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This month, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that U.S. steel mills saw a 1.4 percent decrease in net tons shipped in April over March. April shipments totaled 8,210,425 net tons versus March shipments, which totaled 8,327,990 net tons.
 
Hot dipped galvanized strip and sheets saw a 2 percent increase, cold rolled sheets saw a 1 percent increase, and hot rolled sheets saw a 4 percent decrease.
 
OSHA's newest revisions will go into effect on July 15. Some key changes include:
Hearing Loss: This process will require cross-referencing of another standard's analysis to help licensed health professionals identify potential cases where hearing loss is due to work-related tasks or conditions.
X-Rays: OSHA regulations will no longer require periodic chest X-Rays for workers who have been exposed to acrylonitrile, coke oven emissions, or inorganic arsenic. While the agency still recognizes these exposures as serious health concerns, it has determined that X-Rays do very little to help identify the presence of lung cancer.
Social Security Numbers: Employees will no longer be required to provide their social security numbers for records such as medical surveillance or exposure monitoring. In total, OSHA is removing the requirement for social security numbers from 19 standards. These include lead, asbestos, bloodborne pathogens, and respirable crystalline silica.
 
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5 Tips for a Strong Sales Process
 
1. Experienced shop employees can make good estimators. 
2. You need to make sure you read and understand any contract you may sign. This can and will effect any change orders, and payments. 
3. Don't be afraid to challenge the verbiage in a contract. 
4. Communication between sales and project managers is key. "What exactly was sold"
5. If you don't have a project manager, consider add one to your staff. This can help sales to stay focused on selling. 
 
Missed the Roundtable? Listen to the recording at www.nomma.org/roundtable.
 
 
   
Congratulations to Stephanie Yousif, our Featured Member! Stephanie is the Lead Operations Manger at Bucthel Metal Finishing Corporation, a family owned metal finishing company in the heart of Elk Grove Village, IL, home to the largest industrial park in the United States. Bucthel serves a variety of industries including food processing, packaging, pharmaceutical and aerospace.
 
Stephanie has been with the company since 2015, starting as an administrative assistant, slowly learning the ropes of the business culture at Bucthel. Today, as Operations Manager, she oversees most of the company’s daily operations from sales to project management.
 
 
   
D&D Technologies has introduced the Face Mount gate hinge to its line of Shut It industrial gate hardware. The Face Mount opens to a full 180 degrees for unobstructed pass through and is available in bolt-on or weld-on models. It is horizontally adjustable for smooth installations and proper gate movement, and can accommodate gaps as small as 1/2".
 
For more information about D&D Technologies’ new hardware solutions or other D&D products, visit www.ddtechglobal.com.
 
 
   
Controlled Automation now offers the all new high-speed ABL-74P small angle and flat bar processing line. Built for high volume productivity, the machine features a newly designed probe measuring system, and punching on both legs of the angle to accommodate fast and cost-effective punch and die tooling.

Visit www.controlledautomation.com for more information.
 
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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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NEF is proud to bring you Curved Railings: From Field to Fabrication. Classes will be held at Living Design Studios in Erie, CO:
— Friday, August 9 at 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
— Saturday, August 10, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Expert presenters will teach and demonstrate field-measuring techniques and show you how to transform those measurements into shop drawings. Next, you will learn how to get the project off the paper and into a physical form. There will be live instructional demonstrations on fabricating curved rails. You’ll learn success tips that can be applied to all types of railing projects. The host shop will be open for a tour as well.
Limit 30 people. $250 NOMMA members // $400 non-members.
 
 
   
Nominate a person or organization who has shown amazing dedication to the welding industry. Winners will receive a free trip, sponsored by WEMCO and the AWS Foundation, to the Excellence in Welding Awards Ceremony at FABTECH from November 11-14 in Chicago, IL.
The nomination deadline is June 30, 2019.
 
AFA is offering three exclusive Young Fence Professionals Summer Leadership Summits this summer, in a city near you! These Leadership Summits will deliver a full day of informative topics and innovative training techniques to challenge our young professionals in the fence industry. We are also looking for speakers and volunteers for these events.
 
Friday, August 23: Fortress Fence | Garland, TX

Friday, September 13: Certainteed | Buffalo, NY

Friday, September 27: D&D Technologies | Huntington Beach, CA

 
 
   

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Featured Top Job Contest Winners

Gold: Flaherty Iron Works

Title of Entry: Custom Handforged Fallen Tree Design Table

Finish Type: Prime paint followed by Pharoahs Gold Paint

Total Labor Hours: 340

Materials Used: Steel pipe for the trunk and some larger limbs & roots; solid steel rods for varying diameters.

This custom hand-forged fallen tree design table was created by Flaherty Iron Works from Alexandria, VA. Part of the tree is heated steel hammered to look just like a fallen tree, and the design includes a small bird’s nest with an intricate bird and egg. A structural engineer came to the site to sign off on the floor structure, since it had to be able to support the weight of the table, totaling 1300 pounds with glass included.

To learn more about Flaherty Iron Works and their projects, visit www.flahertyironworks.com.

 
Tips & Tricks
Small business owners can often be tempted toward the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach to legal aspects of their profession. But this mindset can often lead to missed opportunities and costly slip-ups; especially if you've experienced any changes in the last year that could impact your liability risks, tax election, or other legal areas. Take the time to honestly answer these key questions, and ensure that you continue to grow and expand your business while avoiding potential legal pitfalls.
 
Performance reviews, a longstanding company tradition, are going on trial — and the verdict isn't rosy. A recent study conducted by CEB found that only one in 20 managers reported that they were satisfied with the way their company handled performance reviews. Further, only one in 10 HR executives truly believed that their company's performance reviews were giving the company accurate information about their employees.
 
Despite these dismal findings, the good news is that performance reviews can still be very valuable. Employees overwhelmingly say they do want to know how their employer really feels they are performing. And, most companies genuinely do want to help their employees grow professionally and achieve success year over year. By taking note of the following four key facts, employers can improve the way they conduct performance reviews, and see real value as a result.
 
 

 

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