An Evolving Future Offers Great Hope for Metal Construction Community
While America faces a readjustment in
political temperament and climate, we can look forward to some
opportunities for the manufacturing sector and metal construction
industry. As evidence, FMI Corp., Raleigh, N.C., a leading
consulting firm for the construction industry, recently published
its 2017 U.S. Markets Construction Overview, where it predicted an
8 percent growth in manufacturing construction this year. Its
prediction is that this market segment will reach approximately
$81.9 billion. The FMI analysis also suggests a steady and
consistent industry growth over the next three years.
Another trend that could positively impact the manufacturing
market is the movement toward on shoring, which brings back many of
the jobs U.S. firms had been sending overseas. As this trend
continues, the need for buildings to house the recovered
manufacturing activities will create more plant projects.
What does this mean for the metal
building industry? Plenty. Wide open interiors, quick construction,
durable structures, low maintenance, energy efficiency and
competitive pricing are the hallmarks that make metal building
systems a superior option for manufacturing facility decision
makers. Our industry should be taking advantage of the
opportunities and be ready to respond when the need arises.
A Meeting of Minds
Another game-changing opportunity is the greater collaboration
between associations that have like-minded goals. For example, The
Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) and the Metal
Building Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA) will
co-locate their meetings in New Orleans, May 18-20, 2017. Our two
organizations are planning joint meeting events, speakers, award
celebrations and a trade show and reception. In addition, any MBMA
member's builder can join MBCEA now and receive a free conference
registration ($495 savings). This is an excellent offer from
Now is a great time for MBMA and MBCEA to be meeting together,
especially with the successful launch of the AC478 Accreditation
Program. MBCEA's president, Mike Reynolds, hit the nail on the head
when he said, "The MBCEA thinks this is a fantastic opportunity for
our membership. The manufacturers, contractors and erectors all
have similar goals: quality metal buildings that are manufactured,
delivered and erected efficiently and to the highest quality
standards. It makes sense for us to share our combined knowledge
and network at this type of event. This level of cooperation can
only make us all stronger."
The joint sessions begin with a golf tournament on May 18,
followed by an opening session that will focus on the state of the
industry. Then MBMA and MBCEA members will jointly participate in a
trade show and reception, followed by dinner and each group's award
presentations. On May 19, the two groups will spend most of the day
focused on their organization's educational and information
programs, followed by a joint reception.
The next morning, MBMA members are invited to participate in the
MBCEA educational programs as well as an information session on the
AC478 accreditation program, and then a special contractor/erector
The opportunities for gaining knowledge, building new
perspective and reaching out to others in the industry make this
joint conference an exceptional opportunity. If you miss this
meeting you'll be missing out on a huge chance to break new ground.
I am very excited to meet many of you in New Orleans for the first
time, and looking forward to building relationships in the future.
We'll see you all in New Orleans.
MBMA Spring Meeting + MBCEA Annual
Networking, New Ideas, New Relationships, New
Join Us in New Orleans May 18-20, 2017
New Orleans Marriott Downtown at the Convention Center
Builders: Learn more here
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