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The Challenge: Place a 49-foot-long steel bridge over train tracks and onto supports with laser-like precision from a small working area in a residential neighborhood.

The steel bridge structure was delivered in two sections and welded on-site, resulting in a total weight of 77 tons, including the required slinging gear. After the load was meticulously rigged so that it would be perfectly balanced, the power to the overhead lines was turned off and the precision lifting started.
Many of today’s cutting applications require surgical-like precision to produce small, intricate parts. Technological advancements in waterjet and laser cutting are making these processes even more attractive to fabricators in a variety of industries.

Some of the newest innovations to take place in laser and waterjet cutting have focused on the resources required to cut smaller, intricate parts. The potential for product miniaturization is continuing to draw interest, while posing a number of technical challenges. Fortunately, companies have begun to develop new technologies to meet the unique problems posed by micromanufacturing. As the world of small-scale cutting continues to grow larger, waterjet and laser cutting machines could have an even greater impact on the manufacturing industry.
King Architectural Metals
Lapeyre Stair, Inc.
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Feeney expands its color options for the company’s DesignRail® aluminum railing line.

Feeney, Inc., a manufacturer of high quality stainless steel and aluminum railing products, recently announced the introduction of a new powder coat finish for the company’s DesignRail® aluminum railing system. Textured Black adds to Feeney’s extensive color collection by being the first of its finishes to feature a slightly raised, uniformly textured surface.

Textured Black is well-suited for interior and exterior applications. It offers a more natural tone, creating a softer color experience. Textured black also helps conceal fingerprints and minor scratches. 

"This new finish is already creating buzz among our customers," says Andy Penny, vice president of marketing and advertising at Feeney, Inc. "Textured Black is sophisticated, versatile, and a little unique; it’s ideal for both residential and commercial projects as well as modern and traditional design styles."

Like all the company’s powder coat finishes, Textured Black, adheres to AAMA-2604 coating specifications for superior impact and weather resistance, and color retention. Textured Black is priced the same as all of Feeney’s standard colors. 

About Feeney  
Since 1948, Oakland, California-based Feeney has been committed to providing construction professionals and DIY homeowners with innovative, easy-to-use products and unsurpassed service. For more information or the location of a dealer near you, please visit 


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Naylor Association Solutions
NOMMA News & Events


NEF Octoberfest Continuing Ed & Vendor Showcase

Two-day workshop featuring classes and demos.

Friday, October 14 through Saturday, October 15

Host & Location:
Lawler Foundry Corp.
4908 Powell Ave S
Birmingham, Alabama 35222

Instructors Include: Roger Carlsen on Scrolls, John McLellan on Forge, Eagle Bending on Roll Forming and Sculpt Nouveau on Patinas.

Cost: $200 NOMMA members, $300 nonmembers

Includes: 8 education sessions, vendor showcase, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch

To Register: Contact Martha Pennington (, 888-516-8585, ext. 104) 



2016 ABANA Conference is Only Days Away! 

The 2016 ABANA Salt Lake City Conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Utah State Fairpark from July 13-16. There will be demos of architectural and sculptural blacksmithing, foldforming, and more. There will also be teaching tents with hands-on participation with the demonstrators, professional seminars, a fine art gallery with an auction, a marketplace, and so much more! 

To find out more, visit

Have You Visited NOMMA's Online Career Center?


NOMMA recently announced the launch of its new Career Center. It connects metalworking professionals across all disciplines and career stages with employers offering career opportunities, serving as a robust source of up to thousands of job opportunities.  

Some of the benefits NOMMA's new online Career Center offers is: 
  • The ability for craftspersons to post anonymous resumes, allowing them to be recruited while remaining in complete control over which employers view their complete information. 
  • A variety of options for employers to expose jobs to passive job-seeking industry professionals who do not visit job boards, including Job Flash emails to NOMMA’s registered job-seekers. 
  • Integration of job content into social media channels to engage industry professionals and provide valuable job exposure to NOMMA’s audiences and relevant users of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social channels. 
  • And so much more!
For more information, please visit the NOMMA Career Center.
McNichols Company
Naylor Association Solutions
Locinox USA, LLC
Featured Top Job Contest Winners

Stairs Complete (Residential)

In order to be placed in this category, the majority of the stair must be of metal construction and installed in or on private residence.

Gold Winner:
M. Cohen & Sons Inc.
Broomall, Pennsylvania

The design of the custom stairs was done by an architect. Some of the features included are bronze railings that were antiqued and waxed and wood treads that were stained and sealed. The stair structure, which is hidden in the wall, is made of steel. The railings are bronze, cast and bar stock. There is also cantilevered stair with structural steel stringer in wall. Built-up steel tread assemblies were bolted to in-wall stringer, shimmed, and fully welded. Wood treads were fully shop assembled and slid onto the steel subtreads. The "jali screen" of the guardrail was cast out of bronze from a hand-formed wax mold. In turn, the screen was welded into the guardrail assembly. All fasteners were concealed for a seamless end product. The greatest challenge for this team was achieving the fluid curve of the stair while cantilevering from a single tread. In addition, the custom wood profile for the stair treads was challenging to both fabricate and install.

This project took approximately 3,279 hours.

Silver Winner:
Grainger Metal Works
Nichols, South Carolina

The finish used on this stair project was a powder coat. Aluminum rectangular tubes were used for the platform and stringers which allowed chases for the wiring for the light system. The railings are aluminum with custom chisel lined and twisted pickets with a custom forged decorative panel made with custom flat bar 5/16 x 5/8 which was made from 5/8 sq. bar. The treads are inlayed with rubber mats and lights mounted under the handrail. The owner furnished the decorative etched glass panel. The greatest challenge for this team was fitting the platform framing onsite while being on scaffolding. The curved stone wall supporting the waterslide was a very inconsistent curve. Several thin paneling templates were made for the floor and many measurements and cross measurements were made, discussed, and voted on before breaking down the on-site fitted framing. In the end, it fit nicely. We used 2-1/2" thick rubber playground mat material for the tread infill which made walking barefoot on the treads kid friendly.


Bronze Winner:
Iron Decor
Tulsa, Oklahoma

This complete stair system has a single stringer attached at the ground floor and the second floor joist.  An architect provided a concept sketch and the steel stringer sizing.  Vertical bar brackets were welded to the side of the mono-stringer to support each of the treads.  The treads are solid wood beams cut the thickness of the rise of each step and notched to clear the mono-stringer.  The treads were stacked one on top of the next at the stair angle with an overlap for attachment.  The ¾" round bar balusters were hammered for texture and flattened on the end for side mounting into the solid treads using square headed lag fasteners for an antique look.  The natural steel finish was satin clear coated.

This project took approximately 198 hours.
Tips & Tricks
Step up your TIG game and take your machine to the next level, enabling you to perform stronger and better looking welds. Regardless of the capabilities of the machine that you have, if you are looking to lay down the same great looking welds over and over, you have to be comfortable in your welding position. It's good practice to take your time to get into a comfortable position and take a dry run before you start an arc. This will tell you whether your position will enable you to complete your weld from end to end without stopping and starting.
Hollywood would have you believe that workplace conflict is awesome. Movies depict the best offices as filled with macho dudes in suits screaming at each other, throwing around insults, and somehow also getting fantastic results. That’s entertaining, but let’s look at the facts: a 2010 study revealed that the average U.S. employee spends 2.8 hours a week dealing with disputes at work, resulting in losses of $359 Billion across the American economy. In reality, conflict pulls people away from their jobs and kills productivity.



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