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Give back to the industry by spending Saturday, October 3, at the Metal Museum Service Day in Memphis, Tennessee. We need about 12 volunteers and 3-4 service trucks. The Metal Museum was founded by NOMMA members, and this event is a great opportunity to connect with and maintain one of NOMMA’s greatest projects. Read about the Museum's History. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015
               9:00 a.m.- 5 p.m. (approx.)

Where: 374 Metal Museum Dr.
               Memphis, Tennessee  38106
               United States

Contact: Todd Daniel
                Phone: 888-516-8585

*To RSVP for this event, click here

Holiday Inn Downtown
Reservations: Call Diebra Anderson in the sales office at 901-526-2001.
Sheraton Memphis Downtown
Reservations: Call Brad Colonna in the sales office at 901-214-3615.

1) Repaint handrails on the Library building. Brushing and rolling oil base paint

2) Fab handrails for Gazebo, Install rails that have been finished (spray paint)

3) Paint Gazebo

*The Museum staff will pressure wash handrails and gazebo prior to the service day. We already have a welder—please disregard our earlier request to bring one. 

 What to Bring:

  • Welding helmet
  • Safety glasses and face shield
  • 2" paint brushes latex and oil base paints
  • 4" paint rollers 3/8" nap maybe ¼"
  • Angle grinder with wire brushes, cup brush
  • Hand wire brushes
  • Gloves
  • Your Expertise
  • Paint cup gun/ with filters spray oil base primer

Nov. 6 & 7, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Chicago, Illinois

Interested in CAD? Do you need to better integrate it into your workflow?

This seminar is designed for fabricators who are either currently looking into adding CAD to their operations or who have CAD but have not fully leveraged this technology.

• Using CAD at the initial sales call and/or bid process.
• Taking job photos and showing the design in the photo
(eliminate the phrase "I didn’t think it was going to look like this")
• Using CAD to simplify field measuring.
• Using CAD for estimating residential and commercial work.
• Using CAD to submit jobs for approval using sheet templates and creating multi-sheet PDFs
• Using CAD in the fabrication and installation process.
• Creating installation and shop detail drawings from field dimensions and/or customer PDF’s.
• Drawing picket, pipe, glass, and cable railings. Level and slope
• Laying out steel stairs both circular and straight.
• Drawing drive way and walk gates
• Creating a custom parts, bean and column library.
• Quality control tools to reduce or eliminate your " grave yard".
• Simulating installations shop layouts using CAD.
• Where to learn more.

Cost: $350 NOMMA members/ $450 nonmembers
Questions? Contact Martha Pennington (888-516-8585, ext. 104;

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SteelDay is an annual event sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and hosted by its members and partners. SteelDay is the industry's largest educational and networking function with events occurring all over the country. It's an opportunity for individuals from various professions to see how the structural steel industry contributes to building America.
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
Member News
Congratulations to Berger Iron Works, Inc. for winning the 2014 AIA Houston Artisan of the Year Award! They were selected by the AIA Houston Honor Awards Committee, and the award was presented by Architecture Center Houston. 

Project photos, shop drawings, historical documents, sample work and materials alongside the model will all be featured in the exhibit. The 2015 AIA Houston Design Awards will also be on exhibit in the main gallery. You can read more about the 2015 AIA Houston Design Awards here

More about Berger Iron Works, Inc.:
In 1893, A.A. Berger began fabricating ornamental iron work for residences and office buildings.  By the 1930s, Berger was the choice of many of the most elegant estates in Houston, Galveston, and the surrounding areas. As Houston grew, the company diversified, and in the 1940s Berger helped to supply the U.S. war effort with fabricated iron and wire products. 

Incorporated in 1954 as Berger Iron Works, Inc., the company has now been in continuous operation for 120 years. Today, Berger manufactures architectural and miscellaneous metals predominantly for the commercial construction industry while maintaining its ability to work on industrial projects and high-end residential projects.

For more information on Berger Iron Works, Inc., please visit

NOMMA is partnering with Naylor Association Solutions to create an Online Verification System (OVS)

As a NOMMA member, you will have the opportunity to use a unique username and password, which will be given at a later date, to log into an online portal to update your listing information. The OVS is a user-friendly and safe portal to use, and none of the information stored will be used for anything other than gathering information for the 2016 NOMMA Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide. With your help, your most up-to-date information will be included in this valuable member resource. 

When the time comes to update your listing, please be sure to log in and update every field included in the OVS to ensure your listing is correct and complete. It will help us accurately showcase your information in a year-long publication. 

When the OVS is ready to be rolled out, we will individually send out your username and password with the deadline in which we will need the updates made. Look out for more information to come regarding the OVS. 

Thank you for your help in making this happen!

If you do, please be sure to share this information with our new NOMMA Editor-in-Chief, Marbella Miller. We love to feature news, updates, tips, etc. from our members and friends in the industry in both the O&MM Fabricator and in the NOMMA Newswire newsletter. You can reach Marbella directly by emailing her at 
Featured Top Job Contest Winners

This category is open to any unusual ornamental fabrication not specifically classified elsewhere including but not limited to signs, mailboxes, arbors, sundials, crosses and other specialty items.

Gold Winner:
Artistic Iron Works Inc.
Las Vegas, Nevadad

1938 Hudson Train Replica
Artistic Iron Works was commissioned by "Dental Express" in San Diego, California to design and build an Art Deco 1938 "Hudson" 4-6-4 scale model steam engine approximately 25' x 8' x10' with light gauge rail track. The fabricator designed the train, using plate steel, .065, .095 tube steel, spun steel 4' diameter cone, 14 gauge sheet metal, taking approximately 285 man hours to complete. The fabrication techniques used were steel cutting, rolled sheet metal, riveting and welding. Powder coat E141-BK19 was used as the finish to resemble black cast iron and 38/91020 silver wheels and trim. The greatest challenge faced in this build was making sure the internal super structure was able to support overall weight of 7500# and have the ability to move the train. Installation involved shipping and placing train via crane on rail tracks in permanent position.

Visit Artistic Iron Works Inc. on the web.

Silver Winner:
C.T. and S. Metalworks
Irving, Texas

Primary Entry Sign for Major Residential Development
A primary entry sign for a major residential development was built with LED back lit channel aluminum letters on a Corten box beam. The box beam is made out of rolled ¼" Corten plate and is 74 ft. long x 4 ft. high x 1 ft. deep. The radius is 138 ft. With the total weight being 13,000 lbs, they could only support this eccentric offset load with (2) columns because of a gas easement underneath. The honey-comb structure internally is 1" thick Corten plate. It is sandblasted and pre-rusted with C.T. and S. Metworks' secret formula. They built in (2) pieces in their shop and welded together in field.

The letters are 2’-7" high with a 3" turn-back channel. They are ¼" aluminum with a circular finish and then clear coated with a special lacquer to keep its color over time. The LED’s are hid behind the letters. Total man hours spent was 300.

Visit C. T. and S. Metalworks on the web. 

Bronze Winner:
Flaherty Iron Works Inc.
Alexandria, Virginia

Hand Forged Iron Work Garland
This ornamental hand forged iron work garland was designed as decoration for a Memorial constructed over the historical site of a slave cemetery. There is 60 LF of garland. It is 20" high. The vine is fabricated to simulate the American Bittersweet vine. The fabricator was given photos of American Bittersweet and asked to make a vine motif to its likeness to decorate the top of the Memorial. The vines are hammered 1 ½" pipe.  The leaves are formed from ¼" plate and the berries made using 5/8" round stock. We used the Tnemec primer and paint system to finish. Total man hours spent was 720.

Visit Flaherty Iron Works Inc. on the web.

Featured Stories
Blacksmith James Roth, of Putnam Township, wants to keep his trade alive by passing along skills to others. Roth, who does blacksmithing out of his Hell Creek Forge workshop near Hell, started taking on apprentices and students about three years ago. He teaches people how to use tools including a flaming coal forge, anvils and hammers to hand-craft objects.
As the summer evening sun casts its rays on the pitcher’s mound a few miles to the east, roughly a dozen fountains lined up like fence posts shoot up from the ground, spewing water several feet into the air in right field as batting practice is about to begin at Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. Kansas City long known for jazz and barbecue, has another noteworthy association: fountains of all shapes, sizes, styles and design, numbering in the hundreds and located on both the Missouri and Kansas sides of the city. Some are on the grounds of private homes but dozens are in public places, waiting to be seen.
Tips & Tricks

Thank you to everyone's invaluable feedback in answering a member's question about a dilemma with an unclaimed piece of furniture.

Some of the great advice from members was the following:

  1. Never order a single piece of material without a non-refundable deposit first and a signed contract. 
    • This was the most popular recommendation from fellow NOMMA members. A 50% deposit, or 25% deposit for larger jobs, seemed to be the common consensus. This amount should cover the materials at the very least. If the item is not claimed after the deposit is paid, then you can sell it to make up for any other lost time and funds already invested. 
  2. Make sure you put it all in the contract.
    • Include payment information, completion date, non-refundable deposit information, etc. 
  3. If you are already in this predicament where a customer has not claimed a finished piece, you can always auction it off  as a nice NEF auction item!
  4. For $30, you can take your customer to small claims court. 
    • You will have a better chance at getting your money back if a contract was signed. Be sure to keep a paper trail of attempts made to contact the customer with the payment information, description of item(s), dates, and any other pertinent information. 
  5. Give the customer a chance to respond.
    • Just in case an unforeseen emergency has come up, it might be a good idea to allow for some time to pass. Follow up with your customer with multiple calls and emails to ensure enough contact has been made. 
  6. Lastly, enjoy the piece for yourself! You worked hard and put a lot of time and effort in creating the piece, aside from the costs involved, so why not enjoy your own hard work?



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