The Texas Southeast Chapter of the Metal Building
Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA) had a successful
kick-off in Mid-September. National President, Gary T. Smith spoke
regarding the benefits of membership to approximately 30 new and
potential members. Three essential training classes were offered at
no charge: attendees were certified in Fall Hazards Safety, Cutting
Torch Safety and Chemical Hazards - Understanding the Global
Harmonized System (old MSDS). These are core standards that OSHA is
enforcing and the MBCEA recommends all metal building assemblers
The Rocky Mountain Region launched with a standing room only
crowd at METALCON. Smith spoke at length on the power of
the MBCEA: from subsidized training, to networking, to supplier
speaking opportunities and even cutting edge new programs such as
the Accreditation Program for Assemblers. Ten new companies signed
up for membership immediately following the session, with several
others carefully considering.
The Rocky Mountain Region elected Harvey Freeman, Pro Steel Inc.
as their inaugural President. Supporting him are Mike Cain, Big
Johnson as VP, Randy Gates, Heath Steel as Treasurer and Troy Clark
with Miller Safety as Secretary. The new officers have been busy.
They have already planned their first training session. Hazcom
training (Hazcom training card will be issued) and the classroom
portion of Aerial Lifts will be offered on November 24th from 8am
to noon at Miller Safety Office at 12071 Tejon St., Suite 200,
Westminster, CO 80234 for only $40/pp to MBCEA members.
Breakfast will be provided. Please RSVP to Randy Gates at
email@example.com by November 17th.
The MBCEA's show special for METALCON was a free set of Quality
and Craftsmanship DVD's for all new members. The sets regularly
sell for $500, completely off-setting the cost of membership in
year one. The Board has authorized Executive Director Sasha Graver
to honor this promotion, while supplies last, to any new members
joining before December 15, 2014. Membership at the MBCEA is at an
all-time high due to a renewed emphasis on active Chapters,
subsidized training and new programs such as the Accreditation
Program for Assemblers. The Accreditation program is being called a
game-changer for erectors. Five pilot programs are currently
underway to bullet-proof and finalize the process. The MBCEA will
use these pilots to develop a formal assistance program for
interested members. The program will officially kick-off at the
MBCEA Annual Conference on April 30, 2015. Next year's conference
is at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego.
For more information about the MBCEA or to become a member,
visit www.mbcea.org or contact
Sasha Graver at 484-239-3337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.