Gary conference 2014

 “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill


The quote above from Churchill reminds me of our dear friend Bob Ketenbrink. Bob was a true friend to our industry and this association. In addition to holding leadership roles and lending a guiding hand to many initiatives, such as the Quality and Craftsmanship DVD Series, he also mentored many young members. He will be sorely missed. Please read his full obituary below and follow the link to read the article in Metal Construction News when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Last year we added a Classified section to our website. This service is free for members, slight charge to non-members. Business seems to be opening up because we are seeing a big increase in postings. I urge you to check them out. Lots of companies are looking for crews, foremen, etc. It changes frequently so why not make your home page?

The Center for Construction Research and Training is a non-profit organization researching and creating occupational safety and health materials under a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. They have several Tool Box Talks that you may want to check out and they have graciously agreed to ship up to 50 pieces each for up to 5 different Hazard Alert Cards to our members. Contact Sasha for assistance or visit their website:

I look forward to seeing many of you at METALCON (details below regarding free admission and an Opening Night Party hosted by the Colorado Coalition).


Gary T. Smith

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.

The Colorado Coalition, formed by New Tech Machinery and S-5!, welcomes our members to the beautiful foothills of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and invites you to attend an Opening Night Party, with live music, food, drinks, and the NFL Denver Broncos cheerleaders. Space is limited so you must register.

Where: Colorado Convention Center Time: Wednesday evening, October 1, 2014, 6pm – ?

In addition to the Chapter kick-off meeting (See side bar), 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 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, titled Bolting & Aligning 101, will take place at 1 and 4:30 pm on October 1 and 2; and 11 am on October 3.

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 the 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 Meeting

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 in Room 210 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

Also register for METALCON through the link below for free admission to the Exhibit Hall.









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