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At the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo 2017 in Indianapolis, Patrick Kapust, Deputy Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, announced OSHA’s top 10 most cited violated for 2017.

The top 10 list is preliminary in that not all violations have been added to OSHA’s reporting system, but the list order is not expected to change.

Read on to find out which violations made it to OSHA’s Top 10.
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Morgan Advanced Materials is expanding its international network of cutting-edge materials research facilities with the addition of a dedicated Metals and Joining Center of Excellence in Hayward, California.

The move follows a recent announcement from Morgan CEO Pete Raby, in which he outlined plans to increase investment in research and development to 4% of sales within the next four years, further strengthening Morgan’s position as a global leader in materials science and application engineering.
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Harbor Freight Tools for Schools recently announced 10 finalists for the inaugural Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, which will award more than $500,000 to skilled trades teachers and programs in American public high schools.

Drawn from across the country and representing skilled trades like construction, automotive, architecture, woodworking, manufacturing and marine systems technology, the 10 finalists are in the running for three first-place prizes of $100,000, with $70,000 going to the high school skilled trades program and $30,000 to the individual skilled trades teacher or teacher team behind the winning program. The seven second-place winners will each be awarded $30,000, with $20,000 going to the high school program and $10,000 to the teacher/team. The winners will be announced on October 26.

The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence was designed to recognize outstanding instruction in the skilled trades in U.S. public high schools that inspires students to learn a trade that prepares them for a career after high school.
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King Architectural Metals
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If you are a NOMMA member, you should have received an email yesterday asking you to visit http://memberverify.officialdirectory.com/applicationLogin/login and log on using the username and password provided in the email. 

The information loaded in the online Member Verification System (MVS) will appear the same way in the print Membership Directory, so we encourage you to check your profile and make any necessary changes before October 23 to ensure the correct information for your company appears in the 2018 Membership Directory. After this date, the MVS will be locked and you will not be able to make any changes. 

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To honor the memory of NEF friend and colleague Todd Kinnikin of Eureka Forge, the UMWC and NEF have partnered to make available an outstanding education and networking experience for a NOMMA member. 

The UMWC/NEF have committed to provide a reimbursement of up to $1,000.00 to the one person to whom the scholarship is awarded. The reimbursement is to cover the recipient's cost of a registration and expenses to attend METALfab. At the close of METALfab, dated receipts must be furnished to the scholarship chair and upon review the receipt will be reimbursed up to $1,000.00.

If you are an owner or employee of a NOMMA member company engaged in the fabrication of ornamental and miscellaneous metals, you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. 

In order to qualify, application forms must be submitted by November 17, 2017, and you must agree to provide a brief written statement of the value and of the experience after the event is over. 

Scholarships will be announced at the Winter UMWC meeting, and scholarships are non-transferable.

For additional information, please contact Scholarship Chair Mark O’Malley at 630-553-1604 or Omalleywelding@sbcglobal.net.
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NOMMA News & Events
FABTECH 2017 will be held November 6 – 9 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. While you’re there, be sure to visit NOMMA’s booth—B27104. 

NOMMA leaders and staff will be at FABTECH representing you, our members. We’ll be available to you, and we’re learning about new tools and techniques that could contribute to your success! Come see us near the Welding area in Hall B. 

FABTECH provides a convenient venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing needs. The annual event at McCormick Place will offer more than 1,700 exhibitors. 

SHOW DATES & HOURS
Monday, November 6:         10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, November 7:         9:00  AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday, November 8:    9:00  AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, November 9:        9:00  AM – 3:00 PM
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Registration is Now Open for METALfab2018!
 

 
NOMMA committees continue to work hard planning for METALfab 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Don't miss THE industry event of the year which will include outstanding education, visits to local shops, and a massive trade show. Mark your calendars now for an event you won't want to miss!
 
Call for Auction Items 
Start planning and designing your donations today! It is never too early! The next NEF Auction will take place February 8, 2018, at METALfab2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. 
 
This is NEF’s largest fundraiser of the year, and with your help we can make it the best one yet. Donations from past actions have included tools, hand forged metal items, art pieces, books, electronics, gift baskets, handmade quilts, vouchers and gift cards to restaurants, stores, airline tickets, and much more!
 
Look for details on where to ship donated items on the NOMMA website (www.nomma.org), or items can be dropped off onsite at the NEF Office room at the Convention Center after February 7, 2018. The donation form is also available for download at http://www.nomma.org/?page=NEFAuction
 
Pre-METALfab Continuing Education - February 7

Start METALfab2018 off with an Outstanding Experience:
ESTIMATING FROM TAKEOFF TO PROFIT 
Presented by Mark Koenke and Erik Owen of Germantown Iron and Steel
  • Establishing a chart of accounts to qualifying your proposal.
  • Establishing your overhead and labor rates, SG&A and profit.
  • What is markup and what is an appropriate rate for your business.
  • Organization of takeoff and items to watch for in the takeoff process. 
Discuss and walk though specific projects from design to sending out your proposal. Expect hands on learning by putting the theoretical to practical use by working on an actual estimate that will be downloaded on your computer.
 
Education classes take place February 8 and 9 during METALfab2018 included in METALfab2018 registration package.

METALfab2018 Schedule of Events for February 5 - 10
View the list of events for each day of METALfab2018 at  http://www.nomma.org/page/METALfab_schedule
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Deviations will sometimes occur in an original project bid. It makes good business sense to issue a change order to ensure you get paid. This month’s Roundtable discussed "How Change Orders Ensure You Get Paid." Here are some key things to consider when issuing a change order:
  • Use clear, concise contract language
  • Verify who has authorizing power
  • Be clear on your policy and stick to it
  • Be timely about your change orders
  • Manage your customers; you know who you’re working with, so act accordingly
  • Negotiate to avoid burning bridges
  • Be willing to stick to your policies, but know that you may burn bridges
  • Define a clear scope up front
  • Train staff on your procedures
  • Visit AIA's website for contracts
  • Visit nomma.org as we share our documents so that we can all learn together
  • Don’t rely on memories; write it down
  • Thoroughly review contracts before signing
  • Don’t hesitate to challenge the language within the contract or restate your understanding to ensure common understanding 
  • "Contracts...are what keep honest people... honest"
  • Sometimes, even with all the documentation, you won’t get paid
Don’t miss the next Roundtable on November 8 at 3:00 p.m. (EST).
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Please note our new address:

National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA)
6404 International Parkway, Suite 2250
Plano, TX 75093

888-516-8585 • Fax: 314-480-7118

info@nomma.org
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Featured Top Job Contest Winners
Have You Submitted a Project to the Top Job Contest Yet?

The early bird deadline has already passed, but it's not too late for you to submit your work to the Top Job Contest. 

If you're looking for a list of the Top Job categories, contest rules, or photo tips, please follow this link to view a helpful brochure for Top Job entries:

NOMMA Top Job Brochure

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How do I protect my work? Is it legal to borrow elements from someone else’s design? Intellectual property attorney Jack Munday addresses these and other common questions related to copyright law.

Metalworking is an art form that ranges from forging a nail to fabricating an abstract object for display in a gallery. Most metalworking falls in between these two extremes. The nail is almost exclusively functional and has no special ornate value, while an essentially ornate sculpture has no functionality. Sometimes the middle, gray area leads to problems. And problems lead to lawyers. Understanding some of the basics about copyright law may save you from any legal problems associated with it.

*This article originally ran in the November/December 2006 issue of O&MM Fabricator
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