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Nationwide Supplier Members As of April 15, 2003

A Cut Above Distributing 800-444-2999 Advanced Measuring Systems 818-988-1831 Allen Architectural Metals Inc. 800-204-3858 Allied Pacific Resources 330-866-1776 Alloy Casting Co. Inc. 800-527-1318 Alvin Products Inc. 978-975-4580 American Punch Co. 800-243-1492 American Stair Corp. 800-872-7824 American Woven Wire Corp. 909-340-2333 Antech Corp. 520-320-1810 AP Automation 770-205-2213 Apollo Gate Operators 210-545-2900 Arcadia Steel 877-501-3200 Architectural Iron Designs Inc. 201-222-7444 Armstrong-Blum Mfg. Co. 847-803-4000 Arrow Iron 201-955-9151 Arteferro Miami LLC 305-836-9232 Artezzi 800-718-6661 Automatic Gate Supply Co. 800-423-3090 Aztec Castings Inc. 800-631-0018 Julius Blum & Co. Inc. 800-526-6293 J. G. Braun Co. 800-323-4072 Builders Fence Co. Inc. 800-767-0367 Byan Systems Inc. 800-223-2926 C.O. Iron Ltd. 604-273-6435 The Cable Connection 775-885-1443 Carell Corp. 334-937-0947 CI Banker Wire & Iron Works Inc. 262-679-9609 Classic Iron Supply 800-367-2639 Cleveland Steel Tool Co. 800-446-4402 CML USA Inc. 407-857-1122 Colorado Waterjet Co. 970-532-5404 COMEQ Inc. 410-933-8500 Crescent City Iron Supply Inc. 800-535-9842 Cross River Metals 210-824-1750 D & D Technologies (USA) Inc. 800-716-0888 D.J.A. Imports Ltd. 800-933-5993 DAC Industries Inc. 800-888-9768 DECO Orn. Iron Supply Inc. 630-350-0900 DécorCable Innovations 312-474-1100 DKS, DoorKing Systems 800-826-7493 Doval Industries 800-237-0335 Duff-Norton 704-588-0510 EAGLEGate 801-321-8252 Eagle Bending Machines Inc. 251-937-0947 Eastern Metal Supply Inc. 800-343-8154 Eastern Ornamental Supply Inc. 800-590-7111 EDF Equipment Sales Inc. 407-351-7017 Elegant Aluminum Products Inc. 810-293-1020 Elite Access Systems Inc. 949-582-1700 Encon Electronics 800-782-5598 EURO-FER SRL 011-39-044 5440033 Euro Forgings Inc. 800-465-7143 FAAC International Inc. 800-221-8278 FABCAD.USA 800-255-9032


FabTrol Systems Inc. 541-485-4719 Feeney Wire Rope & Rigging Inc. 510-893-9473 FSB USA LLC 407-351-7017 The G-S Co. 410-284-9549 Geo. Bezdan Sales Ltd. 800-663-6356 Glaser USA 847-782-5880 GTO Inc. 800-543-4283 Hartford Stdrd. Stampings & Plating 270-298-3227 House of Forgings 281-443-4848 Indiana Gratings Inc. 800-634-1988 INDITAL U.S.A. 800-772-4706 Industrial Coverage Corp. 800-242-9872 Innovative Hinge Products Inc. 817-284-3326 Intercorp Inc. 414-383-2021 Interstate Mfg. Associates Inc. 603-863-4855 The Iron Shop 800-523-7427 Italfer Architectural Iron Inc. 905-455-6100 ITW Ransburg Electostatic Systems 800-909-6886 Jamieson Mfg. Co. 214-339-8384 Jancy Engineering Co. 563-391-1300 Jansen Ornamental Supply Co. 800-423-4494 Justin R.P.G Corp. 310-532-3441 King Architectural Metals 800-542-2379 Joachim Krieger 011-49-64-258-1890 Kuwait & the World Co. 011-965-484-9577 Lavi Industries 800-624-6225 Lawler Foundry Corp. 800-624-9512 Lecky Metal Ornaments LLC 011-65-749-9651 Lewis Brass & Copper Co. Inc. 800-221-5579 LGC Non-Ferrous Castings 603-934-6370 Liberty Brass Turning Co. 800-345-5939 Mac Metals Inc. 800-631-9510 Main Steel Polishing Co. Inc. 214-951-0574 Marks U.S.A. 631-225-5400 Master-Halco 888-643-3623 Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool 800-467-2464 Frank Morrow Co. 800-556-7688 Multi Lock Inc. 954-563-2148 Multi Sales 562-803-3552 New Metals Inc. 888-639-6382 Ohio Gratings Inc. 800-321-9800 Old Iron Doors LLC 205-970-0500 Omega Coating Corp. 888-386-6342 Orange Steel & Orn. Supply 305-805-6000 Overseas Supply Inc. 713-290-9885 Pass West 303-288-1700 Polished Metals Ltd. Inc. 800-526-7051 Production Machinery Inc. 410-574-2110 R & B Wagner Inc. 800-786-2111 Regency Railings Inc. 972-407-9408 Rik-Fer 011-39-043-4630031 Robertson Grating Products Inc. 877-638-6365 Robinson Iron Corp. 256-329-8486 Rockite, Div. of Hartline Prod. Co. 216-291-2303 Rogers Mfg. Inc. 940-325-7806

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Nationwide Supplier Members cont. . . Boldface denotes new member.

Sahinler Form Metal San. Ve Tic. 011-90-224-4700158 SECO South 888-535-7326 Sharpe Products 800-879-4418 Signon USA 866-744-6661 Sparky Abrasives Co. 800-328-4560 Stainless Steel Stock Exchange Inc. 908-206-9008 Stairways Inc. 800-231-0793 Steel Masters Inc. 602-243-5245 Steel Supply Inc. 713-991-7600 Stephens Pipe and Steel LLC 800-451-2612 Steptoe & Wife Antiques Ltd. 800-461-0060 Striker Tool Co. (USA) Inc. 866-290-1263 Sumter Coatings Inc. 888-471-3400 Sur-Fin Chemical Corp. 800-282-3533 Tennessee Fabricating Co. 800-258-4766 Texas Metal Industries 800-222-6033 Texas Stairs & Rails Inc. 800-633-6874 Tracker – CNC Cutting Systems 800-590-7804 Triebenbacher Bavarian Iron 800-522-4766 Triple-S Chemical Chemical Prod. 800-862-5958 Triple-S Steel Supply 800-231-1034 Tri-State Shearing & Bending 718-485-2200 Tubular Spec. Mfg. Inc. (TSM) 800-421-2961

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Universal Entry Systems Inc. 800-837-4283 Universal Mfg. Co. Inc. 800-821-1414 West Tennessee Ornamental Door 901-346-0662 Wrought Iron Concepts 877-370-8000 Wrought Iron Handicrafts Inc. 800-456-7738 Yavuz Ferforje A.S. 011-90-258-269-1664 *Join NOMMA 404-363-4009


What’s Hot? n Biz Briefs The latest on leasehold depreciation Leasehold improvements, also known as tenant improvements, include changes to walls, floors, lighting, plumbing, etc, to meet the needs of a new or existing tenant. According to an article published on the Business Owner’s and Managers Association International’s web site, in the commercial real estate marketplace where the average lease runs from five to 10 years, such reconfigurations are commonplace. However, improvements made to a tenant’s space must be depreciated at the same rate as the building structure itself, which results in a depreciation time period of 39 years. Although taxpayers can write off an improvement after it goes “out of service,” as occurs when the tenant vacates the rented space, the tax code continues to unfairly treat improvements still “in service,” as taxpayers may only deduct 1/39th of the improvement value per tax year. Introduced in March, the Business Economic Revitalization Act of 2003, S. 576, proposes an amendment to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a 10-year depreciation life for leasehold improvements to commercial facilities. SMACNA, along with its partners in the Mechanical-Electrical-Sheet Metal Alliance, continues to support the proposed shorter 10-year depreciable life that would more closely align tenant depreciation expenses with ever-changing tenant demands and building use patterns.


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Use OSHA’s resources to comply with shop safety meeting requirements If OSHA compliance requires that your shop develops a safety and health program, turn to OSHA for help. OSHA has four different online resources that offer safety topic ideas for weekly safety meetings, safety information, and presentation help.

Resources on OSHA’s web site eTools

eTools are “stand-alone,” interactive, Web-based training tools on occupational safety and health topics. They are highly illustrated and utilize graphical menus. Some also use expert system modules, which enable the user to answer questions, and receive reliable advice on how OSHA regulations apply to their work site. eTools are available as downloadable files for offline use. Visit: etooldownloads/downloads.html. Health and safety topic web site

The OSHA Safety and Health Topics web site contains helpful links to safety and health topics. OSHA has assembled a wide variety of information on more than 150 topics to provide users

relevant reference materials including standards, directives, training materials, etc. Visit: /SLTC/index.html. MultiMedia presentations

OSHA has developed PowerPoint Presentations on various occupational safety and health topics. They are particularly useful for training courses. To view OSHA’s multimedia web source, visit: multimedia.html Targeted CD-ROMs

Targeted CD-ROMs include Technical Links pages, eTools, and PowerPoint Presentations related to a specific topic, such as Construction. Targeted CD-ROMs are currently only available as handouts for specific OSHA courses and conferences. However, most of the content on these CDs is also available on the general OSHA Regulations, Documents & Technical Information CD-ROM. Visit: www. Safety topic ideas

OSHA’s main web site and online resources OSHA:

eTools: Safety and Health Topics: PowerPoint Presentations: Targeted CD-ROMs:

Having trouble deciding what to focus on first during weekly safety meetings? Here are some sample topics. More can be found at OSHA’s web site: Hoist operation

There are many variables to safe hoist operation, but the most important is knowledge—about the hoist, the load, and safe

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What’s Hot n? operating practices—and the training and communication that support that knowledge. Safe hoist operation begins with proper hoist selection. Operator qualification is also important to safe hoist operation. In addition to good hand-eye coordination, depth perception and spatial orientation, a good operator should exhibit a willingness to perform maintenance operations and demonstrate safe work habits. Heat stress

Since workers in our industry spend some part of their working day in a hot environment–the foundry or forge–discussing heat disorders and ways to prevent heat stress is a great topic for anyone’s shop. There are many steps a person might choose to take to reduce the risk of heat stress, such as moving to a cooler place, reducing the work pace or load,

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or removing or loosening some clothing. Most heat-related health problems can be prevented or their risk reduced. Following a few basic precautions can lessen heat stress. Machine guarding

Moving machine parts have the potential for causing severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, blindness, just to name a few. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from these needless and preventable injuries. Any machine part, function, or process which may cause injury must be safeguarded. OSHA tells you how injuries to the operator or others in the vicinity can be prevented. Visit OSHA’s web site for more information on these topics and for more safety topic ideas. OSHA’s web site is

Biz Briefs Steel consumers rally to support congressman More than 500 steel consumers, provoked by last year’s imposed steel tariffs, gathered for a rally at the Precision Metalforming Association’s METALFORM’03, in support of Congressman Joseph Knollenberg (MI-09). Apparently, the congressman is a staunch supporter of the metalforming industry and working toward giving steel consumers a greater voice in the steel tariff debate. Congressman Knollenberg authored a bipartisan resolution (H. Con. Res. 23) urging the President to request that the International Trade Commission (ITC) examine the impact of the tariffs on steel consumers.


What’s Hot n? Biz Briefs SMACNA seeks improved federal contracting policy A new bill to codify procurement rules, H.R. 1218, seeks to create a more accountable and selective construction bidding process where the government gets the quality it deserves from the most ethical and qualified firms the industry has to offer. In a letter to members of the House of Representatives, SMACNA and its partners in the Mechanical-Electrical-Sheet Metal Alliance urged “support of H.R. 1218, an aggressive federal procurement policy that ensures federal contractors meet high standards of integrity, business ethics, quality, and performance.”

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NOMMA supplier member hosts open house and vendor exhibits Multi Sales Inc. of Downey, CA, hosted their third annual Open House on March 19, 2003. A tent in the company’s parking lot gave cover to table top displays from vendors such as Doorking, Martec, Elite, Pach & Co., Ramset, FAAC, Apollo Gate, and more. Seminars included Hydraulic Actuators, Access Control, Inductive Loops—Overview & Trouble Shooting, and Telephone Entry Systems. Now with three locations, Multi Sales continues to serve the industry by introducing new products and providing education. The open house was held at their Downey, CA location. Multi Sales has been a NOMMA member since 2002. For more info, please call (800) 4213575.

Multi Sales hosted the event in the parking lot of their Downey, CA location.

Seminars covered different aspects of access control.

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What’s Hot n? NOMMA’s Northeast Chapter holds spring meetBardonia, NY; Rod Ouellette of Rod’s NOMMA’s Northeast Chapter met on Welding and Fabricating, CoudersSaturday, April 5, 2003 at Architecport, PA. tural Iron Designs/Papp Iron Works, A slate of officers for 2003–04 was disPlainfield, NJ. Thanks to Jay Shah and cussed: President: Tom Zuzik, Artistic Alan Papp for hosting and thanks to Railings, Garfield, NJ; all those who attended. contacts Vice President: Sharon During the meeting, fab- NOMMA chapter Florida Picard, South Attlericators shared photos of Bob Ponsler, Wonderland Prodboro Welding, South their jobs and discussed ucts Inc., (904) 786-0144 New York Attleboro, MA; Secrethe difficulties and techPaul Montelbano, Duke of Iron tary/Treasurer: Leah niques utilized to erect Inc., (631) 543-3600 Majka, Majka Railing their work. Northeast Company, Paterson, NJ; After a tour of the facilKeith Majka, Majka Railing Co. Supplier Director: Bob ity, demonstrations were Inc., (973) 247-7606 Southern California Balchunas, Advanced given by Ed Mack of Hans Duus, Hans Duus BlackCutting Services, Fine Architectural Metsmith, (805) 688-9731 Roselle, NJ; Chapter alsmiths, Chester, NY; Upper Midwest Frank Carfaro of Carfaro Breck Nelson, Kelley Ornamental Representative to Iron LLC, (309) 697-9870 National Board: Keith Brothers Iron Works, Majka, Majka Railing Hamilton, NJ; DimiCompany, Paterson, NJ. tri Galitzine of Design Development Assoc.,

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Biz Briefs Informative web site for saw blade users

The M.K. Morse Co. has introduced a new Internet resource for professional contractors and industrial saw blade users. The new web site, www.mkmorse. com, delivers information on professional-quality saw blades, including technical information showing how saw blades work and how to select the right blade for your application.


What’s Hot n? Coming Events May 4–July 13, 2003

Contemporary Korean metalwork

The National Ornamental Metal Museum presents work by Korean metal artists now working in the United States and Canada. The exhibit is being curated by Komelia Hongja Okim, Professor of Art in Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Montgomery College, Rockville, MD. Okim selected artists who express their mastery of traditional Korean metalworking skills and historical style through a contemporary aesthetic. Contact: Linda Raiteri, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Phone (901) 774-6380, Web www.

Event Spotlight

Take advantage of workshop classes offered this spring and summer The warmer months offer many opportunities for metalsmiths to enhance their skills with weekend and one- or two-week workshops at a variety of schools and craft centers. Treat your employees and their families, or your own family, to these unique hands-on learning experiences. Or share your skills and apply to teach at any of these craft centers and schools. The Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, TN offers several different metals and blacksmithing classes, including one led by NOMMA member Corrina Mensoff from July 7–11, 2003. It’s titled Transform Ideas into Metal! Sculptural Works in Copper & Iron and is intended for beginning and

intermediate students. To contact the Appalachian Center, call (615) 597-6801, or visit: www. Next summer, NOMMA member Kirsten Skiles leads a class on repoussé from June 21–24, 2004. Craft Alliance in St. Louis, MO, hosts one- and two-week long camps this summer for kids and teens, ages 4 to 14. In Metalsmithing, attendees learn to use hammers and simple dies to shape flat sheets of copper, brass, and silver into three-dimensional forms. Students learn cutting, piercing, and soldering. In The Chain Gang attendees learn to make six different kinds of chains and explore a variety


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What’s Hot n? of metals. In Metal Mania students explore basic metal technique from twisted and formed wire to copper tooling processes. To contact Craft Alliance, call (314) 725-1177, or visit: Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, NJ, also offers a wide range of handson learning opportunities on blacksmithing and fine metals in 1–6 day workshops. To contact Peters Valley Craft Center, call (973) 948-5200, or visit: Snow Farm, The New England Craft Program in Williamsburg, MA, will host a variety of workshops from June through October. Many of them involve welded projects and sculpture for home and garden. To contact Snow Farm, call (413) 268-3101, or visit: Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, CT, has some interesting classes scheduled for this spring and summer

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on jewelry making, blacksmithing, and swordsmithing. To contact Brookfield Craft Center, call (203) 775-4526, or visit: Touchstone Center for Crafts of Farmington, PA, holds classes on blacksmithing and metalsmithing including repoussé, wax working and casting. Don’t miss Walt Scadden’s Architectural Ironwork class July14–19, 2003. To contact Touchstone, call (800) 7210177, or visit: www.touchstonecrafts. com. The John C. Campbell School of Brasstown, NC, hosts week-long and weekend classes on blacksmithing and metalwork/tinsmithing. The Campbell School offers work/study programs, scholarships, and special learning opportunities for youths.To contact the Campbell School, call (800) 365-5724, or visit:

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Coming Events Sept. 28–Oct. 1, 2003

SMACNA 60th Annual Convention and Product Show

The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) hosts its annual convention and trade show at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. this fall. The event promises a wide variety of educational and selfdevelopment sessions presented by industry experts who provide technical and business management solutions to contractors’ problems. Contact: SMACNA’s Meetings and Convention Department, Phone (703) 803-2993, Web www.


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New Members as of 4-15-03

A-1 Iron & Aluminum South Bend, IN Bruce Calvert Fabricator C & C Security Lock & Iron Works Quincy, MA Thomas Curran Fabricator Creative Metal Works Pensacola, FL Robert Preston Fabricator Creative Metals Elkhorn, WI Tom Amon Regional Supplier Dallas Metal Fabricators Inc. Dallas, TX Bill Ross

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Diversified Welding Fort Meyers, FL Joe Diver Fabricator

Hercules Steel Inc. Everett, MA Calvin Cook Fabricator

Drummond Construction Cove, OR Gordon Drummond Fabricator

Hudson Enterprises Greenville, NC Allen Hudson Fabricator

Free Lance Fab./ Eastern Grip & Tool Brooklyn, NY Paul Wardwell Fabricator FX Fabrication Austin, TX Charles V. Cate Fabricator Heirloom Stairworks Campobello, SC Allyn Moseley

Fabricator Merchant Iron Works Inc. Sumter, SC David Merchant Fabricator Metal Crafts Brooklyn, NY Chime Bornstein Fabricator National Gateworks Inc. Alturas, FL Mark Knarreborg Fabricator

Iron Touch LLC Louisville, KY Hal Blankenship Fabricator

North Florida Architectural Metals Palatka, FL Eddie Gainey Fabricator

T. Johnson Design Hopewell, NJ Terrence Johnson Fabricator LeGrand & Sons Welding & Iron Works Texarkana, TX Julius LeGrand

Oak Hill Iron Works Morganton, NC Dean Curfman Fabricator

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What’s Hot n? Orange Steel & Ornamental Supply Medley, FL Joey Gonzalez Nationwide Supplier Par Enterprises Winter Garden, FL Ron Larimer Fabricator Proddeco de Mexico S.A. de C.V. San Nicolas de Los Garza, Nuevo Leon, Mexico Jose Salazar Fabricator Rollins Metalworks Ltd. Middletown, DE Charles Thompson Local Supplier Royce Industries Boca Raton, FL Mario Crespo

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Fabricator Securitek Barrier Systems Ltd Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Canada Murray Jones Fabricator The Steel Magnolia Torrington, Alberta, Canada Star Campbell Fabricator Strampe Metalcraft Eden Prairie, MN Scott Strampe Fabricator Streamline Co. Inc. Draper, UT Gary Lauritzen Fabricator Tee Pee Iron Inc. Carrollton, TX

Tom Patterson Fabricator Tri-Steel Fabricators Trenton, NJ Allan Young Fabricator W & K Steel LLC Rankin, PA Edward Wilhelm Fabricator Wilkerson Fabrication Winchester, TN Phillip Wilkerson Fabricator Wilkes Ironworks Winnsboro, SC Joe Wilkes Fabricator Wilson Metal Products Monterey, IN Richard Wilson Fabricator

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What’s Hot n? People Wagner Companies

The Wagner Companies announce that Jeremy Wielgosh has accepted the position of estimator with Wagner’s sales team. In his position as an estimator Wielgosh is responsible for processing quotes in the Wagner Architectural Product Line for the Wagner Companies. Before accepting his position as estimator, Wielgosh served as a customer service representative for The Wagner Companies. He will work as a member of the estimating team to continuously improve customer satisfaction.

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People Profile

Meet Sally Powell, NOMMA’s newest Fabricator Director Sally Powell President and owner of Powell’s Custom Metal Fab. Inc., Jacksonville, FL, has recently been elected to NOMMA’s Board of Directors. Powell will serve as a Fabricator Director for a term of three years. Powell’s induction took place at NOMMA’s 45th annual convention held last month in Covington, KY, March 4–8, 2003. Powell’s Custom Metal Fab., began its NOMMA membership in 1974 under a previous name, Howell’s Engineering Iron Works. Sally Powell has consistently volunteered as a presenter for education sessions on office management and human resources at METALfab

conventions. Her skill and experience in these areas have made her classes popular among METALfab attendees. NOMMA’s Board will certainly benSally Powell was inefit from her ducted to NOMMA’s Board of Directors at leadership skills METALfab 2003. and dedication to the industry. Contact: Sally Powell, Powell’s Custom Metal Fab. Inc., Address: 2900 North Canal St., Jacksonville, FL 32209, Phone (904) 356-8651.

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People Profile

People M.K. Morse Co.

Meet Bob Borsh, NOMMA’s newest Supplier Director Bob Borsh of House of Forgings,

Houston, TX, has recently been elected to NOMMA’s Board of Directors. Borsh will serve as a Supplier Director for a term of three years. Borsh’s induction took place at NOMMA’s 45th annual convention held last month in Covington, KY, March 4–8, 2003. House of Forgings has been a NOMMA member since 2001. Borsh has previously presented during education sessions at METALfab conventions on topics concerning problem solving and the development of action plans. Borsh has worked as a professional employee trainer and has recently earned a masters degree in industrial engineering.

The M.K. Morse Co., a manufacturer of saw blades, has named Peter Heenan Director of Marketing. Heenan previously worked at Greenfield Industries as product manager for the drill division and manager of marketing for the industrial saw blade division. Heenan will now be responsible for leading the development and implementation of strategies for branding, pricing, and sales channel expansion. In his new position, Heenan will report directly to M.K. Morse President Jim Batchelder.

Borsh has served on a number of boards for other organizations and brings that experience to NOMMA’s Board as well as a good workBob Borsh was ining knowledge ducted to NOMMA’s Board of Directors at of the supplier METALfab 2003. side of the industry. Contact: Bob Borsh, House of Forgings, Address: 1922 Rankin Rd., Houston, TX 77073, Phone (281) 443-4848, Web:

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What’s Hot n? Literature Books from the NOMMA Education Foundation

The NOMMA Education Foundation (NEF) now offers a collection of Dover books specific to the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry. There Wrought Iron in are over 13 books Architecture to choose from by Gerald K. Geerlings filled with design ideas, historical and background information, and helpful tips. Featured above is Wrought Iron in Architecture: An Illustrated Survey edited by Gerald K. Geerlings. In his introduction

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Products Pneumatic magnetic drill from CS Unitec CS

Unitec offers the Airboro®, a pneumatic magnetic drill, model AB-4300-2R, with an extra rack for extended stroke length. Although light in weight, Airboro Drill has a powerful 1.6 HP air motor and a magnetic holding strength of 1,600 pounds. The drill’s extra rack extends the stroke length

from a standard 47/8 inch to 101/4 inch. Th drill has an annular cutter capacity of up to 21/16 inch diameter; and, with a geared chuck adapter, it converts to a standard drill press for twist drilling up to 1/2 inch diameter. According CS Unitec President Tom Carroll, the AIRBOR∞ AB-4300-2R Magnetic Drill presents a solution to the safety issues associated with using electromagnetic drills in hazardous environments. The motor and magnet of the portable drill are powered completely by compressed air, making it safer for applications where electricity requires “hot work permits” or special precautions. It is intended for use in oil, gas, petrochemical, shipyard, utility, plant maintenance, and construction applications. Contact: CS Unitec, Phone: (800) 7005919, Web:

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What’s Hot n? Metal putty filler

Alvin Products Inc. Lab-metal from Alvin Products, a single-component aluminum-loaded repair and patching compound, is now available in caulking tubes. Lab-metal requires no two-part mixing and hardens by exposure to air into a sandable, grindable, tappable metal. The dent filler withstands temperatures to 350°. Lab-metal replaces body fillers, latex, and silicone caulks that cannot take extreme heat.

Contact: Alvin Products Inc., Phone (978) 975-4580,

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Web: Fabricating machinery

Cole-Tuve Inc. Cole-Tuve’s VIRL fabricating machinery introduces a broad range of fully hydraulic, four-roll, double-pinch

plate bending rolls in 5 feet to 13 feet in length by 14 gauge to 2 inch thickness. Standard equipment includes induction hardened rolls and cone bending adjustment. Contact: Cole-Tuve Inc., Phone (877) 989-0700,

Literature Geerlings explores properties of wrought iron and tools and terms of the trade and provides interesting comment on the role of economic aspects in design. He also talks about the finishing process and the role of the architect in interpreting designs. With nearly 400 illustrations, the book features wrought ironwork from around the globe. Geerlings also devotes an entire chapter to lighting fixtures and knockers. To order Wrought Iron in Architecture and other books, Contact: NOMMA/NEF, Attn: Liz Ware, Phone: (404) 363-4009, ext. 20, Fax: (404) 366-1852, E-mail: Liz@, Web: www.nomma. org/NEF/index.htm Continued on page 94 . . .

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What’s Hot n? Literature Art Nouveau metal design ideas

Art Nouveau Decorative Ironwork by Theodore Menten

This design book explores the art movement that swept through Europe and America around the turn of the twentieth century. Known for pervasive rhythms and serpentine patterns, Art Nouveau has inspired the creation of extraordinary ironwork. (137 illus.) Contact: NOMMA/NEF, Phone: (404) 363-4009, ext. 20, Web:

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Wall and counter organizer

Walls & Forms Inc. Concept 2001 Wall and Counter Systems helps you organize your tools and parts. Designed for home and commercial applications, the systems adapt to meet precise requirements. Intended for easy installment and removal. The entire line is made of 100 percent plastic construction for easy cleaning. Groove panel backing accepts a variety of provided locking attachments. Contact: Walls & Forms Inc., Phone: (972) 980-7320, Web:

Protective eyewear

Klein Tools Klein Tools offers a new line of protective eyewear that meets ANSI and OSHA requirements and are CSA certified. The glasses are designed for comfort and allday use. The new line features anti-fog, scratch resistant, anti-UV lens coatings. All three lens coatings are permanently bonded. The lenses wrap around the side of the face for more protection. The glasses also have adjustable temple lengths with temple end-holes for lanyard attachment and include a soft brow guard for impact energy absorption. Contact: Klein Tools, Phone: (800) 553-4676, Web:

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What’s Hot n? Oxygen plasma cutting system

Hypertherm Inc. Hypertherm recently released the HySpeed HT2000 200-amp oxygen plasma cutting system. Its reconfigured mechanized system incorporates Hypertherm’s patented Coaxial-assist jet technology to boost cutting speeds by 50 percent over conventional designs. According to Hypertherm’s Mechanized Marketing Manager Peter Officer, the HySpeed HT2000 cuts faster than lasers and oxyfuel on most mild steel thicknesses. Contact: Hypertherm Inc., Phone: (603) 643-3441,


Aluminum welding system

Literature American Colonial ironwork

Lincoln Electric Co. The Lincoln Electric Co., showcases its newest Ready-Pak™, a push-pull aluminum welding system. It includes the Invertec™ V350-PRO Advanced Process Model with pulsed MIG welding capability, the newly redesigned Cobramatic® wire feeder cabinet, and the new Python® pushpull gun. The combination provides a package with cutting edge technology for push-pull aluminum welding. Contact: Lincoln Electric Co., Phone: (888) 355-3213, Web:

Colonial Ironwork in Old Philadelphia

by Philip B. Wallace

Designs collected in this book pay tribute to Philadelphia’s unique role in Colonial America and the metals industry. Philadelphia was the cradle of U.S. Independence and the commercial center of the developing nation’s chief region of iron production. (223 illus.) Contact: NOMMA/NEF, Phone: (404) 363-4009, ext. 20, Web:

MULTI SALES, INC. Wholesale Dis­trib­u­ tors u u u u u u u u

Gate Operators Radio Controls Vehicle Detectors Telephone Entry Systems Accessories Repair Parts Card Access Systems Magnetic Locks

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Join NOMMA Today ... Membership Category - Check One q $305 - Fabricator q $465 - Nationwide Supplier (Firms selling to fabricators beyond 500 miles of their headquarters) q $355 - Regional Supplier (Firms selling to fabricators within 500 miles of their headquarters) q $280 - Local Supplier (Firms selling to fabricators within 150 miles of their headquarters) q $230 - Affiliate (Teachers and educational organizations) Company Name __________________________________________ Your Name ________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________________________________________________________ City _____________________________ State _________ Zip _________________ Country ______________________________ Phone ____________________________ Fax __________________________ Sponsor (if any) ____________________________ E-mail _______________________________________ Web _______________________________________ Company Description/ Specialty ________________________________________________________________________________ Signature ___________________________________________ Payment Method: q Check q VISA q MC q AMEX q Discover If paying by credit card: Acct. No. _______________________________________________________ Exp. ______/______ Exact name on card ______________________________________ Signature ______________________________________ Checks should be made payable to NOMMA (U.S. dollars, check drawn on U.S. bank)

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Return To: NOMMA, 532 Forest Pkwy., Suite A, Forest Park, GA 30297. (404) 363-4009. Fax: (404) 366-1852. Membership dues payments are not deductible as charitable contributions, but may be deducted as an ordinary and necessary business expense.










These are just some of your benefits as a NOMMA member. • Starter Kit. As a new member, you receive a Membership Directory, Supplier Directory, educational publications, and sales aides. • Discount Rates. You receive discounts on all NOMMA publications and association sponsored events, including educational seminars and METALfab (NOMMA’s annual convention and trade show). • Affiliation. As a member of the industry’s trade association, you show customers that you support the industry and subscribe to NOMMA’s code of ethics. You also receive a membership certificate, decal, and camera-ready logos to use on your stationery and business forms. • Chapters. If there is a local chapter in your area, you may participate in educational programs, social events, and other chapter activities. • Subscriptions. You receive a subscription to our industry trade magazine, Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metal Fabricator, and two member’s only publications, TechNotes and Fabricator’s Journal. TechNotes provides updates on standards and codes information, while Fabricator’s Journal provides information on techniques. Better yet, we also include a copy of The Business Owner, a newsletter that covers small business issues such as taxes, business succession, etc.. • Industry Awards Competition. Enter your best work in the Top Job Awards Competition for an opportunity to compete with the best in the industry. Press releases are sent to local newspapers, and the publicity is GREAT!


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Classifieds HCAD Draftsman Wanted Full-time AutoCAD draftsman for growing architectural metal fabrica tion company specializing in ultra high end rails, stairs, fences, etc. E-mail response to Rich Corner at Help Wanted Experienced aluminum fabricator/ welder wanted. Must have experience with aluminum, MIG, and TIG. Stairs, railings, and gates a plus. Good benefits and pay. New 12,000 squarefoot, air-conditioned shop located in Fort Myers, FL. Call Mark (239) 6949887; resumes may be faxed to (239) 694-9888.

Recruiter Employment nationwide in structural/miscellaneous steel fabrication. ProCounsel is in communication with over 3,000 structural/ miscellaneous and ornamental steel fabricators. We can market your skills (estimator, project manager, detailer, shop manager) to the city or state of your choice without identifying you. Employer pays fee. The right location, the right job, at the right money. ProCounsel: Buzz Taylor. Call toll free (800) 545-5900, or (214) 741-3014. Fax: (214) 741-3019. Mailbox@

Fabricator classifieds Ad rates: $25 for 0–35 words $38 for 36–55 words $50 for 56–70 words. No logos or boxed ads. Pre-payment only. Classified ads are intended to promote a one-time sale or service.

Next closing date: June 6

To place a classified ad, call the editorial dept. at (404) 363-4009, ext. 15. Or fax text to (404) 366-1852, attn: classifieds. Or e-mail:

Advertiser’s index RS


Company Name

56 Acme Metal Spinning 84 32 All-O-Matic Inc. 165 75 American Spiral Corp. 61 3 Architectural Iron Designs 103 4 Arch. Products by Outwater 105 56 ABANA 142 86 Atlas Metal Sales 25 25 Bavarian Iron Works 3 46 Julius Blum & Co. Inc. 20 38 Byan Systems Inc. 94 66 Carell Corporation 137 61 Center for Metal Arts 174 83 Classic Iron Supply 26 24 Cleveland Steel Tool Co. 132 54 Cleveland Steel Tool Co. 132 75 Colorado Waterjet Co. 107 64 COMEQ Inc. 10 91 Counsel Industries 168 87 Crescent City Iron Supply May–June 2003 n Fabricator

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41 44 CS Unitec Inc. 170 23 D & D Technologies 48 10 D.J.A Imports Ltd. 118 64 DAC Industries Inc. 55 87 DECO Orn. Iron Supply Inc. 147 20 DécorCable Innovations 171 85 Decorative Iron 1 53 DKS, DoorKing Systems 19 41 Eagle Bending Machines 120 35 Elite Access Systems Inc. 4 44 Encon Electronics 57 59 FAAC International 49 14 FABCAD.USA 87 61 Federal Iron Works Co. 173 92 FSB USA Inc. 44 90 Glaser USA 123 28 Graham Manufacturing 177 68 The G-S Co. 82 89 Hawke Industries 16 76 Hebo GmbH 150 7 House of Forgings 130 70 International Gate Devices

24 73 Interstate Mfg. Associates 114 100 The Iron Shop 11 78 Ironwood LLC 70 22 Jansen Ornamental Supply 75 65 Jax Chemical Co. 23 84 Jesco Industries Inc. 93 89 K Dahl Glass Studios 159 86 Kayne & Son 81 71 King Architectural Metals 136 38 Laser Precision Cutting 99 29 Lawler Foundry Corp. 47 94 Lee Custom Iron 167 2 Lewis Brass & Copper 21 72 Liberty Brass Turning 38 73 Liberty Orn. Products 22 88 Lindblade Metal Works 63 81 Mac Metals Inc. 71 9 Marks U.S.A. 34 36 Master-Halco 90 62 Miller’s Custom Metals



Fabricator Poll

What was your favorite experience

from METALfab 2003? Jan Allen Smith Allen Iron Works & Supply Inc. Birmingham, AL

I enjoyed seeing the new videos, and I am very impressed with the quality and information being presented. It’s such an improvement. We began with nothing. It’s really transformed through the years. They make a good education tool and a good reference tool for members. I think that we’re going to see a lot of new development with the videos, not just for a specific area such as hand-forged work. But we’ll see a development in ways for people to share how they do things. My favorite part of convention is the networking. And not even the formal kind. I enjoy the time spent in the morning when everyone is gathering around before sessions begin, getting coffee and sweet rolls. I think the snack meals are more important than the sit down meals for the purpose of networking. At the sit down meals you end up talking to only the people at your table. But in the hallways between the sessions, you can say a quick hello to lots of people. Another fun networking experience is going on the shop tours. I think they offer the best networking opportunities—getting to know people sitting near you on the bus. The video shop tours are informative, but they can never take the place of hands-on experience of seeing a shop for yourself. .

Greg Madden Madden Fabrication Portland, OR

I truly enjoyed my time at METALfab 2003. This was my second conference, and I was once again overwhelmed by the amount of education and knowledge that was available to me. Like any learning experience, I get the most out of a seminar by both listening and asking questions. I think the best information I picked up often wasn’t directly presented in a seminar or video but was asked by a fabricator like myself in the audience or at a trade show booth. I felt the best experience I had was meeting fellow business owners and business people and asking them how they do things. I’m still communicating and sharing ideas with people I met for the first time in Covington. I can’t put my finger on the one best METALfab experience, I would just have to say it was the combination of everyone I met there being so kind, sincere, sharing, and helpful. I really feel that people who put the time into their career and business by going to a conference like METALfab are the top people in their profession. John Steel

Don’t Miss METALfab 2004

in Sacramento, CA March 3–6, 2004 For info, call (404) 363-4009, ext. 20.

Steel Welding Freedom, PA

My favorite experience at METALfab is the same every year. We are a family after this many years, a family of metal workers. And METALfab has become a family reunion. Every year we get together, and that is always enjoyable. This year it was topped off by the concern of everybody when they heard that Jack Klahm was sick. Through word of mouth we found out that Jack was in the hospital. A card was pinned up on a bulletin board, and everybody had an opportunity to sign “get well soon.” I think because on a national level there is less competition, METALfab offers a great opportunity for its members to come together as a family. People aren’t afraid to share tips and techniques like they might be with the shop down the street. On a negative note, however, I did notice that the education sessions were lacking a bit because there wasn’t as many to choose from. We’ve already seen the videos, so there wasn’t much variety. I attended “Through the Garden Gate” though, and it was great. Lloyd Hughes deserves a lot of credit for volunteering his time and for getting in front of the camera for all the videos he’s done.


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