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METALfab2018 is Less Than 2 Weeks Away! 

We hope to see you at THE industry event of the year which will include outstanding education, visits to local shops, and a massive trade show. You won't want to miss out!
Call for Auction Items 
The NEF Auction will take place during the Party for a Purpose on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at METALfab2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. 
Get your costumes ready and join us as we go back in time to the 1950s when NOMMA was first established. Our "Great Balls of Fire" theme will set the tone as we celebrate NOMMA’s 60th Anniversary! The NEF Trustees have set a lofty goal for the 2018 auction to raise $1,000 for every year NOMMA has been established. We need your help in achieving our goal, so let’s join forces to successfully raise $60,000 to support education in our industry! This auction is our largest fundraiser, and it is critically important to be able to expand educational offerings to the people of our industry.

NEF would be very grateful for any donated items submitted for the auction. These items can dropped off at the NEF office located in the Phoenix Convention Center in room 232C. Prior to the auction, items will be on display in the NOMMA Pavillion. Generous donations from our members and supporters help to make the auction a success. Let’s make this the largest auction in NOMMA’s 60-year history!
**Special Note**
Please download the new label from or add "Auction Donation..NEF Office Room 232C" to labels you have already printed. If you have already sent in an auction item using the old label, email Carl Grainger at so that we can make sure your item gets tagged properly so nothing gets lost or misplaced.

Lastly, when sending in your donation, please include a completed copy of the donation form and also email the completed form to 

METALfab2018 Schedule of Events for February 5 - 10
View the list of events for each day of METALfab2018 at
King Architectural Metals
Member News
Architectural Iron Designs, Inc. (AIDI), a supplier of ornamental and architectural metals, gate hardware, and metal finishes, has launched their new brand. "We have updated our branding because we wanted those within our industry to know we provide more than just metal forgings," said Jay Shah. Over the past 24 years our company has grown from selling a small range of steel forgings to a national supplier, offering a full range of forgings, gate hardware and metal finishes. To reflect this, we have rebranded the company as AIDI with the new logo.
The Wagner Companies [recently] announced the hiring of Michael Dover as the company’s new president. Dover, who joins the executive team effective today, assumes the position previously held by Rick Kettler who retired after an 18-year career with the company and a nine-year tenure as president. Bob Wagner remains in the role of chief executive officer (CEO). Dover brings 26 years of extensive manufacturing, sales and marketing experience to the company. "Mike has the experience and skill-set to effectively lead our company into the next era," said Bob Wagner, CEO. "He has a proven track record in manufacturing and understands the critical importance of building upon our established reputation of delivering the highest levels of product quality, innovation and service."
Locinox USA, LLC
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Featured Top Job Contest Winners
Vote on the Best Top Job Submissions at METALfab!

The deadline to submit an entry for the Top Job Contest has already passed, but it's not too late to vote for your favorite Top Job submission.

Support your fellow industry comrades by not only attending METALfab for its unbeatable education and networking opportunities, but vote on the best work categorized by type at the show! 

D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.
Featured Stories
Builders in Virginia and Oregon have new regulations regarding bonds for their contractors. The states of Virginia and Oregon adopted new legislation in 2017 that introduced surety bond requirements for contractors. In Virginia, the new bond legislation reduced financial burdens on contractors which were otherwise required to demonstrate a certain amount of net worth. In Oregon, a surety bond requirement was introduced for all contractors and subcontractors working on public works projects above $100,000. Read on for an overview of both legislative changes, and what these mean for contractors in these states.
Trimble and VolkerWessels [recently] announced a strategic relationship to standardize VolkerWessels' projects on a key set of Trimble construction technologies. The collaboration is designed to leverage each company's core capabilities to advance innovations in Building Information Management (BIM) technology and improve the management and predictability of building construction and real estate projects. "Our close collaboration with VolkerWessels enables both companies to innovate while driving greater value in the design, build and operate phases of construction," said Roz Buick, vice president at Trimble. "We greatly value this key customer relationship enabling us both to seek insights for buildings, infrastructure and real estate industries."
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D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.
D&D Technologies provides the broadest range of high-performance gate hardware for every application. SureClose® hydraulic gate hinge-closers feature Dual Bearing Glide System™ and concealed hydraulics. Shut It™ hinges offer near frictionless movement, are adjustable and maintenance free. D&D continually sets new standards in design, performance, craftsmanship and innovation – tied together by top level quality and service.
Learn more by visiting our website today.
Tips & Tricks
You have made the decision to implement new design software into your business. You are excited, the staff is excited, this is going to be great! But let’s sit back and breath for just a minute and think what is the best way to implement the software so it becomes a meaningful part of your business and not an overwhelming ordeal for everyone involved. Follow the planning, training and personalization advice in this document so you and your team can hit the ground running when you implement any new software into your business.
From customer complaints to repeated injuries, the difference between a well-trained employee and one who isn't can cost your business dearly. Bridging these training gaps is critical to employee and employer success, and identifying them correctly is the first step. Are tools or equipment at fault? Are processes the problem? Are new products or platforms being used incorrectly? When learning professionals identifying whether and where knowledge is lacking, they can not only fill any gaps but also help employees understand how and why training works. And when training works, employees seek it out — good news for both upskilling and engagement.



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