Metal Construction Industry Summit

Attract and Train: Developing a Workforce for the New Metal Construction Industry

Metal Construction News will host an industry summit meeting in Chicago on April 11-12. We're gathering industry leaders to face off on one of the biggest challenges contractors face: Finding and training skilled labor.

Beginning with a reception Wednesday evening and continuing through Thursday, this event will help you learn more about the best practices other contractors are using to attract and train quality workers. In addition, we will discuss what the industry can do to improve its ability to attract the best talent. We will report the results in a special issue of Metal Construction News in July.
Highlights of the event will include:

    • An industry expert keynote
    • How to work with millennials
    • Best practices for attracting the best talent
    • Training programs that work
    • Small learning sessions where top contractors can learn from each other

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Conference Registration 

To register for the Metal Construction Industry Summit, go here. Full conference registration includes the Hall of Fame Luncheon. 

To attend only the Metal Construction Hall of Fame Luncheon, go here.


All events will take place at the

Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront, 71 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 346-7100

To book a room in the room block, go here

You can learn more about the hotel at

Celebrate the Metal Construction Hall of Fame honorees at our gala luncheon during the Metal Construction Industry Summit. Please join us in honoring the pioneers and innovators of our industry.

The Metal Construction Hall of Fame was founded in 2012. The goal was to recognize those individuals who have made a significant impact on the industry through their innovation, effort and leadership. Nominees are selected based on their unique contributions, body of work, legacy, integrity and longevity.

The 2017 honorees who will be inducted at the luncheon are:

  • Leo Neyer, Building Research Systems Inc.
  • James D. Murphy, American Buildings Co.
  • Gene McNichols, McNICHOLS CO.
  • Scott Knepper, Schwob Steel Structures
  • Mark Engle, Metal Construction Association
  • Kelly Burk, Burk Erectors Inc.



Keynote Address

William A. (Bill) Good

Bill Good retired in 2017 after serving as CEO of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) for more than 29 years. During his tenure at NRCA, the association more than doubled in size; opened an office in Washington, D.C.; and created a permanent endowment fund of more than $10 million for its related foundation – the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress. In 2001, Bill led NRCA’s effort to restore the roof of the Pentagon after the terrorist attacks of September 11, resulting in a unanimous resolution of commendation from the U.S. House of Representatives.

Most recently, Bill was appointed Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor at the Baker School of Business at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston.

Bill is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.  His volunteer activities include serving as president of the Association Forum of Chicagoland; as a board member of the National Chamber Foundation and as national board chairman of Rebuilding Together, an organization that rehabilitates more than 10,000 single-family homes for low-income homeowners and veterans each year.