Message from the President

If you are like me you are still digging out from Conference. It is tough to be away from work but the value I find in the Conference makes it all worthwhile. It is a time to recharge your batteries, connect with friends and colleagues, grow and learn.
I would like to thank everyone who made the 50th Annual Conference a success: the sponsors, the exhibitors, the presenters, the honorees, and the project team who continue to do a fabulous job pulling it all together.
I know I speak for all the Board to say we were thrilled to host the Metal Construction Hall of Fame. We are honored to welcome these visionaries into the Hall. I encourage you to take a moment and read their impressive bios when the June issue of Metal Construction News is released – you will be inspired to do more, be more.
I congratulate all members who submitted a project for the Building of the Year Awards. Each year this contest becomes more competitive with many fabulous projects. I am sure the judges had a difficult job in choosing the winning entries for each category. It gives me great pleasure to announce the overall winner of the 2019 Building of the Year was my good friends at BARNES buildings and management group in Weymouth, MA for their Boston MedFlight Hangar 12A project. All winners are shown below receiving their honors and will be featured in the upcoming issue of Metal Construction News. By the way, if you are not currently a subscriber, please click here for your free subscription.
2019 Building of the Year
The Conference generates many great ideas for the ongoing work of the Association. We will continue to develop and report on these in the coming months. For today, I would like to share some highlights of the work being done by the Labor and Education Committee. This is just a snapshot of the full presentation Jennifer Heimburger, Tom Myers and I delivered last week.
We have developed two presentations that can be used by all members when you have the opportunity to speak about our industry and careers in construction. Check them both out here. This is serious; I am asking you to seek out these opportunities. We all have to do our part.
One of the PowerPoints can be used to ask educators to offer metal building specific course content. We have built the pitch; we need you to take it to your local community colleges, technical schools and CTE programs. Frankly we have done more than write the pitch; we have research and information on Construction Technology Classes, learning objectives, etc. It is all there for you to use. The other is designed to be used at Career Days. We are all parents and grandparents. Next time your kid mentions a program at the school – you are ready.
We shared some information on a program called “Construction Career Days.” This is a non-profit organization which brings students together with Construction and Transportation industries to explore career options through hands-on activities. Several states currently have programs (AL, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, KY, MI, MO, NE, NM, NV, NH, NY, OH, OR, Tri-state OH/KY/IN, TX, WA). The program is designed to inspire high school students toward construction careers. Students are given the opportunity to operate rigs, tools, and equipment under the guidance of operators and apprentices. We have ideas for how to participate and have done some of the prep work for you.This is one program we have found; there are probably others, but all members and chapters should try to get involved in this sort of thing. They require a hands-on, local touch. Feel free to contact Sasha for assistance. We are happy to help.
We know it is difficult to be a small company faced with lots of training requirements, regulations, etc. so we also put together a package of training resources. From our mentoring program to the templated documents and tools in the members’ only area of the website, there is a wealth of information and help available to our members. We are also recommending you spend a little time reading up on the EDGE training method. The Boy Scouts came up with this technique, but it can work for anybody. This simple tool will help you be a better trainer and ensure more consistent results. Click here for more information.
Lastly, Tom Myers shared information on Crossland Construction Company’s 50/50 apprenticeship program. Not all of us can invest this level of time and resources but there are lessons there for all of us. I applaud what they are doing and feel we can all learn from them.
As the economy continues to boom, the need for trained labor continues to grow. The MBCEA is committed to doing what we can to make a dent in the problem but we can’t do it alone. We will continue to pump out tools and find new opportunities but you, our valued members, need to be our boots on the street. Please do your part. It is in all of our best interests.
Thank you and Stay Safe!
Keith Wentworth
President, MBCEA
Vice-President, Dutton & Garfield, Inc.
P.S. Conference Attendees should have received a survey by now. If you have not yet replied, please do so now. Conference 2019
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