Wraps Up in Tampa
September 4, 2009
The 19th Annual Conference and Exhibition for the Metal Construction
Industry, Metalcon, took place last week at the Tampa Convention
Center. The show kicked off with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.
U.S. Army SSG Paul Russell "Russ" Marek of Melbourne,
Fla., opened the ceremony. In 2006, Marek was presented materials
for a new home and more than $25,000 in financial contributions
from Metalcon. At that event, he had just been released from the
hospital after a year of treatment for wounds suffered in Iraq.
The materials for Marek's home were provided by contributions and
donations from the steel-framed
structure built inside the 2006 Metalcon exhibit hall.
This year's Metalcon featured its first ever Solar Bay, providing
an educational area on the show floor featuring full-scale mock-ups
and educational sessions on a variety of solar technologies that
can be integrated with metal into the building envelope. Several
products were featured within this area, including Firestone's Una-Clip.
Designed to slash labor costs, the Una-Clip is used for factory
engineered and pre-punched plate panel systems with pre-engineered
Venture Tapes presented its VentureClad jacketing sheets for exterior
weatherproofing. According to company representative, John Nigro,
VentureClad jacketing installs quickly and easily on pipe or duct
board with no special tools required, resulting in time, labor and
Russ Livermore of Sika found the show to be a little lighter than
years past. "When the market is down, a lot of companies are
not sending people to the shows," he commented. However, the
company seemed to enjoy a fairly steady stream of visitors interested
in its line of pre-extruded butyl and co-polymer sealant tapes,
available in a wide
variety of sizes and formulations.
Scott Moffatt of PPG agreed, stating during the show that traffic
was "Eighty percent of what it has been in the past. However,
there seems to be a lot of activity." PPG showcased its Ultra-Cool
roofing and wall systems, which feature an IR-reflective, PVDF coating
that helps keep buildings cool. Working with the Environmental Protection
Agency to help develop its ENERGY STAR® cool metal roofing program,
the technology for PPG's Ultra-cool system can provide registration
on 3-year testing for tax credits and LEED points.
Also exhibiting was Petersen Aluminum, featuring its prefinished
metal roofing and perimeter edge systems, Valspar's paint coatings
for prepainted coil markets and Akzo Nobel's CERAM-A-STAR 1050 (70
percent PVDF coating), TRINAR (available in COOL CHEMISTRY versions
which comply with ENERGY STAR guidelines and can contribute to LEED
Next year's conference and exhibition is scheduled for October 20-22
in Las Vegas.
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