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It's hard to believe, but Repair Days is just under two months away! If you haven't already done so, it is time to mark Repair Days on your calendar! This year's event is September 21 - 24. As the highlight of the weekend, we are honored to welcome David Secrest as the 2017 Master Metalsmith. Secrest, well known for his incorporation of textures and patterns in forged iron, fabricated steel and bronze sculptures and furniture. We hope that you will join us in supporting Repair Days 2017. There are numerous ways to get involved...


Get ready for this year's Octoberfest, which will held at Bailey Metal Fabricators in Mitchell, South Dakota!

When: October 6 - 7, 2017
Where: Bailey Metal Fabricators in Mitchell, South Dakota
What to Expect: This year's Octoberfest will feature several forging demonstrations, HyDef Plasma Demo, ins and outs of Electrostatic Painting, and much more! You also won't want to miss the vendor showcase!

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. 

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
Mark Your Calendars for METALfab2018!

NOMMA committees are already hard at work 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 (, 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 
Pre-METALfab Continuing Education - February 7
Mark your calendars for NEF education opportunities at METALfab2018!

(Requires separate registration not included in METALfab2018 registration package)

Start METALfab2018 off with an Outstanding Experience:
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 Education Lineup Feb 8 & 9
Class lists, presenters and times will be posted on 
King Architectural Metals
Member News
Daniel Michael Liebert, a United States Navy Veteran and founder and owner of Orleans Ornamental & Iron Casting, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017, at the age of 72. After fighting a hard battle with cancer, he left this world peacefully with his family by his bedside. 
His loving wife of 50 years, Kathy; his two children, Dana and Brett Liebert; and his three beautiful grandchildren, April, Daniel and Olivia will continue to live out his legacy. Daniel was the proud founder and owner of Orleans Ornamental Iron & Casting Dist. Inc. for 43 years along with his family. He made many wonderful friends with his meek and generous spirit. Daniel helped many become proud business owners by giving advice and precious time of his own experiences in business. His meekness, honesty, and loyal heart brought many customers to his generous side. Through the years, these customers became like family to him. Daniel was known as a giver, not a taker. He was always looking to help anyone in need. 
These fine qualities that did not go unnoticed. He has left a legacy for his wife, children and grandchildren and will never be forgotten by anyone. Daniel was very loved and respected by those who had the pleasure of meeting and knowing him. 
Daniel’s daughter, Dana Liebert, asks that any memorials be received by NOMMA’s Education Foundation (NEF) as donations.
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
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Featured Top Job Contest Winners
Category H: Furniture and Accessory Fabrication - Nonforged

To enter this category, the project must be consistent of metal fabrication including custom castings and cold forged elements with less than 5% custom hand forgings. This category includes items such as lighting, tables, chairs, fire screens, fire tools, baker's racks, window and door grills.

Gold Winner:

Upright Iron Works Inc.
Griffith, Indiana

This piece of furniture was designed by the fabricator. It is made from powder coated 1/4" steel plate. Inspired by steampunk photos on social media, this table was designed and fabricated for a friend's industrial-themed bar and grill. It was originally fabricated to coffee table height, but the low seating didn't fit well in the specified environment. To resolve the issue, it was removed and reinstalled with longer legs so that it may be enjoyed at pub table height. The legs are held on by ridiculously large bolts. They were so large that the fabricator didn't have a wrench big enough. How did the fabricator tighten the oversized bolts? He had to make his own wrench (using the plasma table). If you look closely, you will see the wrench in one of the photos.

Total Hours: 128

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Tips & Tricks
When fabricators understand the ins and outs of downdraft table dust collection systems, employee health and safety improve. For many metalworking applications, a plasma cutter table is a key piece of equipment. This essential tool, however, generates high heat and a lot of fine metal particles. It also produces slag, metal fragments and sparks that can ignite metal dust.
One of the differences between being an entrepreneur and a venture capitalist is that I meet with many more business owners now than I did then. As such, it has become more apparent that many of my struggles as an entrepreneur are surprisingly common. One observation that stands out, probably because it is rarely discussed, is how many founders have relationship struggles with their significant others and families. For me, the brightest years at IronPort were without a doubt the darkest years at home.



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