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Message from the President


This will be one of my last formal messages to you as we begin the transition to incoming President, Mike Reynolds. I am also writing as I am preparing to head to Tanzania for a safari and scuba trip. Semi-retirement ain't bad!

I had a little rant in this edition of Metal Construction News (click here if you have not seen it) but meant every word of it.  Seriously, who among us does not feel gutted when we hear about a building that has come down or a man seriously injured on the job? Unfortunately, these things happen too frequently. When they do, the ramifications for our industry are much more far reaching than just the immediate players involved. Building failures and serious injuries are a black mark on our trade. They adversely affect all of us. They undermine our reputation and that of our industry.


MBCEA members believe our commitment to quality, safety and training is what truly differentiates us from the competition. I am telling you, AC478 is the tangible proof we need. It will prove that we have the personnel, organization, experience, knowledge, management procedures and commitment to assemble metal building systems properly. The internal discipline of working within a documented management system is what will prevent building failures. This same discipline will ensure our longterm profitability and success. For those of you intimidated by what the program entails, I encourage you to contact MBCEA or attend a workshop. You will find you are already doing the vast majority of what is required. That is if you are one of the good guys. I assure you this is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss.


Speaking of tangible proof, members should expect an email soon from 201 Associates asking for some basic statistics on your company. We know the MBCEA is a force to be reckoned with, but it would be nice to have some numbers to prove how powerful we are. 201 is an independent agency that will keep your responses private and secure. We are looking to capture some basic information regarding the total square footage you erect and the size of your crews. It should not take you more than 5 minutes to complete but it will help the MBCEA manage our reputation and strength within the industry.


Sticking with the theme of tangible proof – I am pleased to announce that we now have a test available to coincide with our MBCEA Safety Handbook. You can now provide your team with a copy of the handbook and then ask them to take a short test that will validate their comprehension. The Safety Handbook, Test and Answer Key are all free to MBCEA members and available for download in the members  only area of the website. If you don't know how to get into this area, contact Sasha for assistance.


And one more – business must be booming because Sasha has been inundated with Classified Ads for the website. Make sure you're checking the Classified Ads section on a regular basis.


Last month, I mentioned Earl Raymond of Systems Builders had been inducted into the Metal Construction Hall of Fame. You can read the full write-up in this month's Metal Construction News. Earl now joins Mary Farrar, Bob Ketenbrink and Rob Haddock as having achieved this recognition. This impressive team of movers and shakers have all helped form the MBCEA into the driving force it is today.  On behalf of our membership, I applaud each and everyone of them.




Gary T. Smith

President, MBCEA


PS It's not too early to think about Conference 2016. We will be in Clearwater Beach, FL May 19-21. Last year's Conference sold-out. I urge you to book early!











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