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2016 winter Edition

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2016 winter Edition



21 Retirement Packages

10 From the Editor 12 President’s Message 14 Executive Director’s Desk 16 Board of Directors 35 Product Snapshots 56 SEAA Membership Directory 62 SEAA News

Kevin Caldwell

22 PROJECT OF THE YEAR - CLASS III Denver International Airport Hotel & Transit Center LPR Construction

26 2016 NASCC: Steel Conference Registration

28 Cooperative Spirit Surrounds SEAA

Long-Range Planning Committee Chairman Charlie Johnson

Ed Valencia

38 Consolidation of Multiple ASTM

Safety & Education Committee Chairman Ed Valencia

Structural Bolt Standards Chad Larson & Thomas J. Schlafly

Media Committee, Chairman Chris Legnon

42 Expansion Bolts for Hollow Structural Steel Sections

Convention/Meetings Carrie Gulajan

Ken Hansen

50 How Can I Control My EMR?

Tim Neubauer

54 Risk Managemetn: Benchmarking

Steve Davis & Scott Fink


SEAA Mission Statement 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.

Steel Erectors Association of America 401 E. 4th Street, #204 Winston-Salem, NC 27101-4171 Phone: (336) 294-8880 | Fax: (413) 208-6936 6


1st Vice President Josh Cilley

Finance Committee, Chairman Geoff Kress

36 Ed’s View - Training

President (2013-2015) Stephen Burkholder

Treasurer Geoff Kress

Tracey Bennet

Editor Chris Legnon

Secretary Dave Schulz

Member’s Efforts to Improve Safety and Training for Ironworkers

The SEAA Connector is the official magazine of the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA). The Association is located at: 401 E. 4th Street, #204 Winston-Salem, NC 27101-4171 Phone: (336) 294-8880 | Fax: (413) 208-6936 email: website:


Additional Board of Directors Jim Larson, Bob Beckner, Duke Perry, Dave Brown, Robert Echols, Glen Pisani Greg Phillips, Tom McAleese, Jack Nix John (Jack) Metcalfe, Alan Sears, Jim Simonson, Sherrie Wilkinson, Eddie Williams Executive Director Tom Underhill Advertising & Rates John Teague • 919.369.0523

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Welcome to the New Year! Welcome to the Winter 2016 issue of the SEAA Connector. Hopefully, your holiday decorations are put away and you’re braced for the chilly months ahead. Another successful year is in the books and we anticipate nothing short of forward progress in our industry in 2016. On the cover, we introduce LPR’s impressive SEAA Class III Project of the Year Award Winner – Denver International Airport’s new Public Transit Center. The details of the erection of this beautiful diagrid steel




structure can be found on the pages ahead. Tracy Bennett’s article on SEAA Craft Training correlates the positive outlook of future growth in the industry with the foreseeable impact of the craft training programs that SEAA members began developing throughout the country in the past two years. Along with many other informative articles in this edition, you’ll find the 2016 SEAA Membership Directory containing the names, contacts and size classifications of all current SEAA members.

If you have suggestions on topics you would like to see in a future issue, you can reach me directly or contact the SEAA office. To stay current on SEAA happenings and events, make sure you’re connected via Facebook and LinkedIn, search ‘Steel Erectors Association of America’ to find us. Submit pictures to us through Facebook so we can share them with all of our members. We hope you enjoy the contents within this issue of the Connector and wish you and your families a wonderful New Year! – Chris Legnon Senior Sales Manager – Cooper Steel(603)831-4557 Cell

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Letter From The President The beginning of a New Year always brings resolutions, changes, promises and excitement. For SEAA, I would like to resolve further growth and support to our member firms and continued support of the Steel Construction Industry.

As the winter of 2016 arrives, my term as President comes to an end. There have been many exciting things that have commenced in the last 3 years. The reality of SEAA’s Nationally recognized Apprenticeship program and its Craft Training Program are the highlights, but many other agendas have begun to take hold within the organization during my time as President. Before

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I step aside, I would like to thank each and every fellow Board member’s for their support and service, for it is you, the Board, that is responsible for these great achievements, not myself. To the members, we all appreciate your support and look forward to continuing to find ways to support each and every one of you, as well as the Steel Construction Industry. I ask that you all continue to explore how the Association can assist you becoming a better company. From technical advice to Safety Program Support, the Steel Erector’s Association of America, is committed to bettering the industry from all levels. I believe that there are great years ahead for SEAA, but to make this goal into reality, we need your help. The support system we have is based upon many, many, many hours of volunteer interjection from Board of Director members. We need and want your help. Call the office and see how you can help make a difference. We are always in search of new support lines. If you can’t volunteer your time, help the group grow. I would like to challenge every member firm to reach out to a fellow erector, fabricator, general contractor and/or engineer to join the Association. Together we will grow and together we will achieve. 2016 also means that it is time for new leadership for the Association. I look forward to handing the office of President over to a good friend and colleague in Josh Cilley. I am confident that Josh will continue the great things that the Association has done for the industry over the last few decades. With Josh’s leadership and the BOD support, I assure all members that the past, current and future support the Association provides will not only proper, but improve. While my term is coming to an end, our future is just beginning. I wish all members a safe Winter season and look forward to seeing everyone at our Convention this year. Please feel free to reach out to me for support, guidance or just fellowship. Together we can build a strong future. – Stephen C. Burkholder SEAA President (2013- 2015) S&R Enterprises, L.L.C. President


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SEAA Members Embrace Training for Ironworkers By Tom Underhill, Executive Director

The economy continues to strengthen and our members are reporting that construction backlogs are on the rise. According to a 2016 U.S. Construction Forecast Report released in August 2015 by Oldcastle Business Intelligence, construction is expected to grow 8% in 2016. The Commercial Segment will be driven by office, retail, and hotels. In addition, the report asserts that 2016 will also mark the beginning of significant growth for education and healthcare. As a side note, the report indicates that the Southeast and West, where many of our members reside, will experience the biggest growth, 13% and 12%, respectively. But this presents challenges in finding available skilled labor. An article written by Daniel Groves, CEO of Construction Labor Market Analyzer, highlights four issues that the construction industry must remain vigilant of as it prepares to staff future projects. In his article, “The Perfect Storm for Construction Skilled Trades,” Groves writes: 1. C onstruction unemployment at 5.5% as of September 2015 is below the lows of the last construction boom, indicate we are at the bottom of the skilled labor pool. 2. T he current trend in schools and government is to strongly encourage college education. There is little or no focus on developing skilled trades for industry. 14



3. Historical forecasts predicted that the construction industry workforce would be more diverse with increasing minority and female participation. For many reasons, this has not happened. 4. The construction industry will continue to see a precipitous reduction in skilled, experienced workers as more baby boomers reach retirement age over the next 10+ years. SEAA members have embraced these warnings and are actively participating in the expansion of our training and testing network in order to build the supply of qualified Ironworkers. By early 2016, we will be sponsoring Ironworker training and testing sites in eight states. Participation in the Training Unit and Assessment Site (TU/AS) program under the SEAA/NCCER sponsorship cuts costs and administrative requirements for members, while also providing opportunities for collaboration with other companies in the development and delivery of innovative training techniques. SEAA is proud to announce that Atlas Manufacturing Inc., Washington, D.C., completed the SEAA/NCCER certification training in early December 2015. They join Eastern Constructors Inc., Gonzales, La., which became accredited in August. Three other companies are slated to become Ironworker Training Units and Assessment Sites in early 2016. They are Steel Fab Enterprises LLC, Lancaster, Pa., Garrison Steel Inc., Pell City,

Ala., and Shelby Erectors Inc., Davie, Fla. For more information on becoming a TU/ AS site, visit the Craft Training page at www.

Join us in North Carolina To assist with startup costs associated with becoming a TU/AS site, the SEAA Education Committee will award its first-ever Craft Training Grant, not to exceed $4500, to a member company at the 2016 SEAA Convention and Trade Show. The 44th Annual meeting will be held April 27-29 at the Embassy Suites Charlotte/Concord, N.C. Golf Resort & Spa. Convention includes three days of networking, education, and recreation. This year’s program is packed with hands-on training for field and management level personnel, as well as seminars on the most recent labor and legal topics. The keynote speaker at the 2016 Convention & Trade Show is Rear Adm. Terry McKnight, (retired). McKnight is a 31 year U.S. Navy veteran who rose to command the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge and served as the first commander of Combined Task Force 151. He is author of Pirate Alley— Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia. Don’t miss his inspirational message. Make plans to attend the annual convention.

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Steel Erectors Association of America Board of Directors

Meet the 2015 members of the board of directors of Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA). With their expertise and leadership, the industry is in a position of strength as it enters an era of economic recovery, with new ways of doing business. Stephen C. Burkholder S&R Enterprises, LLC Harrisburg, PA Stephen Burkholder is currently serving in his second year as the Association’s President, and 12th year as a member of the board. Focused on taking the Association into the future, Stephen is determined to make new initiatives succeed through teamwork and board cooperation. By building new relationships with other industry associations and strengthening current relationships with AISC, AWS and OSHA it is his goal to enhance the success of SEAA and to create a truly “supportive group” to its membership. SEAA’s new Craft training program is off and running. With a strong alliance with NCCER, SEAA is striving to eliminate the projected future short falls of skilled labor in the Steel Construction business. It is the board’s goal to grow membership across the country and to ensure that all members of the Steel Construction community are touched by the association’s commitment to the industry. Serving as President definitely keeps Steve busy, for when he is not performing his duties with SEAA, he is managing his own company’s, S&R Enterprises, a steel and precast erector operating in the Continental United Sates and Caribbean. S&R is committed to being an industry leader by providing professional, safe services to the steel/precast industry by operating with integrity and accountability. By remaining committed to SEAA, he continues to associate himself with the industry’s elite performers as he maintains his own company’s reputation while contributing to the future strength of the industry. S&R is proud to be the recipient of the 2007 Erection Class II Project of the Year and most recently the 2012 Class III Project of the Year award for the Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State University. They recognize the importance of relationships in the steel construction industry and strive to maintain high levels of integrity in a competitive market. S&R also is strongly committed to the association’s new craft training initiatives and to creating fiduciary relationships with OSHA that will serve the construction industry well into the future. Stephen is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and an avid golfer. His commitment to his wife, Lisa, their two daughters, Alexis and Maurah, and two sons, Zachary and Brayden is evident in all aspects of his life.




Joshua Cilley American Steel & Precast Erectors Greenfield, NH Josh is the President Elect of SEAA and will begin his term at the 2016 SEAA Convention and Trade Show in Charlotte/Concord, NC in April, 2016. Mr. Cilley is the President of American Steel & Precast Erectors and is a second generation ironworker who bought the family business with his brother Mark in 2012 from their father Ray, a former SEAA board member and founder of the New England SEAA Chapter. ASPE conducts work throughout the Northeast, NY, NJ, PA, and internationally in Canada and was one of the first erection companies in the country to hold AISC’s Advanced Certified Erector status along with PCI’s Certified Erector status. ASPE was proud to be the recipient of SEAA’s Class I Project of the Year in 2012 for its work on the North Trail Pedestrian Bridge in Keene, NH. Josh resides in Bedford NH with his wife of 20 years Jennifer and their two children Emerson & Camden. Josh coaches his sons AAU baseball team, is an avid golfer, loves to cook, and especially enjoys traveling with his family in their spare time.

Charlie Johnson Steel Performance Inc. Greensboro, NC Mr. Johnson is currently serving as Immediate Past President and has served in various positions since joining SEAA in 1995. He is the Vice President and General Manager of Steel Performance, an AISC-certified advanced erector specializing in fast-track erection of large commercial and industrial jobs, as well as erection of precast and tilt-up panels. Mr. Johnson served 21 years in the Navy, where he was selected for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program, attending North Carolina State University and has earned his Masters’ Degrees from MIT in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. After graduation and receiving his commission, Mr. Johnson served as an Assistant Professor at the Citadel. Charlie and his wife, Jenny, have two sons and several grandchildren. He enjoys golf, basketball and skiing.

Jim Larson Consultant Steel Dynamics Fairfax, VA Jim has been a member of SEAA for 26 years; on the Board of Directors for 23 years; a past president and serves on the Long Range Planning Committee. Mr. Larson worked in the steel industry for more than 40 years, including steel fabrication, steel joist engineering, metal deck detailing, steel erection planning and ten years as a co-owner of a steel erection company. He was involved in the SENRAC Sub Part R OSHA Steel Erection Standard, NCEER Steel Erection Manual re-write, AWS D1.1 Welding Code Committee, the AISC Roundtable to promote use of structural steel, and the SEAA/NISD Detailing Manual for Erection Safety. He currently serves on the AISC Code of Standard Practice and is devoting time as a consultant to encourage young people to choose construction as a vocation rather than just a job. He is involved in consulting regarding ironworkers and steel construction in the expansion of the U.S. oil future. He was the first recipient of the William Davis Award presented by SEAA for outstanding service to the association and in 2012 was selected as SEAA’s Person of the Year. Jim is learning to adapt to retirement by spending time with his grandchildren, classic cars and developing rental properties.

Geoffrey Kress Gardner-Watson Decking, Inc. Oldsmar, FL Geoff Kress has been a member of SEAA since 2007 and he is currently serving as Treasurer of the SEAA. Mr. Kress and his company served as the 2010 Convention hosts in Tampa, Florida and he was honored with SEAA 2011 Person of the Year Award. He was also involved in the Canvass Committee that wrote the current 2011 SDI-QA/QC standard for installation of steel deck. He is also now serving on the canvas committee that is updating the 2011 with the new SDI QA/QC-2017. Mr. Kress is Vice President and a majority owner of Gardner-Watson Decking, Inc. which is a full service decking company that travels throughout the continental United States. The company was established in 2005 and Mr. Kress’ dedication to customer satisfaction has helped grow the decking company from one 4 man crew into 65 to 85

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men working on 14 to 18 crews. He is also the President and majority owner in G & G Distributors, Inc., a construction fasteners and safety supply company located in Oldsmar, FL since 1997. Mr. Kress is excited to be a board member, and looks forward to working with the association to constantly improve the steel industry. He spends most of his hours bidding, building relationships, scheduling, and thinking of safer and more economical ways to install decking. Geoff’s interests outside of the work place including boating, snow skiing, golfing, hockey, and watching his daughter’s travel soccer team. He resides in Palm Harbor, FL.

David A. Schulz Schulz Iron Works, Inc. Raleigh, NC David Schulz joined the SEAA Board of Directors in 2007, bringing in 40 years of experience in the steel erection industry to the association. He was awarded SEAA Man of the Year in 2009, and is Secretary of the Association. For the last several years Schulz Iron Works have graciously served as the host company for SEAA’s Annual Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament at Lonnie Poole Golf Course located on the campus of NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Mr. Schulz serves on the Safety Committee and has helped to complete SEAA’s deck video that is part of the safety training program module. Always committed to safety as well as the advancement of the association and industry, Schulz Iron Works became an accredited SEAA Ironworker Craft Training and Assessment site in 2014. He began his career in construction in 1973 in the erection of grain dryers and boilers. In 1986 Dave met his wife, Cindy, and in 1999 they formed Schulz Iron Works, Inc. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Schulz Iron Works, Inc. provides erection services primarily in the Southeast region. Schulz Iron Works prides itself in being a team-oriented supplier of steel design, supply, fabrication, and erection. When Dave is not working, he and Cindy can be found golfing and traveling.

Bob Beckner Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc., Frisco, TX Bob Beckner has been a member of SEAA since 1993; he served as SEAA President from 1999 – 2000, a Board Director for 20 years, and currently serves as member-at-large on the Executive Committee and the Convention Committee. In

2007, he was awarded the William Davis Service Award for his service to SEAA and the steel erection industry. Mr. Beckner is Senior VicePresident & Area Manager of Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc., an AISC Advanced Certified steel erection contractor specializing in the erection of complex steel structures in the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors throughout the USA. He attended the University of Texas at Arlington and has two children, Alexa and Dillon. His interests include golf, hunting, football and traveling.

Duke Perry Bluearc Stud Welding Lawrenceville, GA Duke Perry has been in the stud welding industry since 2001. As a second generation Perry, he has been fortunate to learn from one of the best in the business with 40+ years of experience, Doug Perry, his father. Mr Perry has a wealth of experience and knowledge in sales, as well as providing technical support and repair for all makes of stud welding equipment. Although sales had been his primary focus, 2009 brought about new challenges. He was hired by Image Industries, Inc. to head up sales, marketing and to advise manufacturing in the production of the new construction line of weld studs known as Bluearc. Duke’s current position is General Manager of Bluearc Stud Welding. In addition, Duke has worked with the various DOT locations throughout the country with weld base qualifications, as well as the Canadian Welding Bureau. Duke and his wonderful wife, Diane, have two lovely daughters that are 8 and 6. One of Duke’s favorite hobbies is playing tennis but says, “the best part of my day is when I open the garage and both girls are jumping up and down with joy because DADDY is home.”

Dave Brown United Rentals, Charlotte, NC Dave Brown Sr. is the Mid- Atlantic Region Sales Manager for United Rentals. He has been with United Rentals for 13 years and in the equipment rental industry for 18 years in sales and management. Dave was approved for a seat on the Board of Directors in March 2014 and is currently serving in his first term as a member of the board. Although new to the board Dave is not new to SEAA and has been extensively involved for many years with the association. He,

along with United Rentals, has been an important source of support to help make SEAA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show as well as the Educational Fundraiser Golf Tournament great successes. He is the proud father of his 16 yr old son, Dave Jr and 10 yr old daughter, Anna.

Robert Echols Garrison Steel Group Pell City, AL Robert Echols started his steel erection career in 1984 as an apprentice ironworker and moved to journeyman, welder, crane operator, and superintendent. In 1989, he joined a large steel fabricating company to start a new erecting division doing large commercial projects throughout the southeast. He spent the following 10 years at Garrison Steel Erectors as VP of Operations performing projects such as Disney’s LeCirque in Orlando, Hard Rock Café at Universal Studios, Lucent Technologies Festival Bay Mill, Grand Lakes Resort in Orlando, Toyota Engine Plant, Navistar Engine Plant in Decatur, Alabama, and the Hard Rock Casino/Hotel in Tampa, Florida, and developing a 12 crew force using as many as 150 ironworkers. Robert left Garrison Steel to start his own steel erection business in 2001. Echols Steel Erectors, in central Florida, handled complex projects throughout the southeast. In 2005, the decision was made to idle the company and take a Sr. Manager position at Prospect Steel in Little Rock, Arkansas that allowed him to manage many large projects, the largest of which was for ThyssenKrupp Steel, LLC that amounted to 67,000 tons of steel, along with also managing projects for many well-known clients including McCormick Place Convention Center, UMAS of Arkansas and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Robert served as Vice President of Structural Steel Services at G.A. West & Company, Inc. in Chunchula, Alabama. He has the knowledge and expertise to manage large projects and has proven to be a valuable asset to the company. Currently, Robert oversees a structural fabrication and erection managerial staff comprised of approximately 5 division managers, and develops and maintains client relationships in the pursuit and execution of projects. He is adept in forecasting, establishing and maintaining departmental goals and budgets through evaluation of current and historical market data, and has proven effective in promoting success and growth within the department and overall firm. At the present time, Robert is Vice President of Sales and estimating at Garrison Steel in Pell City Alabama a Structural Steel Fabricator and Erector.



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Chris Legnon Cooper Steel Fabricators, Inc., Shelbyville, TN Chris Legnon joined the SEAA Board of Directors in 2015. He is a Senior Sales Manager at Cooper Steel Fabricators, Inc., both an AISC Certified Fabricator and Erection Company. Chris began working for Cooper Steel while attending college in 1999. He began full-time in 2004 in Plant Operations and has since been promoted from Estimator to Project Manager then to his current role. Chris received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. Chris and his wife Brooke reside in Hermitage, TN and welcomed their first child, Edward, in 2015. In his spare time, Chris enjoys cooking, traveling abroad and live music.

Greg Phillips Titan Steel Erectors, LLC Memphis, TN Greg is a third generation steel erector with roots in the Memphis/Mid-South Tennessee area dating back to the 1950’s. Greg began his ironworking career in 1994 working in the field for his father’s company slowly working his way up the ladder to Chief Estimator and Safety Director. In the summer of 2013 Greg started Titan Steel Erectors and has steadily grown from a single crew operation to a viable steel and precast erector in the Mid-South region. Greg and his wife of 22 years Regina have four children Bailey, Mackenna, Reagan, and Gibson. When he’s not working at expanding Titan Steel he can be found spending time with his family, working outdoors, floating on the river, watching his kids play sports, and traveling.

Tom McAleese Indusco Group Baltimore, MD Tom McAleese and Indusco have been members of the SEAA since 1996. Mr. McAleese serves as a board member for SEAA, as well as the Trade Show Chairman. Mr. McAleese has been an employee of INDUSCO Wire Rope & Rigging, for more than 30 years. His easy-going, yet direct to-the-point demeanor has allowed him to forge unique customer relations with many of their valued customers. Over 18



the years Mr. McAleese has acquired valuable, knowledge about the rigging, wire rope and safety/fall protection fields. As Sales Manager for the Baltimore/Washington region he is an involved member of several trade associations, including Association of Equipment Management Professional and the Building Congress. Tom and his lovely wife, Cheryl, have shared 37 wonderful years of marriage, and have three young adults they are proud of son, Michael (34), and daughters, Melissa (32) and Melanie (28). They reside in Hanover, MD.

John (Jack) Metcalfe National Institute of Steel Detailing, Oakland, CA John (Jack) Metcalfe serves on the SEAA Detailing, By-Laws, Safety and Long Range Planning Committees and is a co-author of the SEAA/NISD Erection Safety Manual. He has been the NISD Liaison to SEAA for more than 17 years. Jack is a past president of NISD and currently serves on their Board of Directors. He has been active in the detailing community since1959, working primarily in the bridge and bridge rehabilitation areas. He has recently resigned his position of president of John Metcalfe Co, Pittsburgh, Pa and now operates a small consulting firm, Metcalfe Consulting Inc. Jack’s interest include water sports, his grandchildren, doing construction and children’s mission work in Sudan and Haiti as well as disaster relief in the US.

Jack Vernon Nix, Jr. JVN Construction Management, Inc., Key Largo, FL Jack Nix, is serving his third term on the SEAA Board of Directors, he has been a member of SEAA since 2008. Mr. Nix is President of JVN Construction Management, Inc.; a construction consulting firm serving V&M Erectors, Inc. and Shelby Erectors, Inc. V&M Erectors, Inc. is a family owned business that was started by Vern Nix, Jack’s father, who is still very active in the daily operations and all high profile work. Jack has been in the steel industry since 1985 when he started out in the field as an ironworker and worked his way up the ranks to Foreman, Supervisor and ultimately into the office setting. V&M Erectors, Inc. specializes in bridge construction and performs reinforcing

steel, structural steel and metal deck form installation. Shelby Erectors, Inc. is an FDOT DBE subcontractor owned by Jennifer Nix, Jack’s wife, who runs all daily operations. Jack serves as a consultant specializing in project management and estimating. Shelby Erectors, Inc. specializes in rebar installation and SIP metal deck form installation on bridgework. Jack and his wife, Jennifer, have 2 children, Shelby and Jackson, and reside in Key Largo, FL. He enjoys golf, fishing and snowboarding.

Glen Pisani MAS Buidling & Bridge, Inc., Norfolk, MA Glen Pisani is serving his first term on the SEAA Board of Directors and is the Steel Erection Division Manager at MAS Building & Bridge, Inc. Glen joined MAS Building & Bridge, Inc. in 2011, with over 20 years of experience and knowledge of the steel industry, and has helped to make them one of the leading steel erection companies in the Northeast. MAS Building & Bridge, Inc. conducts work throughout the Northeast and specializes in complex structural steel work for health care facilities, museums, naval facilities, schools, power plants, office structures and more. Glen along his wife, Susan, and two daughters, Ava and Ella, reside in Wrentham, MA. He is active in his local community serving as past Chairman of the Wrentham Planning Board and President of Wrentham Youth Soccer.

Alan Sears NUCOR – Vulcraft/ Verco Group, Alpharetta, Georgia Alan Sears is currently serving his fifth term on the SEAA Board of Directors. The Nucor – Vulcraft Group has now been partnered with the SEAA as an industry member for many years. Mr. Sears is the National Accounts Sales Representative for the Nucor - Vulcraft/Verco Group along with providing leadership to the SEAA Board. Mr. Sears chairs the SEAA Annual Awards Committee and served as the 2009 Host Chairman of the National Convention. He was selected as the recipient of the SEAA Person of the Year Award in 2010 for his outstanding service and role as the Awards Chairman. In 2014, at the 42nd Annual Convention in Frisco, TX, Alan was presented with the William Davis Service Award. Alan studied at Indiana University, Purdue University

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and Rivier College, Nashua, New Hampshire. His interests include church music and golf.

Carrie Sopuch-Gulajan Construction Insurance Agency, Inc. Manassas, VA Carrie Gulajan was appointed to the SEAA Board of Directors in 2011. She is the President of Construction Insurance Agency, Inc. and their agency has been an active member of SEAA since 1994. Mrs. Gulajan has been an active supporter at the SEAA golf outings during the annual Convention and Trade Show as well as the annual Educational Fundraising Golf Tournament and has played an invaluable part in making the events a huge success for many years. She also serves as the current Convention Committee Chairperson for the association. At the 43rd Annual Convention in 2015, Carrie became SEAA’s first woman to receive the Person of the Year award for her dedication to the association. Carrie has been active in the insurance and steel erection industry since 1989. Over the years she’s worked in multiple aspects of the industry including for an insurance carrier, a steel erection & bridge girder manufacturing company and in 1998 joined Construction Insurance. She is a graduate of Fairmont State University. Carrie and her husband, Allen, have two sons and a daughter. When not attending soccer matches with her children, she enjoys a quiet evening off.

Jim Simonson Steel Service Corporation, Jackson, MS Jim has been a member of SEAA since 2000, and is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Steel Service Corporation, an AISC Quality Certified major structural steel fabrication contractor. With over 35 Years’ experience in the structural steel industry, Jim started out as an Ironworker, in 1979, working through various job titles and responsibilities in the steel erection field, through the fabrication side as a senior project management on some of the largest projects on the east coast, to upper management with one of the industry leaders in structural steel fabrication, with major projects in over a dozen states. Jim, and his wife of 36 years, Elaina have 2 grown children. His interests include football, motorcycles, and boating.

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Eddie Williams Buckner Companies, Inc. Graham, NC One would be hard pressed to find any individual that has devoted more time, resources or effort working for the betterment of the steel construction industry. From his beginning as a rebar laborer in 1952, to Chairman of the Board at one of the country’s most respected steel erectors, Mr. Williams has made his way to the top by working at most every trade and management position within his company, as well as, holding leadership positions in virtually every major trade organization in the steel construction industry. Through his tenacity, Mr. Williams secured SEAA a voice on the SENRAC Committee, providing the organization the opportunity to influence the writing of OSHA law that would govern how the entire construction industry would conduct business for the foreseeable future. Mr. William’s has held the president’s position of SEAA three times, including the founding president in 1972. He was awarded the coveted William Davis Service Award by SEAA for his numerous contributions to the association and in 2005 was awarded AISC’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He and his family have dedicated their lives to the Buckner Companies and the industry as a whole. Following in his father’s example, Doug Williams has provided leadership as CEO of Buckner, a SEAA board member, President of the SC&RA and as the representative on OSHA’s CDAC Committee.

Ed Valencia has been in the Steel Erection industry for 35 years. The last 24 years as the Director of Safety & Training for LPR. He has implemented and managed LPR’s VPP (Voluntary Partnership Program) and has been involved with the “STAR” partnership program with OSHA since 1998. Mr. Valencia is also recognized in the construction industry for his knowledge and pro-active approach toward protecting employees from injury and pro-active approach toward craft training. Ed is an active member on the NCCER safety committee. Ed and Tammy have been married for 22 years. They have 4 boys Scott, Billy, Travis and Justin. Ed’s favorite motto “A family who plays together, stays together”.

Sherrie Wilkinson L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc. Gambrills, MD Sherrie Wilkinson is serving her third term on the SEAA Board of Directors; Ms. Wilkinson represents L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc., an AISC Advanced Certified Erector and PCI Qualified Precast Erector. Working for the family owned business that has more than 50 years in the steel industry, Ms. Wilkinson serves as L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc.’s Human Resources Administrator. Sherrie and her husband, Dennis, have six children and three grandchildren. Outside of her involvement in her family’s company she enjoys riding motorcycles and horses.



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Mark your calendar! You are invited to the 44th Annual Steel Erectors Association of America Convention & Trade Show in Charlotte, NC in April 2016. We anticipate more than 500 industry members will be in attendance. Enjoy three days of networking, education and recreation in the Charlotte area with peers and industry experts.

The program is packed full of hands-on training with both eld and management classes, seminars to keep you up to date on the most recent labor and legal topics, and news on the SEAA Ironworker Craft Training Program.

THURSDAY GALA We hope you will enjoy our special location for this year’s Gala & Awards: The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

This is a great opportunity to meet other steel erectors, fabricators, detailers, structural steel engineers, architects, suppliers, service providers, and manufacturers of the steel industry. Expand your current networking base and exchange ideas for team building and collaboration to save on your bottom line and drive business growth. This is not the convention you want to miss. Online registration available at


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An Employer’s Guide to Designing Retirement Packages By Kevin Caldwell

It’s no secret that America is facing a retirement savings crisis. Traditionally, workers relied on social security payments and pension income to fund retirement. That is no longer the case as the number of employers offering pensions has declined significantly over the last 20 years. This makes employees responsible for funding the bulk of their retirement through payroll deferral or other savings strategies. Employer sponsored retirement plans, such as a 401k, can be a great benefit to employees, helping them save for retirement while reducing their income taxes as well. Retirement plans come in many shapes and sizes, and no one plan fits all companies. Retirement plans can be very simple or quite complex. In selecting and designing a plan, it is important to focus on the primary reasons a plan is being implemented in the first place. For example, as owner of the business do you want to make the plan a generous tool to attract and retain employees, or would you

rather have the design focus on achieving the maximum benefits for yourself? Through custom planning, it is possible to achieve a combination of objectives, benefitting both employees and business owners. A well designed retirement plan can help reduce the cost of doing business. Employees are more likely to stay at a company if there is a generous retirement plan. This can help reduce turnover and the costs associated with recruiting and training new talent. Another benefit is that company funds contributed on behalf of employees can be deducted from the company’s taxable income. For existing plans, it is important to monitor plan design, expenses and changes in applicable laws to make sure the plan is competitive and compliant. This is where the right team of advisors can develop an ongoing process that makes sense for your company. The Department of Labor has a keen interest in these plans functioning properly so

it is important to make sure the plan is operated in compliance with all applicable and current rules. Selecting and operating a plan can seem like a huge undertaking. A financial advisor can guide you through the process and assemble the appropriate team to help design and operate the plan. It can take some thought to establish and set up a plan, as it important to have a plan than matches your goals and your budget. However, once the plan is up and running, it does not take a lot of work to operate and the benefits to both the employees and the company are well worth the effort. Kevin Caldwell is a Financial Advisor with Raymond James and Associates, Inc. Member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC located at 100 N. Tampa Street Suite 2400 Tampa, FL 33602. Kevin can be reached at or 813.202.1128.



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Denver International Airport Hotel and Transit Center Denver, CO – LPR Construction By Tina Cauller




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Location: Denver, Colorado Fabricator: Canam Detailer: Anatomic Structural Engineering Firm: SA Miro Inc. Architectural Firm: Gensler Construction Manager/ GC: MHS (Mortenson, Hunt, Saunders) A Tri-Venture Owner: City and County of Denver Tonnage: Roughly 900 Tons (490T in train hall canopy, 412T in hotel canopy) Contract Value: Over $4 Million


enver International Airport’s new Public Transit Center is supported by a steel diagrid, a highly efficient and aesthetic triangulated truss system that employs a diagonal grid of steel support beams. The diagrid structural system requires less structural steel than a conventional steel frame, saving approximately 20 percent of the weight of traditional structural steel. However, the construction of diagrids is extremely challenging and demands extraordinary precision since the joints of

diagrid structures are more complex than those of conventional orthogonal structures. LPR Construction of Loveland, CO earned the SEAA Class III ($1M+) Project of the Year Award for its performance in erecting this impressive structure under nearly impossible time constraints. The dynamic sculptural design of the transit center is inspired by the surrounding landscape and forms a solid base for an elegant glass hotel that resembles a bird in flight. The center’s 300-foot long train hall canopy cantilevers 150 feet on both sides and the hotel canopy above cantilevers off the hotel platform spanning over the train canopy, 110 feet off the ground. The light, transparent nature of the diagrid allows natural light to flood the train platform while offering travelers a spectacular, unobstructed view of the Rocky Mountains and the Denver skyline, as well as the terminal’s signature roofline through the center of the hotel. According to Ryan Duncan, LPR Preconstruction Engineer, the tight schedule THE SEAA CONNECTOR WINTER 2016 |


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for the project presented a major challenge that demanded extensive planning and coordination. “We worked closely with the rest of the project principals for nearly nine months in order to work out the details of constructing this complex structure within such a short window of time. Some of the early discussions focused on how to get the connections detailed in a manner that was acceptable to the architect and optimally erectable. We began work in July 2015 with a target completion date of just before Thanksgiving.” The train canopy rests on four points, supported by massive concrete columns. Work began with the installation of 3” diameter anchor bolts that were 13 feet long, which were ultimately embedded into the concrete. These anchor bolts had to be pretensioned with 300kips each prior to decentering the structure. Midway through the project, the area was hit by a rainstorm that produced 100-year 24



flooding. The expansive soils on site induced movement in the shoring for the canopy. “The storm was like a fire drill,” recalls Duncan. “Thanks to good survey data we were able to re-adjust the shores, but for a time, it was a real headache.” The 39 individual modules that form the train and hotel canopies were pre-assembled on the ground. Each weld joint had to be inspected prior to welding to ensure that the specified geometry had been achieved. After verifying that the module geometry was within acceptable tolerances, project management and engineering gave the go ahead for welding to commence. Frequent monitoring of module geometry during the welding process was required to ensure that the weld distortion effects were minimized. The sheer volume of welding required to assemble the modules was another extraordinary aspect of the project. It took rotating crews of 15 welders working long days, seven days a week, to place nearly

11 miles of welded bead to connect the individual pieces of the modules. The hotel and train canopies required more than 50,000 hours of welding, roughly the equivalent of 25 years of labor by a single welder. Some of the walls of the girders were 2” thick, with each connection full-penetration welded to create a rectangular tube. In order to achieve the precise geometry of the diagrid, the box members were rolled, twisted and skewed, closely following AESS standards. “The modules had as many as 14 connection points, so we had to make sure all the angles and fit ups were confirmed. Prior to flying any modules, we double checked geometry of the ground-built module and the previously erected modules to eliminate fighting the connections in the air,” noted LPR Senior Project Manager Peter Radice. The sloped structure precluded putting workers on the steel, so an enormous scaffold was constructed up through the train canopy

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Over the short four months to completion, Project Superintendent Joe Hein weathered through each stage of the erection process, foreseeing potential problems and keeping things on track. “We all understood the demands of the schedule, and worked closely with the team to get the job done,” said Radice.

to reach the hotel canopy, allowing workers to access the hotel canopy from a work platform 110 feet above ground level. The

platform, fully equipped with guard rails, was shared with other trades, including painters and glaziers.

The new Hotel and Transit Center is the next step in enhancing the airport’s competitive standing as a leading global airport. Like the architectural solutions chosen for many European transit facilities, it beautifully grafts new architecture onto historic architecture, valuing the past while looking forward. LPR Construction deserves congratulations for a successful performance under pressure and for their important role in positioning Denver’s new Hotel and Transit Center addition among the world’s most stunning modern architectural projects.



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2016 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Orlando, Fla.

January 4, 2015 from American Institute of Steel Construction If you’re involved in the design or construction of steel buildings or bridges, you need to be in Orlando, Fla., April 13-15 for the 2016 NASCC: The Steel Conference. Presented annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), The Steel Conference is the structural steel industry’s premier educational event and tradeshow where the latest concepts, techniques and products are put on display. This year’s conference at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center will offer more than 100 technical sessions, 200 exhibitors and ample networking opportunities. Registration for the conference is now open at nascc. Register between now and January 10 to receive the lowest registration rate (just $340 for AISC members); the rate increases $10 each week until the conference opens. The Steel Conference offers dynamic, expert-led sessions that focus on structural engineering, steel fabrication, erection and detailing. Unlike other conferences that issue a general call for papers, The Steel Conference carefully selects topics of interest and then seeks out the top experts and presenters. Some of the presenters are very well known, while others may not be household names but still bring a distinct 26



sis Techniques for Design and Erection.” The conference also incorporates the Structural Stability Research Council’s Annual Stability Conference. The main conference offers up to 16.5 PDHs; but if you need more, the optional pre conference short courses can add 4 more PDHs.

expertise to the program. Speakers range from AISC’s Charlie Carter on “What’s New with the 2016 Code of Standard Practice” to Cives Steel’s Patrick Fortney on “Design of Stability Connections for Beams Used in Steel Seismic Frames.” And this year, The Steel Conference is co-located with the World Steel Bridge Symposium, which offers 21 sessions specifically for bridge designers and highway officials. Sessions range from “Accelerated Bridge Construction” to “Advanced Analy-

In addition to practical seminars, the conference offers an extensive trade show (featuring products ranging from structural software to machinery for cutting steel beams). It’s a once-a-year opportunity to learn the latest trends, see the most innovative products and network with your peers and clients. And one low registration fee gains you admittance to technical sessions, the keynote address, the T.R. Higgins Lecture and the exhibition hall. Visit to register or view the advance program.

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Cooperative Spirit Surrounds SEAA Members’ Efforts to Improve Safety and Training for Ironworkers By Tracy Bennett


ccording to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Structural Iron and Steel Workers is expected to increase by 22 percent from 2012 to 2022. That’s twice the average growth rate for all other occupations. Compounding the need for skilled Ironworkers is the natural attrition rate that occurs in this highly skilled field. It’s not a job for the faint of heart, which requires working at heights, often carrying 80 pounds or more of gear and equipment. According to Bryan McClure, Senior Training Manager for LPR Construction Co., Loveland, Colo., approximately one-third of the company’s newly hired Ironworkers complete apprenticeship training. “Ironworkers’professional lives are measured like dog years. It’s hard on your body. It’s just not for everybody,” he said. In addition, the attrition doesn’t account for the number of experienced Ironworkers from the Baby Boomer generation who are retiring, adds Ed Valencia, LPR’s Director of Safety & Training. Steel erection companies know this dilemma first hand and several members of the Steel Erectors Association of America are establishing training, assessment, and apprenticeship programs to help fill the pipeline with skilled workers.To encourage participation, the association recently offered a grant of $4500 to offset some of the costs associated with starting a SEAA/NCCER accredited training unit or assessment site. (For more information, visit the Craft Training tab at or contact 28



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LPR has had a formal recruitment and Ironworker training program for new hires since 1999. Today, that program continues to evolve. “This course is designed to turn new hires into productive workers as quickly as possible,” said McClure. While new hire training programs are not sufficient alone to meet the need, McClure says LPR consistently sees big production spikes in the second year after training for new hires, who often perform at levels equal to more experienced workers. All the contractors interviewed for this article must look to other avenues for finding all the Ironworkers they need, including recruiting at local trade schools, community colleges, and through workforce development programs. “This is a skill any one can learn with the right training,” said Emmanuel G., who previously worked in a factory. At the conclusion of a recent 80-hour new hire training class held by LPR Construction, Emmanuel earned an award for being the Most Driven. Likewise, David H. sees the career advancement opportunities in becoming an Ironworker. Previously, he worked in maintenance for a lift equipment rental company and he had been attending school to learn welding when he learned of job openings at LPR Construction.

No copyright on safety In November, trainers from Garrison Steel, Pell City, Ala., Steel Fab Enterprises, Lancaster, Pa., and S&R Enterprises, Harrisburg, Pa., participated in LPR’s 80-hour Structural Ironworker Class. LPR opens its training class and facility, which includes a training tower, welding area with multiple bays, and a variety of tools and equipment to other SEAA members to get ideas for their own use. The size, resources, and geographic region varies for each of the companies that participated in the November training class. LPR is the largest of the four, employing from 250 to 600 people across the U.S., with about 89% percent of those being Ironworkers. “When it comes to safety and

training, we should never be competitors,” said Valencia. “All companies should share ideas and resources for the betterment of our industry,” he said. Garrison, Steel Fab, and S&R are all participating in SEAA’s NCCER accredited Ironworker craft training program. Their participation means that they can provide nationally recognized industry credentials for their Ironworkers, but first they must implement training and apprenticeship pro-

grams that meet the specific needs of their businesses. The programs developed by SEAA help support those efforts. “It’s a lot easier to become an NCCER accredited training unit and assessment site under SEAA’s sponsorship than to try to do it on your own,” said McClure. “With SEAA’s oversight, there is less paperwork, audits are less involved, and you still get the benefit of portable credentials for your employees,” said McClure. THE SEAA CONNECTOR WINTER 2016 |


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Cutting Edge Training Although LPR’s model of intensive hands-on instruction supported by webinar-style, instructor led training during apprenticeship has been successful, the company continues to evolve for greater efficiency. “We don’t want to waste time teaching in person what someone could learn on their own so that we can maximize the amount of hands-on training we provide,” said McClure. The company also closely monitors the demographics of its workforce and knows that there are fewer and fewer workers who are averse to computer-based learning. “As much as some guys don’t like computers, they hate learning from books even more,” he said. LPR’s training department has begun an effort to convert all of its slide presentations to a robust e-learning platform using Adobe Captivate. Similar to many video games that allow the user to “choose their own adventure,” instruction allows the student to make decisions that lead him or her down one path or another. “If you make the wrong or incorrect choice, the student experiences the consequences then has to go back and re-learn the material,” said McClure. In January 2016, the company will begin the shift to online, self-paced content. “Mentors on site will continue to provide hands-on instruction and will sign off on performance profiles. Upon completion, we’ll fly the apprentice trainee to our headquarters for a final Ironworker Level 1 assessment,” said McClure. - Continues on pg. 34 30



S&R has about 150 employees and has recently expanded to projects outside the upper Northeast. It’s currently working on three projects in Florida at Kennedy Space Center, a new soccer stadium in Orlando, and building a hotel resort on Marco Island. “Previously we only hired experienced Ironworkers, but in order to feed the demand, we are shifting to hiring people with no experience and no bad habits, then we are training them to our expectations,” said Randy Fry, Quality Manager and Apprenticeship and Training Manager for S&R. “Our training will be limited to classroom and on-the-job instruction under the guidance of project managers/training mentors. New hires will go through 12 hours of classroom training per month in addition to thousands of on-the-job training hours, to complete the apprenticeship program,” explained Fry. After having participated in LPR’s 80-Hour Structural Ironworker Class, Fry said, “This affirms we are on the right track with what needs to be covered in our Ironworker curriculum.” Steel Fab Enterprises provides both steel fabrication and erection services in the Mid-Atlantic region. Approximately 20 of the company’s 60 employees are Ironworkers, and according to Steve Fisher, CEO, they need to hire at least five more immediately. “During the recession, it was easier to hire experienced Ironworkers because

they were available, but as the economy has heated up, it has been more difficult to find the Ironworkers we need,” said Fisher. Previous efforts to establish a state-supported Ironworker Apprenticeship program in Pennsylvania proved unsuccessful, so the opportunity to participate in the SEAA/ NCCER program was well-received by Steel Fab. “We find that other members are open and helpful with information. We appreciate their willingness to share ideas and to work together for the benefit of future generations of Ironworkers,” said Fisher. “Compared to other programs, the SEAAsponsored NCCER Ironworker training and assessment program is cost-effective and will provide direct benefits to our company as we grow and as we replace some of our retiring Ironworkers.” John Garrison, President of Garrison Steel, says that during the latest economic downturn, General Contractors placed emphasis on hiring subs with a “qualified workforce that could meet deadlines and do demanding projects with little grief and pain to the GC.” As the economy improved, it has become evident that limited supply of skilled workers in insufficient. Employing about 150 Ironworkers, Garrison says, “The only solution is to invest heavily in Ironworker training.” “Thanks to LPR and other SEAA members for their leadership and insight; we are fol-

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lowing their example,” he continued. The company recently purchased property adjacent to their corporate office on which they plan to build a training tower. Work begins in 2016 to convert an existing warehouse into classroom space. Garrison has hired an NCCER-certified, former high school vocational teacher to deliver Ironworker Level 2 and Level 3 theoretical instruction. “We expect most students to be recent high school graduates, but the training is available to anyone interested in upgrading their career. Video conferencing will be available for current apprentice employees on remote projects,” said Garrison. Garrison Steel is positioning itself to meet the demand generated by Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute’s GoBuild Alabama campaign. “When students ask ‘Where do I go for training?’ the industry must have a ready answer. The costs are huge, but so are the payouts,” said Garrison.

Another resource for SEAA Members In October, Buckner Companies completed construction of a training tower for Ironworkers at its headquarters in Graham, N.C. This is the finishing touch to the heavy lift, rigging, steel and precast erection company’s training facility. Buckner’s Apprenticeship Program, which was recently recognized by Kathryn Castellos of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, provided the impetus for finally realizing a 10-year-old vision of a training tower for Ironworkers. And Buckner wants to share this valuable training resource with other steel erection companies. “Some ask why we would allow our competitors to use this facility,” said Eddie Williams, Chairman of the Board, who explained that every Ironworker trained means one less for the shortage, and an overall win for the industry. The tower will also be used by vocational and veteran education programs and area schools and colleges. The four-bay structure features columns and beams that looks similar to many of32



fice buildings, just on a smaller scale. A multitude of different connections typical for steel erection projects provide a variety of learning opportunities. The first level is only four feet off the ground to allow an instructor to walk along with trainees as they perform beginner-level tasks. “Using the tower, Ironworkers can get practice with logistics, finding piece numbers, determining the Center of Gravity and rigging, how to stand a column, correct use of fall protection when working at heights, etc. It’s a 100 percent learning environment,” said Chip Pocock, Buckner’s Safety and Risk Manager. All the fall protection and tools needed are provided, as is a suggested training curricu-

lum. There’s no charge for SEAA members to use the training tower. “Just as Buckner saw the benefit of certifying crane operators in the early 1990s, we recognize the importance of training a new generation of Ironworkers,” said Pocock. “I hope our competitors will also see the benefit and make use of the training tower for their own workers.” For more information about using either LPR Construction’s or Buckner’s training towers, contact: - Buckner Companies: Kevin Leonard, Director of Training, - LPR Construction: Ed Valencia, Director of Safety and Training, evalencia@

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Journeyman Level. During the next three years, we give them time to learn all welding tasks,” he said. The training also includes 10 hours of job hazard analysis, fall protection training, aerial work platform (boom lift and scissor lift) operation training and certification, and crane signaling. Provided with a redemption code for an online OSHA 10 class, students are encouraged to complete this training on their own during the evenings. “There’s only so much you can learn on your own on the job site,” said Chris G., who recently began working for LPR as a laborer after serving in the U.S. Army doing combat photographer and earning Bachelor’s in Fine Arts for photography. “The hands-on, competitive atmosphere pushes people to work harder and makes it fun,” he said. “I wish the training lasted longer. It’s like going to a quick Ironworking college.”

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The Apprentice In November 2015, 13 men ranging in age from 19 to 43, half of which had no prior construction experience, entered the LPR new hire class as greenies and left it with the goal of completing LPR’s Ironworker Apprenticeship program within 36 months. The workers hailed from Colorado, Georgia, and Alabama, and came from equally diverse ethnic backgrounds (50% Caucasian, 33% African American, and 17% Hispanic/Latino). Mike M. was attending college but says he didn’t really know what he wanted to do. “I was spending too much money with no direction,” he said. Although totally new to Ironworking, he likes it and sees the career potential. In fact, he finished the course with the Rocky Turner Award for Best Overall Apprentice.




Designed to be an intensive, hands-on experience, the class prepares Ironworkers with the basics, but expects them to continue online training on their own (4-5 hours per month) after the conclusion of the class. Students train on a 21-foot tall, 22-ton structural steel tower where they practice installing beams using a mobile crane and employing a connecting team approach to steel erection. They also have access to a RealWeld Trainer™, which senses motion to objectively analyze welding techniques and provide real-time feedback. Welding instructors teach students oxyfuel cutting, shielded metal arc welding in flat and vertical positions. “Our goal is to certify every student on a flat weld by the end of the two weeks,” said Ezra Presley, one of LPR’s instructors. “But training doesn’t end here. We expect them to work toward the 6,000 on-the-job training hours required to earn

Designed to encourage cooperation and to make learning fun, students in LPR’s new hire class are divided into teams who compete against each other for points earned for participation, knowledge and skill. The top team is commemorated at the end of the week with their name on a trophy. The November 2015 Top Team was Blacksmoke. Team members included: Emanuel G., James F., Andrew B., and Anthony S. Individuals also received awards. • Rocky Turner Award for Best Overall Apprentice: Michael M. • Leadership Award and Fasted Column Climb at 9.06 seconds: David H. • Most Driven Award: Emanuel G. • Best Real Weld Score with 97% accuracy: James F. of S&R Enterprises Tracy Bennett operates Mighty Mo Media Partners, Parkville, Mo., a marketing consulting firm specializing in technical writing, content marketing, public relations, and branding strategy for companies in the construction industry. She produces SEAA’s Connector eNewsletter, is a member of the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association and the Construction Marketing Association. She can be reached at

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By Ed Valencia

I have to say, I am very proud to work for a company (LPR) and participate with an organization (SEAA) who cares enough about employees and our industry to focus on craft training. LPR started a training program in 1996 and then an apprenticeship program since 2003 with DOL and NCCER (National Center for Construction and Research). Since our program’s inception we have registered over 800 employees into our certified apprenticeship program. Not only is it the right thing to do for the industry, but it is a profit center for a company. LPR has experienced a 2.5 to 1 in ROI when bringing in new employees and training them. Recent estimates show a shortage of 2 million workers by 2017. We need all companies

to commit to bringing new people into our trades and give them quality training. In the last year SEAA has become an NCCER assessment center and sponsor for Ironworkers. I am also proud to say that 6 of our members have joined forces to begin training their employees through SEAA with the NCCER curriculum. Although this is a small number when compared to the 2017 projected shortage, it is a start. I commend these companies who are doing their part of stepping up to the plate and starting their training programs. Let’s spread the word and start up 6 more training centers for 2016. SEAA and its training centers are here to assist in starting up your training programs. Don’t get left behind, take advantage of this great opportunity and start your assessment center today. Please call the SEAA office if you are interested in finding out more on how to become a site assessment center.

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Expansion Bolts For Hollow Structural Steel Sections By Ken Hansen, P.E.

Connecting to steel hollow structural sections (HSS) from a single side has troubled engineers for decades. However, there are now numerous types of fasteners and connection methods for this increasingly popular structural material, other than the norm of welding. This article will look at the benefits and drawbacks of each connection method to find that expansion bolts for HSS members are a viable option. Often when a designer has opted to use HSS for its bi-axial capacity or the aesthetics of visually appealing symmetric shapes, the question that arises is how to attach another structural member to it. Most often with structural shapes, welding or bolting has been the preferred method as they can handle a high degree of load. But when there exists restrictions in welding or where engineers want to avoid the high costs of labor involved with certified welders, setup, breakdown charges and having to fire protect the surrounding area, engineers have to turn to mechanical fasteners to get the job done.

shop before it is sent to the field. In some instances, recessed or counter-bored holes might be necessary to clear the collar that could form where the stud meets the HSS face. The finished product will produce the appearance of a bolted connection but made on only one side of the HSS. Flow or friction-drilling is a method of forming a screw thread within thin material such as sheet metal, using tools that rotate at high speed. The process reshapes the material so that none is lost, with the excess forming a sleeve that is longer than the original thickness of the material, making it possible to create a relatively strong joint in thin material. Unfortunately, friction drilling is not possible in material thicker than about half the hole diameter; and the material must be able to withstand the heat produced, which means that sections that have already been painted or galvanized are often unsuitable and require touch-up. Field installations are only recommended for

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) addresses HSS connections in their Design Guide 24 - Hollow Structural Section Connections. Within this document, they refer to Part 7 of the AISC manual Special Considerations for Hollow Structural Sections, which discusses the various mechanical fasteners that can be used for HSS connections. These include: Through-Bolts are commonly used, but the inherent flexibility of HSS walls typically prevents the use of pre-tensioned fasteners without additional fabrication work, such that joints tend to be designed for static shear only. It also makes connections to opposing faces of a square or rectangular HSS member difficult and time-consuming to assemble on site. In many cases stiffeners may have to be welded inside the tube to give it extra support, which would incur an extra cost of shop welding. Threaded Studs can be used on the faces of HSS members, although heavy and unwieldy equipment will have to be used in the form of a weld gun and associated equipment. This will require the same considerations as welding the members together in the first place. This is a process that can be done ahead of time in the fabrication 42



A 3D model illustrates a structural connection and shows how the bolt expands inside the HSS section.

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Single sided structural fasteners are claimed to have high breaking loads, however they generally consist of individual parts and require a specific installation tool. The number of separate parts means that installation can be a longer-than-expected process; in certain circumstances, the tool may require reversing to aid the tightening process, further extending the installation time. Other bolts are available which are claimed to be equally as good, but require specialized equipment and a hydraulic supply due to the requirements of the tooling which again, can impede installation in the field.

Figure 2: A proprietary expansion bolt for structural steel (drawing from the AISC Steel Construction Manual). Copyright © American Institute of Steel Construction. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

Toggle bolts, also called flip bolts, have an advantage with the use of nominal fastener clearance holes. The bolt has a pivoted bar, which lies within the bolt shank as it is inserted through a hole drilled in the section; once the pivoted bar is through the HSS wall and the bolt shank is turned through 180 degrees, the pivot bar swings under gravity and prevents the bolt from being pulled back out of the hole. However,

thicknesses less than or equal to 5/16” and will also require additional field equipment and tools. Blind bolting covers a variety of fasteners that are attached to the HSS from one side only. The majority of blind bolting products are proprietary fasteners which come in many different shapes and sizes. Per AISC, there is no empirical way of calculating load values for many of these products and therefore AISC suggests engineers refer to manufacturers’ literature. The manufacturers therefore have developed bolt strengths via testing and statistical analysis to determine their published values. However, the increased popularity of expansion bolts for structural steel has led to recent the publication of International Code Council’s (ICC) evaluation reports; these independent reports verify third party testing and provide applicable load values that are consistent with the intent of the International Building Code (IBC). The following explores the many types of ‘blind’ fastener: THE SEAA CONNECTOR WINTER 2016 |


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great care has to be taken during installation; if the pivoted bar is given insufficient space to swing into position, load values can be dramatically reduced. Shear capacities are often those which are proportionate to the threaded shank, and given the wall thickness of most HSS, the shear plane will almost always fall into the slotted zone of the bolt, where the capacity will be reduced.

some effort if a manual version is chosen.

Blind threaded inserts are generally available but their use is limited due to the amount of material that they can grip, being initially designed for sheet metal rather than structural steel sections. Once again, an installation tool is required that may require

Expansion bolts for structural steel are mechanical fasteners typically consisting of a bolt, an expansion sleeve and a cone-shaped nut that, when the bolt is tightened, is driven up inside the sleeve to create a wedging effect and expand the fastener (see Figure 2). This




Blind rivets, although suitable for use in situations where access is limited, only tend to be available in small diameters and for light loads. They are not intended for heavy-duty structural connections, and in most instances will require a pneumatic/hydraulic supply for the specialized installation tooling.

‘blind connection’ technique can just as easily be used to connect to the web of another structural section type, such as a wide flange beam. Unlike conventional bolted or welded connections, expansion bolts can be quickly installed by simply inserting the fastener into a pre-drilled hole and tightening with a torque wrench. Due to the faster installation process, work in the field is reduced, and therefore the cost and timeframe of the construction project are decreased. These expansion bolts are suitable for structural connections due to their capability to resist loading in both tension and shear. For example, the allowable load values for a

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¾” diameter bolt are approximately 12,500 pounds for tension and 11,500 pounds for shear. Product sizes range from 5/16” to ¾” and the total material thickness clamping range is from 1/8” for the smallest diameter to 3-3/8” for the largest diameter.

An in-depth look at expansion bolts for structural steel The remainder of this article is an in-depth look at the history, use and availability of expansion bolts.

Early product developments One of the first such fasteners to become widely available was a threaded stud expansion bolt, launched in the United kingdom (UK) in 1948. This bolt was designed to provide a threaded stud that protruded from the HSS to provide an attachment point for lifting equipment during marine salvage operations; it was a success and, being still available, remains a popular component within the offshore industry to this day. Although initially developed in the 1950s, the widespread usage of HSS did not start until the mid-1960s and since then, its popularity has continued to increase, with many of today’s contemporary designs making a feature of exposed structural steel profiles to enhance the aesthetics of a building. During the 1980s, various shapes and sizes of HSS became available and engineers needed a more versatile connection. This led to the development of a connection product in 1986 that had a fairly similar design to today’s expansion bolt. This product was a two-part assembly consisting of a slotted cylinder and cone, the latter threaded to receive a threaded stud. While popular, system installation was not always easy; errors could arise when inserting the product into the tight ±0.008” tolerance hole. Working overhead and/or with the larger sizes of square and rectangular HSS, the required hammer blows could cause chord face flexure and spring-back, sometimes producing incorrect installation of the product and possible hole damage. The use of tools with tapered handles to align beam end plates and column hole centers during steelwork erection was restricted, as the product could easily be displaced.

There are now many different types of expansion bolt such as this Flush Fit version, popular amongst architects.

Recent product developments The knowledge gained from several decades of successful manufacture, combined with continuous direct contact with evolving onsite practices, formed the basis for the current designs of expansion bolts that are designed to satisfy the needs of the steelwork erector in terms of ease and speed of installation. They also provide some tolerance to site abuse, for example hole size and misalignment, providing the construction industry with a robust yet aesthetically pleasing system. They are manufactured in carbon, alloy or stainless steel and are produced with a variety of finishes, meaning that they can be used in almost any situation: zinc-plated for standard use, hot-dip galvanized where a more robust product is needed, and stainless steel for the most demanding environments. Expansion bolts have been continuously developed to meet the diverse requirements of structural engineers and architects. For example, there is now a flush fit head variant

that leaves no protrusion above the surface of the steel section. Recent performance optimizations for structural connections include a patented mechanism that compresses during installation and provides a high clamping force, resulting in a more secure connection.

Installation Installing expansion bolts is relatively straightforward and requires only basic tools. The steel is pre-drilled with oversized holes as per the manufacturers’ literature, to accommodate the sleeve and cone-shaped nut, but care must be taken to ensure that the holes are located to allow the product to open within the HSS, meaning that they may not be placed closely together or near the edge. The steel can be fully prepared in the fabrication shop and transferred to site, where the advantage of fast installation can be fully appreciated. It is important to note that the faces of the members to be fastened together must be brought into contact THE SEAA CONNECTOR WINTER 2016 |


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Expansion bolts are quick and easy to install.

before the expansion bolt is installed. To complete the process, the contractor must grip the expansion bolt collar with a wrench to prevent the body from rotating during installation and must tighten the central bolt to the manufacturer’s recommended torque using a calibrated torque wrench.

Limit States As expansion bolts for structural steel are proprietary products, the manufacturer’s literature or code reports state the available strength for the expansion bolt itself. It is 46



up to the designer to check the viability of the HSS member from the applied loads imposed on it by the fastener. Per Design Guide 24, Hollow Structural Section Connections, for expansion bolts in shear, the limit states for HSS are block shear, if near the end of the HSS, and bolt bearing. For tension applications, the limit state are distortion of the HSS wall and pullout through the wall of the HSS. Expansion bolts have been independently

verified by various approval bodies around the world, including the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES). Specifically, several expansion bolts have been approved by ICC-ES for compliance with the International Building Code to AC437, Acceptance Criteria for Expansion Bolts in Structural Steel. In order to gain this approval, these bolts were tested by an independent certified test laboratory, and the results were used to calculate capacities for both Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) and Allowable Stress Design (ASD)

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that requires a construction project to be completed within an extremely short timeline or if there are restrictions in welding, a designer will need to look at alternative connection methods. Expansion bolts for structural steel are now one of the best choices for making structural connections to HSS. With their capability to handle much higher loads than other single-sided fasteners, such as rivets, and the fact that they can be installed in the field using standard hand tools, unlike threaded studs, you may find yourself taking a serious look at expansion bolts for structural steel.

methods under both tension and shear in line with the AISC Steel Construction Manual, 14th Edition. The results of these evaluations are published in official Evaluation Reports, for example, evaluation report ESR-3330 provides evidence that one manufacturer’s patented propriety design is approved by ICC-ES for use in all Seismic Design Categories (SDC) A through F, in compliance with the 2012 International Building Code.

Conclusion As this article has shown, there are many options available for connecting to HSS and therefore, the designer or engineer will have to carefully select the most appropriate connection for their application. The relatively recent acceptance of HSS as a construction material and subsequent increase in usage for structural frames has no doubt encouraged fastener manufacturers to concentrate their efforts on developing and improving innovative structural fasteners as a faster alternative to conventional methods such as through-bolting or welding. Likewise, the trend for construction developers and contractors to build structures in incredibly short timeframes has also contributed to an upsurge in demand for expansion bolts for structural steel, as it is specifically the speed of installation that is the fundamental benefit of this type of connection.

Author’s Bio Ken Hansen, P.E. ( is a Professional Engineer at Lindapter USA and HolloBolt specialist. Ken has comprehensive engineering experience and the ability to identify practical connection solutions to support the innovative designs of architects and structural engineers.

Company Description Over 80 years, Lindapter has pioneered the design and manufacture of Structural Steel Clamping Systems and HSS Blind Fasteners, enabling faster steel construction. Products include the Hollo-Bolt®, the only HSS expansion bolt approved by ICC-ES for all Seismic Design Categories (A through F); while the Girder Clamp is used for quickly connecting W & S beams. Lindapter connections eliminate the need for timeconsuming drilling or welding in the field and reduce time and labor costs.

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How Can I Control My EMR? By Tim Neubauer

I am frequently asked this question by executives and the answer is somewhat confusing and complicated. Let me start be explaining that “EMR” stands for Experience Modification Rate sometimes referred to simply as the “MOD.” This is not to be confused with your Total Incident Rate (TIR), although they can correlate they are independent on each other. The EMR only applies to workers compensation claims. The second point I need to explain is that the EMR is a lagging indicator. That means that it counts events that have already occurred, and may not accurately reflect what you are currently doing in your company’s safety and health program. To compound this lag the EMR is calculated using a three year average not including the current year or the interval year.

What is an interval year? Good question. The interval year is the year previous to the current year. It is not included in the calculation because typically final premium amounts and ultimate claim cost are not known at the time of the EMR calculation. Many employers don’t realize that simply changing the effective date of their workers compensation policy can affect the anniversary rating date for the EMR and thus, may cause a shift in time frame being used in the calculations. So how do they get these numbers? I wish I could tell you! The actual formula is a proprietary system and although I can tell you some of the factors, I can’t tell you all of them. The EMR is calculated by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) or another independent agency in some states. You can contact your insurance agent or visit NCCI’s website: for more information on the actual formula.Your rate is based several factors; your annual payroll, the

number of claims (frequency), the severity or amount of the loss and other factors. Those figures are then averaged against companies who have the same North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code as your company. Simplistically speaking, NCCI compare actual losses to expected losses based on the employer’s industry. One thing to consider is that you’re compared against your competition in some cases. Therefore, if your competition has no injuries and neither do you, your EMR can still increase based on payroll and length of time between claims. In short, you need to be focused on continuous improvement in your safety management system over a substantial amount of time. Obviously the reduction or elimination of injuries is the easiest way to reduce your EMR; however managing injuries can affect the total loss significantly. In a 2008 article published in NC Magazine, Kati Knowland discusses the complexities of managing an injured employee’s claim, and how mismanagement of a claim can drive the cost of care up and the return to work date farther out for an injured employee. Knowland states that in the last 20 years the trends are toward higher dollar claims, permanent disability claims and litigation of claims. To adjust for the cost of inflation, NCCI adopted changes to the Experience Modification Rating Formula, effective January 1, 2013. These changes were phased in over a three year period (2013, 2014 and 2015). Preventing the injury should be the highest priority both financially and ethically for an employer. However, when




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an injury occurrs the employer should take immediate steps to help limit the claim. These steps include but are not limited to, getting the employee the necessary care, reporting the claim as required by your state laws, and notifying your insurance company of the injury. By providing the injured employee with appropriate care and managing the recovery the employee will feel that the employer cares and is more likely to return to work sooner. I recently spoke to a worker’s compensation attorney in North Carolina who told me that if employers would appropriately respond to their injured employees medical and emotional concerns after an injury, he would probably be out of business. Responding to an injury shouldn’t be thought of as purely a reactionary event. Prior planning for first aid, urgent medical care, therapy and restricted duty assignments should all be considered well in advance of an injury. Something as easy as a well written job description with assigned duties can mean the difference between a “return to duty” or “restricted duty” from the care provider. In some cases the employer takes an aggressive stance because they think the claim is fraudulent. If you suspect fraud don’t withhold care or take a reserved position. As the employer, provide the same level of response and care for all injuries. If it turns out your stance on the injury was incorrect, then the employee is well cared for. If you are correct in your assumption, it makes the company look favorably in any subsequent litigation. Addtionally, not reporting the alleged claim timely can hinder the insurance carriers ability to investigate the claim and not trigger the statue of limitations to start. I was lamenting once to a fellow safety professional that the thought of dealing with a workers compensation claim was confusing to me and she said “If you ever need help handling a compensation claim, let me know, I’m really good at it.” My response was, “If you want help preventing the claim, let me know, I’m really good at it.” 52



To reduce your EMR, you should have a well-rounded Safety Management System to reduce the potential for injuries, institute a care management plan for when injuries do occur and investigate each claim to ascertain ways to avoid similar incidents from occurring in the future. Tim Neubauer is a former Senior Consultant for the National Safety Council. A Safety Professional with over 15 years of field experience. Having

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Risk Management: Benchmarking By By Steve Davis and Scott Fink

Most Construction Financial Managers (CFMs) acknowledge the power of benchmarking as a valuable risk management tool. Benchmarking helps contractors examine historical practices that have produced favorable results, and can be used to establish baselines for improvement annually.

ten year span, type and number of vehicle units driven over 100 miles/day, etc. This evaluation process is not an objective risk assessment; however, it begins a dialogue that should not be left out of the risk management process. The benefits derived from the process will outweigh

The most important step is to begin a study of your limits, program, and philosophy. However, while it may be beneficial to compare objective data, this information should not be used in isolation. Why? Because it is not as easy as comparing data from one contractor to the next. Each contractor is unique, with specific risk tolerances and approaches to safety, and needs to be examined individually. Thus, our goal for you is not to match practice to practice, but rather, to match the relevant best practices to your individual operating philosophy. Ultimately, this will increase your safety and decrease your rates. As part of that holistic process, contractors should evaluate their limits and insurance program structure before they analyze specific best-practice measurements. We begin by looking at excess liability. Limits of liability: Many contractors purchase limits based on owner requirements. While they must satisfy clients, a true CFM needs to examine, among others: net worth, gross work volume, market conditions, project type, work type, delivery method, location, fleet count, subcontracts, losses over $250,000 during a 54



the answer, and the ultimate figure will need to be balanced effectively against the market conditions and capacity of the underwriting community.

boot-camps(76%), top management involved in incident reviews (79%) In summary, insurance program structures need to mirror the contractor’s risk philosophy. Not all contractors have the same financial capacity for risk. The most important step is to begin a study of your limits, program, and philosophy. From there, it can be adjusted each year based on successes of pre-determined protocols and measurements.

Measurement: Risk management protocols may be categortized into activities that generate best in class results. Three basic measurements comprise a contractor’s risk profile: indemnity case rates, safety, and General Liability (GL) loss rates.

Insurance Program Structure: Another avenue of approach is a comparison of program structure and the financing of risk-large deductibles, captives, self-insurance, etc. The degree of risk retained by contractors and the methods in which risk is financed varies greatly with the “six-inch rule.” The six-inch rule is the distance between the ears of the President/CEO of the construction firm. There is no set benchmark on program design but conventional wisdom has shown that those who retain risk will usually do the following more so than those who do not retain risk: - Have lower loss rates per $100 of payroll - Integrate safety management at a higher effectiveness - Value some outside services such as: New employee training with CEO message (71%), internal audits of the safety program (60%), safety

Indemnity case rate: The indemnity case rate (ICR) reflects all workers’ comp indemnity losses per 200,000 man-hours and indicates the effectiveness of a safety program. Once this measurement is developed, it can be used to benchmark results. Safety: As noted, contractors implement and execute safety differently. Thus, it’s important to focus on the metrics that create best in class. Reviewing best practices databases can establish metrics for areas of focus. For instance: - Management/Owner Commitment: Many CEOs state they are committed to safety. Measuring that commitment is difficult. - Pre-Project and Pre-Task Planning: The basic foundation of effective safety awareness. • Site-specific safety plan (74%) • Daily, weekly and monthly

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planning meetings (85%) - Education and Training: This focus has one of the largest impacts on ICRs. • New employee orientation prior to work (85%) • Formal outline with testing for comprehension (85%) • Employee safety handbooks (100%) • Mandatory training for OSHA/ MSHA/DOT (97%) • Annual safety day/training (75%) • OSHA 10/30-hour course (70%) • Periodic toolbox meetings (65%) • Monthly Training hours greater than 1-2 hours (90%) - Employee Involvement: Safety boot camps seek employee input on practices and improvements. • Suggestion Box/Feedback process (65%) • Involvement in meetings and

insurance compliance(90%) - Formal contracts administration education/training (75%)

audits (79%) • Membership in safety committees (70%) • Formal behavior based safety processes (18%)

Summary: Benchmarking can be a valuable risk management tool, but it’s not as simple as examining comparative data. Think of benchmarking as a lock on a safe. The underlying principles to for best in class performance remain the same; yet, the combination to open them, is specific to your company.

General Liability Loss Rates: The foundation for managing liability exposure is the builder’s risk policy. It should not be procured without the contractor involvement. The coverage of the builders risk policy impacts GL rates. Best in class contractors understand this and integrate this coverage into its risk posture, whether procured at the contractor or owner level.

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Certifications: ACSE

Bret Steel Corp

Mike Rouleau P.O. Box 1457 163 Central Ave Suite #1 Dover, NH 3820 P: 603-743-4386 F: 603-742-7235

Certifications: CSE – $3-5 Million –

Brevard Constructors, Inc.

Russell Gordon 2023 N. Carpenter Road Titusville, FL 32796 P: 321-269-2929 F: 321-267-7826 – $0-3 Million –

BSE Erectors, Inc.

Dustin Morgan 11006 Red Lion Road Whitemarsh, MD 21162 P: 443-865-8219 F: 410-335-6575 – $0-3 Million –

BTT Steel, LLC

Bobby Talbot P.O. Box 1105 135 Texas Street Gladewater, TX 75647 P: 430-702-4004 F: 430-702-4006 – $0-3 Million –

Buckner Companies

Eddie Williams 4732 NC Hwy 54 East Graham, NC 27253 P: 336-376-8888 F: 336-376-8855 – $10 Million & Up –

Certifications: ACSE

C.S.E., Inc.

William Michaud P.O. Box 532 199 Omega Drive Williston, VT 5495 P: 802-864-1812 F: 802-862-8391 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: CSE

Caprock Building Systems, LLC Mark Gilbreath P.O. Box 33162 Amarillo, TX 79106 P: 806-468-8471 F: 806-353-1353 – $0-3 Million –

Carolina Form and Scaffold Supply Doug Piar P.O. Box 220 Clayton, NC 27528 P: 919-553-7124 F: 919-553-8156 – $3-5 Million –

Carolina Structural Welding & Steel Erection, Inc. Aurelia Chacon 6623 Dwightware Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28227 P: 980-307-1706 – $0-3 Million –

Carrara Steel Erectors, Inc.

Adrienne Fairchild 1717 Gaskill Avenue Erie, PA 16503 P: 814-452-4600 F: 814-456-5055 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

CAS Steel Erectors, Inc.

Christopher Smith 5030 Hendersonville Rd Ste 1B Fletcher, NC 28732 P: 828-697-8877 F: 828-697-8888 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Chicago Steel

Brian Steigerwald 875 N Michigan Avenue FL 31 Chicago, IL 60611 P: 800-344-3032 – $0-3 Million –

Citadel Steel Erectors Inc.

Mitchell Stevens 3405 Apex Peakway Apex, NC 27502 P: 919-362-5122 F: 919-362-6910 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: CSE

Concept Steel, Inc.

Ryan Chapman 1801 Bradbury Court Gastonia, NC 28052 P: 704-827-1831 F: 704-827-1199 – $0-3 Million –

Contract Erectors, Inc.

Henry Wall 6944 Violet Ridge Road Randleman, NC 27317 P: 336-674-8012 F: 336-674-1837 – $5-10 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Cooper Steel

Duff Zimmerman P.O. Box 149 503 North Hillcrest Drive (Shelbyville, TN 37160) Shelbyville, TN 37162 P: 931-684-7962 F: 931-684-7968 – $3-5 Million –

Certifications: CSE

Creation Iron, LLC

Richard Parker 7348 Georgia Ave NW Washington, DC 20012 P: 202-726-5510 F: 202-726-5512 – $3-5 Million –

CSE, Inc.

Ronnie Ranson P.O. Box 1030 153 Ragland Road Madison Heights, VA 24572 P: 434-845-7536 F: 434-528-5739 – $10 Million & Up –

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D & E Steel Services, Inc.

Travis Miller 11084 Leroy Drive Northglenn, CO 80233 P: 303-427-4804 F: 303-427-6285 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: CSE

D.S. Duggins Welding, Inc.

Derek Duggins 195 Altay Drive Winston-Salem, NC 27106 P: 336-924-5484 F: 336-924-5485 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: CSE

Davis Erector Group

Dave Davis P.O. Box 2287 South Portland, ME 4116 P: 980-329-7196 F: 207-899-3386

DSE Erectors, Inc.

Kevin Pauley 315 Lake Street Jackson, TN 38301 P: 731-423-4900 F: 731-423-4918 – $3-5 Million –

Certifications: CSE

Eastern Constructors Inc.

Selena Dean P.O. Box 1164 5366 North Valley Pike Road (Harrisonburg, VA 22802) Harrisonburg, VA 22803 P: 540-434-7465 F: 540-434-7640 – $3-5 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Deem Structural Services LLC

David Deem 109 Benny Street Longview, TX 75604 P: 903-236-7800 F: 903-236-7049 – $10 Million & Up –

Certifications: ACSE

Derr & Isbell Construction

Brian Isbell P.O. Box 637 Euless, TX 76039 P: 817-571-4044 F: 817-571-4544

Devcorp, Inc.

Duane Mulkey 715 Rankin Road NE Albuquerque, NM 87107 P: 505-296-1188 F: 505-296-2288 – $0-3 Million –

Diversified Metalworks

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

Dixie Erectors

Jim Hall 1855 Dickerson Drive SE Mableton, GA 30126 P: 404-696-3434 F: 404-696-3404 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Certifications: ACSE

– $0-3 Million –

Eastern Steel Erectors, LLC

Ryan Pepin P.O. Box 2730 50 Emmett Street Bristol, CT 6011 P: 860-585-9016 F: 860-585-0039 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Ed Emmons Steel Erectors, Inc David Emmons 5801 West Nine Mile Road Pensacola, FL 32526 P: 850-944-2017 F: 850-944-0848 – $0-3 Million –

Empire Steel Erectors, LP

Spike Tinsley P.O. Box 3653 2227 Wilson Road (Humble, TX 77396) Humble, TX 77347 P: 281-548-7377 F: 281-548-2744 – $10 Million & Up –

Certifications: ACSE

Geoff Kress 300 Scarlet Boulevard Oldsmar, FL 34677 P: 813-891-9849 F: 813-891-4105 – $5-10 Million –

Garrison Steel Erectors, Inc.

John Garrison P.O. Box 626 1122 Industrial Park Drive Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-884-4766 F: 205-884-4765 – $5-10 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

GCI Steel Erectors, Inc.

Robert Colone 2916 Republic Avenue Florence, SC 29501 P: 843-393-4288 F: 843-393-4255 – $0-3 Million –

Georges Welding, LLC

Charles George 3181 Oneida Street Sauquoit, NY 13456 P: 315-737-5131 F: 315-737-0168 – $0-3 Million –

Erection Specialists, Inc

Randy Felknor P.O. Box 6156 8519 Strawberry Plains Pike (Knoxville TN, 37924) Knoxville, TN 37914 P: 865-546-2176 F: 865-933-2733 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: CSE

Flawless Steel Welding, LLC. Victor Garcia 1820 West Baker Avenue Englewood, CO 80110 P: 720-638-7289 – $0-3 Million –

Florida Welding Fabricators and Erectors, Inc. Bill Nolan 1891 NW 33rd Court Pompano Beach, FL 33064 P: 954-971-4800 F: 954-972-7180

Group Steel Erectors, Inc.

Randolph Schuman P.O. Box 61 4216 Hwy 70 West Dickson, TN 37056 P: 615-441-4934 F: 615-441-4935 – $5-10 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

GT Steel Erectors, Inc.

Todd Davis P.O. Box 1267 5300 Oak Tree Road, Suite D (Millbrook, AL 36054) Wetumpka, AL 36092 P: 334-285-5524 F: 334-285-5563 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: CSE

H & R Welding LLC

Justin Hager 307 Drum Point Road Brick, NJ 8723 P: 732-920-4881 F: 732-920-6466 – $0-3 Million –

– $0-3 Million –

– $3-5 Million –

Certifications: CSE

– $3-5 Million –

Gardner-Watson Decking, Inc.

– $10 Million & Up –

Certifications: ACSE

Brad Kincaid 8184 Highway 44, Suite 108 Gonzales, LA 70737 P: 225-450-3226 F: 225-450-3227

– $0-3 Million –

Dean Steel Erectors

Gabriel Steel Erectors, Inc.

Matthew Messing 36 Maybrook Road Montgomery, NY 12549 P: 845-769-3000 F: 845-457-1077

Fulgent Contracting Corporation

Isabella Sampson P.O. Box 40 112 St. Claire Place Suite 203 Stevensville, MD 21666 P: 410-604-0172 F: 410-604-0176 – $3-5 Million –

Harris Steel Erectors, Inc.

David Harris 615 Old Smithfield Road Goldsboro, NC 27530 P: 919-734-3620 F: 919-734-2267 – $5-10 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Independent Const. Svcs. Inc. Charles Retkofsky 356 Panhandle Circle Maysville, GA 30558 P: 706-652-2543 F: 706-652-3463 – $0-3 Million –

Intermountain Erectors, Inc.

Mark Shell 1546 North 25th East Idaho Falls, ID 83401 P: 208-528-7544 F: 208-528-7548 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: CSE

Iron Horse Erectors LLC

Dawn Micciche 1020 Old Spanish Trail, Suite 8 Slidell, LA 70458 P: 504-309-9982 F: 504-309-9984 – $0-3 Million –

J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.

Chad Schakelman P.O. Box 5957 330 E. Delavan Drive Janesville, WI 53547 P: 608-754-6601 F: 608-754-9171 – $3-5 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Jack Foster Co. Erectors, Inc. Don Prockish 1119 South Santa Fe Street Wichita, KS 67211 P: 316-263-2901 F: 316-263-3646 – $0-3 Million –

James Steel Erectors, Inc.

Bryan S. James 6053 Ogeechee Road Savannah, GA 31419 P: 912-927-1202 F: 912-927-8730 – $0-3 Million –

Jonquil Steel & Construction

PJ Aikens 140 Veterans Memorial Highway SE Mableton, GA 30126 P: 770-948-9876 F: 770-948-6760 – $3-5 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

JPW Structural Contracting, Inc./JPW Erectors

Jody Wozniczka 6376 Thompson Road Syracuse, NY 13206 P: 315-432-1111 F: 315-432-8202 – $10 Million & Up –

Certifications: ACSE

Keith’s Welding Service, Inc.

Bryan Shirley P.O. Box 3868 5123 Locust Hill Road (Travelers Rest, SC 29690) Greenville, SC 29608 P: 864-895-8191 F: 864-895-9120 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: CSE

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Kesler Erection & Welding, Inc. Donald Kesler 446 Kesler Road Lexington, NC 27295 P: 336-752-2452 F: 336-752-2740 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: CSE

L & L Construction, Inc.

Brian Schreier 1040 California Road Quakertown, PA 18951 P: 215-536-9361 F: 215-536-9438 – $3-5 Million –

Certifications: SE

L.J.M. Steel Erectors, Inc.

James Meehan 438 (Rear) Church Lane Lansdowne, PA 19050 P: 610-328-1087 F: 610-521-2129 – $0-3 Million –

L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc.

Sherrie Wilkinson P.O. Box 227 773 Annapolis Road Gambrills, MD 21054 P: 410-987-5414 F: 410-987-2540 – $5-10 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Leiser Construction, LLC

Lloyd Leiser 1927 365th Street Madison, KS 66860 P: 620-437-2747 F: 620-437-2783 – $0-3 Million –

Master Steel, LLC

Woody Woodward 19921 FM 2252 San Antonio, TX 78266 P: 210-648-7461 F: 210-648-1340

– $0-3 Million –

– $5-10 Million –

Certifications: CSE

Certifications: ACSE

McKenzie Welding

North Coast Iron Corp

Greg McKenzie 13802 Old National Pike Mount Airy, MD 21771 P: 301-829-6615 F: 301-829-9775 – $0-3 Million – – $10 Million & Up –

Certifications: ACSE

Mabe Steel, Inc.

Bryan Mabe 5161 Barrow Road Kernersville, NC 27284 P: 336-978-0064 F: 336-595-1741 – $0-3 Million –

March-Westin Company, Inc.

Adam Feathers 360 Frontier Street Morgantown, WV 26505 P: 304-599-4880 F: 304-599-7509 – $3-5 Million –

Certifications: CSE

MAS Building & Bridge, Inc.

Glen Pisani 18 Sharon Avenue Norfolk, MA 2056 P: 508-520-2277 F: 508-520-2276 – $10 Million & Up –

Certifications: CSE

Kent Schluter 810 Commercial Ave Anacortes, WA 98221 P: 360-755-3060 – $0-3 Million –

McPherson Contractors, Inc.

Josh Calvaruzo 3501 SW Fairlawn Rd Topeka, KS 66614 P: 785-273-3882 F: 785-273-1037 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: CSE

Ogeechee Steel, Inc.

Brandi Perossa P.O. Drawer 1469 133 Lindsey Road Swainsboro, GA 30401 P: 478-237-2770 F: 478-237-4045 – $0-3 Million –

Memco, Inc.

Matthew Henderson 13324 Cedar Run Church Road Culpeper, VA 22701 P: 540-825-6527 F: 540-825-6011 – $10 Million & Up –

Certifications: ACSE

Merit Erectors, Inc.

Chris Koenig 1020 Richwood Circle Cincinnati, OH 45208 P: 513-533-3761 F: 513-533-3796

– $0-3 Million –

Certifications: CSE

LPR Construction Company

Ed Valencia 1171 Des Moines Avenue Loveland, CO 80537 P: 970-663-2233 F: 970-663-2073

Moore Erection, L.P.

Donald Stephens 9769 Speedway Boulevard Hardeeville, SC 29927 P: 843-784-7173 F: 843-784-3413

Metrolina Steel Erectors, Inc.

Barry Mitchell P.O. Box 2228 1310 Torrence Circle Davidson, NC 28036 P: 704-315-3386 F: 866-713-8429 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: CSE

Mid Atlantic Steel Erectors, Inc.

Roy Fridley 832 Westwood Pine Court Moseley, VA 23120 P: 804-598-9351 F: 804-598-9376 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Peak Steel

David Woodruff 1610 N. Salem Street Apex, NC 27523 P: 919-362-5955 F: 919-362-0656 – $0-3 Million –

Perry & Perry Builders, Inc.

Lin Perry P.O. Box 1048 215 East Cameron Avenue Rockdale, TX 76567 P: 512-446-2752 F: 512-446-2564 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: CSE

Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc.

Bob Beckner 7460 Warren Parkway, Suite #205 Frisco, TX 75034 P: 214-423-2100 F: 214-423-2127 – $5-10 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Phoenix Steel Erectors, Inc.

Paul Kollman 14991 Shady Oak Lane Haymarket, VA 20169 P: 571-248-6890 F: 571-248-6894

Certifications: ACSE

Mid Cities Erectors, LLC

– $3-5 Million –

Scott Brooks P.O. Box 162984 2705 FM 718 (Aurora, TX 76078) Fort Worth, TX 76161 P: 817-306-0962 F: 817-306-0976 – $10 Million & Up –

Certifications: ACSE

Piedmont Structural Company

Glenn Stowe 1432 North Lee Street Salisbury, NC 28144 P: 704-738-0060 F: 704-738-0064 – $5-10 Million –

Monarch Residential Vaults & Ironworks, LLC Tim Kunch P.O. Box 1541 Durango, CO 81302 P: 970-764-5550 F: 866-363-9992 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Pinnacle Steel NE, Inc

Troy Noe P.O. Box 952 9840 Sam Donald Road Nolensville, TN 37135 P: 615-776-7240 F: 615-776-5247 – $0-3 Million –




Pioneer Erectors, Inc.

Doug Sparling 550 Kirtland Street, SW Grand Rapids, MI 49507 P: 616-247-6966 F: 616-247-0367 – $0-3 Million –

Powers Built Structures Inc.

Dave Powers P.O. Box 479 23934 CR 10 Hudson, CO 80642 P: 303-536-9335 F: 303-536-9338 – $0-3 Million –

Pro Steel, Inc.

Jeff Gallegos 38805 Myers Road Yoder, CO 80864 P: 719-478-3150 F: 719-478-2237 – $0-3 Million –

Quality Steel Services, Inc.

Jim Edwards 740 Cleveland Avenue Loveland, CO 80537 P: 970-593-1976 F: 970-593-0927 – $3-5 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Quinlan Enterprises

John Quinlan P.O. Box 32 Claxton, GA 30417 P: 912-739-1555 F: 912-739-2058 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

R.C. Fabricators, Inc.

Marc Klair 824 Locust Street Wilmington, DE 19801 P: 302-573-8989 F: 302-573-8984 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Rackley Company, Inc.

Scott Rackley 3772 County Road 99W Orland, CA 95963 P: 530-865-9619 F: 530-865-2648 – $3-5 Million –

Ramar Steel Erectors, Inc.

William Raetz 432 Portland Avenue Rochester, NY 14605 P: 585-232-7777 F: 585-263-2734 – $3-5 Million –

Ranger Steel Erectors, Inc.

Randy Wygal 602 Grantham Avenue West Monroe, LA 71292 P: 318-387-9882 F: 318-387-9822 – $3-5 Million –

Certifications: CSE

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Raulli & Sons, Inc.

Dave Nicholas 213 Teall Avenue Syracuse, NY 13210 P: 315-479-6693 F: 315-479-5514 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Rens Welding & Fabricating, Inc. Rens Hayes 988 Crane Avenue South Taunton, MA 2780 P: 508-828-1702 F: 508-828-1703 – $0-3 Million –

Rick’s Construction & Ironworks, Inc Rick Misra 102-38 Remington Street Jamaica, NY 11435 P: 718-526-7037 – $0-3 Million –

River City Erectors, LLC

Mike Dorsch P.O. Box 246 570 Morrison Road Rossville, TN 38066 P: 901-861-6174 F: 901-861-6414 – $5-10 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

RND Contractors Inc

Nancy Sauter 14796 Jurupa Ave A Fontana, CA 92337 P: 909-429-8500 F: 909-429-8200

S.L. Chasse Steel

Stephen L. Chasse 8 Christine Drive Hudson, NH 3051 P: 603-886-3436 F: 603-881-9953

S.L. Shaw Company, Inc.

Lee Shaw P.O. Box 67 12351 Lene Place (Bakersfield, CA 93306) Bakersfield, CA 93302 P: 661-342-7106 F: 661-873-1571

Certifications: ACSE

Schueck Steel Company

Roger Parker 8900 Fourche Dam Pike Little Rock, AR 72206 P: 615-264-1921 F: 615-824-5917 – $10 Million & Up –

Certifications: ACSE

Schulz Iron Works, Inc.

Dave Schulz 1620 Wolfpack Lane, Suite 100 Raleigh, NC 27609 P: 919-981-6121 F: 919-981-6122 – $0-3 Million –

Sentry Steel Service

Chris Hopper 167 Center Point Road South Hendersonville, TN 37075 P: 615-826-9552 F: 615-826-9682 – $3-5 Million –

Roanoke Valley Steel Corporation

Shaw Welding Company, Inc.

– $0-3 Million –

Ropac, Inc.

Roy Davis 3690 Lightwood Road Deatsville, AL 36022 P: 334-569-2893 F: 334-569-2895

Richard Shaw P.O. Box 435 7 Innis Drive Billerica, MA 1821 P: 978-667-0197 F: 978-670-2603 – $0-3 Million –

Shelby Erectors, Inc.

Jennifer Nix 4575 Oakes Road Davie, FL 33314 P: 954-275-3123 F: 954-432-6489

– $0-3 Million –

Certifications: CSE

– $0-3 Million –

Rose Steel, Inc.

Tom Horner 250 Ocean Road Greenland, NH 3840 P: 603-436-7950 F: 603-436-1403 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

S & R Enterprises, LLC

Stephen Burkholder 7385 Allentown Boulevard Harrisburg, PA 17112 P: 717-652-3080 F: 717-652-3081 – $10 Million & Up –

Certifications: ACSE – $0-3 Million –

SSW Erectors, LLC

David Wood 4808 Randolph Road Morrisville, VT 5661 P: 802-888-2422 F: 802-888-3327 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: CSE

– $3-5 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

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

– $5-10 Million –

– $0-3 Million –

Kimberly Jenkins P.O. Box 661 101 Kennametal Rd. Weldon, NC 27890 P: 252-538-4137 F: 252-536-2539

Southwest Steel Erectors

Shewmake Steel Erection, Inc.

Stan Stanley P.O. Box 3285 1527 Augusta Avenue (Augusta, GA 30901) Augusta, GA 30914 P: 706-823-2420 F: 706-823-2439 – $5-10 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Southern Rigging & Erection, Inc.

John Harris P. O. Box 125 1551 Mort Harris Road Louisburg, NC 27549 P: 919-496-4401 F: 919-496-3991

Steel Clad Inc. Ironworking Division

Skip Wheeler P.O. Box 14510 106 Sulphur Springs Road (Greenville, SC 29617) Greenville, SC 29610 P: 864-423-7382 F: 864-246-1776

Steel Supply and Erection Company, Inc.

Jonathan Newton P.O. Box 607 1237 N. Fayetteville Street (Asheboro, NC 27203) Asheboro, NC 27204 P: 336-625-4830 F: 336-626-9967 – $0-3 Million –

Steelco, Inc.

Matt Postel 21966 Adams Street Porter, TX 77365 P: 281-354-9000 F: 281-372-0183 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Structural Services, Inc.

George Bosiljevac 3520 4th Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87107 P: 505-345-0838 F: 505-345-0915 – $5-10 Million –

– $3-5 Million –

Steel Erectors, Inc.

Leslie Shinn P.O. Box 606 1767 Old Dean Forest Road Pooler, GA 31322 P: 912-544-1380 F: 912-544-1384 – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Steel Fabricators, LLC

Scott Wilson 721 NE 44th Street Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334 P: 954-772-0440 F: 954-351-7788 – $3-5 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Steel Masters, L.P.

Chris Coronado 2214 Blalock Road Houston, TX 77080 P: 713-464-8652 F: 713-464-3219 – $5-10 Million –

Certifications: CSE

Suburban Steel Erectors, Inc. Bill Grill 167 Jacob Street Mont Clare, PA 19453 P: 484-459-5057 F: 610-917-0856 – $0-3 Million –

Suncoast Industries of Florida Jonathan L. Dean 6133 Idlewild Street Fort Myers, FL 33966 P: 239-936-7887 F: 239-939-9234 – $0-3 Million –

Superior Steel Erectors, Inc.

Justin Geddings 1712 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard Annapolis, MD 21409 P: 410-349-1280 F: 410-349-1282 – $0-3 Million –

T&M Decking, Inc.

Michele Mangan 4590 Denny’s Store Road Oxford, NC 27565 P: 336-599-6164 F: 336-599-0034 – $0-3 Million –

Steel Partners

Marc Sperberg 3625 Polaris Ave Las Vegas, NV 89103 P: 702-222-4707 – $0-3 Million –

Steel Performance, Inc.

Charlie Johnson 6342-C Burnt Poplar Road Greensboro, NC 27409 P: 336-299-7205 F: 336-299-3959 – $5-10 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Certifications: CSE

T.W.S. Fabricators, Inc.

Thomas Gelthaus P.O. Box 327627 3535 Southwest 50th Ave (Davie, FL 33314) Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 P: 954-983-9749 F: 954-983-9669 – $0-3 Million –

The Buffalo Iron Corp.

Patrick Hanley 461 Tonawanda Street Buffalo, NY 14207 P: 716-481-8730 F: 716-701-1606 – $0-3 Million – – $0-3 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

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Titan Steel Erectors, LLC

Greg Phillips PO Box 999 1470 N. Watkins (Memphis, TN 38108) Munford, TN 38058 P: 901-274-4992 F: 901-274-4401

Wennersten Construction, Inc. Chase Wennersten 3057 N. Norfolk Mesa, AZ 85215 P: 480-272-9461 F: 480-272-9487 – $0-3 Million –

Williams Erection Company

– $0-3 Million –

Trinity Steel Erection, Inc.

Beth Belcher P.O. Box 774 1349 Pine Creek Ridge Drive Powhatan, VA 23139 P: 804-598-8811 F: 804-598-0762

Philip Torchio P.O. Box 756 1285 Hawthorne Avenue (Smyrna, GA 30080) Smyrna, GA 30081 P: 770-436-1596 F: 770-438-8143 – $5-10 Million –

– $0-3 Million –

Certifications: ACSE

Tri-Steel Fabricators, Inc.

Williams Steel Erection Company, Inc.

James Werosta P.O. Box 5756 501 Prospect Street (Trenton, NJ 086183640) Trenton, NJ 8638 P: 609-392-8660 F: 609-392-7626 – $0-3 Million –

Tuscarora Rigging, Inc.

Barry Slusser 11375 Standing Stone Road Huntingdon, PA 16652 P: 814-506-8166 F: 814-506-8242

Art Williams P.O. Box 1770 8624 J.D. Reading Drive (Manassas, VA 20109) Manassas, VA 20108 P: 703-335-7800 F: 703-335-7852

– $10 Million & Up –

Certifications: ACSE


– $0-3 Million –

United Steel, Inc.

Glen Corneau 164 School Street East Hartford, CT 6108 P: 860-289-2323 F: 860-289-6350 – $10 Million & Up –

Banker Steel Company, LLC

Donald Banker P.O. Box 10875 1619 Wythe Road Lynchburg,, VA 24506 P: 434-847-4575 F: 434-847-4533

Certifications: CBR ,BU , FCE , P1 , CPT

Certifications: ACSE

V & M Erectors, Inc.

Vern Nix 21005 Taft Street Pembroke Pines, FL 33029 P: 954-437-9998 F: 954-437-3169 – $10 Million & Up –

Certifications: ACSE

Van Linda Iron Works, Inc.

Bruce Van Linda 3787 Boutwell Road Lake Worth, FL 33461 P: 561-586-8400 F: 561-586-8877 – $0-3 Million –

Viking Steel Services, Inc.

Blane Johnson P.O. Box 1307 218 Northcrest Drive (Lincolnton, NC 28092) Lincolnton, NC 28093 P: 704-913-5285 F: 704-732-2456 – $0-3 Million –

W.O. Grubb Steel Erection, Inc.

Jeff Collins 5120 Jefferson Davis Highway Richmond, VA 23234 P: 804-271-9471 F: 804-271-2539

Basden Steel Corporation

Bruce Basden P.O. Box 1061 645 East Renfro (Burleson, TX 76028) Burleson, TX 76097 P: 817-295-6100 F: 817-295-4375

Certifications: BU

Dave Steel Company, Inc.

Tim Heffner, P.E. P.O. Box 2630 40 Meadow Road Asheville, NC 28802 P: 828-252-2771 F: 828-252-0041

Certifications: BU

E&H Steel Corporation

Robert W. Thomas Midland City, AL 36350 P: 334-983-5636 F: 334-983-6173

Certifications: BU , P2

FabArc Steel Supply, Inc.

Tony Pugh P.O. Box 7280 111 Meadow Lane Oxford, AL 36203 P: 256-831-8770 F: 256-831-8776

Certifications: BU, SBR , FCE , P2

Hallmark Iron Works, Inc.

Jim Woods P.O. Box 339 8399 Paris Street Newington, VA 22122 P: 703-550-9560 F: 703-550-0106

Certifications: BU

Hercules Steel Company, Inc.

Blue Saver Homes LLC

Certifications: BU

Sam Winters 1947 Union Cross Road Winston-Salem, NC 27107 P: 336-785-0848 F: 336-788-8835

Certifications: BU

Raul Carril 2655 Le Jeune Road, Fourth Floor Coral Gables, FL 33134 P: 888-373-1780


Peter Frantz 4010 Clay Street Point of Rocks, MD 21777 P: 937-726-0398

Cives Steel Company - Mid Atlantic Div.

Timothy Hanenburg, P.E. P.O. Box 2778 210 Cives Lane (Winchester, VA 22603) Winchester, VA 22604 P: 540-667-3480 F: 540-662-2680

Certifications: BU , P1

Certifications: ACSE

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Lewis Jourden P.O. Drawer 35208 950 Country Club Drive (Fayetteville, NC 28301) Fayetteville, NC 20303 P: 910-488-5110 F: 910-488-4040

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CMC Structural

Gene Miles P.O. Box 71 Greenville, SC 29602 P: 864-244-2860 F: 864-244-8776


Lyndon Steel Company

Certifications: BU

New Millennium Building Systems

Joe Buntyn P.O. Box 416 Chapin, SC 29036 P: 772-530-0102

Certifications: BU

Nucor-Vulcraft/Verco Group

Alan Sears P.O. Box 100520 1501 West Darlington Street Florence, SC 29501 P: 843-662-0381 F: 843-662-3132

Certifications: BU

Owen Steel Company

Kevin Phillips 727 Manuey Drive Columbia, SC 29201 P: 803-251-7624 F: 803-251-7637

Certifications: CBR ,BU , FCE , P1

Padgett, Inc.

RJ Padgett P.O. Box 1375 901 East 4th Street (New Albany, IN 47150) New Albany, IN 47150 P: 812-945-1299 F: 812-949-3432

Certifications: BU , SBR , P1 , CPT

Slay Steel, Inc.

Greg Slay P.O. Box 4009 6215 5th Street Meridian, MS 39304 P: 601-483-3911 F: 601-693-4336

Certifications: BU

Steel Fab Enterprises, LLC

Kurt Fisher 623 Baumgardner Road Lancaster, PA 17603 P: 717-464-0330 F: 717-464-9464

Certifications: BU

Steel Service Corporation

Jim Simonson P.O. Box 321425 2260 Flowood Drive Jackson, MS 39232 P: 601-939-9222 F: 601-939-9359

Certifications: BU , P1

SteelFab of Virginia, Inc.

Rob Burlington 5105 Bur Oak Circle, Suite 100 Raleigh, NC 27612 P: 919-828-9545 F: 919-828-9720

Certifications: BU , P2

Stone Bridge Iron & Steel, Inc.

Brian Carmer 426 Purinton Road Gansevoort, NY 12831 P: 518-695-3752 F: 518-695-3056

Certifications: BU , P1

Universal Steel of NC, LLC

Dunna Gant 630 Bassett Drive Thomasville, NC 27360 P: 336-476-3105 F: 336-476-8995

Certifications: BU

Whitley Steel Company, Inc.

Robert G. Whitley 610 US Highway 301 South Jacksonville, FL 32234 P: 904-289-7471 F: 904-289-9430

Certifications: BU

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general contractor G A West & Company, Inc.

Jason Wright P.O. Box 367 12526 Celeste Road (Chunchula, AL 36521) Saraland, AL 36571 P: 251-445-6256 F: 251-675-0591

services Atema Inc.

Anna Petroski 728 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60661 P: 312-861-3000

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

Kollman & Saucier, PA

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

M & P Specialty Insurance

Jason McElrath P. O. Box 4119 1179 Sunset Blvd West Columbia, SC 29171 P: 803-936-1601 F: 803-936-1366

McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc. Fred A. Dawson Jr. P.O. Box 10265 2211 7th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35233 P: 205-252-9871 F: 205-581-9293

Safran Law Offices

Perry Safran P.O. Box 587 120 South Boylan Ave. (Raleigh, NC 27603) Raleigh, NC 27602 P: 919-828-1396 F: 919-828-7993

USI New England

Sean Hood 5 Bedford Farms Drive, #200 Bedford, NH 3110 P: 603-665-6188 F: 610-537-2333

specialty services Crane Rental Corporation

Alan Ashlock 170 North Goldenrod Road Orlando, FL 32807 P: 407-277-5000 F: 407-472-7804

Tennessee Galvanizing, Inc.

Paul Skiles P.O. Box 609 1535 Industrial Boulevard Jasper, TN 37347 P: 423-942-1020 F: 423-942-1040

United Crane & Rigging

Gary Hileman 2002 Graves Court Baltimore, MD 21222 P: 410-285-6363 F: 410-285-2715

Supplier/manufacturers Altec Cranes

Mark Weaver 325 South Center Dr Daleville, VA 24019 P: 540-494-9718

Ashley Sling, Inc.

Jim Luckie P.O. Box 44413 100 Great Southwest Parkway (Atlanta, GA 30336) Atlanta, GA 30336 P: 404-691-2604 F: 404-691-3608

Associated Scaffolding

Tommy Hawkins 2102 Fay Street Durham, NC 27704 P: 919-226-3422 F: 919-226-3423

Bluearc Stud Welding

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

Freedom Tools, LLC

Chris Bratthauar P.O. Box 21 1565 Buchanan Trail East Shady Grove, PA 17256 P: 717-593-5348 F: 717-593-5104

FrenchCreek Production

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

Mazzella Companies

Bill Franz 21000 Aerospace Parkway Cleveland, OH 44142 P: 800-362-4601 F: 440-239-7010

G.W.Y., Inc.

Gwynne Mitchell P.O. Box 293; 217 Forest Road Greenfield, NH 3047 P: 603-547-3800 F: 603-547-3801

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

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

Red-D-Arc Welderentals

Gail McRoberts 685 Lee Industrial Boulevard Austell, GA 30168 P: 770-819-1515 F: 770-819-0179

Hanes Supply, Inc.

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

Simpson Strong-Tie

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

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

St. Louis Screw & Bolt

Joe Howard P.O. Box 260 200 Access Boulevard Madison, IL 62060 P: 800-237-7059 F: 314-389-7510

Haydon Bolts, Inc.

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

Stud Welding Associates

Bill Mitterko 12200 Alameda Drive Strongsville, OH 44149 P: 440-783-3160 F: 440-783-3178

Hercules Bolt Company

Michael Musselwhite P.O. Box 535 1010 River Bluff Drive (Madison, TN 37115) Madison, TN 37116 P: 615-321-5020 F: 615-321-2401

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Hilti, Inc.

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

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

Dillon Supply Company

LeJeune Bolt Company

Eric Dillon 440 Civic Boulevard Raleigh, NC 27610 P: 919-838-4200 F: 919-838-4352

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


Lincoln Electric

Scott Matson 1880 D-MAC Drive Alpharetta, GA 30004 P: 770-664-7120 F: 770-664-5682

Manitowoc Crane Group

Cheri Swisher 7001 East Lindner Avenue Mesa, AZ 85209 P: 480-250-5266 F: 480-471-0817

Tekla, Inc.

Don Grigg 1075 Big Shanty Rd NW, Suite 175 Kennesaw, GA 30144 P: 770-426-5105 F: 770-919-0574

The Crosby Group, LLC

Mike Wheeler P.O. Box 3128 2801 Dawson Road Tulsa, OK 74110 P: 918-834-4611 F: 918-832-8833

United Rentals

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

Matt Fleming 22801 Saint Clair Avenue Cleveland, OH 44117 P: 216-481-8100 F: 216-486-1751

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Caldwell’s new Dura-Lite™ Technology supports U.S. Navy’s Triton Drone Testing The Caldwell Group (Rockford, Illinois) partnered with Certex Lifting Products (Houston, Texas) to engineer and manufacture a lifting system to support the U.S. Navy’s Triton MQ-4C Drone development. The system was used in the NAS Patuxent River

Anechoic Chamber during two months of specialized testing. Certex was awarded the project in late 2014 and immediately partnered with Caldwell because of the recently released, and patent pending, Dura-Lite™ Composite Lifting and Spreader beam product line. There are many advantages to utilizing composite materials in below the hook lifting, it is lightweight, nonconductive, and non-corrosive. The testing in the Anechoic Chamber required a material that did not interfere with the electromagnetic testing. Dura-Lite™ products were the ideal solution. Caldwell manufactured the main lifting beam, spreader beams and wing cradles. Certex provided shackles and manufactured the slings for the lifting system. All sub-assemblies were tested at Caldwell’s new 84,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility and then shipped to Patuxent River for use. Caldwell personnel were on site in August 2015 for the system installation and initial




testing. “It was very exciting to be on site for the initial lift and an honor to support the U.S. Navy in this project” said Dan Mongan, Product Development Specialist and lead designer of the Dura-Lite™ product line.

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