Message from the President

Well these are certainly interesting times. In the month since I last wrote, the world has seemed to turn upside down. I urge everyone to remain calm, use common sense and wash their hands! I know we are all inundated with information, please know that MBCEA leadership is also carefully monitoring the situation and will keep membership apprised of any decisions affecting conference and general operations as quickly as possible. The health and safety of everyone at our joint Spring Conference and Meeting is important to us, and we are working to make rational, well-informed decisions. As of now, the 2020 MBCEA/MBMA Spring Conference and Meeting will take place as scheduled. We are closely monitoring information from the local, state and federal officials as well as the Gaylord Rockies. We are also following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).  We will continue to provide updates as appropriate. Please refer to the Conference web page for additional information.
Before we started self-isolating, I had the pleasure of attending both Ceco and Butler’s Builder Meetings, along with many of our members. Dan Halme represented MBCEA at Behlen’s meeting and Wes Young at Robertson’s. Metallic and Star were also ready to host us via our friends at Metl-Span before their meetings were cancelled. Nucor and ABC have invited us to speak at their upcoming regional meetings. These trips all started back in December. At the MBMA meeting I had the opportunity to speak about our special relationship and mutual goals. But never one to shy from an opportunity to make a good impression, I also played Beyonce’s “All the Single Ladies” and politely reminded those same leaders it was time to seal the deal and take our relationship to the next level. Seal it they did! I cannot thank each of these companies and the MBMA enough for including us at these events. I know how precious time is, how tightly crafted is each agenda. There is so much ground to cover and so much information to share.
Butler, Ceco, Behlen, Metallic and Star provided MBCEA with a booth to promote membership and a platform to address their builders. This is absolutely fantastic and so very appreciated. There is no doubt we will continue to reach new heights together.
I would also like to share a personal epiphany. Those of you that know me know I am Butler through and through – nothing against the other manufacturers – that is simply my known universe. Showing up at a Butler meeting is as familiar and comfortable as a pair of old jeans. Well, guess what – going to Ceco was just as comfortable! I saw familiar faces and made new friends. The folks I met were as warm and as professional as anyone, anywhere. At the end of the day, this is a great industry run by a terrific bunch of folks. Sure there are competitive differences at the company level but people are people everywhere you go. There is much more that binds us than separates us.
Here’s to friends – old and new and those we have yet to meet. I am happy to know you, happy we are in the metal building industry together!
Stay safe and wash your hands!
Art Hance
President, MBCEA
President, Hance Construction