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18 New Training Requirements for Aerial Lift Users

33 Annual Membership and Board Directory


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FEATURES Management


The Project Manager’s Toolbox Software programs enhance BIM in the office and the field. By Lucy Perry

In the Field


Raising the Standards New safe use and training requirements impact erectors using boom lifts, scissor lifts. By Tony Groat


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Special Focus

Recruiting, Training, and Employing Ironworkers

2017 Directory

SEAA members lead effort to develop skilled workers

Annual Membership and Directory of Board Members

By Tracy Bennett

About the cover: S&R Enterprises established Ironworker Apprenticeship in Florida. The company recently completed work on NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center, which required a high level of training and highly skilled ironworkers. ONLINE HIGHLIGHTS


QQPreventing Tipovers in Boom Lifts QQOSHA Whitepaper Ties Safety with Corporate Sustainability QQAltec Introduces Offsettable Jib for AC45-127S QQUnited Rentals to acquire NES Rentals QQLincoln Electric Remembers Valued Life-Long Team Members

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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.

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

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

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

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

Accredited Credentials at Reduced Cost SEAA’s NCCER sponsorship means your company can provide industry-recognized credentials to your employees with the benefit of SEAA adminstrative support and at a lower cost to members than going direct through NCCER.

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

Influence Industry Standards SEAA strategic partnerships with industry groups provides your company with industry represnetation with American Institute of Steel Construction, Steel Joist Institute, Steel Deck Institute, National Institute of Steel Detailing, and others.

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Steel Erectors Association of America Piedmont Leaf Lofts 401 E. 4th Street, #204 Winston-Salem, NC 27101-4171 336-294-8880 OFFICERS & EXECUTIVE STAFF Josh Cilley, President David Schulz, VP, Industry Representative Carrie Sopuch-Gulajan, VP, Associate Representative Geoffrey Kress, Treasurer Chris Legnon, Secretary and Media Committee Chairman Tom Underhill, Executive Director PUBLISHING PARTNER Chris Harrison, Publisher Phone 660-287-7660 Tracy Bennett, Managing Editor Phone 816-536-7903 Eileen Kwiatkowski, Art Director MEDIA ADVISORY COMMITTEE Chris Legnon, Fabricators, Cooper Steel Jim Simonson, Fabricators, Steel Service Josh Cilley, Erectors, American Steel & Precast Erectors and Buckner Steel Erection Glen Pisani, Erectors, MAS Building & Bridge Bryan McClure, Safety, MSC Safety Solutions Ed Valencia, Safety, Peterson Beckner Industries Connector™ is published quarterly by the Steel Erectors Association of America, 401 E. 4th Street, #204, Winston-Salem, NC 27101-4171. Copyright 2017 by the Steel Erectors Association of America. No material may be reprinted without permission from the Executive Director. While the information and recommendations contained in this publication have been compiled from sources believed to be reliable, the Steel Erectors Association of America, its affiliates, employees, contributors, writers, editors, designers, photographers, and media advisory committee, makes no guarantee as to, and assumes no responsibility for, the correctness, sufficiency or completeness of such information or recommendations and cannot be held responsible for the outcome of any action or decision based on the information contained in this publication or claims made by advertisers. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission of the Publisher. Permission is only deemed valid if approval is in writing.


By Josh Cilley

Converging Factors will Put Pressure on Ironworker Labor Supply


predict that by this summer steel erectors may be facing serious shortages of qualified labor, affecting their ability to deliver jobs on time and on budget. An expanding economy and increasing numbers of job starts combined with tightening U.S. immigration policies, could mean a perfect storm for meeting construction labor needs. I’m hearing similar concerns from other erectors and contractors working in the northeast, and I suspect the same is true all over the country. SEAA’s ironworker training program has put in motion solutions that will deliver long-term results to the labor supply problem. But what are erectors going to do in the short term? You either turn work away because you don’t have the bandwidth or you take a calculated risk, hoping that all the projects don’t actually start on time. In the past, it was often possible to turn to temporary labor placement agencies or other erectors with gaps in their schedule to fill the void. Inevitably, in these situations, contractors end up in a wage war, which means we will all be paying more for lesser skilled people. Labor recruitment cannot be a knee-jerk reaction to immediate needs. Today’s erection contractors must forecast, integrating recruitment, engagement, and retention into your business plan the same way we account for fleet downtime, maintenance, and turnover. At the 2017 SEAA Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C., you’ll hear from one organization that is helping contractors predict how many craft workers will be available at a given point in time in a given local region. Construction Labor Market Analyzer® collects capital and maintenance project information directly from owners, Dodge Data & Analytics, and its own research to produce market-based project planning data. Contractors can tap actionable data for 49 crafts and 14 professional positions in order to evaluate project risk and labor imbalances. You’ll also hear from a new member who is successfully recruiting and training military veterans to become ironworkers. Adaptive Construction Solutions has developed a formula to mobilize new recruits as apprentice ironworkers to contractor employers in four to seven months. Their program includes intensive onboarding and Josh Cilley is the 2016-2018 president of the Steel Erectors Association of America. He also leads American Steel & Precast Erectors in New Hampshire and Buckner Steel Erectors in North Carolina, serving as president to both steel erection companies.


front-loaded training, with salaries covered primarily by workforce development incentives and veteran compensation funds. Military veterans are highly motivated, with maturity and experience that contributes to successful integration into steel erection teams. While I certainly don’t have the answer, I do know that if your organization is not focusing on recruitment, your long-term viability as an organization may be called into question. Many larger contractors have even made talent development a full time position within their companies. At a minimum, I suggest that you recruit from within, using current employees as a resource for attracting new workers. Leverage your relationships in the community, such as local community or vocational schools, high schools, and workforce development groups. But perhaps more importantly, join trade associations such as SEAA and participate in their meetings. You won’t solve the qualified labor supply puzzle by reading any article, especially this one. But I promise that these are the very real issues erectors who are members of SEAA work on together. Collaboration happens when you network with other like-minded business owners and managers. I invite you to attend SEAA’s annual convention in April in Myrtle Beach, S.C., or join us for a quarterly board meeting to learn more about the association. This summer we will meet jointly with the Steel Erectors Safety Association of Colorado in Denver, and this fall we hold our annual golf tournament in conjunction with the fall meeting in Raleigh, N.C.

SEAA Releases Ironworker Training & Apprenticeship Logo SEAA partnered with NCCER to develop and initiate the SEAA Ironworker Craft Training Program in March 2014. In just three years the program has grown from concept, to a network of Training Units in 11 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, the program meets U.S. Department of Labor requirements for apprenticeships. To provide additional marketing resources and recognition for those members who are integrating these programs, SEAA has released a new logo, which will be used by the association and approved members when promoting these programs.

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Events & Activities


Training Now Available Coast to Coast


EAA announces that its Ironworker Training Units are now available from Coast to Coast with the addition of Rackley Company, a structural steel erector and metal building erector located in Northern California. SEAA partnered with NCCER to develop and initiate the SEAA Ironworker Craft Training Program in March 2014. In just three years the program has grown from concept, to a network of Training Units in 11 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, the program meets U.S. Department of Labor requirements for apprenticeships. Rackley Company, a SEAA member since 2011 with 40 years of experience, serves Southern Oregon to Central California. The company erects commercial buildings, institutional structures, agriculture infrastructure, industrial buildings, and multi-family housing. Like many steel erectors, the company faces the need to maintain a skilled workforce as they prepare to lose seasoned ironworkers to retirement. “Rackley Company currently employs more than 60 field personnel. With continued steady growth from year to year, and many 20+ year employees heading to retirement, we face the dilemma of maintaining a knowledgeable workforce,” said Scott Rackley, president. It was for this reason the company decided to establish SEAA/ NCCER Ironworker Craft Training, with a future goal of offering Ironworker Apprenticeship. Currently, two other SEAA members have successfully established Ironworker Apprenticeships in Texas and Florida. “The SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training Program will attract a desirable pool of qualified applicants, and help new hires reach their full potential. This will help us grow the next generation of great ironworkers and steel erectors,” said Rackley.



Steel Opens Training

May 8-12 Members can report their participation and receive a certificate from OSHA.

Steel Erectors Safety Association of Colorado Meeting July 12 Denver, Colo.

Garrison Steel Inc. recently opened a hands-on workshop at its headquarters in Pell City, Ala., to complement the Core and Introduction to Ironworker classes it is holding at nearby Jefferson State Community College. The inaugural class of high school students includes 22 seniors, who are set to complete the program in May with Level 1 Ironworker credentials. Garrison Steel is using the SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training Program. Following eight weeks of classroom instruction, students will spend another eight weeks at the new hands-on workshop to learning practical skills such as welding, oxy fuel cutting, rigging, and crane familiarity. Garrison acknowledges the generosity of NUCOR Steel, NexAir, Lincoln Electric, Cobb Wire Rope and Sling and Service Construction Supply for donating supplies and equipment. “This high school program is a first step in introducing a new generation about the rewarding and financially viable careers to be found in construction,” said John Garrison, CEO. “Next is creating distance learning to reach incumbent workers seeking to upgrade their skills,” he added.


Open for 18th Annual Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament

SEAA returns to the Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Oct. 20, 2017 for the 18th Annual Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament. Registration is now open and $25 Early-Bird Discount expires June 30. All proceeds from this event fund the development of new steel erection training programs sponsored by the SEAA Safety and Education Committee. Visit to register.


Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

SEAA 3rd Quarter Board Meeting July 13 Denver, Colo.

Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament Oct. 20, 2017 Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh, N.C.

2017 Project of the Year Submissions For jobs that top out by Dec. 31, 2017 Due March 1, 2018 project_of_the_year

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Electric Multi-Process Welder

The Flextec 650X multi-process welder from Lincoln Electric gives operators full functionality and control at the arc without an added control cable, thanks to embedded CrossLinc Technology. Expanding on the Flextec 650 platform, the Flextec 650X is rated at 650 amps, 44 volts at 100 percent duty cycle. It delivers up to 815 amps for heavy applications or a stable arc at low currents for MIG or TIG welding on thin materials. It’s designed for large-diameter stick, flux-cored, MIG or submerged arc welding on thick materials, and is capable of gouging with up to a ½ in. carbon.


Worldwide TIG Welding System

A worker welds on the construction site of Lincoln Electric’s new $30 million Welding Technology Center in Euclid, Ohio. Crews placed the final beam in early February, completing the structural frame of the building. The opening of the 130,000-sq.-ft. facility, which doubles capacity to 180 welding booths, marks the centennial anniversary of Lincoln Electric’s legacy welding school.

Celebrating 50 years of developing technology and products for the welding industry, CK Worldwide introduces the MT200-AC/DC complete TIG Welding System. The system offers an easy-to-use interface, and a compact portable design for mobility and use in tight work spaces. Featuring two dynamic modes for TIG and stick welding, the MT200-AC/DC delivers arc strikes as low as 5 amps for use on thin material, while also maintaining the power and performance characteristics of larger welding machines. The MT200-AC/DC Complete TIG Welding System includes the MT200-AC/DC, CK-17 Flex-Head torch with Super-Flex cable and dinse connector, AK-3 accessory kit, foot pedal amperage control, ground clamp, single-flow regulator, and a 220V to 115V power adapter. 12 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

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Plasma Cutting

Hypertherm introduced a new class of plasma cutting systems called X-Definition, available for the first time in a 300-amp plasma system called the XPR300. X-Definition class plasma deliver plasma cut quality on mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Lab testing shows ISO-9013 Range 2 cut quality on thin mild steel and extended ISO Range 3 cuts on thicker metals. Hypertherm engineers developed several patent-pending processes, including Vented Water Injection, plasma dampening, and Vent-toShield technologies. The end result is squarer cut edges, markedly less angularity, and excellent surface finish on non-ferrous metals like aluminum and stainless steel.


Dynamic Gas Mixer

Airgas introduces an on-site gas mixing solution in a compact, easy-to-use device that requires no buffer tank. Installation and maintenance of the mixer are performed by the manufacturer. The design, which features minimal moving parts, no power supply, and no solenoid valves, is engineered for outdoor installations from -40°F up to 122°F. It produces stable and consistent gas mixtures with high accuracy and a fixed composition which requires no on-site calibration, and no need for an analyzer. The mixer offers strict quality control of argon and carbon dioxide, and assures the same quality and accuracy of welding gas products in cylinders. It is compliant with stringent safety standards; its liquid supply is assured by Airgas; and the mixer is compatible with all types of storage tanks. 14 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

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John Tillman Co. offers insulated welding gloves and kneeling pad. The MIG Welder Glove, manufactured of insulated grain goatskin/cowhide split and glide patches, has a top train seamless index finger. It is fleece lined for heat protection, has a longer 5-in. cuff for additional protection, and is offered in sizes M, L, and XL. Tillman’s Welder’s Kneeling Pad is designed for welding applications that require kneeling. The cowhide/ split leather design resists sparks and spatter. The lightweight, portable pad measures 1’x 2’. The Cut-Resistant Gloves from Tillman, in M, L, and XL, have a 13 gauge high-visibility green knitted shell, made from a HPPE / glass fiber blend. They feature an integrated glass knit liner, sandy nitrile palm, and silicon impact pads, and remain flexible in temperatures to -40°F.


ArcReach Technology

Miller Electric Mfg. Co., now makes its ArcReach remote control technology available on Big Blue 400, 500, and 600 Pro engine-driven welder/generators models. The same ArcReach accessories that work on ArcReachequipped XMT and Dimension power sources can now also be used on select engine-driven equipment. In addition, legacy wire feeders and remotes will continue to work with the ArcReach-equipped machines. With several ArcReach accessories, welding operators can remotely set up and make process and parameter adjustments for stick, TIG, MIG, flux-cored and advanced wire processes all at the weld joint. In addition, the Big Blue 400, 500, and 600 Pro models have a redesigned user-friendly front panel that includes a customizable service interval reminder and a USB port for uploading software and downloading machine usage data.


Welding Gloves

Steiner Industries the MEGA MIG 0216 Welding Glove. The glove features a unique multi-leather construction which combines a premium tan grain cowhide palm; a rust split cowhide back; and reverse goatskin reinforced palm and thumb. This glove, available in sizes small through 2X-large, also has a fully cotton fleece lining, and a seamless index finger. The latest launch for Steiner’s Kevlar Cut-Resistant Glove line is the 0200K, a new driver’s style multi-purpose glove that features premium grain goatskin. It features fully lined Kevlar palm, back, and fingers, is cut level 2, and is Kevlar sewn for added seam strength, cut and heat resistance.

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By Lucy Perry

The Project Manager’s Toolbox Software programs enhance BIM in the office and the field


ne of the hottest trends in construction in 2017 is increased use of building information modeling (BIM) across entire projects. The faster the data can be shared, the better. For steel erectors, a project management software program that grows with the operation helps all parties quickly and easily process that data. These days, the key to BIM is moving more information from the back office out to workers in the field. Glen Pisani, steel division manager for MAS Building & Bridge Inc. in Norfolk, Mass., says because steel erection is a relatively easy construction process, things can “go south quickly.” He boils it down to “knowing sooner: The better you are at knowing how you’re doing production-wise, the sooner you can react if there’s a problem.”

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Shedding that paper trail Because of that need to know, MAS connected its back office with steel erection crews in the field with Field2Base, a software program designed for collection, delivery, and integration of mobile data into current or legacy IT systems. Pisani says the transition was simple: They took current forms and generated electronic copies of them. “We got the guys tablets, and in the field they were able to process the info, and email items rather than hand-deliver them. We could download info into the tablets for paperless filing and records.” Still fairly old-school and wanting to attract younger, more computer-savvy workers, the company implemented paperless estimating practices with a software program that would enable the back office to estimate onscreen. They found On-screen Takeoff from On Center Software, which helps contractors reduce costs, save time, and improve accuracy in processing job takeoff lists. “You download drawings and you’re able to do the entire


estimate by clicking on sections and counting the job electronically,” explains Pisani. “We’re taking baby steps in understanding how to use it.” MAS went a step further, connecting On-Screen Takeoff to its QuickBid program to generate project management data — quantities, budgets, and production rates. QuickBid also has a digital production control feature where, with On-Screen Takeoff, the user can dial into the project to monitor progress. Finally, because every ironworker is accountable for what he or she has accomplished on a given day, MAS sought to track all daily production rates. Their project management solution tracks a line item or personnel hours, or monitors progress in the field, to make modifications as needed. “We began doing that with paper, then with Field2Base,” explains Pisani. “On-screen Takeoff enables us to cue the foreman or designated person onsite. When a piece is erected, they can touch it on a screen and it’s counted as a pick. The info goes back to our office as completed, and a report is generated based on info produced in the field.” Lissette Costa, Project Analyst for Buckner Companies, likes the eSUB program for similar reasons. It allows subcontractors to control documents as it connects office to field, and helps the back office see in real time what supervisors are doing. Paperwork interaction in the BIM model happens faster, too, says Costa. “Instead of waiting for daily reports, now change orders and RFIs can be manipulated by multiple users simultaneously, which saves time overall along with having a more professional appearance.” Buckner’s back office uses the program in multiple ways: Because it’s web-based, it can be accessed by computer at any location, via the internet. “Also, our supervisors and foremen use it through a mobile app in the field on their tablet and phone” Costa adds.

and mark the amount of metal decking, or braces, that went down, for instance. The project requires the information be accurate, especially with BIM at play, he explains. “If a guy has mud on his fingers and he touches his screen, you’re not going to get eSub helps to connect what's happening in the field with back office systems. that level of accuracy. That’s where we’re at.”

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With steel erection jobsites operating under the BIM umbrella more frequently these days, simplicity in project management apps is desired. Managers want to quickly access daily reports, contact lists, and project data on an electronic device. And, they want the screen to show clear images. “We use eSUB typically for daily reports and data that can be quickly pulled up on an Ipad or phone,” says Costa. “If the screen is convoluted, it makes it difficult to read a lot of info very specific to the steel-erection project. So, ease of use is most important.” And eSUB’s field notes is a benefit to the BIM concept, too, she continues. “With one click, you can take a picture of something, draw on the picture, circle the problem area, and type in a detailed explanation of what you’re referencing. Once that’s auto-saved in eSUB, in the office we can see it immediately. It becomes something we can use when we’re with a client on the phone. In a meeting, we can get real-time info,” says Costa. The eSUB program is far from perfect, though, she says. “I would love for it to be able to integrate with accounting software. You’re limited right now in what you’re doing. There are ways around it, but it’s cumbersome. It’s document management software, but it would be nice if you could integrate it like Viewpoint or Timberline software programs.” MAS’ biggest concern now is its crew’s computer acumen, says Pisano: “One, we have ironworkers in the field because they didn’t like school. They’re not the most computer-savvy. Two, we have tablets, and you need a big screen and someplace to sit down to create a report.” A modular steel project, such as a retail pharmacy build, wouldn’t warrant reporting because it’s simple. On a larger job, a cost administrator in a trailer would take quantities from the field and process them,

He says MAS will likely always use Field2Base for smaller jobs, and QuickBid with digital production control on more complex projects that track materials and project changes in order to meet BIM needs. He believes it’s critical for a company to be progressive, but choose the most appropriate project management program for the operation. “We researched Bid Wizard and Bluebeam, but what we have in place now works best for us. Tweak your system until you’re comfortable with it, especially if you’re transitioning to a new one. Check it until you’re comfortable they match.”



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By Tony Groat

Raising the Standards New safe use and training requirements impact erectors using boom lifts, scissor lifts

Erectors frequently use boom lifts and scissor lifts to position ironworkers for bolting and welding activities.


suite of three new standards for Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWPs) – previously known as Aerial Work Platforms (AWPs) will soon be published. A few key changes are important for anyone who uses equipment such as boom lifts or scissor lifts. The new standards—A92.20, A92.22, and A92.24—are written in a very different format than the current standards. Today A92 standards are structured in sections by entity, such as manufacturer, dealer, owner, user, operator. The proposed standards are structured by Tony Groat is North American Manager for the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and chairman of ANSI A92 standards committee for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). Contact him at

the work platform is stationary, it shall set off audible and visual alarms and prevent all movement of the work platform. Movement shall only restart if the overload is removed. When at ground level, you may easily remove the overload to regain movement. However, if the load is added to an elevated work platform, such as removing a piece of equipment, this may not be so straightforward (i.e. auxillary power to lower). This new feature will require that users plan and ID the exact weight of all loads going into the platform before operations begin. Loads include workers with winter clothing, tools, materials, etc. While this may be interpreted by some as a negative, no-one should be overloading the work platform anyway, and by adding this feature a manufacturer can more accurately determine the loads the equipment can handle, which may result in higher allowable rated workloads in various machine configurations in future.

"All industry stakeholders will be impacted by changes in these standards."

task, such as maintenance, inspection, repair, operation, transport, training. Comparing the existing standard with the new standards cannot be done by comparing section one vs the new section one, rather through a detailed comparison of all the sections taken together. All industry stakeholders will be impacted by changes in these standards.

Design changes Starting with design, several new requirements are intended to protect operators. An example is the addition of a requirement that all work platforms (with limited exceptions) will require platform load-sensing systems. If the load-sensing system is triggered while


Current standards require an alarm to sound when the maximum allowable slope is reached, commonly known as the tilt alarm. This alarm is a notification to the operator to return to a level surface. In addition to sounding an alarm, the new design standard will also prevent certain movement (by limiting control functions, for instance) when reaching the allowable limits of chassis inclination. This feature will prevent further movement that could place the machine into an unstable condition. So if a new model will not allow you travel where you did prior, this should

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Do you follow ANSI? Most people in the construction industry are aware of OSHA regulations, but lack familiarity with ANSI standards. Too often ANSI standards are ignored, as they are considered by some to be voluntary and therefore not enforceable. That assumption is unwise. It is true that OSHA regulations are law and ANSI standards are voluntary consensus standards, but when OSHA addresses the safe use of Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWPs) – previously known as Aerial Work Platforms (AWPs) – they will use the ANSI standards as the benchmark for acceptable safe-use practices across the industry. OSHA will reference the ANSI standards in a 5a1 general duty clause citation that involve MEWPs/AWPs. These standards define requirements for the design and manufacture of the equipment, the broad responsibilities for entities involved in safe use of the equipment, and the training requirements for operators, supervisors and occupants of the equipment.

MEWP operators are trained in the following: •  Proper selection of the correct MEWP for the work to be performed; •  The rules, regulations and standards that apply to MEWPs, including the provisions for safe use as defined in ANSI A92.22, training and familiarization, and the work being performed; •  Potential hazards associated with use of MEWPs and the means to protect against identified hazards; •  Knowledge that the manufacturer's operation manuals are an integral part of the MEWP and need to be stored properly in the weather-resistant compartment on the MEWP. None of these requirements should be new practices, but are now responsibilities specifically stated in the standard. That said, item (b) includes provisions defined in the A92.22 safe-use standard. This does introduce new requirements and changes from prior standards.

unauthorized use of MEWP and required documentation. A detailed plan for the performance of a site risk assessment has been added to identify hazards, evaluate risk, develop control measures and communicate with affected persons. This task is not an operator responsibility unless the operator is also the site supervisor.

Operator training The requirements for operator training have also been updated, with more details on what constitutes compliant training. There are two clear and distinct components to operator training – classroom/theory training and hands-on/practical evaluations. Operators must be provided the training for safe use in classroom training and demonstrate that knowledge and proficient operation of the machine. Added to operator training is the requirement to provide instructions to MEWP

be read as an improvement on safety – not a reduction in machine utility. You should not have been doing that in the past, as you placed yourself and others at risk! Additionally, as a by-product of new stability testing that require machine testing to include fully deflated air filled tire in the worse possible position, you can expect to see foam filled tires only on most rough terrain scissor and booms.

Training requirements While I can add other design changes and impacts, that information should come to you through compliance training. For MEWP users, this knowledge should come as a result of a significant addition to the safe-use standard in the requirement for supervisors of MEWP operators to receive training. The impending ANSI standards were the talk of ConExpo 2017, where IPAF exhibited in the Lift Safety Zone. This may have been an assumption Companies and operators were keen to find out how to become compliant. Tony Groat will present more in the past that those who the standard information on how the new A92 standards affect steel erectors at the 45th Annual SEAA National Convention. required to monitor, supervise and warn of potential hazard where qualified to do so. In Risk assessment occupants regarding a basic level of knowlfact, the prior standards required operator One of the new additions is the require- edge to work safely on the MEWP. re-training “based on the user’s observation ment to implement safe-use planning. Of course, this article cannot provide the and evaluation of the operator.” The evalua- Planning includes performing a risk assess- reader all of the knowledge required to be tion of the operator can only be accomplished ment, proper selection of the MEWP, worksite compliant with these new standards; it is by personnel who know and understand the planning, ensuring proper maintenance and merely a sample of some of the key changes requirements defined in the standards. inspections, ensuring approved operators that will be in the new standards and it is The new standard states that users shall are trained and familiarized, having trained highly recommended that these are read and ensure personnel that directly supervise and qualified supervisors, prevention from digested in full once they are published.


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By Tracy Bennett

Recruiting, Training, and Employing Ironworkers SEAA members lead effort to develop skilled workers

Ironworkers, employed by S&R Enterprises, utilized swing stages and Bosun’s chairs to access various platforms of the 500 ft. open bay inside NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “This was a very custom design with extremely tight tolerances,” said Josh Collins, Senior Project Manager. “Working in a zero defect environment required ironworkers with a very high level of skill and training. I am so proud of our team,” he said. Credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky, Photographer


t long last, Career and Technical Education in the United States is integrating skill specific training with high school and post-secondary curriculum and engaging employers and trade associations as industry partners. According to the Association of Career and Technical Education, this transition represents “a fundamental shift in philosophy.” Technical training is no longer just for those students who don’t plan to go to college, helping to remove the stigma attached to careers in construction and other trades. According to 2016 data from Construction Labor Market Analyzer, more than 5.7 million workers will be needed through 2020 in non-residential construction, yet the expected available construction workforce during this period will only be 4.7 million, resulting in a deficit of at least 1 million workers. Recognizing the need to attract and train a new generation of ironworkers, three years ago the Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) embarked on a journey to establish ironworker training and apprenticeship programs

across the country. SEAA and NCCER together created materials and assessments that provide accredited, industry-recognized skills qualification. SEAA supports its members who desire to establish local training and/or apprenticeship through its affiliation with NCCER. Standardized training, however, doesn’t mean that steel erectors are limited to a cookie-cutter program. Each of the SEAA member companies participating is taking a different approach, molding the program to their individual needs. Some are targeting high school seniors or military veterans, while others are providing skills development to their existing workforce. Most participating companies are erectors, but not all. Others are engaged in fabrication, labor recruitment and employment placement, risk management services, and one is a technical college system that provides assessments only. At press time, more than a dozen companies with programs in 12 states are participating. Meanwhile, SEAA’s accreditations are evolving. In January, SEAA announced that


it has completed NCCER endorsement of rigger, signal person, and mobile crane operator certifications and credentials. “These certifications complement SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training, as many ironworkers must also be qualified to perform rigging, signaling, or crane operation tasks,” said Tim Eldridge, SEAA Craft Training and Assessment Coordinator and President of Education Services Unlimited. The benefit of partnering with NCCER is that SEAA members can tap any of the 70+ craft curricula it offers. That’s just what Cole-Preferred Safety Consulting Inc., Denver, Colo., did. In addition to becoming an approved SEAA/NCCER training unit and assessment site for ironworker, rigger, and signal person credentials, it is also offering NCCER training and assessments for welding, safety tech/orientation, and project supervision.

Ironworker training trends “Our current fight to build a skilled workforce must embrace technology. The built environment becomes more challenging

every day. The new craft professional must be just as savvy with technology as with his or her hands,” said Eldridge. Eldridge admits that traditional apprenticeship is a proven method, but given the skilled labor deficit and shifts in learning styles, he believes craft training must be fast paced, providing independent learning opportunities so that individuals can excel to become productive employees early in their career. “Boot camp style apprenticeship is a popular trend, providing up to a year of classroom training and adequate hours performing critical hands-on activities before stepping on a job site. Knowledge based learning will continue to become more and more convenient as eLearning technology advances,” he said. The key to success, however, is providing structured hands-on activities and on the job experience. “Taking time for mastery is an even bigger challenge for a generation that wants to move so fast,” he said.

Constructors Inc., Geismar, La. “Utilizing the SEAA/NCCER ironworker training program, we can hire employees who need additional training and teach them the correct way to perform steel erection, allowing them to become more efficient ironworkers, while still creating a safe culture,” he said. S&R Enterprises, a national structural steel and precast erector based in Pennsylvania, took a similar approach on a recent prevailing wage project in Florida. “We identified as many as 8 workers, who were hired as laborers, but had the skill and desire to become ironworkers,” said Josh Collins, PMP, senior project manager for S&R Enterprises. These were workers who saw beyond a temporary setback in hourly rates as an apprentice to the long-term opportunity to become journeyman ironworkers. Those that were interested underwent a skills assessment, then were placed in S&R’s ironworker apprenticeship program, where they received classroom and on-the-job skills based training. S&R used SEAA’s Ironworker Apprenticeship program, which meets U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, guidelines for apprenticeship standards. At the conclusion of the three-year project 50% of the apprentices chose to stay on with S&R, many of them working toward Level 2 Ironworker. “SEAA’s training and apprenticeship programs create a pool of documented, qualified ironworkers who can work anywhere. Before that only existed in the union realm,” said Collins. Bickerstaff, of Eastern Constructors, adds that access to NCCER’s Annotated National Registry is a valuable tool for tracking the credentials of individuals. Not only is it a verification of an individual worker’s A training program that teaches the correct way to perform skill level, it’s also a sales tool, various tasks, such as welding, allows Eastern Constructors to develop future ironworkers to feed their labor pipeline. allowing companies that work with Eastern Constructors to see Skilled labor pipeline a verification of their company’s workforce. SEAA members understand that training is not an overnight solution, but one with Investing in training long-term benefits for their companies. “We “Return on investment should be evident are now able to hire new employees with in higher productivity, reduction in safety less experience. In the past, these are people related incidents, and less re-work,” said we might not have considered,” said Gerald Eldridge. Collins, of S&R Enterprises, agrees. Bickerstaff, MA, QA/QC Director for Eastern “We believe a strong commitment to training 24 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

Member Companies Providing SEAA/NCCER Training Adaptive Construction Solutions Inc. (Texas) • Ironworker, Electrician, Crane Operator • Ironworker Apprenticeship All Things Metal LLC (Arizona) • Ironworker, Rigger, Signal Person Atlas Manufacturing (Washington, D.C.) • Ironworker Cole-Preferred Safety Consulting Inc. (Colorado) • Ironworker, Rigger, Signal Person, Welding, Safety Tech/Orientation, Project Supervision Cooper Steel Inc. (Tennessee) • Ironworker, Rigger, Signal Person Eastern Constructors Inc. (Louisiana) • Ironworker Garrison Steel Erectors Inc. (Alabama) • Ironworker Rackley Company (California) • Ironworker S&R Enterprises LLC (Pennsylvania and Florida) • Ironworker, Rigger, Signal Person • Ironworker Apprenticeship Schulz Iron Works Inc. (North Carolina) • Ironworker, Rigger, Signal Person, Crane Operator Shelby Erectors Inc. (Florida) • Ironworker for Reinforcing Steel Construction Steel Fab Enterprises LLC (Pennsylvania) • Ironworker Trident Technical College (South Carolina) • Assessments Only

directly relates to safety and quality,” he said. In fact, the company finds that developing an apprenticeship workforce is far more effective and less costly than trying to re-train journeyman ironworkers.

Recruiting outside of construction “SEAA has worked hard to put a great program together, but now we need to focus on filling the classroom with students,” said Josh Cilley, who is president of both American Steel & Precast Erectors, Greenfield, N.H., and Buckner Steel Erectors, Graham, N.C. Cilley is the current president of SEAA’s board of directors. “A grass roots effort by individual members is necessary to partner with local high schools, technical and junior colleges, and military bases,” he said. Among the challenges the industry faces are misperceptions regarding risk and reward. “Although this is a high-risk occupation, the perception that it is dangerous is misguided. Many erectors today have built strong safety cultures. The equipment and methods used today have come a

Meanwhile, in Texas, Adaptive Construction Solutions, is leading the charge to recruit, train, and employ military veterans. ACS leverages workforce development funding to offset most or all expenses associated with their programs. They have a successful recruiting program that pulls veterans transitioning from active duty as well as those who have not found a career since separating from the Armed Forces. To date ACS’s customers have experienced 87% retention rate at 90 days of employment, and more than 100,000 man hours worked without a recordable injury. Here’s a closer look at each of these programs.

The high school template In Alabama, construction owner and contractor groups began supporting a marketing

Since implementing SEAA Ironworker Training at its company, several Cooper Steel employees have achieved highest levels of certification, including NCCER Certified Plus Ironworker status.

“I think return on investment is an understatement,” said Jeremy Macliver, Chief Operations Officer, All Things Metal, Phoenix, Ariz. “Without a qualified workforce, your marketing, sales, reputation, and assets cannot do anything.” While the company’s efforts are attracting both novices and journeyman, the single biggest impact on the company’s investment has been the ability to conduct NCCER Knowledge Verification of their current workforce. Giving employees the tools to identify strengths and weaknesses has “encouraged them to attend courses in the areas that they showed opportunity for growth. The results are showing up in improved field performance and in the crew’s confidence,” said Macliver. Training also has positive returns for the individual worker. “We started the training program in 2014. Since then nine employees have reached the highest level of certification, Industrial Ironworker Certified Plus,” said Josh Bobo, Assistant Operations and QA Manager, CWI, for Cooper Steel, Shelbyville, Tenn. Six other individuals have achieved Industrial Ironworker. “These individuals have excelled within our company and have been promoted accordingly. The SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Training Program continues to deliver quality results with each successful examination,” he said.

Garrison Steel Erectors recently offered its first hands-on ironworker training class for high school students. Here the high school seniors visited ongoing construction at Northside Medical Clinic in Pell City, Ala., for a lesson on anchor bolt installation and column plumbing.

long way in making our industry safer. On the financial side, skilled craft workers make a very good living—as much if not more than recent four-year college graduates,” he added. Two of SEAA’s training units are making great strides to reach new demographics, recruiting them to careers in steel erection. At press time, Garrison Steel Erectors Inc., Pell City, Ala., was halfway through its first Introduction to Ironworking class with 22 high school students from local schools. The class, currently being led by Garrison owner and CEO John Garrison, is many years in the making.


program called GoBuild Alabama ( in 2009, which has helped to change the image of construction in the minds of young people, and their teachers and parents. Then in 2015, after nearly 20 years of lobbying, the state legislature passed the Alabama Craft Training Act, which collects $1 for every $1000 of construction value on building permits throughout the state. For instance a $60,000,000 project would generate $60,000 for construction workforce development. Funds will be managed by the Alabama Craft Training Board, which will award grants

to qualified training programs. “It is anticipated that as much as $3-5 million per year will be available for distribution to junior colleges and other public and private training programs,” said Garrison. Collections began in October 2016; funding will be used for craft training, which is for non-working students; apprenticeship training, which is for incumbent workers wanting to upgrade skills; and task training, which includes one-time short term training for special purposes. Garrison says five things are needed to make construction craft training a success in Alabama: 1) curriculum, 2) venue, 3) teachers and trainers, 4) money, and 5) students. Garrison said: “The missing piece are passionate, qualified teachers with the right experience.” He’s hopeful funding will attract good, compe-

tent craft instructors. “Many of these students are disengaged. If we don’t get the right trainers, we’re going to lose them,” said Garrison. While the state’s mandate is for any construction craft, Garrison is focusing on ironworkers using the SEAA/NCCER program. (Garrison is not using any of the Alabama funds yet; rather he is tapping Federal Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act funds.) Upon completion of the Introduction to Ironworking course, the 22 high school seniors in his class will have achieved Level 1 Ironworker credentials. So what’s the

The first eight weeks of Intro to Ironworking taught by Garrison Steel Erectors is theoretical, taking place in the classroom. The remainder is practical. Here students learn principles of crane operation and apply welding skills to building welding booths that will be used by future classes.

next step? “We are willing to take as many as we can on as apprentice employees, and take over their training for Level 2 and Level 3 ironworker. For the ones we can't hire, we hope to find them jobs at other area erectors,” said Garrison. His attitude on investing in these young people is this: “A rising tide raises all boats.” The first eight weeks of the program is theoretical, taking place in the classroom. The remainder is practical. Portions of that take place in a hands-on workshop Garrison recently opened as well as on job sites.

Practical learning includes welding, oxy fuel cutting, rigging, and crane familiarity. In their own words, several of these students commented on the experience. “When I first started I didn’t think steel erection had that many procedures and rules to follow,” said Skyler West of Pell City High School, who added that he learned more about rigging than he expected to know. Meanwhile, Logan Castleberry, also of Pell City H.S., was surprised how many different aspects there are to being an ironworker. “Honestly, I had no clue what steel erection was. I thought it was like blacksmith work,” said Jacob Acton, Pell City H.S. “Now I know that it is [everything from] making steel to fabricating it, and hanging, bolting, and welding.” Asked what he would tell other students considering a career in construction, Daniel Crane of Pell City H.S., said: “They are going to have to work hard but if they are willing to put in the hours, they could have a secure and well-paying career to last a lifetime.” “This is a wonderful trade to get into. They need many, many workers and it’s still growing. You can travel and build new things,” said Alhjandre Smith, Talladega High School. “This high school program is a first step in introducing a new generation about the rewarding and financially viable careers to be found in construction,” said Garrison. “Next is creating distance learning to reach incumbent workers seeking to upgrade their skills,” he added. Connector | SPRING EDITION May 2017 | 27


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ACS invests in military veterans. It front loads training in an intensive hands-on program that includes the use of a training tower, and pays the apprentice ironworkers as they are learning by tapping military transition funds, grants, and workforce development money. Tapping experienced veterans Adaptive Construction Solutions (ACS), Houston, Texas, is taking a unique approach to ironworker recruitment, training, and job placement. The company is founded and managed by veterans. It partners with employers to develop skilled ironworkers from qualified U.S. military veterans at no cost to the veteran. Veterans are employed, trained, and join companies and crews with other veterans. “We understand that one of the most important factors in successfully re-integrating to civilian life is a steady paycheck,” explains Nick Morgan, founder and president. “In addition, we understand that veterans can fill a critical labor shortage in the steel erection industry.” The company, which opened its doors in April 2016, had already successfully train and placed more than 100 veterans on jobs performing steel erection activities by the end of the year. Within six months, the company had

achieved U.S. Department of Labor approval of its ironworker apprenticeship program, using the SEAA Ironworker Apprenticeship template. According to Morgan, ACS is the largest merit shop ironworker apprenticeship program in the United States. In 2017, it is looking to hire 400 ironworker apprentices, and expand training locations near military bases in Oklahoma and Colorado in the central region, in the east in Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, and at western locations in Oregon and California. The keys to the success of ACS’s training and apprenticeship model are four-fold. 1. The numbers support an ongoing supply to the apprenticeship pipeline. ACS reports that 250,000 service members transition from the armed forces annually (more than 1 million in last four years); and 31 percent file for unemployment after discharge.


2. The program is self-sustaining. By leveraging GI Bill benefits, Department of Defense funds, and various workforce development funding, veterans start earning above market pay from the first week of training. Meanwhile, contractors seeking to employ apprentices incur no training costs until the veteran exits the ACS training program after four to seven months. “OJT funding could be as much as 90 percent of wages for the first 1,040 hours worked,” explains Chuck Bagnato, Director of Talent Acquisition. The impact of using GI Bill funds is the retention of the apprentice and engagement in career progression. 3. Training is customizable to the employers’ needs. Using NCCER curriculum and credentials, ACS currently offers Core plus Ironworker 1, 2 and 3. In 2017, they will add training for electricians

Tips for Successful Ironworker Training Programs ■■ Encourage policymakers at all levels to embrace career and technical education at high school and post-secondary levels to help students see the relevance of school work, and to prepare them for high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers. ■■ Build partnerships with recruiting entities, including secondary and post-secondary schools, the Veterans Administration, workforce development groups, and other companies. ■■ Look for funding from government subsidies and workforce development grants and tax credits. ■■ Make the commitment to develop and implement a plan that will work for your needs, i.e. assessing current workforce to develop training to improve individual performance, or developing an apprenticeship program to train new hires. ■■ Provide sufficient personnel to oversee training programs. Regardless of the number of trainees, successful programs have people with dedicated time allotted for administration, planning, instructing and evaluating. Tacking additional tasks, especially training related tasks, onto an already maxed out position will not work. Minimum recommendations are for six instructors/performance evaluators, two administrators and two to four coordinators. ■■ Provide incentive for administrators, instructors and trainees to make this program a success. ■■ Be willing to spend the money necessary to hire only the best trainers to keep students engaged in the learning process.

and crane operators, with future plans for oil and gas drilling, mechanics, and commercial drivers. In addition, ACS carefully selects individuals through in-depth onboarding, which contributes to high retention rates. For those service members who engage prior to discharge, following the training period and after discharge, the veteran apprentice reports to the employer and moves directly to the location of the position. 4. The program provides supportive services specific to the needs of veterans, including assistance with reintegration to civilian life, peer networking, counseling, and community outreach and disaster response opportunities. “These men and women have to believe that the best things they’ve done in life are not behind them,” said Morgan. Opportunities to volunteer in crisis and disaster relief situations is offered as incentives. “The psychology of veterans is different than for people coming from the corporate world,” he said.

ACS applies military-style mentality to training veterans as ironworkers: intensive onboarding, teamwork activities, and volunteer missions to help those in need are among the aspects that appeal to this demographic. Connector | SPRING EDITION May 2017 | 31



2017 Membership


EAA provides safety, education, and productivity benefits for its members. It represents the interests of steel erectors, fabricators, general contractors, and other companies serving the structural steel construction market. The association began as a regional group in 1972, with the goal of improving communication between the fabricator and erector, in order to improve the construction process. Since then it has grown to a national organization, with a much broader scope of work. Over the years, the association has influenced standards and regulatory agendas, as well as formed important industry partnerships with American Institute of Steel Construction, National Institute of Steel Detailing, NCCER, Steel Deck Institute, and Steel Joist Institute. More recently, it has developed Ironworker Craft Training and Apprenticeship programs, to support the recruiting, training, and employment of an expanded workforce. Erector members represent all sizes of companies, ranging from family-owned, regional erectors earning under $3 million in annual revenues to large corporations that exceed $10 million in annual revenues. Bruce Basden, CEO of long-time Basden Steel, Burleson, Texas, shared how membership in SEAA benefitted his company. “With no background of working for a steel erector I found myself severely lacking in resources to help me grow my business. Attending the SEAA Convention introduced me to some of the best erectors in the country who were more than willing to help me succeed in one of the toughest business climates I can imagine. I owe a lot to SEAA for getting us where we are today. Companies at any level are crazy not to take advantage of this resource,” he said. Meanwhile, a recent new comer to the organization is All Things Metal, Phoenix,

Ariz. “I found that the SEAA group is looking to improve their businesses, grow the industry and join forces in educating the next generation. We all can share what we are doing that is working, and what is not going right for us. People are more than willing to help. I have not found this kind of comradery and vision in another group,” said Jeremy Macliver, Chief Operations Officer. On the following pages, you will a find SEAA’s 2017 Membership Directory. In addition, be sure to check our online Business Directory, which includes a searchable index

by keyword, category, or geographic location. The online directory is maintained throughout the year, so it always contains the most current information. SEAA is led by a volunteer Board of Directors. These leaders are elected by the membership. See page 46 for a list of the current board members or visit In addition, there are many committee positions available, on which any member may serve. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Tom Underhill

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ERECTORS  $10-UP MILLION Bracken Construction Company, Inc. Chris Bracken P.O. Box 1707 725 Avignon Drive Ridgeland, MS 39157 P: 601-922-8413 | F: 601-922-8428 AISC Certifications:CSEA

Buckner Companies Eddie Williams 4732 NC Hwy 54 East Graham, NC 27253 P: 336-376-8888 | F: 336-376-8855 AISC Certifications:ACSE

CSE, Inc. Ronnie Ranson P.O. Box 1030 153 Ragland Road Madison Heights, VA 24572 P: 434-845-7536 | F: 434-528-5739 AISC Certifications:ACSE

Deem Structural Services LLC David Deem 109 Benny Street Longview, TX 75604 P: 903-236-7800 | F: 903-236-7049 AISC Certifications:CSEA

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

Empire Steel Erectors, LP Spike Tinsley P.O. Box 3653 2227 Wilson Road Humble, TX 77396 P: 281-548-7377 | F: 281-548-2744

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

LPR Construction Company Rocky Turner 1171 Des Moines Avenue Loveland, CO 80537 P: 970-663-2233 | F: 970-663-2073 AISC Certifications:ACSE

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

Memco, Inc. Matthew Henderson 13324 Cedar Run Church Road Culpeper, VA 22701 P: 540-825-6527 | F: 540-825-6011 AISC Certifications:ACSE

Mid Cities Erectors, LLC Scott Brooks P.O. Box 162984 2705 FM 718 (Aurora, TX 76078) Fort Worth, TX 76161 P: 817-306-0962 | F: 817-306-0976

S & R Enterprises, LLC Stephen Burkholder 7385 Allentown Boulevard Harrisburg, PA 17112 P: 717-652-3080 | F: 717-652-3081 AISC Certifications:ACSE SEAA Craft Training Site

Schueck Steel Company Roger Parker 8900 Fourche Dam Pike Little Rock, AR 72206 P: 615-264-1921 | F: 615-824-5917 AISC Certifications:CSEA

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

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

Williams Steel Erection Company, Inc. Art Williams P.O. Box 1770 8624 J.D. Reading Drive Manassas, VA 20109 P: 703-335-7800 | F: 703-335-7852 AISC Certifications:ACSE

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

American Steel & Precast Erectors

Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc.

Josh Cilley P.O. Box 185 328 Sawmill Road Greenfield, NH 03047 P: 603-547-6311 | F: 603-547-2770 AISC Certifications:ACSE

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

Ben Gravett Enterprises

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

Matt Gravett 11921 Elk Run Road Catlett, VA 20119 P: 540-788-4894 | F: 540-788-9765 AISC Certifications:ACSE

Contract Erectors, Inc. Henry Wall 6944 Violet Ridge Road Randleman, NC 27317 P: 336-674-8012 | F: 336-674-1837 AISC Certifications:ACSE

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

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 AISC Certifications:CSEA SEAA Craft Training Site

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 AISC Certifications:ACSE

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


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 AISC Certifications:ACSE

Accredited Training Unit and/or Authorized Assessment Site

Phoenix Steel Erectors, Inc.

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

River City Erectors, LLC Mike Dorsch P.O. Box 246 570 Morrison Road Rossville, TN 38066 P: 901-861-6174 | F: 901-861-6414 AISC Certifications:ACSE

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

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

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

St. Louis Screw & Bolt 2000 Access Blvd Madison, IL 62060 Phone: 800-237-7059 Fax: 314-389-7510

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ERECTORS  $5-10 MILLION Williams Erection Company Philip Torchio P.O. Box 756 1285 Hawthorne Avenue Smyrna, GA 30080 P: 770-436-1596 | F: 770-438-8143 AISC Certifications:CSEA

ERECTORS  $3-5 MILLION All Steel Consultants, Inc. Ralph George 714A 17th Street East Palmetto, FL 34221 P: 941-727-1444 | F: 941-727-1813

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

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

Bret Steel Corp Mike Rouleau P.O. Box 1457 163 Central Ave Suite #1 Dover, NH 03820 P: 603-743-4386 | F: 603-742-7235

Carolina Form and Scaffold Supply Doug Piar P.O. Box 220 Clayton, NC 27528 P: 919-553-7124 | F: 919-553-8156

Cooper Steel Duff Zimmerman P.O. Box 149 503 North Hillcrest Drive Shelbyville, TN 37160 P: 931-684-7962 | F: 931-684-7968 AISC Certifications:CSEA SEAA Craft Training Site

Dean Steel Erectors Tom Morris P.O. Box 1164 5366 North Valley Pike Road Harrisonburg, VA 22802 P: 540-434-7465 | F: 540-434-7640 AISC Certifications:CSEA

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

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

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 AISC Certifications:CSEA

Gabriel Steel Erectors, Inc. Matthew Messing 36 Maybrook Road Montgomery, NY 12549 P: 845-769-3000 | F: 845-457-1077 AISC Certifications:CSEA

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 AISC Certifications:ACSE

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

L & L Construction, Inc. Brian Schreier 1040 California Road Quakertown, PA 18951 P: 215-536-9361 | F: 215-536-9438 AISC Certifications:CSE

March-Westin Company, Inc. Adam Feathers 360 Frontier Street Morgantown, WV 26505 P: 304-599-4880 | F: 304-599-7509 AISC Certifications:CSE

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

Rackley Company, Inc. Scott Rackley 3772 County Road 99W Orland, CA 95963 P: 530-865-9619 | F: 530-865-2648 AISC Certifications:CSEA SEAA Craft Training Site

Ramar Steel Erectors, Inc. William Raetz 432 Portland Avenue Rochester, NY 14605 P: 585-232-7777 | F: 585-263-2734

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

S.L. Shaw Company, Inc. Lee Shaw P.O. Box 67 12351 Lene Place Bakersfield, CA 93306 P: 661-342-7106 | F: 661-873-1571 AISC Certifications:ACSE

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

Steel Fabricators, LLC Scott Wilson 721 NE 44th Street Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334 P: 954-772-0440 | F: 954-351-7788 AISC Certifications:CSEA

SteelClad 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 AISC Certifications:CSE


Accredited Training Unit and/or Authorized Assessment Site

ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION All Things Metal Jeremy Macliver 23724 N Central Avenue, Bldg B Phoenix, AZ 85024 P: 623-582-3900 | F: 623-582-2230 SEAA Craft Training Site

Allstate Erectors, Inc. Karen Howard P.O. Box 646 1038 Old Highway 6-East St. Matthews, SC 29135 P: 803-826-6260 | F: 803-826-6011 AISC Certifications: CSEA

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

American Erection, LLC Celeste Wilhelm 230 Kittanning Pike Pittsburgh, PA 15215 P: 412-271-2935 | F: AISC Certifications: CSE

Angelico Construction Company Trey Broussard 908 West Napoleon Sulphur, LA 70664 P: 337-287-4204 | F: 337-287-4209

Apex Steel Corporation Mike Reeves 301 Petfinder Lane Raleigh, NC 27603 P: 919-362-6611 | F: 919-362-6664 AISC Certifications: CSE

Atlas Manufacturing, Inc. Calvin Reid 3707 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE Washington, DC 20032 P: 202-562-5330 | F: 202-562-5332 AISC Certifications: ACSE SEAA Craft Training Site

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

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ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION Barco Steel Construction, LLC Brian Risk 16525 Massey Hope Street Midlothian, VA 23112 P: 804-379-1659 | F: 804-379-6846 AISC Certifications: CSE

Big Box Erectors, LLC Dayna Ferguson P.O. Box 308, Suite B 116 E. Jefferson Street Tipton, IN 46072 P: 317-984-1905 | F: 317-984-1983

Bouchard Steel Erectors Roger Bouchard P.O. Box 760 940 Water Street North Bennington, VT 05257 P: 802-753-7250 | F: 802-681-7289 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Brevard Constructors, Inc. Russell Gordon 2023 N. Carpenter Road Titusville, FL 32796 P: 321-269-2929 | F: 321-267-7826

BSE Erectors, Inc. Dustin Morgan 11006 Red Lion Road Whitemarsh, MD 21162 P: 443-865-8219 | F: 410-335-6575

C.S.E., Inc. William Michaud P.O. Box 532 199 Omega Drive Williston, VT 05495 P: 802-864-1812 | F: 802-862-8391 AISC Certifications: CSEA

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

Carolina Structural Welding & Steel Erection, Inc. Aurelia Chacon 6623 Dwightware Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28227 P: 980-307-1706 | F:

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

CAS Steel Erectors, Inc. Christopher Smith 5030 Hendersonville Rd Ste 1B Fletcher, NC 28732 P: 828-697-8877 | F: 828-697-8888 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Chicago Steel Brian Steigerwald 875 N Michigan Avenue FL 31 Chicago, IL 60611 P: 847-343-3863 | F:

Citadel Steel Erectors Inc.

Eastern Constructors Inc. Brad Kincaid 8184 Highway 44, Suite 108 Gonzales, LA 70737 P: 225-450-3226 | F: 225-450-3227 AISC Certifications: CSE SEAA Craft Training Site

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

Mitchell Stevens 3405 Apex Peakway Apex, NC 27502 P: 919-362-5122 | F: 919-362-6910 AISC Certifications: CSE

Ed Emmons Steel Erectors, Inc

Concept Steel Erectors, 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 AISC Certifications: CSE

Ryan Chapman 1801 Bradbury Court Gastonia, NC 28052 P: 704-827-1831 | F: 704-827-1199

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

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

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

Erection Specialists, Inc

Flawless Steel Welding, LLC Victor Garcia 2020 West Barberry Place Denver, CO 80204 P: 720-638-7289 | F:

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

Davis Erector Group

GCI Steel Erectors, Inc.

Dave Davis 148 Pickett Street Suite 308 South Portland, ME 04106 P: 980-329-7196 | F: 207-899-3386

Robert Colone 2916 Republic Avenue Florence, SC 29501 P: 843-393-4288 | F: 843-393-4255

Devcorp, Inc. Duane Mulkey 715 Rankin Road NE Albuquerque, NM 87107 P: 505-296-1188 | F: 505-296-2288

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

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

GT Steel Erectors, Inc. Todd Davis P.O. Box 1267 5300 Oak Tree Road, Suite D Millbrook, AL 36054 P: 334-285-5524 | F: 334-285-5563 AISC Certifications: CSE


Accredited Training Unit and/or Authorized Assessment Site

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

Intermountain Erectors, Inc. Mark Shell 1546 North 25th East Idaho Falls, ID 83401 P: 208-528-7544 | F: 208-528-7548 AISC Certifications: CSE

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

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

Keith’s Welding Service, Inc. Bryan Shirley P.O. Box 3868 5123 Locust Hill Road (Travelers Rest, SC 29690) Greenville, SC 29608 P: 864-895-8191 | F: 864-895-9120 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Kesler Erection & Welding, Inc. Donald Kesler 446 Kesler Road Lexington, NC 27295 P: 336-752-2452 | F: 336-752-2740 AISC Certifications: CSE

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

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

Master Steel, LLC Donald Stephens P.O. Box 3467 9769 Speedway Boulevard Hardeeville, SC 29927 P: 843-784-7173 | F: 843-784-3413 AISC Certifications: CSEA

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

ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION McPherson Contractors, Inc. Josh Calvaruzo 3501 SW Fairlawn Rd Topeka, KS 66614 P: 785-273-3882 | F: 785-273-1037 AISC Certifications: CSEA

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

Metrolina Steel Erectors, Inc. Barry Mitchell P.O. Box 2228 122 Bevan Drive Mooresville, NC 28115 P: 704-309-5584 | F: 866-713-8429 AISC Certifications: CSE

Mid Atlantic Steel Erectors, Inc. Roy Fridley 832 Westwood Pine Court Moseley, VA 23120 P: 804-598-9351 | F: 804-598-9376 AISC Certifications: CSEA

MPS Products Corp Michael Pimental 134 Newbury Street, Suite 8 Peabody, MA 01833 P: 978-817-2144 | F: 978-817-2187

Ogeechee Steel, Inc. Brandi Perossa P.O. Drawer 1469 133 Lindsey Road Swainsboro, GA 30401 P: 478-237-2770 | F: 478-237-4045 AISC Certifications: ACSE

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

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 AISC Certifications: CSE

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

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

Powers Built Structures Inc. Dave Powers P.O. Box 479 23934 CR 10 Hudson, CO 80642 P: 303-536-9335 | F: 303-536-9338

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

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

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

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

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ERECTORS  $0-3 MILLION Rens Welding & Fabricating, Inc. Rens Hayes 988 Crane Avenue South Taunton, MA 02780 P: 508-828-1702 | F: 508-828-1703

RK Steel Phil Enriquez 3800 Xanthia Street Denver, CO 80238 P: 303-578-9696 | F:

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

Roanoke Valley Steel Corporation Kimberly Jenkins P.O. Box 661 101 Kennametal Road Weldon, NC 27890 P: 252-538-4137 | F: 252-536-2539 AISC Certifications: CSEA

Ropac, Inc. Roy Davis 3690 Lightwood Road Deatsville, AL 36022 P: 334-569-2893 | F: 334-569-2895 AISC Certifications: CSE

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

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

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

Shaw Welding Company, Inc.

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

Steelco, Inc.

Tri-Steel Fabricators, Inc.

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

James Werosta P.O. Box 5756 501 Prospect Street Trenton, NJ 08618-3640 P: 609-392-8660 | F: 609-392-7626

Shewmake Steel Erection, Inc.

Suburban Steel Erectors, Inc.

Stan Stanley P.O. Box 3285 1527 Augusta Avenue Augusta, GA 30901 P: 706-823-2420 | F: 706-823-2439 AISC Certifications: ACSE

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

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

Suncoast Industries of Florida

Van Linda Iron Works, Inc.

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

Bruce Van Linda 3787 Boutwell Road Lake Worth, FL 33461 P: 561-586-8400 | F: 561-586-8877

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 AISC Certifications: ACSE

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

SSW Erectors, LLC Carl Carlson 4808 Randolph Road Morrisville, VT 05661 P: 802-888-2422 | F: 802-888-3327 AISC Certifications: CSE

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 AISC Certifications: ACSE

Steel Supply and Erection Company, Inc. Jonathan Newton P.O. Box 607 1237 N. Fayetteville Street Asheboro, NC 27203 P: 336-625-4830 | F: 336-626-9967

Steelco Erectors, LLC Brian Landfried 8779 Greencastle Drive Carroll, OH 43112 P: 614-905-0309 | F:

Richard Shaw P.O. Box 435 7 Innis Drive Billerica, MA 01821 P: 978-667-0197 | F: 978-670-2603


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

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

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 AISC Certifications: CSE

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

Titan Steel Erectors, LLC Greg Phillips PO Box 999 1470 N. Watkins (Memphis, TN 38108) Munford, TN 38058 P: 901-274-4992 | F: 901-274-4401 AISC Certifications: CSEA

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


Accredited Training Unit and/or Authorized Assessment Site

Tuscarora Rigging, Inc.

Viking Steel Services, Inc. Blane Johnson P.O. Box 1307 218 Northcrest Drive Lincolnton, NC 28092 P: 704-913-5285 | F: 704-732-2456

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

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

FABRICATORS Banker Steel Company, LLC Donald Banker P.O. Box 10875 1619 Wythe Road Lynchburg,, VA 24506 P: 434-847-4575 | F: 434-847-4533 AISC Certifications:BU, ABR, CBR, CPT, FCE, P1

Basden Steel Corporation Bruce Basden P.O. Box 1061 645 East Renfro Street Burleson, TX 76028 P: 817-295-6100 | F: 817-295-4375 AISC Certifications:BU

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FABRICATORS Cives Steel Company - Mid Atlantic Div. Craig Alderman P.O. Box 2778 210 Cives Lane Winchester, VA 22603 P: 540-667-3480 | F: 540-662-2680 AISC Certifications:BU, P1

CMC Structural Gene Miles P.O. Box 71 Greenville, SC 29602 P: 864-244-2860 | F: 864-244-8776 aboutus.aspx AISC 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 AISC Certifications:BU

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

FabArc Steel Supply, Inc. Tony Pugh P.O. Box 7280 111 Meadow Lane Oxford, AL 36203 P: 256-831-8770 | F: 256-831-8776 AISC 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 AISC Certifications:BU

Hercules Steel Company, Inc. Lewis Jourden P.O. Drawer 35208 950 Country Club Drive Fayetteville, NC 20301 P: 910-488-5110 | F: 910-488-4040

Lynchburg Steel & Specialty Co., LLC Doug Anderson P.O. Box 158 275 Francis Avenue Monroe, VA 24574 P: 434-929-0951 | F: 434-929-2613 AISC Certifications:BU, P1

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

New Millennium Building Systems Joe Buntyn P.O. Box 416 Chapin, SC 29036 P: 772-530-0102 | F:

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 AISC Certifications:BU

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

Padgett, Inc. RJ Padgett P.O. Box 1375 901 East 4th Street New Albany, IN 47150 P: 812-945-1299 | F: 812-949-3432 AISC Certifications:BU, SBR, CPT, P1

Slay Steel, Inc. Greg Slay P.O. Box 4009 6215 5th Street Meridian, MS 39304 P: 601-483-3911 | F: 601-693-4336 AISC Certifications:BU

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

Steel Service Corporation Jim Simonson P.O. Box 321425 2260 Flowood Drive Jackson, MS 39232 P: 601-939-9222 | F: 601-939-9359 AISC 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 AISC Certifications:BU, P2

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

Structural Steel of Carolina, LLC Aaron Bowen 1720 Vargrave Street Winston-Salem, NC 20107 P: 336-725-0521 | F: AISC Certifications:BU

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


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

SERVICES Adaptive Construction Solutions, Inc. Nicholas Morgan P.O. Box 877 Humble, TX 77347 P: 713-315-1687 | F: SEAA Craft Training Site


Accredited Training Unit and/or Authorized Assessment Site

Atema Inc. Anna Petroski 728 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60661 P: 312-861-3000 | F:

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

Construction Labor Contractors Gene Cates 9827 Cogdill Rd., Suite 3 Knoxville, TN 37932 P: 865-675-1205 | F: 865-675-1279

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


Kollman & Saucier, PA Frank L. Kollman 1823 York Road, 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

MSC Safety Solutions Troy Clark 12071 Tejon Street, Suite 200 Westminster, CO 80234 P: 303-477-1044 | F: 303-477-1078

Safran Law Offices Perry Safran P.O. Box 587 120 South Boylan Ave. Raleigh, NC 27603 P: 919-828-1396 | F: 919-828-7993

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Tennessee Galvanizing, Inc.

Bigfoot Construction Equipment, Inc.

Freedom Tools, LLC

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

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

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

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


United Crane & Rigging

Bluearc Stud Welding

FrenchCreek Production

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

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

Columbia Safety

G.W.Y., Inc.

Kevin Czechorski 4720 Robinson Drive SW Atlanta, GA 30336 P: 404-458-7000 | F: 888-511-0457

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

USI New England

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

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


PMS, Inc

Altec Cranes

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Joshua Cilley, President David Schulz, Vice President, Industry Representative Carrie Sopuch-Gulajan, Vice President, Non-Industry Representative Geoffery Kress, Treasurer Chris Legnon, Secretary Stephen Burkholder, Immediate Past President

DAVID SCHULZ, Schulz Iron Works, Inc., Raleigh, N.C. JOSHUA CILLEY, American Steel & Precast Erectors, Greenfield, NH and Buckner Steel Erectors, Graham, N.C. Josh is the current President of SEAA, beginning his term in 2016. Josh is the President of American Steel & Precast Erectors and is a second generation ironworker. He 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 United States and in Canada. It 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. In April 2016, Josh took over as President of Buckner Steel Erectors based out of Graham, NC. Buckner is consistently ranked in the Top 10 of ENR’s “Who’s who” in steel erection. American Steel and Buckner Steel have had a long successful history of working together, and now with Josh at the helm of both companies, their strategic alliance has only grown. Josh splits his time between North Carolina and New Hampshire, but mainly resides in Bedford N.H., with his wife of 22 years, Jennifer, and their two children Emerson and Camden. Josh is an avid outdoorsman, golfer, loves to cook, and especially enjoys traveling with his family in their spare time. and

David Schulz joined the SEAA Board of Directors in 2007, bringing 40 years of experience in the steel erection industry to the association. He currently serves on the Executive Committee as the Vice President, Industry representative. He was awarded SEAA Person of the Year in 2009. For the last several years Schulz Iron Works has 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, N.C. David serves on the Safety Committee and 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 erecting grain dryers and boilers. In 1986 David met his wife, Cindy, and in 1999 they formed Schulz Iron Works, Inc., which 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 David is not working, he and Cindy can be found golfing and traveling.

CARRIE SOPUCH-GULAJAN, Construction Insurance Agency, Inc., Manassas, Va. Carrie Gulajan was appointed to the SEAA Board of Directors in 2011. She currently serves on the Executive Committee as the Vice President, Non Industry representative. She is the President of Construction Insurance Agency, Inc., whch has been an active member of SEAA since 1994. Carrie 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. 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. She has 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.


MEET THE 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS With their expertise, the Board of Directors is prepared to lead the association with new ways of doing business, just as the construction industry enters an era of economic recovery.

CHRIS LEGNON, Cooper Steel Fabricators, Inc., Shelbyville, Tenn.

GEOFFREY KRESS, Gardner-Watson Decking, Inc., Oldsmar, Fla. Geoff Kress has been a member of SEAA since 2007 and has served as Treasurer for eight years. In 2011, he was honored as the SEAA Person of the Year. He was also involved in the Canvass Committee that wrote the current 2011 SDI-QA/QC standard for installation of steel deck, serving again to update the new SDI QA/QC-2017 standard. Geoff 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. Geoff’s dedication to customer satisfaction has helped grow the decking company from one four-person crew to as many as 18 crews. In addition, Geoff is president and majority owner of G & G Distributors, Inc., a construction fasteners and safety supply company located in Oldsmar, Fla. Geoff spends most of his hours bidding, building relationships with customers, scheduling, and thinking of safer and more economical ways to install decking. Geoff’s interests outside of the work place including boating, snow skiing, hockey, and spending time with his 10-year-old daughter Jordan. He resides in Oldsmar, Fla.

Chris Legnon joined the SEAA Board of Directors in 2015 and currently serves as Secretary and Chairperson of the Media Committee. He is Vice President of Preconstruction at Cooper Steel Fabricators, Inc., a family-owned 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 held roles as Estimator, Project Manager and Senior Sales Manager, prior to his current role. Chris received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. Chris and his wife of 10 years, Brooke, reside in Mount Juliet, Tenn., and welcomed their first child, Edward, in 2015. In his spare time, Chris enjoys cooking, traveling abroad and live music.

STEPHEN BURKHOLDER, S&R Enterprises, LLC, Harrisburg, Pa. Stephen Burkholder serves on the Executive Committee as the Immediate Past President, and currently leads the Long-Range Planning Committee. During his time as president, Steve focused efforts on building a network of training and apprenticeship programs for ironworkers. In just a few years, association members are already reaping the rewards of his initiatives. More than a dozen ironworker training programs have been established in states from coast to coast, and at least two organizations have established DOL-approved ironworker apprenticeship. Steve is president of S&R Enterprises, a steel and precast erector operating in the Continental United Sates and Caribbean. The company has received several Project of the Year awards—in 2007 for a Class II erection project and in 2012 for a Class III job building the Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State University. Stephen is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and an avid golfer. He and wife, Lisa, have four children—daughters Alexis and Maurah, and sons, Zachary and Brayden.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS BOB BECKNER, Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc., Frisco, Texas Bob Beckner has been a member of SEAA since 1993; he served as SEAA President from 1999 – 2000, a Board Director for 24 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. Bob is Senior Vice-President & 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.

DAVID DEEM, Deem Structural Services, Longview, Texas David Deem served on the SEAA Board of Directors from 1998 to 2004, and again during the current term of 2016-2018. He has been active in the association since 1995. David is president of Deem Structural Services LLC, an AISC Advanced Certified Steel Erector, which was founded in 2013. He has more than 30 years of experience in the steel erection industry, and is a strong advocate for the advancement of industry quality and safety standards via education of personnel, and the promotion of organizations such as SEAA, AISC, and NISD. Among the technical publications he has assisted in writing are Detailing Steel for Value and Safety and Detailing Guide for the Enhancement of Erection Safety. He and his wife, Tammy, enjoy motorcycles, water sports, and travel.

DAVE BROWN, United Rentals, Charlotte, N.C. Dave Brown, Sr., is the Regional Sales Manager of the Southeast Region 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. He and United Rentals have been an important source of support to help make SEAA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show and Educational Fundraiser Golf Tournament great successes. He is the proud father of his 17-year-old son, Dave Jr., and 11-year-old daughter, Anna.

JIM LARSON, Steel Dynamics, Fairfax, Va. Jim Larson has been a member of SEAA for 27 years, serving on the Board of Directors for much of that time, including stints as President and chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee. 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. Now retired, he is a Director at Large. Jim’s experience in the steel industry spans more than four decades, including expertise in steel fabrication, steel joist engineering, metal deck detailing, steel erection planning, and 10 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.


BRYAN MCCLURE, MSC Safety Solutions, Westminster, Colo. Bryan McClure is a Senior Consultant for MSC Safety Solutions and has been a member of SEAA since 1992. He joined the SEAA Board of Directors in 2017. Bryan has worked in the steel erection industry for more than 25 years. He is a second generation Ironworker and owes his livelihood to his father teaching him a strong work ethic and introducing him to the trades at a young age. During his construction career, Bryan has worn many hats including Ironworker, Foreman, Crane Operator, Superintendent, Craft Instructor, and Training Manager. The majority of his experience was working for a large international steel erection company, where he managed four DOL accredited apprentice programs (Ironworker, Crane Operator, Pipefitter, and Welder) with more than 100 apprentices.

TOM MCALEESE, Mazzella Companies - Indusco Wire Rope & Supplies, Baltimore, Md. Tom McAleese and Indusco Wire Rope & Supplies (a Mazzella Company) have been members of SEAA since 1996. In addition to serving on the board of directors, Tom is Trade Show Chairman. Tom has been an employee of Indusco Wire Rope & Supplies for more than 30 years. His extensive experience in the rigging industry, specifically crane ropes, block applications and safety/fall protection, has allowed him to forge unique customer relationships throughout the industry. As a Lifting Specialist in the Baltimore/Washington region he is an involved member of several trade associations, including Association of Equipment Management Professionals and the Building Congress. Tom and his wife, Cheryl, have shared 38 wonderful years of marriage. They have three adult children: Michael, Melissa, and Melanie. They reside in Hanover, Md.

JOHN (JACK) METCALFE, National Institute of Steel Detailing, Oakland, Calif. John (Jack) Metcalfe serves on the SEAA Detailing, Safety and Long Range Planning Committees and is a co-author of the SEAA/NISD Erection Safety Manual. Over the years, he has served on SEAA’s Board of Directors for more than five terms. Jack is a past president of NISD and currently serves on their Board of Directors. He has been the NISD Liaison to SEAA for more than 18 years. Active in the detailing community since 1959, his work has focused on bridge and bridge rehabilitation. He 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. Bryan is a Certified Professional in Learning & Performance and has won several craft instructor and training awards from the Associated General Contractors, Associated Builders and Contractors, and Crane & Rigging Hot Line magazine. As a former high school and semi-professional football player, Bryan often draws comparisons between sports and being part of a construction team. In his free time, he coaches football at Mountain Range High School in Thornton, Colo. When he is not teaching or coaching he enjoys drinking coffee with his wife Joanna, watching his son Caleb play high school football, or seeing his daughter Sydney dominate on the soccer field.

JACK VERNON NIX, JR., JVN Construction Management, Inc., Key Largo, Fla. Jack Nix is serving his fourth term on the SEAA Board of Directors. He has been a member of SEAA since 2008. Jack is president of JVN Construction Management, Inc., a construction consulting firm providing project management and estimating services to steel erectors. Jack began working in the steel industry in 1985 for his father’s business, V&M Erectors, Inc., first as an ironworker, ultimately working his way up the ranks to foreman, supervisor, and CEO for more than 15 years. Later, he founded JVN Construction Management in 2013. Jack and his wife, Jennifer, have two grown children – Shelby, who is studying to be a veterinarian, and Jackson, who attends the University of Central Florida and works part time as an ironworker for Shelby Erectors, Inc., where Jennifer serves as President. Jack and Jennifer reside in Key Largo, Fla. He enjoys golf, fishing and snowboarding.

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SEAA BOARD MEMBER DIRECTORY DUKE PERRY, Bluearc Stud Welding, Lawrenceville, Ga. Duke Perry has been in the stud welding industry since 2001. As a second generation welding expert, he has been fortunate to learn from his father, Doug Perry, one of the best in the business with 40+ years of experience. Duke is experienced in sales, as well as providing technical support and repair for all makes of stud welding equipment. In 2009, he was hired by Image Industries, Inc. to lead sales and 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 wife, Diane, have two daughters.. 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.”

GREG PHILLIPS, Titan Steel Erectors, LLC, Memphis, Tenn. Greg is a third generation steel erector with roots in the Memphis/Mid-South Tennessee area dating back to the 1950s. Greg began his ironworking career in 1994 working in the field for his father’s company, eventually working his way up to chief estimator and safety director. In 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.

GLEN PISANI, MAS Buidling & Bridge, Inc., Norfolk, Mass. 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, Mass. 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, Ga. Alan Sears is currently serving his fifth term on the SEAA Board of Directors. The Nucor – Vulcraft Group, where Alan is the National Accounts Sales Representative, has partnered with the SEAA as an industry member for many years. Alan 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, Texas, Alan was presented with the William Davis Service Award. Alan studied at Indiana University, Purdue University and Rivier College. His interests include participating in church music ministry and hiking. Alan and his wife Vickie have been married for 38 years and enjoy living in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.



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JIM SIMONSON, Steel Service Corporation, Jackson, Miss. Jim Simonson 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 37 years of experience in the structural steel industry, Jim started out as an Ironworker in 1979. He worked 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 38 years, Elaina have two grown children. His interests include football, motorcycles, and boating.

BEN WADLINGTON, Bracken Construction Co., Inc., Ridgeland, Miss.

ED VALENCIA, Peterson Beckner Industries, Houston, Texas Ed Valencia has been in the steel erection industry for 38 years. Ed was an ironworker by trade but for the last 26 years has been a Director of Safety & Training. He 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 of the NCCER safety committee. Ed and Tammy have been married for 24 years. They have four boys Scott, Billy, Travis and Justin. Ed’s favorite motto “A family who plays together, stays together”.

Ben Wadlington joins the Board of Directors for the first time at the 2017 Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He is president of Bracken Construction, which received the 2015 Class IV Project of the Year award for the company’s work on the University of Mississippi Basketball Arena in Oxford, Miss. Bracken Construction is AISC Advanced Certified and PCI Certified. Bracken Construction, a division of Bracken Companies, performs work throughout the southeast United States. The company has been a member of SEAA for at least 10 years. Ben joined Bracken Construction in 2000, and has held ever increasing responsibilities from Field Operations, Sales, Estimating, Project Management, Accounting, and Chief Operations, prior to being named President. He holds a B.S. from Mississippi State University and an MBA from the University of Memphis. He is a past Board of Director of Associated Builders and Contractors of Mississippi and American Subcontractors Association of Mississippi. Ben resides in Madison, Miss., with his wife Ashley and their three children Reagan, Audrey, and Parks.

SHERRIE WILKINSON, L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc., Gambrills, Md. Sherrie Wilkinson is serving her fourth term on the SEAA Board of Directors. She represents L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc., an AISC Advanced Certified Erector and PCI Qualified Precast Erector, and family-owned business with more than 50 years in the steel industry. Sherrie is L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc.’s Human Resources Administrator. Sherrie and her husband, Dennis, have six children and five grandchildren. Outside of her involvement in her family’s company she enjoys riding motorcycles and horses.

EDDIE WILLIAMS, Buckner Companies, Inc., Graham, N.C. From his beginning as a rebar laborer in 1952 to Chairman of the Board of Buckner Companies, Eddie Williams has devoted his life to the betterment of the steel construction industry. He was the founding president of SEAA in 1972, a position he has held on three occasions. In addition, he has served in leadership roles in every major trade organization in the steel construction industry. Through his tenacity, Eddie 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. SEAA recognized him with the coveted William Davis Service Award for his numerous contributions to the association and as Person of the Year for 2015. In 2005, he received AISC’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 52 | THE STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA


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Worth Repeating John Garrison, CEO of Garrison Steel Erectors Inc., Pell City, Ala., recently led 22 high school students through the company’s inaugural Introduction to Ironworking class. “I’m committed to teaching the charger class four hours a day, five days a week, in order to observe the challenges later trainers will encounter. This has allowed me to push back from daily duties in the company, presenting the opportunity for my oldest son Jason, to manage the steel fabrication and erection organization. A perfect solution to both objectives.”

Should Federal OSHA cease to exist, and its responsibilities be performed by state OSH agencies? DISAGREE — 65% NEITHER AGREE NOR DISAGREE — 17% AGREE— 18% Source: February 2017 survey of Industrial Safety & Hygiene News readers.

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Steel Stats According to the Steel Industry Report for 1st Quarter 2017, produced by The PNC Financial Services Group, fiscal stimulus will accelerate economic growth and boost steel demand.

■■ The economic expansion will accelerate to 2.4 percent in 2017 and 2.7 percent in 2018, from 1.6 percent in 2016. ■■ Tax cuts and increased defense and infrastructure spending will support steel demand. ■■ A strong dollar, faster inflation, interest rate hikes and trade disputes pose downside risks to the outlook. U.S. Steel Demand by Source Construction, 40% Automortive, 25% Machinery & Equipment, 12% Energy, 8% Appliance, 4% Container, 4% Defense, 3% Other, 4% Source: American Iron and Steel Institute


Magni Telescopic Handlers, represented in the United States by Paramount Equipment LLC, is the world leader in rotating telescopic handlers. The product line includes 13 models with lift heights from 57 ft. to 150 ft., and capacities up to 13,200 pounds. Gary Weisman, VP Sales & Operations, says that Magni telehandlers are being used in the northeast by steel erectors who are taking advantage of the many attachments that allow the machine to serve as crane, telescopic forklift, and access platform. While Gary thinks Magni telescopic handlers are engineering marvels, we asked him, in an alternative universe, what his dream job would be. His response: “I’d like to be a rock star.” Piedmont Maintenance & Services of Roxboro Inc., provides industrial maintenance and construction services anywhere in the United States. Featuring crane and rigging divisions, as well as fabrication services. Says Stanley Crews, President, “Safety is a two-way street. It requires a constant effort on everyone’s part.” Steelco Erectors LLC, is an erector based in Carroll, Ohio.

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