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Come visit members of your NOMMA family at the West Coast Fence show at booths 315 and 414, which will be located in the middle of the trade show floor. This event starts on Thursday, September 13 and ends Saturday, September 15. 

Featuring exhibitors of fence, deck, railing and access control companies, this two-day educational event arms attendees with knowledge of the standards of the industry. 

To kick off the event, on Thursday, September 13, there will be a golf tournament followed by an exhibitors reception. On Friday, September 14, educational seminars begin, followed by a champagne reception. The trade show floor also opens on Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, September 15, the educational seminars continue, and the trade show floor will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This show will be located at the Peppermill Resort located at 2707 S. Virginia St., Reno, Nevada 89502. 
For additional show information, click here.  
Don't miss out on the upcoming NEF PRO event! Practical Forging: Incorporate Forge Work into Fabricated Designs Efficiently Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Whether you would like to contribute as an individual, a company, or a supplier - sponsoring this event directly helps our industry! Hosted by Robert Thomas Iron Designs, the NEF PRO Fall Continuing Education program will be held on October 5-6 in Charleston, South Carolina. Although registration opened July 1, there are still spots available, so register now! This event is limited to 40 registrants to ensure a hands-on experience.
October 18 - 21, 2018 The Metal Museum is pleased to announce Repair Days 2018, an annual fundraiser hosted by the Metal Museum where nearly 200 metalsmiths from across the country come to Memphis to make repairs on metal objects brought in by the community.
Next year's METALfab, which will be located in Indianapolis, Indiana, will feature the top-notch education, technology, and the amazing networking you expect. New in 2019 is the addition of the International Door Association (IDA). With NOMMA and AFA, this means a total of THREE association shows in one place. When you register for METALfab and include education, that means you can attend education sessions from all three associations! If these dates fall during Spring Break for your children, we’ll have plenty of suggested activities for your family, so bring them along! For advertising opportunities in the show issue(s) of Fabricator, contact Beth Palmer at
D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.
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BE PREPARED WITH SUCCESSION PLANNING – Careful planning is a must to ensure you’re always prepared for any obstacle that may come your way. Start planning your succession sooner rather than later, but also remember to take your time in planning. A solid plan is always better than one with missing parts. Some ways to create a solid plan: 1) Get legal advice to protect all parties involved; 2) Look at your tax ramifications; and 3) Check your personal and emotional attachment to the company at the door. Remember, your company is only worth what it’s worth; not necessarily your sweat equity.
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D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.
D&D Technologies SureClose® gate hinges and hinge-closers are hydraulic, commercial-grade closing solutions for a range of heavy duty commercial, industrial and residential gates. Shut It® industrial metal gate hinges feature high-temperature sealed bearings allowing the hinges to be powder coated while installed on the gate, are maintenance free, adjustable and offer near frictionless movement. D&D continually sets new standards in design, performance, craftsmanship and innovation. Learn more by visiting our website today
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Featured Top Job Contest Winners

Category H: Furniture & Accessory Fabrication (Non-forged)

(Metal fabrication including custom castings and cold forged elements with less than 5% custom hand forgings. Includes items such as lighting, tables, chairs, fire screens, fire tools, baker’s racks, window and door grills.)

Featured Gold Winner: Living Design Studios, Lafayette, Colorado

Description of project: Envisioned by the architect, this fireplace required a multitude of materials and finishes. The appearance is a patinated copper finish, however the soffit is steel, the vertical pipes are copper plated aluminum and the bottom is 1/8" copper plate. The soffit was installed first with an internal frame and an opening large enough that allowed access to bolt to the ceiling and wall. Next came the ducting and liner, which [the Living Design Studios team] clad in a tube steel frame. The completed copper mantle, with a texture created by etching with nitric acid, was attached both to this frame and the wall. Precise measurements were taken between the mantle and the soffit. The vertical tubes are cut sections of aluminum tube, welded together from the back side, as needed to install them in sections with concealed attachments. The aluminum was sanded to a clean finish and then plated in copper. The patina was a five-step process.
Featured Stories
A majority of Americans (62%) agree that apprenticeships—or "earn while learning" vocational opportunities—make people more employable than going to college, according to the results of the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted online by The Harris Poll. About seven in 10 U.S. adults say learning a specific trade is better for finding a job than a bachelor’s degree (68%) and that college degrees aren’t worth as much as they used to be (69%). A majority disagree that completing an apprenticeship will limit one’s future employment options (71%) and that earn-while-learning programs generally lead to a lower salary than occupations requiring a college degree (60%).
Projections reveal nonresidential construction spending to grow. Construction spending is projected to grow through 2019, according to a new consensus forecast from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). Spending on nonresidential buildings nationally increased only modestly last year, barely outpacing inflation in building costs. Halfway through the seventh year of continuous growth for the cyclical construction industry, 2018 might have looked to be the year that the industry would enter another recession. However, when polled at the beginning of this year, the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel—consisting of leading economic forecasters— instead saw an acceleration in activity, projecting 4.0 percent growth in 2018 and a nearly equal 3.9 percent in 2019.
Tips & Tricks
Plasma + Aluminum + Water = Hydrogen Explosion Hazard! Dry plasma arc cutting of Aluminum plate may require expensive and complicated dust removal systems. It is also a very loud process, producing high intensity ultra-violet light. Therefore, many companies prefer to cut Aluminum on a water table. Most Aluminum alloys can easily be plasma cut on a water table, Aluminum-Lithium alloys being the exception - see the note below. But even for the majority of alloys that can be cut on a water table, the user has to be aware of a very real and dangerous explosion hazard, and take steps to avoid it.
Everyday permanent markers, glue sticks and packing tape may offer a surprisingly low-tech solution to a long-standing nuisance in the manufacturing industry: making soft and ductile, or so-called ‘gummy’ metals easier to cut. What makes inks and adhesives effective isn't their chemical content, but their stickiness to the surface of any gummy metal such as nickel, aluminum, stainless steels or copper, researchers at Purdue University and the University of West Florida report in a paper in Physical Review Applied.



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