When NOMMA heard about a seriously problematic code amendment being proposed in North Carolina, NOMMA volunteers swung into action. Immediate Past President Keith Majka and Executive Director Todd Daniel came to Raleigh, NC for a hearing of the NC Building Code Council, which took place on Tuesday, March 14. Joining them were local members Michael Workman of Burlington Miscellaneous Metals and Kurt Lents of Alamance Iron Works. Because local residents have a stronger voice we asked Kurt and Michael to do the speaking roles, and what a masterful job they did.
The code proposal in question was an amendment to the 2015 IBC (1015.4), which would put a load requirement on guards that is vague and difficult to test.
NOMMA’s presence and opposition at the code hearing was truly a team effort involving the Technical Committee, volunteer leaders, staff, local members, and sister associations. A thanks to the following, who provided input and guidance: Dave Cooper, Stairbuilders & Manufacturers Assoc.; John Woestman, Composite Lumber Manufacturers Association; Robert Privott, North Carolina Home Builders Association, Gary Ehrlich, NAHB; and NOMMA’s Technical Committee (Brad Adsit, Tom Zuzik Jr., Maciej Jankowski).
We were delighted that both the Composite Lumber Manufacturers Association and the North Carolina Home Builders Association came forward to support our position. They also gave us good support and advice.
*Keith Majka, Michael Workman and Kurt Lents featured above.
The organization has removed language from its website and Congress is attacking related provisions.
As a new, regulation-averse Congress and White House settles in, several newer OSHA rules are under attack that industry associations have maligned as "unlawful and arbitrary regulatory overreach."
The first of those rules regards injury and illness reporting. As of July 1, contractors are expected to electronically submit the injury and illness information they are already required to keep under OSHA regulations. Contractors can either manually input the data or upload a .CSV file, which can be created in Excel.
Other than changing how the records are submitted, the new rule also makes public information that had previously been private — and adds anti-retaliation protections for employees. That means employers must inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation, OSHA said. (Simply posting the already required OSHA workplace poster satisfies this requirement.)
NOMMA Membership Drive: Gold Member Referral Contest
NOMMA Membership Chair Dave Busarello is pleased to announce that Lynn Parquette (featured to the left) is the winner of the Gold Member Referral Contest. She will receive a 3" x 5" NOMMA shop banner. Runner-ups in the contest were John Famiglio, Justin Pigott, Max Hains and Tony Martinez. A big "Thanks!" to everyone who sends in member leads to the NOMMA office – please keep them coming!
Three Ways to Help Get Members:
1: Invite a prospect to METALfab, chapter meetings, NEF continuing ed events, etc.
2: Send leads to the NOMMA office. We’ll send them literature and call them. You’ll get the credit when they join!
3: Sponsor a member by emailing them an application form and encouraging them to put your name on the sponsor line.
Introducing NOMMA's Member-Only Insurance Program
- General Liability
- Workers' Comp
- Commercial Auto
- And More!
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For several months, you’ve been hearing about our switch to SocialLink. After getting input from many members and meeting with the developer, we’ve decided that SocialLink needs more work, and we will be thoroughly beta testing both the app and updated version during the month of March. In the meantime, the ListServ will remain NOMMA’s primary discussion and communication medium until further notice.
NOMMA Spring Workshop Barely a Week Away - Register Now!
**If you plan to come, please register as soon as possible so that we can order the right amount of food. The event will be a day of fun and learning at one of NOMMA’s most highly-awarded shops. Network with colleagues, learn about NOMMA programs, and enjoy a day of demos from two world-class presenters – Phil Heermance and Jack Klahm.**
When: Friday, April 21, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Art’s Work Unlimited, 22150 SW 154th Ave., Miami, FL 33170
Program: Art’s Work is a highly-awarded NOMMA member that creates beautiful gates, railings, doors, furniture and sculptures. They also provide restoration, lighting and other services. Join us for a day of demos and some business education.
Demos to include:
- Leaf Making
- Jigs (bring your favorite jig to share as well)
- Fold forming
- Electrostatic painting
Details: Breakfast and BBQ lunch provided
Presenters: Phil Heermance, Art’s Work Unlimited Inc. and Jack Klahm, Klahm & Sons Inc.
Business Session: Review of NOMMA’s Latest Benefits
Cost: $89, Onsite - $109, Non Members - $159
Upper Midwest Chapter Meeting Next Week – Code Class, Abrasives Demo, Shop Tour & More
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10 a.m.
Where: Custom Metals Inc., 4544 Don’s Rd., Madison, WI 53711
About the Host Shop: Custom Metals Inc. produces gates, doors, furniture, lighting, railings, sculpture, stairs, signs, and more. They also do restoration. The shop is the recipient of many Top Job Awards, including the Mitch Heitler Award for Excellence.
Program: Railing code issues, presented by Tony Leto of The Wagner Companies.
Other Features: Shop tour, vendor displays and vendor demos. Representatives from Klingspor Abrasives and Dynabrade Inc. will be present to give demos.
|Category A: Driveway Gates - Non/Forged
To enter this category, driveway gates must have less than 5 percent custom hand forgings.
Finelli Architectural Iron & Stairs
The design of the driveway gate was collaboratively done by both the Fabricator and the Architect. Finelli Architectural Iron & Stairs' client came to them (the Finelli team) wanting a unique driveway gate that matched the rest of his eclectic home. With a background in sharpening and maintaining surgical equipment, the client had quite the eye for detail, to say the least. Everything needed to be just right. This gate includes 2" x 2" tubing, which was rolled to make up the outer frame and set the tone for the design. With some help from the homeowner, who insisted on being part of the fabrication process, the team of Finelli Architectural fabricators forged scroll work to fill in the space between the tubing and channel. Simple ⅝" vertical bars were used to fill in the rest of the gate, in order to not overwhelm the overall design of the gate. Collars were also welded every third bar.
Total Hours: 100
Metal finishing is a combination of art and science. An acceptable finished product is dependent on quality materials, correct supplies and, most importantly, skill. I have developed some simple rules, guidelines, and a process flow chart to help polishers. By increasing their knowledge of materials and products and practicing to improve their skill, a polisher can more cost-effectively achieve an acceptably finished rail.