOMMA and American Fence Association (AFA) proved to be a successful one with increased attendance, an increased interested in exhibiting, and many educational sessions for members from both associations to choose from. There was plenty to learn, lots to do, and people to meet for all who attended. 

The NOMMA Welcome Reception, held on Thursday, February 2, was one of many well-attended events. It was an evening full of networking and reuniting with new and old friends. The History in the Making Opening Party, held on Friday, February 3, was great for NOMMA members and AFA members to integrate and get to know each other better. Saturday, February 4, began with NOMMA's Annual Meeting where select NOMMA members were awarded for their service to the industry. In the evening, NEF's Party with a Purpose, was a HUGE hit in raising funds for the foundation. On the morning of Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, NOMMA hosted a Breakfast of Champions where winners of the Top Job Award Contest were announced and given their awards. 

The exhibit floor was open from Friday, February 3 through Sunday, February 5. NEF provided a great lineup of education sessions from Wednesday, February 1 through Friday, February 3. And last but not least, legendary keynote speaker Steve Gilliland moved the crowd with his powerful speech on Purpose, Passion, and Pride. 

Look for a more detailed coverage of the events that took place at METALfab2017 in the March/April issue of O&MM Fabricator.

 

Meet us in Phoenix, Arizona for Next Year's METALfab! 

NOMMA's METALfab will co-locate with AFA's FENCETECH again next year, but this time we're headed to Phoenix, Arizona! Mark your calendars for February 5-9, 2018, and start making plans to attend what will be another successful industry event!
 
 
 
 
 
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Featured Top Job Contest Winners

2017 Ernest Wiemann Top Job Competition Winners


Mitch Heitler Award for Excellence
Big D Metalworks


A. Gates, Driveway – Nonforged
Gold
Finelli Architectural Iron & Stairs

Silver
Chapala Iron & Mfg. Co.

Bronze
The Heirloom Companies
C. Interior Railings - Ferrous, Nonforged
Gold
Dave's Architectural Iron LLC

Silver
Majka Railing Co. Inc.

Bronze
Hess Ornamental Iron LLC
D. Interior Railings - Nonferrous, Nonforged
Gold
Klahm & Sons Inc.

Silver
Big D Metalworks

Bronze
Artistic Iron Works LLC
E. Interior Railings - Ferrous, Forged
Gold
Maynard Studios Inc.

Silver
The Heirloom Companies

Bronze
Northwinds Forge Ltd.
F. Exterior Railings & Fences - Nonforged
Gold
Migala Metal Designs

Silver
Iron Decor

Bronze
MDO Welding & Fab.
G. Exterior Railings & Fences - Forged
Gold
Eagle Machine & Welding Inc.

Silver
Builders Ironworks Inc.

Bronze
The Design-Build Group Inc.
H. Furniture & Accessory Fabrication - Nonforged
Gold
Upright Iron Works Inc.

Silver
Grizzly Iron Inc.

Bronze
Foreman Fabricators Inc.
I. Furniture & Accessory Fabrication - Forged
Gold
Maynard Studios Inc.

Silver
Medwedeff Forge & Design

Bronze
The Heirloom Companies
J. Gates/Doors - Nonforged
Gold
Wiemann Metalcraft

Silver
Maynard Studios Inc.

Bronze
La Forge De Style LLC
K. Gates/Doors - Forged
Gold
The Design-Build Group Inc.

Silver
Steel Welding

Bronze
McLellan Blacksmithing
L. Stairs Complete - Commercial
Gold
Big D Metalworks

Silver
M. Cohen & Sons Inc.

Bronze
Wiemann Metalcraft
M. Stairs Complete - Residential
Gold
Compass Ironworks

Silver
Downtown Ornamental Iron Inc.

Bronze
Flaherty Iron Works Inc.
N. Structures
Gold
M. Cohen & Sons Inc.

Silver
Grainger Metal Works

Bronze
C.T. and S. Metalworks
O. Unusual Ornamental Fabrication
Gold
M. Cohen & Sons Inc.

Silver
Klahm & Sons Inc.

Bronze
Ornamental Gate & Fence
P. Restoration
Gold
Custom Metals Inc.

Silver
Empire Metal Finishing

Bronze
Medwedeff Forge & Design
Q. Art/Sculpture
Gold
Maynard Studios Inc.

Silver
Medwedeff Forge & Design

Bronze
Living Design Studios

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Thank You to everyone who submitted who entered the Top Job Award Contest, and Congratulations to all of the winners!


 

 
Tips & Tricks
 
   
Surface finishes are often an important aspect in designing custom parts. Surface finishes can be used to protect your part, make your part more attractive, change the friction of the surface, reflect light, absorb light, etc. Etc. Custom parts can be categorized as functional or decorative. Functional parts are typically used inside a device or in an application where appearance is less important. Decorative parts are those where appearance is more important. For example a maker of a cell phone would consider the phone case as decorative but an internal bracket for a circuit board as functional. If you need a decorative finish for a part consider these tips:
 
Make sure you stay tuned for the March Newsletter where we will include tips on organizing your truck and shop when preparing for installations. Tips from this past week's METALfab will be shared.
 
 

 

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