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The tariff battle between the U.S. and China continues to dominate news headlines. But away from the spotlight, duties already in existence for imported aluminum and steel products continue to trend upward. The additional costs are having a significant impact on many American manufacturers, many of whom are adjusting their supply chains to cope. 
 
States in which aluminum and steel imports declined most significantly from 2017-2019 are among the largest importers of tariffed aluminum and steel products this year.
 
The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers recently completed its Commercial Property/Casualty Market Report for Q2 2019 (April 1 – June 30). Below are some key takeaways from its findings.
 
View the chart report of premium rate changes by line of business here.
  • Premium pricing across all-sized accounts saw moderate increases in Q2 2019. Pricing for medium-sized accounts increased the most in comparison to large and small accounts.
  • All lines of business, with the exception of Workers’ Compensation, experienced slight-to-moderate pricing increases in Q2 2019. Commercial Property and Commercial Auto were hit the hardest in Q2, with increases of 8.5% and 8.4%, respectively.
  • Cyber was again top of mind for respondents’ clients in Q2 2019, with 74% of respondents reporting an increase in demand for cyber insurance.
  • “Future premium increase” was by far the greatest concern to clients in Q2 2019, with 78% of respondents naming it as a top-three client concern, in line with the uptick in premiums recorded this quarter. “Cyber risk” and “limitations on coverage” were also sources of client anxiety, with 56% and 40% of respondents identifying them as a top-three concern, respectively.
If you are a NOMMA member seeking more insight into these and other insurance topics, contact Andrew Stergiou with Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. at astergiou@alliant.com or (212) 603-0321.
 
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D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.
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NOMMA will have a booth at FABTECH 2019, held at McCormick Place from November 11-14. We’re doubling our presence at the show by sending staff and elevating the booth to make our presence known!

Get your free Expo pass here. To use the pass, you must register by November 8th for the event. Don't wait to sign up - After that date, the cost is $50 to attend the Expo.
 
FABTECH is where industry experts come together to find out what's now, new, and next for their profession. Take advantage of networking, cutting-edge exhibits, expert-led educational sessions, and much more. Watch the FABETCH video and visit www.fabtechexpo.com to learn more.
 
 
   
The Metal Museum's biggest event of the year is just around the corner! Each fall, the museum welcomes more than 100 metalsmiths from across the country to take part in a weekend of fine art, learning and collaboration in Memphis.

Artists repair metal objects brought in by community members, and proceeds go toward the annual programming offered by the museum throughout the year, including educational initiatives, new exhibitions, and artist residency programs.
 
There are many ways you can get involved! Consider becoming a Friend of Repair Days, buying tickets to the Dinner + Art Auction, donating artwork to the Auction, becoming a corporate sponsor, volunteering, or simply bringing in something for the metalsmiths to repair.

View the full schedule and learn all about how to get involved at metalmuseum.org/repair-days.
 
 
   
Freight Shipping Best Practices
Our September Roundtable centered on strategies for successful freight shipping. Chris Morris provided several key tips, including the following: 
  • Look for opportunities to route your own freight from suppliers
  • Invest in proper packaging, which helps prevent issues that lead to claims
  • When shipping LTL, ensure that you have the proper class: don't overpay, and try to have an accurate quote so you aren't back-charged unexpectedly
  • Hot shots cost less than full-size flatbeds (ask yourself: is my shipment under 30'?)
  • LTL carriers have different levels of security in shipping. Be careful shipping finished goods with an economy carrier!
Missed the Roundtable? Listen to the recording at www.nomma.org/roundtable.
 
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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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NOMMA's Member Savings Program is one of the many benefits offered to NOMMA members, and helps save you and your company thousands of dollars each year. This program provides connections to many discounts that can help reduce both your operating and business expenses. Enrollment in MSP is free and exclusively offered to NOMMA members. 
 
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Shop smart with this month's exclusive specials at Office Depot. NOMMA Member Savings Program members can take advantage of savings up to 56% off!
 
If you are a NOMMA member and are not currently enrolled in NOMMA's Member Savings Program, contact Mark Schiavone at (303) 963-6050 or mark@membersavingsprogram.com.
 
NOMMA News & Events

FW: Mark Your Calendars for Repair Days 2019! (Email from Liz 9/3)

 
 
   
Join fellow NOMMA members at the October NEF PRO event and learn how to use your unique style to get the most from recruiting, hiring, and staff management.
 
The two-day course will feature in-depth classroom education on day one, and a shop tour and demonstrations at Foreman Fabricators, Inc. on day two.
 
Register now, and visit the event page here for a full schedule and further details.
 
MB Software Solutions, LLC
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Featured Top Job Contest Winners

Gold: C.T. and S. Metalworks

Title of Entry: Sculpture Pavillion

Finish Type: Sandblasted Corten Steel; Hydrogen Peroxide - Muriatic Acid Oxidizer

Total Labor Hours: 2900

Materials Used: Structural Tubes and Corten Steel Plates

This awe-inspiring sculpture pavilion was a joint design project by C.T. and S. Metalworks and an architect, and required 2900 hours of labor to complete.The total footprint is 38 ft x 25 ft x 19 ft high.

The sculpture is clad in corten type A588 steel. All of the side panels are 3/8" plate, laser cut to 3D layout. After cutting, they were strategically and meiticulously welded on, in order to prevent oil canning. The roof is 1/4" plate, and the interior is clad with cyprus wood.

To learn more about C.T. and S. Metalworks and its projects, visit www.ctands.com.

 
Spiral Stair Stringers and Handrails!
Chicago Metal Rolled Products
Chicago Metal Rolled Products forms your most challenging helixes with turnaround time within 2 weeks.  This spiral staircase included 5/8” x 20” A572-50 plate curved to make 20” x 8” welded box stringers.  15’ radius (inside stringer) and 22’ radius (outside stringer) for a multi-radial/flared orientation.
View our work and hear what our customers are saying here.
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Construction and engineering projects are experiencing signifcant growth globally. At the same time, projects are now larger, costlier, and often more complex, which means there is more to lose than ever before if something goes wrong on the job. 
 
As Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) reports, there are several important factors that frequently lead to large losses in engineering and construction projects around the world, including natural catastrophes, supply chain losses, and technological impacts.
 
 
   
Planning for retirement can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, you can consistently improve your situation over time by taking advantage of some straightforward financial strategies.
 
For example, you might consider automating your savings, and becoming educated on your options for health and life insurance.
 
Here are a few more retirement savings strategies you probably haven't thought of yet.
 
 

 

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