Gary conference 2014

First, an update on the Accreditation Program: This game changer of a program is progressing according to schedule. Later this month, Tim Seyler, Jackie Meiluta and I are meeting with the folks from IAS to review and finalize next steps. I want to reiterate once again: this program is for all of us, not just the big boys or the elite. If you are taking the time to read this and have invested in a membership with the MBCEA I would venture to guess you are also doing all the right things regarding safety, training and education. The accreditation program is simply proof to your customers and competition of what you are doing! Sure the paperwork may be a bit of a headache but the MBCEA will help you. Remember, if it was too easy, it would not be worth doing.

If you are planning on going to METALCON, we are hosting an accreditation workshop that will explain the program in greater detail. See article below.

While Tim, Jackie and I are on the West Coast, meeting with IAS, we thought we would stop by the Bahia Resort, site of next year’s Conference to check it out. If you are a member or prospective member living or working in Southern California, please join us at the Bahia, 989 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA at 6PM on Thursday, August 28. First beer is on me! At this low key meet and greet, we can talk about plans for a Southern Cal Chapter, the Conference, Accreditation, whatever: Tim is President of the MBI, Jackie has been instrumental in our Apprenticeship Program and Accreditation program and I are available to you. Plus did I mention, the first beer’s on me?

Check out the information below on the two new Chapter kick-off meetings. I urge you attend. Chapter events are certainly the best forum for addressing training needs, for networking and learning about new products, techniques and ideas.

My last soap box thought for the day, we all know how to talk the talk but the real proof is in our actions. This is the basis of the accreditation program but also the real basis for success. I urge you not to just give lip service to safety, training and education. Rather, take action; make safety integral to everything you do. Every employee or sub on a job site should know and understand your commitment to safety; to doing the right thing.

Doing the right thing is not always the easy way but in the long run is the only way. Participation in MBCEA events will go a long way to shouldering the burden.

Have an idea you want to share, please drop me a line.


Gary T. Smith
President, MBCEA 

P.S. Don’t forget next year’s Conference is April 30-May 2 in San Diego. For every new member you refer, you will receive $100 off the price of next year’s Conference. Sign up 5 new members and attend the Conference for free!



The MBCEA will be at Booth #432 and our demo will be right across from us at #232.

All Non-Exhibiting Manufacturers and Suppliers are required to pay a $495 Exhibit Hall Admission Fee, however our Industry members who want to attend but are not exhibiting are welcome to register as our guest at no cost! All others who would also like to attend the exhibit hall should register through us. Click the picture at the bottom.

MBCEA will have a small reception for any of our members/guests in attendance on Wednesday, October 1, from 6-9 pm in Room 208. All are welcome to stop by.

In addition to the Chapter kick-off meeting (See below), Gary Smith and Sandi McCracken will be presenting a workshop on how to gain Accreditation. This will be our first training session on this important new program that is sure to be a game changer for our industry!  Register here (It looks like there is a charge but no worries, it is free if you are registered as MBCEA’s guest)

The MBCEA exhibit at METALCON is sure to please. Our Booth Demo will cover everything you ever needed to know about Bolt Tightening. The MBCEA together with Gene Mitchell will demonstrate and explain the four approved bolt installation methods. Learn the science behind bolting; see what can go wrong; understand potential problems and opportunities. Bring your questions because we have the answers to everything you ever needed to know about bolt tightening.

In case you are unsure who Gene Mitchell is – he founded T C Bolts, and has worked as an independent consultant to industry for many years. He has taught bolt producers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South Africa and Asia how to make T C Bolts and assisted hundreds of fabricators, erectors and engineers with the installation and inspection of structural bolts.

Chapter Kickoff Meetings

September 17, 2014
10 am – 3 pm
Humble Civic Center
8233 Will Clayton Parkway
Humble, TX 77338

Tony Fuentes of Premier Steel Buildings, Ltd., Steve Olson and Duke Santillan, of Rigid Global Buildings have planned a tremendous Texas Southeast Chapter Kick-off Meeting.

Join us for a jam-packed day that will focus on the needs of the workers in the morning and owners and admin in the afternoon. Gary T. Smith, President of the MBCEA will be on hand to inspire the crewmen with his passion for training. In two hours Smith will certify the participants in Fall Hazards Safety, Hot work Safety, Torch Cutting Safety and Global Harmonized System (old MSDS). These are core standards enforced by OSHA.

After lunch, Smith will speak with you about the benefits of MBCEA membership and plans for the future. Anyone involved in the Assembly of Metal Building Systems in Southeast Texas is encouraged to attend these free meetings. There is no obligation and no cost for this meeting but it may be the most valuable meeting you attend all year!

October 2, 2014
9 am – 12 pm
Colorado Convention Center, Room 210
700 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202

The Rocky Mountain Region Chapter will hold its kick-off on October 2, 2014. The meeting has been planned to coincide with METALCON at the Colorado Convention Center, in Denver, CO.

Michael Cain, Big Johnson Construction in Fort Morgan, CO, Harvey Freeman, Pro Steel, Inc. in Black Forest, CO and Mike Reynolds, Systems Contractors, Inc. and Systems Builders, Inc. in Thornton, CO have organized the kick-off. Gary T. Smith and several other MBCEA Board members will be in attendance.

This meeting will start at 9 AM at the Convention Center and end in time for participants to enter METALCON. Smith will highlight the advantages of membership and demonstrate some of the training and certification he offers, such as Torch Cutting Safety.

If you are not a member of the MBCEA, these are perfect opportunities to check it out. Although there is no fee, you must RSVP to MBCEA, Executive Director Sasha Graver at 484-239-3337 or









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