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Organizational Strength

A Benchmark for Growth

Curtis  Brad

Do you recall when metal building technology allowed the industry to move from utilitarian, vanilla structures to architectural masterpieces and beautiful, architectural structures? In those transition years, we often heard the phrase, “Not your father’s metal building.” Well, today it is clear that the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) is no longer “your father’s association” either. The men and women of MBMA today are a highly diverse group of industry leaders and our reach extends to many audiences who never even knew we existed just a few years ago.

Take, for example, our partnership with the Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA). By co-locating our meeting this spring, MBMA and MBCEA members mingled and learned important information and ideas from one another. This partnership has proven invaluable to us all.

Another example is our relationship with academic professionals. In 2016, we established our first Capstone course initiative with engineering and architecture professors across the country. The result has been significant and the lessons learned have been valuable to students, professors and MBMA members as well. We have all grown through the experience of partnerships between the industry and the academic environment.

Speaking of which, I invite you to watch our interview with Marci S. Uihlein, PE, M.ASCE, Assoc. AIA, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture. Learn what one professor realized once she and her students discovered the potential of metal building systems. This succinct video provides some valuable sound bites for us all, helping us see our industry through the eyes of one who has recently come to understand its significance. To see the interview, go to our YouTube channel: MBMA Media.

While you’re there, be sure to check out the many videos now available for your use with clients, developers, employees, local student groups, code officials, architects and more. That’s just the beginning. We hope you’ll take time to learn why MBMA can be your go-to source for knowledge, research, education and growth. Here’s how to connect:

Today’s MBMA

Today’s MBMA represents the entire industry, including builders, dealers, sales people, contractors, owners, educators and more. We are solving the problems of your customers and helping to make metal buildings the primary choice for the low-rise commercial market. We are changing the industry and welcome your ideas, input and participation.

Also, plan ahead now to participate in MBMA’s Spring Meeting in San Antonio, May 2-4, 2018. MBMA members should bring their rising stars and get them involved in committees. They’ll rub elbows with the industry’s senior leaders. Watch MBMA website for more information. Remember this is a joint event between MBMA and MBCEA, so you’ll meet many interesting people and potentially gain great some great marketing leads—and probably some new personal and professional friendships!

Brad Curtis is chairman of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association. More information about the association is available at