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2020 Construction Outlook

Identifying the winners and losers, leaders and laggards THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

20 Herd Safety Phenomenon 24 Top 5 Best Practices 34 Annual Membership Directory

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FEATURES Management


The Herd Safety Phenomenon Experience and influence is just as important as safety and training By Bryan McClure, CPLP, CHST

In the Field


Safety Flashbacks Top 5 best practices from the SEAA archive

28 Cover Story 2020 Construction Outlook

Special Focus


39th Annual SEAA Member Directory

2018 Project of the Year winner Derr & Gruenewald Construction top out the Salt Lake City International Airport Terminal Redevelopment Program.

Meet the Board of Directors and find other erectors, fabricators, service providers, suppliers, and continuing education ONLINE HIGHLIGHTS Q SEAA Announces Convention Program Q SAIA Announces New Effective Date for A92 Suite of Standards Q OSHA Gets New Construction Director Q Understanding New Load Sensing Requirements for Work Platforms

Check out our latest social media feeds. See photos from 2019 Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament.


DEPARTMENTS 10 Perspective 12 Association News 14 Product Focus 48 Business Operations 50 Topping Out Connector received Superstar Award from Construction Marketing Association. The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) is dedicated to advancing the common interests and needs of all engaged in building with steel. The Association’s objectives in achieving this goal include the promotion of safety, education and training programs for steel erector trades, development and promotion of standards and cooperation with others in activities which impact the commercial construction business.





Membership in Steel Erectors Association of America provides Safety, Education, and Productivity benefits for its members. As a trade association representing Steel Erectors, Fabricators, General Contractors, and Vendors, businesses with complementary interests gain invaluable opportunities to learn from each other.

SEAA is the only national trade association representing the interests of steel erectors, fabricators, and related service providers. Connector reaches both small and large contractors working in union and open labor markets.

Your Industry No other national association represents the unique interests of all steel erectors and fabricators. Members are experts in construction of commercial buildings, arenas, bridges, and highway structures. Members enhoy opportunities to network with other industry professionals at the Anuual Covention, golf tournaments, member events and training classes.

Improve Safety and Productivity Members have access to custom Ironworker Craft Training Curriculum. Studies show 24% of businesses experience lower productivity due to the lack of skilled ironworkers and welders. A better trained workforce delivers lower accidents rates, higher productivity, and increased profits.

Accredited Credentials at Reduced Cost SEAA’s NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) sponsorship means that member companies can provide industry-recognized credentials to your employees with the benefit of SEAA adminstrative support and at a lower cost to members than going direct through NCCER.

Competitive Advantage SEAA’s U.S. Department of Labor-approved Ironworker Apprenticeship Program allows members to create formal training that meets standards recognized by Federal and State governments. Pariticipation allows merit shop contractors to utilize government approved apprenticeship rates on Davis Bacon Wage Projects.

Influence Industry Standards SEAA strategic partnerships with industry groups provide member companies with industry representation with American Institute of Steel Construction, Steel Joist Institute, Steel Deck Institute, National Institute of Steel Detailing, and others.

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By Dave Schulz

What’s Your Super Power?


he popularity of Marvel’s comic book characters has made me think about the unique skills we all bring to the work place. Those skills may not exactly be super-human, but they only need to be honed in order for you or your organization to succeed. As an association serving a niche market, SEAA relies on the knowledge, skills and expertise our members bring to the group. Case in point, Jack Metcalfe, representing the National Institute of Steel Detailing, was instrumental in updating the Detailing Guide, which was recently re-released. I am frequently asked by SEAA members how they can become a member of the SEAA Board of Directors. The best way to do so is to serve on a committee and get involved volunteering to help with projects. Greater variety in member input improves the value to the membership as a whole, because it provides us with information and ideas about issues that are important to member companies. Directors serve two-year terms, and many have served repeatedly since there are so many members that don’t know how to go about becoming a board member. You may not even desire to be on the board, and that’s OK, because we could use your skills on projects big and small; you could serve as a committee member, instead. Six committees oversee the majority of the projects undertaken by the association. Convention committee plans the annual conference, selects the location, and organizes the trade show. Financial committee oversees the budget, allocates funds, and sets membership dues. Media committee works closely with our marketing consultant on marketing, member communications, and the Connector magazine. Membership committee provides strategic direction on membership growth and member services. Safety committee directs the Ironworker Craft Training and Apprenticeship programs and communicates best practices. And then there’s the Long Range Planning committee. Each of these committees tackles a number of individual projects, some of which need a person with a real vision to give them life. Some are one-time projects, others are ongoing. Remember the Wish List elementary school teachers shared with parents for supplies, getting help with holiday parties or field trips, and other basic needs of the classroom? Dave Schulz is President of the Steel Erectors Association of America, and Vice President of Schulz Iron Works Inc., Raleigh, N.C. Contact him at


I contacted each of the committee chair people to ask them for their Wish List. See something that interests you? Contact the SEAA office. They will help you get connected to the right person so we can tap into your talents and skills. •  Suggest a technical or business-related topic you’d like to know more about for a future Connector article. •  Contact prospective members to and invite them to a quarterly meeting. •  Help organize the golf tournament. •  Help evaluate Project of the Year submissions. •  Volunteer your jobsite and employees for video footage needed to create training videos. •  Review resources for compliance with current regulations. •  Suggest a topic for Safety Flash and help write best practices. •  Host a Steel Day event for students in your area. •  Participate in OSHA’s Stand Down to Prevent Falls. •  Submit a nomination for safety, training, or Project of the Year awards. •  Attend the 48th Annual Convention April 1-3, 2020 in Charleston, S.C. •  Consider how SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training can benefit your company and your employees. Attend an informational meeting at the upcoming Convention to learn more. Eddie Williams, founding president of SEAA in 1972, once told me, “If you don’t care, keep doing nothing and see what happens.” I love this organization. It gives voice to the steel erection market and provides resources to owners, while also valuing ironworker safety. I’m no super hero, but I wouldn’t have volunteered my time and resources for years and years prior to serving as SEAA’s President, if I didn’t. Without the mentors who have guided me through the years, helping me hone my own talents and skills, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am willing to return the favor for the next up and coming leader of SEAA. I’m no super hero, but I do wear red tennis shoes, and my passion is training! What’s your super power? I’ll bet SEAA could use it.

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■ SEAA Announces 2020 Convention Program

S EVENTS & ACTIVITIES SEAA 1st Quarter Board Meeting Jan. 23, 2020 Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

SEAA 2nd Quarter Board Meeting Mar. 31, 2020 Embassy Suites Hilton Charleston Airport Charleston, S.C.

EAA will hold its 48th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Charleston, S.C., April 1-3, 2020. Keynote speaker Bob McCall, kicks off convention with his presentation on “Getting Safety Performance to the Next Level.” He draws on more than 30 years of experience in the utility industry, addressing leadership, culture, expectations, and behaviors that need to be changed. McCall will follow up his inspirational opening presentation with a workshop providing battle-tested tools to help erectors improve these areas of their organization. “SEAA’s convention offers steel erection contractors, fabricators, and vendors serving this niche market targeted learning and networking opportunities,” said Tom Underhill, Executive Director. The Trade Show features a limited number of booths and opportunities for outdoor equipment demonstrations. Several sessions will focus on workforce development. Tim Eldridge, President, Educational Services Unlimited, and SEAA’s Craft Training and Assessment Administrator will give a presentation on SEAA’s IWCT and Apprenticeship program. A panel discussion, moderated by Tracy Bennett, SEAA’s Managing Editor of Connector and marketing consultant, includes experts representing technical education, craft training, curriculum development, and apprenticeship. Several members of SEAA will share their company’s success stories. Additional presentations include:

Keynote speaker Bob McCall

SEAA 48th Convention & Trade Show

•  Legal, ethical, and practical responses to workplace disaster, by Frank Kollman, Kollman & Saucier, P.A.

April 1-3, 2020 Embassy Suites Hilton Charleston Airport Charleston, S.C.

•  Managing your company’s AISC Certifications, by Lee Pielaet, Pioneer Steel Services, Inc.

NASCC: The Steel Conference

•  Solutions to common in-the-field structural steel problem, by James Fisher, CSD Structural Engineers

•  Identifying common rigging mistakes and how to safeguard against them occurring, by Scott Seppers, Trivent Safety Consulting •  Winning Projects of the Year The Convention includes opportunities to network with others in the industry at the George R. Pocock golf tournament and fishing tournament hosted by Redfin Charters. The Gala will be held at the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier built during World War II for the United States Navy. During the Gala, SEAA will present recognition awards.

April 22-24, 2020 Georgia World Congress Center Atlanta, Ga. aisc/org/nascc

■ SEAA Launches Explainer Video for

Project of the Year Submissions

If your company topped out a steel erection project in 2018 or 2019 that you are proud of, the SEAA Project of the Year awards program is for you. All the information you need to package your submission is at You and your team get a chance to be recognized by your peers, and your company receives industry-wide publicity. There is no cost for SEAA members to submit. Deadline for nominations is March 1, 2020. 12 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

■ Golfers Play for Safety and Education at Tournament The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) held its annual Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament, and the Boom Lift Ball Drop Raffle last month. Both activities fund safety and education projects for the implementation of new craft training programs. The golf tournament was preceded by a Meet and Greet Reception where more than 50 people attended. The reception included a presentation by Tim Eldridge, President of Education Services Unlimited and SEAA’s Craft Training and Assessment Administrator, on the SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training Program. The reception was sponsored by member company Pneutek, Inc. The next day, more than 100 golfers participated in the golf tournament. First place winners of the tournament were Ron Coleman, Jonathan Fischer, First place winners of the tournament, from left to right , are Jon Landrum, and David Cagle Jonathan Fisher, Ron Coleman, Jon Landrum, and David of Vision Contractors Inc., of Cagle of Vision Contractors Inc., of Raleigh, N.C. Raleigh, N.C. The Boom Lift Ball Drop raffle was won by Tom Schlickbernd, of Vulcraft. Proceeds from the tournament and the ticket sales are split between the winner and SEAA’s Safety and Education Committee. “We appreciate the support of sponsors, including United Rentals who facilitates the Boom Lift Ball Drop, each year. The golf tournament is the primary fundraising activity which supports our craft training grant program. Next year will be the fifth year SEAA has funded grants to assist member companies who are newly implementing the SEAA/ President Elect Geoff Kress with David Nelson of Pneutek. NCCER Ironworker Craft training program,” said Tom Underhill, Executive Director of SEAA.

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■ Pneutek Delivers Air/Safe Technology for

Deck Install

To efficiently attach steel decking on the roof of Proctor & Gamble distribution center in Union City, Ga., crew members from GT Steel Erectors Inc., Millbrook, Ala., utilized the Pneutek Air/Safe Fastening System, the Pneutek stand-up pneumatic steel decking tools and decking fasteners, with their compressor, expansion tank, and hoses. Using the Air/Safe technology, crews can fasten into unlimited thicknesses of structural steel. The 968,000 sq. ft. P&G warehouse and distribution operations hub includes 30,000 sq. ft. of office space.

Pneutek Air/Safe Fastening System

Pneutek Air/Safe Fastening System

■ Lincoln Electric Adds Stainless-Steel Cut Length and

Arc Gouging

Lincoln Electric GTAW (TIG)

Lincoln Electric introduces GTAW (TIG) cut lengths in high silicon formulations in three common stainless-steel alloys. The new cut lengths are ER308Si/308LSi, for 304 or 304L stainless steels and 18-8 steels; ER309Si/309LSi, recommended for joining stainless steel to mild or low alloy steel; and ER316Si/316LSi, for added corrosion resistance on molybdenum bearing austenitic stainless steels. In addition, the CarbonElite arc gouging product line is now available in the United States. Jointed, flat, and hollow carbons are ideal for removal of defective welds, preparing joints for welding, severing, pad washing, and beveling.

■ Object Detection Available on New and

Aftermarket JLG Lifts

JLG Industries, Inc. now offers SkySense technology for most boom and scissor lifts. The system’s object detection sensors and ultrasonic technology heighten equipment operators’ awareness of the immediate surroundings. Sensors establish warning zones and create stop distances dependent on the machine’s direction. Visual and audio alerts let operators know when the lift is approaching an object. As it approaches, sensors will automatically direct the machine to slow down and then stop. Users have the option to override the system and inch closer to the adjacent structure when required to complete the work at height. The technology is available for new or aftermarket machines. 14 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

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■ Hybrid Strut Designed for Slide- and Rigid-Clip Use

Simpson Strong-Tie HYS Hybrid Strut

Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced the HYS hybrid strut, the first cold-formed steel (CFS) strut to be assembly-tested for both slide- and rigid-clip applications. Commonly used at the bottom of steel beams to accommodate standoff conditions, the HYS can be attached with screws, power-actuated fasteners, or welds. As a slide connection, the HYS attaches with shouldered screws driven through the slotted holes. As a rigid connection to support gravity and lateral loading, the clip can be attached with No. 10 screws through the small predrilled holes. Additional features include a proprietary No-Equal stamp marking the center of the HYS slots; HYS slots positioned to minimize eccentric loads and maximize capacities; up to 1" of vertical moment in each direction when shouldered screws are centered in the vertical slot for slide applications; and availability in standard lengths of 12", 15", 24" and 30".

■ Steel Plate Clamp Delivers Remote Control

Pewag Levo Clamp LC

Productivity and safety can be impacted when lifting clamps must be released manually. Pewag’s levo clamp LC is designed so the user can remotely lift and lower steel plates, sheets, and fabrications. It operates up to 2,000 work cycles, opening/closing within 2 seconds. It is suitable for lifting and transporting steel plates with a maximum hardness of 37 HRC (345 HB), and has an admissible minimum weight of 10% of the maximum weight.

■ SEAA and NISD Update Erection Detailing Guide In its 3rd Edition of Detailing Guide: For Steel Erector’s Safety and Efficiency, SEAA and the National Institute of Steel Detailing have partnered to update the practical guide for erection procedures. The Detailing Guide includes information on the team and pre-drafting. It offers checklists and more than 50 sketches. In its first update since 2009, many sketches were improved, FEMA Seismic Criteria were added, the Pre-Construction checklist was updated, and all material was reviewed in context of current standards and regulations. The Detailing Guide is available in both print and digital formats from both SEAA and NISD. Members of the associations can purchase printed copies for $50 and download the digital version for free. The price for non-members is $75 for the printed hard copy and $75 for the digital download. SEAA and NISD Detailing Guide

■ 3D Lift Plan Now Includes Web Tools A1A Software, LLC has introduced five new web tools for task-specific lift planning activities in 3D Lift Plan. Designed to enable users to input or gather information without creating a full lift plan, they provide quick information accessible from a tablet or other mobile device that can later be integrated into a full lift plan. Sketch Pad allows users involved in initial job bidding or lift planning to draw on screen using their finger. The tool notes lift location, crane setup location, and other site-specific information, and the sketch can be saved to 3D Lift Plan to auto-create a lift plan. Crane Comparison allows users to compare up to 10 crane load charts at a time. Load Chart Viewer presents load chart information in a visual infographic presentation. Crane Loads Calculator allows users to determine maximum outrigger loads for the specific crane configuration. Mat Calculator, used in conjunction with the Crane Loads Calculator, allows users to select the appropriate outrigger pads or crane pads for the allowable ground bearing pressure. 16 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

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Hilti AG 4S-A22 Cordless Angle Grinder

■ Brushless Motor Powers Hilti Cordless

Angle Grinder


Hilti has introduced the AG 4S-A22 cordless angle grinder. Designed to replace corded 4.5- to 5-inch-diameter angle grinders, this system features a brushless motor and optimized gearing and electronics. With a variable speed dial and disc options, the AG 4S-A22 can be used in cutting, grinding, smoothing, and finishing applications across a variety of materials including stainless steel, aluminum, brass, copper, titanium, and concrete. The 21.6-volt AG 4S-A22 has a 4.5-inch disc diameter with a speed range of 3,500-8,500 rpm. It features a rated voltage of 21,6 V, and a maximum cutting depth of 1.14 in.


SLINGS Mazzella Online Sling Inspections Course

■ Mazzella Companies Releases Online Sling

Inspections Course



Mazzella Companies recently launched an online course to complement the Lifting U brand of classroom and online training programs. Sling Inspections is the second addition to the library of online courses. The course consists of eight lessons and focuses on OSHA 1910.184 Slings and ASME B30.9 Slings standards. Each lesson features hands-on video inspections, performed by certified Mazzella inspectors, to demonstrate proper inspection technique and identify ASME’s removal from service criteria. Other topics covered include inspection frequencies, sling tag requirements, inspection criteria, disposal of damaged/failed slings, and best practices for sling use and maintenance. Mazzella Companies will continue to offer more online lifting and rigging courses in the future.

Evaluating Safety’s Return on Investment (ROI)


By Julia Kunlo, CSP and Tim Neubauer, MSOSH, CSP

hen discussing corporate safety, it is common to hear catchy taglines such as: “Safety is #1”, “Safety is Our Top Priority”, “Safety Above all Else”, and “Safety First”. As an occupational safety consultant at Evolution Safety Resources, I am thrilled to hear that organizations are placing a high value on safety when considering their daily operations. The fact of the matter, unfortunately, is that the majority of these taglines are just not true. Businesses do not focus on safety first because they must focus on profitability first. And while business owners should choose to only be profitable so long as they are safe, we understand that safety cannot realistically be seen as a line item without a budget. Considering the financial implications, how can companies protect their bottom line while also protecting their employees? The information provided in this article should be used as a tool for deciding which components of a safety program to prioritize when all components cannot be reasonably afforded. In 2017, the average cost per workplace injury was $39,000 – this figure includes wage losses, medical expenses, and administrative expenses (Work Injury Costs, n.d.). This statistic highlights the fact that companies, who must focus on profitability, cannot ignore the importance of a safety program. In fact, “various studies reflect correlations between proactively investing in occupational safety and health and experiencing lower incident rates and higher profit margins” (Druley, 2019). Considering that safety has a budget (like all other components of business), companies must be strategic in how they spend their hard-earned dollars. So, what safety program elements will give you the biggest bang for your buck in terms of safety impact? To answer this question, we must consider each component of a safety program’s return on investment (ROI). In 2001, research was conducted to understand the benefit-to-cost ratio of various safety program components. This research measured the resources required to establish and maintain each program element as well as each element’s financial impact on the business (Jervis & Collins, 2001). When ranking highest return on investment to lowest return on investment, program elements were listed as followed: 1. Hazard prevention and control

•  Assigned personnel/staff, access to and utilization of certified safety professionals, first aid/CPR personnel on all shifts, use of engineering and administrative controls, safety discipline system, etc.

2. Management leadership and employee involvement

•  Integration of safety into business planning, written policies and programs, assigned safety responsibilities at all levels, readily available resources for safety efforts, annual safety program auditing, programs for continuous improvement, etc.

The highest-ranking program element, hazard prevention and control, is a broad term. What does that mean to an organization? According to the study, this category is mainly defined as having access to designated safety professionals. When analyzing the results, the authors proposed that “without core safety staff, the company will not have the resources needed to conduct hazard analyses, develop written safety rules, monitor regulatory compliance, and track corrective actions” (Jervis & Collins, 2001). When considering return on investment (ROI) and safety efforts, the study finds that a strong safety team and/or representative is the best financial decision a company can make. This is why Evolution Safety Resources is passionate about what we do – we bring value to our customers by providing expertise within the field of occupational safety and health. From procedure development and field inspections to long term staffing and incident response/case management, we are ready to meet all of your workplace safety needs. A commitment to workplace safety is something all companies should pledge for moral reasons –it is the right this to do. Nevertheless, it is misguided to believe this commitment can be made without regard for a company’s financial future. A sound occupational safety and health program benefits the bottom line by reducing worker’s compensation claims, limiting litigation expenses, avoiding regulatory fines, lowering insurance premiums, qualifying for government contracts, and ultimately winning bids. Other benefits of a program are difficult to quantify and include increased employee retention and improved overall morale. When considering the plethora of benefits related to a comprehensive safety program, companies with tight budgets should evaluate return on investment when budgeting their safety dollars.

3. Worksite analysis

•  Activity hazard analysis (AHA), workplace safety inspections, written hazard reporting systems, incident investigations, trend analysis, etc.

4. Review of documentation

•  Annual review of written safety program documentation

5. Safety and health training

•  Training on safety responsibilities, job-specific hazards, PPE use/maintenance, and emergency drills

Evolution Safety Resources is an occupational safety consultation firm based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Visit our website (www. to learn more about our services – we are proud of what we do and would love to be of assistance. Druley, K. (2019, January 4). The ROI of safety. Retrieved from Jervis, S., & Collins, T. R. (2001). Measuring Safety’s RETURN ON INVESTMENT. (cover story). ProfessionalSafety, 46(9), 18. Retrieved from edu/login aspx?direct=true&db=bsu&AN=5154027&site=eds-live&scope=site Work Injury Costs. (n.d.). Retrieved from

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Bryan McClure, CPLP, CHST

The Herd Safety Phenomenon Experience and influence are just as important as safety and training


n a recent business trip to Vietnam to deliver rigging training for a client, I got to witness firsthand the motorcycle chaos on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. If you’ve never seen it, pull up a YouTube video—it is a white-knuckle experience. My commute every morning was 30 minutes of close calls between our car and the multitudes of motorbikes zooming around us, missing our bumper by mere inches. There weren’t any traffic signs and Bryan McClure is a second-generation ironworker, now safety professional. He has worn many hats in the 27 years he has spent in the construction industry. His experience in the field, as a craft instructor, and training manager, forms the basis for which he now provides OSHA and safety and health consulting services as a training partner for Trivent Safety Consulting, Westminster, Colo. He can be reached at

very few discernable traffic patterns. It was a literal free for all with motorbikes driving the wrong way down sidewalks to get around cars. Yet, I saw not one accident during the week I was there. When I talked to my driver, he told me that accidents were actually very rare. How could this be possible? As safety professionals, we always want best practices, operations, and outcomes to fit neatly within our box of safety rules. If worker does X than eventually Y will happen. When someone is injured or killed, it is easy to default to Monday morning quarterback mentality. Probably 90% of the time, when workers operate within the limits of the safety rules, they don’t get hurt. But this kind of thinking is flawed. We are human, we do not run on simple if/then statements. We have the ability to reason and assign a temporary risk rating to every given situation. And, humans make mistakes.


Varying risk assessments The acceptable risk level is different for everyone. Want proof? I am a second-generation Ironworker. At 15 years old I went to work sites with my father and walked steel. Granted my father never let me get above the first floor, and he held onto the back of my britches while walking right behind me. In my whole career, there were very few beams that I wouldn’t walk across, no matter how high. I love heights, I loved the freedom of getting above all the noise and chaos, working alongside my connecting partner. But I am not fearless when it comes to heights. If you ever drive by the ole McClure Clan house around Christmas, you’ll never see lights on the upper parts of our roof. Why? Because I am scared to death to get on the edge of the steep pitch. Pretty funny huh? Big tough Ironworker is afraid he is going to roll off. If you ever meet me in person, this will make

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more sense. You see, I am round and built to roll! It’s not the roof height that scares me, it’s the angle, and the risk assessment I’ve assigned to this situation. If all humans have different risk assessments, what stops them from getting hurt when they also do not have rules and procedures in place to follow and keep them in line? From my experience, it’s the herd.

Safety in numbers I recently was watching a show on the Discovery Channel about how elephants protect each other. A key factor in a herd’s survival rate was the age and number of older matriarchs in the herd. In her article “What elephants can teach us about the importance of female leadership,” Lesley Evans Ogdens says, “Matriarchs carry with them a trove of crucial information. They have a unique influence over group decision-making. And, like human leaders, the most successful may even possess certain personality traits.” Two major factors play into an elephant herds mortality rate, the age and life experiences of the matriarchs leading the herd, and the herds unwavering commitment to protect the weaker, less experienced members of the herd. Ed Yong describes this in his blog “Older elephants know the best anti-lion moves”. He continues: “Lions never go for a frontal assault, so elephants can thwart their attacks by bunching together. The calves go in the middle; the adults face outwards in a formidable defensive ring of tusks and trunks.” I’ve seen this same herd phenomenon played out on construction sites. The project team for the construction of the largest sports stadium in the U.S. was concerned about having any injuries on such a high-profile job. I was hired to conduct a site audit and deliver training to their employees twice a month. After reviewing all their policies and procedures I was astonished that they had such a good safety record. Their safety policies were very few

when compared to some of my other clients on much smaller projects. But after spending time in the field with the employees, it was clear what was going on. First, this project had attracted some of the best and most experienced construction workers from around the United States. And second, most of these workers travelled in groups that they had always worked with, or their herd. I watched daily as older workers warned younger workers that it might rain that day, to be careful walking the steel because it could get slick. One more experienced worker, physically moved another from walking beside a large crawler crane, saying, “Those track pins can shear off, if they come out, they’ll go right through you.” The herd was protecting the herd. Do not misunderstand me, I am not advocating for dispensing of all safety rules and policies. I firmly believe that every rule was put in place for a reason. Humans are weird, we all have different values and risk assessment values! Sometimes rules are put in place because a human did something not so smart.

Passing on a legacy of smart choices In addition to implementing good safety policies and procedures, we also need to focus

Motorcycle chaos on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City.


on training our people. But training alone is not enough; training should come from folks who have life experiences to enhance the safety of the herd. In a time when we have fewer young people entering the trades than are retiring from it, it has never been more important to pass on those life experiences or we will find ourselves in a safety crisis. There are not enough rules or safety policies in the world to protect someone from hazards that they have never heard of, hazards that don’t fit neatly in our safety boxes. In an elephant herd the bigger more experienced elephants protect the smaller more inexperienced ones. In Vietnam, my driver explained to me that if a car hits a motorbike, it is always considered the car driver’s fault and the penalty for doing so is very stiff. I also witnessed whole families riding to school and work on the same motorbike—I saw as many as four people on one bike. And I witnessed many children younger than 10 years old driving motorbikes on the streets. The correlation? The older /bigger members of the herd (the automobiles) were forced to look out for the younger, weaker members of the herd (the motorbikes). Meanwhile, driving experience was accumulated from a very early age. It all added up to a recipe for success—the herd safety phenomenon.

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Safety Flashbacks


Top 5 best practices from the SEAA archive

ere’s a look back at the most popular safety topics SEAA members shared in 2019. Contributed by members of SEAA in cooperation with SEAA’s Safety Committee, they are a reflection of the issues commonly faced by steel erection contractors. Suggested best practices are gathered from a variety of sources. Refer to full length Safety Flash articles archived at for more information. Sign up to receive bi-monthly Safety Flash emails by clicking Subscribe under the News tab.

#5 New Worker Risks, by Tim Eldridge, Educational Services Unlimited and SEAA’s Craft Training and Assessment Administrator The first 100 days of employment is critical. An independent study by Nicholas Morgan, President Patriot Insurance Agency, shows after looking at $20 million in claims over a ten-year period, 83% of the claims can be attributed to injuries that occurred in the first 100 days of employment. Risk can be reduced by employing training and/or apprenticeship programs and opportunities for workers to learn in a controlled situation. But even experienced workers need training, cross-training, or retraining.

#4 Wire Rope Sling Inspection and Removal Criteria, by Ed Valencia, MEMCO LLC Wire rope slings are one of the most abused pieces of equipment on the jobsite. ASME volume B30.9-2018: Slings revises the 2014 edition, and contains changes pertaining to wire-rope slings, starting with a new section on “Rigger Responsibilities". Wire rope slings must be visually inspected before each day’s use. During inspection, you must know and understand what to look for to determine whether you should continue to use or discard the sling. The goal of a sling inspection is to evaluate remaining strength in a previously used sling to determine its suitability for continued use.

#3 Guidelines for Exiting a Boom Lift Platform, by Bryan McClure, Trivent Safety Consulting It is not uncommon that a construction worker needs to access an upper elevation using a boom lift, but does not know if in this particular situation it is safe and legal to do. There are legitimate reasons for exiting the platform at height. Sometimes exiting the platform when elevated is simply the safest way to carry out temporary work at height. Federal OSHA does not prohibit exiting a platform onto a structure, but OSHA and ANSI do require authorization by the manufacturer. There are several requirements and best practices associated with exiting the platform at elevation, but perhaps the most important reminder is that the operator must ensure 100% tie-off using two lanyards when entering/exiting the platform. One lanyard must be attached to the platform with the second lanyard attached to the structure. The lanyard connected to the platform must not be disconnected until such time as the transfer to the structure is safe and complete. 24 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

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#2 Employer Evaluations of Crane Operators, by SEAA Safety Committee Since Feb. 7, 2019, employers must now evaluate crane operators to ensure they are qualified to operate the crane. Certification alone, which is also required by OSHA, does not in itself serve to qualify a crane operator. Operators must demonstrate ability to recognize and avert risk, and employers must document evaluations.

#1 Mini Cranes Come with Unique Safety and Logistical Considerations, by David Deem, Deem Structural Services Mini Cranes are specialty cranes designed for unconventional lift applications; they are classified as cranes since the capacities are greater than 2,000 lbs. Therefore, compliance with all OSHA, ANSI and local regulations, in regards to equipment and operator certifications, inspections, etc. is required. Four considerations when using mini cranes in structural steel construction applications include, 1) egress, 2) ground pressure requirements, 3) work area hazards, and 4) power choice.




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2020 Construction Outlook

Identifying the winners and losers, leaders and laggards


he U.S. engineering and construction industry has experienced impressive growth in construction investment and growth during the longest economic expansion period in U.S. history. But fears of an economic slowdown and less than favorable conditions for this industry, has many concerned about the near future. While FMI’s outlook on construction put in place (CPiP) remains mostly positive over the next five years, we do expect ongoing slowed/flat growth of overall CPiP spending into 2020 and 2021. We believe this slow period will be chiefly driven by the convergence of rising global economic uncertainty on top of an upcoming presidential election. FMI expects that the resulting investment climate of long-standing uncertainty will lead Brian Strawberry is a Senior Economist with FMI Corporation, Raleigh, N.C. His expertise is in economic and statistical modeling. He leads FMI’s efforts in market sizing, forecasting and building product/ construction material pricing and consumption trends. Carson Hurt is a Research Analyst. He assists in the development of construction forecasts, market sizing and client strategy engagements. Learn more about FMI’s management consulting services at


to stagnation in certain markets. The primary impact will be on future construction industry growth across residential and private nonresidential building segments. Alternatively, public construction segments such as institutional and infrastructure (including transportation) are historically more resilient and will remain stable, possibly picking up momentum in later years, depending on how political intentions unravel and if certain industry constraints ease. The U.S. is now a decade past the end of the Great Recession; a brutal period for the construction industry, which resulted in a 32 percent decline in annual construction put in place from 2006 to 2011 with 30 percent losses in industry employment. Given current market conditions, it is hard to imagine that the next economic downturn would hit the E&C industry at a rate anywhere near that again. Overall construction activity growth is expected to taper over the next five years, but the effects will not be felt consistently. Looking back at the preceding two economic downturns — in 2001 and the 2007-2009 Great Recession —private-sector segments (commercial, office lodging, amusement and recreation) experienced dramatic losses, but institutional and infrastructure construction segments fared

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well. Similarly, looking forward, an upcoming downtrend is not expected to be one-dimensional. There will be segment winners and losers, and within those groups, leaders and laggards.

growth annually over the five-year forecast period (through 2023). Nonbuilding structures in total is expected to end up 6 percent for 2019 and end up 5 percent for 2020, making

trends. Recent strong population growth in many parts of the country, such as the west, south, and select major metropolitan areas are creating strain on existing educational and

A closer look at construction segments FMI currently (Q3 2019) expects just under 1 percent growth in total construction spending in 2019 and only 2 percent growth in 2020, on pace with inflation while lagging industry cost indexes. Also, the next economic cycle will most heavily impact residential construction, where spending growth is forecast to fall from a compound annual growth rate of approximately 10 percent during the historical five-year period, 2014 to 2018, to under 2 percent over the next five years. Residential spending is expected to end 2019 down 4 percent and 2020 flat, just under 1 percent. Broad-based nearterm corrections in residential are expected, impacting higher-end single-family homes, multifamily / mixed-use developments and overall residential improvements spending. Similarly, over the same periods, CPiP growth levels for total nonresidential buildings is anticipated to decline from around 8 percent historically, to just shy of 2 percent over the five-year forecast. Total nonresidential building growth is expected to end 2019 up 2 percent and end 2020 up just under 3 percent. Leading growth segments expected in 2020 include public safety, transportation and health care, all growing by 9 percent, 8 percent and 5 percent, respectively. The low-performing segments in 2020 are expected to include religious, commercial and amusement and recreation at decreases of 6 percent, 2 percent and 1 percent respectively. Manufacturing construction put in place is expected to end 2019 up 3 percent, and slow further into 2020 and 2021 to just under 1 percent growth. Infrastructure (nonbuilding structures) spending is anticipated to stall from an annual 1 percent decline over the historical five-year period (2014-2018) to just under 5 percent

these segments arguably the most stable into 2020, and over the fiveyear forecast period.

Driving trends New and ongoing trends in most construction segments will exert both positive and negative pressures on demand. For example, the rise of e-commerce will continue to take a toll on traditional brick and mortar retail while offering increased opportunities for those positioned in logistics and in warehouse and distribution centers. Similarly, within office, recent increases in lease costs in larger metros and a growing number of remote workers will contribute to slower demand for traditional offices, counterbalanced by a growing independent workforce relying on travel, interconnectivity and technology (driving demand for airports, rail, communications infrastructure and datacenters). On the institutional side, FMI expects both health care and educational construction activity to be buoyed by demographic


health care systems. Rapid student enrollment growth on top of aging facilities are forcing owners to address demand by increasing capital programs. Similarly, the rapidly aging American population will drive hospital and other health care owners to increase investments across a broad range of facilities in order to meet our mounting need for care. In industrial, the ongoing trade war with China is expected to continue pressuring U.S. manufacturers well into 2020. Retaliation as negotiations unfold, from either side, is expected to drive a slowdown in total U.S. industrial construction demand. However, at the same time, petrochemical opportunities linked to liquified natural gas exports along the Gulf Coast will help to offset some declines.

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Moreover, mounting external factors in the form of tariffs are a major strain on the construction industry overall. Tariffs influence purchasing and production decisions, prices and ultimately providing grounds to reshape important components of the U.S. economy (e.g., steel, agriculture, tech, etc.). Industry stakeholders have fretted over construction cost hikes ever since the Trump administration imposed a 25 percent levy on imported steel (from most countries) in 2018. Steel tariffs remain a significant factor for the industry today, especially for structural steel fabricators and erectors. Though the actual impact tariffs have had on steel costs have been debated ad nauseam against surmounting demand for construction, one thing is certain. Engineering News

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Record has reported average prices for standard structural shapes in 20 cities has risen almost monthly since the beginning of 2018 and is roughly 11 percent higher today than it was five years ago. Understanding there are multiple engineering thresholds factored into decisions to build using steel, rising costs will continue to invite opportunities for alternative materials (e.g., wood, concrete and reinforced concrete) to compete for market share. Further, steel-reinforced concrete will continue to pose a direct threat to future steel frame architecture as input prices (e.g., material and labor) diverge. Based on the significant backlog of work underway today, steel erectors and fabricators will likely remain healthy and active while investors and owners navigate the uncertainty of 2020. However, beyond the next year, erectors and fabricators may need to consider new opportunities outside of traditional markets and segments to remain stable. With slowing private investment, expected increased competition (amongst peers and competing materials) and other external challenges, growth will likely curtail. It’s important for contractors to be ready to pivot into other segments and/or markets to offset shifting market dynamics. Transportation, institutional and potentially industrial segments may offer attractive opportunities. Likewise, geographic expansion or consolidation may also become an attractive pursuit. What we know is that the road ahead is lined with challenges, even (and especially) for those future growth-leading segments and markets where we can anticipate healthy levels of construction activity.








SEAA BOARD MEMBER DIRECTORY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Dave Schulz, President Schulz Iron Works Inc., Raleigh, N.C. dave@schulzironworks. com

Dave Schulz brings more than 40 years of experience to the association. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2007, lending expertise to the Safety Committee and planning the Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament. Schulz Iron Works Inc. provides steel design, supply, fabrication, and erection services to the Southeast.

Geoffrey Kress, President Elect and VP Industry Member

Carrie Gulajan, VP Non Industry Member

Gardner-Watson Decking, Inc., Oldsmar, Fla.

Construction Insurance Agency, Inc. Manassas, Va.

Geoff Kress has served on the Board of Directors since 2007, including serving as treasurer for many of those years. In 2011, he was honored as the SEAA Person of the Year. Other service includes work on the Canvass Committee that wrote the 2011 and 2017 SDI-QA/QC standard for installation of steel deck. Gardner-Watson Decking Inc., is a full-service decking company working throughout the United States.

Greg Phillips, Treasurer

Chris Legnon, Secretary

Titan Steel Erectors, LLC, Memphis, Tenn gphillips@

Cooper Steel Fabricators, Inc. Shelbyville, Tenn.

Greg Phillips has served as Treasurer of SEAA’s Board since 2018, and he also serves on the Membership Committee. He is a third-generation steel erector, who started his career working in the field at his father’s company. Phillips started Titan Steel Erectors in 2013, a steel and pre-cast erector serving he Mid-South.

Chris Legnon joined the SEAA Board of Directors in 2015. He is the Media Committee Chairperson, and also serves on the Safety & Education Committee. Cooper Steel is a fabricator and erector providing estimating, project management, and detailing services from offices in Tennessee and Kentucky.


Carrie Gulajan was elected to the SEAA Board of Directors in 2011. She has been active in the industry since 1989, serving as Convention Committee chairperson and supporting the efforts of the Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament for many years. She also serves on the Finance Committee. In 2015, she became the first woman to receive SEAA’s Person of the Year award. Construction Insurance Agency provides construction and builder insurance, construction bonds, audits, insurance certificates, and risk management consulting.

Joshua Cilley, Immediate Past President American Steel & Precast Erectors, Greenfield, N.H.; ASPE-South, Graham, N.C.

Since concluding his term as President of SEAA, Josh Cilley now leads the Long Range Planning Committee. American Steel & Precast Erectors serves the Northeast and Canada, specializing in steel erection projects over 6,000 tons, is certified as a PCI Erector Category S2, and provides equipment rental services. The company received a Class I Project of the Year award from SEAA in 2012. ASPE-South is a division of American Steel & Precast Erectors, acquired in 2018.

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Bob Beckner

Dave Brown

David Deem

Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc. Frisco, Texas Past President, Long Range Planning 2007 Recipient of William Davis Service Award

United Rentals Charlotte, N.C. Long Range Planning, Convention

Deem Structural Services Longview, Texas Safety & Education, Media

Tom McAleese

Bryan McClure

John (Jack) Metcalfe

Mazzella Companies, Indusco Wire Rope & Supplies Baltimore, Md. Safety & Education, Convention

Trivent Safety Consulting Westminster, Colo. Chairman, Safety & Education

National Institute of Steel Detailing Livermore, Calif. Long Range Planning, Safety & Education

Nicholas Morgan

Jack Vernon Nix, Jr.

Duke Perry

Adaptive Construction Solutions Houston, Texas Safety & Education

Shelby Erectors, Inc. Davie, Fla. Chairman, Membership; Finance

Gardner-Watson Studs, LLC Oldsmar, Fla. Finance, Convention

Glen Pisani

Tom Schlickbernd

Jim Simonson

MAS Building & Bridge Inc. Norfolk, Mass. gpisani@ Long Range Planning, Media

Vulcraft of New York, Inc. Chemung, NY Convention

Steel Service Corp. Jackson, Miss. Long Range Planning, Media


60 YEARS DEDICATED TO QUALITY AND SERVICE Ben Wadlington Group Steel Erectors Inc. Dickinson, Tenn. Long Range Planning

Sixty years ago Hougen invented the annular cutter and not long after that the small lightweight magnetic drill. From day one we worked hard to ensure every cutter and mag drill we produced was worthy of our customers time and money. While technology has changed, some things stay tried and true, and our commitment to our customers is number one. We still build our mag drills one at a time and quality check every cutter that we make. We have stood behind our products for sixty years and always will.

Ben Wein


SSW Erectors, LLC Morrisville, Vt. Convention, Media


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Sherrie Wilkinson L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc. Gambrills, Md. swilkinson@lrwillsonandsons. com Safety & Education, Convention

Eddie Williams Buckner Heavylift Cranes LLC Graham, N.C. eddiew@bucknercompanies. com

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SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ERECTORS  $10-UP MILLION Bracken Construction Company, Inc. Chris Bracken P.O. Box 1707 Ridgeland, MS 39158 P: 601-922-8413 | F: 601-922-8428 AISC Certifications:CSEA, SEE, MEE

CSE, Inc. Ronnie Ranson P.O. Box 1030 Madison Heights, VA 24572 P: 434-845-7536 | F: 434-528-5739 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Deem Structural Services LLC David Deem 109 Benny Street Longview, TX 75604 P: 903-236-7800 | F: 903-236-7049 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Derr & Gruenewald Construction LLC Mike Waters 11100 E 108th Ave Brighton CO 80601 P: 303-287-3456 | F: 303-287-3459 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Derr & Isbell Construction Brian Isbell 3900 Tarrant Main Street Euless, TX 76040 P: 817-571-4044 | F: 817-571-4544 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Empire Steel Erectors Spike Tinsley P.O. Box 3653 Humble, TX 77347 P: 281-548-7377 | F: 281-548-2744 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

JPW Structural Contracting, Inc./ JPW Erectors Jody Wozniczka 6376 Thompson Road Syracuse, NY 13206 P: 315-432-1111 | F: 315-432-8202 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Lexicon, Inc. Viji Kuruvilla 8900 Fourche Dam Pike Little Rock, AR 72206 P: 501-490-2300 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

LPR Construction Company Jeffrey Pigue 1171 Des Moines Avenue Loveland, CO 80537 P: 970-663-2233 | F: 970-663-2073 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

MAS Building & Bridge, Inc. Glen Pisani 18 Sharon Avenue Norfolk, MA 02056 P: 508-520-2277 | F: 508-520-2276 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BEE, SEE, MEE

Memco LLC Ed Valencia 13324 Cedar Run Church Road Culpeper, VA 22701 P: 540-825-6527 | F: 540-825-6011 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Mid Cities Erectors, LLC Scott Brooks P.O. Box 162984 Fort Worth, TX 76161 P: 817-306-0962 | F: 817-306-0976

Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc. Bob Beckner 7460 Warren Parkway, Suite #205 Frisco, TX 75034 P: 214-423-2100 | F: 214-423-2127 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Phoenix Steel Erectors, Inc. Paul Kollman 7805 Progress Court Gainesville, VA 20155 P: 571-248-6890 | F: 571-248-6894 AISC Certifications: CSEA

S & R Enterprises, LLC Stephen Burkholder 7385 Allentown Boulevard Harrisburg, PA 17112 P: 717-652-3080 | F: 717-652-3081 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Superior Rigging & Erecting Company, Inc. Martika Williams 3250 Woodstock Road Atlanta, GA 30316 P:404-627-1335 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

United Steel, Inc. Glen Corneau 164 School Street East Hartford, CT 06108 P: 860-289-2323 | F: 860-289-6350 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Williams Steel Erection Co., Inc. Art Williams P.O. Box 1770 Manassas, VA 20108 P: 703-335-7800 | F: 703-335-7852 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BEE, SEE, MEE

ERECTORS  $5-10 MILLION Alliance Riggers & Constructors, Ltd. Phillip Cordova 1200 Kastrin Street El Paso, TX 79907 P: 915-591-4513 | F: 915-593-4718 AISC Certifications: CSEA

American Steel & Precast Erectors/ASPE-South Josh Cilley P.O. Box 185 Greenfield, NH 03047 P: 603-547-6311 | F: 603-547-2770 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BEE, MEE/CSEA, BEE, SEE, MEE. SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site (ASPE-South)

Ben Gravett Enterprises/ BG Crane Services Matt Gravett 11921 Elk Run Road Catlett, VA 20119 P: 540-788-4894 | F: 540-788-9765 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Building Zone Industries David Darger HC 65 Box 340 Kanarraville, UT 84742 P: 888-509-2280 | F: 888-849-9592



Accredited Training Unit and/or Authorized Assessment Site

D & E Steel Services, Inc. Travis Miller 11084 Leroy Drive Northglenn, CO 80233 P: 303-427-4804 | F: 303-427-6285 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Gardner-Watson Decking, Inc. Geoff Kress 300 Scarlet Boulevard Oldsmar, FL 34677 P: 813-891-9849 | F: 813-891-4105

Garrison Steel Erectors, Inc. Jason Garrison P.O. Box 626 1122 Industrial Park Drive Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-884-4766 | F: 205-884-4765 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Group Steel Erectors, Inc. Randolph Schuman P.O. Box 61 Dickson, TN 37056 P: 615-441-4934 | F: 615-441-4935 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Harris Steel Erectors, Inc. David Harris 615 Old Smithfield Road Goldsboro, NC 27530 P: 919-734-3620 | F: 919-734-2267 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc. Sherrie Wilkinson P.O. Box 227 Gambrills, MD 21054 P: 410-987-5414 | F: 410-987-2540 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Mechanical Industries Inc. Jerry Miranda 314 Yampa Street Bakersfield, CA 93307 P: 661-634-9477 | F: 661-634-9460

Piedmont Structural Company Glenn Stowe 1432 North Lee Street Salisbury, NC 28144 P: 704-738-0060 | F: 704-738-0064 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ERECTORS  $5-10 MILLION R&J Steel Erectors, LLC James (Rusty) Rader 155 Prospect Drive, Suite 101 Huntingtown, MD 20639 P:410-257-2174 | F:410-257-2428

River City Erectors, LLC Mike Dorsch P.O. Box 246 Rossville, TN 38066 P: 901-861-6174 | F: 901-861-6414 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

S.L. Chasse Steel Stephen L. Chasse 8 Christine Drive Hudson, NH 03051 P: 603-886-3436 | F: 603-881-9953

State Steelworks Cary Potts 1155 Allgood Road, Suite 6 Marietta, GA 30062 P: 770-575-1750 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Steel Masters, L.P. Chris Coronado 2214 Blalock Road Houston, TX 77080 P: 713-464-8652 | F: 713-464-3219 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Structural Services, Inc. George Bosiljevac 3520 4th Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87107 P: 505-345-0838 | F: 505-345-0915

V & M Erectors, Inc. Vern Nix 21005 Taft Street Pembroke Pines, FL 33029 P: 954-437-9998 | F: 954-437-3169

Williams Erection Company Frank Williams III P.O. Box 756 Smyrna, GA 30081 P: 770-436-1596 | F: 770-438-8143 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

ERECTORS  $3-5 MILLION Big Boy’s Steel Erection, Inc. John M. Gerst 11843 Missouri Bottom Road Hazelwood, MO 63042 P: 314-731-4157 | F: 314-731-5598 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Big C Industries, LLC Ronda Cross 3339 Washington Way Longview, WA 98632 P: 360-261-7210

Blakeman Steel, Inc. Billy Blakeman 4200 Broadway Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76117 P: 817-831-2601 | F: 817-831-6703

Bret Steel Corp Mike Rouleau P.O. Box 1457 Dover, NH 03821 P: 603-743-4386 | F: 603-742-7235

Cooper Steel Chris Legnon P.O. Box 149 Shelbyville, TN 37162 P: 931-684-7962 | F: 931-684-7968 AISC Certifications:CSEA SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Dean Steel Erectors

Fulgent Contracting Corporation Isabella Sampson P.O. Box 40 Stevensville, MD 21666 P: 410-604-0172 | F: 410-604-0176 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Gabriel Steel Erectors, Inc.

Rackley Company, Inc.

Matthew Messing 36 Maybrook Road Montgomery, NY 12549 P: 845-769-3000 | F: 845-457-1077 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Scott Rackley 3772 County Road 99W Orland, CA 95963 P: 530-865-9619 | F: 530-865-2648 AISC Certifications: CSEA SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Head Steel Service, Inc. Lewis Head 243 Brandy Hollow Road Portland TN 37148 P: 615-306-5485

J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc. Chad Schakelman P.O. Box 5957 Janesville, WI 53547 P: 608-754-6601 | F: 608-754-9171 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Jonquil Steel & Construction PJ Aikens 140 Veterans Memorial Highway SE Mableton, GA 30126 P: 770-948-9876 | F: 770-948-6760 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

L & L Construction, Inc.

Tom Morris P.O. Box 1164 Harrisonburg, VA 22803 P: 540-434-7465 | F: 540-434-7640 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Brian Schreier 1040 California Road Quakertown, PA 18951 P: 215-536-9361 | F: 215-536-9438 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Diversified Metalworks

Linton's Mechanical, LLC

Justin Ferguson 332 W. Brenna Lane Orange, CA 92867 P: 714-771-4211 | F: 714-771-3442

Patsy Mack 104 Sawgrass Avenue Goose Creek, SC 29445 P: 843-572-0955 | F: 843-572-1422

DSE Erectors, Inc. Kevin Pauley 315 Lake Street Jackson, TN 38301 P: 731-423-4900 | F: 731-423-4918 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

March-Westin Company, Inc. Cody Rodeheaver 360 Frontier Street Morgantown, WV 26505 P: 304-599-4880 | F: 304-599-7509 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE



Quality Steel Services, Inc. Jim Edwards 740 Cleveland Avenue Loveland, CO 80537 P: 970-593-1976 | F: 970-593-0927 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Accredited Training Unit and/or Authorized Assessment Site

Ramar Steel Erectors, Inc.

William Raetz 432 Portland Avenue Rochester, NY 14605 P: 585-232-7777 | F: 585-263-2734

Ranger Steel Erectors, Inc. Randy Wygal 602 Grantham Avenue West Monroe, LA 71292 P: 318-387-9882 | F: 318-387-9822 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

S & H Steel Co. LLC Rob Rigsby 620 W. Commerce Ave. Gilbert, AZ 85233 P: 480-926-6062 | F: 480-926-6063 AISC Certifications: CSEA SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

S.L. Shaw Company, Inc. Lee Shaw P.O. Box 67 Bakersfield, CA 93302 P: 661-342-7106 | F: 661-873-1571 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Sentry Steel Service Chris Hopper 167 Center Point Road South Hendersonville, TN 37075 P: 615-826-9552 | F: 615-826-9682

Steel Fabricators, LLC Scott Wilson 721 NE 44th Street Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334 P: 954-772-0440 | F: 954-351-7788 AISC Certifications: CSEA, BEE, SEE, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

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SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION All Things Metal Timothy Rock 23724 N Central Avenue, Bldg B Phoenix, AZ 85024 P: 623-582-3900 | F: 623-582-2230 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

American Aerial Services, Inc. James Read 33 Allen Avenue Extension Falmouth, ME 04105 P: 207-797-8987 | F: 207-797-0479 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION Apex Steel Corporation Mike Reeves 301 Petfinder Lane Raleigh, NC 27603 P: 919-362-6611 | F: 919-362-6664 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Ascending Iron Stephen Workman P.O. Box 640 Alamance, NC 27201 P: 919-607-0587 stephen@ascendingiron.comREC


Atlas Welding & Fabrication, Inc. Kurt Schmid 728 Grantham Lane New Castle, DE 19720 P: 302-326-1900 | F: 302-326-1945 AISC Certifications: CSEARECTORS $0-3


Big Box Erectors, LLC Dayna Ferguson P.O. Box 308 Tipton, IN 46072 P: 317-984-1905 | F: 317-984-1983

Black Cat LLC Ryan Lewis 1720 Pacific Avenue Cheyenne WY 82007 P:307-637-5266 | F:307-637-7176 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Bouchard Steel Erectors Roger Bouchard P.O. Box 760 North Bennington, VT 05257 P: 802-753-7250 | F: 802-681-7289 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

C.S.E., Inc.

Eastern Constructors Inc.

William Michaud P.O. Box 532 Williston, VT 05495 P: 802-864-1812 | F: 802-862-8391 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Brad Kincaid 38004 Cornerview Road Geismar, LA 70734 P: 225-450-3226 | F: 225-450-3227 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Mark Gilbreath P.O. Box 33162 Amarillo, TX 79106 P: 806-468-8471 | F: 806-353-1353

Eastern Metal Works Inc

Caprock Building Systems, LLC

Carolina Structural Welding & Steel Erection, Inc. Aurelia Chacon P.O. Box 25463 Charlotte, NC 28229 P: 980-307-1706

Carrara Steel Erectors, Inc. Patrick Carrara 1717 Gaskill Avenue Erie, PA 16503 P: 814-452-4600 | F: 814-456-5055 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

CAS Steel Erectors, Inc. Christopher Smith 237 Duncan Hill Road Hendersonville, NC 28792 P: 828-697-8877 | F: 828-697-8888 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Citadel Steel Erectors Inc. Mitchell Stevens 3405 Apex Peakway Apex, NC 27502 P: 919-362-5122 | F: 919-362-6910 AISC Certifications: CSEA

D.S. Duggins Welding, Inc. Derek Duggins 195 Altay Drive Winston-Salem, NC 27106 P: 336-924-5484 | F: 336-924-5485 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Dixie Erectors Jim Hall 1855 Dickerson Drive SE Mableton, GA 30126 P: 404-696-3434 | F: 404-696-3404 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Mike Brickley 20 Higgins Drive Milford, CT 06460 P: 203-878-6995

Eastern Steel Erectors, LLC Ryan Pepin 56 N Harwinton Avenue Terryville, CT 06786 P: 860-585-9016 | F: 860-585-0039 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Ed Emmons Steel Erectors, Inc David Emmons 5801 West Nine Mile Road Pensacola, FL 32526 P: 850-944-2017 | F: 850-944-0848

Fast Track Erectors Alex Valladares 723 W. University, Suite 110-290 Georgetown, TX 78626 P: 512-635-9219

Flawless Steel Welding, LLC

Charles George 3181 Oneida Street Sauquoit, NY 13456 P: 315-737-5131 | F: 315-737-0168

GOP Ironworks Sheri Quattrocchi 637 Wyckoff Ave, Ste 340 Wyckoff, NJ 07481 P: 201-643-6641

High Plains Steel Services, LLC Kris McLean 2055 Howard Smith Avenue East Windsor, CO 80550 P: 970-685-3941

Hodges Erectors Inc Jorge Amador 2980 W 84th Street Hialeah, FL 33018 P: 305-234-3467 | F: 305-231-3355 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Independent Const. Svcs. Inc. Charles Retkofsky 356 Panhandle Circle Maysville, GA 30558 P: 706-652-2543 | F: 706-652-3463

Intermountain Erectors, Inc.

Victor Garcia 2020 West Barberry Place Denver, CO 80204 P: 720-638-7289

Mark Shell 1546 North 25th East Idaho Falls, ID 83401 P: 208-528-7544 | F: 208-528-7548 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Freese Steel Erectors LLC

Jack Foster Co. Erectors, Inc.

Clifford Freese 48400 Old Grade Rd Cable, WI 54821 P: 715-530-3159

Don Prockish 1119 South Santa Fe Street Wichita, KS 67211 P: 316-263-2901 | F: 316-263-3646

Fresno Fab-Tech, Inc. Pat Phelan 1035 K. Street Sanger, CA 93657 P:559-875-9800 | F:559-875-9700 AISC Certifications: CSEA

GCI Steel Erectors, Inc. Robert Colone 2916 Republic Avenue Florence, SC 29501 P: 843-393-4288 | F: 843-393-4255



Georges Welding, LLC

Accredited Training Unit and/or Authorized Assessment Site

James Steel Erectors, Inc. Bryan S. James 6053 Ogeechee Road Savannah, GA 31419 P: 912-927-1202 | F: 912-927-8730

Keith’s Welding Service, Inc. Bryan Shirley P.O. Box 3868 Greenville, SC 29608 P: 864-895-8191 | F: 864-895-9120 AISC Certifications: CSEA

SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION Kesler Erection & Welding, Inc. Donald Kesler 446 Kesler Road Lexington, NC 27295 P: 336-752-2452 | F: 336-752-2740 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Leiser Construction, LLC Lloyd Leiser 1927 365th Street Madison, KS 66860 P: 620-437-2747 | F: 620-437-2783

Lesley Erectors, Inc.

Maya Erectors, LLC Daniel Maya 914 Ellena Road Houston, TX 77076 P:832-526-0330

McKenzie Welding Greg McKenzie 13802 Old National Pike Mount Airy, MD 21771 P: 301-829-6615 | F: 301-829-9775

Merit Erectors, Inc. Chris Koenig 1020 Richwood Circle Cincinnati, OH 45208 P: 513-533-3761 | F: 513-533-3796 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Vic McCoy P.O. Box 51128 Piedmont, SC 29673 P:864-400-6320

Mabe Steel, Inc. Bryan Mabe 1490 Brookford Road Kernersville, NC 27284 P: 336-978-0064 | F: 336-595-1741

Metrolina Steel Erectors, Inc. Barry Mitchell P.O. Box 2228 Davidson, NC 28036 P: 704-309-5584 | F: 866-713-8429 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Mid Atlantic Steel Erectors, Inc.

Parsons Steel

Roy Fridley 832 Westwood Pine Court Moseley, VA 23120 P: 804-598-9351 | F: 804-598-9376 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Joe Parsons 4580 N. Highway Drive Tucson, AZ 85705 P: 520-887-6207 | F: 520-292-2636 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Mitchell Welding & Iron Works, Inc.

Peak Steel

Kevin Mitchell 7 Enterprise Drive Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 P: 609-465-7510

David Woodruff 1610 N. Salem Street Apex, NC 27523 P: 919-362-5955 | F: 919-362-0656

MPS Products Corp

Pendergraft Erection Services LLC

Michael Pimental 453 Newburyport Turnpike Rowley, MA 01969 P: 978-817-2144 | F: 978-817-2187

Ogeechee Steel, Inc.

Dale Pendergraft 24348 146th Street Leavenworth, KS 66048 P:913-683-8292 | F:913-250-0454 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Brandi Perossa P.O. Drawer 1469 Swainsboro, GA 30401 P: 478-237-2770 | F: 478-237-4045 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE


Adaptive Construction Solutions, Inc. Ahern Rentals American Steel & Precast Erectors / ASPE - South Arc3 Gases Big C Industries, LLC BlueArc Stud Welding Bracken Construction Company, Inc. Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC Construction Insurance Agency, Inc. Cooper Steel Dillon Supply Company Diversified Advertising Services, Inc. Empire Steel Erectors, LP Gardner-Watson Decking, Inc. G.W.Y., Inc. Hilti, Inc.

L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc. Lyndon Steel M & P Specialty Insurance Nucor-Vulcraft / Verco Group Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc. Phoenix Steel Erectors, Inc. Pneutek, Inc. Quinlan Enterprises S & R Enterprises, LLC Safran Law Offices Sanford Steel Corporation Schulz Iron Works, Inc. Shelby Erectors, Inc. SSW Erectors, LLC Steel Service Corporation United Rentals Vision Contractors, Inc. W.O. Grubb Crane Rental

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SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION Perry & Perry Builders, Inc. Lin Perry P.O. Box 1048 Rockdale, TX 76567 P: 512-446-2752 | F: 512-446-2564 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Pinnacle Precast & Steel Erectors Inc. Jeff Harnish 84 North Street Milford, NH 03055 P: 603-400-7044

Pinnacle Steel NE, Inc Troy Noe P.O. Box 952 Nolensville, TN 37135 P: 615-776-7240 | F: 615-776-5247

Pioneer Erectors, Inc.

Raulli & Sons, Inc. Dave Nicholas 213 Teall Avenue Syracuse, NY 13210 P: 315-479-6693 | F: 315-479-5514 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Rens Welding & Fabricating, Inc. Rens Hayes 988 Crane Avenue South Taunton, MA 02780 P: 508-828-1702 | F: 508-828-1703 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

RND Contractors Inc Nancy Sauter 14796 Jurupa Ave A Fontana, CA 92337 P: 909-429-8500 | F: 909-429-8200 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Roanoke Valley Steel Corporation

Doug Sparling 550 Kirtland Street, SW Grand Rapids, MI 49507 P: 616-247-6966 | F: 616-247-0367 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Kimberly Jenkins P.O. Box 661 Weldon, NC 27890 P: 252-538-4137 | F: 252-536-2539 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Powers Built Structures Inc.

Roy Davis 3690 Lightwood Road Deatsville, AL 36022 P: 334-569-2893 | F: 334-569-2895 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Dave Powers P.O. Box 479 Hudson, CO 80642 P: 303-536-9335 | F: 303-536-9338 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Pro Steel, Inc. Jeff Gallegos 38805 Myers Road Yoder, CO 80864 P: 719-478-3150 | F: 719-478-2237

Quinlan Enterprises John Quinlan P.O. Box 32 Claxton, GA 30417 P: 912-739-1555 | F: 912-739-2058 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

R.C. Fabricators, Inc. Marc Klair 824 Locust Street Wilmington, DE 19801 P: 302-573-8989 | F: 302-573-8984 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Ropac, Inc.

Rose Steel, Inc. Tom Horner 250 Ocean Road Greenland, NH 03840 P: 603-436-7950 | F: 603-436-1403 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Schulz Iron Works, Inc. Dave Schulz 1620 Wolfpack Lane, Suite 100 Raleigh, NC 27609 P: 919-981-6121 | F: 919-981-6122 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Senneker Steel Erectors, Inc. Michael Senneker 4502 Division Street Wayland, MI 49348 P: 616-325-7404

Shaw Welding Company, Inc.

Steelco Erectors, LLC

Richard Shaw P.O. Box 435 Billerica, MA 01821 P: 978-667-0197 | F: 978-670-2603

Brian Landfried 3818 Fre Mar Road NE Lancaster, OH 43130 P: 614-905-0309

Shelby Erectors, Inc. Jennifer Nix 4575 Oakes Road Davie, FL 33314 P: 954-275-3123 | F: 888-818-9108 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Shewmake Steel Erection, Inc. Stan Stanley P.O. Box 3285 Augusta, GA 30914 P: 706-823-2420 | F: 706-823-2439 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Smith Architectural Metals, LLC Stephen Smith P.O. Box 16303 Greensboro, NC 27416 P: 336-273-1970 | F: 336-273-1966

Southern Rigging & Erection, Inc. John Harris P.O. Box 125 Louisburg, NC 27549 P: 919-496-4401 | F: 919-496-3991 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Southwest Steel Erectors Rick Brown 7282 55th Avenue East, Box 142 Bradenton, FL 34203 P: 941-322-8583 | F: 941-322-8003

SSW Erectors, LLC Ben Wein 4808 Randolph Road Morrisville, VT 05661 P: 802-888-2422 | F: 802-888-3327 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Steel Supply and Erection Company, Inc. Jonathan Newton P.O. Box 607 Asheboro, NC 27204 P: 336-625-4830 | F: 336-626-9967



Accredited Training Unit and/or Authorized Assessment Site

Steelco, Inc. Matt Postel 21966 Adams Street Porter, TX 77365 P: 281-354-9000 | F: 281-372-0183 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Suburban Steel Erectors, Inc. Bill Grill 167 Jacob Street Mont Clare, PA 19453 P: 484-459-5057 | F: 610-917-0856


Suncoast Industries of Florida Jonathan L. Dean 6133 Idlewild Street Fort Myers, FL 33966 P: 239-936-7887 | F: 239-939-9234

Superior Steel Erectors, Inc. Justin Geddings 1712 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard Annapolis, MD 21409 P: 410-349-1280 | F: 410-349-1282

T&M Decking, Inc. Michele Mangan 4590 Denny’s Store Road Oxford, NC 27565 P: 336-599-6164 | F: 336-599-0034 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

T.W.S. Fabricators, Inc. Thomas Gelthaus P.O. Box 327627 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33332 P: 954-983-9749 | F: 954-983-9669 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

The Buffalo Iron Corp. Patrick Hanley 461 Tonawanda Street Buffalo, NY 14207 P: 716-481-8730 | F: 716-701-1606

Titan Steel Erectors, LLC Greg Phillips P.O. Box 999 Munford, TN 38058 P: 901-274-4992 | F: 901-274-4401 AISC Certifications: CSEA

SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION Trinity Steel Erection, Inc. Beth Belcher P.O. Box 774 Powhatan, VA 23139 P: 804-598-8811 | F: 804-598-0762 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Tri-Steel Fabricators, Inc. James Werosta P.O. Box 5756 Trenton, NJ 08638 P: 609-392-8660 | F: 609-392-7626 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

Tuscarora Rigging, Inc. Barry Slusser 11375 Standing Stone Road Huntingdon, PA 16652 P: 814-506-8166 | F: 814-506-8242 AISC Certifications: CSEA, MEE

W.O. Grubb Steel Erection, Inc. Charles D. Cooke 5120 Jefferson Davis Highway Richmond, VA 23234 P: 804-271-9471 | F: 804-271-2539 AISC Certifications: CSEA, SEE, MEE

Wennersten Construction, Inc. Chase Wennersten 3057 N. Norfolk Mesa, AZ 85215 P: 480-272-9461 | F: 480-272-9487

Wescorp, Inc. Weslie White 8421 Donnaha Road Tobaccoville, NC 27050 P:336-416-6377

FABRICATORS Banker Steel Company, LLC Donald Banker P.O. Box 10875 Lynchburg, VA 24506 P: 434-847-4575 | F: 434-847-4533 AISC Certifications: BU, ABR, CBR, CPT, FCE, P1

Basden Steel Corporation Bruce Basden P.O. Box 1061 Burleson, TX 76097 P: 817-295-6100 | F: 817-295-4375 AISC Certifications: BU

Building Envelope Systems Fermin Goitia 20 High Street Plainville, MA 02762 P:508-381-0429 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Crystal Steel Fabricators, Inc Justin King P: 302-846-0613 | F: 302-846-3223 9317 Old Racetrack Road Delmar, DE 19940 AISC Certifications: BU, IBR, CBR, CPT, FCE, P2

Dave Steel Company, Inc. Tim Heffner, P.E. P.O. Box 2630 Asheville, NC 28802 P: 828-252-2771 | F: 828-252-0041 AISC Certifications: BU

E&H Steel Corporation Robert W. Thomas P.O. Box 1170 Midland City, AL 36350 P: 334-983-5636 | F: 334-983-6173 AISC Certifications: BU, P2

Encore Steel, Inc. Dennis Sehnal 3420 S 39th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85009 P: 480-663-3505 | F: 480-361-7920 AISC Certifications: BU

Erection & Welding Contractors, LLC Dale Applegreen 190 New Park Drive Berlin, CT 06037 P: 860-828-9353 ext 113 AISC Certifications:CSEA, BU, P1

Hallmark Iron Works, Inc. Jim Woods P.O. Box 339 Newington, VA 22122 P: 703-550-9560 | F: 703-550-0106 AISC Certifications: BU

Lyndon Steel Company Sam Winters 1947 Union Cross Road Winston-Salem, NC 27107 P: 336-785-0848 | F: 336-788-8835 AISC Certifications: BU

Monterey Structural Steel, Inc. Kenneth Bachini 320 Industrial Road #101 Watsonville, CA 95076 P: 831-768-1277 | F: 831-768-1352 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Nucor-Vulcraft/Verco Group Thomas Schlickbernd 621 Main Street Chemung, NY 14825 P: 607-529-9000 | F: 607-529-9001 AISC Certifications: BU

Owen Steel Company Kevin Phillips 727 Manuey Drive Columbia, SC 29201 P: 803-251-7624 | F: 803-251-7637 AISC Certifications: BU, ABR, CBR, FCE, P1

Padgett, Inc.

Stone Bridge Iron & Steel, Inc. Brian Carmer 426 Purinton Road Gansevoort, NY 12831 P: 518-695-3752 | F: 518-695-3056 AISC Certifications: BU, P1

Universal Steel of NC, LLC Dunna Gant 630 Bassett Drive Thomasville, NC 27360 P: 336-476-3105 | F: 336-476-8995 AISC Certifications: BU

GENERAL CONTRACTORS Crossland Construction Company Meridith Lynn 833 S East Ave Columbus, KS 66725 P: 620-429-9232

G A West & Company, Inc.

RJ Padgett P.O. Box 1375 New Albany, IN 47150 P: 812-945-1299 | F: 812-949-3432 AISC Certifications: BU, SBR, CPT, P1

SC Steel, LLC

Kelvin Kearley P.O. Box 367 Saraland, AL 36571 P: 251-445-6256 | F: 251-675-0591

SERVICES Adaptive Construction Solutions, Inc.

Gene Miles 114 East Warehouse Court Taylors, SC 29687 P: 864-244-2860 | F: 864-672-2209 AISC Certifications: BU

Steel Fab Enterprises, LLC Kurt Fisher 623 Baumgardner Road Lancaster, PA 17603 P: 717-464-0330 | F: 717-464-9464 AISC Certifications: BU SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Steel Service Corporation Jim Simonson P.O. Box 321425 Jackson, MS 39232 P: 601-939-9222 | F: 601-939-9359 AISC Certifications: BU, SBR, P1

SteelFab Rob Burlington 5105 Bur Oak Circle, Suite 100 Raleigh, NC 27612 P: 919-828-9545 | F: 919-828-9720 AISC Certifications:BU, P1

Nicholas Morgan 11767 Katy Freeway, Suite 690 Houston, TX 77079 P:832-619-1175 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Appalachian Drafting, LLC Steven Harris 18059 Jeb Stuart Hwy Abingdon, VA 24211 P:276-525-4117

Construction Insurance Agency, Inc. Carrie Gulajan 7896 Donegan Drive Manassas, VA 20109 P: 703-257-7540 | F: 703-257-7539

JLG Industries, Inc. Jeff Ford 13224 Fountainhead Plaza Hagerstown, MD 21742 P: 240-420-8789


Accredited Training Unit and/or Authorized Assessment Site

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SEAA MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY SERVICES K Allen, LLC Kelly Allen 379 N Valencia Rd Ridgeway, SC 29130 P: 803-447-1936

USI New England Sean Hood 3 Executive Park Drive, Suite 300 Bedford, NH 03110 P: 603-665-6188 | F: 610-537-2333


SUPPLIERS & MANUFACTURERS Applied Machinery Sales Jessica King 1205 Galleria Blvd. Rock Hill, SC 29730 P: 803-327-4949 | F: 803-327-4952

Kollman & Saucier, PA

Buckner Heavylift Cranes, LLC

Ashley Sling, Inc.

Frank L. Kollman 1823 York Road, Business Law Building Timonium, MD 21093 P: 410-727-4300 | F: 410-727-4391

Eddie Williams 4732 NC Hwy 54 East Graham, NC 27253 P: 336-376-8888 | F: 336-376-8855

Jim Luckie P.O. Box 44413 Atlanta, GA 30336 P: 404-691-2604 | F: 404-691-3608

M & P Specialty Insurance

Bigfoot Construction Equipment, Inc.

Jason McElrath P.O. Box 4119 West Columbia, SC 29171 P: 803-936-1601 | F: 803-936-1366

Andrea Tsakanikas 311 Ranch Road 620 South, Suite 107 Austin, TX 78734 P: 512-599-0022

Peggy Matteson 1111 Broadway Court Woodstock, IL 60098 P: 888-743-7320 | F: 815-527-7589

McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc.

Elrod Stud Welding

Bluearc Stud Welding

Fred A. Dawson Jr. P.O. Box 10265 Birmingham, AL 35233 P: 205-252-9871 | F: 205-581-9293

Eric Elrod P.O. Box 2270 Lebanon, TN 37088 P:800-936-1948 | F:800-936-1948

1001 Cherry Drive, Suite 300 Braselton, GA 30517 P: 877-824-7883 | F: 770-513-2077

MSC Safety Solutions Troy Clark 4020 Kodiak Court Frederick, CO 80504 P: 303-477-1044 | F: 303-477-1078

Relation Insurance Services Miles Gurley 4900 Koger Boulevard, Suite 450 Greensboro, NC 27407 P:336-217-6921| F:336-218-6426

Safran Law Offices Stephen Safran P.O. Box 587 Raleigh, NC 27602 P: 919-828-1396 | F: 919-828-7993

Tradesmen International Gene Cates 1722 Louisville Rd, Suite C Knoxville, TN 37921 P:865-558-0896 | F:865-558-0899

Trivent Safety Consulting

Guy M. Turner, Inc. David Johnson P.O. Box 7776 Greensboro, NC 27417 P: 336-294-4660 | F: 336-294-6668 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Superior Cranes, Inc. Joe Everett P.O. Box 2371 Rockingham, NC 28380 P: 919-997-7700 | F: 910-997-7709

Tech Safety Lines, Inc. Alida Borg 3350 Wiley Post Road Carrollton, TX 75006 P:214-987-4680 F:214-750-9261

United Crane & Rigging Gary Hileman 2002 Graves Court Baltimore, MD 21222 P: 410-285-6363 | F: 410-285-2715

Bryan McClure 1499 W 120th Ave #110 Westminster, CO 80234 P: 800-819-6092 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site


BlueScope Conventional Steel Services Tim McNeely PO Box 419917 Kansas City, MO 64141 P: 816-245-6500 | F: 816-245-6055

Columbia Safety and Supply Mark Anderson 4720 Robinson Drive SW Atlanta, GA 30336 P: 404-458-7000 | F: 888-511-0457 Lindsay Kant P.O. Box 85670 Lincoln, NE 68501 P:800-247-4898 | F:402-479-2108

Freedom Tools, LLC Cheri Swisher 2820 South Alma School Road, Suite 18-440 Chandler, AZ 85286 P: 480-250-5266 | F: 480-471-0817

FrenchCreek Production Jason Wible 100 N 13th Street Franklin, PA 16323 P: 877-228-9327 | F: 814-437-2544


Accredited Training Unit and/or Authorized Assessment Site

G.W.Y., Inc. Heath Mitchell P.O. Box 293 Greenfield, NH 03047 P: 603-547-3800 | F: 603-547-3801

General Equipment & Supply Rob Hall P.O. Box 80489 Simpsonville, SC 29680 P: 800-800-6011 | F: 864-243-5457

H&E Equipment Services, Inc. Jaysen Maiura 3601 Koppens Way Chesapeake, VA 23323 P: 757-295-4944 | F: 757-295-4945

Hanes Supply, Inc. Billy Hanes 55 James E. Casey Drive Buffalo, NY 14206 P: 888-426-3755 | F: 716-826-4412

Haydon Bolts, Inc. Rich Giusti, Jr. 1181 Unity Street Philadelphia, PA 19124 P: 215-537-8700 | F: 215-537-5569

Hilti, Inc. Bill Gevers 7250 Dallas Parkway, Legacy Tower, Suite 1000 Plano, TX 75024 P: 800-879-8000 | F: 800-879-7000

LeJeune Bolt Company Jeff Greene 3500 West Highway 13 Burnsville, MN 55337 P: 952-890-7700 | F: 952-890-3544

Lincoln Electric Theo Facaros 22801 Saint Clair Avenue Cleveland, OH 44117 P: 216-481-8100 | F: 216-486-1751

Magni Telescopic Handlers Gary Weisman 616 West 1st Avenue Roselle, NJ 7203 P: 908-280-8899 | F: 973-453-8114

SUPPLIERS & MANUFACTURERS Manitowoc Crane Group Chris Bratthauar P.O. Box 21 Shady Grove, PA 17256 P: 717-593-5348 | F: 717-593-5104

Mazzella Companies Adam Franz 21000 Aerospace Parkway Cleveland, OH 44142 P: 800-362-4601 | F: 440-239-7010

Miller Electric Mfg LLC Joseph Ryan P.O. Box 1079 Appleton WI 54912 P:920-735-4162

ML Cranes & Equipment Ben Cockerham P.O. Box 791456 Charlotte, NC 28206 P: 877-649-7739 | F: 704-509-2150

Pneutek, Inc. Karen Tuthill 17 Friars Drive Hudson, NH 03051 P:800-431-8665 | F:603-882-9165

Preferred Safety Products, Inc. Barry Cole 4785 Elati Street, Suite #15 Denver, CO 80216 P: 800-301-3188 | F: 303-225-0510

Red-D-Arc Welderentals Gail McRoberts 685 Lee Industrial Boulevard Austell, GA 30168 P: 770-819-1515 | F: 770-819-0179 Kevin Pitcock 1 Tomsons Rd #100 Saugerties NY 12477 P: 845-338-1325 | F: 845-338-1372

SDS/2 Lacey Niemeyer 1501 Old Cheney Road Lincoln, NE 68512 P: 402-441-4000 | F: 402-441-4045

Simpson Strong-Tie Galen Longley 375 North Belvedere Drive Gallatin, TN 37066 P: 888-487-7845

St. Louis Screw & Bolt Joe Howard P.O. Box 260 Madison, IL 62060 P: 800-237-7059 | F: 314-389-7510

The Crosby Group, LLC Mike Wheeler P.O. Box 3128 Tulsa, OK 74110 P: 918-834-4611 | F: 918-832-8833

Trimble Solutions USA, Inc./Tekla, Inc. Don Grigg 1075 Big Shanty Rd NW, Suite 175 Kennesaw, GA 30144 P: 770-426-5105 | F: 770-919-0574

United Rentals Big Dave Brown 10524 Old Nations Ford Road Charlotte, NC 28273 P: 800-704-2829 | F: 704-523-4948

CONTINUING EDUCATION (Associate Member) Ironworker Skills Institute Patty Daigle 1146 Indurstrial Park Road Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-814-7159 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Trident Technical College Lisa Middleton P.O. Box 118067 (CE-M) North Charleston, SC 29423 P: 843-574-6065 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

Wake Technical Community College Michael Moore 3434 Kildaire Farm Road, Suite 200 Cary, NC 27518 P: 919-980-1371 SEAA Training and/or Assessment Site

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By Ken Wysocky

Making the Move from Worker Bee to Team Leader


ost managers face a daily gauntlet of brush fires. But the tightrope walk tentatively trod by newly promoted managers, who suddenly find themselves supervising the same colleagues with whom they toiled side by side and enjoyed cocktails after work, is especially fraught with challenges. Maybe it’s resentment from a colleague who applied for the same position and are supremely confident they could do the job better. Or the realization that you’re no longer getting invited out for lunch or for post-work drinks and gossip. Whatever the case, the dynamics of your relationships with these team members has been irrevocably altered; few things shift the balance of workplace relationships more than gaining the power to fire friends. And suddenly, the meaning of the old it’s-lonelyat-the-top cliché rings true and clear. The new pecking order will undoubtedly feel awkward — both for you and your direct reports. It’s not easy to strike that delicate balance between fairly asserting your newfound authority and still remaining on friendly terms with friends who you probably commiserated and kibitzed with about workplace issues. But experts note that you can employ specific strategies to help everyone on the team feel as comfortable with the “new normal” as possible. And if you act with quiet confidence and poise (after all, someone higher up believes you have the skills to do the job), you can Ken Wysocky is a freelance writer for COLE Publishing. This article is re-published with permission by Dig Different magazine.


establish credibility without undermining yourself or ruining perfectly good relationships.

One-on-Ones One of the first things you should do is hold face-toface meetings with each of your direct reports. Everyone must be included, lest you appear to be playing favorites with colleagues who already are close friends. As you talk, it’s important to clear the air about any possible resentments or other negative emotions. If they’re mad about being passed over for the job, let them know you still value their skills and will be a strong advocate for their professional development. During the meeting, be sure to practice good, active listening skills (there’s a reason you have two ears and only one mouth). Let angry employees vent; often times, all they want is an opportunity to be heard, which helps them let go of whatever animosity or uncertainty they might feel about the situation. During these meetings, you can build credibility and respect by diplomatically asking them about what they perceive as your weaknesses. If nothing else, this shows you’re willing to accept input; the last thing you want to do is come off as the newly-minted-yet-all-knowing manager. Also, ask them where they’d like to have more support and the kind of career path they envision. Moreover, if you’ve worked with your new direct reports for a while, by now you have a pretty good idea about their strengths and weaknesses. That will help you provide them with training to shore up those weaknesses

and delegate some responsibilities that play to their strengths. All this contributes to establishing you as a credible and empathetic leader who’s concerned about your employees’ development. Follow the individual meetings with a team meeting, where you can present your vision for the team, your approach to leadership and your expectations going forward, preferably in short brushstrokes — less is more here. And be sure to explain how all those things align with larger company goals. This meeting also presents a great opportunity to present some of the ideas gleaned from the one-on-one meetings (give credit where credit is due, of course).

dealing with new line drawn in the sand, talk about it. As you grow into the new role, don’t hesitate to lean on previous managers for advice. And it never hurts to take a step back and contemplate what you liked and didn’t like about those managers and use that knowledge to forge your own path and develop your own leadership style. In the end, there’s no magic button you can push to ease that awkward transition from team member to team leader. But employing these strategies just might make those initial steps on that tightrope a little bit easier.

Take It Slow As a former worker bee, you undoubtedly have developed some strong ideas about changes you’d like to make. But resist the temptation to make your mark with dramatic shifts in procedures and policies. Moving too fast, as well as not asking for input, are two sure ways to turn people off and undermine your credibility. There is also always a chance that a disgruntled employee who was passed over for the position won’t be able to let it go. Perhaps they’ll test you by bringing up old issues that have already been resolved. Or talking about you behind your back. Or making irreverent remarks during meetings. The key here is quick action. Don’t allow things to fester. Hold another one-on-one meeting and tell the employee what you’ve observed and how it affects team dynamics. Then pull their feet closer to the fire and ask them what’s provoking these actions and what it will take to stop them. It’s not a bad thing to make them feel even a little bit uncomfortable here, as long as you’re as fair as you are candid. Asking them for a solution only helps promote buy-in on their part, after all is said and done. As for socializing with people who now are your direct reports, it’s important to draw a line. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult — as well as unwise — to be both a buddy and a supervisor. At the very least, continuing to spend more time with certain employees creates the perception of favoritism, which can taint even what you firmly believe are fair decisions about things. At worst, it can make things very uncomfortable if the need arises for disciplinary action.

Perception Is Everything The bottom line: You still can — and should — treat people with warmth and respect. But if you’re going to be social, be equally social with everyone. And if a close friend has trouble Connector | WINTER EDITION December 2019 | 49


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